Title: Chalice Becomes First Music Festival To Allow On-Site Recreational Cannabis Purchases
Author: Live For Live Music.com
Date: 9 April 2018
Since 2014, the Chalice Festival has celebrated music and marijuana in Southern California. In 2018, the gathering will become the first such festival to allow recreational marijuana to be purchased on site from legal vendors.
Slated to take place at the San Bernadino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, CA, from July 13th to 15th, Chalice Festival will feature performances by Bassnectar, Ludacris, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Sizzla Kalonji, Curren$y, Cut Chemist, Pharcyde, and Thriftworks. While past events have catered to medical marijuana users and paraphernalia aficionados, this year’s event will allow on-site marijuana consumption and purchases for adults aged 21 and older.
“On-site product vendors will be on hand to take advantage of the post-prohibition reality that legally mashes up recreational cannabis products with the large-scale music festival concept,” representatives from the festival reportedly said in a press release.
Title: With $2 Million Ad Push, Cannabis Retailer MedMen Hopes to Finally Ditch the ‘Stoner’ Cliche . Will also launch quarterly print magazine called Ember
Date: 6 April 2018
Just in time for 4/20, the largest marijuana retailer in Southern California is launching its most significant marketing push to date with a campaign aimed at busting 1970s-era, Cheech-and-Chong stereotypes of cannabis users.
MedMen, with 18 locations in three states and a reputation as “the Apple Store of cannabis,” is using the spring date (and unofficial ganja holiday) to debut “Forget Stoner,” a continuation in theme of its January campaign that showcased a breadth of modern marijuana customers. It’s not just Snoop and Kumar, the marketer says again, but your neighbor, your boss and maybe even your grandma.
Title: States move to ban fake urine, a new challenge for drug testing in age of opioid epidemic, legal marijuana
Author: The Cannabist
Date: 9 April 2018
States are enacting laws to ban the sale of fake urine, which retails for about $17 to $40 in head shops, truck stops and on the Internet, and is easy to purchase. The substance – made from chemicals and, some claim, uric acid – goes by names including “Monkey Whizz” and “UPass.”
Title: Marijuana-induced psychosis behind Toronto lawyer’s bat attack, judge rules
Author: Globe & Mail.
Date: 10 April 2018
The man who committed the attack, Mark Phillips, is a Toronto lawyer with an otherwise clean record, and the great-grandson of Nathan Phillips, a former mayor after whom the civic square in front of Toronto City Hall is named. The 37-year-old pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault causing harm in the Dec. 7 incident in St. Thomas, in southwestern Ontario, in which he cracked a man’s rib with a baseball bat.
Sergio Estepa was with his wife, Mari, teenage son and a family friend, speaking Spanish in the parking lot of a St. Thomas mall when a stranger, Mr. Phillips, approached and told them to stop speaking French, according to evidence in court.
He then came at them with a baseball bat, repeatedly screaming “ISIS,” saying he was arresting the family, and calling for help. The family also called for help.
Title: Cynthia Nixon Steps Up Push For Legal Marijuana In New York
Author: Marijuana Moment.net
Date: 11 April 2018
New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is making marijuana legalization a centerpiece of her campaign.
“It’s time for New York to follow the lead of 8 other states & DC and legalize the recreational use of marijuana,” she tweeted on Wednesday. “For me, what it comes down to is this: we have to stop putting people of color in prison for something that white people do with impunity.”
Title: Japan sees record number of marijuana cases in 2017 as youth involvement rises
Author: Japan Times
Date: 10 April 2018
Police nationwide took action against a record 3,008 people in cases involving marijuana in 2017, up 472 from the previous year, National Police Agency data showed Thursday, possibly because more people are using marijuana amid toughened measures on kiken (dangerous) drugs.
The data showed a notable increase in marijuana cases involving people aged below 20, raising concern that use of the drug is becoming more widespread among juveniles.
The number of individuals that came to police attention per 100,000 doubled to 3.0 in 2017 from 2013, while the number of those aged between 14 and 19 saw more than a five-fold increase from 0.8 to 4.1. The number of people in their 20s increased from 4.8 to 9.4.
The figure for people in their 40s and 50s came in at well below the overall rate of 3.0, standing at 1.8 and 0.3, respectively.
In a separate survey conducted last year covering some 500 people investigated for involvement in marijuana related-cases, only around 30 percent of respondents said they thought marijuana use was dangerous, compared to some 70 percent for stimulant drugs.
Also see this story from Merry Jane about the rise of cannabis culture in Hong Kong…
Title: Florida Court Decision In Favor Of Patient Who Wants To Grow His Own Medical Marijuana
Author: JD Supra Press Release
Date: 12 April 2018
Florida’s medical marijuana regulations do not presently permit medical marijuana patients to grow their own medical marijuana. Florida’s Department of Health’s website states the following:
“Florida law only allows the licensed dispensing organizations to grow, process and dispense marijuana. The department will refer any business or individual suspected of violating state law to local law enforcement for investigation. It is important to remember marijuana is illegal under federal law.
Joe Redner, of Tampa Florida, challenged this Florida regulation and argued in his lawsuit that he was entitled to grow his own medical marijuana because he needs the raw plant for the treatment his state-certified doctor has prescribed to him for his stage 4 lung cancer. Medical cannabis dispensaries across the state do not provide raw plant product.
Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Givers recently ruled in Mr. Redner’s favor and found that the
“Florida’s Constitution provides Mr. Redner’s right to grow his own medical marijuana so he can follow his physician’s recommendation. Until and unless the [Florida Department of Health] stops violating its Constitutional duty and adopts the mandated presumptive regulation, the evidence clearly demonstrates that Mr. Redner is entitled to follow the recommendations of his certified physician.
Title: Nigerian Customs seizes N74 million worth of Indian hemp
Author: Premium Times
Date: 11 April 2018
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, in Lagos Wednesday said it had seized 98 bags and 570 parcels of Indian hemp with duty paid value of N74.4 million.
The agency said the drugs were coming from Togo and Ghana and a suspect had been arrested in connection to the seizure.
“The driver of the truck carrying the drugs was arrested and he has been granted administrative bail,” said Uba Mohammed, the Unit Controller.
The agency added that the drugs had been handed over to the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further action.
“These are substances that are not good for all of us, anybody that takes such is reported to be aggressive. On behalf of the Customs Service, I now hand over these substancse for confiscation and prosecution of offenders,” Mr. Uba said.