Maine’s highest court upholds a medical marijuana patient’s eviction. After Baltimore’s prosecutor announced she would stop prosecuting pot possession, cops said they would still arrest people anyways. Idaho police say a hemp shipment was actually marijuana. Also: A former Trump campaign advisor who pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe is joining the board of a cannabis company. 🌳
Maine upholds eviction of man who grew medical marijuana. The Supreme Judicial Court of Maine upheld the eviction of a man who grew his own medical marijuana in federally subsidized housing. He argued that his landlord was required to accommodate his use of medical marijuana. But the highest court in the state found that an apartment complex in Fairfield, Maine had grounds to evict him. “The supreme court sidestepped the conflict between state and federal law by noting that there was cause for eviction above and beyond the fact he was growing marijuana.” The Associated Press
Police say they’ll continue to arrest. Hours after Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced that her office would stop prosecuting pot possession cases, the acting police commissioner said his officers would continue arresting people for possessing weed. “He says they will only stop doing so if Maryland’s legislature ever changes the law to make all possession legal.” Meanwhile, Mosby says that her office would release anyone arrested without charging them. The Associated Press On Tuesday, her office filed papers seeking to vacate nearly 5,000 marijuana cases dating back to 2011. Meanwhile, the State Attorney in nearby Baltimore County said he would continue to prosecute marijuana cases. The Baltimore Sun
Idaho police say shipment was marijuana, not hemp. Idaho state police say they’ve made the biggest marijuana bust in their agency’s history after finding nearly 7,000 lbs. of cannabis in a truck. The truck driver was arrested and charged with felony drug trafficking, despite having a document that said that the trailer was carrying hemp. The police said that the plants smelled like marijuana, which they confirmed through a field test and K9 drug-detection dogs. But only a lab result will be able to tell whether the plant material contains less than 0.3 percent THC. KVAL
Cannabis church founder gets his day in court. Denver County Court judge Johnny Barajas seated a six-person jury on Tuesday in a cannabis consumption case. Police cited the co-founder of a cannabis church for pot consumption during an invitation-only event. It could be a landmark case on what constitutes “open and public” consumption of cannabis. The judge told the jury to use the dictionary definitions of “open” and “public,” which heartened the defendant’s attorney: “This definition looks great for us… The city is going to have a hard time proving based on this that we weren’t private.” The Denver Post
The studies say… A team of researchers in Australia found that a high dose of CBD by itself (400 mg) led participants to report that they felt intoxicated. Study subjects also reported feeling more intoxicated when they consumed 8 mg THC and 4 mg CBD, compared to consuming just THC alone. The study only looked at 36 individuals, so as usual when it comes to cannabis research, more is needed. Marijuana Moment Turkish scientists put THC-containing urine in a microbial fuel cell (MFC), which generated electricity by removing some of the THC metabolites in the urine. “Some hope that MFCs will soon become a viable source of alternative energy, while others have focused on the instrument’s ability to break down harmful compounds in water.” Marijuana Moment
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The revolving door. George Papadopoulos announced that he was joining the Board of Advisors of medical marijuana company C3 International. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to federal investigators in the Mueller probe. He said he “will be helping with policy and shaping a marketing strategy for the product.” Observer Jason White has accepted a new role as chief marketing officer for Cura Partners, an Oregon cannabis company. He was previously the global head of marketing for Beats Electronics. Adweek Alan Gertner, the chief retail officer at Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth Corp., is leaving the company to take “a sabbatical and plans to spend time with family.” Canopy doesn’t plan to hire anyone to fill that position. BNN Bloomberg
Elsewhere in cannabis business news… As the cannabis industry moves towards legitimacy, labor unions are trying to organize cannabis industry workers. This “could also help bolster the strength of the labor movement as a whole even as it faces historic headwinds under a hostile Supreme Court.” Vice A leaked document raises questions about the finances and management of the California Growers Association. Marijuana Business Daily Property owners in Los Angeles may soon be fined $20,000 a day for renting to unlicensed cannabis businesses. Bisnow “Large U.S. funds are exploring lending to Canadian cannabis companies as a way to gain expertise in the burgeoning market ahead of potential U.S. legalization.” BNN Bloomberg
