Lester Grinspoon, Harvard psychiatrist and early champion of marijuana reforms, dies at 92
Dr. Lester Grinspoon, the Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and author whose early, blistering criticism of marijuana prohibition made him a hero to generations of activists and cannabis consumers while drawing scorn from authority figures, died Thursday at his home in Newton, his family said. He was 92.
The nation’s oldest cannabis reform organization, NORML, called Grinspoon’s 1971 book Marijuana Reconsidered the single most comprehensive and thoughtful and convincing explanation of the crucial need to end marijuana prohibition and establish a legal marijuana market.
B.C. study links youth cannabis use with drinking
The B.C. Children’s Hospital has started looking at the impact of cannabis poisoning on youth. The study started three years ago, before recreational cannabis was legalized in order to establish a baseline going forward.
The study finds most minors treated for cannabis poisoning at BC Children’s Hospital prior to the legalization of recreational use in Canada had intentionally used cannabis with other mood-altering substances.
Dr. Shelina Babul says 71 per cent of those studied used cannabis with other mood-altering substances, primarily alcohol.
2021 Is The Year For Cannabis Legalization
Industry members and Policy experts are speculating that 2021 will be the year for Cannabis Legalization.
Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, says that she expects a large number of states to legalize Marijuana in 2021. She believes that the major reason for this legalization is due to the financial pressures, along with the racial injustice imperative to reduce unnecessary police-civilian interactions.
Canzon signs cannabis CBD Bulgarian distribution deal
Canzon (TASE: CNZN), which markets CBD-based (the cannabis ingredient that has no psychoactive influence) products in Europe, mainly through online marketing, has reported that its second-tier subsidiary Canzon Europe has signed a distribution agreement in Bulgaria. It’s estimated revenue of at least €450,000 for Canzon Europe.
Canzon founder and chairman Alon Carmeli said, “The CBD industry is a growing industry that is developing rapidly and it is important that we will develop together with it and expand accordingly. The deal that our second-tier subsidiary Canzon Europe has signed will allow from now the physical presence of our products in hundreds of points-of-sale throughout Bulgaria, something that will help us significantly in positioning the company as a leader in the industry.”
Protesters Demand Cannabis Legalization In Ukrainian Capital – Reports
The rally “Our right is to live without pain!” for the legalization of medical cannabis was held near the President’s Office in Kyiv, Hromadske reports.
The co-organizers of the action were the Ukrainian community of people with multiple sclerosis, the all-Ukrainian association of people with drug addiction. They were joined by Athena – Women against cancer, Veterans for medical cannabis, City Initiatives and Social Transformations, Ukrainian Students for Freedom and Green Party.
Participants of the rally called on the president, government and parliament to take measures to provide access to medicines based on medical cannabis for seriously ill patients as soon as possible. They also require a report on the Government Drug Policy Strategy implementation failure, namely its component, which provides for the scientific research of cannabinoids.
Cannabis dispensaries face greater scrutiny from new San Diego bureau
San Diego is creating a new Cannabis Permitting Bureau to step up enforcement of city regulations and potentially revoke permits of dispensaries and production facilities that repeatedly violate the rules.
The bureau, with a nearly $1 million annual budget and nine full-time employees, will also centralize the permit approval and renewal process for the city’s cannabis businesses as the industry continues to steadily expand.
Cresco Labs Weed Dispensary Workers Become First In State To Unionize
Sunnyside workers moved to unionize because they said the company failed to adequately address their concerns about coronavirus.
Workers at Cresco Labs’ Sunnyside dispensary, 3812 N. Clark St. elected to be represented by Local 881 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in a 16-4 vote. The union also represents workers at a cultivation center in Joliet owned by Cresco Labs.
KLEER CBD Water Shares New CBD-Infused Sparkling Drinks with Pure Hemp Extract
Kleer CBD Water announced a new sugar-free CBD Sparkling Water. The new CBD beverage includes 25mg of suspended CBD isolate.
The new CBD beverage is THC free, 100% natural, with no added sugars, it doesn’t contain any GMO’s. Besides, it’s also sugar and THC-free. The quantity of hemp extract in this beverage is 25 mg and provides a mildly relaxing effect.
The Kleer CBD Sparkling Water is sold online, in 12 cans packs. Each can is 12 oz. The prices of the Kleer CBD sparkling water 12 pack for $55.
Lawsuit challenges changes in medical marijuana law
A Tulsa law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority for rejecting license renewals of medical marijuana dispensaries because of changes in state law made after the entities were licensed.
While the suit filed in Oklahoma County District Court lists three entities, the firm said its class action petition is necessary because of the potential effect on medical marijuana businesses across the state that no longer fit full compliance with state law (although they did when initially licensed in 2018) because their owners have not been Oklahoma residents for two years or because the definition of educational facilities and the method of measuring distances has changed.
Bella Thorne Educates Fans And Flaunts New Hemp-Plant Based Apparel
Bella Thorne appeared in a video spot for DRIHP–new hemp-plant and eco-friendly apparel for men and women. “DRIHP going out of their way to educate people on what hemp is about, and how beneficial it could be. I think it is the best thing out there right now,” the actress says in the video.
DRIHP, which, at the moment, sells hemp-based underwear, unisex tees, bracelets, and more, has employed several social media influencers as its ambassadors, including Thorne, Rachel Cook and Jay Alvarrez.
New Record Hit As Arizona Cannabis Sales Soar Into the Clouds
The latest medical marijuana report by the Arizona Department of Health Services’ (ADHS) shows that Arizona’s medical marijuana program is booming during the coronavirus (COVID) outbreak. Dispensaries sold a record 18,083 pounds of marijuana (289,329 ounces) in May 2020 as they were deemed essential during the outbreak. Arizona’s legal hemp industry is also thriving.