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Senators debate cannabis use by judges (Newsletter: Nov. 17, 2017)

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No 280E reform in tax bill yet; MI ballot signature turn in; Peru president signs medical cannabis

 

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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a lengthy debate about how many times judges should be allowed to use marijuana before being confirmed to the federal bench.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/senators-debate-marijuana-use-judges/

Michigan activists will turn in more than 250,000 signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization measure for the state’s 2018 ballot on Monday.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/16/michigan-marijuana-legalization-ballot-signatures/107746780/

The authors of a journal article on an 11-month-old who died after consuming marijuana are pushing back on press reports that they claimed cannabis caused his death.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/11/17/the-truth-behind-the-first-marijuana-overdose-death/

 

POINT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE

I just authored an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times calling on California’s congressional delegation — especially Democratic U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein — to do a better job defending the state’s marijuana laws from federal interference. Legal cannabis did, after all, get nearly half a million more votes than Harris did last year.
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-angell-california-marijuana-20171117-story.html

 

FEDERAL

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee concluded its work on the tax reform bill on Thursday, and no senators introduced amendments concerning the 280E penalty on marijuana businesses. It remains to be seen whether there will be any floor action on the issue. The House version, which that chamber approved on Thursday, is silent on the matter.
https://www.finance.senate.gov/chairmans-news/finance-committee-passes-historic-tax-overhaul

 

STATES

California regulators released proposed emergency licensing regulations for marijuana businesses.
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Connecticut’s first 2018 gubernatorial debate will be hosted by NORML and Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapters.
http://blog.norml.org/2017/11/16/connecticut-norml-affiliate-to-co-host-gubernatorial-debate/

Pennsylvania Gov Tom Wolf (D) announced that roughly 6,000 patients and 300 caregivers have signed up for the state’s medical cannabis program.
https://twitter.com/GovernorTomWolf/status/931239217665015813

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous tweeted about the harms of the drug war.
https://twitter.com/BenJealous/status/931397555996512256

Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers are stepping up their push for medical cannabis legislation.
http://wuwm.com/post/democratic-lawmakers-continue-push-medical-marijuana-legalization-wisconsin

Friday is the deadline to submit Ohio medical cannabis dispensary applications.
https://medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/News?articleID=95

Nevada regulators announced they will accept medical cannabis cultivation and production license applications from rural areas where no such facilities exist.
https://twitter.com/ColtonLochhead/status/931226683629223936

Washington State regulators are proposing changes to marijuana advertising rules.
https://lcb.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/rules/2017%20Proposed%20Rules/Marijuana_Advertising_Rules_FINAL.pdf

A Michigan court reinstated charges against a man accused of running illegal medical cannabis dispensaries.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/11/16/marijuana-charges-reinstated-michigan-dispensary/107736606/

Arkansas’s medical director held a meeting to discuss “Opioid Crisis and the effects of Medical Marijuana Law.”
http://www.state.ar.us/government/calendar/detail?id=25100509

 

LOCAL

Denver, Colorado regulators are seeking applicants for a newly created Cannabis Health & Safety Advisory Board.
http://mailchi.mp/denvergov/now-scheduling-appointments-2544561

A Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania couple is suing after police mistook their hibiscus plants for marijuana and held them in custody for several hours.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/pennsylvania/articles/2017-11-17/couple-sues-after-police-mistake-hibiscus-for-marijuana

 

INTERNATIONAL

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a medical cannabis bill into law.
http://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-president-medical-cannabis-law-breaks-myths-and-prejudices-689953.aspx

Irish lawmakers removed allowances for smoking from a medical cannabis bill in order to earn enough support for it to advance.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/1807835/law-to-legalise-medical-cannabis-only-went-forward-after-reference-to-smoking-was-removed-from-the-bill/

 

SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested that “legalization of recreational marijuana did not increase marijuana use for youth who did not use marijuana but did increase use in youth who were already using.”
http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fadb0000327

A Utah survey found that 73% of epilepsy patients reported a noticeable reduction in seizures after taking CBD medical cannabis extracts in conjunction with other medication.
http://www.sltrib.com/news/2017/11/15/cannabis-oil-is-helping-utahs-epilepsy-patients-though-it-isnt-eliminating-seizures-u-survey-finds/

