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Inside Cannabis (Oct 3rd, 2019)

1. The New England Journal of Medicine has published an analysis of vape illness victims which questions the popular vitamin E acetate theory. A team of 16 doctors at the Mayo Clinic analyzed findings from 17 lung disease victims, and “found no evidence” that the illness was caused by the accumulation of the widely blamed vitamin E thickening agent. Instead, they argue the victims are experiencing chemical injuries from toxic fumes or poisonous gases created when the oils combust in the vaping device. Of the victims whose lung biopsies were analyzed, 71 percent had vaped THC. On the legislative front, a whos-who of more than 800 industry leaders sent a letter to Congress urging them to deschedule marijuana to deter the spread of black market products. — INVERSE 

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2. Major League Baseball is considering easing its marijuana drug testing rules. Team owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) are looking ahead to the end of the 2021 season when their current collective bargaining agreement comes up for renegotiation. That agreement might ease up on marijuana testing, as the league is reevaluating “all of our drug protocols” in the wake of July’s fatal overdose from Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also spoke with Forbes about the possibility of allowing players to use CBD. — LA TIMES  

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3. Throwback Thursday  — The Stoner Fast Food Wars

The 2004 release of “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” made fast food chains quickly realize the value of the late-night stoner demographic, and brands got increasingly brazen about marketing their meals to the marijuana set. Taco Bell’s 2007 Fourth Meal campaign merely hinted at late-night munchies, but a 2009 Jack in the Box stoner at the drive-through commercial was pretty clear that the protagonist was high.
  
By 2012, the burger chain Carl’s Jr. was pulling a breakfast promotion wherein they outfitted their staff with t-shirts that said, “We wake and bake every morning.” Not to be outdone, Jack in the Box upped the ante with their 2013 launch of the late-night Jack’s Munchie Meal, despite criticism that they were directly targeting drunks and stoners
 

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4. Payment processor Square has opened up its platform to CBD sales. The digital payment platform Square launched its “CBD early-access program,” allowing online and in-person sales of CBD products.  Square had done a limited, soft launch of CBD sales on its platform in May, which is now expanded, though the products must be hemp-derived and contain less than 0.3% THC. According to Square’s new CBD payment page, online and in-app sales have a fee of 4.20 percent (plus 30 cents).— MARKETWATCH

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5. Eight percent of Canadians say they're allowed to use cannabis in the workplace. A just-published Ipsos survey reveals that number, but only half of those that respondented use the drug at work. Five percent of thpose surveyed overall say they use cannabis before work, though only four percent say they use it after work. — CTV NEWS  

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6. A video of a Georgia police officer giving a driver their marijuana back has gone viral. Gwinnett County, Georgia, police no longer prosecute for possession of small amounts of cannabis, and a video an officer giving a driver their weed back now has more than 38,000 views on Facebook. “You’re more than welcome to have it back,” the officer says to a relieved and giggling motorist. — ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

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7. An infamous Washington D.C. party mansion has been raided for operating as an illegal pop-up dispensary. A Dupont Circle home long accused of being an “illegal hotel and party venue” is also suspected of being an underground pot shop. (These illegal pop-ups tend to be popular in Washington D.C., as possession is legal, but curiously commercial sales are not.) Police seized 25 pounds of cannabis and roughly $16,500 in a bust, though the place is still operating on Airbnb as a self-described “Celebrity Mansion.” — DCIST

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8. A budtender trade show is posing a risk for Las Vegas casino operators. Next week’s two-day Budtender Awards at the Mandalay Bay resort has Las Vegas gaming regulators worried about cannabis sales on a casino premises. Organizers insist there will be bud sold, but it will only be legal hemp with no THC. — LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

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9. Tilt Holdings’ founders have forfeited $60 million of stock options. The Massachusetts-based conglomerate lost nearly $50 million last quarter, so its six founders are forfeiting an enormous amount of stock to help the company rebound. That stock is currently trading at just over 30 cents a share, which values their forfeiture at around $18 million. — MJ BIZ DAILY

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10. Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the popular poster of President Barack Obama, today put up a giant marijuana mural in Brooklyn. The artist behind the Obama “Hope” poster and endless Andre the Giant memes unveiled the building-size cannabis mural that’s part of an ad campaign for CBD company Charlotte’s Web. "My goal as an artist is to create art with a message, and I’m proud of my team for using this opportunity to do the same for Charlotte's Web, a brand that can take a stand,” Fairey said.— FORBES 

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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).

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