Jay-Z Joins Push to Boost Minority-Owned Cannabis Businesses

Rapper creates $10 million fund for startups, saying people of color have missed out on marijuana boom.

Jay-Z is launching a fund to invest in minority-owned cannabis startups to bolster Black participation in the industry.

The rapper and entrepreneur says he is motivated by an imbalance in the marijuana business: People of color, who have been disproportionately punished for involvement in the drug where it is illegal, comprise only a small number of those making money from the multibillion-dollar market in legalized pot.

– Read the entire article at The Wall Street Journal.

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Medical Cannabis Program To Begin This Year After Funding Received

Use of products licensed under scheme can apply where conventional treatments fail.

Funding has been made available for a new programme providing cannabis-based medical products to patients to begin later this year, the Department of Health has announced.

Use of products licensed under the Medicinal Cannabis Access Programme can apply where conventional treatments are unsuccessful.

– Read the entire article at The Irish Times.

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Aurora Cannabis Lays Off Workers After Signing New Sales Broker Deal

Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it has laid off some workers after signing an agreement with an external sales broker.

The Edmonton-based cannabis company’s spokeswoman Michelle Lefler confirmed the cuts but wouldn’t disclose the number of staff impacted or what cities they were located in.

Lefler says the move was prompted by Aurora’s recent decision to hire Great North Distributors Inc. to represent the pot company in sales activities across Canada.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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Idaho Senator Pushes Back on Legalization with Proposed Psychoactive Drug Ban

Despite the fact that legal cannabis is shaping the nation, one senator in Idaho is still trying to push back against possible legalization in his state by proposing a constitutional ban at the state level on psychoactive drugs. 

The amendment, proposed by Senator C. Scott Grow, a Republican based in Eagle, would officially amend the constitution, making it more difficult for advocates to legalize at the state level.  

This amendment would ban “the production, manufacture, transportation, sale, delivery, dispensing, distribution, possession, or use of a psychoactive drug.” The only exceptions would be drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration. 

Grow is adamant about why he did this—to prevent what he sees as the “erosion” of Idaho drug laws. He worries that if his state follows the lead of other, legal states in the nation, things would change for the worse. He is backed by other conservative senators, including Senate President Pro-Tem Chuck Winder. 

“Neighboring states have legalized controlled substances to the detriment of their children, families and communities,” Grow said.

While state-level legalization initially took place in historically blue states like Colorado and California, more conservative states like Montana and Arizona have recently followed suit and legalized. Even South

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Washington Cannabis: What to Watch for in 2021

Because this is the beginning of the year, and because I have had many clients ask me about the status of Washington’s cannabis market lately, I wanted to weigh in on my predictions for Washington cannabis developments in 2021.

WSLCB Rules

Even though we would consider Washington’s marijuana market quite mature when compared to many other states, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) remains vigilant (and in some cases, militant!) and continues to seek input from stakeholders as it refines its policies and procedures. In early January, the WSLCB adopted a slew of rules that will impact licensees in 2021:

     a.     Emergency Rules (WAC 314-55-1055) – Marijuana Product Disclosure Form (Effective January 6, 2021)

This rule requires all manufacturers of THC products to disclose all compounds used in production and processing and is specifically targeted to root out any noncompliance with the Vitamin E Acetate Ban (see below).

     b.     Emergency Rules (WAC 314-55-1065) – LCB Vitamin E Acetate Prohibition (formerly LCB Vitamin E Acetate Ban) (Effective January 6, 2021)

This rule extends the ban on vitamin E acetate.

     c.     Emergency Rules (WAC 314-55-077) – Marijuana Processor License – Privileges, Requirements and

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Trump’s Final Clemency: Among Usual Suspects, Pot Prisoners and Hip Hop Producers

Editors note: as this story develops, we will update throughout the day with the most recent information.

In addition to the predictable recipients of Donald Trump’s clemency powers—war criminals, corrupt political allies, racketeers, and gun law violators like Lil Wayne—a handful of non-violent pot and drug-related prisoners are also benefiting, thanks to criminal justice advocates and persistent supporters within the cannabis and entertainment community.

Michael “Harry-O” Harris

Harris, known as Harry-O, spent thirty-three years in prison on attempted murder and drug trafficking-related charges. Among other activities, many of which were undertaken inside prison walls, Harry-O co-founded Death Row Records, which he named after a stint on death row in San Quentin.

The now defunct but once extremely influential label played a key role in hip-hop history and helped launch the careers of such greats as Dr Dre, 2Pac and Snoop Dogg.

Snoop has been close to Harry-O ever since.

“Snoop Dogg personally asked me to push for Harry-O’s release. He also sent some heartfelt messages himself to the White House,” said Weldon Angelos, founder and director of Mission [Green]: The Weldon Project.

“Now that it’s happening, he can’t believe it’s real. Snoop owes his career to Harry O,” Angelos told

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Michigan Dispensary Gives Cannabis for COVID Vaccinations

A Michigan dispensary has come up with an incredibly creative idea to get people on board with the concept of vaccination: offer free cannabis to those willing to get the vaccine. 

Calling their promotion “Pot for Shots,” Greenhouse of Walled Lake in Michigan is determined to help up the vaccination rate and get us closer to herd immunity with this special deal. As long as you bring written proof into the store showing that you received your vaccination, you’re eligible for a free, pre-rolled joint in return for your efforts. 

“Our goal is to raise awareness of the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccination as we as a community battle this horrible pandemic,” owner Jerry Millen claims in the official press release put out by Greenhouse of Walled Lake. “‘Pot for Shots’ is our way of showing our commitment in assisting the community [in getting] back to normalcy. We support the safe and responsible use of cannabis and hope this is the beginning of the end of this insidious pandemic.”

While this is a fun way to get more business in the door thanks to the promise of a free preroll, which just about everyone can get behind, there is

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Inflammation And Obesity: Can Cannabis Help Break The Cycle?

It is thought that CBD can work to combat inflammation throughout the body.

Like many chronic lifestyle-related diseases, inflammation is at the core. Obesity may be no different.

When it comes to obesity, doctors oftentimes prescribe medications to treat the accompanying co-morbidities, such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and dysregulated blood glucose. Some note, however, that inflammation is at the root of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.

– Read the entire article at The Fresh Toast.

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