Cannabis News Roundup: 09.18.15
Feds target synthetic marijuana… California’s compromise bills… Rand Paul schools Jeb Bush… THC in your beer? And more.
LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION
Compromise bills would create new state agency // L.A. Times “The package of bills, crafted in a compromise between legislative leaders and the governor, would create a new state agency to license medical cannabis dispensaries and require marijuana growers to adhere to the laws and regulations imposed on other farmers, including restrictions on pesticides, insecticides and water use.” [Intended for last week.]
New medical cannabis law “may deny” felons from the industry // SF Chronicle “[W]ith the state recording more than 198,000 felony marijuana arrests since 2000 … many who have been tried, convicted and rehabilitated for their underground weed crimes face a potential ban.”
What the Presidential candidates say about cannabis // Marijuana.com Here’s a compilation from 22 hopefuls for the highest office in the land.
COPS & COURTS
Federal crackdown on synthetic marijuana // NPR.com “A federal grand jury has charged 10 men in New York for taking part in a scheme to make and deal more than a quarter million packets of the synthetic drug,” which is sold under the names Spice, K2, and others.
What new bills could mean for California businesses // MJBiz.daily “Altogether, the bills include 79 pages of new regulations that the industry must adapt to – provided the governor signs the measures. He has until Oct. 11 to do so.”
Colorado cannabis companies hampered by online advertising bans // SF Gate “As the heavy hitters in the cannabis industry gather in Colorado next week for some of its largest-ever business-related conferences, Silicon Valley's cold shoulder is one of the industry's nagging concerns.”
Rand Paul schools Jeb Bush // The Nation “Kids who have privilege like you do don’t go to jail. But the poor kids in the inner city still go to jail,” the Kentucky senator told the former Florida governor during this week’s televised GOP debate. The comment came after Bush talked about his early experiments with marijuana.
Legal cannabis market could pass $2 Billion in first year // East Bay Express “That back-of-the-envelope estimate comes from the latest data out of Washington, where fifteen months of legal marijuana has resulted in $357 million in sales of pot products, reports indicate.”
IN OTHER NEWS….
Will you be drinking your THC soon? // SFgate A strain of yeast has been created that makes THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, according to the New York Times.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: marijuana helps him creatively // SFgate.com “When I smoke weed I’m more liable to make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make,” says the former child star.
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