Apple banned vaping-related apps and removed 181 from the App Store. They included hardware companion and store apps.
Apple's move comes amid a flood of confusing news, as officials try to determine how, or whether, to further regulate vapes.
At Forbes, commentator Mike Adams goes so far as to discuss reasons why legalization seems to be failing. "It’s hard to argue that marijuana legalization is working," he writes. "It should be, but the scene is just too convoluted."
But at New Cannabis Ventures, analyst Alan Brochstein sees some reasons for optimism.
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Since the House passed the SAFE Banking Act in September, all eyes have been on Senate Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo (R-Id.). He seems to get the rationale for allowing the industry to access banks, but as Matt Laslo reports at Wikileaf, Crapo might want to tackle issues such as product safety and money laundering as well, which would likely slow the bill's passage through the Senate.
An NYU study found problematic teen pot use rose 25%, from 2.18% to 2.72%, in states with legal shops.
Related: The Boston Globe looks at the uptick in cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. "It's honestly hell," says cannabis P.R. Pro Alice Moon, who stopped consuming cannabis after vomiting for 16 days straight.
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With less than two months before REC goes on sale, major players Cresco Labs and PharmaCann secured some of the most desireable REC dispensary locations in downtown Chicago.
The Illinois legislature passed a bill to smooth the upcoming REC rollout. It included a ban on lawmakers or their immediate families from owning a stake in a cannabis company for two years after leaving office.
Capitol News Illinois
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China, where the cannabis plant originated, remains adamantly opposed to REC legalization, and trafficking can carry the death penalty. But the country is bullish on hemp, the WSJ reports:
The heart of these efforts is in Yunnan in southwestern China, the first province to make it legal to farm cannabis on an industrial scale. Here, farmers have planted vast plots of hemp that tower above their heads and stretch for miles. In the fall, those leaves and flowers are hand-harvested, sun-dried and turned into CBD powders and oils for export.
Meanwhile stateside, at Medium, there's an interesting piece about the lengths farmers go to to ensure their hemp crop is below 0.3% THC. Crops that fail the test are considered "hot" and have to be destroyed at the grower's expense.
As Nevada faces several lawsuits related to the fairness of its application process, a state audit concluded the process was imperfect but "adequate, and conditional licenses were granted to more qualified applicants."
Las Vegas Review Journal
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A bill to legalize kratom could be introduced in Colorado's 2020 legislative session. Some users believe the plant, which is native to Southeast Asia, relieves their pain and helps them kick opioids. But it faces questions about its own safety and addictive potential.
In more other drug news, more U.S. seniors are getting curious about ayahuasca.
Game show Family Feud asked contestants where grandma hides her pot.
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