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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) slammed Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for the later's eagerness to prosecute pot offenses during her time as a prosecutor, during Wednesday night's Democratic primary debate.
"She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana," Gabbard said to applause.
Gabbard has attracted plaudits from cannabis activists for her strong pro-legalization stance. "I don't smoke marijuana. I never have," she told Tom Angell in March. "But I believe firmly in every person's freedom to make their own choices, and that people should not be thrown in jail and incarcerated or made into criminals for choosing to smoke marijuana."
Elsewhere in the debates, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.Y.) said that on criminal justice, Vice President Joe Biden created "all the problems he's talking about."
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Seven Oklahoma MED shops are suing Facebook over allegations that the social network is "subjectively" putting them in "Facebook Jail." They claim Facebook has “a pattern of targeting the Oklahoma medical marijuana industry.”
Cannabis Wire learned Canadian giant Canopy Growth has expanded its U.S. lobbying to New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois. It also lobbies the federal government.
Over at The Verge, Amanda Chicago Lewis goes long on the big question of whether anyone will buy cannabis-infused drinks. The snarky and smart piece takes us to outside Coachella, Canopy's bottling plant, a very upscale industry dinner and a dinner with friends. (WeedWeek Council member Kenny Morrison makes an appearance.)
For a more bullish take on , hear why former Canopy CEO Bruce Linton thinks cannabinoid-infused drinks are going to take over the world, only on the WeedWeek podcast.
Bloomberg Law has a fascinating piece on why patents are so valuable for cannabis companies.
Bottom line: It's a way companies can distinguish themselves to potential acquirers.
In a Washington Post opinion piece, former Trump FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb argues the "CBD craze is getting out of hand. The FDA needs to act."
Meanwhile, a venture between pharma giants Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline is investigating CBD.
Well over 1,000 applications for equity business licenses poured into the Los Angeles regulator.
🌴Donny has more at WeedWeek California. Also don't miss his look at immigrants deported for cannabis.
California also reopened applications for $10M available statewide (!) to support city equity projects.
In Massachusetts, the state's first "economic empowerment" business is slated to be Boston's first REC dispensary. Pure Oasis expects to open in October.
A memo obtained by the Texas Tribune instructed state Department of Public Safety officers to issue citations rather than arrest individuals found with less than four ounces of weed. However, when they show up in court to answer the citation they will face criminal charges.
Leafly suggests the 600 commercial pot grows in the Denver area may be contributing to the city's poor air quality.
The new U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hired a top aide from a job as a MED legalization activist.
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