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Newsletter #181

NASA to investigate pot-smoking Elon Musk

Months ago, famed entrepreneur Elon Musk briefly toked up while being interviewed on a podcast. People made a huge deal out of it, and the fuss hasn’t died down. Now, NASA officials are taking their turn with Musk. Musk’s blunt puff has apparently caused NASA to be concerned with the safety protocols at SpaceX, Musk’s aerospace company. Consequently, NASA will be conducting a rigorous safety inspection of SpaceX starting early next year. Take it easy in 2019, Musk.

Medical marijuana patient sues Trump administration over gun rights

Matthew Roman, a Philadelphia-based doctor, went to a local gun store, where he quickly found out that he is not permitted to purchase a gun due to his status as a medical marijuana patient. Because of this, Roman is suing the Trump administration over the federal statute that prohibits cannabis users from buying or owning firearms. Learn more about this suit here.

Getting high from honey

An Israeli cannabis company worked out a fascinating way to produce cannabinoid-filled honey. The first step is feeding bees a composition that includes cannabinoids. As a result of this feast, bees pass these nutrients into their honey, thereby producing honey that naturally contains THC and CBD. Also, don’t worry about the bees—they aren’t getting high.

Recreational marijuana shops finally open in Massachusetts

Massachusetts voters approved the adult use of recreational cannabis statewide over two years ago. Finally, with the opening of two recreational dispensaries, Massachusetts residents can purchase marijuana without a medical prescription. About time!

Medical cannabis in Greece

Greece recently issued the country’s first licenses for growing medical marijuana. While this new medical cannabis industry is primarily export-focused, marijuana prescriptions will be available to Greek patients. Get the details on this development here.

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Ohio’s medical marijuana problems

Ohio just began issuing medical cannabis licenses earlier this year, but there’s already a major issue with the nascent program. Three major healthcare providers in the state are prohibiting their doctors from making medical marijuana recommendations. As a result, patients using these providers will likely need to seek out-of-network doctors if they want a medical cannabis recommendation. Not only is it inconvenient, but those out-of-network visits can be prohibitively expensive. Bad call, providers.

Sacramento considering lifting dispensary cap

There’s a diversity issue with Sacramento’s cannabis economy, and city officials are working to address it. The city currently has 30 marijuana dispensaries, which is the cap, and none of the dispensary owners are black. Because of this, Sacramento officials are considering lifting the city’s cap on the number of dispensaries allowed to operate. Learn more about this problem and what the city is doing to tackle it here.

SoCal’s first cannabis lounge

A legal marijuana consumption lounge just opened in Cathedral City, which is a first for Southern California. Customers can hang out, shoot pool, rent various smoking devices and enjoy cannabis in a public setting. Sounds like a good Saturday night to us.

Canada’s stoned driving update

When Canada legalized marijuana one month ago, many were concerned that stoned driving incidents would increase. In fact, early data suggests that there has not been a spike in cannabis-impaired driving. Seems like a safe start!

Selling flower to the feds

The federal government is seeking a business to grow, test and ship thousands of kilograms of cannabis. This is because of the government’s desire to complete research on different types of marijuana. Get the details here.

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Utah’s confusing medical cannabis situation

Utah voters passed Proposition 2, a midterm ballot measure that will establish a statewide medical marijuana program. Many cannabis activists aren’t sure how to feel about this. While the initiative is set to become law December 1st, it could take years for cannabis to be available for sale. Additionally, many supporters are concerned that lawmakers will completely rewrite much of the measure. Get the details on Utah’s uncertain medical marijuana future here.

Medical marijuana in Missouri

When heading to the polls, Missouri voters had three different medical cannabis initiatives to choose from. Amendment 2 passed. This measure includes a four percent tax on cannabis sales and puts the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in charge of implementing the medical program. Welcome to the medical marijuana club, Missouri.

Coppola’s cannabis

Renowned director and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola made his name in the wine world, and now he’s getting involved in the marijuana industry. Coppola is partnering with Humboldt County growers for his “Grower’s Series” of hand-picked cannabis strains. Learn more about this fancy, limited edition collection here.

Recreational marijuana comes to Michigan

Michigan voters passed Proposal 1, which will allow cannabis to be regulated like alcohol. Now that one hard-fought battle is over, marijuana activists in the state are working on how to expunge cannabis-related convictions.

Legal pot possible in Illinois

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker of Illinois wants to legalize recreational cannabis in the state, and he wants it soon. Could Illinois be the next state to legalize marijuana?

