Cannabis News Round-Up

What has changed in states that have legalized marijuana—and what hasn’t.

Oregon has a marijuana surplus and officials aren’t happy. What can California expect after five years of legal marijuana? Five years after legalization, Colorado struggles to test marijuana impairment for drivers.

Fifteen Maine cities and towns opt into legal pot; more expected.New Yorkers seek legal weed in Massachusetts after lawmakers fail to legalize. Plenty of blame to be passed around after New York failure to legalize. New York City marijuana dealers see bowl half full after Albany fails to legalize cannabis. What’s next for marijuana in New Jersey?

Illinois marijuana legalization impacts company policies. As Illinois determines whether to limit potency of legalized pot, drug gets increased scrutiny after link to psychosis. Cannabis will be legal January 1st; how will Illinois employers handle the change? Morton, Illinois makes a choice regarding marijuana sales.Illinois law legalizing marijuana could threaten Iowa fledgling medical cannabis industry.

Legalizing pot will create “carnage” on Pennsylvania roads, judge opines. Pennsylvania marijuana report expected by month’s end. Indiana and marijuana prohibition. What to know about Michigan new recreational marijuana rules.

Arizona marijuana business expanding ahead of planned drug legalization effort in 2020. Group pushes to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona.

US lawmakers look to legalize pot in “historic” marijuana reform hearing. The debate over how, not whether, Congress should legalize marijuana is heating up. Marijuana Justice Coalition asserts statement of principles on federal marijuana reform. Congressional Democrats tout pot legalization in election campaign petition. Why members of the right should embrace marijuana legalization. Examining Joe Biden on marijuana legalization. Fox News still anti-pot.

Monetizing the munchies: How legal marijuana use is affecting the US snacking industry. The global legal pot market size is expected to reach $66 billion in 2025. Weed tourism is on the rise. Pot growers finally finding some banks open to holding their cash. New study shows legalizing pot might discourage teen use.

Illicit Tobacco and Nicotine Markets

Big Tobacco is consistently overstating black market in cigarettes–while still facilitating tobacco smuggling. Bloomberg to fund new $20 million global industry watchdog based in Bath.

Commissioner Andriukaitis on the adoption of an EU-wide track and trace system. Big Tobacco fumes over new EU salvo in cigarette smuggling war. Andriukaitis lashes out at tobacco industry, says it uses ‘tricks’ to bypass legislation. Angry tobacco industry asks Andriukaitis for ‘transparent dialogue.’ International Tax Stamp Association v. European Commission: the little court case that could? UK Association of Convenience Stores: Impact of Track and Trace on Retailers.

Why the EU’s track and trace system fails to live up to World Health Organization requirements. Track and trace leaves the fox guarding the henhouse; ‘may let tobacco industry in by back door.’ Track and Trace: Best Practices & Country Experiences.

India studies Kenya digital stamps to curb tobacco tax evasion. Can Macron get France to finally quit smoking? Can Europe rein in Big Tobacco? Will the Canada big premiers’ meeting stamp down on illegal smokes? Large fake Kent cigarette factory discovered in Iraq, seized by authorities. UK HMRC and police seize illegal cigarettes and alcohol in raids. Bulgaria destroys over 24 tons of illicit tobacco. Illegal cigarettes increasing presence in Brazil and Southern Cone. Australia illegal tobacco targeted under new laws.

Tobacco control is not the principal driver of illicit trade in tobacco. Other factors include the ease and cost of operating in a country, organized crime networks, government policies on illicit trade of tobacco products, and the general acceptance of illicit trade in a country.

Threat to duty-free tobacco as WHO‘s Protocol to Eliminate the Use of Illicit Tobacco Products (ITP) is ratified. Analysis of Article 6 of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Cannabis News Round-Up

Cory Booker said he’s “absolutely disappointed” marijuana legalization wasn’t discussed in first 2020 Democratic debate. Breaking down Congress’s vote to protect legal marijuana states from federal enforcement. Equity must be at the heart of marijuana legalization. Slow down on marijuana, Trump’s surgeon general says.

South Side Chicago neighborhoods hurt by war on drugs will get economic boost. Black entrepreneurs in Illinois worry new weed law will leave them behind, too. Illinois cannabis bill is first to incorporate “reparations.” Despite legalization, public marijuana use remains prohibited in Illinois. Car insurance premiums could rise as a result of Illinois legal marijuana. Recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois. Some North Shore officials are apprehensive. How four “marijuana moms” led fellow lawmakers to legalization in Illinois. Where marijuana can and can’t be used once Illinois law goes into effect. A turning point for Illinois cannabis banking.

What do Iowans need to know about Illinois legalizing marijuana.
Iowa police prepares for effects of legal marijuana across the border.
Indiana governor keeping watchful eye on Illinois legalization.Want to grow or sell legal weed in Michigan? Wait till your 21st birthday.
Michigan towns and cities have three months left to ban recreational marijuana.

Using Oregon data to inform states considering legalization. Oregon has too much cannabis; two laws may help the state manage its surplus. Marijuana is legal in Oregon, but the illegal market still exists. Colorado reefer madness or pot paradise? The surprising legacy of the place where legal weed began.

Want to hold a concert and sell legal marijuana in Massachusetts? Don’t start planning yet.

Why Arizona will probably legalize recreational marijuana in 2020. Maryland task force begins work on potential pot legalization.

What’s next in New York and New Jersey? Marijuana business experts weigh in. New Jersey state’s attorneys react to Illinois marijuana law changes. New York advocates vow to fight to legalize marijuana in 2020.

Most states legalizing marijuana have yet to grapple with energy demand. Business owners describe the many and frustrating hurdles the feds throw at them. Rockefeller University doctor says reports claiming marijuana can curb opioid abuse are “not credible.” Sheriffs: Legal marijuana causing more crime, accidents.

