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Wed
25
Aug

Kevin Durant wants to shut down marijuana stereotypes in sports

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Nets star Kevin Durant will be partnering with Weedmaps, an online market that sells marijuana. In the process, Durant wants to prove stereotypes made on marijuana usage in sports wrong. On the Boardroom, CEO Rich Kleiman sat down with the 2X NBA Champion and Weedmaps CEO Chris Beals on this matter. In the discussion, Durant kept things real:

 

“The band aid has been ripped off. In the sports world, it’s kind of an undercover thing that players use cannabis and used it while they were actively playing. I always thought that was an interesting thing, even as I started coming into the league. You hear the conversation more and more around the league about it.”

Wed
25
Aug

As Cannabis Legalization Spreads, Companies Are Reconsidering Drug Policies

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America’s increasingly liberal attitude regarding cannabis consumption has started to impact workplace policies. For decades, both federal and state law outlawed cannabis, which was in turn mirrored in workplace policies across the country. Most employers had a zero-tolerance policy on cannabis, with some even requiring regular drug tests and firing employees who failed. But with cannabis reform sweeping the nation, companies are starting to reconsider their drug policies.

Tue
24
Aug

How The Current Weed Industry Is Bad For The Environment

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Cannabis is a plant. Unlike other drugs, it doesn’t come from a lab. Since the ’60s, weed has been associated with earth-loving hippies and pacifists.

Yet, despite its natural origins, the weed industry is actually harming the planet. The industry’s carbon footprint is growing rapidly for several reasons. Together, these problems roll up into one huge, complicated joint.

So sit back, spark it up and get ready—this one is a doozy. 

The Environmental Impact Of Cannabis Alone

The problem of weed cultivation is a layered one. Its roots stretch into law, agriculture, racial inequity and interstate commerce. First, let’s start with the plant itself. 

Tue
24
Aug

Traffic stop nets marijuana arrest

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PALMDALE — Deputies on patrol last week in Palmdale secured a firearm and marijuana and arrested a person wanted on a warrant, following a traffic stop.

Deputies conducting a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car and that the driver appeared fidgety and looked to be reaching for something.

The deputies detained the driver and passenger while finishing their questioning.

The marijuana smell provided justification for the deputies to search the car, where they found a firearm under the driver seat and bags of marijuana.

Mon
23
Aug

Marijuana Legalization Rundown: New Legislation Across Several States

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There has been a recent flurry of movement – both in the courts and in state legislatures – on the marijuana law front across several states.

Thu
19
Aug

More than 64,000 cannabis plants seized from illegal outdoor grows in California watersheds

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The investigations were spurred, in part, to conserve salmon and steelhead habitat.

None of the sites investigated were properly licensed and numerous sites were interfering with local watersheds and spawning streams

In a span of four days this month, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Marijuana Enforcement Team removed more than 64,000 illegally grown cannabis plants.

The seizures came from multiple grow sites and also resulted in 79 environmental violations, according to a statement from the HCSO, per The Times-Standard.

Thu
19
Aug

Exorbitant Cannabis Bribes Lead to Arrest of Former California Mayor

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Former California Mayor of Adelanto Richard Kerr was arrested by FBI Agents for alleged accepting almost $60,000 in exchange for bribes related to the local marijuana industry licensing.

A former California mayor was arrested last week after being indicted by a federal grand jury over allegations that he accepted thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks related to commercial marijuana activity.

Thu
19
Aug

U.S. cannabis insurers get ready to roll as federal legalization nears

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Insurers are quietly gearing up for a potential ten-fold increase in sales to the booming $17.6 billion-a-year cannabis industry as Congress inches closer to legalizing pot at the federal level.

While 36 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, insurance for growers, testing labs and retailers is being held in check largely by strict federal laws that criminalize pot alongside heroin, methamphetamine and LSD.

U.S. legal cannabis sales jumped 45% last year and are expected to hit $41 billion in 2026, Colorado-based research firm BDSA said.

Thu
19
Aug

Illegal Marijuana Farm Under Investigation for Involuntary Servitude, Human Trafficking

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Yesterday, the Josephine County Sheriff's department raided a ranch in the Illinois valley that is being investigated on charges of illegal marijuana cultivation, involuntary servitude, human trafficking and forced labor.

This raid is part of a larger investigation that began with the death of a man from a different illegal marijuana farm, located on Martin Road in Cave Junction. The man had been driven to the Chevron gas station in Cave Junction in critical condition and left there. The man later died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. Within two days of his death, that Martin Road farm had been harvested, and the workers moved to this ranch, called the Q Bar X Ranch, in the Illinois Valley.

Wed
18
Aug

Democrats Have A Year To Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

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Chuck Schumer’s dream of advancing nationwide cannabis reform must come now, or else it might not get another chance.

Democrats are on borrowed time with respect to their control of Congress, which means they either must work extra hard to ensure the votes necessary to stay in power, or beg, borrow, steal, and call in every favor to see that the party’s agenda is well-served before they are snuffed out by Republicans.

Among the many issues the Democrats are trying to pass, nationwide cannabis reform is a hot topic. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier that legalizing marijuana at the federal level was a top priority for the upper chamber, but he has so far come up short. Unfortunately, the clock is ticking for the Democrats to get something on the books.

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