Friday, February 14, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, February 14, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Los Angeles County expunges 66,000 marijuana convictions in a day (Leafly)

// Aurora Cannabis reports steep loss, production drop, and higher costs (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California unions ask state’s Democrats to shut out major cannabis trade group (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Baker’s anti-stoned driving bill is dead- but marijuana cafes and employee protections move ahead in Legislature (Boston Globe)

// Scientists Find Aluminum Cans Suck Cannabinoids Out of Infused Beverages (Merry Jane)

// Taxes a big factor behind the financial woes of California marijuana companies (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Scotland Opens First Medical Cannabis Clinic to Treat Chronic Pain (Merry Jane)

// A Psychedelics Company Is About to List on a Public Stock Exchange (Merry Jane)

// California ‘vape art’ exhibit flashes bright light on waste issue (Reuters)

// Las Vegas dispensary offers free joints to Nevada primary voters (Leafly)


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Thursday, February 13, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Recreational pot bill spurned in New Mexico Legislature (CT Post (AP))

// Vermont Farmers Fear Pot Bill Will Shut Them Out of the Marijuana Market (Seven Days VT)

// Michigan recreational marijuana delivery now only a click away (Michigan Live)


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// Medical marijuana bill filed at Alabama State House (ABC 33 40)

// Top Mexican Senator Says Marijuana Legalization Bill Will Be Approved This Month (Marijuana Moment)

// Canopy Growth earnings: When will the weed drinks arrive? (Market Watch)

// Many landlords will take cash from marijuana tenants report says (Marijuana Business Daily)

// L.A. pot licensing delays costing industry millions (LA Weekly)

// Two Pending Bills Could Substantially Change Washington’s Cannabis Advertising Laws (Canna Law Blog)

// Kentucky Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill In Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)


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Monday, February 3, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Monday, February 3, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// MedMen CEO Adam Bierman Is Out (Green Market Report)

// Vermont Committee Unanimously Approves Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales (Marijuana Moment)

// Businesses Are More Profitable And Innovative In States With Legal Marijuana, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)


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// ‘This was supposed to be reparations’ Why is LA’s cannabis industry devastating black entrepreneurs? (Guardian)

// Rhode Island governor presses for adult-use cannabis legalization to keep pace on East Coast (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Cannabis taxes not bringing the cash government expected (National Post)

// This Detroit Pro Soccer Team Is Now Sponsored by a Weed Dispensary (Merry Jane)

// Chicago needs to license places where marijuana can be consumed on premises, mayor says (Chicago Sun Times)

// Liberal Americans Are Six Times More Likely To Smoke Marijuana Than Conservatives, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// Bernie Sanders Pledges Legal Marijuana In All 50 States On Day One As President (Forbes)


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Friday, January 17, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, January 17, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed After Governor Puts Issue On 2020 Agenda (Marijuana Moment)

// Global Cannabis Sales Grow 48% to $15 Billion in 2019 (Valdosta Daily Times (AP))

// 40% of Arizona’s Hemp Crops Must Be Destroyed Due to Too Much THC (AZ Marijuana)


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// Raimondo’s $10-billion budget plan includes state-run stores for recreational pot (Providence Journal)

// Ontario Cannabis Store sells out of edibles within hours (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Alaska pot board chair being chaired (Boston Globe)

// Marijuana deliver giant Eaze may go up in smoke (Tech Crunch)

// Congressman Backs Ballot Measure To Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms For Therapeutic Use (Marijuana Moment)

// Travelers Threw Away Over 37 Pounds of Weed at This Colorado Airport (Merry Jane)

// High Times To Open Dispensaries (Green Market Report)


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The Decade in Weed Hype

How does one truly define the last decade in cannabis hype?

Is it the wild strains that took over the world in waves? When the decade began, Cookies held court at the top, as the great Purples and OGs that captured the American connoisseur’s attention through the 2000s fell to the wayside for Cookies’ new “exotic” terpene profiles. Then, Cookies’ next of kin Gelato took over for a couple of years, leading up to the Zkittlez era in the middle of the decade. With the way the marketplace diversified following the launch of the legal cannabis market in California in 2018, we think we’ll continue to see strains that carry as much mystique as the winners of the 2010s.

