Newsletter #114

Gorilla Glue lawsuit

You may know Gorilla Glue as your favorite hybrid marijuana strain. Your dad may know Gorilla Glue as a really strong adhesive. The company that produces the latter isn’t thrilled about sharing a name with a cannabis strain. The Gorilla Glue Company, maker of adhesive products, is suing GG Strains LLC, producer of pot. One thing is certain: cannabis is no longer an underground industry. Check out the lawsuit details here.

Cards Against Humanity releases Weed Pack

The company behind Cards Against Humanity recently released a “Weed Pack” addition, with all proceeds going toward the Marijuana Policy Project. Cards Against Humanity, for the uninitiated, is a basically an obscene Apples to Apples. In fact, the game’s tagline is, “A party game for horrible people.” Horrible people doing good things.

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks marijuana

Neil deGrasse Tyson, famed astrophysicist, briefly discussed cannabis during a Facebook Live question and answer session. Tyson said that there’s no reason for marijuana to have ever been made illegal. Probably not enough to change the current administration’s mind on pot, but we’re glad to have him on our side.

Hawaii’s first dispensary opens

Last week, we told you about how Hawaii finally approved its first lab to conduct medical marijuana sample testing. This week, the Hawaii Department of Health issued a formal notice allowing an Oahu dispensary to begin marijuana sales to registered patients. Learn more about Hawaii’s first dispensary here.

NIH announces long-term cannabis study

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant to researchers to conduct a study on whether medical marijuana reduces opioid use in adults suffering from chronic pain. This is the first federally funded attempt to research this subject. This is also a big step in the right direction.

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Cory Booker’s new legalization bill

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, a bill that would both legalize cannabis and seek racial justice for those most impacted by its prohibition. The Marijuana Justice Act would remove marijuana entirely from the list of controlled substances. The bill would also cut federal funding for states where people of color and low-income individuals are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement. Learn more about this bill here.

Ann Coulter hates weed

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter made a whole lot of absurd claims about marijuana during a debate at the non-partisan political event Politicon. Among other things, Coulter stated that people don’t go to prison over cannabis possession. Then, in the span of a few sentences, America’s Sweetheart went on to insult marijuana users, immigrants and the intellectually disabled. Check out her offensive and erroneous rhetoric here.

Hawaii approves its first cannabis testing lab

Hawaii legalized medical marijuana 17 years ago. Dispensaries were legalized in 2015, but they haven’t been allowed to open to their doors. This is because the state had not certified any labs to conduct the required testing. This has finally changed. Hawaii recently approved its first laboratory to begin testing cannabis samples. This is a big deal for the state’s 17,000 medical marijuana patients.

Marijuana company buys town

A cannabis company has purchased the tiny desert town of Nipton, California in the hopes of turning it into a marijuana tourism destination. American Green plans on opening a marijuana farm, an Old West-themed dispensary and a weed-friendly bed and breakfast, among other attractions. We wonder what the town’s six residents think of this plan.

NFL considers cannabis

The NFL wrote a letter to the NFL Players Association that indicated the league may be willing to study the use of marijuana by players as a pain management tool. This may come as a surprise given that the NFL has held a very anti-cannabis viewpoint over the years. Time will tell if the league follows through on this offer.

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Marijuana activists take on Sessions and the DEA

A crew of cannabis advocates filed a federal lawsuit on Monday that challenges the constitutionality of the Controlled Substances Act’s section on marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Drug Enforcement Administration acting head Chuck Rosenberg were named as defendants.

The plaintiffs- who include two children using medical cannabis, a former NFL player, a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder and a marijuana activism nonprofit- claim that the CSA’s classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance is so absurd that it’s unconstitutional. Reminder: Schedule I classification is reserved for the most dangerous drugs. Heroin is on this list. Marijuana’s inclusion is definitely ridiculous, but is it unconstitutional? We’re excited to see how this lawsuit goes.

Congress talks cannabis

The Senate and the House of Representatives are making some important decisions regarding marijuana. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment that would extend the protection of state medical cannabis programs from federal interference. Meanwhile, the House Rules Committee decided not to allow a medical marijuana amendment to move forward. The amendment would have allowed veterans to take part in the medical cannabis programs in certain states. One step forward, two steps back.

California’s marijuana surplus

California’s cannabis growers produce eight times the marijuana that is used in the state. After January 1st, new state regulations will ban exports of the plant. There’s concern that some growers will illegally transport cannabis to other states, while others will simply go out of business. Maybe Californians can be convinced to consume eight times more marijuana.

Bad ad

The Washington State Department of Health put up a really weird anti-marijuana billboard. It read, “We don’t need pot to have fun. We’re Hispanics…We’re cool by default” and showed a group of young, presumably Hispanic adults. As you might imagine, there was backlash. See the billboard for yourself here.

