Cards Against Humanity Releases ‘Weed Pack’ to Support Legalization
The deadeye mission to bring the scourge of marijuana prohibition to a screeching halt in the state of Illinois is hoping to attract a legion of support from all of the “horrible people” that relish in party games for the offensive and savoir faire… or at least one in particular.
The Chicago-based company behind the popular game Cards Against Humanity has joined the battle to legalize the leaf in the Land of Lincoln, recently issuing a $5 Cards Against Humanity “Weed Pack,” which will assist in the funding of marijuana legalization efforts next year.
In fact, all of the proceeds from this version of the card game are being donated to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), according to a report from NBC Chicago.
Felony Charges Follow Raid on Legal Cannabis Company Med-West
In an egregious and unnecessary use of force, the doors to the warehouse of cannabis company Med-West in Kearney Mesa, an industrial neighborhood in San Diego, were busted apart by heavily armed police officers in tactical gear—a raid more appropriate for a SWAT team attempting a hostage rescue from weapon-wielding criminals. It was not the entrance required to serve a warrant to a businessman like James Slatic, who was operating his company within California cannabis law.
The story would be tragic enough if this had occurred in the ‘80s, when all cannabis business operated in a clandestine modus operandi, pre-dating the multi-billion-dollar tax-paying cannabis industry of today. But this happened in January of 2016, in a city with clear cannabis regulations that James Slatic and his business Med-West followed to the letter. Additionally, Slatic, as one of the founders of the California Cannabis Industry Association, and a friend of many California State and local politicians, had an insider’s view of the ever-changing cannabis industry legislation. California Assemblyman Rob Bonta, Slatic said, “couldn’t believe we were raided.” According to Slatic, an astonished Bonta told him, “I know you were covered by the law, because I wrote it.”
‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli Found Guilty on 3 Fraud Charges
NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Shkreli, the eccentric former pharmaceutical CEO notorious for a price-gouging scandal and for his snide “Pharma Bro” persona on social media, was convicted Friday on federal charges he deceived investors in a pair of failed hedge funds.
A Brooklyn jury deliberated five days before finding Shkreli guilty on three of eight counts. He had been charged with securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Shkreli, upbeat and defiant outside court afterward, said he was “delighted to report” that he had been acquitted of what he called “the most important charges” in the case.
Asked about his client’s social-media antics, attorney Ben Brafman conceded it was something they would be working on.
Cannabis Company Plans to Turn Desert Town into Pot Paradise
NIPTON, Calif. (AP) — Now that one of the nation’s largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: Will the new owners rename the place Potsylvania?
The name Weed already belongs to an old mill town in Northern California.
American Green Inc. announced Thursday it is buying all 80 acres of Nipton, which includes its Old West-style hotel, a handful of houses, an RV park and a coffee shop. Its plans are to transform the old Gold Rush town into what it calls “an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”
The town’s current owner, Roxanne Lang, said the sale is still in escrow, but confirmed American Green is the buyer. She declined to reveal price before the sale closes, but noted she and her late husband, Gerald Freeman, listed the property at $5 million when they put it up for sale last year.
Police Discover 2 Pounds of Pot in Cereal Boxes
Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit in Louisiana arrested a California man in possession of approximately two pounds of high-grade marijuana, hidden in cereal boxes, following a recent traffic stop on Interstate 12.
According to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, deputies initiated a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, after observing a rental car with a California license plate driving eastbound on Interstate 12 at a rate of 86 miles per hour. The driver, Donald Roots-Scott Jr., age 23, of Sacramento, admitted to deputies that his driver’s license was expired and that he had marijuana inside the vehicle.
Heavy Interest in North Dakota Medical Marijuana Network
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Nearly 100 groups and businesses in North Dakota have shown interest in producing or dispensing medical marijuana, pleasing state officials who are establishing a network for making the drug available to qualified patients.
The Health Department in June asked those interested in being a part of the system to notify the agency by the end of the month so it could gauge interest. The request drew 97 nonbinding letters of intent, exceeding expectations, according to Kenan Bullinger, director of the department’s medical marijuana division.
“I’m pretty sure we’re going to have the ability to have a dispensary in each part of the state,” he said.
North Dakota voters last November approved medical marijuana, and the Legislature earlier this year crafted regulations that Gov. Doug Burgum approved in April. The North Dakota Compassionate Care Act allows the use of medical marijuana to treat 17 medical conditions, along with terminal illnesses. The Health Department will register two “compassion centers” to grow and process the drug and eight more to dispense it.
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