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Two more state parties back legal cannabis (Newsletter: June 25, 2018)

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Comey weighs in on legalization; Ireland considers legal marijuana; MA AG approves long moratoriums

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The New Hampshire and Texas Democratic parties adopted marijuana legalization platform planks at conventions over the weekend.

Former FBI Director James Comey said it is “worth experimenting with relaxation” of cannabis laws, but also that “smoked marijuana is not medicine.”

/ FEDERAL

U.S. Department of Justice officials are complaining that immigration enforcement is taking resources away from drug cases.

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) did a Facebook chat about her resolution calling on Congress to apologize for the war on drugs.

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) said he doesn’t think the U.S. will legalize marijuana “in my lifetime.” (Grassley is 84 years old.)

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) tweeted, “Congratulations to Canada on moving forward with the legalization of marijuana. As the world moves forward, we can’t afford to keep making the same mistakes of the past — it’s time to legalize marijuana at the federal level.” She also tweeted, “Too many lives have been ruined because of the War on Drugs. Federal marijuana legalization and restorative justice are about stopping our country from repeating the same mistakes of the past.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) spoke in support of legalizing marijuana at a press conference:

  • “Just one minor possession conviction could take away a lifetime of opportunities for jobs, education, and housing, tear families apart, and make people more vulnerable to serving time in jail or prison down the road. The reality that my 14-year-old son would likely be treated very differently from one of his Black or Latino peers if he was caught with marijuana is shameful. Legalizing marijuana is a social justice issue and a moral issue that Congress needs to address to help fix decades of injustice caused by our nation’s failed drug policies.”


U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) tweeted, “NV voters made it clear they favor regulation & taxation of marijuana in our state. The federal gov’t must respect the rights of states who choose to legalize & regulate marijuana.”

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke about her marijuana legislation in a radio interview.

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “It’s telling that we put people in jail for smoking marijuana and detain immigrant families for crossing the border but not one banker has been held accountable for destroying millions of lives and causing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.” He also tweeted, “Canada has just become the second country to legalize marijuana and a report from one of the largest Canadian banks estimates that marijuana sales will outpace liquor sales by 2020. Legalizing marijuana is good for jobs and the economy.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “The RESPECT Resolution is the first bill in Congress focused on building equity in the cannabis industry. There is systemic exclusion and discrimination at play, and it’s time we address it.”

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) appeared on Fox News to advocate for marijuana prohibition.

The U.S. Senate bill to encourage the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis got one new cosponsor, for a total of two.

The U.S. House bill to deschedule marijuana got two new cosponsors, for a total of 37.

The U.S. House industrial hemp bill got six new cosponsors, for a total of 12.

The U.S. House bill to require the licensing of more marijuana cultivators for research got one new cosponsor, for a total of 37.

/ STATES

The Massachusetts attorney general’s office approved a lengthy municipal marijuana moratorium that advocates see as a de facto ban in violation of a provision of the statewide legalization ballot initiative requiring that such moves be approved by voters in some cases.

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D), in a speech in Iowa, claimed that his state has “the best regulated legal medical marijuana market in the United States.”

Pennsylvania lawmakers sent legislation to allow a medical cannabis research program to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who says he will sign it.

Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates weighed in on the state’s medical cannabis ballot initiative. Separately, advocates sent out a mailer criticizing U.S. Sen. James Lankford’s (R-OK) opposition to the measure. And the Associated Press looks at conservative support for medical marijuana.

Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett said the state should allow medical cannabis and industrial hemp.

Here’s a look at where marijuana legalization efforts stand in New Jersey.

Nevada lawmakers approved additional funding for regulators to hire more staff to process cannabis industry background checks.

Maine lawmakers are considering legislation to give municipalities more control over medical cannabis caregivers.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint against a medical cannabis regulator.

The Associated Press looks at moves to expunge marijuana convictions in states with legalization.

/ LOCAL

The Los Angeles, California City Council president wants to place a measure on the November ballot that would create a municipally chartered bank to serve the marijuana industry.

Sacramento County, California’s district attorney has been moving to dismiss old marijuana convictions.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Ireland’s prime minister said his government is considering legalizing marijuana.

