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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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.
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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:
“How are we supposed to believe someone whose voting record has been racist, homophobic and misogynistic?” a woman in the audience shouted at one point. Instead of addressing those issues specifically, Boehner touted his own record on criminal justice reform without giving specifics.
“I don’t think we ought to have people in jails and prisons who are not a risk to society,” Boehner said. “And I don’t see these people as a risk to society.”
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.
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.
AP, The Lancet
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:
In late January, Lucia Silvestri, creative director of Bulgari, attended the 2019 Town & Country Jewelry Awards in New York wearing a $320,000 bib-style necklace of gold cannabis leaves encrusted with diamonds and rubies. A week later, in Los Angeles, she donned a sister necklace in yellow gold, this one adorned with diamond medallions bearing cutouts of the same distinctive leaf.
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.