Washington State Allows Free Joints for Covid Jabs

The promotion, called “Joints for Jabs,” is one of many across the United States whose aim is to get more Americans vaccinated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #marijuana, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

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Amazon to stop screening employees for marijuana

Amazon in brief blog post announced it will no longer include marijuana on its drug screening program. In short, the company is now treating weed like alcohol, which means off-work employees can partake in a beer or a spliff without fear of repercussions. Of course, just like with alcohol, Amazon says it will continue to do impairment checks and screen for drugs after on-the-job incidents. 

The only exception mentioned involves positions regulated by the Department of Transportation — read: truck drivers and heavy equipment operators. Applicants for those jobs will still be screened for the marijuana. 

This change comes as America is quickly warming to federal legalization of cannabis. Voters across the country, including conservative strongholds, are increasing passing measures granting citizens access to the plant. From medical to recreational use, America is waking up to legal pot and Amazon doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of history.

Amazon, in its statement written by Dave Clark, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon, acknowledges the changing political landscape, which is opening doors to legal weed and criminal expungement.

And because we know that this issue is bigger than Amazon, our public policy team will be actively supporting The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act)—federal legislation that would legalize marijuana at the federal level, expunge criminal records, and invest in impacted communities. We hope that other employers will join us, and that policymakers will act swiftly to pass this law.

This updated policy is one of the latest steps Amazon is making as its workforce is drawing closer to unionization.

#amazon, #cannabis, #marijuana, #tc

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Why The Coronavirus Pandemic Was a Breakout Moment for the Cannabis Industry

For many Americans, having enough marijuana was as essential as stocking up on toilet paper. And suppliers found a way to get it to them.

#aether-gardens, #canna-provisions, #florida, #fluent-cannabis, #las-vegas-nev, #marijuana, #massachusetts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #small-business

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Yes, Pot Is Legal. But It’s Also in Short Supply.

Cannabis corporations are rushing to meet what is expected to be a “tidal wave” of demand in New York and New Jersey.

#hemp, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #mid-orange-correctional-facility, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #warwick-ny

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Yes, Pot Is Legal. But It’s Also in Short Supply in NY and NJ

Cannabis corporations are rushing to meet what is expected to be a “tidal wave” of demand in New York and New Jersey.

#hemp, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #mid-orange-correctional-facility, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #warwick-ny

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How Weed, Calif., Finally Embraced Weed, the Drug

For decades, a rural California city winced at the puns. Now it’s cashing in.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #marijuana, #weed-calif

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Former Mayor of Fall River, Mass. Is Convicted of Corruption

Jasiel F. Correia II, who at 24 was the Massachusetts city’s youngest mayor, was convicted of charges related to extorting marijuana vendors and defrauding investors.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #correia-jasiel-f-ii, #elections-mayors, #extortion-and-blackmail, #fall-river-mass, #frauds-and-swindling, #marijuana

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The Temple and the Weed Farm

The Arizona town of Snowflake has two great institutions.

#arizona, #greenhouses, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana

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‘A Land Grab’ for a Piece of New York’s Marijuana Business

Cannabis companies and brokers are rushing into what could be a $4.2 billion industry, but for all the excitement, there are significant challenges.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #cresco-labs, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-brokers, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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He Fought to Make Weed Legal in New York City. Now What?

Dana Beal, a longtime Yippie, staged protests and fought the law and spent time in jail to make weed available for all. Is there a future in pot activism?

#act-up, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-york-city, #yippies, #youth-international-party

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France Seeks Change in Law After Outrage Over Verdict in Anti-Semitic Killing

The proposed bill, which would prevent intoxication being used as a basis for a plea of insanity, was prompted by a verdict allowing the killer of a Jewish woman to avoid trial.

#anti-semitism, #delirium, #france, #halimi-sarah-d-2017, #marijuana, #politics-and-government, #traore-kobili

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The Country’s Evolving Marijuana Debate

Democrats at the national level increasingly see the drug as a unity issue.

#democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #united-states-politics-and-government

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After Canada’s Marijuana ‘Green Rush,’ Pot Suppliers Struggle

Most marijuana producers in Canada are still reporting staggering losses two and a half years after legalization.

#canada, #canopy-growth-corp, #greenhouses, #marijuana, #shopping-and-retail, #tilray-lafitte-ventures-ltd, #toronto-stock-exchange

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This Heroin-Using Professor Wants to Change How We Think About Drugs

Prof. Carl Hart saw drugs as destroyers of communities. Then he saw the positive side. “We have miseducated the public,” he said.

#addiction-psychology, #black-people, #carl-hart, #columbia-university, #marijuana, #methamphetamines, #national-institute-on-drug-abuse, #research

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Can New York’s Marijuana Legalization Light Up a New Path?

Yes, it’s welcome news for cannabis connoisseurs. But for many advocates, the focus is on making amends for the war on drugs.

#debatable, #marijuana, #new-york-state

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New Mexico Is Set to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

The governor is expected to sign the law, which would make New Mexico the 16th state to permit recreational use.

#law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #new-mexico

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What Will Legal Cannabis Look Like in New York?

The state will become one of the largest markets of the drug in the nation. Here’s what you can do now, and what will take some time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #freight-cargo, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #new-york-city, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #smoking-and-tobacco, #state-legislatures

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New York Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

New Yorkers will immediately be allowed to possess up to three ounces of cannabis for recreational purposes, as other facets of the law are phased in over several months.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #income-inequality, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #smoking-and-tobacco

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Teenage Brains Are More Vulnerable to Marijuana, Federal Data Suggests

Teenagers are more likely to get hooked on marijuana, stimulants and other recreational drugs than college-aged or older adults.

#addiction-psychology, #age-chronological, #alcohol-abuse, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #e-cigarettes, #marijuana, #sedatives, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #youth

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How Arizona Won the Cannabis Legalization Race

Four states voted to legalize recreational cannabis in November. Only one is selling it so far.

#arizona, #curaleaf-inc, #marijuana

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New York Marijuana Legalization Is Likely. Here’s What to Know.

New Yorkers would be allowed up to 3 ounces of cannabis for recreational use. And millions in tax revenue would be reinvested in communities affected by unequal policing.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-york-state

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What the Deal to Legalize Marijuana Means for New Yorkers

The plan would eliminate penalties for holding small amounts and permit lounges where cannabis, but not alcohol, could be consumed.

#disc-jockeys, #marijuana, #new-york-city, #peoples-stokes-crystal

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New York Reaches a Deal to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

The move paves the way for a potential $4.2 billion industry, with millions of dollars in sales tax revenue reinvested in minority communities each year.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #cuomo-andrew-m, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #new-york-state, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Free With Your Covid Shot: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Businesses across the United States and beyond are offering free stuff to people who have been vaccinated. The perks include movie popcorn, alcohol and even marijuana.

#doughnuts, #krispy-kreme-doughnuts-inc, #marijuana, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Lighting Up Later in Life

The number of older adults who use cannabis is on the rise, and some health experts are concerned.

#age-chronological, #anxiety-and-stress, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #jama-network-open, #marijuana, #national-cannabis-industry-assn, #your-feed-science

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Five Who Used Marijuana in Past Will Exit White House, Calling New Guidelines Into Question

The episode highlighted how murky new guidelines toward past use are, particularly for a White House that has pledged to embrace progressive positions.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #harris-kamala-d, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #obama-barack, #office-of-personnel-management, #psaki-jennifer-r, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-office-of-national-drug-control-policy

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In new round, Dutchie, focused on smoother cannabis retail, sees its valuation soar by eight times

Dutchie, a nearly four-year-old, Bend, Oregon company that charges cannabis dispensaries a monthly fee to create and run their websites, process their orders, and track what needs to be prepped for pick-up, has raised $200 million in Series C funding at a $1.7 billion valuation. That’s roughly eight times the valuation the company was assigned last August, when it closed on $35 million in Series B funding.

