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Newsletter #193

Kamala Harris talks weed Senator Kamala Harris wants to be the next president of the U.S., and she seems to realize that she must be pro-pot to have any chance of becoming the Democratic nominee. Harris was opposed to recreational cannabis in the past, but in a recent interview, she said she supports legalization. In fact, she admitted to smoking a joint in college. Harris added, “I think it gives a lot of people joy. We need more joy in the world.” Marijuana banking bill It’s widely known that cannabis businesses struggle to access basic financial services. A group of

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Newsletter #192

California’s tribal nations and the marijuana industry California’s cannabis industry is often talked about, but there’s one topic that rarely makes headlines: The state’s tribal nations are not permitted to participate in the regulated market. Native American tribes are not allowed to obtain the required licenses. Consequently, they cannot participate in the California cannabis industry. Learn more about this legal situation and the obstacles tribal nations are facing here. WHO recommends cannabis rescheduling The United Nations’ World Health Organization is recommending that member countries reschedule marijuana from its current status under international treaties. The recommendation is for whole-plant cannabis and

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Newsletter #191

Is there lead in your vape cartridge? Spoiler alert: Yes, there is probably lead in your vape cartridge. In California, new lab testing requirements for marijuana products went into effect at the beginning of 2019. This includes testing for heavy metals. Unfortunately, it seems that nearly every vape cartridge on the market is testing positive for lead. The majority of cartridges are shipped in from China, which has more lax restrictions on lead than the U.S. does. Lead in cartridges can leach into the cannabis oil, and consumers certainly don’t want to be vaping lead. Scary stuff. Israel approves cannabis exports Israel’s cabinet

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Newsletter #190

Canopy Growth sprouts into the U.S. Canopy Growth Corporation, a massive Canadian cannabis company, is entering the U.S. market. Specifically, Canopy Growth announced that it had acquired a license to produce hemp in New York. The company plans to use hemp sourced from American farmers to manufacture various cannabinoid products. Is this the start of a beautiful international partnership, or is this a sign of corporations taking over the hemp market? Perhaps both? Joe Montana’s marijuana investment Joe Montana, celebrated Hall of Fame quarterback, is investing heavily in the marijuana industry. First, Montana took part in a $4.1 million investment in

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Newsletter #189

Recreational marijuana on the East Coast Fully legal cannabis is on the horizon for two East Coast states. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to legalize adult-use marijuana statewide. Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island plans to do the same, although she’s pretty hesitant about it. Both governors have been opposed to recreational cannabis in the past, which makes their announcements rather unexpected. It’s always refreshing to see politicians adapt to changing times. UConn’s cannabis class In just a few days, students attending the University of Connecticut will be able to learn all about growing cannabis. UConn is offering a new

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Newsletter #188

Racial disparities in Philadelphia’s marijuana arrests Even though cannabis possession was decriminalized four years ago in Philadelphia, hundreds of people are still arrested each year for purchasing marijuana. Additionally, as is the unfortunate case in many cities, black residents are much more likely to be arrested for buying cannabis than white residents are. Quick reminder: Data shows that black and white populations consume marijuana at roughly the same rate. The racial disparity in cannabis-related arrests is glaring. CARERS Act introduced…again A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, a bill that

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