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Snoop Dogg Signs Deal to Promote Cannabis Growing Machine

By Associated Press (AP) — An Israeli start-up that promotes home-grown marijuana says it has signed on American rapper Snoop Dogg as a brand ambassador. Snoop, an outspoken advocate of marijuana use, will promote Seedo’s small refrigerator-like machine that grows plants with the help of artificial intelligence. The self-contained “grow box” regulates temperature, light, carbon dioxide and minerals and is monitored by an application. The company says its box can grow a variety of plants and herbs, though much of its advertising has focused on the marijuana market. In a statement released by Seedo on Tuesday, Snoop said that promoting a product that enables people to grow plants in unused urban spaces “is something I’m all the way down with.” Snoop started his own line of marijuana products...

National Support for Marijuana Legalization Is at 66%

For the last year, support for legalizing marijuana in the U.S. has remained at 66%. That stability comes from a 30% increase between 2005 and 2018. Factors like gender, income, region, residency type or education don’t seem to make any kind of meaningful difference in support for marijuana legalization, Gallup said. Where things do start to vary is age, generation, race, religion and politics. “Americans have rapidly shifted to backing legal marijuana in the past decade after consistently expressing opposition for 40 years,” Gallup’s site says. “It appears the increases in support have halted for the time being, with no change in the percentage favoring legalization over the past year. However, given generational differences in support for legalizing marijuana use, it is likely the percen...

4 States’ Governors Have Teamed Up on Marijuana Legalization and Vaping

Governors from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania have teamed up in support of marijuana legalization as well as new vaping regulations. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted the Governor’s Regional Cannabis & Vaping Summit. Governors Phil Murphy, Tim Wolf and Ted Lamont were all in attendance. The governors are attempting to work together on a seamless marijuana legalization plan for states in New England and the Northeast, Democrat & Chronicle reported. State representatives from Colorado, Rhode Island and Massachusetts also attended the one-day summit. Gov. Cuomo said, “The goal is to collaborate with one another, to share resources and thinking collectively as we’re all trying to figure this out. To the extent regional coordination makes sense and it is politica...

Michael J. Fox’s Foundation Supports Rescheduling Cannabis

Actor Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), is supporting the rescheduling of cannabis to lift the barriers for medical professionals to research the health benefits of cannabis. “The MJFF supports increased access to cannabis for medical research,” says the MJFF website. “Congress has begun to recognize this need, and there are several bills in the U.S. House and Senate designed to remove barriers that impede safe and legal access to cannabis by medical researchers. The MJFF public policy team is tracking these bills and working to educate members of Congress and their staff on their importance to the Parkinson’s community.” The MJFF believes that more research into marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) could lead to trea...

Legalizing Marijuana Has “Minimal to No Effect” on Crime Ratet

According to new data from the journal Justice Quarterly, the legalization of adult-use marijuana possession and sales is not linked with any significant or long-term increase in criminal activity. Researchers affiliated with Washington State University assessed monthly average crime rates in Colorado and Washington in the wake of cannabis legalization compared to other states, NORML noted. In particular, they examined data for violent crimes, property crimes, auto thefts, and robberies. “[M]arijuana legalization and sales have had minimal to no effect on major crimes in Colorado or Washington,” the study noted. “We observed no statistically significant long-term effects of recreational cannabis laws or the initiation of retail sales on violent or property crime rates in these states. … Th...

Las Vegas’ First Marijuana Tasting/Testing Room Opens

The Las Vegas dispensary Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace has opened a marijuana tasting room. The dispensary is located on Paiute Tribal land, a few miles north of The Strip. The dispensary also offers a 24-hour marijuana drive-thru service. Nevada doesn’t permit marijuana tasting rooms yet and the City of Las Vegas doesn’t allow them, Fox 5 Vegas reported. However, since Nuwu is on tribal land, it’s considered a sovereign land. The concept is “try before you buy.” Consumers can visit the dispensary and try different marijuana strains. When the find a strain they like, they can purchase it. The primary idea behind the tasting room is to allow tourists somewhere to use marijuana safely. Dispensary regular, Melissa Applewhite said, “Oh, my god, do you know how super stoked I am for this moment? I ...

U.S. Authorities Narrow Search to One (Illegal) Vape Brand

By Michael R. Blood, Associated Press (AP) — It’s a widely known vaping cartridge in the marijuana economy, but it’s not a licensed brand. And it’s got the kind of market buzz no legitimate company would want. The vaping cartridges that go by the catchy, one-syllable name “Dank” — a slang word for highly potent cannabis — are figuring prominently in the federal investigation to determine what has caused a rash of mysterious and sometimes fatal lung illnesses apparently linked to vaping. Most of the cases have involved products that contain the marijuana compound THC, obtained from illegal sources. The suspect Dank vapes are a familiar product in the underground marijuana economy — it’s not a legal, tested brand. It’s merely a name on a box or a cartridge, packaging that’s easily obtained o...