65. A Very Canadian Pot Scandal with Jesse Staniforth
Jesse Staniforth, Editor of WeedWeek Canada, updates Alex and Donnell on breaking Canadian stories. There is no lack of scandal: Cannabis giant Canopy Growth fired founder and CEO Bruce Linton and CannTrust, a major licensed producer, is estimated to lose C$350 Million for ignoring the law. New regulations limiting THC in edibles exacerbate the over-packaging crisis. The country continues to battle the illicit market which is now also available online and is known by the cool name "MOMS" (mail order marijuana sites). Plus, Alex and Donnell discuss Jay-Z's partnership with Caliva.
Coming soon to the small beach town of Carpinteria is the largest grow on Earth, the size of more than 130 football fields. Santa Barbara County wasn't known for Mary Jane, until it became a cultivation hub two years ago.
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On Tuesday the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that it's legal for state inmates to possess less than an ounce of REC while in prison. There's a catch. While it’s okay to hold, consumption and inhaling are not allowed.
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More than five hundred diverse, curated invitees came to the second installment of Meadowlands, point-of-sale stalwart Meadow's "weed camp" in the Redwoods. Amid the education and partaking, there was archery and fellowship. And somThough it managed to be joyful in a way only cannabis can guarantee, the overall mood, was broke and blue, and intermittently bitter.
For this reporter, a high point was hearing Dr. Bronner's progeny talk about hallucinogens while puffing on on his gentle-yet-effective new cannabis brand. That felt like it meant something, like at least household chores won't ever be the same.
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Earlier this month Nevada became the first state to ban pot testing by employers. Once the law goes into effect next January, job seekers can no longer be turned down for work because they consume the drug. Another blow against discrimination.
The NFL's Raiders franchise is set to move to Las Vegas in 2020. How the NFL's pot prohibitions will interact with state regulations remains to be seen.
Though its present value may be primarily symbolic, Oregon's newly-passed interstate commerce bill is of monster significance. The state -- famously awash in its fine, fine cannabis -- bet on itself in passing SB 582. Oregon is poised to capitalize on federal legalization occurs.
“The future of this industry is that cannabis will primarily be grown where it grows best, and most efficiently, and most sustainably. That’s what functioning legal markets do,” said Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) the bill's sponsor.
The Cannabis Minority Business Alliance sent a letter to City Attorney Mike Feuer over L.A.'s inability to quell illicit weed sales. The C.M.A. is demanding immediate action, even threatening the city with a lawsuit.
"Unlicensed shops have been a public nuisance and pose a critical public-safety issue to the residents of South Los Angeles," the letter says.
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On Thursday, Inclusive Industry, or i2, came into the world, a child of collaboration between the
The Minority Cannabis Business Association and Merida Capital Partners. i2 is An accelerator designed to fast-track development for minority-owned businessess, those selected will take part in a three-month program.
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You say you've not been to a cannabis exchange? Let the co-founders of Emerald Exchange, Justin Calvino and Michael Katz, take you to their farmers' market-style events
The Public Health Department’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch -- yes, that's a thing -- has clarified its position on product packaging.