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High Times – House Members Call On Biden To Pardon Cannabis Convictions

“Members of Congress penned a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to pardon nonviolent cannabis offenders. President Joe Biden received a letter from 37 members of Congress on Thursday urging him to issue a blanket pardon for nonviolent offenders with convictions for federal marijuana crimes. The letter was led by Rep. Barbara Lee and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, the co-chairs of the Congressional …

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High Times – UFC Decides Marijuana No Longer Violates Anti-Doping Rules

“Under the new policy, MMA fighters will no longer be penalized for off-duty cannabis use. Mixed martial arts promoter Ultimate Fighting Championship and the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced on Thursday that marijuana would no longer be banned for fighters in most cases. UFC and USADA officials said that they have made significant changes ‘in the handling of cannabis and …

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Broccoli Report – The Weed Books Are Coming

“Back in 2018, Broccoli talked to a literary agent about making a weed book. That particular agent said that she didn’t see a market for it. Now, everyone reading this newsletter would’ve known in 2018 that the aforementioned literary agent was wrong, and an ever-expanding list of genre-spanning titles is quietly demonstrating that the market for cannabis-themed books may be broader …

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WeedWeek – Legalization “Might really be here”

“With Democrats set to control both houses of Congress, the cannabis world is giddy at the prospect of federal reform. But even with strong support from Democrats, and a smattering of Republicans, huge questions remain about what, if anything, will be accomplished in the legislatively. The first and most important question involves what’s possible. Is federal legalization on the table …

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Bloom & Oil – Growing Pains in Sonoma County Starting to Hurt

“It’s been four years since California’s voters decided to legalize adult-use cannabis. Though the bill was passed in 2016, the market didn’t truly kickoff until January 1, 2018. In that time, the state has gone from taking two years to amass $1 billion collected in taxes (a figure which does not include locally imposed taxes) to accomplishing the feat in one …

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High Times – Survey Finds Majority of Americans View Cannabis As Less Harmful Than Alcohol

“As more information becomes available, attitudes toward the potential health implications of cannabis continue to evolve. The country’s evolved attitudes toward marijuana has brought a majority of Americans to the conclusion that legalization advocates have preached for decades: alcohol is more dangerous than pot. That is the takeaway of new survey data published recently in the journal Addictive Behavior, which showed …

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WeedWeek – Industry Leaders’ Predictions for 2021

“We asked cannabis world luminaries for predictions about the California cannabis market in 2021. Some of our favorites follow. In another post, we took a look at the challenges facing the California industry in 2021: Henry Baskerville, Managing Partner, Fortis Law Partners Baskerville notes that a new DEA interim final rule seeks to criminalize certain cannabinoids, most notably Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the use …