1. Illinois has awarded its first five adult-use dispensary licenses, but none of them are in Chicago. With recreational marijuana coming to Illinois on Jan. 1, 2020, the state’s Department of Financial and Professional Regulation gave adult-use permits to five existing medicinal cannabis dispensaries Thursday. The shops that will be able to start selling cannabis to anyone over 21 on that date, with no medical card required, are in Naperville, Mundelein, Joliet, Effingham, and Canton. The Naperville location is still in some doubt, though, because Naperville City Council is still considering a recreational pot ban. Chicago did not get any recreational dispensaries, but the regulatory department says they’ll be issuing more licenses. — CHICAGO TRIBUNE
2. Dutch cafes are finally getting legal pot from licensed growers. The dirty little secret of Amstersdam’s famed pot cafes is that the weed there is technically illegal. Cannabis is legal to buy and smoke in the Netherlands, but curiously, it has never been legal to grow or distribute. The Netherlands government in initiating a program to approve legal growers and distributors in ten Dutch cities, though Amsterdam will not be among them because they don’t want to disrupt the current supply chain — BBC
3. Follow Friday: McKayla Wilkes @MeetMckayla
With legalization sweeping the nation, you might be surprised to learn that the Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland still derides cannabis as a gateway substance that “leads to the use of harder, very harmful drugs." But Hoyer has a pro-pot primary challenger in the mold of young firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
McKayla Wilkes is vocally critical of Hoyer’s yesteryear approach to cannabis policy. She’s an African-American woman who proudly admits she was arrested for cannabis during Prohibition, giving her a criminal justice perspective in her “grass” roots fight against Hoyer in the April 28, 2020 primary election.
4. Tucker Carlson is now blaming cannabis for the increase mass shootings. Fresh back from his curiously timed “vacation” after controversially claiming that white supremacy is a hoax, the Fox News host took to the airwaves Tuesday night to blame marijuana for the August 4 Dayton shootings. The shooter had cocaine and Xanax in his system, but Carlson was suspicious that “he was also known to be a longtime user of marijuana.” Anti-cannabis author Alex Berenson was also on the segment, trotting out the unproven canard that “the obvious implication is that marijuana causes violence.” — MEDIA MATTERS
5. Leafly has a Labor Day guide to making infused BBQ sauces. The cannabis publication creates a Labor Day barbecue buzz with recipes for infused ketchup, honey mustard, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, and salad dressing. — LEAFLY
6. New Mexico is allowing non-residents to get state medical marijuana cards. In a ruling that could set a national precedent, a Santa Fe district judge ruled Thursday that out-of-state residents could be awarded New Mexico medical marijuana cards to legally buy cannabis there. But a furious Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham immediately swore to appeal the decision. — ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL
7. A Trump cabinet member admits that federal prohibition prevents the government from putting warning labels on cannabis. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is on a crusade to keep teens and pregnant women away from cannabis, but told Fox News Thursday that the government can’t put warning labels on the drug because there is “no labeling regime for illegal products.” — MARIJUANA MOMENT
8. A Nevada judge reversed course and now will allow new dispensary licenses. Last week a Clark County judge halted dispensary licensing over corruption concerns, but reversed that decision Thursday in a case that’s widely expected to be appealed to the state’s Supreme Court. — MJ BIZ DAILY
9. Meet the “first person to earn a Ph.D. in cannabinoid studies.” NBC News profiles Dr. Alex Capano, the 34-year-old nurse practitioner whose Thomas Jefferson University dissertation technically makes her “America's first cannabis doctor.” — NBC NEWS
10. The New York Times has run a marijuana wedding announcement. The Times’ famed wedding announcements today include a couple who met when the bride co-founded a New York medical marijuana company and hired the would-be groom to help with their state permit application. — NEW YORK TIMES
Joe Kukura has been the cannabis writer for SF Weekly since 2016, and his work has appeared in Thrillist, the Daily Dot, and NBC Bay Area. You can follow him on Twitter at @ExercisingDrunk.
Edited by: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).