Less pot, better grades

A recently published study showed that college students with access to recreational marijuana receive lower grades and fail classes at a higher rate than their pot-free counterparts. You could probably say the same for alcohol and Netflix.

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Less dispensaries, more crime

A new study shows that closing medical marijuana dispensaries causes an increase in the crime rates of those neighborhoods. According to the data, the closures of medical cannabis dispensaries were linked to an increase in theft, car break-ins and other offenses in the areas surrounding the establishments. The researchers found that the foot traffic associated with dispensaries contributes to safer neighborhoods. Learn more about the research here.

The Feds are investigating Colorado cannabis

Officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the White House have been meeting with Colorado Springs residents, including the mayor and the police chief, to discuss Colorado’s marijuana black market. This has cannabis advocates concerned that the federal government might be planning a crackdown in states with legal marijuana. Let’s hope that’s not the case.

Uruguay starts selling recreational weed

Uruguay just became the first country in the world to legally sell recreational marijuana. This week, 16 pharmacies began selling cannabis to those on a national registry. The two strains currently being sold contain just 2% THC, which is very weak. The ganja isn’t great, but it’s a start.

400 pounds of marijuana found in new cars

Investigators have discovered over 400 pounds of cannabis stashed inside the trunks of 15 new Fords. These vehicles were made in Mexico and shipped to the U.S. to sell. Now you know to always check the spare tire compartment when buying a new car.

Colorado hits half a billion in pot tax revenue

Colorado has hit a major milestone by raking in $500 million in state revenue from legal marijuana sales. Check out what the advocates and critics are saying about it here.

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Nevada pot shops can finally restock

Recreational marijuana sales began in Nevada on July 1st, and pot products have been flying off the shelves. While this may seem like good news for dispensaries, they’ve been stressed about restocking. This is because for the first 18 months of legal cannabis sales, alcohol distributors have exclusive rights to transport the state’s weed- and most haven’t been interested.

This component of the new marijuana law was intended to soothe the booze industry’s concerns that legal pot would mean less alcohol sales. However, this compromise became a problem when the state said “pass” to the few distributors that actually applied for the license to handle cannabis. Fortunately, Nevada made the last-minute decision to license two alcohol wholesalers to transport weed from seed to store. Learn more about Nevada’s marijuana mess here.

DEA admits you can’t OD on marijuana

The Drug Enforcement Agency recently released Drugs of Abuse, a resource guide about various- you guessed it- drugs. In this guide, the DEA wrote, “No deaths from overdose of marijuana have been recorded.” It also mentioned that the effects of cannabis include happiness and enhanced imagination. The DEA has been staunchly anti-marijuana, but maybe this is a signal of hope.

Hindu deity is sick of cannabis tourism

Malana is an ancient Indian village that happens to be famous for its primo hashish. The village elders fear that cannabis tourists are threatening this remote community’s unique culture, which is probably a legitimate concern. Recently, the village’s protective deity, Jamlu Devta, “spoke” to the elders and told them to end marijuana tourism. You can’t argue with a divine being.

World’s top marijuana cultivator

Guess which country grows more cannabis than any other? Morocco takes the lead (by a lot). The North African nation is followed by Mexico, and then Nigeria. Check out other interesting findings from the United Nations’ World Drug Report 2017 here.

Cannabis K-Cups

Do you like marijuana? What about minimal-effort coffee? Brewbudz, a San Diego startup, has debuted a line of cannabis-infused coffees and teas in single-serve packaging. The real question: could you get away with drinking these at the office?

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Print your own edibles

3D printing is trendy, and so are unique marijuana edibles. Combine the two, and you get Potent Rope. Potent Rope is an edible cannabis filament for use in a 3D printer. In a nutshell, an edible thermoplastic is combined with marijuana extract, creating a filament ready for 3D printing. Want a custom-created edible in the shape of a spaceship? Here you go.

Marijuana effective at treating migraines

The results of a new study show that medical cannabis may be more effective at treating migraines than the prescription drugs currently in use. A THC-CBD combination was shown to reduce both migraine pain and the frequency of attacks in the study’s participants. Learn more about the research here.

Nevada’s first days of recreational cannabis

Recreational dispensaries in Nevada opened their doors last Saturday. You could say it went well. In the state’s first four days of legal recreational marijuana sales, it saw $3 million in sales revenue and $500,000 in tax revenue. Good for the economy, good for the government.

Lawsuit over medical marijuana smoking ban in Florida

John Morgan, an Orlando-based attorney, is suing the state of Florida over a new law that bans smoking medical cannabis. Morgan contends that toking up in private should be legal. Learn about this battle here.

Greece legalizes medical cannabis

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece announced that his nation will legalize medical marijuana. Guidelines on how cannabis will be grown and distributed are still to come.