Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Cannabis taxes save 350 jobs in Chicago (Leafly)

// Colorado summer cannabis sales thrive despite collapse of state’s tourism industry (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Bidens Marijuana Decriminalization Plan Is ‘Not Enough’ Cory Booker Says In New Documentary (Marijuana Moment)


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// Trulieve Continues To Flex With Strong Revenue (Green Market Report)

// Curaleaf Q3 Revenue Increases 55% to $182 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Canadian producer Supreme Cannabis turns small profit in first quarter (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Illinois cannabis industry seeks end to MMJ-recreational retail relocation rule (Marijuana Business Daily)

// C3 Industries Raises $45M To Support Expansion In Missouri And Massachusetts (Benzinga)

// Aurora moves ahead with ‘social justice’ marijuana delivery plan (Sentinel Colorado)

// FDA Is Hosting A Conference On CBD Sex And Gender This Week (Marijuana Moment)


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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// New Jersey Senate Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Despite Contentious Psychedelics Provision (Marijuana Moment)

// Rescoring of retail marijuana licenses in Illinois allowed to proceed (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Mexico slowly advances adult-use cannabis law – setting up key vote next week (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Virginia governor vows to press for adult-use marijuana program (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Rhode Island Will ‘Absolutely’ Consider Legalizing Marijuana In 2021 New House Speaker Says (Marijuana Moment)

// Columbia Care Increases Revenue by 145% Prepares for Strong 2021 (Green Market Report)

// Canadian cannabis firm Pure Sunfarms delivers another profitable quarter (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Vireo Health Raises $5 Million with Pennsylvania Dispensaries Sale (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Wholesale marijuana hemp oil prices fall nationwide amid growing supply of raw material (Marijuana Business Daily)

// America’s longest serving nonviolent cannabis prisoner to be released after 32-year sentence (Independent)


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Discussing cannabis, death, and social justice with a death doula

“What if we all went in $100 on a Marijuana Handlers Card for somebody who can’t afford it?’

That was the question, Raina Casey, a Portland Death Doula, posed to her social media circle in the days following George Floyd’s murder. As the city rallied to support the Black cannabis community, Casey’s question illuminated just how undersized that community was. 

It was a straightforward question, but the cascade of responses made it clear that in asking, Casey had presented an uncomplicated solution to this particular instance of industry gatekeeping; preventing anyone who can’t afford to spend $100 from legally entering the Oregon cannabis industry. 

Casey, whose business supports the needs of those in life/death transition with cannabis advocacy, is well aware of the role cannabis plays in the criminalization of Blackness. She’s seen the community rally to support Black-owned business without addressing the dilemma of there being so few of them to even support, which gave her pause, “We need to support Black business and remind people that they need to support Black and brown people first.”

Raina Casey: Death doula, cannabis consultant, founder of Oregon Handers Fund.

Propelled by Oregon’s first round of stay-at-home orders — which designated dispensaries as essential businesses and created a new pool of job opportunities — and following the initial wave of BLM protests, further cemented Casey’s position as a cannabis and minority activist. Soon, after she reached out to familiars with the experience necessary to expand on her central idea, Casey’s concept evolved and became the Oregon Handlers Fund, a nonprofit that covers the costs of receiving an Oregon Marijuana Handlers Card — a requirement necessary for farm, manufacturing, or dispensary work, and a major impediment to the diversification of the cannabis industry. Potential awardees and supporters alike can visit the Oregon Handlers Fund website to apply for or donate funds. 

Weedmaps spoke to Casey about building a nonprofit from scratch, overlapping the nature of death and the business of cannabis, and how — with a bit of follow-through and the support of a community — small questions can lead to big actions.

Weedmaps: What is your relationship with cannabis as a Death Doula?

Raina Casey: In 2012 I had a stroke and I couldn’t continue my line of work anymore. I was an autopsy technician and I had always been fascinated with the funeral industry. When I was in the military, I was an affairs specialist, but after I had the stroke, I had residual numbness in my left hand. I couldn’t do that work anymore. 

I got sad and depressed and I had used cannabis recreationally, but I started to find that when I used cannabis, I didn’t have to use a lot of my seizure medication. I started to research the medical benefits of cannabis, and soon after I started my research, a lady came into my life. I didn’t realize at the time that she would be my first [death doula] client. She was not only my first client, but she was also the first medical marijuana patient that I really had to advocate for legally and medically. 

Her husband had worked in law enforcement and she was a legislator — cannabis had no place in their home or lifestyle previous to this. But God put me there, put me into their lives, and that allowed me to help them realize that cannabis is very, very beneficial. And you don’t have to have to smoke it to get those benefits. 

WM: How much did patient advocacy like this inform the OHF?

