Our (sad) cannabis history
From the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, cannabis legislation in America and racism have been inextricably linked. In Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America, a new nonfiction graphic novel, author/illustrator Box Brown sets his sights on a timely topic. We dig history and this digs deep, with cool illustrations.
SF's new cannabis director
Former San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Marisa Rodriguez has been named San Francisco's new director of the Office of Cannabis. As cannabis director, "she'll oversee the permitting process for businesses along each step of the pot trade - from cultivation to distribution to retail sales." If someone had told us just a mere few years ago that SF hired a cannabis director...
Vape recycling or lack of
Vapes aren't going anywhere soon. They're popular, they're clean, and people love them. But are they sustainable? There's not a lot of clarity surrounding recycling them and it's "further complicated by the fact that the regulatory situation varies state by state, and regulations are changing quickly." What's to be done?
Building retail empires, one store at a time
And also very slowly and not being helped by "continued federal prohibition and complicated state and local regulatory schemes present considerable obstacles for setting up one store, much less operating a hundred dispensaries across several states or a geographic region."
Banking bill gets legs
Is it just us? Last week's news about a bill that would allow banks to provide services to cannabis companies in states where it is legal, barely made a blip. The bill would "provide sought-after clarity to banks across the country that want to do business with the growing industry, where companies have struggled to gain access to the financial system."