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Cannabis Was the Clear-Cut Winner of Election Night

Cannabis Was the Clear-Cut Winner of Election Night November 4, 2020 | Benjamin M. Adams Cannabis was the clear winner of the 2020 election—with nearly every cannabis bill being approved by voters across multiple states. On election night on November 3, voters in four states—Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota—legalized recreational cannabis for adults. In addition, Mississippi and South Dakota voters approved medical cannabis bills, opening the door to new industries in those states. Oregon also passed two related bills that will remove penalties for other types of substances. “DuringRead More

Feds Say Cannabis Employees are ‘Agricultural Laborers,’ May Unionize Under State Law

Feds Say Cannabis Employees are ‘Agricultural Laborers,’ May Unionize Under State Law Oct 30th | TG Branfalt The Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for Region 1 – which covers most of New England – has found that the majority of employees at a cannabis cultivation and processing facility are “agricultural laborers” under the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and, therefore, not subject to federal labor laws related to unionizing, according to a JD Supra report. The decision allows labor unions to organize workers under Massachusetts lawRead More

Black pot entrepreneurs fight for piece of Washington’s very white marijuana industry

Black pot entrepreneurs fight for piece of Washington’s very white marijuana industry Melissa Santos | February 13, 2020 Dedrick Hairston once dreamed of making fresh-baked cinnamon rolls infused with weed. It was late 2012, and Washington voters had just legalized recreational use of marijuana by passing Initiative 502. Hairston ran two local bakeries at the time, as well as a medical marijuana collective garden. His hope was to unite his disparate businesses and start selling high quality, marijuana-infused baked goods. Eight years later, however, his vision continues to go unrealized. BlackRead More

Oregon vineyards lose lawsuit against nearby cannabis operation

Oregon vineyards lose lawsuit against nearby cannabis operation Staff (AP) | Oct. 22, 2020 “This was a very difficult and close decision,” and while the potential for the smell of marijuana to taint wine grapes raises “a threat, a risk, and concerns, there is insufficient proof at this time by a preponderance of the evidence that it will damage plaintiffs’ current or future agricultural products,” Easterday said. Oregon vineyards lose lawsuit against nearby cannabis operation

Weed mailed nationwide from Seattle area leads to takedown of major illegal marijuana ring

Weed mailed nationwide from Seattle area leads to takedown of major illegal marijuana ring Deedee Sun | October 21, 2020 The United States Postal Inspection Service along with other federal agents and the King County Sheriff’s Office busted a major illegal marijuana operation that spans coast to coast. Hundreds of agents and deputies served 27 search warrants simultaneously on the Puget Sound on Wednesday, Oct. 21. KIRO7 cameras were there as agents seized evidence from homes in Skyway. Warrants were also served in Renton, Kent, Lake Tapps, Maple Valley, FederalRead More

Why Trump doesn’t want cannabis on the ballot

Why Trump doesn’t want cannabis on the ballot David Bienenstock | October 6, 2020 Say what you will of Donald Trump, nobody has ever accused the man of being shy. So we must assume that when it comes to cannabis, he’s just fine with the status quo. Because we’re now more than 2 million weed arrests into Trump’s presidency, and he hasn’t said one word about legalization. In fact, the Department of Justice under his command is currently waging a stealthy war against medical cannabis patients and the cannabis industry.Read More

Seattle Area May Shift Cannabis Funds from Sheriff’s Office

Seattle Area May Shift Cannabis Funds from Sheriff’s Office Sep 25th |  TG Branfa The King County, Washington City Council is considering shifting cannabis-derived funds from the county Sheriff’s Office and instead using the $4.6 million for community programs and a program to help individuals vacate cannabis-related convictions and settle court fees, fines, and restitution, Marijuana Moment reports.   Under King County Executive Dow Constantine’s (D) plan, $2.8 million of the county’s cannabis-derived funds would be earmarked for “a program to help individuals vacate convictions of marijuana-related offenses that are no longer illegal, and settle unpaid court fines, fees,Read More

Black Lives Matter movement sparks ‘collective awakening’ on marijuana policies

Black Lives Matter movement sparks ‘collective awakening’ on marijuana policies NATALIE FERTIG | 08/07/2020 States and cities across the country have overhauled their marijuana policies in recent months, propelled by the Black Lives Matter protests over racial inequality and police brutality. Since protests began in early June, many states and municipalities have adopted new cannabis regulations. Nashville, Tenn., stopped prosecuting minor marijuana possession cases. Portland, Ore., redirected all cannabis tax revenue away from the Portland Police Bureau. Colorado’s Legislature passed a long-stalled proposal to address social equity and scrap oldRead More

Does cannabis help or hurt the immune system?

Does cannabis help or hurt the immune system? Emma Stone | September 17, 2020 Cannabis is celebrated for the benefits it offers in the management of certain medical conditions. As awareness around cannabis grows, consumers are becoming better versed in the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in the treatment of specific autoimmune diseases, inflammation, and gastrointestinal disorders. But how does cannabis affect the immune system as a whole? If you’re a regular consumer, you may have pondered whether cannabis weakens or boosts your immune system. Can frequent cannabis use render youRead More

Cannabis research database shows how U.S. funding focuses on harms of the drug

Cannabis research database shows how U.S. funding focuses on harms of the drug Cathleen O’Grady | Aug. 27, 2020 A new analysis of cannabis research funding in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom has found that $1.56 billion was directed to the topic between 2000 and 2018—with about half of the money spent on understanding the potential harms of the recreational drug. Just over $1 billion came from the biggest funder, the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which doled out far more money to research cannabisRead More