Jul 9 Features

Pennsylvania State Sen. Sharif Street leads Democratic call for cannabis legalization in light of lagging revenues due to COVID-19

Sen. Sharif Street of Pennsylvania led a group of 14 Democratic State Senators in urging the government to legalize adult-use cannabis on Thursday, arguing that such a move would bolster state coffers in light of lost revenues due to COVID-19 and the resulting quarantines.
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Jul 8

Race, diversity, and Black ownership in the cannabis industry: A conversation with SC Labs CEO Jeff Gray

Jeff Gray is proud of the work he does at SC Labs and is invested in his role in the cannabis industry at large. But as one of the few Black men to break through the barriers of minority ownership in the legalized cannabis trade, he carries the burdens of racial disparity to often overlooked in everyday conversations about seed-to-sale, marijuana banking, and the like. As Gray explained to The PotNetwork, the political moment may finally have arrived at more in-depth discussions on race in America, but he’s been a Black man all of his life.
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Jul 6 Features

House passes defense spending bill with second-chance cannabis provision

Late last Thursday, the House Armed Services Committee passed a $740.5 billion defense spending bill with a key provision that allows for leniency for troops who admit to smoking cannabis. According to a statement released by Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 will grant a one-time waiver, allowing those troops who have used marijuana to re-enlist in the armed services.
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Jul 3 Features

California DAs meet July 1 deadline to clear hundreds of thousands of cannabis convictions

According to a report in the Ocean County Register, local counties in Southern California cleared nearly 200,000 cannabis convictions, meeting a July 1 deadline set in place by Proposition 64, the 2016 measure that legalized cannabis. The state’s 58 county district attorneys agreed with the bulk of the recommendations laid out before them, relieving tens of thousands of Californians of criminal records. Some had carried with them for years.
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