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Newsletter #135

California’s computer tracking system not ready

California residents and dispensaries were stoked for legal recreational marijuana sales to begin on January 1st, but the computer system that cannabis businesses are supposed to use to track pot from seed to sale isn’t quite ready. Businesses are being asked to document everything manually. If you’re wondering why there aren’t numbers for California’s first day of recreational cannabis sales, this is why.

Sessions plots cannabis crackdown

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a known marijuana-hater, has lifted a policy that kept federal authorities from going after cannabis businesses in states where the drug is legal. This gives federal prosecutors the authority to target dispensaries and growers that are in compliance with state law. If you’re angry and confused, you’re not alone. The backlash has been intense.

Merry Munchie Meal

Snoop Dogg is partnering with Jack in the Box to introduce a limited-edition combo meal geared toward potheads. The Merry Munchie Meal will be available at three Jack in the Box locations in California. It includes two tacos, five churros, chicken strips, french fries, onion rings and a small drink, all for a mere $4.20. Get it?

Mike Tyson plans pot resort

Mike Tyson wants in on the marijuana industry. He plans to open a cannabis resort in Southern California that will grow the plant, as well as boast a “glamping” site and edibles factory. Learn more about this future wonderland here.

Marijuana stocks plummet

If you thought that Jeff Sessions’ cannabis announcement would be bad for business, you were right. Cannabis stocks have plunged.

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Reminder: don’t drive high

Officials want you to know that even though recreational marijuana becomes legal in California on January 1st, driving while under the influence is still very illegal. There is no legal threshold for the amount of cannabis that can be in a driver’s system, and there is no widely accepted standard for exposing marijuana impairment. Better be safe and just not drive even a little bit stoned.

Canada’s indigenous people insist say in marijuana laws

As Canada prepares to legalize recreational cannabis, the leaders of Canada’s indigenous communities are demanding the right to determine the marijuana laws within their own territories. Learn more about how those in the First Nations want to handle cannabis here.

More pregnant women using marijuana

Recent studies have shown that more pregnant women are using cannabis. The health effects of marijuana use on a fetus are unclear, but it could lead to developmental issues down the road. For the record, doctors discourage pregnant women from using cannabis.

Stoner Santas

An elderly couple was driving from California to the Northeast when cops pulled them over in Nebraska. The duo had 60 pounds of cannabis, which they insisted was for Christmas presents. That’s a lot of green to give.

Monica Lewinsky weed

If you’re nostalgic for the 90s, here’s one way to channel that era: the Monica Lewinsky strain of bud.

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Second chance for Californians with marijuana convictions

Most California residents know that recreational marijuana will become legal on January 1st, 2018. What some may not realize is that there’s a provision in the new state cannabis law that could drastically change the lives of hundreds of thousands Californians. People convicted of marijuana crimes will have the opportunity to have their records wiped clean or charges reduced. Learn more about this incredible provision here.

VA introduces new medical cannabis policy

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been excruciatingly slow to embrace medical marijuana as a beneficial option for many veterans. Fortunately, things are going to get a little bit better with a new policy. While VA doctors are not permitted to recommend medical marijuana to their veteran patients, they’ll be allowed to discuss the possibility. Baby steps.

World Health Organization rules on CBD

The World Health Organization, an agency of the United Nations, has recommended that cannabidiol (CBD) should not be scheduled as a drug. This could pave the way for legal CBD use around the world. Well done.

World’s longest joint

What do you get when you combine 40 people, 1,000 grams of marijuana and 3,000 yards of rolling paper? A 100-foot-long joint, which was rolled at a cannabis festival in Massachusetts. Nice.

USPS bans pot pictures on stamps

The U.S. Postal Service has decided that custom stamps may not contain any images of cannabis. Depictions of tobacco, booze and guns are still permitted. Seems illogical, but okay.

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Canadian cannabis giants battle over hostile takeover bid

Those interested in marijuana investments may already know that Aurora Cannabis Inc. is going after CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. with a $453 million offer. CanniMed is trying to stave off this hostile takeover by claiming that Aurora violated securities laws. Learn more about this muddle here.

Cheech Marin joins forces with California Secretary of State

Cannabizfile is the California Secretary of State’s online destination for entrepreneurs interested in starting a marijuana business in the state. A new public service announcement for this site features Cheech Marin, comedian and cannabis lover. That’s one way to get street cred.

California issues first licenses for recreational marijuana

California just issued its first batch of business licenses for recreational marijuana enterprises. These temporary licenses are good for 120 days. Reminder: recreational cannabis becomes legal in California on January 1st, 2018.

Stoned yoga in Massachusetts

Marijuana officials in Massachusetts took preliminary votes to allow the sale and use of cannabis at various establishments, including restaurants, movie theaters and yoga studios. Check it out here.

Cannabis Christmas wreaths

If you want to show your love for Christmas decorations and marijuana at the same time, there’s a perfect product for you: cannabis Christmas wreaths.

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The lowdown on scromiting

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome, an illness caused by excessive cannabis use that can bring about incapacitating nausea, has been making headlines recently. It is real, but it only affects a small portion of the population. However, it is seen frequently enough that some doctors have coined the term “scromiting,” a portmanteau of “screaming” and “vomiting.” The cure? Stop using marijuana.

Los Angeles to become largest city with legal marijuana

This week, the Los Angeles City Council approved regulations for the recreational cannabis industry. When California’s recreational marijuana laws go into effect on on January 1st, 2018, LA will be ready to go. In fact, the City of Angels will become the largest U.S. city with legal cannabis. Good on you, LA.

No bankruptcy aid for cannabis businesses

At this point, most followers of marijuana-related news know that businesses in the cannabis industry have banking issues. The Department of Justice would also like to make it clear that marijuana enterprises cannot claim bankruptcy. Learn more here.

Army grants waivers for pot smokers

The Army is getting with the times and granting waivers for past marijuana use. In fact, over 500 people received this specific waiver this year. Quick note to interested parties: this doesn’t mean you can use cannabis while enlisted.

Weed nasal spray

Are you sick of smoking, vaping and ingesting marijuana? Now, you can snort it. Seriously.

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Tax cuts for marijuana businesses

Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado wants to attach an amendment to a tax reform bill that would allow state-legal cannabis businesses to deduct normal operating expenses from their taxes. As it stands, those behind legal marijuana businesses can’t take any of the deductions available to other enterprises. Learn more about this amendment and the issue behind it here.

Rick Steves pushes for legal cannabis in Illinois

Beloved travel writer and television host Rick Steves trekked to Chicago to speak his mind on legal marijuana. He was there to support a state proposal to legalize recreational cannabis. Steves, who has been a vocal supporter of legalization for years, said, “This is not a pro-pot movement. This is an anti-prohibition movement.” Let’s hope Illinois lawmakers agree.

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Maryland will finally open

Back in 2014, lawmakers legalized medical marijuana in Maryland. After numerous legal and bureaucratic issues, dispensaries are finally poised to open this week. Thousands of Maryland residents are already certified to purchase medical cannabis, so sales should take off quickly. Welcome to the 21st century, Maryland.

Ziplining weed

Do you seek adventure? Are you not concerned about the prison sentence that comes with getting caught for smuggling drugs? If you answered yes to both of these, you might be perfect for a new endeavor: ziplining pot across the United States-Mexico border.

San Francisco’s recreational cannabis sales to start in January

Cannabis enthusiasts of San Francisco, rejoice. The Board of Supervisors has agreed to recreational marijuana regulations that could have sales starting as soon as January 5th. Check it out here.