Or is the decade of cannabis hype best described as a tale of surviving political challenges? Despite Barack Obama’s campaign trail promises before the New Hampshire primary in 2008 that he wasn’t going to go after providers in compliance with state law, providers like Richard Lee at Oaksterdam, the Berkeley Patients Group, Harborside, and so many others spent years in the courts defending their models originally intended to provide access to the sick. By the end of the 2010s, they ended up with a new president at odds with his now-fired Attorney General of the United States over the approach his Department of Justice took in enforcing cannabis laws.

Or should the focus be on how the industry blossomed into one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors this past decade? Seemingly every quarter, new estimates put a larger number next to how much the global pot industry will be worth at some point in the 2020s, with a bevy of data explaining the hypothesis.

Or maybe it’s defined by the communities of color that got hit the hardest by the War on Drugs’s racist enforcement of cannabis laws in places like New York, OaklandLos Angeles, and Chicago who are now fighting for their fair shot in the industry?

It’s probably all of these things.

Let’s consider how hash has progressed in the last decade as a perfect representation of the industry as a whole. At the beginning of the 2010s, most cannabis concentrates were consumed through waxy lipid-filled dabs that smelled like a candle shop that sold wet towels. Those days are behind us. Now, we smoke terpene-loaded badders and diamonds so fat they wouldn’t have looked out of place on Elizabeth Taylor’s necklace at the Cleopatra premiere. The progress from what we were smoking in 2010 was fast after the first slabs of dewaxed shatter hit the world that year.

And this story of progress is mirrored with the development of cannabis flowers, edibles and every other type of cannabis product people enjoyed for kicks or used as medicine over the past decade. Things aren’t perfect, and THC limits certainly hit many edible folks in the wallet, but generally, the consumer is a lot better off today than they were in 2010. Laboratory testing for cannabis was two years old in 2010, and again still not perfect, but certainly has taken the level of safety up via the scrutiny flower could face.

Overall, the tale of the decade’s cannabis hype is one of enthusiasm and education, of being excited about where the game went for those that wanted to take part in the legal market, and of learning the lessons from each place that cannabis moved into the light.

Despite every state and nation that got involved thinking they had to reinvent the wheel when it comes to how they do legal marijuana, we’re trending upward. A good scenario for the next decade is the weed continues to get better, and it becomes easier for people not backed by millionaires to open cannabis businesses.

The best-case scenario is that there is nobody left in prison for marijuana by 2030, but our hope is that it will be much sooner.

TELL US, what was your favorite cannabis strain of the decade?

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// New Jersey Lawmakers Vote To Put Marijuana Legalization On State’s 2020 Ballot (Marijuana Moment)

// L.A. officials say system for pot licenses was open early. Cannabis activists call foul (LA Times)

// Two Dozen Illegal Dispensaries Got Shut Down in LA’s Largest Pot Shop Raid (Merry Jane)


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// Colorado Has Sold Over $7.6 Billion Worth of Legal Weed Since 2014 (Merry Jane)

// Marijuana Price In Colorado Hits 3-Year High At $1316 Per Pound (International Business Times)

// British Columbia exempts dry cannabis vaporizers from increased tax (Marijuana Business Daily)

// House-Passed Marijuana Amendments Stripped From Congressional Spending Bills (Marijuana Moment)

// Kids Aren’t Buying Weed From Legal Pot Shops, Study Finds (Merry Jane)

// What happens to the weed black market when recreational marijuana goes legal Jan. 1? ‘I see it opening the door to more clients,’ one dealer says. (Chicago Tribune)

// Sales of Pot Edibles Get Off to a Slow Start in Canada (Growth Op (Bloomberg))


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Dozens Of Los Angeles Cannabis Retailers Raided In City’s Largest Crackdown

By the time the sun came up on Friday the thirteenth, cannabis law enforcement agents had seized $8.8 million worth of cannabis products, including some 10,000 counterfeit vape pens and $129,000 cash, from two dozen unlicensed cannabis shops in Los Angeles, California. From December 10 – 12, investigators with the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Cannabis Enforcement Unit served search warrants at dozens of cannabis retailers, rounding up and arresting staff and confiscating products and cash.

