Jay-Z Launches His Very Own Cannabis Line Called Monogram

You could say that Jay-Z is on fire.

To be blunt, there’s not much that the Grammy Award-winning billionaire rapper and entrepreneur doesn’t have his hand in. From streaming service founder to music executive to memoir writer, the 50-year-old is adding yet another title to his repertoire.

He launched a cannabis line called Monogram Friday. It’s a partnership with California cannabis company Caliva. The website teases glossy shots of marijuana, but gives no information on what it will offer or a release date. Would-be customers can check the site to be “first in line for the drop.”

– Read the entire article at CNN News.

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New Jersey Cannabis Legalization Guide (Public Question 1)

This November cannabis legalization initiatives will appear on the ballots of five states: Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota. Every Sunday through November 1, Canna Law Blog will publish a post centered on one of these state ballot initiatives and the current laws surrounding cannabis in that state. So far, we have discussed propositions on the ballot in Arizona, Mississippi and Montana. Today, in the fourth post, we discuss the measure on the New Jersey ballot: New Jersey Public Question 1, the Marijuana Legalization Amendment (2020).

What are the current laws surrounding cannabis in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, recreational cannabis is currently illegal. However, medical cannabis was legalized in 2010 when then-Governor Jon Corzine signed the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CAMMA) into law. CAMMA, which started as a senate bill, allows patients with qualifying conditions and their caretakers to purchase cannabis from state-licensed alternative treatment centers. However, it does not allow patients to grow their own cannabis. Under CAMMA, only six alternative treatment centers can be licensed to sell cannabis at any one time and these centers must be non-profit.

Generally, New Jersey’s medical cannabis legislation is strict in comparison to legislation in other states.

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People in Jail for Cannabis While Legal Market Booms is “The Height of Injustice”

CANNABIS CULTURE – “It is really the height of injustice to have individuals still incarcerated in your state on marijuana-related offences at the same time as you have a booming legal cannabis industry,” says Sarah Gersten, executive director for Last Prisoner Project.

Sarah Gertsen EXecutive Director of the Last Prisoner Project

The Michigan Cannabis Prisoner Release Campaign (MCPRC) in conjunction with the Last Prisoner Project (LPP) is working hard to fundraise and raise awareness for Michiganites that are currently still incarcerated for cannabis-related offences while cannabis has been legal for medical and recreational use since 2018.

While the LPP is an organization that works on a national level, Michigan has become a priority state for their work.  As Gersten explained during her interview with Cannabis Culture, “What we are doing is we pushing for broad systemic reform, and to do that, you really need the buy-in of key stakeholders, and the law makers in Michigan were really the most amenable to pushing forward this type of program.” 

According to their press release, the LPP aims to secure the release and record expungement of Rudi Gammo, Michael Thompson, and all nonviolent

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¿Emprendimientos de Cáñamo Industrial en México? ¡Comienca Ya!

Como hemos venido informándoles en este blog, la legalización de la cannabis está en proceso aquí en México. Una iniciativa de “Ley para la Regulación del Cannabis” (en adelante, “Ley de la Cannabis”) se encuentra ya en discusión por el Congreso de la Unión al tiempo de escribir estas líneas, misma que será acompañada de un muy esperado parteaguas en la naciente industria cannábica en México: el “Reglamento  en Materia de Control Sanitario para la Producción, Investigación y Uso Medicinal de la Cannabis y sus Derivados Farmacológicos” (en adelante, “Reglamento Médico”). Se habla en el medio, no obstante, de que ninguna de las dos legislaciones reglamentará el cáñamo industrial.