Why the massive jump in so short a period? Aside from general frothiness in startup investing, Dutchie just acquired two companies, Greenbits and Leaflogix, that will enable it become even more of an all-in-one tech platform for its customers. Dutchie isn’t disclosing how, or how much, it paid for either outfit, but the two concerns — which make enterprise resource planning and point-of-sale software, respectively — are being folded into Dutchie along with their collective 150 employees, effectively doubling the size of Dutchie, which now employs 300 people altogether.

Dutchie is also benefiting from some fairly strong tailwinds. In addition to a lockdown that has driven many new users to cannabis, five more states voted to legalize recreational marijuana in the November elections, and the federal government, which still categorizes marijuana as an illegal Schedule I drug and has thus denied cannabis companies access to commercial banking and insurance, appears closer to decriminalizing marijuana than any administration previously.

Given the way the company is evolving, and regulations are evolving, we talked with Dutchie cofounder and CEO Ross Lipson yesterday about whether Dutchie eventually begins to sell directly to consumers, rather than work with dispensaries. Once people no longer have to pay cash to the brick-and-mortar shops to which Dutchie sends them, will those outfits become less necessary?

Lipson insists they will not. While online orders have soared over the last year for obvious reasons and more shoppers grow accustomed to the ease of picking out products virtually, Lipson says that, “Longer term, this is a retail-first model. The nature of this industry lends itself to a hyper-local model largely because of the way that plants are cultivated and processed, so I believe retail will remain intact and continue to be successful.”

We’ll see. In the meantime, Dutchie has $200 million more dollars from top backers to develop new products — including discovery and education tools —  and to begin to expand internationally, says Lipson.

Tiger Global Management led its newest round, joined by Dragoneer and DFJ Growth, two firms that are just now making their first forays into cannabis-related investing.

Dutchie’s earlier investors Casa Verde Capital, Thrive Capital, Gron Ventures and former Starbucks CEO and founder Howard Schultz also participated.

Asked if becoming publicly traded could be next for Dutchie as investor interest in the industry rises, Lipson says that Dutchie is right now “focused with what’s on our plate.”

As for any discussions with special purpose acquisition companies that might want to take the outfit public through a merger, Lipson says it “isn’t engaged in those talks right now,” but adds that the company will “weigh out the business opportunities as they come. We look at how does this decision bring value to the dispensary and the customer. If it brings value, we’d embark on that decision.”

#cannabis, #casa-verde-capital, #dfj-growth, #dragoneer, #dutchie, #gron-ventures, #howard-schultz, #marijuana, #tc, #thrive-capital, #tiger-global, #venture-capital

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A Green Wave? Mexico’s Marijuana Market May Be Middling

Lawmakers in Mexico are on the verge of legalizing marijuana, but economists and industry analysts warn against expecting much monetary benefit.

#california, #canada, #marijuana, #mexico, #united-states

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Mexico Passes Bill to Legalize Cannabis

Lawmakers in Mexico have approved a bill to legalize recreational cannabis, but in a country still marred by a deadly drug war, the proposal has proved divisive.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #united-states

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How Exercise Affects Our Minds: The Runner’s High

For years we’ve been crediting endorphins, but it’s really about the endocannabinoids.

#anxiety-and-stress, #endorphins, #exercise, #marijuana, #psychoneuroendocrinology-journal, #running

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The Runners High: How Exercise Affects Our Minds

For years we’ve been crediting endorphins, but it’s really about the endocannabinoids.

#anxiety-and-stress, #endorphins, #exercise, #marijuana, #psychoneuroendocrinology-journal, #running

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Seth Rogen on Pot, Pottery and Ted Cruz

We already knew about the weed and the tweeting, but when did Hollywood’s most affable schlub get so into ceramics?

