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Inside Cannabis (Oct 3rd, 2017)

Activist Al Sharpton is advocating for the decriminalization of cannabis. "I am proceeding undaunted towards our country’s next transformative victory – a fight I planned to pick under a Democratic administration, but one we should pursue just as vigorously in the reactionary Trump era: decriminalization of marijuana," Sharpton wrote in an op-ed for The Guardian. "It is a civil rights cause that we should not postpone, but accelerate during these dark and difficult times." – THE GUARDIAN

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Cannabis jobs are on the rise in Canada. The industry could add another 150,000 jobs over the next couple of years, according to one estimate, and a recent survey showed that salaries are more mainstream than ever. Hiring is picking up speed because Canada’s licensed producers are scaling up their operations to supply the medical cannabis market and prepare for the launch of next year’s recreational market. – MARIJUANA BUSINESS DAILY

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California's surplus of cannabis could become a federal problem. The state produces at least 13.5 million pounds of marijuana last year — five times more than the 2.5 million pounds it consumed. The rest, presumably, went out of state, potentially to states where it's still illegal. This ongoing black market could put California on thin ice with the federal government as the state moves toward a legal recreational market by 2018. – LA TIMES

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The ACLU is suing a Georgia police department over erroneous DUI marijuana arrests. Three people in Cobb County were arrested based on a “drug recognition expert” who accused each of driving under the influence of marijuana. The American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit states that "at no point did the police officer seek to obtain a warrant or suggest that they were endangering public safety. None of the plaintiffs were under the influence of marijuana, and all tested negative for any cannabinoid metabolites." – AP

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The U.K.'s underground cannabis cafe culture is preparing for eventual legalization. Though the highly secretive, speakeasy-style clubs have the air of malfeasance, the proprietors of the underground cafes know that someday it will be legal. "We all know that what we’re doing is, by-the-book, wrong – but it shouldn’t be," writes Mattha Busby. "It’s probably safe to say cannabis café culture won’t remain underground in the UK forever." – THE INDEPENDENT

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The cannabis industry has recently scored some mainstream advertising, but it's still facing an uphill battle. According to Taylor West, a senior communications director with a focus on cannabis, most mainstream platforms still consider it risky to accept cannabis-related ads, fearing federal fines or punishments. Most outlets also don’t see cannabis as a good fit for their audience and have a stereotypical view of the marijuana industry. “I think there’s lots of misconceptions about what cannabis advertising can look like,” West said. “That’s changing, but it’s a process.” – MARIJUANA BUSINESS DAILY

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San Francisco's Westfield Mall has decided against opening a cannabis chocolate shop. The weed confectionery, Défoncé Chocolatier, applied for a spot in the mall four months ago, and Westfield was entertaining the idea. But the company shut down the process, saying a statement: “Unless federal law permits the sale of cannabis products, Westfield will not lease to this type of tenant at any center it operates." – SF CHRONICLE

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