Casey: [The OHF has] actually been years in the making, I just didn’t have the money or the clout or the know-how to get it off the ground. So many friends and relatives would say things like, “I want to get into cannabis. How can I get a job? Oh, the $100 is too much.” They couldn’t afford it and they didn’t have anybody in their lives that could loan them that kind of money.  

We go and support all the Black and brown dispensaries and cannabis businesses, and it’s great to support our businesses, but we need help with the barrier of getting our people into the workforce. There’s no reason why all of these people, ready to go into the workforce, pass exams and background checks and everything, are just sitting there because they say they don’t have a $100 for the permit? There is something very wrong with that picture: You have all of these people who are qualified to work but they can’t.

For as much money as you spend on two ounces of top shelf, you can change somebody’s entire life. This is what needs to be happening and this is what it should have been happening the whole time. 

WM: Even without nonprofit experience, you wasted no time letting this initiative grow into a 501c3. How were you able to pivot so deftly from your career as a death doula to the captain of a nonprofit?

Casey: I have no experience in nonprofits or sales or anything like that. This is my first go-around with any of this, and I’ve been blessed. My godmother, well, I call her my “god-diva,” has allowed me to tag along behind her and watch how she works — she is a retired consultant — to get these really major companies to give her what she’s asking for: their money!  

Anybody who knows me will tell you I’m a very humble person. I just really want to live my life as peacefully as possible, and I want to help as many people as I can along the way. When I started getting into cannabis, a lot of people gave me flak, and all the while I was building my cannabis consulting business and tying it to being a death doula. I knew I was eventually just going to use my own money and start rounding people up in the community to help me pay for these permits. 

WM: As of now, the OHF is solely concerned with getting marijuana handlers cards into the hands of those who can’t otherwise afford them, but what type of growth do see for the Fund’s future?

Casey: I would love to turn the OHF into something way, way bigger than it is. We are working to develop partnerships with the dispensaries and the companies that committed to hiring our applicants, bigger companies that have acted really excited about it when we were discussing what we were going to do. Now, we’ve been going back and hitting them up saying, “Do you remember when we talked about this? This is where you can send your money.

Then my plan is to retire and have my son take over.

WM: Do you have any advice for aspiring changemakers facing similar social justice endeavors?

Casey: Go for it. Seriously, go for it. Because, oh boy, shit would not have happened if I had not just decided to go ahead and do it.  

WM: Last question, what are your favorite strains right now?

Casey: Runtz right now but Obama Kush is a long-standing favorite.

Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Friday, October 23, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Friday, October 23, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Montana high court tosses challenge to adult-use marijuana measure (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Pennsylvania House Votes To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients From DUI Charges (Marijuana Moment)

// Canadian cannabis sales grow to nearly CA$245 million in August (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Colorado Governor Tells Texas Not To Legalize Marijuana So His Own State Can Get More Tourists (Marijuana Moment)

// US cannabis harvest price report 2020 (Leafly)

// Jushi Prices C$35.5 Million Equity Offering at C$3.55 (New Cannabis Ventures)

// West Virginia taps Metrc for medical cannabis seed-to-sale tracking system (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Michael Thompson, imprisoned for 25 years for selling three pounds of cannabis, to receive parole hearing in November (Growth Op)

// Oregon vineyards lose lawsuit against nearby cannabis operation (Oregon Public Broadcasting (AP))

// New Zealand seeks proposals to educate doctors on medical cannabis (Marijuana Business Daily)


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Kamala Harris Touts ‘Commitment’ To Marijuana Decriminalization And Expungements Under Biden Administration (Marijuana Moment)

// Campaign Raises $30K To Help Release Cannabis Prisoners In Michigan (Benzinga)

// Massachusetts to limit number of cannabis delivery licenses (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Recreational cannabis brand and product expansion slow in US markets (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Top Senate Democrat Includes Marijuana Banking Protections In New Coronavirus Relief Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// 4Front Prices C$15 Million Units at C$0.70 (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Neptune Raises $35 Million Selling Units at $2.16 (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Marijuana Legalization In Texas Would Generate Billions In Tax Revenue New Economic Analysis Shows (Marijuana Moment)

// New Jersey Voters Strongly Back Marijuana Legalization And Cannabis Pardons New Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// COVID-19 Was Good For Every Cannabis Company Except Dan Bilzerian’s Which Is Almost Broke: Filing (Forbes)


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Thursday, October 8, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Vermont Governor Allows Marijuana Sales Legalization Bill To Take Effect Without His Signature (Marijuana Moment)

// September was another record month for Illinois marijuana sales (WROK News Talk 1440)

// Once shut out, Maine cannabis industry now eligible for sustainable energy grants (Portland Press Herald)


