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  • Weed Dispensaries, Destroyed and Looted in Late-Night Unrest, Face Uncertain Future

    06/11/2020 11:04:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    rolling stone ^ | June 11, 2020 | Mary Jane Gibson
    Cannabis shops that were broken into during the last weekend of May in the wave of civil unrest following the brutal killing of George Floyd are reeling from the financial toll. Though several have said they supported the protests, the burglaries and looting perpetrated by a number of individuals has left some business owners worried about whether their operations can survive. Dispensaries were hit hard; Leafly reports that 43 businesses in California and Oregon were ransacked. Boston’s Pure Oasis — the first minority-owned adult-use dispensary on the East Coast — reportedly lost $100,000. Chicago’s Mission Dispensary South Shore was “mostly...
  • Election Results: WV’s unusual 2020 Primary

    06/09/2020 7:30:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    WOWK TV 13 ^ | June 9, 2020 | Kimberely Blackburn, Lily Bradley
    CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The Mountain State held its primary election today, deciding on who will face off for races including governor and who will represent West Virginia in the United States Senate. Putnam County voters decided to allow medical cannabis organizations to operate growing facilities, processing facilities and dispensaries with approximately 64% pf the vote for each. Voters approved laboratories with almost 65%. Current Gov. Jim Justice will face off against the Democratic candidate for governor in the General Election after winning the Republican nomination. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV-R) held on to the Republican nomination for her United...
  • Why does California consider cannabis clubs "essential"?

    03/19/2020 8:39:40 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 19, 2020 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Earlier this week, Newsom ordered all non-essential businesses to close, including bars, beer pubs and wineries. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, cannabis clubs and other businesses deemed as essential are still open, state and local officials say.
  • Long lines at San Francisco area cannabis stores exempt from coronavirus lockdown

    03/18/2020 5:52:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 18, 2020 | by Rich McKay
    Millions of California’s Bay area residents can still legally light up as cannabis facilities are exempt from a cornonavirus lockdown that has shuttered most businesses in San Francisco and nearby cities. Cannabis store managers say they have lines longer than local grocery shops and waiting room only. Most staff at a dozen stores reached Tuesday evening said they were too busy to talk to Reuters. “Oh man, we’re flooded. As soon as people heard we were still open, they started lining up,” said Anthony Barajas, the general manager of Cana Culture in San Jose. “Once all the toilet paper got...
  • Legal Marijuana Sales In Illinois Total Nearly $35 Million For February

    03/06/2020 6:41:46 AM PST · by NobleFree · 76 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | March 4, 2020
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Statewide legal marijuana sales in Illinois totaled nearly $35 million in the month of February, according to the state. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced preliminary numbers showed statewide sales totaled $34,805,072.01 for February. Dispensaries sold 831,600 items in total, with $25,615,371 worth being purchased by Illinois residents, and $9,189,701.01 being purchased by out-of-state residents. The figures do not include taxes collected. The state charges a 7% tax on the sales of cannabis by cultivators and craft growers to dispensaries. The governor’s office has estimated cannabis tax revenues will grow to $127 million in...
  • Michael Bloomberg on marijuana: Legalizing 'another addictive narcotic' is perhaps 'stupidest thing anybody has ever done'

    02/09/2020 7:15:56 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 209 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 23, 2020 | Tim Marcin
    Former New York City Mayor—and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate—Michael Bloomberg called efforts to legalize marijuana "perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done." Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Tuesday, Bloomberg said on the subject, according to WBNG-TV: "We have a different kind of problem in America, for example. Last year, in 2017, 72,000 Americans [overdosed] on drugs. In 2018, more people than that are OD-ing on drugs, have OD'd on drugs. And today, incidentally, we are trying to legalize another addictive narcotic, which is perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done. We've got...
  • Chicago cannabis coordinator lays out do's and don'ts for legal weed in 2020

