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Bill Maher: 'It seems fair racial minorities jump the line for weed franchises'

Bill Maher

“The drug war has been a horrendous instrument of prejudice and punishment for racial minorities.”

Long-time talk show host and cannabis retail partner Bill Maher told his Real Time with Bill Maher audience last week that he gets why some people think those affected by the War on Drug should have first dibs on weed retail licences.

Maher made the comments during the “New Rule” segment on Friday, which focused on how key it is to have a lawyer who fights for client wants and needs.


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Pot now treated like any other business

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California voters legalized recreational marijuana via a ballot initiative in November 2016, almost six years ago. Since then, the weed has evolved into something like a normal business, complete with webcasts on operating efficiently, disputes about where stores can be located and gripes about underground operators siphoning off too much of the take.

But there’s little normal about pot itself. First made semi-legal by the 1996 Proposition 15, which allowed medical marijuana use with a doctor’s “recommendation” (not a real prescription, since pharmacies never sold it), medipot operated in a kind of gray legal area for 20 years, but was nevertheless in common use.


Pot investor sees opportunity in cash crunch, California brands


Where cannabis is headed 

Silver Spike Capital, a cannabis investment firm, is using creative financial structures to help solve a big problem for the industry: a lack of cash.

Due to the federal prohibition on marijuana, cannabis companies can’t just take out bank loans or issue bonds. That’s given rise to creative financing: Many lenders in the cannabis space, for example, specialize in loans secured by real estate. 

But Silver Spike Chief Executive Officer Scott Gordon, with more than 30 years in asset management and investing under his belt, has taken a different approach. Silver Spike has so far spawned three special purpose acquisition companies — one of which took cannabis technology platform Weedmaps public in 2021.


California drought prompts legislation to increase fines for water pollution for illegal grows

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San Bernardino County in California is sponsoring state legislation aimed at increasing fines for illegal cannabis grows and targeting illegal cultivation operations that are polluting groundwater.

Two bills were recently introduced to prevent illegal cannabis cultivation efforts, which are using more water than ever in the wake of a historic California drought.

“Illegal cannabis farming is devastating the desert communities of San Bernardino County,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman in a press release.

“The County is determined to stop this terrible damage to the environment and to protect the lives and property of our residents from lawless criminals.”


Recreation or wellness? At Canna River, they’re the same.


Canna River spills all on their approach to legal and medical cannabis and what makes them stand out in the industry.

Canna River prioritizes both cannabis health and recreation with their unique approach to the plant.

When states began legalizing cannabis, it was a huge gain for everyone who consumes it—no matter the reason. The same can be said for the 2018 Farm Bill. However, the legalities of cannabis also created divisions that don’t exist beyond the law. For instance, hemp and marijuana are the same species of plant, except hemp contains less than .3% THC. Their names are a legal distinction, not a scientific one. 


Snoop Dogg rewards his $50K-a-year blunt roller with pay rise: 'Their salary went up!'

Snoop Dogg


Snoop Dogg smokes so much weed, it’s worth the cost of hiring a full-time blunt roller. The Long Beach rapper appeared on The Howard Stern Show alongside actor and fellow weed enthusiast Seth Rogen in October 2019, where he revealed he pays someone up to $50,000 a year to roll blunts for him.

“I don’t have time,” Snoop explained.

“The muthafucka rolls them and puts them in the package. Timing – that muthafucka’s timing is impeccable. That’s his J-O-B, his occupation. On his resumé, it says, ‘What do you do?’ ‘I’m a blunt roller. P-B-R – professional blunt roller. If you’re great at something I need, I’m hiring you.”


Sean Paul discusses new album ‘Scorcha’ and fine cannabis

Sean Paul

Armed with a new album and with touring back in motion, Sean Paul is staying busy this year.

Jamaica’s Sean Paul returns to the dancehall throne, and expectations are high with A-list featured guests on the album representing various facets of the music industry. Paul dropped his eighth full-length studio album and Island Records debut, Scorcha, on May 27.

Scorcha provides a party blueprint for the weekend, led by the single “Light My Fire” with Gwen Stefani and Shenseea. The new album also includes previously released songs “Scorcha,” “Only Fanz” (ft. Ty Dolla $ign), “Dynamite” (ft. Sia), “How We Do It” (ft. Pia Mia), and “No Fear” (ft. Damian Marley and Nicky Jam).


California Department of Cannabis Control launches cannabis data visualization tool


California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) recently launched a data visualization tool to help consumers identify licensed cannabis product retailers.

The technology would also inform business owners about which cities and counties license cannabis businesses while supporting continual conversations regarding access to the state’s safe and legal cannabis market.

“This data helps Californians understand the work we have ahead of us in realizing the promises of cannabis legalization, including supporting access to a safe, legal and equitable cannabis market across the state and combating the unregulated, illicit market,” DCC Director Nicole Elliott said.

The data tool can be accessed through the DCC website.


California sheriff asks Elon Musk for help with county’s illegal weed problems


Perhaps Elon Musk can do anything. That seems to be the thinking of a California sheriff who recently issued a tweet to urge the billionaire to help squash the region’s ongoing continuing illegal cannabis problems.

Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue’s message to Musk was short and simple. “Please help us!” LaRue urged.

In an accompanying video (warning: contains disturbing content), the sheriff noted that his team was out every week serving search warrants.

“But the problem is the quantity of grows that we’re faced with. It’s astronomical. There’s so much of it that it’s hard for us as a small rural community to investigate and stop.”


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