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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Jul 3 Features

Organigram cuts 220 jobs as corporate cannabis continues to struggle in the era of COVID-19

Organigram Holdings became the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic in the cannabis industry, announcing on Friday that the company would lay off 220 employees, a workforce reduction of 25 percent. In a statement, the company said it would move forward with what it called a “leaner, cross-functional workforce” with 433 employees now operating out of its indoor production facility in Moncton, New Brunswick. Overall, Organigram now has 609 employees in total.
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