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.
A bi-partisan group of Congress members introduced a bill which would allow individual states to determine their own cannabis policy. And insiders say it could pass.
Politico says support for cannabis reform is "the new litmus test" for Democratic presidential candidates.
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In other key REC markets:
After a proposal to legalize REC failed to attract enough votes, a pro-legalization New Jersey lawmaker said the legislature could vote again as soon as next month. But it’s not yet clear if the proposal will have the votes.
Polls suggest Zehut could receive between four and seven seats in the 120-seat Israeli parliament, enough to potentially decide the balance between conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and centrist Benny Gantz.
Zehut leader Moshe Feiglin says he won’t join a coalition government unless it agrees to legalize REC.
A growing array of mainstream companies are looking to cannabis to accelerate growth, Reuters reports. The opportunity appears especially robust for logistics and supply chain companies.
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A bill in the California legislature aims to block web sites from showing ads for unlicensed dispensaries. The law, which has support from much of the industry, could undermine Weedmaps, the online dispensary locator which accepts advertising from unlicensed pot shops.
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A study conducted by California testing lab CannaSafe found that of 20 popular CBD products only three contained as much CBD as the label promised. And some of the products contained "insanely high levels" of chemical solvents, some of which are toxic when vaporized.
Outgoing FDA head Dr. Scott Gottlieb released a timeline for defining CBD's federal regulatory status, including a public hearing on May 31.
In another hemp problem: Leafly looks into whether pollination from industrial hemp farms could ruin nearby marijuana crops. Similar concerns date back (at least) three centuries to the work of German botanist Rudolf Jakob Camerarius.
And a study found cannabis from the only federally legal U.S.-pot farm -- at the University of Mississippi -- has a chemical composition closer to hemp than to commercially available cannabis.
Plus, U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) want clarity on banking rules for hemp companies.
Denver has appealed to the U.S. Justice Department, after two immigrants with permanent residency status were denied citizenship for working in the cannabis industry.
In Canada, Canopy Growth hired Guatemalan workers for a massive production facility in British Columbia.
Los Angeles County said it would use an algorithm to automatically clear an estimated 50,000 cannabis convictions. San Joaquin County (Stockton) said it would clear about 4,000 more.
The Marshall Project explains the blurry lines distinguishing violent from non-violent offenses.
Weedmaps found a pair of hot new cannabis social media influencers: Maine couple, Sue and Lee, whose Instagram account @420oldfatlesbians has racked up more than 75,000 followers in about a month.
They're looking for sponsorship opportunities.