Large-Scale Cannabis Business Park in Detroit Will Train Past Marijuana Offenders

Detroit may soon be home to a multi-million business project that aims to help correct damage done by racially biased cannabis policing. WXYZ Detroit reports that Green Cure Wellness and Southeast Provisioning’s new business complex will put priority on training local residents with prior marijuana convictions in the skills they need to take part in the state’s relatively new legal cannabis industry.

The project, located on Livernois Avenue on the west side of Detroit, will house five large-scale growing operations, two processing facilities, and a provisioning center in addition to the training program. The latter will be free of charge to individuals who were convicted of a marijuana-related offense in the days before legalization, and intends to provide skills in growing, budtending, processing, and cannabis entrepreneurship.

Such training programs address the immense pressure that has been put on Detroit’s communities of color by the War on Drugs. The Michigan State Police reported that in 2017, one out of every 12 people they arrested was charged with an offense related to marijuana, and the vast bulk of those were related to possession or consumption. Black men between the ages of 18 and 24 had arrest rates 10 times higher than white

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$9 Million Donation Given to Harvard and MIT to Promote Cannabis Research

An alumnus of Harvard and MIT has made a donation to promote cannabis research at both schools.

In an announcement Tuesday, Charles R. Broderick said he is donating $9 million—split evenly between the two institutions—in support of research into how marijuana affects the brain and behavior.

It is, according to the schools, “the largest donation to date to support independent research of the science of cannabinoids.”

Broderick said the gift was driven by a desire “to fill the research void that currently exists in the science of cannabis.”

“I want to destigmatize the conversation around cannabis—and, in part, that means providing facts to the medical community, as well as the general public,” Broderick said in the announcement.

The founder of Uji Capital, which describes itself as “a family office focused on quantitative opportunities in global equity capital markets,” Broderick has distinguished himself as a vanguard investor in the cannabis industry. He got into the Canadian cannabis market early, taking equity positions in Tweed and Aphria. Broderick, who goes by “Bob,” also made a separate investment in Tokyo Smoke, a cannabis company that merged with DOJA in 2017 to create Hiku, which in turn was acquired by Canopy Growth Corp. a

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Lt. Governor of Texas Declares Marijuana Decriminalization Bill “Dead in the Senate”

On Monday, Texas House lawmakers accomplished an historic first for the state. They voted to approve a partial decriminalization bill that would have reduced penalties for the possession of small quantities of cannabis. But as soon as the House sent the measure to the Senate, Lt. Gov. of Texas and Senate President Dan Patrick declared the bill dead. Patrick’s comments came on the heels of a similar statement from Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chair John Whitmire, who told reporters there wasn’t “an appetite” for marijuana reform in the upper chamber. Advocates of the decriminalization measure had already compromised on the bill to get it through the House. And in the wake of Patrick’s declaration, they’re vowing to find common ground with Senate opposition.

Watered-Down Decriminalization Bill Still Too Extreme for Texas Senators

House Bill 63 is sponsored by Texas state Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso), a lawmaker who has been trying for years to ease Texas’ harsh criminalization of cannabis. This time around, Moody succeeded in getting his bill through the conservative Texas House by proposing a watered-down version of his original decriminalization bill.

Initially, Rep. Moody proposed replacing criminal penalties for minor cannabis possession entirely. House Bill 63, in

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Texas House of Representatives Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana

A bill that effectively decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana was approved on Monday by the Texas House of Representatives. Under the measure, House Bill 63, a fine of up to $500 would be imposed for possession of one ounce or less of cannabis, rather than jail time. HB 63 was passed by the House with a vote of 98-43 and must be approved by the body with a second vote, a step usually viewed as a formality, before heading to the state Senate.

The bill changes possession of up to one ounce of marijuana from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class C misdemeanor. An earlier version of the bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Joe Moody would have classified possessing small amounts of cannabis as a civil infraction, but Moody amended the measure on the House floor to achieve more support.

“I’m not going to sacrifice the good for the perfect. If this is what we can do, then this is what we must do,” Moody said. “We can’t keep hauling 75,000 Texans to jail every year.”

Moody responded to criticism that the bill had been “watered down” by telling his colleagues in the House that he

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‘Workaholics’ Creator’s Band Debuts Pot-Friendly Video on HTTV

Kyle Newacheck, one of the creative forces behind the hit Comedy Central series ‘Workaholics,’ is bringing his talents to High Times TV this week with the debut of a pot-friendly video from his band Fade Up Fade Out Bye Bye. The new video, for the song ‘Don’tcha Feel (Like Loving Me),’ features a pot nug with bloodshot eyes as the lead singer and supporting vocals by a pair of backup buds.

Newacheck, who created ‘Workaholics’ with the show’s three stars and directed a majority of its episodes, told High Times that the inspiration for the nugs in the video came from his experience growing his own weed at home. While trimming his harvest one time, Newacheck noticed that one “stacked nug” had two remaining leaves that looked like hands. The bud was reminiscent of a puppet, an image that returned to him when it was time to make a video for his band’s new song.

