Ex-Police Chief Used Misleading Stats to Lobby Against San Diego Dispensaries

Former Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman presented misleading data to the San Diego City Council last year in an effort to sway them against approving cannabis businesses, an investigation has revealed.  Zimmerman retired from the San Diego Police Department in March of this year. At a meeting in September 2017, the council was considering proposals

Continue Reading

Permit Patty’s Claims That She Faked 911 Call Debunked

Audio of a 911 call disputes claims from former cannabis firm CEO Alison Ettel that she only pretended to call police on an eight-year-old girl for selling water without a permit. Ettel was dubbed ‘Permit Patty’ after video of the call was posted online by Erin Austin, the girl’s mother. The social media uproar that

Continue Reading

Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Retail Delayed Again

Retail sales of cannabis will not begin in Massachusetts on July 1 as planned, it was announced this week. Steven Hoffman, chairman of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), told local media that regulators have not yet licensed an independent testing laboratory for recreational marijuana. He said the CCC has not received any completed applications

Continue Reading

Snoop Dogg’s VC and Imperial Tobacco Investing in Cannabis Biotech

Snoop Dogg’s venture capital firm Casa Verde Capital and Imperial Tobacco will invest $10 million in U.K. research firm Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies, it was announced today. Snoop is founder and general partner of Casa Verde Capital, a cannabis-focused investment company that launched in 2015. Oxford Cannabis Technologies is a biomedical startup that is researching cannabinoids

Continue Reading

New Regulations May Spark Canada’s Craft Cannabis Revolution

While legalization in Canada is delayed until October 17th, 2018, Canadians are celebrating as micro-licenses are finally coming out, ushering in the second wave of legalization. These micro-licenses are revolutionary for the industry, including smaller cultivators and processors more able to adapt to local consumer demand. Additionally, black-market genetics will finally be regulated, opening up

Continue Reading

Chuck Schumer Introduces Bill to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

In the newest development on the cannabis legislation front, Chuck Schumer introduced a bill to federally decriminalize marijuana. Although his proposal would not make weed fully legal, it could be a significant step toward relaxing national prohibition laws. Chuck Schumer’s New Bill New York Senator Chuck Schumer introduced a new bill yesterday. The centerpiece of

Continue Reading

Where is Marijuana Legal in the US?

The land of maple, niceness, and hockey has become the first G7 nation to federally legalize recreational cannabis. But here in the land of the stars and stripes, it’s a little trickier to know where is weed legal. Sure, nine pot-progressive states where recreational weed is legal have set an example for legalization and its benefits. Still,

Continue Reading

Tennessee Lawmakers Naming Restrictive Cannabis Bill After Trump

Two Tennessee lawmakers have named a medicinal cannabis bill they are writing after President Donald Trump. Rep. Bryan Terry, R-Murfreesboro, and Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, announced this week that they will once again attempt to pass medical marijuana legislation. They have named their new bill the Tennessee Responsible Use of Medicinal Plants Act, or TRUMP Act.

Continue Reading

California Dispensaries Having Blow-Out Sales Ahead of July 1st Regulations

California cannabis dispensaries are having blow-out sales in preparation for new state regulations that take effect July 1. The retailers are clearing their shelves of items that do not comply with testing, labeling, packaging, and other requirements. Businesses must destroy any product not in compliance with Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) regulations remaining on Sunday. Some

Continue Reading

All the Obstacles to Marijuana Legalization in New York

Long a bastion of social progress and cultural experimentation, New York State — home to New York City and the birthplace of High Times — lags painfully behind when it comes to legalized weed. The winds of change are undoubtedly blowing in the right direction. The governor recently commissioned a study by the State Health

Continue Reading