 

OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that U.S. likely voters support legalizing marijuana, 49% – 38%.
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/november_2017/nearly_half_support_legalizing_pot

An ACLU poll found that 72% of Americans would be more likely to vote for an elected official who supports eliminating mandatory minimum laws, among other findings about attitudes toward criminal justice reform issues.
https://www.aclu.org/news/91-percent-americans-support-criminal-justice-reform-aclu-polling-finds

The Boston Herald editorial board is urging Massachusetts municipalities to tax marijuana as much as they can.
http://www.bostonherald.com/opinion/editorials/2017/11/editorial_max_on_the_pot_tax

The Press of Atlantic City editorial board is wary of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey, it thinks it should still be reclassified.
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/opinion/time-to-reclassify-n-j-s-relationship-with-marijuana/article_21a11f52-5558-5095-a2fa-07e680541983.html

 

BUSINESS

An Arcview Market Research report concludes that “licensed marijuana stores are as profitable as Starbucks stores, if only they were taxed at the federal level like Starbucks, Apple, and other high-end specialty stores.”
https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/11/16/1194273/0/en/NEW-REPORT-Marijuana-Stores-as-Profitable-as-Starbucks.html

Canopy Growth, Organa Brands and Green House are entering a joint partnership.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/these-three-kings-of-cannabis-are-going-into-business-together

Politico looks at former Pittsburgh Steelers player Jack Ham’s involvement in the marijuana industry.
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/16/pittsburgh-steelers-jack-ham-medical-marijuana-what-works-215834

 

CULTURE     

Anthony Bourdain toured Seattle-area marijuana businesses — and tested their products — for an episode of his CNN series “Parts Unknown” airing this weekend.
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/anthony-bourdain-lunches-geekwire-dishes-tech-pot-vr-porn-changing-seattle/

Adult film actress Cherie DeVille and rapper Coolio announced they are running on a presidential and vice-presidential ticket in 2020 on a platform that includes legalizing marijuana.
https://fuckingawesome.com/pornstarforpresident/#platform

Actress Kathy Bates spoke about how medical cannabis helps football players deal with injuries.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9xEvdZniR8

Rock Band The Dandy Warhols tweeted that voters should work to defeat Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) for opposing marijuana legalization.
https://twitter.com/TheDandyWarhols/status/931206734118449154

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Missouri & Virginia medical cannabis sales begin (Newsletter: October 19, 2020)

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Biden talks marijuana at town hall; VA gov signs decrim fine prepay bill; MT lawsuit challenges legalization initiative; NJ poll; OR drug decrim ads

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump addressed drug and crime policy issues at dueling town halls. Biden spoke about decriminalizing marijuana, clearing past cannabis records and forcing people into treatment instead of jail for drug possession. Meanwhile, Trump attempted to cast himself as the criminal justice reform candidate.

Missouri dispensaries made the state’s first medical marijuana sales—nearly two years after voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for approved patients.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed a bill that allows people to prepay marijuana decriminalization fines instead of having to go to court. Meanwhile, the state’s first medical cannabis dispensary opened over the weekend. The governor also has more marijuana bills on his desk for action later this month.

Montana marijuana opponents are trying to block the state’s legalization ballot measure because they say it violates the state constitution by appropriating tax revenue to specific programs. Voting is already underway, so it’s unclear what will happen if the challenge succeeds in the state Supreme Court.

A new poll shows New Jersey’s marijuana legalization ballot referendum passing by a nearly three-to-one margin.

The campaign working to pass Oregon’s drug decriminalization ballot measure released a new series of TV and online ads. 

  • “Putting people in jail ruins families, when treatment can help families. Yes on 110 will help.”

/ FEDERAL

Leaders at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Training Academy are being accused of having a pattern of making racist comments towards recruits.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy updated its Freedom of Information Act policies.

Rep. Justin Amash (L-MI) criticized President Trump, tweeting that he “expanded civil asset forfeiture/marijuana enforcement.”

Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) and Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis shared their positions on marijuana legalization during a debate.

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) tweeted, “Happy Wisconsin Hemp Day! Throughout the early part of the 20th Century, Wisconsin was proudly a national leader in #hemp production. I have championed legalizing industrial hemp for years and am glad that our farmers are once again able to produce this lucrative, useful crop.”

