The Environmental Protection Agency is considering applications for hemp pesticides. Illnesses tied to vaping increase across the country. Utah may move away from state cannabis sales in special session. Also: Weedmaps says it will stop listing unlicensed dispensaries. 🌳
EPA considers pesticides for hemp.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on 10 applications submitted to expand the use of pesticides on hemp. The agency is considering potential products that include insecticides, fungicides, and bactericides. It hopes to decide on hemp pesticides “before the end of 2019 to help growers make informed purchasing choices for the upcoming growing season.” Cannabis Wire Related: New York City’s health department has forced more than a dozen restaurants to destroy their CBD-infused food and beverages. “Businesses were hoping to fly under the radar — or at least sell out their inventory before they were caught as shoppers have been stocking up in anticipation of the ban.” New York Post
Vaping illnesses increase.
Sixteen states have now reported 153 cases of illnesses linked to vaping, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The respiratory illnesses have been reported in individuals who vaped either nicotine or THC. It doesn’t appear that a particular product or device was responsible for the health problems. “Federal and state officials say that they are mystified as to what is causing the illnesses, but that it does not appear that an infectious disease is responsible.” The New York Times State health officials in California are investigating 21 cases of lung illnesses that are linked to unlicensed cannabis or CBD oil cartridges. San Francisco Chronicle
Cross-border cannabis enforcement.
The owner of a medical cannabis store in Rockford, Ill. — located an hour away from Madison, Wis. — is getting ready to serve the recreational market and getting lots of attention from consumers up north: “We have gotten hundreds of phone calls since May from people saying they’re in Wisconsin and will we be open Jan. 1?” said Amy Manganelli. Meanwhile, Wisconsin police chiefs just north of the Illinois border are worried about what legal weed in Illinois might mean. “Obviously the cops are going to have issues with it, but they’re probably not going to be able to stop everybody,” said a casual cannabis consumer in Madison. The Capital Times
Utah may reconsider government cannabis regime.
Utah governor Gary Herbert said that lawmakers may convene for a special session to address the state’s medical cannabis laws. Some counties have pushed back on the state’s plan to use local health departments to dispense medical cannabis, arguing that it puts government employees at risk for federal prosecution. “I think it is an unfounded fear,” said Herbert. Deseret News Lawmakers are reportedly planning to introduce a bill during the special session that would scrap the system of state-run cannabis sales. The bill proposes 12 private cannabis dispensaries across the state. KSTU
The studies say…
A study more than 400 women undergoing fertility treatment found that women who consumed cannabis were more likely to lose a pregnancy than non-consumers. Among the more than 300 women who had a positive pregnancy test, 54 percent of the marijuana users lost a pregnancy, compared to 26 percent of non-users. Among couples where the man was a marijuana user, 48 percent had a baby compared to 29 percent of couples where the man did not consume cannabis. Reuters A study using data from a cannabis treatment app found that pain patients experienced the most relief with cannabis flower and products that had high levels of THC. Marijuana Moment
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Weedmaps, an online dispensary directory, has long resisted pressure from the cannabis industry and regulators to stop listing unlicensed businesses. The company announced Wednesday that it would no longer allow unlicensed businesses to post listings on its platform. Licensed operators cheered the news. One dispensary owner projected that “half of California’s illegal operations could dry up once they are denied access to Weedmaps ads.” The company framed the announcement as part of a social justice initiative, which includes providing support and training to minority cannabis entrepreneurs. The Associated Press California cannabis industry insiders saw the move as the company “capitulating” to pressure from regulators. Marijuana Business Daily
Elsewhere in cannabis business news…
Cassandra Farrington, a former Citigroup vice president, talks about how she started Marijuana Business Daily and grew the business to nearly 100 employees. Having launched two other B2B publications, the entrepreneur sought to serve a “small niche” of cannabis industry professions back in 2012. Since then, the industry — and her publication — have grown rapidly. Marketwatch Leafly is opening up an office in Austin, Texas after bringing on Kirk Beardsley as its chief operating officer. He was previously an executive vice president at Trunk Club. Geekwire Payment processing continues to be a thorn in the side of CBD sellers. Benzinga
Elsewhere around the world…
The Hempfest Cup — Canada‘s first legal cannabis competition — is coming to Calgary, Alberta in October. The competition is open to personal growers and licensed producers alike. Categories include Best Medical Cultivar (for licensed producers) and best indoor / outdoor grow (for personal growers). Calgary Herald After Australia banned the video game DayZ for containing cannabis use, the game’s producer removed references to weed from the game. Regulators reclassified the game to MA15+. IGN
On other drugs…
The Health Ministry of Israel is opening a pilot program for MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD. Many patients who suffered from treatment-resistant PTSD benefited from a clinical trial that included MDMA. The “extraordinary” results from the trials have prompted officials to start the pilot in order to expand access to the treatment. Times of Israel Activists in Berkeley, Calif. are hoping that the city will decriminalize naturally occurring psychedelics. Filter
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Word on the States
- In Michigan, a marijuana testing lab denied allegations of faked test results after its license was suspended.
- In Massachusetts, a look at where all the adult-use dispensaries are located.
- In Oklahoma, a medical marijuana ‘unity bill’ is set to go into effect this month.
- In Vermont, Killington’s Select Board will revise an ordinance to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.
- In Wisconsin, a hemp bill was amended to address law enforcement concerns.
- In Guam, medical marijuana patients won’t be exempt from the government’s drug-free workplace policies.
Word for Word
“The episode highlights the uneven patchwork of marijuana enforcement that already existed in Texas. How harshly you’re punished for pot possession depends on where you’re caught, even more so now. In Hays County, where marijuana possession has been the leading charge for years, officials have vowed to keep prosecuting low-level pot cases. Harris County, one of the jurisdictions now refusing to take possession cases, had already implemented a diversion program to keep marijuana offenders out of jail and without a criminal record.” – Michael Barajas for The Texas Observer