#ceramics-and-pottery, #content-type-personal-profile, #houseplant, #marijuana, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rogen-seth

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What Is Delta-8-THC?: The Hemp Derivative That’s a Hot Seller

A once-ignored derivative of hemp has become a hot seller for people looking for a loophole around marijuana laws.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #farm-bill-us, #georgia, #hashish, #hemp, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

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This Drug Gets You High, and Is Legal (Maybe) Across the Country

A once-ignored derivative of hemp has become a hot seller for people looking for a loophole around marijuana laws.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #farm-bill-us, #georgia, #hashish, #hemp, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

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Marijuana Is Legal in New Jersey, but Sales Are Months Away

Legislation signed on Monday decriminalizes the use or possession of up to six ounces of cannabis, ending an era of disproportionate arrests in communities of color.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-state

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Two Years After Legalizing Cannabis, Has Canada Kept Its Promises?

Legal pot has made Canadian justice a little fairer, with “heavily racialized” arrests for possession mostly ending. But vows on amnesty, illicit sales and Indigenous inclusion are works in progress.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #british-columbia-canada, #canada, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #ontario-canada, #statistics-canada, #toronto-ontario, #trudeau-justin

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‘Cannabis Factory’ Is Found in London’s Deserted Financial District

After reports of a strong smell in the area, which is largely empty because of lockdown restrictions, the police discovered more than 800 weed plants in a basement near the Bank of England.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #london-england, #marijuana

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With State in Crisis, Cuomo Outlines Plan to ‘Win the Covid War’

Facing a daunting budget shortfall and a surging second wave, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled New York’s agenda as state leaders seek help from Washington.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #gambling, #marijuana, #new-york-state, #state-of-the-state-message-nys

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Why Legalized Marijuana (Finally) Has a Chance in New York

Lawmakers have returned to Albany, and they’ve been tasked with the challenge of fixing the financial damage the coronavirus has done.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #marijuana, #mckinley-jesse, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #state-legislatures

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Legalized Marijuana in New York: This Could Be the Year

With the state facing a budget crisis, a Democratic supermajority in Albany may pave the way for new taxes and the legalization of recreational pot.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #marijuana, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #taxation

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House Passes Landmark Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana

The House passed sweeping legislation that would decriminalize marijuana and expunge nonviolent marijuana-related convictions. The measure is all but doomed in the Republican-led Senate.

#criminal-justice, #harris-kamala-d, #house-of-representatives, #marijuana, #nadler-jerrold, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug

A United Nations commission voted to remove marijuana for medical use from a list of narcotics like heroin.

#law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #united-nations

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Can Cannabis Farms Weather Wildfire Season?

Many marijuana crops are uninsured, which means that in the wake of disaster, farmers can face financial ruin.

#marijuana, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Pot Legalization Hits an Unlikely Snag: ‘Magic’ Mushrooms

The addition of psilocybin mushrooms to a bill decriminalizing marijuana possession threw a monkey wrench into New Jersey’s legalization effort.

#constitutional-amendments, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #mushrooms, #new-jersey, #referendums, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #scutari-nicholas

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Finally, New Jersey Might Be Cooler Than New York

If we’re judging by willingness to legalize recreational marijuana, that is.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #marijuana, #new-jersey, #state-legislatures

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Argentina to Allow Medicinal Marijuana to Be Grown at Home

The new regulation also orders insurance providers to cover cannabis products prescribed by doctors. Some of the strongest champions of the government’s move were mothers of sick children.

#argentina, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #fernandez-alberto-1959, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana

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The Election’s Over, but Not the Stress. Any Edibles Left?

Sales surged as people turned to gummy bears, cookies and chocolates infused with cannabis to soothe their jitters.

#anxiety-and-stress, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #marijuana, #presidential-election-of-2020

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This Election, a Divided America Stands United on One Topic

All kinds of Americans have turned their back on the destructive war on drugs.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #states-us

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Republicans and Democrats Agree: End the War on Drugs

Voters in red and blue states may be in accord on nothing else, but they passed measures to liberalize drug laws.

#addiction-psychology, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #oregon, #states-us, #united-states

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Oregon Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Heroin and Cocaine; Four States Legalize Marijuana

There were 38 statewide citizen initiatives being decided across the country on Tuesday, about half the level of the last presidential election.

#arizona, #california, #constitutional-amendments, #marijuana, #new-jersey, #presidential-election-of-2020

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