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Cannabis News Roundup: 11.27.15

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Oaksterdam founder endorses AUMA… Legalization might not end black market… Jimi Hendrix brand launched… Health... Opinions… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Surprise endorsement for AUMA from Richard Lee // Marijuana.com  “Richard Lee, the founder of Oaksterdam University and the chief proponent of an earlier legalization measure that Golden State voters narrowly defeated in 2010, is endorsing the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)” despite being a board member of the ReformCA campaign.

Black market may persist if taxes are too high // Press Democrat  “Tax and control” is a major argument for legalizing cannabis. But those accustomed to no taxes will find it a “painful transition” if and when fees and taxes are imposed.

Are elders and parents the key to ballot reform? // KALW Radio  “Parents and elders were repeatedly mentioned as crucial stakeholders in California’s 2016 attempts at marijuana reform during last weekend’s New-West Summit in San Francisco.”

Alaska may get on-site consumption at recreational stores // Alaska Dispatch News   Approval of this plan would “make Alaska the first state to permit a regulated area for marijuana consumption outside of a person’s home or other private spaces.”

Canada ponders recreational sales // Winnipeg Free Press  "I don’t know what the model will be, but intuitively, based on the fact we currently retail a controlled substance used only by adults, I think we’re in a good position to be a lead on the discussion," Liquor & Lotteries CEO John Stinson says.

BUSINESS

Wildfires emphasize insurance concerns // MJbizdaily.com  It’s estimated that “250 cannabis farms supplying dispensaries and collectively covering some 50,000 acres may have been affected by this season’s fires” in California. Most lack insurance.

Move over, Col. Sanders // Merry Jane   Jimi Hendrix joins the deceased KFC pitchman in promoting products.

HEALTH

Pregnant? AMA calls for warnings // San Jose Mercury News  “A point of sale warning about use in pregnant or breast-feeding women” should be added to cannabis packaging, according to last week’s meeting of the American Medical Association. 

EVENT

Patients' Choice is a different strain of cannabis competition // SFGate  "Formally kicking off the heady holiday season is San Francisco’s longest-running, patient-focused pot competition, the 9th Annual San Francisco Patients’ Choice, which livens up the Terra Gallery Saturday."

OPINION

Why can’t tourists have access to legal pot in San Francisco?// SF Weekly  It works in Denver, and “for almost as long as the Haight was famous for hippies, San Francisco has been the intellectual and commercial capital of the cannabis industry.” So why does Fisherman’s resist a cannabis dispensary?

Bernie Sanders has a corporate blind spot // SFGate

“Sanders said [he] now supports the legalization of marijuana, which means he’s siding with one of the moneyed interests he excoriates.”

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