[Vision2020] Fwd: On legal marijuana's ‘modern-day civil rights fight;' Colorado pot shops set all-time sales record in July; An investigative report on sex abuse in California's Emerald Triangle

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Mon Sep 12 17:03:20 PDT 2016

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> From: The Cannabist <members at mail.denverpost.com>
> Date: September 12, 2016 at 4:22:17 PM PDT
> To: "tags" <thansen at moscow.com>
> Subject: On legal marijuana's ‘modern-day civil rights fight;' Colorado pot shops set all-time sales record in July; An investigative report on sex abuse in California's Emerald Triangle
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> Sept. 12: On legal marijuana's ‘modern-day civil rights fight;' Colorado pot shops set all-time sales record in July; An investigative report on sex abuse in California's Emerald Triangle
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> ‘Modern-day civil rights fight’: Lawmakers plan bills for Maryland medical marijuana diversity
> Black state lawmakers are planning to propose emergency legislation to address the dearth of minority-owned businesses approved to grow Maryland medical marijuana in the state and may demand scrapping the results of a nine-month application process and starting over.
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> How local pot laws will play pivotal roles in the future of California marijuana
> Deep into the looong November ballot, many voters will be sorting through a typical mix of school bond measures, sales tax hikes and the like. But this year, in dozens of cities and counties, communities will also face pivotal questions about the future of California marijuana.
> Colorado pot shops post record-breaking sales figures topping $122 million in July 2016
> Colorado’s monthly marijuana sales notched an all-time high in July as shops sold nearly $122.7 million of medical and recreational cannabis, according to state revenue data released Monday. Bolstered by the record month, Colorado’s marijuana industry generated $720.4 million in sales through the first seven months of the year, with recreational and medical accounting for about $465 million and $255.4 million, respectively. During the first seven months of 2015, marijuana sales totaled $538 million.
> A more 420-friendly America: What happens when legal, social marijuana use becomes a reality?
> Denver voters soon will get to decide whether to allow social pot use in some businesses within the Mile High City. But what will happen if the ballot question passes? Will Denver residents even notice?
> In the secretive marijuana gardens of the Emerald Triangle, whispers of sexual abuse and trafficking in pot trade
> In the Emerald Triangle, trees are ever present. They peek over small towns and dip into valleys, sheathing this cluster of remote Northern California counties in silence. For decades, the ancient forests here have provided cover for the nation’s largest marijuana-growing industry, shielding pot farmers from convention, outsiders and law enforcement. But the forests also hide secrets, among them young women with stories of sexual abuse and exploitation. Some have spoken out; a handful have pressed charges. Most have confided only in private.
> Is a maker of deadly painkillers bankrolling the opposition of Arizona marijuana legalization?
> The campaign against Arizona marijuana legalization received a major infusion of cash last week from a synthetic cannabis drugmaker that has been investigated for alleged improper marketing of a highly addictive prescription painkiller, according to campaign finance reports.
> Cannabist Show: He seeks social pot use; He’s The Cannabist GM
> Lots to talk about on this week's Cannabist Show -- with guests Kayvan Khalatbari, the lead proponent for the Neighborhood-Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program in Denver, and new Cannabist general manager Brad Bogus.
> Travel guru Arthur Frommer: ‘Get ready for the era of marijuana, and marijuana tourism’
> One of the world’s foremost travel authorities is preparing for a Green Rush of marijuana tourism. Arthur Frommer has been writing about travel since the ’50s, and in a new column the 87-year-old looks ahead to the November election — when nine states will vote on recreational and medical cannabis laws — and predicts that we’re about to see a “large new industry of marijuana tourism.”
> ‘Jurors would look at us like we are crazy’: Larger number of Texas marijuana offenses dismissed
> Prosecutors in the most populated areas of Texas have in recent years dismissed a significantly larger number of marijuana offenses involving smaller amounts of the drug, according to a newspaper analysis. In the five most populous counties — Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Travis — the rate of dismissals has risen since 2011, according to the review by the Austin American-Statesman.
> Ganjapreneur: Why I only make weed edibles that can be ingested sublingually
> When certain medicines are placed under the tongue, they work faster and oftentimes better than other methods of ingestion — such as swallowing a pill. Now that 175 million Americans (more than half of the American population) have access to medical marijuana, the number of ways to consume cannabis have grown substantially. Colorado ganjapreneur Bianca Esparza founded medical marijuana company B’s Treats, which specializes in making pot-infused edibles meant to be taken sublingually — or beneath the tongue.
> Imagine this: Legal medical cannabis in the Bible Belt
> Republicans control all of Arkansas’ statewide offices, hold a majority in both chambers of the Legislature and are nearly assured of winning the state’s six electoral votes in the presidential election. This deeply red state could be on the verge of an unusually liberal move: legalizing Arkansas medical marijuana for people who suffer from a host of ailments. The fall ballot will feature two marijuana measures, and pro-pot advocates view them as an important opportunity to show that there is broad support for legalization even in conservative parts of the country, particularly the South.
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