The worrying case of a cannabis lawyer. A San Diego cannabis lawyer is facing multiple felony charges for her work representing medical marijuana business Med-West. Jessica McElfresh has counseled hundreds of people about medical cannabis law, but email conversations with her clients have been seized in the case. Now, many lawyers are worried about how attorney-client privilege could be compromised — investigators seized her computer, laptop, cell phone, and files. “Part of the DA’s strategy to waive McElfresh’s attorney-client privilege has been to turn to federal law,” where marijuana remains illegal. A spokeswoman for the DA’s office said that the case isn’t about marijuana, but about “safe access.” Voice of San Diego
Colorado governor wants to ‘work together’ with Sessions. John Hickenlooper says he doesn’t disagree with some of the facts that attorney general Jeff Sessions stated in a letter criticizing the state’s marijuana program. “I think we can work together,” he said. Other state lawmakers are less sanguine: “Sessions needs to keep his reefer madness paranoia in Washington D.C. and let us handle a decision we’ve made,” said one senator. KRDO
Latino lawmakers endorse legalization. The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), a group representing Latino state legislators, adopted a resolution in support of marijuana legalization. The resolution calls on the federal government to decriminalize cannabis and calls out the racist roots of marijuana prohibition in the country. MassRoots
More reports of fentanyl-laced weed. Police in Massachusetts are sounding the alarm, saying a man overdosed after smoking cannabis laced with fentanyl. The man was revived with Narcan, and said he had smoked marijuana earlier but hadn’t realized it was “laced” with another drug. The Yarmouth Police Department issued a statement saying they “believe that it is possible that the marijuana was laced with fentanyl, which police are starting to see more and more across the country.” WCVB Related: “Fentanyl-laced cannabis: Forever feared, not yet found.” Leafly
The sticky situation of Gorilla Glue #4. The maker of Gorilla Glue (the adhesive) is suing the maker of Gorilla Glue (the cannabis strain). Alleging trademark infringement, dilution, unfair competition, and cybersquatting, the suit represents a “coming-of-age moment for the maturing legal industry: The fun-loving, guerrilla marketing of marijuana’s underground heyday is now being viewed in the same light as that of traditional industry.” The Cannabist
Compost for cannabis. A look at how composting can help boost plant growth without the use of chemical fertilizers. One California-based compost company “says it has been unable to keep up with the demand for compost by organic cannabis growers in the last two years.” Quartz How Berkeley, Calif. has been at the forefront of cannabis regulations, instituting some of the strictest rules on pesticides, solvents, mold, and mildew. Green State
Judge rules in favor of medical marijuana patient. A federal district court judge in Connecticut ruled that federal law does not preempt state law that protects medical marijuana patients from being fired. The case surrounds a patient whose job offer was rescinded after she tested positive for cannabis in a pre-employment drug test. The patient uses medical marijuana to treat her PTSD, and does not use it during the work day. “This is the second court decision in a month to conclude that state laws legalizing marijuana provide protections to employees in the workplace.” Lexology
Drug reform in West Africa. Ghana is set to present legislation to the parliament that would decriminalize personal drug use and possession. If successful, the country would be the first in Sub-Sahara Africa to take the less punitive approach to drug policy, which could encourage other countries in the region to do the same. Daily Maverick
How one mom became a medical marijuana pioneer. After Margarete Santos de Brito successfully treated her daughter’s seizures with cannabis oil, she took on Brazil’s legal system and became the first person in the country to grow medical marijuana legally. Today, she is one of three Brazilians who have permission to grow medical cannabis, but she’s fighting to expand access for other patients too. Narratively
A new generation of acid aficionados are hating on hippies. The Financial Times takes a look at the culture of microdosing LSD in Silicon Valley. Just like how new entrants to the cannabis industry like to criticize stoner culture, “many microdosers are horrified by how the hippies abused LSD.” Meanwhile, the use of LSD to climb the career ladder has dispirited those hippies. “Where the Diggers, a group of performance artists-cum-charity workers, once gave out free food in the Haight, tech workers today pursue stock options to pay for $10 toast and $1m apartments. Where art, music and fashion used to blossom, boutique exercise studios and green juice makers attempt to fill a cultural vacuum.” Financial Times
Word on the States
- In Washington, Seattle issued and then dropped a citation against a pot event.
- In Texas, prospects for a medical marijuana bill are dim.
- In Colorado, a state rep. called Sessions’ marijuana letter a “political ploy.”
- In Nevada, regulators want to ban home delivery for recreational marijuana.
- In Massachusetts, the state starts a campaign against stoned driving.
- In Arkansas, a new organization seeks to promote medical marijuana in the state.
- In California, the Los Angeles mayor appoints a former DPA staffer as head of cannabis regulation.
- In Hawaii, the state’s second MMJ dispensary opens for business.
- In Montana, a look at criminal justice reform in the state.
- In Oregon, the state bans tobacco sales to those under 21, matching rules for marijuana.
Word for Word
“As I walked down Market Street, I started to laugh at the constant stream of dogs and their owners: the absurd wrinkled grin of a bulldog, the crouched hips of an all-white German shepherd that looked like a member of the Stark family, a tiny black Chihuahua that probably didn’t weigh a pound. Was I high? I think I was high. Which led me to wonder: How did all of that THC get infused into PEARL2O?” – Lester Black for The Stranger
“In November 2016, Dan Osborne voted ‘no’ to Proposition 64 in California, the measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use… Despite Osborne’s personal views, he knows the legislation is going to be good for his wallet. That’s because Osborne, 55, is heavily invested in weed.” – Catherine Clifford for CNBC
“If you want an app that loads and will get you laid, download High There! If you want to spend an afternoon with a joint in one hand as the other types in a chat room about the existence of aliens with a stoner 1,000 miles away, stick with Tinder for dates, and enjoy 420 Singles for the experience.” – Sophie Saint Thomas for Merry Jane