Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who oversaw creation of the world's first regulated REC market in Colorado, is running for president.
He is calling for cannabis reform, but unlike much of the Democratic field, Hickenlooper opposes full federal legalization. "I don't think the federal government should come in and tell every state it should be legalized," he said.
Hickenlooper initially opposed REC legalization when Colorado voted for it in 2012, but warmed to the industry somewhat as it grew. Colorado's REC rollout was the first of any state, and among the most successful from both a business and regulatory perspective.
N.Y. Times, The Hill
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, (D-Hawaii), describesd her legalization bill, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019, as the only bipartisan bill which would end federal legalization.
52. Buck Angel: From Porn Star to “Tranpa”
This week Alex and Donnell sit down with LGBTQ activist and cannabis entrepreneur Buck Angel to talk about the queer community's role in cannabis legalization, Buck's experience being the first trans man in LA to have hormone replacement therapy, and how he made his way from porn star to public figure. Plus, CBD is on the rise.
While the market is still tiny relative to Canada, investors think Europe is the next cannabis hotspot.
California retailer MedMen backed away from a partnership with a firm called Winning Media, which publishes paid pot stock promotions at MarijuanaStox.com.
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FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb resigned unexpectedly leaving a big question mark about the legal status of CBD.
A Utah resident who crash landed his personal airplane in Kansas, with three infused chocolate bars on board, received a setback in his bid to regain his flying license from the FAA.
In a fascinating piece for Rolling Stone, Amanda Chicago Lewis visits SoCal's Hundred Harmonies Church, a home of a cannabis-based religion which may also be depriving the state of pot taxes.
When I arrived for Sunday services at the Hundred Harmonies Church near Los Angeles, on a chilly morning last November, I was immediately handed a joint, a lighter and a bottle of water. In a small exurban storefront guarded by a security guard holding an AR-15, about 15 parishioners were toking up, eating powdered donuts and watching the final scenes of Orson Wells’ 1960 film David and Goliath on a mounted flat-screen. A whiteboard listed the day’s agenda (“SAMUEL 17”) above the message “God s you!”. The Rev. James Young Phan, an energetic minister dressed in a black tie and black suspenders, offered running commentary during the film. After it ended, he began talking about Martin Luther.