Grenada’s prime minister said the country should look at legalizing marijuana.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime criticized Canada’s move to legalize marijuana.

Russia is agitating for global condemnation against Canada’s legalization of cannabis.

Canada’s public safety minister said the government will consider pardons for people with marijuana convictions after legalization takes effect. For now, the government released updated guidance about traveling with marijuana.

The police chief in Durham, UK called for cannabis legalization. Separately, police in London were rushed to the hospital after reportedly being overcome by the smell of seized marijuana.

Some Mexican poppy farmers are turning back to growing marijuana as a result of dropping prices for opium.

/ ADVOCACY

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police is opposing industrial hemp legislation.

The former executive director of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association sent an open letter urging current sheriffs to support medical cannabis.

The Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association is opposing the state’s medical cannabis ballot measure.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

An analysis concluded that “Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska all had a significant increase in marijuana use” following legalization but that “these states did not experience similar trends for more addictive substances like alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, and heroin” and that “education and unemployment have stayed the same or improved .”

A study concluded that the “substantial reduction in opioid-related mortality associated with the implementation of medical cannabis laws can be explained by selection bias” because “states that legalized medical cannabis exhibit lower pre-existing mortality trends.”

A study found that CBD products “were mislabeled with 26% containing less CBD than labeled and 43% containing more, indicating a high degree of variability and poor standardization.”

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A Boston Globe op-ed looks at the history of alcohol prohibition proponents’ post-loss strategies for clues about what marijuana legalization opponents might do with their lives moving forward.

/ BUSINESS

Molson Coors Brewing Co. is reportedly in talks with several marijuana companies about potential investment and collaboration.

Treatwell cofounder Alison Ettel is at the center of an online backlash after apparently calling the police on an eight-year-old girl who was selling water outside her office. Several dispensaries have announced they will stop carrying the company’s products.

The Los Angeles Times looks at how California hotels are trying to appeal to cannabis consumers.

/ CULTURE

Comedian Seth Rogen is excited about his native Canada’s legalization of marijuana. He also said that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions “probably believes his own bullshit. If he doesn’t believe it, he’s just fucking saying it because he’s like a crusty old white dude that wants to uphold the war on drugs, probably because he’s racist.”

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert had a little fun with Canada’s new cannabis law.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 15-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

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Another former anti-cannabis congressman joins company board (Newsletter: October 14, 2019)

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Mexican leaders to release legalization bill this week; Former FDA head floats cannabis compromise; California gov signs & vetoes marijuana bills

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Former Rep. Stephen Buyer (R-IN) joined the board of cannabis firm FSD Pharma. Marijuana Moment took a deep dive into his record as a congressman, including consistent votes against measures to protect state medical cannabis laws from federal interference and cosponsoring legislation seeking to overturn local policies.

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb suggested in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Congress “take marijuana out of the existing paradigm for drug scheduling” and wrote that regulating “potency of THC compounds, the forms they take, how they’re manufactured, and who can make purchases ought to be possible.”

Key Mexican Senate committees have declared themselves in permanent session as they work to merge provisions of various marijuana legalization proposals into a comprehensive bill they plan to propose on Thursday.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed several cannabis bills into law, including measures concerning medical marijuana donations to low-income patients, tax fairness for businesses, a legal hemp program, research and more. But he also vetoed a bill to allow medical cannabis in healthcare facilities.

/ FEDERAL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued vaping guidance noting that “products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources…are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak” and recommending that “persons should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC” but also that “persons consider refraining from using e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain nicotine.”

The House of Representatives is expected to consider legislation on the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy this week.

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) toured several marijuana businesses and said he is optimistic about cannabis banking legislation after speaking to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “1️⃣ Legalize marijuana at the federal level 2️⃣ Legitimize the industry with resources and banking opportunities  3️⃣Provide restorative justice to communities of color most impacted by the failed War on Drugs”

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the drug war got one new cosponsor for a total of 48.

/ STATES

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) formed a multi-state agency special task force to investigate potential corruption or criminal influences in the state’s marijuana industry.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “‘88,000 people die each year in the United States due to causes related to alcohol use. Cigarette smoking.. more than 480,000 deaths.  Yet there’s no serious talk of prohibition of those products.’ It must be all those none cannabis overdose deaths.”

