Disgruntled neighbors sue pot grows with RICO. Two landowners in Oregon have sued neighboring cannabis grow operations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The plaintiffs allege that their once-safe neighborhood has drawn unwanted visitors due to the presence of cannabis operations, calling out open marijuana use, loud music, and visitors who “dramatically accelerated or decelerated when they observed plaintiffs outdoors on their property.” They also allege that the “skunk-like stench” of cannabis and the barking of guard dogs have devalued their property. Capital Press
Welcome, Nevada! The next adult-use market will come online in a limited fashion this weekend. Some medical marijuana dispensaries in the state will begin selling recreational pot on Saturday. “It’s the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales of any of the seven other states and the District of Columbia where pot is legal.” While some dispensaries will be allowed to sell, they won’t be allowed to re-stock until a legal dispute over distribution licenses is resolved. The Associated Press A court order mandated that distribution licenses be awarded to liquor wholesalers, but the state intends to appeal the ruling. “Nobody said they are going to just roll over and accept the court’s finding. It’s a fairly big issue,” said the governor’s chief of staff. The Associated Press
Jailed for drywall. A Florida man who was pulled over for driving without headlights repeatedly told police officers that the white powder they found was drywall. He was put behind bars after a field test found that the substance was cocaine. Three months later, lab results revealed that it was indeed drywall. The Associated Press City police say they will review their drug-testing kits after the incident. Kits from the same company were used in an earlier case when a man was arrested after doughnut glaze tested positive for meth. KIRO 7
Patient data stolen from Eaze. Patients of a California cannabis doctor or the medical marijuana delivery platform Eaze may have had “limited medical information compromised; name, phone number and patient notes.” A former employee of Don Davidson, MD accessed the patient data without permission. Eaze said it immediately revoked the office’s access to the platform. An anonymous source says the stolen user data is being held for a $70 million ransom. TechCrunch Related: Interestingly, Eaze released a report on their study of marijuana consumers on the same day as the data-theft news. Fortune
Pennsylvania defends license pick. Yesterday, we linked to stories about how regulators in Maryland and Pennsylvania had differing responses to MMJ company Vireo’s bid for licenses. Former execs of the company have been indicted on felony drug charges. Pennsylvania health officials are defending their choice in awarding a license to the company, saying that “the Minnesota charges were filed against individuals who no longer work for the company, not the company itself.” The Morning Call
Rick Perry defends states’ rights on cannabis. Trump’s energy secretary said he will “robustly” defend the rights of states to set their own cannabis laws, though he conceded that he opposed legalization in Colorado. He “proactively brought up cannabis without prompting in response to [an] energy policy question.” Perry joins VA secretary David Shulkin as members of Trump’s cabinet who seem open to reforming cannabis laws. MassRoots
Execs in the cannabis industry. Executives who get gigs at “edgy” companies selling cannabis or adult toys may have to deal with a resume “black mark” later on. Execs at mainstream companies like Target say that someone with experience in the cannabis industry won’t be added to their ranks “anytime soon.” “There will be career consequences from going to an offbeat company,” said one director of an executive recruiting firm. It’s also hard for cannabis companies to hire those who are willing to take the risk of working in the marijuana industry. “It has been challenging hiring C-suite talent,” said the CEO of one plant-touching company. The Wall Street Journal (Paywall)
Weedon welcomes weed. A small Quebec town named Weedon hopes to become a major player in Canada’s cannabis industry. The town’s name helped attract a 1.5 million-square-foot medical cannabis production facility, according to its mayor. The facility is a partnership between MYM Nutraceuticals and Canna Canada. “The name is a great marketing tool,” said the CEO of MYM Nutraceuticals. CBC News
The threat to psychedelic research. Scientific study of the therapeutic potential of psychedelics has undergone a renaissance of late. Increasing evidence points to the efficacy of drugs like MDMA and psilocybin for treating PTSD, anxiety, and addiction. But the gains in research may be threatened by the Trump administration’s hardline stance on drug policy. The Verge
Word on the States
- In California, a look at a cannabis farmer’s market. The governor signed a budget bill that addresses legal weed. Regulators decide existing workplace safety rules will suffice for the cannabis industry.
- In Vermont, the governor did not keep his promise to advocate for a cannabis legalization compromise.
- In Massachusetts, the House may be willing to compromise on its 28 percent pot tax proposal.
- In Utah, the LDS Church opposes the 2018 medical marijuana ballot initiative.
- In North Dakota, hemp farmers are doing well despite the drought, unlike others.
- In Oregon, the feds will set up a pop-up court for the Rainbow Gathering. A circuit court ruled that the DEA doesn’t need a warrant to subpoena prescription drug information.
- In Guam, lawmakers debate a medical marijuana licensing bill.
Word for Word
“I understand when people aren’t into [weed]. It seems somehow both sleazy and intimidating. On one hand it’s a drug that’s illegal in most parts of the country and on the other, you’ve got luxury brands that are touted as the ‘Hermès of Marijuana,’ and the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club that sells buds that cost as much as their weight in white truffles. Plus, people who know too much about weed are annoying. Most invitations to smoke are accompanied by a story that serves as a kind (ha) of tax about Sativas or Indicas and how hybrids are the sweet spot and OG Kush or Girl Scout Cookies or else how Alaskan Thunderfuck is a magical journey. It’s like how Pappy Van Winkle bourbon doesn’t become interesting until someone threatens to pour you some.” – Mary HK Choi for The Atlantic
“When advocates in Western states like Washington and Colorado began campaigning for adult-use legalization, AAA said little. Now that the legalization movement has reached the East Coast, it’s a different story. Responding to concerns shown in a Pennsylvania poll on drugged driving, AAA officials have advised lawmakers in Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, to resist legal adult use cannabis.” – DJ Summers for Leafly