    12/30/2019 3:39:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 12/27/19 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- In Chicago, Paul Stewart has been given the job of cannabis coordinator and he spoke exclusively with ABC7 Eyewitness News to lay out the do's and don'ts of legal weed. All 11 of Chicago's medical marijuana dispensaries will add recreational sales starting on January 1, 2020. Most are located on the city's North Side. For now, the 11 dispensaries are the only Chicago retail stores where people can buy pot legally. Lines are expected on New Year's Day, and there's a very real possibility of a supply shortage. "As it related to larger shortages, if that occurs...
  • Tessa Majors was looking to buy weed before her murder, police union president claims

    12/15/2019 10:56:15 AM PST · by BobL · 179 replies
    New York Post ^ | Dec 15, 2019 | By Tina Moore, Craig McCarthy and Joe Marino
    Tragic Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors was allegedly in Morningside Park to buy marijuana when she was fatally stabbed by a group of teenage robbers, the head of the NYPD sergeants’ union claimed on Sunday. “What I am understanding is that [Majors] was in the park to buy marijuana,” Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins told radio host John Catsimatidis on his AM 970 show, The Cats Roundtable. Police sources confirmed to The Post that they are investigating that angle, based on claims from a college friend of Majors’. A friend of the victim claimed to detectives that the 18-year-old...
  • Willie Nelson says he’s no longer smoking marijuana due to breathing issues

    12/04/2019 10:14:54 AM PST · by billorites · 32 replies
    KSAT.com ^ | November 29, 2019 | Paul Venema
    SAN ANTONIO – Midway through a sold out two night stand at the Majestic Theater here, country music icon Willie Nelson said that in spite of recent breathing related health issues, he has no plans to give up touring. “I love the bus,” he told KSAT TV’s Paul Venema during a recent interview. “This is my home.” Performing, he says, is his key to happiness and good health. “It’s an energy exchange,” he said, describing his relationship with the audience. “They give me a lot of positive energy and I hope to give them a lot of positive energy.” He...
  • Willie Nelson says he has stopped smoking because it almost killed him

    12/03/2019 9:52:33 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 34 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | December 4, 2019 | Amanda Jackson
    ... "I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful," Nelson, 86, said. Nelson had to postpone the tail end of his tour in August due to breathing issues. He resumed the tour the next month. "I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever," Nelson told KSAT. "And that almost killed me." Now, he says, he's more conscientious about his health. "I don't smoke anymore -- take better care of myself."
  • Willie Nelson has quit smoking weed

    12/03/2019 5:00:51 PM PST · by Moonman62 · 65 replies
    Page Six ^ | 12/03/19 | Oli Coleman
    It’s like Michael Jordan retiring from the NBA. It’s like Donald Trump quitting Twitter. It’s like Lindsay Lohan forsaking drama. Willie Nelson has quit weed. The country icon — whose smoking habit was rivaled only by Snoop Dogg‘s — told KSAT TV, “I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful.”
  • One month to go until recreational weed becomes legal in Illinois. Here’s what you need to know.

    11/30/2019 6:29:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 125 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | November 29, 2019 | Robert McCoppin
    When the most popular medical marijuana dispensary in Chicago begins selling recreational pot on New Year’s Day, it will operate like a busy restaurant. Dispensary 33 plans to take names from those in line and page customers by phone when they can get in. The North Side cannabis shop will take that unusual step due to the huge crowds expected when weed sales become legal under state law at 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2020. The celebration will be similar to the unofficial pot holiday of April 20, or 4/20, when a Dispensary 33 street fest and special deals this year...
  • McDonald’s sweet tea came with marijuana inside, South Carolina man claims

    11/07/2019 9:38:17 PM PST · by familyop · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 7, 2019 | Frank Miles
    He said he found three bags of weed in his cup after drinking the beverage. "Well, I was high and panicking and at work, so I called my dad,"...Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. Bob Bromage said an investigation is ongoing.
  • Cops bust turnstile jumper heading to court with pot and a loaded gun