Lo anterior no es de sorprenderse. En los últimos años, gran parte del debate acerca de la legalización de la cannabis en México se ha concentrado en los usos recreativo y médico-terapéuticos. No hemos visto la misma discusión acerca del cáñamo que vemos en otros países de América Latina. Esto, para nosotros, exhibe gran falta de visión a largo plazo, considerando que se espera que el mercado global de cáñamo industrial crezca de $4.6 billones de dólares estadounidenses en 2019 a $26-mil-millones-de-dolares-para-2025. Los productos de cáñamo revisten múltiples aplicaciones y

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San Diego Sues to Collect Unpaid Cannabis Taxes

The city of San Diego just announced a lawsuit against businesses that work with the city and failed to pay their city cannabis taxes, money the city counts on coming in from the cannabis industry in order to keep infrastructure running. 

It’s no surprise the city is upset about missing this tax money, as they can use it to help with budget cuts in the face of more COVID-19-related expenses, which are inevitably coming this winter. Not only will there be expenses, but other industries the city relies on, such as tourism and hotel taxes, have been drastically reduced, so the income is needed more than ever. 

Officials from the city claim that Grizzly Peak Farms, one of the main companies getting sued, owes nearly $10,000 in back taxes. Grizzly Peak is located in Oakland, but they owe taxes for product delivered to San Diego for sale within city limits.

“It really kind of slipped through the cracks,” said Dave Gash, owner of Grizzly Peak, who claims the company did not mean to evade the tax and instead were not aware that it needed to be paid. “It’s legitimate, but it’s a weird city tax. We never heard about it, so

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2016 Never Ended: The Final Presidential Debate

The final Presidential Debate of the 2020 election season, the last showdown between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, was the terminal and ultimate piece of evidence for the theory that the year 2016 did not come to an end but in fact extended its lease into 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. The spectre of 2016 doesn’t haunt the United States of America; it has possessed it like a malevolent spirit. 

In Phillip K. Dick’s wonderful and criminally undervalued novel VALIS the phrase “The Empire Never Ended” is repeated over and over as the protagonist (Phil K. Dick himself under the eventually-discarded pseudonym “Horselover Fat”) slowly learns that the Roman Empire still exists and flourishes today, that in fact he—as well as you and me and everyone else—are actually living in 70 BCE but with the illusion of time having passed laid over reality like a blanket. A Gnostic demi-urge was responsible for the illusion that time has passed since the first century BCE, but that illusion was beginning to fade as a friendly Vast Active Living Intelligence System was reasserting itself, thus causing Dick’s visions of a first-century Roman Empire superimposed over his own reality. 

Phillip K. Dick was a

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Cannabis Ballot Initiatives

Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota will vote on whether to legalize cannabis.

Cannabis reform may be stalled at the federal level, but the number of states that have legalized it in some capacity continues to grow. Heading into the 2020 election, 33 of them and the District of Columbia permit medicinal use. Eleven of these states, as well as D.C., have also legalized recreational use. On November 3rd, four more states — Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota — will vote on initiatives that would legalize recreational cannabis, while a fifth — Mississippi — will decide whether to allow doctors to recommend it to patients.

Polling indicates the measures will pass in all five states.

– Read the entire article at Rolling Stone.

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It’s Harvest Time For P.E.I.’s Budding Community Of Cannabis Growers

‘You can grow the best cannabis to its absolute potential and then completely ruin it when you harvest it’.

Under a cloudy October sky, freelance photographer Sean Berrigan looks over his crop of organic outdoor cannabis plants while considering when the best time to harvest will be.

“There’s a little bit of an issue sometimes growing outside, especially in our climate here on the East Coast,” Berrigan said. “We live in a very humid and damp environment so humidity — or high humidity — can be stressful and can be challenging for some growers.”

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Shawn Kemp, Ex-NBA Great, To Open Cannabis Dispensary In Seattle

Ex-hoops star is going green & hopes to ‘inspire’ legal marijuana industry.

Shawn Kemp, the former six-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, is set to open a cannabis dispensary in Seattle next week.

Kemp, who starred with the Seattle Supersonics from 1989 to 1997 and battled Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals, is set to open Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis on Oct. 30.

– Read the entire article at FOX Business.

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