Illinois is next (and then some)
This week, Illinois signed legislation making it the 11thon the list of U.S. states to legalize cannabis. They're also taking it one step further: reparations. Low-income communities of color will be first in line for direct investment from the new tax revenues cannabis will generate for Illinois.
Where are all the women?
As the industry continues its upward trajectory, many women are hitting that (in)famous so-called "grass ceiling." This piece looks at the factors behind this, including "deeply rooted social conceptions, the continued migration of male executives from men-dominated industries into cannabis, and the clear trend of funding favoring male-founded businesses."
The museum Hollywood needs
The Weedmaps Museum of Weed is slated to be open from Aug. 3 through Sept. 29, and will take visitors on a chronological walk through history - from the early uses of the cannabis plant to the "Reefer Madness" and "War on Drugs" eras through to the present-day legalization efforts. Smart marketing move by Weedmaps!
Speaking of smart marketing, using billboards, hashtags, and a new online canna-business directory, California is launching a new information campaign, Get #WeedWise, to remind Californians that black market cannabis is "not tested for potency, pesticides, mold, or other contaminants, even if it costs a little less."