Top-tier Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released his REC legalization plan: The self-proclaimed socialist said he would legalize via executive order within his first hundred days in office.
Sanders would urge state and federal authorities to expunge old cannabis convictions, and use REC taxes to support entrepreneurs from historically disadvantaged groups.
Surging candidate Pete Buttigieg toured a Las Vegas dispensary.
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Canna Law Blog graded the candidates on pot policy. President Trump gets a D.
California delivery app (and WeedWeek advertiser) Eaze won a court victory which could help solidify the standing of cannabis business contracts.
A federal district court judge dismissed a class action lawsuit which alleged the app had violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited text messages.
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An investigation by the Cincinnati Enquirer found multi-state operators(MSOs) have moved to acquire or created partnerships with 25 out of 129 Ohio MED licensees. State law requires changes in ownership to be approved by regulators. As yet, none of these deals have received such an approval.
The MSOs which have made deals in Ohio-- according to their public statements, securities filings and similar documents -- include big names like MedMen (since dropped), Sea Hunter Therapeutics (part of Tilt Holdings), Curaleaf and Harvest. The deals are not yet finalized and could still potentially be held up by regulators.
The New York Times looks into Russian influence and money in the cannabiz. Curaleaf, it notes, "is led by one of Russia's most influential financiers and backed by another, allowing the company to pursue rapid expansion and hefty acquisitions."
The number of new VAPI cases "appears to be leveling off or even declining," according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Warnings from health officials and actions by authorities may be partly responsible.
According to a new Gallup poll, the vape crisis appears not to have dampened public support for REC legalization.
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With REC going on sale in January, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is lowering expectations for pot tax revenue. However, she recently backed down from a proposal to ban dispensaries in much of downtown. Under the new proposal dispensaries will be able to open much closer to Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile.
Just about every Halloween there are alarmist stories about candy spiked with illegal drugs. This week on LinkedIn a well-known figure in SoCal cannabis circles shared a more plausible-- in the generic sense* -- story about edibles spiked with date rape drugs.
On LinkedIn, Kristen Yoder recounted a situation at an illicit L.A. session, which she learned about on Instagram:
"A woman was roofied via edible, directly from the edible manufacturer, as was her friend. She woke up hours later in the backseat of her car without her shorts or underwear and obvious signs of rape. Her drug test came back positive for Rohypnol."
"If you’re at an underground/illicit cannabis event, be especially wary. Not only are they getting raided by the police often, the vendors are selling untested, unregulated products, and the “security guards” are usually nonexistent or incompetent(or criminals!)."
*I was not able to read the text in screenshots Yoder posted and don't know if they identify any individuals or companies.
While virtually all projections for the cannabis industry are optimistic, the path remains challenging for even established companies:
Some interesting new research:
Meanwhile, MED using students are starting to challenge college drug policies.
The U.S. Air Force is investigating whether an airman smoked pot while assigned to oversee nuclear intercontinental missiles. News of the allegations first became public on a social media post.
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