Grading the Presidential Candidates on Marijuana: Michael Bloomberg

Last fall, we ran a 13-part series taking a hard look at each of the 2020 presidential candidates’ history and views related to marijuana. We assigned each candidate a letter grade corresponding with our analysis (for the final summary post, go here). In that popular series, grading criteria was as follows:

Current stance on marijuana: What have they recently said about marijuana legislation? When did they adopt this stance? We awarded higher grades to candidates who currently support legalizing marijuana and even better grades if they have openly supported legalization for more than just the past couple years. Website and social media: Did the candidate include marijuana on their website? How often do they mention marijuana on social media? We used the candidates’ websites and social media as a litmus test of their dedication to the legalization of marijuana. While most candidates have expressed support for legalization, some only speak on the issue when prompted or have very few statements on the matter. If a candidate does not actively advocate for marijuana, we doubt their conviction. Past legislative history: How many marijuana-related bills did this candidate introduce, sponsor or sign? Did this candidate legislate the War on Drugs? How

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Gear Up for 420 at the 2020 Cannabis Cup Central Valley

4/20 is less than two months away. And the 2020 High Times Cannabis Cup Central Valley is even closer. Over the April 18-19 weekend, denizens of high-mindedness from around the country and around the world will gather in Sacramento, California to kick off the 420 season with the world’s foremost cannabis experience and competition. 

But the Cannabis Cup competition, which will bring together the best products in the market across 17 categories, is only one part of the weekend-long festivities. Live music by top artists, delectable food trucks with infused offerings, rides, games, VIP experiences, giveaways and a completely legal environment for buying and consuming cannabis in all of its glorious forms are even more reasons to get excited about this year’s Cannabis Cup Central Valley. 

Experience the Best Cannabis Products Available

In 2018, High Times made history when its Cannabis Cup Central Valley became the first-ever licensed recreational cannabis event in California. For the first time at a California cannabis festival, any attendees over the age of 21 could legally purchase and partake inside the event itself. 

The momentous occasion attracted record numbers of attendees, along with Grammy-winning rap and hip hop artists like Cypress Hill, Lil Wayne, Ludacris,

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Cannabis Company Proposes New Dispensary Location Near Addiction Treatment Center

A cannabis dispensary proposed for Chicago’s upscale West Town neighborhood is drawing opposition from officials at a nearby addiction treatment center, who say the store would pose a risk to the facility’s clients. Licensed cannabis company NuMed wants to open the dispensary on the second floor of a building whose entrance would be on the same block as Haymarket Center, an addiction treatment center that sees visits from about 500 people a day.

Dan Lustig, a psychologist who serves as the president and CEO of Haymarket, said that he is concerned that a cannabis dispensary would be too much of a temptation for people struggling with addiction.

“This will trigger patients to relapse,” Lustig said.

“There’s only two outcomes to substance use disorder: Either you get better or you die. So I’m going to have individuals with life-threatening medical issues having to pass through that to get into treatment here,” he added.

Lustig has solicited support from nearby business owners, prompting the Fulton Market Association to distribute a petition seeking to ban dispensaries from opening within a two-block radius of Haymarket Center.

“We want to create a safe perimeter around the building so that we don’t have to keep fighting

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Real Estate Development in California: Join us February 26 in L.A.!

Developers of cannabis projects in California want to turn projects around as quickly and cheaply as possible, and are frequently frustrated by the amount of time, money, and effort required for the entitlement process. On Wednesday, February 26, a panel of real estate development experts will explain the entitlement process in California at a LACBA panel moderated by our own Julie Hamill.

Julie will be joined by:

Amy Freilich, Partner at Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac; Larry Kosmont, CEO of Kosmont Companies; and Corinne Verdery, Chief Development Officer at Caruso.

The panelists will describe the steps that a developer goes through to entitle a project, and how political strategies, community outreach, CEQA, and new development laws play into the process. Theses panelists are working on some of the biggest development projects in Southern California and will share their war stories, successes, and challenges with the audience in a guided discussion followed by audience Q&A.

This panel is for real estate practitioners, land use lawyers, developers, and students eager to learn more about how the mysterious world of land use really works. The panel is not tailored specifically toward the cannabis industry, but will be worthwhile for anyone interested in development

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Kitchener’s First Cannabis Store to Open Feb. 28

By the end of the month, cannabis users in Kitchener will finally be able to shop local.

Meta Cannabis Co. announced on Thursday that it will open a cannabis store on Fairview Road on Feb. 28.

The store will open its doors at noon with an official grand opening getting underway at 4 p.m.

The announcement comes just a day after Waterloo region’s first pot shop was opened in Cambridge as a franchise under Canopy Growth’s Tokyo Smoke label.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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Kentucky’s House of Representatives Approves Medicinal Cannabis Legislation

For the first time ever, Kentucky’s House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow the state’s residents access to medicinal marijuana treatment. After Thursday’s 65-30 vote in favor of passing House Bill 136, the initiative will head to the state Senate. 

There, HB 136 will face its fair share of political challenges. Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers has downplayed the importance of cannabis legalization, even implying in 2018 that those who are looking to “relax” or “feel better” might better look to a glass of bourbon (though one could argue he was merely promoting the state’s existing drug industries).

Kentucky is one of only 17 states in the country where no form of marijuana is legal. 

But the state’s cannabis critics may be standing on the wrong side of history. Just ask the whopping 90 percent of residents who said they were in favor of medicinal marijuana regulation in a Kentucky Health Issues poll mere weeks ago. The number rose by 10 percent since the same question was posed to the state in a 2012 poll. 

Nearly half of respondents to this year’s survey said that they were in favor of legalizing recreational cannabis as well. 

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Inside Lake Superior State University’s New Cannabis Center of Excellence

It started as the first cannabis chemistry program in the nation.

Now, Lake Superior State University is also home to a state of the art cannabis laboratory. It’s called the Cannabis Center of Excellence.

It’s giving students the opportunity for hands on cannabis research.

“Cannabis is really opening up a whole new field,” said Lake Superior State cannabis chemistry student Lucas Sheppard.

– Read the entire article at 9 and 10 News.

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The Sale of CBD Foods Is Legal in the UK (For Now)

Last week, the Food Standard Agency (“FSA”), the agency responsible for protecting public health in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (collectively, the “UK”), cleared a path for the sale of CBD-infused food for the next 12 months.

Specifically, the FSA is giving the CBD industry until March 31, 2021 to submit valid novel food authorization applications to ensure these products meet specific safety standards. Following the March 31, 2021 deadline, only products for which a valid application has been submitted will be allowed to remain on the market.

Although the UK recently severed its ties with the European Union, the FSA has opted to align its policy with that of the European Food Safety Authority (“EFSA”). The EFSA guidance on cannabinoids strongly echoes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”)’s in that it mandates that all food products infused with hemp or its derivatives should receive a pre-market approval under the European Union “novel food” regulation because these products were not significantly used as a food or food ingredient before May 15, 1997.

According to the reporting of Hemp Industry Daily, CBD companies wishing to sell into the UK market will send approval plans to

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