On July 15th, Marijuana Policy Project held a series of panels titled, “Reimagining Justice: Race, Cannabis & Policing,” with cannabis business and culture leaders such as Viola Founder Al Harrington, Actor Seth Rogan, and Activist Natalie Papillion.
More and more social equity programs are being spearheaded across the country. This push is important, and it is equally as important to assess the programs, and revise them according to their current shortfalls and blindspots. MJbizdaily’s coverage on Michigan’s program is a great example, with a bulleted list of “What can be improved” for the state and beyond. Read
Although policies are taking steps in the right direction, business owners and cannabis operators continue to express concern over dysfunctional licensing processes. https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/los-angeles-boost-ailing-legal-marijuana-market-71418124
This story was first reported on Marijuana Moment. https://www.marijuanamoment.net/bernie-sanders-calls-for-marijuana-legalization-in-senate-floor-speech-on-policing-reform/
Take action for black lives here. (And don’t forget, silence = violence.) Learn more about the ongoing war on drugs with this article by the Marijuana Policy Project.
Ben & Jerry’s published the following: The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy. What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the
“In the last 18 months though, [MedMen has] been among the hardest hit by a trend of market corrections, culminating in Interim CEO Ryan Lissack telling CNN that, “While vertical integration has been a big focus in the industry, our growing belief is that cannabis is evolving like every other consumer vertical: with a fragmented value chain and specialists at
“The closely watched case could have broad implications on how state-legal marijuana businesses compensate employees.” https://mjbizdaily.com/colorado-cannabis-firm-appeals-to-us-supreme-court-over-overtime-pay/
"…Here in Pennsylvania, employers and workers’ compensation carriers remain in legal limbo, waiting on judicial guidance from the state’s highest courts in the face of ever increasing claims from injured workers to pay for medical marijuana. Will it be considered reasonable and necessary medical treatment under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act?" Article by Francis X. Wickersham for Law.com. https://www.law.com/thelegalintelligencer/2020/05/23/medical-marijuana-reasonable-and-necessary-medical-care-for-injured-workers/?slreturn=20200425011414
"High Times is attempting to break into the retail sector through an $80 million cash and stock deal to acquire 13 operating and planned cannabis outlets from Harvest Health & Recreation – this at a time when the economy is facing a major downturn." https://mjbizdaily.com/marijuana-publisher-high-times-chair-new-ceo/