Cannabis in Canada. More than half of cannabis cultivation license applications in the country “are effectively in regulatory limbo and not being scrutinized by the country’s cannabis regulator.” Marijuana Business Daily The CEO of Organigram says there’s more M&A opportunity in Europe than Canada for cannabis companies. BNN Bloomberg Alberta has more than one-third of all pot shops in the country. Calgary Herald
Russia considers medical marijuana. The Russian Health Ministry has drafted a bill to increase the amount of research marijuana imported into the country. The research would be focused on the drug’s “addiction-causing capacities” and any use of cannabis for medical purposes would still be prohibited. RT
LSD in the brain. A new study found that LSD “allows parts of the cortex to become flooded with signals that are normally filtered out to prevent information overload.” Brain scans of individuals on LSD supported the hypothesis that the drug “causes the thalamus to stop filtering information it relays to other parts of the brain… [and] the breakdown of this filter that gives rise to the weird effects the drug induces.” The Guardian Scientists hope such research will help them better understand disorders like depression and schizophrenia. Futurism
Word on the States
- In Colorado, the second marijuana consumption business in Denver is set to open in February. Boulder is trying to align marijuana enforcement with liquor laws.
- In California, San Francisco is considering permitting cannabis sales and consumption at events. A doctor under scrutiny is fighting to keep his medical license, defending his MMJ recommendation (although the medical board didn’t have an issue with the marijuana).
- In New York, a look at how the governor’s marijuana legalization plan would change the medical marijuana program.
- In Florida, the state is seeking a ‘director of cannabis,’ which pays $120,000 a year. A look at how patients are navigating the medical marijuana program. The governor is unsure about whether vertical integration of medical marijuana companies is constitutional.
- In Michigan, a new online service would issue medical marijuana cards within three days.
- In Ohio, the state looks to medical marijuana to help its opioid crisis.
- In Illinois, lawmakers talk about what the legalization law would look like.
- In New Hampshire, lawmakers have introduced a dozen marijuana-related bills to consider this session.
- In Arizona, a new bill would make medical marijuana cards more affordable.
- In New Mexico, a legislative committee advanced a bill to allow medical marijuana in schools.
- In Tennessee, three marijuana bills were introduced on Tuesday.
- In Iowa, a look at the marijuana reform bills in the legislature.
- In Kansas, lawmakers are working on two bills to legalize medical marijuana.
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“Banks will one day have to face the question of whether state and local governments, which receive tax revenue from cannabis, should be subject to reporting or de-banking. This year, for example, Colorado is expected to surpass $1 billion in total government revenue from marijuana since it began legalizing and taxing the industry in 2014. If a state or local government’s account were deemed suspicious, reporting would entail not only the funds going into the account, but also money going out. Does this mean a bank would need to file suspicious-activity reports on teachers, police officers or municipal debt holders who were being paid by governments that collected taxes from marijuana-related businesses?” – Brookings Institution fellow in economic studies Aaron Klein for The Los Angeles Times
“[Chris] Howard was on probation from a drunk driving arrest when he tested positive for marijuana. He and his girlfriend had shared a marijuana cookie on Valentine’s Day. He had never been in trouble with law enforcement before. He was brought to the Gwinnett County jail after that failed drug test and a few hours later collapsed as his body went into convulsions. The jail surveillance video seems to show Chris suffering from multiple seizures… Instead of calling 911, the video shows the jail’s Rapid Response Team holding down Howard, eventually handcuffing and putting him into a restraint chair.” – Randy Travis for WAGA
“Even Casper admits, at the end of our interview, that besides death, legalization is the only thing that can stop him from selling drugs. ‘If the government legalized drugs, it would destroy the business,’ he said. ‘But there is no way I would stop selling voluntarily. I enjoy what I do. I experience joys and sorrows on a level most people don’t get to feel.’ Legalization won’t solve all our problems, but it would end, in one fell swoop, this senseless, deadly war that keeps drug dealers and cops locked in perpetual combat over guns, gangs and glory.” – Tessie Castillo for The Influence