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Inside Cannabis (Apr 21st, 2017)

Though the White House has not cracked down on legal cannabis, the administration’s anti-weed language has done damage on its own. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threatening language has caused lawmakers across the country to move to either strengthen or abandon marijuana legalization, decriminalization and medical research efforts. On the plus side, this tough talk is causing the industry to find its backbone in the Trump era, according to the leader of the newly formed Cannabis Caucus.  – THE CANNABIST

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A new e-commerce platform is aiming to ease some of the cannabis industry's pain points. Founded by Denver startup Baker Technologies, Shop is being heralded as the "Shopify for cannabis." The platform allows pot-selling establishments set up online storefronts, list what they have in stock, track their sales and streamline their process for pickups and deliveries. – FAST COMPANY

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One of the most conservative Republicans in Congress is pushing for marijuana reform. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz's track record includes pushing for accelerated executions, blocking any revision of the stand-your-ground law following Trayvon Martin’s death and working to permanently abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. Now he has introduced a bill that, if passed, would force Attorney General Jeff Sessions to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to Schedule III. – HIGH TIMES

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Dating apps are popping up to ease dating anxiety for marijuana users. Though some are skeptical about the idea of building relationships around a psychotropic substance, apps like High There, Highly Devoted and My 420 Mate are gaining popularity. “If this is a part of your life, then you should be open and honest about that, especially if you’re trying to start a romantic relationship with someone," said the founder of Highly Devoted. – NYT

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As climate change threatens to destroy a range of crops, research is showing that marijuana will do just fine. Cannabis is grown all over the world in differing climates. A rise in temperature in California, which is expected to see a five degree increase by 2050, won't hurt the cannabis industry. In fact, there are signs that by 2050, the market will actually be flooded with cheap weed thanks to climate change. – VICE

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Instagram accounts connected to the cannabis industry are the latest targets for hackers. Due to advertising and banking restrictions, cannabis businesses deal only in cash and have DIY-style marketing strategies. That means a lot of business is done through social media, and Instagram accounts can be vital. So when hackers demand ransoms of $2,000 to $25,000, canna-business owners often feel forced to pony up. – HIGH TIMES

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WEEKEND READS

The weed nuns of California. – REUTERS 

New stoner classic films. – VICE

Five cannabis "holidays" to celebrate besides 4/20. – LEAFLY

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WATCH THIS

VICELAND's two cannabis shows, "Weediquette" and "Bong Appétit," are back. – VICE

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