The cannabis industry promised social justice. The moment demands that we now deliver.

On May 25 in Minneapolis, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, was killed when police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, asphyxiating him. Today, black America is under assault, and the streets have erupted in protest because racial inequities that go far beyond the legal cannabis trade continue to plague this country like a virus. There’s a fever spread throughout the populace, and a collective voice screaming out to be heard that makes writing about Seth Rogen’s love of weed or MedMen’s downfall seem petty and insignificant at this moment.
May 29 Features

Study: 19 optimal minimum legal age for non-medical cannabis use. Also study: respondents may not have accurately recalled the age at which they first used cannabis.

According to a study published in BMC Public Health, researchers found that not only can the age for cannabis use be lowered, but that 19 is the optimal minimum legal age for non-medical cannabis use. However, tucked away towards the end of the study, researchers noted that results were based on self-reported data, adding the caveat, “respondents may not have accurately recalled the age at which they first used cannabis.”

If the cannabis industry insists on marketing weed as an upscale boutique brand it will die. Just ask MedMen.

In an exclusive investigation, Politico gives a thorough account of how former MedMen CEO Adam Bierman flew too close to the sun, attempting to — not unlike Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes — imitate his idol, Steve Jobs, if not substantively, at least in style. But is the downfall of the “Apple Store of Weed” a cautionary tale for the cannabis industry at large, or is it another in a myriad of corporate excesses that make for good gossip in the business pages?
May 22 Features

US hemp industry reimagines ‘Hemp for Victory’ campaign to aid frontline coronavirus workers

A national network of hemp farmers, businesses and organizations came together this week, inspired by the federal government's “Hemp for Victory” campaign during World War II, to coordinate the production and donation of hemp-based products and materials for nursing organizations, food banks, and other organizations helping people impacted by COVID-19. The new group announced themselves on Tuesday under the banner Hemp for Our Future, which is described in a statement as a social responsibility campaign to support healthcare workers and community organizations on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.
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