California releases cannabis regulations This week, state officials released the rules that will regulate recreational marijuana throughout California. Pot delivery services will finally be able to apply for licenses, but transportation by bicycle or drone will be prohibited. Edible cannabis products will have THC limits. You won’t be allowed to toke up in strip clubs. Read more of the new rules here. Still no weed overdoses A case report about the death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis, among other drugs, has resulted in sensationalized headlines about the first marijuana overdose. Pay no mind to this nonsense. According to an author of the report,
California’s marijuana tax solution Banks don’t want to work with cannabis businesses, and tax season will be here before you know it. The California State Treasurer’s Office doesn’t want to deal with duffel bags stuffed with cash, so a working group has been brainstorming solutions. One potential fix? Using armored cars to transport the hundreds of millions of dollars the state expects raking in with marijuana taxes. That’s one way to do it. Faulty CBD labeling Many people rely on Cannabidiol, or CBD, for its many therapeutic uses. This makes the results of a newly published study particularly worrisome. Researchers purchased 84 commercially available CBD products
Airport PSA on pot If you’re flying through Ontario airport in San Bernardino county, be prepared to see an interesting ad campaign displayed on the security checkpoint trays. The ads read, “Cannabis is legal. Traveling with it is not. Leave it in California.” The ads, sponsored by a marijuana company, might seem tame, but it’s a pretty big deal for cannabis-related anything to get TSA approval. Well done. Insurance for cannabis businesses California’s marijuana business owners are finally able to purchase commercial insurance for the first time. This comes in the wake of Northern California’s wildfires, which caused immense damage to the
Stoned fish Farmed fish can get stressed about their crowded living conditions, which leaves them more susceptible to illnesses. Scientists in Lebanon wanted to see if marijuana lowered that stress, so they gave some penned tilapia cannabis oil. The results? The stoned fish were not healthier or less stressed, but their metabolisms increased. Duly noted. Former NBA commissioner talks cannabis David Stern, former commissioner of the NBA, said that marijuana should probably be taken off of the league’s banned substances list. If only Stern had been vocal about this during his time as commissioner. Posh pipes A young art dealer is making a
DOJ admits fault in Washington marijuana case Back in 2014, the Department of Justice went after five Washington state residents for the supposed crime of growing and using medical marijuana. The case drew national attention because the defendants had complied fully with Washington state’s laws. This week, the Department of Justice acknowledged that the department was not authorized to spend money on the prosecution of these individuals since they were abiding by state law. Does this mean the DOJ is done going after state-legal businesses and patients? Probably not. Read more about this case here. Crowdfunding site closes campaign for cannabis-cultivating
Wildfires destroy California cannabis Devastating wildfires in Northern California have destroyed multiple marijuana farms. Because cannabis is illegal at the federal level, financial institutions refuse to insure these businesses. This means that there will be no monetary relief for these business owners. To make matters worse, this comes right before legal recreational marijuana sales start in California. Learn more here. Marijuana tea party Hundreds of United Kingdom protesters gathered for a “cannabis tea party” outside the British Parliament building earlier this week. They’re fighting for legal access to medical cannabis. One organizer said that, “the idea was to do something terribly English and unthreatening.” Mission accomplished.