Racist profiling and cannabis arrests

A new report from the Drug Policy Alliance shows that marijuana-related arrests in legal weed states have declined significantly since legalization. Unfortunately, it’s clear that racist policing has continued through cannabis legalization. Here’s an example: According to a 2016 report by the Colorado Department of Public Safety, marijuana-related arrests decreased by over 10% for white teens, whereas comparable arrests increased by 50% for black teenagers. Not good.

Vermont legalizes recreational marijuana

On Monday, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a recreational cannabis bill into law. This is the first time a state has legalized marijuana through the legislative process. So when you can expect recreational pot shops in Vermont to open their doors? No one knows. The legislation doesn’t create a state market for recreational cannabis. Learn more about this new law here.

California banking bill

A bill was introduced in the California State Senate that would allow California-chartered financial institutions to provide banking services to marijuana businesses. This could be a game-changer for many cannabis enterprises, which are currently forced to conduct almost all business in cash.

Weed farmers sue California

As California’s marijuana regulations stand, businesses can acquire an unlimited number of growing licenses. Small-scale cannabis farmers believe this unfairly favors big businesses, which is why a coalition is suing California in hopes of blocking these regulations. Stay tuned.

Canadians love their cannabis

According to new data, it’s estimated that Canadians spent $5.7 billion on marijuana in 2017. That’s a lot of pot.