Native American Tribes Consider Entering Marijuana Market
Native American tribes want to begin growing and selling marijuana. They hope it will help end poverty on reservations, the large areas where many Native Americans live. However, there is uncertainty about the future of US marijuana policy.
Cannabis is the plant that produces marijuana. The growth and sale of marijuana in some states has become a big business. Arcview is a cannabis investor network in California. It says the U.S. marijuana market earned $6.7 billion in 2016.
Supporters of cannabis say it has many uses. The male cannabis plant can be used to make hemp, which is used around the world in more than 25,000 products. These include food, fabric and medicine.
Cannabis Company Sponsors Boxer in Major Fight
Marijuana is becoming more mainstream than ever. No longer a taboo topic, it is entering our social consciousness from every conceivable angle. One of the last holdouts, however, has been the sports arena.
Recently, major sports companies have started the conversation about allowing their players to use medical marijuana. While medical marijuana is still prohibited by all major sports companies, from the NFL to the NBA, the taboo of marijuana in professional boxing now has its first challenger—FlavRX.
Commercial marijuana brand FlavRX is about to throw its hat in the ring, as an advertiser, by sponsoring Andrew Tabiti, who is fighting on the main card tonight before the best boxer of his generation, Floyd Mayweather, faces the UFC’s biggest star, Conor McGregor, in Sin City. Interestingly, McGregor is a mixed martial arts fighter, who has never had a pro boxing bout.
The Mayweather fight is one of the most expensive fights in the history of boxing. The event is expected to generate more than half a billion dollars, and has every chance of breaking the pay per view record of 4.5 million buys, set when Mayweather met Manny Pacquiao in May, 2015. (So many celebs flew in on private jets for that fight, they ran out of places to park.)
Morocco: Political Blow to Cannabis Legalization Effort
Morroco has long been the world’s leading cannabis producer, but the conservative monarchy has managed to keep any talk of legalization out of political discourse—until last year, when the country’s biggest opposition party submitted a bill in parliament to at least allow cultivation for medicinal and industrial purposes.
Now that effort has been dealt a setback, with the unexpected resignation of Ilyas El-Omari as head of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM).
El-Omari was both the country’s most important opposition figure and leading advocate of cannabis legalization. Under his leadership, the center-left PAM achieved impressive gains in parliamentary and municipal races. Following last year’s elections, it became the biggest party in the country’s parliament, with 106 seats, after the conservative Justice and Development Party (PJD). El-Omari’s surprise resignation could threaten these advances.
Santa Ana marijuana dispensary modernizes the way to purchase pot
There’s a new joint in town.
MedMen, one of the largest marijuana retailers in the country, opened its newest medical marijuana dispensary last month in Santa Ana, making its 3,000 square feet of retail space one of the largest dispensaries in the county.
The cannibis firm offers around 1,000 products, including concentrates, marijuana buds, edibles, canine/feline products and topicals.
“Our aim is to make this a true retail experience by being innovative and bringing in new products,” said Daniel Yi, 50, MedMen director of communications.
Congressmen Want to Know Why Jeff Sessions Is Standing in the Way of Marijuana Research
Congressional forces, at least the dedicated few with enough cojones to swing violent haymakers in the name of marijuana reform on Capitol Hill, are working to get U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to justify his personal decision to squash an expansion effort designed to improve the state of cannabis research in the United States.
Earlier this week, federal lawmakers fired off a letter to Alabama’s own pot-hating boner boy, asking him to provide them with some explanation as to why the Justice Department has stalled a program that would allow more growers, other than the University of Mississippi, to produce research marijuana.
The letter was sent in response to a recent article in the Washington Post, which suggested that the DEA is unable to license any additional growers because the Justice Department has simply refused to give the necessary approval. A law enforcement official close to the situation told the news source “they’re sitting on it… they just will not act on these things.”
Now, the congressmen are demanding answers.
Northern California Deputies Kill Illegal Pot Grower
DURHAM, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities have shot and killed an illegal marijuana grower they say confronted sheriff’s deputies with a gun.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Mark Jensen died Tuesday night in the community of Durham.
Authorities say code enforcement officers approached Jensen at his home on Monday and told him he was violating the county’s marijuana cultivation law. The enraged grower began making threatening calls to police and code-enforcement officers, who got a warrant to arrest him.
Hearing that he had guns, a SWAT team and crisis negotiators went to his home, where at some point Jensen threatened to shoot a motorist then holed up inside.
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