The week-long mass raids represent the largest crackdown on the illicit cannabis industry in Los Angeles. And chief cannabis regulators vow there’s more to come.

Mass Raids Target Unlicensed Cannabis Shops

California officials have long-known that the process of ousting the state’s illicit cannabis market and replacing it with a licensed, regulated industry wouldn’t be easy. Legalizing the sale of recreational cannabis, phased in January 2018 after November 2016’s yes vote on Proposition 64, was supposed to take a chunk out of the illegal market. But legal retail has barely made a dent in it.

About three quarters of all known cannabis sales in California happen between buyers and unlicensed sellers, according to recent estimates. Sprawling illegal grow operations and farms pepper the state, tucked away in remote forests and uninhabited park lands. Unlicensed shops dominate many areas, popping up elsewhere as soon as they’re shut down. In short, the illicit industry is dug in. And despite the promise of safer, higher-quality products, buyers have been slow to transition into the legal retail space.

The carrot hasn’t been working. And now California is trying the stick. Police raids of unlicensed cannabis shops happen at a regular clip across Los Angeles and other California city centers. But they haven’t been enough to deter illicit operators or significantly impact commerce. Now, however, officials say they’re going to pick up the pace.

Two dozen raids in three days is definitely an escalation in the state’s—and the legal industry’s—war against under-the-table businesses. And Lori Ajax, California’s top cannabis regulator, said there’s more to come. “We look forward to working with local jurisdictions and law enforcement as we continue to shut down unlicensed operators,” Ajax said.

Cannabis Industry Group Demands More “Systematic Action”

Since recreational cannabis became legal in California, industry groups have been pressuring state lawmakers, law enforcement and regulators to bring the hammer down on illicit businesses. From the industry’s perspective, every sale to an unlicensed seller cuts into licensed businesses’ profits.

State regulators also have a stake in shrinking the footprint of the illegal market. Unlicensed retailers sell unregulated, often untested products. And California in particular has struggled with the dangers of unregulated cannabis, especially vape pens and THC cartridges. Last week’s mass raids seized almost 10,000 counterfeit vape pens.

The United Cannabis Business Association, a Los Angeles industry group, applauded investigators’ enforcement escalation. Jerred Kiloh, who heads the industry group, told the AP that the raids were “the type of systematic action required” to crack down on the illegal market.

High Taxes, License Fees Shut Out Smaller Retailers

So far, it’s unclear whether scaling up raids of unlicensed cannabis shops will succeed. The fact remains that there are still major incentives for keeping out of the legal industry. Becoming a licensed cannabis business in California requires capital many small retailers can’t access. And consumers are being driven away from legal retailers by high sales taxes. The cost, of course, is a proliferation of untested, unregulated and potentially harmful products.

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When An Opera Is Just As Trippy As Any Psychedelic

If you’re a regular reader of High Times, you know that we don’t usually cover operas. We do, however, have 45 years’ experience covering psychedelics and the counterculture at large, so when we were presented with the opportunity to view a breakthrough staging of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s legendary opera, The Magic Flute, we took it — along with some edibles, for good measure.

LA Opera’s hallucinatory staging of Mozart’s beloved opera is a trip unto itself, reminiscent of early silent French films à la George Méliès or the Lumière brothers, only with sound — lots of it. Hand-drawn animations are projected onto a massive two-story white wall, subsuming static scenery with stunning visuals that bring an entirely new dimension to the opera. Not only does the multimedia masterpiece include a quirky, enchanted landscape brought to life by professional vocalists, it’s poised to redefine the way theater will be presented in the future.