South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison spoke about his support for legalizing marijuana.

West Virginia democratic Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin tweeted, “This isn’t a partisan issue- it’s a greed issue. People from all walks of life want to legalize cannabis, except for those who want to make money off our backs instead of empowering our farmers, small businesses, & working people. We need restorative #cannabis legalization NOW”

Maryland Democratic congressional candidate Mia Mason tweeted, “I will fight to legalize cannabis, let our District 1 farmers grow it as a cash crop, & tax it to bring money into our system to fix our infrastructure!”

/ STATES

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) signed a proclamation declaring Wisconsin Hemp Day.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “I’m calling on the PA legislature to move toward legalizing adult-use marijuana. Here’s why: 👍 Pennsylvanians support legalization 💵 Revenues would help us recover from #COVID19 🚜 Pennsylvania agriculture would see a boost 💚 Decriminalization of marijuana is long overdue 🌱 Justice would be restored to those impacted by over-criminalization 🛡 Regulations would be implemented to keep people safe ↔️ Pennsylvanians with medical issues could better access relief 💰 Pennsylvania would keep revenue instead of losing it to neighboring states”

Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate Woody Myers spoke about his support for decriminalizing marijuana and legalizing medical cannabis.

Arizona’s secretary of state held two town hall meetings to discuss the state’s ballot measures, including one to legalize marijuana.

Oklahoma regulators adopted emergency rules on medical cannabis reporting and testing. They also announced a recall of products sold by Green Motavation that failed pesticide testing.

Colorado regulators adopted new marijuana waste management rules.

Tennessee regulators extended the state’s hemp pilot program.

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole granted parole to a disabled Iraqi War veteran who is serving a five-year prison sentence after being arrested for possessing medical cannabis that is legal in his home state of Arizona.

California regulators are proposing new rules on marijuana business license application requirements.

The Illinois Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee will meet on Monday.

Michigan regulators will hold a marijuana social equity education and outreach session on Tuesday.


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/ LOCAL

The Will County, Illinois Board is advancing a proposal to use marijuana tax revenue as reparations for “Transgenerational Damage Done through Slavery, the Black Codes, the War on Drugs, and Mass Incarceration.”

San Francisco, California regulators made grant funding available to marijuana social equity businesses.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Mexico’s former defense minister was arrested on drug charges by U.S. officials.

Reelected Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke about her priorities for addressing marijuana policy regardless of the outcome of the nation’s legalization referendum. Meanwhile, the unexpected victory of a Green Party parliamentary candidate could bode well for the referendum, preliminary results of which will be announced later this month.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky included a question about legalizing medical cannabis in an exit poll to be conducted along with local elections this month.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study suggested that “accommodating assisted injection within [supervised injection services] may be providing opportunities to engage and reduce harms among higher-risk subpopulations” of people who inject drugs.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Policy Center for Public Health and Safety, American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp and ASTM International launched a pilot certification program for the cannabis industry.

The Irish Farmers Association says the country could be a “major player” in the production of medicinal cannabis.

/ BUSINESS

GenGanna Global, now known as OGGUSA Inc., is suing its board chairman for allegedly diverting more than $4 million in cash and benefits to his own company, Southern Tier Hemp.

Schwazze canceled its planned acquisition of Canyon.

/ CULTURE

The NFL Players Association sent a letter warning players that they could be violating collectively bargained rules by entering into partnerships with CBD companies.

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SCOTUS nominee pressed on cannabis (Newsletter: October 16, 2020)

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Polls: AZ legal marijuana leads; CO official touts psychedelic benefits; USDA to survey 18k hemp biz; NZ legal cannabis referendum on Sat.

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) pressed Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on marijuana criminalization and racial disparities in the war on drugs during her confirmation hearing.

  • “Because of that felony conviction for doing things that two of the last three presidents admitted to doing, they now can’t vote, they now can’t get jobs, they now can’t get business licenses. This is such a deeply affecting system that is disproportionately harming one class of citizens based upon race.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to survey 18,000 hemp businesses about how they grow and sell the newly legal crop, including questions on issues such as acreage, seeds, fertilizer, marketing, labor costs and storage.

