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Inside Cannabis (Aug 23rd, 2019)

1. A full legalization of recreational cannabis for adults 21 and over had been submitted to the Florida secretary of state, and this one has the financial support of the billion-dollar dispensary chain MedMen. The measure, whose wording is not yet public, was brought forward by the political action committee Make it Legal Florida, whose chairperson is a MedMen lobbyist and former adviser to Republican state senator Jeff Brandes. But as Marijuana Moment points out, the corporate-sponsored legislation does not allow for home cultivation. To qualify for the ballot, the measure needs 766,200 valid signatures submitted to the secretary of state by Feb. 1, 2020. — TAMPA BAY TRIBUNE

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2. A string of Seattle dispensary burglaries might be enabled by Washington’s transparency laws for operators.  Last week’s robbery of a Washington dispensary by a man with underwear on his head drew chuckles, but the broader trend is no laughing matter to store owners. Seattle operators have been routinely robbed of product worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and dispensaries wonder if data available through transparency laws might be tipping thieves off to exactly whom to rob, and when. — POLITICO

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3. Follow Friday: Ngaio Bealum @ngaio420

West coast cannabis conferences are often treated to the stoned silliness of Ngaio Bealum as their master of ceremonies, cracking jokes onstage between sessions. But the fatty-smoking funnyman blew up when national audiences met him as the co-host of Netflix’s Cooking on High, which he followed up with his new comedy album Weedier & Sexier

His first name is pronounced “Oon-GUY-Yo”, and you should follow him on Twitter for a constant clearinghouse of dank memes, 420 hilarity, and everyday advice for stoners. But be aware that his politics run left of center, and his jokes sometimes go south of the suspenders.
 

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4. Cannabis oil is now being distributed for free to qualifying patients at Thai hospitals. Thailand was the first Asian country to legalize medical marijuana, and is now the first to treat patients with it at hospitals. The cannabis oil is free to patients who carry the country’s Gold Card or other forms of health care coverage. According to Vice, the oil is in fact “locally known as ganja.” — VICE 

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5. Utah is abandoning state-run stores in favor of traditional dispensaries. The medical-only state has decided the bureaucratic burden of running dispensaries themselves is too much, and is considering a bill to permit 12 private dispensaries statewide. — FOX 13

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6. California pot tax revenue higher than expected, but still much lower than initial myopic projections. The state’s first projections of a billion dollars a year in cannabis taxes are nowhere near being realized, but its tally of $317 million is still $29 million than the massive walkback officials announced in May. — FRESNO BEE 

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7. More than 60 New Jersey municipalities have preemptively banned adult-use sales. The state hasn’t even passed recreational cannabis yet, but a long list of council resolutions and voter initiatives have shot down pot sales in individual communities across the Garden State. — NJ1015 

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8. The smell of weed is no longer probable cause for arrest in Maryland. The state decriminalized any amount less than 10 grams in 2014, and a Court of Appeals has just interpreted that to mean the scent of pot “does not grant officers probable cause to effectuate an arrest and conduct a search.“ — LEAFLY 

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9. Olivia Newton-John has announced she’s using cannabis to treat her cancer. In treatment for stage 4 breast cancer, the renowned vocalist and star of Grease told 60 Minutes Australia she’s weaning herself from  morphine with cannabis oil. — MEDPAGE TODAY 

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10.  A Fox News panelist complained San Francisco homeless people are “shot up with marijuana,” and Twitter did its thing. GOPAC president David Avella said on Fox News’ Outnumbered the California city was allowing “individuals to lay on the street having just shot up with marijuana.” Social media jokers were quick to point out that’s not how any of this works.  — NEWSWEEK 

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