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// Illinois Governor To Pardon More People For Marijuana In The ‘Coming Months’ (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana firm iAnthus gets Canadian court approval for restructuring plan (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New TV Ads Urges Oregon Voters To Legalize Psilocybin Therapy (Marijuana Moment)

// Oklahoma’s Numerous Dispensaries Presents Distribution Challenges For Brands (Green Market Report)

// Arizona Loosens Restrictions On Past Marijuana Use By Police Recruits (Marijuana Moment)

// Asset sales, market growth might boost cannabis multistate operator finances (Marijuana Business Daily)

// MJBizCon 2020 Moves to Fully Online Event December 2-4, 2020 (Stock House)


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Vermont Governor Still Hasn’t Decided On Legal Marijuana Sales Bill On Eve Of Signature Deadline (Marijuana Moment)

// DC Democratic Party Endorses Psychedelics Decriminalization Ballot Initiative (Marijuana Moment)

// Illinois and Massachusetts Cannabis Markets Hit New Highs in August (New Cannabis Ventures)


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// Vote For Marijuana Legalization Referendum To Promote Social Justice, New Jersey Governor Says (Marijuana Moment)

// Even with state’s small population, adult-use marijuana sales could boom in Montana (Marijuana Business Daily)

// West Virginia Names 10 Medical Cannabis Cultivation License Holders (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Field Trip Health Is The Latest Psychedelics Company To Go Public (Green Market Report)

// Stem Holdings to acquire delivery firm in CA$41M all-stock marijuana deal (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Ro Choy Leads a Do-or-Die Effort to Transform Eaze’s Business Model (MG Retailer)

// When your pot plant is stolen, become a Maine weed detective (News Center Maine NBC)


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Friday, October 2, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, October 2, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Colorado Governor Grants Thousands Of Marijuana Pardons With New Clemency Powers (Marijuana Moment)

// Vermont Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales In Question After Governor Cites Racial Justice Objections (Marijuana Moment)

// Schwazze backs out of deal to acquire marijuana R&D firm MedPharm (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Mixed Arizona Marijuana Polls Raise Questions About Legalization Ballot Measure’s Prospects (Marijuana Moment)

// More than one-quarter of Portland’s would-be cannabis retailers face disqualification (Central Maine (Press Herald))

// Michigan Prosecutor Will No Longer Pursue Possession Cases for Psychedelics (Merry Jane)

// Cannabis MSO Acreage raises $33M, partly to pay off higher-interest debt (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California Governor Approves Changes To Marijuana Banking And Labeling Laws (Marijuana Moment)

// Pot prices at Ontario Cannabis Store rival those of illicit market for the first time (Toronto Star (Canadian Press))

// House Approves Marijuana Banking Protections For Third Time As Part Of New COVID Bill (Marijuana Moment)


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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Hemp Advocates Secure Major Win In New House Government Funding Measure (Marijuana Moment)

// Texas Ban On Smokable Hemp Lifted Until 2021 Judge Rules (Marijuana Moment)

// Scott says lawmakers have ‘come a long ways’ on retail pot bill (Valley News)


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// New York Launches Process For Destroying Marijuana Conviction Records (Marijuana Moment)

// Cannabis Subscription Boxes Grow By 550% (Green Market Report)

// Canadian Cannabis Sales Accelerate in July to $232 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Study: Recreational Marijuana Could Bring Connecticut $100 Million Over 4 Years (WSHU Public Radio)

// Legal Marijuana Now Party turns in signatures for official recognition in Nebraska (Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News)

// Marijuana seller’s story of ‘badass’ Mexican sisters was a cultural misstep Latinas say (Herald Mail (AP))

// Millennials Prefer Smoking Their Cannabis (Green Market Report)


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Friday, September 18, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Friday, September 18, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Vermont Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales One Step Away From Governor’s Desk After House Vote (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana vape firms say one year after vaping crisis customers turning to legal suppliers over illicit market (Marijuana Business Daily)

// ‘If someone with experience can’t get this license who can?’ Illinois Governor’s team to meet with critics of marijuana licensing process (Chicago Tribune)


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// Trulieve forks out $66 million for two Pennsylvania medical cannabis firms (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Barbados Is Inches Away From Decriminalizing Cannabis Possession (Merry Jane)

// Election 2020: All you need to know about cannabis legalization on the ballot (Leafly)

// 6 cannabis elections that changed the game (Leafly)

// Slim Majority Of Arizona Voters Support Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure, New Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// German Health Insurance Has Covered Nearly $90 Million of Medical Marijuana in 2020 (Merry Jane)

// Federal Agency Tells USDA To Keep Hemp Rules Open For Comment Even Longer (Marijuana Moment)


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