Two new polls show Arizona’s marijuana legalization ballot initiative with a solid lead, and increased support from when the same two firms conducted surveys last month.

New Zealand voters will decide on a first-in-the-world national marijuana legalization referendum on Saturday—but don’t expect results to be announced for a few weeks.

  • “We won’t count referendum votes on election night,” the Electoral Commission says.

The Colorado Springs, Colorado City Council president shared an anecdote about how his sister-in-law benefited from using psilocybin mushrooms following a cancer diagnosis. The comments came as activists presented a proposal to locally decriminalize psychedelics in the military-heavy community.

/ FEDERAL

Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rep. Congressman David Trone (D-MD) announced $50,000 in federal funding to support a feasibility study on the hemp processing industry.

Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) tweeted, “I am disappointed that SCOTUS decided not to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of federal marijuana prohibition. I joined an amicus brief to this case supporting overturning the DEA’s classification of marijuana.”

Rep. Joe Morelle (D-NY) and Republican challenger George Mitris said during a debate that they support marijuana legalization.

Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL) and Democratic challenger Donna Deegan briefly debated marijuana policy.

Former Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) tweeted, “You can decriminalize #marijuana w/o legalization. Legalization creates an industry where benefits fall to corporate interests & negative impacts fall disproportionately on minorities.”

Libertarian presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen tweeted, “We would do well to follow Portugal’s decriminalization policy where ‘the drug-induced death rate has plummeted to 5x lower than the E.U. average and stands at 1/50th of the US.'”

/ STATES

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed bills extending the court-ordered receivership process to marijuana businesses.

Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) and Republican challenger Julianne Murray debated marijuana legalization.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “Illinois just banked $100M in revenue. Let me be clear: Pennsylvania, with a $4B budget deficit, is quite literally rejecting 100’s of millions of *free money* every year with cannabis Prohibition. Billions of dollars to build up PA, not the drug cartels. Legal Weed for PA.”

Colorado’s attorney general delivered the keynote address for George Mason University’s Symposium on the Economics and Law of Cannabis Markets.

Illinois regulators are facing a lawsuit that seeks to force them to issue overdue craft marijuana cultivation and infuser licenses.

New York regulators extended the state’s hemp pilot program.

Wisconsin regulators are extending the state’s hemp pilot program.

Advocates for and against Arizona’s marijuana legalization ballot measure held a debate.

Missouri regulators said they will need to spend another $200,000 in legal fees to handle lawsuits challenging their medical cannabis licensing decisions.

Florida’s Hemp Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, and the Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee will convene on Thursday.


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/ LOCAL

The Delaware County, Pennsylvania Council held a hearing on a marijuana decriminalization proposal.

The Gilbert, Arizona Town Council approved a ban on recreational marijuana businesses.

A Cook County, Illinois commissioner admitted that she has an ownership stake in a marijuana business license applicant after having previously served as one of the state’s top cannabis regulators.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Colombian legislation to legalize marijuana is in jeopardy.

Victoria, Australia’s state government is supporting a bill to protect driving rights for medical cannabis patients.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that “inhaled cannabis appears to have short-term beneficial effects on symptoms of” obsessive-compulsive disorder and that “patients reported a 60% reduction in compulsions, a 49% reduction in intrusions, and a 52% reduction in anxiety from before to after inhaling cannabis.”

A study on psychedelics found that “the perceived benefits associated with microdosing greatly outweigh the challenges” and that “microdosing may have utility for a variety of uses while having minimal side effects.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

Montana’s Catholic bishops are opposing the state’s marijuana legalization ballot measures.

The Massachusetts Municipal Association expressed concerns about proposed rules to allow marijuana delivery services.

The Marijuana Policy Project published a Pennsylvania voter guide.

/ BUSINESS

MedMen Enterprises Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of $27.4 million and an adjusted loss of $116.1 million.

Aphria Inc. reported quarterly net revenue of $145.7 million and a net loss of $5.1 million.

Nabis raised $5 million in Series A funding.

Harborside Inc. launched new products and an initiative to highlight diversity, sustainability and wellness in the cannabis industry.

Vireo Health International, Inc. launched a new product in New York’s medical cannabis market.

Total Arkansas medical cannabis sales crossed the 25,000-pound threshold.

