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The FDA launched a criminal probe into the vaping supply chain, a move likely to affect licensed cannabis businesses, as the total reported cases of vape-related lung disease climbed above 500.
The death toll reached eight. While some cases have been tied to vitamin E acetate oil, a diluent sometimes found in street vapes, the cause of the disease continues to stump doctors. Further complicating the situation, patients often present different symptoms.
Crack downs on vaping gained momentum:
The vape panic came up on the panels at WeedWeek Recharge, our event Friday at the London Hotel in West Hollywood:
This week, Donnell and Alex talk to Andrea Drummer, the chef behind Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe, during a live recording at Weed Week Recharge, about how she went from a anti-drug counselor to a creative chef in the cannabis industry. They also discuss the biggest story in cannabis today: the vaping crisis -- beyond the headlines and the hype.
Following some amendments to please Republicans, the U.S. House of Representatives appears likely to vote on cannabis banking this month. In the Senate, where passage may be more difficult, banking committee Chair Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) has said he wants to hold a committee vote by the end of this year, potentially on a different bill than the House's.
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Texas Democrat and presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke released the most comprehensive REC legalization plan yet from a candidate.
The plan put a heavy emphasis on equity:
At WeedWeek Recharge, entrepreneur and activist Amber Senter recounted her conversation with Beto.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposed banning dispensaries from the city's central business district. The Chicago Tribune's editorial board wonders why she "wants to exclude the center of the city and visitor trade from what is, at heart, a revenue generator."
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The board of vaporizer player Pax Labs voted to fire CEO Bharat Vasan. Vasan joined the company in February 2018 from consumer tech company August Home and led Pax as it raised $420M at a post-money valuation of $1.7B
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Bruce Linton, co-founder and former CEO of Canopy Growth Corp. is taking positions at CBD pet food and psychedelic medicine companies. He has also become executive chairman of Michigan-based Gage Cannabis since Canopy fired him him at the beginning of July.
Linton grew Canopy to become one of Canada's biggest licensed producers.
And Cannabis Wire has the scoop on what Canopy Growth told the Trump administration on hemp regulations.
A study found the volatile organic compounds which give weed its smell, detract from air quality near grow sites. The compounds, which likely include terpenes, can contribute to ground-level ozone and may be harmful to workers inside the facilities.
California says it's track and trace system will be in place for all licensed businesses by the end of October. The announcement comes almost two years after the world's largest REC market opened.
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Variety assembled a panel of judges to rate celebrity pot brands.
A few findings:
Also look out for a brand associated with deceased actor and counterculture icon Dennis Hopper. It was apparently his dying wish.
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