10:33am

Fri June 6, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Cannabis News Roundup: 06.06.14

Feinstein: "rouge dispensaries" would benefit from new bill… Washington state lawsuit could have wide implications … The graying of Harborside… Big Tobacco watches and waits… Health news… Maureen Dowd’s bad trip… and more.

LEGALIZATION

Feinstein says block on Justice Dept. funds would aide “rogue dispensaries”// SFGate   Bill that passed the House of Representatives last week lacks Senate sponsor.

NIDA drug czar urges caution with cannabis legalization // CBS News   People driving under the combined influence of alcohol and pot is “most troubling.”  

San Jose vote stalls cannabis zoning yet again // San Jose Inside   City Council consideration of the issue goes into fifth week. 

Lawsuit addresses divide between federal and state laws// Seattle Times    Decision could make or break legality of Washington state cannabis laws, with implications for others.

New Minnesota law blocks leaves and buds // MJ Business Daily     “It’s definitely a weird new frontier,” says a licensing consultant. 

BUSINESS

Nearly a third of Harborside’s customers are senior citizens // KCBS Radio    Many clients at Oakland dispensary prefer CBD-rich non-smokable products.

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs cautious on cannabis investments //SF Gate    Their “disruptive” business model doesn’t include many marijuana-related firms.

Big Tobacco waits for a chance to enter cannabis market // Milbank Memorial Fund     The study says “the tobacco industry [is] prepared to enter the marijuana market with the intention of increasing it’s already widespread use.” They’re just waiting for the laws to change.

HEALTH

University study may have found why cannabis aides many patients with auto-immune diseases // Science World Report    THC - not CBD - seems to be the key to helping patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), etc.

MS Society of Colorado/Wyoming welcomes dispensary gifts // Toke of the Town        But group also fears scaring off other donors, as local dispensary becomes a major contributor.

IT’S A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, SO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL…

NYT columnist Dowd has bad pot experience with candy bar // NYT  Her trip to Denver turns into a bummer after “a bite or two.”

Three things to remember if you get uncomfortably high// Huff Post   And here’s a fourth: be more cautious next time. You can always add, but you can’t subtract.

IN OTHER NEWS…

State officials note the role of unlicensed pot plantations in northern California drought // Huff Post      Mapping technology and satellite data used to locate large-scale farms, as well as backyard gardens.

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