    09/19/2019 12:00:11 PM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | 09/19/2019 | Larry Celona and Natalie
    A Bronx man arrested for fare jumping was carrying a gun and three dozen bags of weed — and told cops he pulled the brainless move because he was rushing to court to appear for a worse crime, law enforcement sources said Thursday. Ex-con Billy Walters, 37, allegedly slipped through an emergency subway gate at the 149th Street station without paying at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to an arrest affidavit. When a police officer stopped him, she allegedly spotted a loaded .45-caliber Sig Sauer in his waistband — at which point he rattled off the worst excuse ever, the officer...
  • Cops chasing pot smokers find kidnapped man bound in basement of Bronx bodega

    09/12/2019 7:39:36 AM PDT · by csvset · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12 Sep 2019 | Ben Feuerherd and Ben Cohn
    A man was found beaten and bound in the basement of a Bronx bodega when two cops who were chasing separate suspects entered the cellar early Wednesday morning, police said. While they were searching for the suspects in the store, an employee let them into the basement, where they discovered the kidnapped 49-year-old, cops said. The officers freed the man, who then told them he had been kidnapped three days prior by four people on a Bronx street corner, police said. The victim — who sources said has a lengthy arrest record — said the four suspects forced him into...
  • Company creates breath detector for pot and alcohol

    08/27/2019 5:22:50 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 20 replies
    6abc.com ^ | 8/27/19 | No Byline
    Oakland based Hound Labs has created a breath detector for pot and alcohol, giving police and employers a new tool to detect whether someone has been using weed.OAKLAND, California -- Since recreational cannabis became legal in 2018, the California highway patrol says arrests and injuries from drivers getting behind the wheel stoned has increased, but there are no consistent standards for determining when a driver took that cannabis, until now. One Bay Area company says it can now narrow down when someone is too stoned to drive. At DUI checkpoints across the state, police are seeing an increase in the...
  • Milledgeville woman orders 'Moana'-themed cake, gets marijuana design by mistake

    07/12/2019 4:04:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    WMAZ ^ | 07/09/2019 | Sabian Burse
    A miscommunication resulted in an unusual birthday cake for a Milledgeville woman. Kensli Davis is a huge fan of Disney's animated movie, "Moana." Her mother ordered a cake for Davis' celebration. They were surprised to see the cake decorated with a marijuana design. She says the cake came from Dairy Queen. The mishap didn't stop her from eating it. "I was very shocked and it was hilarious to me," said Davis. Davis posted the picture of the cake on Facebook. It went viral with more than 11,000 shares. "I was very impressed by the artistic capabilities of them to be...
  • New JAMA study shows legalizing pot might discourage teen use

    07/09/2019 7:56:23 AM PDT · by luv2ski · 55 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 8, 2019 | Angelica LaVito
    Legalizing pot does not appear to encourage teen use and might actually discourage it, a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1.4 million high school students between 1993 and 2017, collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its Youth Risk Behavior survey. The results show teen pot use both before and after medical marijuana laws were adopted in 27 states, seven of which also legalized recreational marijuana during the survey period. Teen marijuana use didn’t change much after medical marijuana was legalized, they found. In states that legalized recreational use,...
  • ‘It’s A Serious Degree’: Students Across US Now Majoring In Marijuana At Colleges

    03/05/2019 8:56:46 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 33 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | March 4, 2019
    GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — Colleges are now adding cannabis to their curriculum. Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she’s majoring in marijuana. “My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed,” said DeNoya, one of the first students in a new four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at Northern Michigan University. “I say, ‘No, it’s a serious degree, a chemistry degree first and foremost. It’s hard work. Organic chemistry is a bear.'” As a green gold rush in legal marijuana and its non-drug cousin hemp spreads across North America, a growing number...
  • Uh-Oh, California Could Run Out of Legal Cannabis by Summer

    02/25/2019 1:56:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Leafly ^ | February 25, 2019 | by David Downs
    The supply of legal cannabis in California promises to start drying up by spring unless a quick fix becomes law. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the California Legislature published Senate Bill 67, to keep cannabis farms open as they await permanent licensing. Right now, thousands of farms operate under temporary licenses from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Those 6,924 temp licenses are expiring faster than the CDFA can issue permanent annual licenses. Those temp licenses also can’t be extended unless existing law is tweaked. It’s been 834 days since California voters approved cannabis legalization in November 2016. So...