“Wow, the song is called ‘Don’t You Feel Like Lovin’,” recalls Newacheck. “What if that’s from a nug of weed’s perspective?”

Fighting Stigma with Fun

When he shared the idea with Anjela Vega, the video’s director, she ran with the idea and created the puppets

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Oregon Senate Votes in Favor of Temporary Freeze on Cannabis Production

A bill aimed at limiting Oregon’s supply of cannabis advanced out of the state Senate and will now go before the House for consideration. On Monday, Senate lawmakers voted 18-10 in favor of a temporary freeze on cannabis production. The freeze would hold marijuana production at its current level for the next two years. The bill would also suspend the issuance of any new cultivation licenses. Currently licensed growers, however, will be able to renew their licenses during the temporary freeze period.

Why is Oregon Freezing Cannabis Production?

Medical marijuana has been legal in Oregon since 1998. And in 2014, voters approved the legalization of cannabis for adult use. Since establishing a regulated retail industry for THC products, cultivation operations have exploded across the state, with growers taking advantage of Oregon’s ideal climate to produce massive quantities of high-quality flower.

Before long, Oregon’s wholesale cannabis market was absolutely saturated with product. And the large surplus of cannabis began to pose a number of problems for regulators, lawmakers and the industry itself. Growing more cannabis than the state’s retail market could possibly handle, Oregon had to ask where all that surplus cannabis was ending up.

Some suggested producers, motivated by profit,

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Baltimore Judges Deny Request to Dismiss Past Marijuana Convictions

A request by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to dismiss nearly 5,000 past cases of marijuana possession was denied by judges on Friday, according to online court records. On Monday, a spokeswoman for the State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed that the petition had been rejected by the judges.

Prosecutors had filed paperwork to dismiss cases going back to 2011, covering approximately 1,000 convictions in Circuit Court and almost 3,800 more in District Court. The judges’ reasoning for rejecting the requests is not yet clear.

Prosecutorial Policy Changed

In January, Mosby announced that her office would end the prosecution of marijuana possession cases in Baltimore and would seek the dismissal of up to 5,000 convictions already on the books. Mosby cited the racial disparity in the enforcement of cannabis prohibition laws as her reason for the change in policy.

“The statistics are damning when it comes to the disproportionate impact that the ‘War on Drugs’ has had on communities of color,” Mosby said. “As your state’s attorney, I pledged to institute change and I refuse to stand by and be a facilitator of injustice and inequity when it is clear that we can be so much smarter and do so much more on

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Highly Anticipated Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival Cancelled

Woodstock 50, a concert event to celebrate the semi-centennial anniversary of the original 1969 music festival, has been canceled by its promoters, according to a report in Billboard. Officials with Dentsu Aegis Network, the financial backers of Woodstock 50, announced the decision in a statement to the music industry publication on Monday.

“After careful consideration, Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live, a partner of Woodstock 50, has decided to cancel the festival,” the statement reads. “As difficult as it is, we believe this is the most prudent decision for all parties involved.”

Dream Denied

Acknowledging the missed historical opportunity, Denstus Aegis said that the company feared it would not be able to pull off an event worthy of bearing the name of the original August 1969 festival held in Bethel, New York.

“It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements. We have a strong history of producing experiences that bring people together around common interests and causes which is why we chose to be a part of the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival,” the promoters wrote. “But despite our tremendous investment of time, effort, and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the

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In Florida, You Can Purchase Cannabis Through a Drive-Thru

Louisiana has drive-thru margarita spots, and now Florida has its own drive-thru dispensary. It actually has a few.

Curaleaf opened a new drive-thru cannabis dispensary in the United States a few weeks ago, its 23rd dispensary in the state and 43rd in the country.

The company currently has the largest number of dispensaries in the United States at 43. The new drive-thru is located northwest of Miami International Airport. The company actually piloted the program in Palm Harbor last summer and launched a second drive-thru in Orlando.

In Florida, marijuana is legal medically, but not recreationally. The drive-thru concept is thanks in part to patients asking for it.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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3 Reasons Aurora Cannabis Is a Better Pot Stock Than Canopy Growth, and 1 Big Reason It Isn’t

No. 2. Runner-up. Second fiddle. All these terms have applied to Aurora Cannabis (NYSE: ACB) over the past couple of years. Even as the Canadian marijuana producer made one acquisition after another to fuel growth, it seemed to still always trail behind one other company. That company, of course, is Canopy Growth (NYSE: CGC).

But Aurora has stepped into the limelight more than ever in 2019. Its stock has outperformed all of its peers — including Canopy Growth — so far this year. Cowen analyst Vivien Azer replaced Canopy Growth with Aurora as her top pick among marijuana stocks.

There’s a strong argument to be made that Aurora Cannabis is now a better pot stock than Canopy Growth. Here are three reasons that’s the case, along with one big reason Aurora still doesn’t beat Canopy.

– Read the entire article at Yahoo News.

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