/ CULTURE

Family Feud had a question on where parents go to smoke marijuana.

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MT poll shows legal cannabis leading (Newsletter: October 15, 2020)

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IL rakes in $100M in marijuana revenue; DC bill would let formerly incarcerated enter cannabis biz; NJ legalization ads & funding data

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The Illinois Department of Revenue announced that the state has generated more than $100 million in marijuana tax revenue since legal recreational cannabis sales launched earlier this year.

  • “Thanks to those who have carefully overseen this brand-new industry’s successful launch in Illinois, revenue is flowing to local governments, to drug treatment programs and law enforcement, and being reinvested in our communities hit hardest by the failed policies of the past.”

Washington, D.C. Council members filed a new bill to encourage participation and ownership in the legal medical marijuana industry by formerly incarcerated people.

  • “There is no reason why those who’ve paid their debt to society should be locked out of this industry any longer.”

A new poll shows that Montana voters are poised to approve marijuana legalization ballot measures next month—but 10% of voters are undecided, and turnout by young people could make all the difference.

New Jersey activists working to pass a marijuana legalization referendum released four English- and Spanish-language ads as new campaign finance data shows supporters out-raising cannabis opponents by a nearly 130:1 ratio.

/ FEDERAL

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) cited marijuana legalization as an issue on which he has stood up against his own party during a debate.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said the decision to delay a vote on his marijuana legalization bill by leadership was “the prudent choice, because they weren’t sure of the votes.”

The House bill to require the Food and Drug Administration to allow CBD as a dietary supplement got four new cosponsors for a total of 16.

Mississippi Democratic congressional candidate Antonia Eliason tweeted, “Even with my academic hat on, I’m writing about things that are key to my political campaign. The way we look at drugs domestically and internationally is problematic and we need to legalize medical cannabis as a tiny first step. Please vote for Initiative 65 (NOT 65A) on Nov. 3.”

/ STATES

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) and Democratic challenger Ben Salango debated marijuana legalization.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor did a radio interview about his support for legalizing marijuana.

Michigan’s attorney general tweeted, “I can tell you from first-hand experience that the expungement process in our state was in serious need of reform. We needed to expand the types of offenses that could be eligible for expungement.”

Mississippi’s secretary of state published a brochure with pro and con arguments on the state’s medical cannabis ballot measures.

The contract process to run Colorado’s Hemp Center of Excellence has been reopened after a state appeals administrator determined there was a perceived conflict of interest between one of the selection panel members and the organization that initially won the contract.

A New York senator introduced a bill to create a public bank that could accept funds from marijuana businesses.

Florida’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee will meet on October 22.


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The West Norriton, Pennsylvania Board of Commissioners approved a marijuana decriminalization ordinance.

Three Colorado municipalities will vote on ballot measures to allow recreational marijuana businesses next month.

The Sacramento, California City Council voted to allow 10 new marijuana dispensaries to open, with the aim of increasing cannabis industry ownership by people of color.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is reportedly considering including a marijuana legalization question in an exit poll to be conducted on election day later this month.

Guyana’s attorney general said the government will soon begin public consultations on marijuana decriminalization.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “the benefits of cannabidiol in treating symptoms of periodontal diseases outweigh the substance’s disadvantages.”

A study concluded that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy “provided to patients with severe or extreme, chronic PTSD appears to be cost-saving while delivering substantial clinical benefit.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Colorado Democratic Party tweeted, “Like we said: Cory Gardner is all stem and no bud when it comes to cannabis.”

The Drug Policy Alliance and JustLeadershipUSA led a group of 34 organizations founded and led by people directly impacted by the criminal justice system in sending a letter urging members of Congress to support a marijuana legalization bill.

/ BUSINESS

Charlotte’s Web, Inc.’s brand CBDMEDIC signed a sponsorship deal with the Arthritis Foundation.

Stiiizy-Mission voted in favor of a contract negotiated by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Cresco Labs launched a line of cannabis spray tinctures and capsules in New York.

Maine retailers sold more than $250,000 worth of recreational marijuana products in the first weekend of legal sales.

In the latest in a series of 420-themed tweets, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, “The gauntlet has been thrown down! The prophecy will be fulfilled. Model S price changes to $69,420 tonight!”

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