The U.S. Virgin Islands Committee on Rules and Judiciary rejected the nomination of a former senator who authored the territory’s medical cannabis law to serve on an implementation advisory board.

Oregon regulators filed temporary rules for a six-month ban on flavored vaping products and also released a compliance education bulletin.

Washington State regulators published guidance about the state’s flavored vaping ban.

The Colorado Supreme Court will hear a case on Thursday concerning medical cannabis use by people on probation.

Florida regulators proposed hemp rules and will hold hearings to receive public comment this month.

Louisiana regulators published hemp rules they intend to adopt.

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office reviewed two proposed marijuana ballot measures.

The Oklahoma legislture’s interim study on medical cannabis advertising has been delayed.

An Indiana senator authored an op-ed on the need to decriminalize marijuana.

Missouri regulators are hiring attorneys to work to defend against challenges to medical cannabis business license denials.

Alabama regulators began accepting hemp applications.


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/ LOCAL

The Pinellas County, Florida sheriff and state attorney issued a memo advising police not to make certain marijuana arrests.

The Broward County, Florida sheriff said it is “only a matter of time” until marijuana is legalized.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Australia’s health minister is asking officials to share information they considered before enacting a local marijuana legalization law.

Canada’s Conservative Party paid for Facebook ads falsely accusing the Liberal government of wanting to “legalize hard drugs.”

A Russian court sentenced an Israeli-American woman to seven and a half years in prison for allegedly smuggling nine grams marijuana into the country after Israel rejected an offer to exchange her for a Russian hacker set to be extradited to the U.S.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A dermatological science review concluded that “cannabinoids have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, anti-aging, and antimalignancy properties by various mechanisms including interacting with the newly found endocannabinoid system of the skin thereby providing a promising alternative to traditional treatments.”

The University of California San Diego School of Medicine’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research announced $3 million in grants to study medical cannabis as a supplementary or alternative treatment for schizophrenia, rheumatoid arthritis, insomnia, alcohol dependence and anxiety linked to anorexia.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that Florida likely voters support legalizing marijuana, 67%-29%.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial board is calling on Congress to pass a marijuana banking bill.

/ BUSINESS

Ohio medical cannabis companies are jointly moving to disclose vaping product ingredients.

Cura Cannabis settled a defamation lawsuit against Bloom Farms.

Mother Jones looks for clues as to who the unnamed foreign national allegedly involved in funding a scheme to win marijuana business licenses was in a federal indictment filed last week.

/ CULTURE

Anderson Cooper led a 60 Minutes report on psychedelic research.

Actor Woody Harrelson spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about the potency of his marijuana.

The finance editor of The Economist wrote about her experiences with psychedelics.

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Inside McConnell’s cannabis industry lunch (Newsletter: October 11, 2019)

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Mexican cabinet member accepts marijuana gift; Trucking org adopts cannabis stance; Scratch-n-sniff cannabis packaging; Texas cancels dispensary apps

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Marijuana Moment got a look inside a private luncheon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held with cannabis industry representatives during a marijuana-focused visit to Southern California.

Ahead of an expected vote on marijuana legalization this month, a  key Mexican cabinet member happily accepted a lawmaker’s gift of a joint during a legislative session.

American Trucking Associations adopted new cannabis policy recommendations, including removing federal research roadblocks, creating a “marijuana victim’s compensation fund” paid for by the industry and reporting purchases to prescription drug monitoring programs.

The congressional marijuana banking vote “signals a positive shift in House members’ attitudes toward marijuana” but “does not go nearly far enough,” The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights wrote in a letter asking lawmakers to cosponsor a comprehensive cannabis descheduling bill.

Texas regulators won’t explain why they suddenly suspended the application process for low-THC medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

Inventors filed a patent application for scratch-and-sniff marijuana packaging. One concept uses terpenes to mimic cannabis smells, while another would use scents like bacon, fish and chips, the seaside, shampoo and a Sunday roast.