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Marijuana mansions

If you’re a cannabis lover with lots and lots of money, you might want to check out these marijuana-friendly mansions. Each home includes a cannabis conservatory, which comes with a harvester ready to cultivate your homegrown bud. Quick FYI: These mansions will be listed for between $30 and $40 million.

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruling on recreational cannabis

This week, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that completely banning recreational marijuana was unconstitutional. Because this is the court’s fifth similar ruling on this subject, Congress now needs to put together regulations on the use of cannabis. We’re looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

Mike Tyson’s weed show

Former boxer Mike Tyson recently entered the cannabis business world with Tyson Ranch, a 40-acre estate dedicated to growing, selling and learning about marijuana. Now, Tyson is filming a show based on these adventures. Learn more about Tyson’s comedy endeavor here.

Governor candidates say yes to marijuana

Americans are increasingly in favor of legal cannabis, and it looks like politicians are following suit. In fact, at least 21 gubernatorial nominees on the ballot this year support legalizing marijuana. Soon, we’ll know how voters feel about these candidates.

Thailand is considering legal medical cannabis

Thailand’s government is considering allowing marijuana for medical purposes. If medical cannabis is legalized in Thailand, it will be a first for this region of the world. Get more details here.

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Utah lawmaker tries an edible

State Senator Jim Dabakis of Utah decided it was high time to try cannabis while visiting Nevada. During a Facebook Live broadcast, Dabakis said, “I thought it was about time that at least one legislator knew a little about marijuana before we changed all the laws.” He then ate a cannabis-infused gummy. Given that there will soon be a special legislative session in Utah to work out the state’s medical marijuana situation, it’s nice to see Dabakis making an effort to educate himself firsthand. The verdict? He felt a little buzz.

Weed stocks are plummeting

Cannabis stocks were doing extremely well over the last few months. However, the past week saw many of the major players, including Aurora Cannabis, Tilray, Cronos and Canopy Growth, take a tumble. This coincided with the debut of Aurora Cannabis on the New York Stock Exchange. Many thought this debut would boost marijuana stocks. Stay tuned, because there’s sure to be more exciting cannabis-related stock market volatility.

Marijuana or moss?

A compound found in certain species of liverworts, which are moss-like plants, has properties similar to the THC found in marijuana. According to researchers, there could be medicinal applications for this THC-like compound. This is largely because of its ability to reduce inflammation without adverse side effects. Get the details on this fascinating discovery here.

Car crashes on the rise in states with legal cannabis

According to two new studies, vehicle crashes have increased in states with legal recreational cannabis. While it’s difficult to determine marijuana’s exact role in auto accidents, it does seem that there’s a correlation between legal cannabis and the rise of crashes. Learn more about these findings here.

Korean police vs international pot

Cannabis is very illegal in South Korea, and the authorities want to make sure Koreans keep that in mind when traveling abroad. Police warned that Koreans tokers could face prison time, even if they used marijuana in countries where it’s legal. Harsh.

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Alabama vs black marijuana users

A new report details how black marijuana users in Alabama are disproportionately impacted by the state’s war on cannabis. The Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and the Southern Poverty Law Center pored over and analyzed arrest data from 2016. They found that that black people were about four times as likely as white people to be arrested for cannabis possession, and the disturbing statistics don’t stop there. Keep in mind that black people and white people use marijuana at roughly the same rate. Get more information about this important, eye-opening report here.

Trump on cannabis reform

President Donald Trump is preparing to discuss marijuana policy reform after November’s midterm elections, according to Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. While Trump has vocalized support for medical marijuana over the past few years, he has done little to assist the cannabis industry. Maybe it’s time to fire Jeff Sessions.

How marijuana limits driving abilities

It should come as no surprise that getting behind the wheel five minutes after toking up isn’t a bright idea. What many may not realize is that their abilities to perform complex driving tasks are still impaired five hours after using cannabis. Yes, five hours later. Learn more about the study that dug into stoned driving here.

Facebook lifts ban on cannabis pages

For years, Facebook users have not been able to search for marijuana-related pages. Additionally, the pages of cannabis businesses were mysteriously deleted on the regular. Now, things seem to be shifting. Facebook will finally lift its ban on pages associated with cannabis. It’s about time.

Marijuana is now legal in Canada

Canada just became the second country to legalize recreational cannabis. Consequently, cannabis advocates all over the world are pretty stoked. Get the details on Canada’s legal marijuana situation here.