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Newsletter #119

Hawaii goes cashless With the marijuana industry’s banking problems, many businesses are forced to operate (dangerously) as cash-only enterprises. Hawaii isn’t having any of that. All eight of the state’s licensed medical marijuana dispensaries have agreed to go cashless by October 1st. Patients will be asked to use a debit payment app. Learn more about the system here. California bans pot delivery by drone State employees are preparing California’s legal marijuana regulations in preparation for the start of 2018. One impending regulation bans the use drones and self-driving cars to deliver cannabis. This is surely bumming out some companies who were

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Newsletter #118

House Rules Committee blocks vote on marijuana amendment The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment prohibits the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from using federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. First enacted in 2014, the bipartisan amendment has been renewed twice. This is why it came as a surprise when the House Committee on Rules blocked a floor vote on this amendment. There’s a chance it could be included in the final spending bill, but marijuana supporters are understandably nervous. If the amendment is not renewed, Attorney General Jeff Sessions might get the cannabis industry crackdown he’s been craving. PTSD study

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Newsletter #117

Veterinarians want cannabis rescheduled The American Veterinary Medical Association may be joining the fight to get marijuana rescheduled. At the organization’s conference last month, they approved a resolution to begin exploring how to advocate for the rescheduling of marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II. This would allow more research into cannabis’s medical use for both humans and animals. Learn more about these allies here. China’s booming hemp industry When you think of countries with flourishing legal marijuana industries, you probably don’t think of China. Many would be surprised to learn that the nation is responsible for nearly half of the world’s legal hemp farming. In

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Newsletter #116

California’s legalization deadline When Californians voted to legalize recreational marijuana last November, a retail sales deadline of January 2018 was set. With four more months to go, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control is severely understaffed. The state has not started accepting applications for business licenses. Did we mention that full legalization hits in four months? Learn more about this bureaucratic mess here. The Shark Tank of cannabis If you love entrepreneurship and marijuana, you might want to check out The Marijuana Show. It calls itself “the Shark Tank of cannabis,” which seems like a pretty apt description. Marijuana entrepreneurs pitch their

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Newsletter #115

Nevada judge knocks down distribution restrictions Nevada’s legal marijuana industry has had lots of ups and downs since sales launched on July 1. Alcohol distributors were given exclusive rights to move marijuana from growers to stores. These distributors haven’t been able to keep up with demand, which has been hurting cannabis sales. The state adopted emergency rules to allow some shops to transport their own goods. Alcohol distributors sued, and a judge sided with the state. Checkmate. Pot state governors take on Sessions Attorney General Jeff Sessions has contacted states where marijuana is legal to voice his concerns about regulation. Alaska

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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

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