/ FEDERAL

Two associates of President Trump’s attorney Rudolph Giuliani were arrested on charges that they, along with two other defendants, allegedly plotted to illegally funnel foreign money to politicians in an effort to secure marijuana business licenses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there are now 1,299 known cases of severe lung injury believed to be associated with vaping, including 26 deaths.

The Drug Enforcement Administration published technical corrections to information about marijuana cultivation license applications.

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb suggested in an op-ed that Congress “take marijuana out of the existing paradigm for drug scheduling” and that “regulation of the potency of THC compounds, the forms they take, how they’re manufactured, and who can make purchases ought to be possible.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke about the importance of solving banking and tax issues for the marijuana industry.

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) tweeted, “The House did the right thing by passing the SAFE Banking Act to allow legal marijuana businesses to bank without fear of federal interference. Now, the Senate should do the same.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said, “I come from the pro-science wing of the Republican Party. I understand that the Earth is warming, that medical marijuana can help people live better lives and no one chooses to be gay.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “The failed War on Drugs has disproportionately targeted and continues to harm communities of color. As our country continues to move forward on decriminalizing cannabis, it’s critical we prioritize real marijuana justice.”

Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Ted Terry, the Clarkston mayor, touted his local marijuana decriminalization policy and launched an online petition calling on Congress to enact cannabis reform.

/ STATES

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) defended his administration’s temporary ban on vaping products in response to criticism. Separately, regulators are publishing guidance warning marijuana entrepreneurs about scams targeting small businesses. They also approved licenses for companies to train cannabis business employees.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said it is important to legalize marijuana for social justice reasons. (About 16:45 into the audio.)

Mississippi Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Hood, currently the state attorney general, said medical cannabis should be up to doctors to decide and that he has seen studies indicating it can help people get off of opioids. Republican candidate Tate Reeves, the current lieutenant governor, said he plans to vote against a medical marijuana ballot measure.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor clashed with prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana on Twitter.

Florida’s surgeon general appointed a new marijuana coordinator.

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner visited a hemp farm at harvest time.

A Louisiana judge halted juror selection in a felony marijuana case after too many potential jurors in the pool said they support legalization.

The California Veterinary Medical Board’s Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee discussed guidelines for the appropriate administration of medical cannabis to animals. Separately, regulators are being sued over a decision to allow some marijuana billboards.

Oregon regulators will discuss vaping issues in a special meeting on Friday.

Michigan regulators will hold a meeting to take public comments on marijuana on October 28.


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Kansas City, Missouri’s mayor tweeted, “Why is municipal government in the marijuana ordinance enforcement business at all? #KCMO is considering 100 gram decriminalization as an ordinance matter, but the better move may be to remove marijuana as an offense from the municipal code altogether. It doesn’t change state treatment of marijuana possession, distribution, etc., as an offense, and thus our 4 local prosecutors would still have ability to prosecute or decline. We won’t create inconsistency with state law… instead we will just get out of the business.”

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Quebec, Canada government is appealing a court ruling that invalidated the province’s ban on marijuana home cultivation.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “although cannabis use is mostly found to be associated with increased incidence of anxiety disorders, these findings are generally not sustained in adjusted analyses controlling for multiple confounders” and that “the scarce data available indicates no clear effect of cannabis use on the course and treatment outcomes of anxiety disorders.”

A study examines how environmental movement organizations “have avoided America’s fastest growing agricultural sector: newly legalized cannabis.”

/ BUSINESS

Canopy Growth Corporation named Constellation Brands, Inc.’s chief financial officer as the chair of its board.

Canopy Growth Corporation and Go Farm Hemp are suing each other in federal court over allegations of missed payments and poor crops.

New Frontier Data announced plans to acquire Civilized Worldwide Inc.

HEXO Corp reported that quarterly revenues are below initial expectations.

Leafly informed customers of a breach of one of its databases involving customer records.

Colorado retailers sold more than $173.2 million in marijuana products in August, a new monthly record.

/ CULTURE

Former basketball player Jamal Mashburn was appointed as an advisor to the board of directors of cannabis company Revolution Global.

Anderson Cooper will lead a 60 Minutes report on psychedelic research on Sunday.

