Welcome to the New Normal. It begins with a 120-second journey through America's complex history with cannabis legalization. But the New Normal isn't just a piece of film. Nor is it only the first-ever recreational cannabis commercial to air on TV by MedMen. It's a new era in which cannabis gets its own line on the grocery list, a point in time where the threat of "madness" is replaced with a promise of wellness. You can watch it now at medmen.com/newnormal.
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Of all points in the supply chain, bureaucratic red tape has proved thickest around farm licensing. The state's Department of Food and Agriculture cannot issue licenses as fast as existing ones are expiring. As a result, legal marijuana could become unavailable as of mid-summer.
Rather than risk exposing the legal market to drought conditions -- and for a time turning over business to the illicit market -- Sacramento is taking action. Last month, Senator Mike McClure introduced SB 67, which would allow farms to remain open despite lacking renewal.
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Women who came into the marijuana industry expecting a new gender treatment paradigm aren't getting anything close to that fantasy, according to a newly-published Boss Ladies of Cannabis (BLOC) survey.
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California Congressmembers Rep. Barbara Lee (D) Ro Khanna (D) combined with Senator -- and Presidential hopeful -- Cory Booker to re-introduce the Marijuana Justice Act, a proposed law that would feature 1) Large-scale expungement of past marijuana convictions, 2)Incentive-creation for states to improve marijuana laws that impact the poor and non-white, and 3)Removal of marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances.
Other Senators/Presidential candidates co-sponsoring the bill are Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
While representatives in D.C. were making expungement part of the national dialogue about how cannabis legalization might function, San Francisco was taking immediate action. Emphasis on "immediate."
Code for America developed a learning algorithm that quickly allows District Attorney George Gascón's staff to peruse charging forms and identify crime codes forms. The tool automatically determines the felony convictions eligible for downgrading to misdemeanor status. Finally, the algorithm fills out required documents that Gascón can file with the court.
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The businessman who owns the Southern California music festival Coachella, Philip Anshutz, is as conservative as he is rich. Having moved on from funding the anti-gay agenda, he's throwing money at that other thing he doesn't like, legal weed. And Coachella's owner won't allow you to have cannabis at his extremely lucrative desert music festival. This, despite legalization.
Anshutz will take your money, but he won't respect the plant that inspired so much of his festival's music. Both artists and afficionados have a responsibility to walk away from Coachella.
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