The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team investigates how deep-pocketed operators may be controlling more than the state limit of three REC dispensaries per owner.
According to the story:
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At South by Southwest, a group called the Equity First Alliance protested pro-cannabis speeches by former Speaker of the House John Boehner, who sits on the board of Acreage Holdings and MedMen CEO Adam Bierman.
The Daily Beast reported from Boehner’s SXSW session where he sat next to Acreage CEO Kevin Murphy:
To applause, Acreage CEO Murphy praised Boehner for having the “courage to change [his] mind.”
MedMen is suing Miami Beach, Fla. over how closely dispensaries can be located.
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California cannabis businesses can’t catch a break.
Elsewhere in California:
Smoking strong weed daily may increase the risk of psychosis -- disorders characterized by losing touch with reality -- by up to five times, according to the largest study to date on the subject. Published in the British medical journal The Lancet, the study does not establish a causal link between cannabis use and psychosis.
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After reaching a much heralded deal, the full New Jersey legislature is set to vote on REC legalization this week. However, Democrats who control the legislatute remain divided and it’s not clear whether the bill will pass.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (office of the “drug czar”) is invoking executive privilege to block disclosure of documents which reportedly allege dangers related to cannabis legalization.
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With 72 licensed MED “provisioning centers” in Michigan, the state plans to shutter 50 unlicensed shops on March 31. They had been allowed to operate without a license for the past year.
Elsewhere in the Midwest:
Outgoing FDA chief Scott Gottlieb said it could take more than three years to finalize regulations for CBD. The relevant issues include differentiating between CBD derived from hemp and that derived from marijuana.
A N.Y. Times op-ed argues for expunging criminal records for a wide range of minor offenses, not just those related to cannabis.
Several ultra luxury jewelry makers have embraced cannabis motifs. The N.Y. Times writes:
L.A. jewelers Jacquie Aiche, Established and Sapphire Collective also have a fondness for flashing the leaf. And Hollywood boutique Just One Eye sells a bejeweled $48,000 vape holder-slash-pendant by Daniela Villegas.
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