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McConnell meets with cannabis industry leaders (Newsletter: October 10, 2019)

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Gabbard backs legalizing drugs; Congress pushed on pesticides & marijuana; Rogen & Snoop offer cannabis tips; Study: Marijuana reduces opioid use

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) plans to meet with marijuana industry representatives and tour at least one California cannabis business this week.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a presidential candidate,  said the country should move toward legalizing drugs like cocaine and heroin.

The Oregon Education Association says it supports the aims of a proposed drug decriminalization ballot measure but is concerned about provisions to redirect cannabis tax revenue away from schools and toward drug treatment.

The advocacy group Beyond Pesticides is urging Congress to take action to prevent the misuse of pesticides on marijuana. The lack of federal regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency leaves states making up their own rules, and that puts consumers at risk, the group says.

A study on medical cannabis and chronic pain found that more than a quarter of patients stopped taking opioids altogether after using marijuana, while another 55% of participants reduced their opioid use by an average of 30%.

Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg spoke to Howard Stern about how they enjoy smoking marijuana together, and they offered advice for cannabis novices.

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White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director James Carroll discussed his concerns with marijuana legalization in a Drug Enforcement Administration podcast.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture official participated in a Pennsylvania hemp summit.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to take up a case challenging a Michigan court’s ruling overturning marijuana charges that stemmed from police “knock and talk”interviews.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit directed a lower court to take another look at a case challenging a Kansas police raid on a home that resulted from officers mistakenly thinking tomato plants and loose-leaf tea were evidence of a marijuana grow.

Former Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julián Castro, a presidential candidate, tweeted, “Addressing the injustice of the failed war on drugs means that we must legalize and regulate marijuana, and ensure victims of these policies — a majority of whom were Black and Brown—have their records expunged and are given access to economic development opportunities.”

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) said that “the impact on the ability of small and large businesses to operate justifies our attention” to marijuana banking issues.

The House bill to deschedule marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the drug war got one new cosponsor for a total of 47.

/ STATES

Washington State regulators approved a 120-day ban on flavored marijuana vaping products.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill to let parents administer medical cannabis to students at schools. He also signed legislation to remove a sentencing enhancement that added an extra year to sentences for each prior prison or felony jail term a person had. Separately, regulators awarded grants to local jurisdictions to support marijuana equity efforts.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said he is continuing to push for marijuana legalization.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “The majority of Pennsylvanians told @FettermanLT they want adult-use, recreational marijuana to be legal. I’m asking the legislature to seriously consider a legalization bill and get it to my desk.”

Louisiana gubernatorial candidates agreed on opposing legalizing marijuana during a debate.

Maine lawmakers are starting to file marijuana reform bills for the new legislative session.

Texas regulators unexpectedly suspended the application process for low-THC medical cannabis business licenses.

Illinois regulators released information on social equity cannabis loans, dispensary licenses and industry scams.

Michigan regulators sent a bulletin about marijuana business employee background checks. They also updated inspection guides.


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The Anchorage, Alaska Assembly voted to place a question about allowing on-site consumption at marijuana dispensaries before voters.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “CBD did not consistently influence the effects of THC across all studies and outcomes” but suggested that “CBD may interact with some acute effects of THC.”

A survey of pharmacy students found that “91% of students believed that [medical cannabis] should be legalized nationally” but that “a low number of students correctly identify approved indications.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Drug Policy Alliance is hiring a director for its office of national affairs.

/ BUSINESS

A hypothesis put forth by Colorado Green Lab suggests that the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries could be caused by a metal ingredient in vaping devices themselves—instead of a contaminant in nicotine or cannabis oils.

Nielsen and Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. teamed up to launch a CBD retail market analysis program.

New Frontier Data is acquiring  Zefyr, Inc.

Iron Laboratories, LLC paid a $100,000 fine as part of a settlement with Michigan regulators over violations related to its marijuana testing and reporting results.

The marijuana-focused app Social Club was removed from Apple’s App Store after it was reportedly flooded with posts about drug sales, weapons and pornography.

/ CULTURE

Musician Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth spoke about the time she got busted smoking marijuana at Disneyland.

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