Politics

Momentum builds… major cannabis bill

Senators on both sides of the aisle are throwing support behind a proposal to tuck key marijuana banking legislation into a larger package aimed at boosting U.S. competitiveness… conferees are expected to complete a compromise China competitiveness bill… …under conference committee rules, lawmakers cannot modify the SAFE Banking Act to add additional social equity or…

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Anthropology

Cannabis now America’s fifth most profitable crop

…in five of the states where adult-use cannabis sales are legal – Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Oregon – cannabis is actually the most valuable crop… focused on operating adult-use states – the 11 states where any adult can walk into a licensed store and buy cannabis. That figure of a little more than $6…

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Anthropology

Hemp flowing…

In late 2021, Oregon State University received a $10 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Sustainable Agricultural Systems for a five-year study to define economic opportunities for hemp in the western United States… Hemp is a… crop for carbon sequestration, absorbing about 11,000 pounds, or 5 metric tons of CO2 through photosynthesis during…

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Politics

Survey: 37% of US cannabis operators say they’re not profitable

A new study blows any assumption that the U.S. cannabis industry as an easy business to make a profit – with 37% reporting they’re operating without one… but when businesses leave, local economies suffer… Mayberry has seen conditions are very difficult on small growers operating on shoestring budgets… the technologist believes legislation needs to change…

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Politics

Washington D.C. Council rejects bill to shut down cannabis gifting economy

The D.C. Council on Tuesday [4/5/2022] voted down an emergency measure to ramp up enforcement against the District’s many unregulated cannabis businesses – storefronts and delivery services that “gift” weed with the purchase of other goods, like t-shirts and potted plants. The bill, introduced…. by Council Chairman… would have granted D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board…

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Politics

Federal marijuana legalization is stopped in its tracks

Critics of legal marijuana cite the potential for confusion among law enforcement agencies keeping up with evolving regulations, concern about minors gaining access to the drug, a potential drop in property values, and more for maintaining marijuana’s status as an illicit drug…. all in all, the… administration seems to be pretty anti-weed.… it seems increasingly likely that a bipartisan effort to…

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Politics

…license moratoriums…

Two counties in southern Oregon have declared states of emergency related to cannabis… Law enforcement agencies found a slew of problems… including workers living in squalid conditions… Original Article (OPB):Hemp license moratoriums coming to 2 Oregon countiesArtwork Fair Use: Gary Halvorson

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Politics

Oregonians…

Oregon is the first state to allow the use of magic mushrooms, which have been used recreationally since the 60s in the United States. The legalization of psilocybin in Oregon is equivalent to cannabis, which was legalized for medical use in 1998 and for recreational use in [2014]. Magic mushrooms grow in the Northwest and…

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Politics

…bill increasing cannabis sales tax in Oregon dies

The 2022 Oregon legislative session will end without new cannabis taxes… legislation allowing city and county governments to increase local cannabis sales taxes from 3% to 10% died. During SB 1524’s hearing in the house committee on revenue, both Democrats and Republican indicated support for increasing the local sales tax city and county governments can…

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Biography/Memoir

Apple… joined Amazon in advancing commercial cannabis reform

For years, large tech companies, including Facebook and Google, have refused to acknowledge the legality of industrial hemp, let alone the legality of medical or recreational marijuana. Finally, Apple bucked that trend. Unlike the big headlines we’ve seen recently from Amazon, Uber, the NFL, and other mainstream, institutional businesses, showing a positively changing attitude toward…

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