Theo Hoffman as Papageno and Zuzana Marková as Pamina in LA Opera’s 2019 production of “The Magic Flute”/ Cory Weaver

Equal parts vaudeville, cabaret, silent film, and opera, this version of The Magic Flute takes the form of a feature film, only the so-called “film” is a compilation of a thousand separate video files that are projected with an 18k lumen projector 120 feet away from the stage. It’s an entirely new kind of presentation that first debuted in 2012 at Komische Oper Berlin, and has had more than 350,000 audience members in dozens of cities around the world. In 2013, Los Angeles was the first city to host performances of the opera outside Berlin, and it’s featured two more runs since.

Stage director Barrie Kosky was inspired to create this version of The Magic Flute after he attended a performance of a show called Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. It was the inaugural presentation from a British theater company called 1927, which first formed in 2005 in the UK. “From the moment the show started, there was this fascinating mix of live performance with animation, creating its own aesthetic world,” says Kosky in an interview with Ulrich Lenz. “Within minutes, this strange mixture of silent film and music hall had convinced me that these people had to do The Magic Flute with me in Berlin!

Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Sarastro in LA Opera’s 2019 production of “The Magic Flute”/ Cory Weaver

A World of Dreams and Nightmares

Filmmaker Paul Barritt and director/writer/performer Suzanne Andrade are the co-creators of 1927, named after the year that the first talking pictures hit the silver screen. “We work with a mixture of live performance and animation, which makes it a completely new art form in many ways,” Andrade explains. “Many others have used film in theater, but 1927 integrates film in a very new way. We don’t do a theater piece with added movies. Nor do we make a movie and then combine it with acting elements. Everything goes hand in hand. Our shows evoke the world of dreams and nightmares, with aesthetics that hearken back to the world of silent film.”

While The Magic Flute by Mozart first premiered in 1791, this interpretation takes place in Berlin in the 1920s, a hotspot for European counterculture at the time. Papageno is modeled after Buster Keaton; Monostatos recalls Nosferatu; and Pamina bears a striking resemblance to Louise Brooks. The deft combination of costumes, animations, and unmatched vocal styling combine for a one-of-a-kind production with fairly insane visuals, including references to perennial pop-culture favorites such as comic books and vintage martial-arts movies.

Bogdan Volkov as Tamino in LA Opera’s 2019 production of “The Magic Flute”/ Cory Weaver

“This emphasis on the images makes it possible for every viewer to experience the show in his or her own way: as a magical, living storybook; as a curious, contemporary meditation on silent film as a singing silent film; or as paintings come to life,” Kosky says. “Basically, we have a hundred stage sets in which things happen that normally aren’t possible onstage: flying elephants, flutes trailing notes, bells as showgirls… We can fly up to the stars and then ride an elevator to hell, all within a few minutes.”

In the end, while it’s easy to love this particular version of The Magic Flute, it’s not easy to define it. We know it’s an opera, but it’s so much more than that. So what is it, exactly? Maybe Kosky describes it best: “It’s a silent film by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, so to speak!”

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Friday, December 6, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, December 6, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// After long wait, Maine to issue applications for 1st marijuana stores (Portland Press Herald)

// Police shouldn’t ticket pot smokers in backyards or on balconies, Lightfoot says (Chicago Sun Times)

// Cory Booker’s Marijuana Agenda Highlighted In Three Super PAC Ads (Marijuana Moment)


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// Cheap weed sells: Ontarians flock to OCS for $5 grams (Leafly)

// Canadian provinces erect barriers for regulated cannabis vape market (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New Colorado law boon for cannabis capital, but concerns remain for minority businesses (Marijuana Business Daily)

// L.A.’s Cannabis Cafe Is Rebranding and Parting Ways with Lowell Herb Co. (LA Magazine)

// PA Judge Rules That Healthcare Worker Can Sue Employers for Being Fired Over Pot (Merry Jane)

// Amazon Allegedly Fired and Blacklisted a Worker for Using Medical Cannabis (Vice)

// Willie Nelson Will ‘Never Stop Enjoying’ Marijuana Despite Quitting Smoking, Son Says (Marijuana Moment)


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