Cannabis News Round-Up

Is France about to legalize cannabis? French economists make the case for legal marijuana. Public cannabis consumption now allowed in Colombia: Is full legalization next? China says US legalization of marijuana is a “threat to China”.

Congress votes to block feds from enforcing marijuana laws in legal states.

Final push to legalize pot fails in New York. Progressive groups respond to Cuomo‘s defection from legal pot promises.

Governor Janet Mills expected to sign pot rules into law, put Maine on track for retail sales next year. Maine is legalizing marijuana, but where will you be able to buy it? Many expected Rhode Island to legalize recreational marijuana this year: what happened?

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker expected to sign marijuana legalization bill next week. After Illinois, these states could legalize recreational marijuana next. Illinois law enforcement has no way to roadside test for stoned driving as legalization looms. Employer insights: Recreational marijuana in Illinois. Illinoistruckers held to high standard as state prepares for marijuana legalization.

Testing of sewage confirms rise in Washington marijuana use: “the proof is in the pee.” Want cannabis cafes? Washington lawmakers say fat chance. Colorado made $1 billion in marijuana tax revenue: What could this mean for federal legalization?

Is California cannabis boom killing wild salmon? New California PSA targets black market marijuana. West Hollywood original marijuana dispensaries fear city will leave them behind. California to give struggling cannabis businesses more time on provisional permits. Eager for edibles? Here’s what you need to know about the new California regulations. California marijuana laws get weird when you’re in jail.

Michigan struggles with legal pot. Michigan picks up pace of reviewing and awarding marijuana business licenses.

Ohio Governor Mike deWine not a fan of Cincinnati‘s marijuana decriminalization. No Ohio marijuana legalization measure on the 2019 ballot. South Dakota officials debate merits of legalized marijuana. Indiana has its work cut out for it trying to stop interstate marijuana trafficking.

Another crappy cannabis day in New Jersey. Look for the union label, when you puff on that New Jersey legal weed.
Strong majority of Florida voters support legal marijuana.

The untold story of marijuana legalization: How billionaire George Soros and a few of his friends gave us bongs full of legal weed. Marijuana should be legal, but there are still good reasons to curtail pot advertising. Marijuana industry wants to prove it’s socially responsible. Lessons learned from state marijuana legalization. States that legalize marijuana should set a minimum age of 25. Legal weed is a danger to dogs. Here’s how to know if your pup got into pot. Potent pot, vulnerable teens trigger concerns in first states to legalize marijuana. Cannabis power list: the 100 most influential voices in the pot debate. Veterans who work in the legal cannabis industry are being denied benefits.

Illicit Tobacco and Nicotine Markets

In case you missed it, tobacco ads have been back on TV for almost five years now. One-fifth of teenagers are habitual vapers.

FDA proposes stricter 10-month deadline for e-cigarettes. San Francisco’s e-cigarette ban aims to goose the FDA. Debate on e-cigarettes lights up 10 years after FDA tobacco law. Juul’s new marketing is straight out of Big Tobacco’s playbook. Ex-FDA chief Scott Gottlieb: “Juul is going to be in a hard spot to ever get their product approved.” Philip Morris has a Nespresso problem.

Luxembourg customs officials confiscate 462,000 smuggled cigarettes at airport, coming from Hong Kong. Law enforcers in “transit country” of Ukraine find smuggled cigarettes worth over $2 million.

Huge haul of cash and illicit cigarettes seized by UK Customs in Bristol. British tobacco smuggler found with almost 30,000 illegal cigarettes from Qatar. UK man’s bold smuggling attempt from Qatar foiled at Manchester airport. Weapons and illegal cigarettes found during a North Ireland bust.

Europol releases 2019 Intellectual Property Crime Threat Assessment.

Carreras Ltd plans fierce pushback at more cigarette taxes in Jaimaca.

Guyana puts big dent in cigarette smuggling. On the trail of cigarette smuggling in Mali.

3.5 million illicit cigarettes seized in Malaysia.




Medical Journal: 10/28/18

Had a moderately rough time in Prague, but suddenly today I’m feeling better: not normal, but better. As of this morning, I seem to be able to croak rather than whisper reliably, which makes a huge difference. And I just spent an hour on my feet in the Rijksmuseum without undue strain. Was going to cut my trip short by two days; now I’m shooting for one.

Illicit Tobacco and Nicotine Markets

FDA seeks ban on menthol cigarettes. FDA’s proposed flavored tobacco policy draws mixed reaction. Is it racist to ban menthol cigarettes—or not to? FDA tobacco crackdown draws fire from the right. Black advocacy groups cheer FDA’s push to ban menthol cigarettes.

Can a menthol ban survive lawsuits? Why an FDA ban on menthol is likely to survive a tobacco industry lawsuit. British American Tobacco sets out defense of menthols.

Flavored vapes draw FDA ire, with some exceptions: Mint, menthol, and tobacco flavors will stay on shelves. E-cig users are already searching for ways around coming sales restrictions.

Reps. Pallone and Shalala introduce comprehensive legislation to address youth tobacco use.
Prohibits all characterizing flavors of tobacco products, including menthol, and provides FDA with authority to collect user fees from all classes of tobacco, including e-cigarettes.

Ban on menthol tobacco products predicts cigarette cessation at one year.
The study found higher rates of quitting among menthol smokers compared with non-menthol smokers.

Evaluating a real world ban on menthol cigarettes: an interrupted time series analysis of sales.
Implementation of a menthol ban was associated with significant reduction of menthol cigarette sales and total cigarettes sales.

Statement from FDA Commissioner on advancing new policies aimed at preventing youth access to flavored tobacco products.
“Recent evidence indicates that mint- and menthol-flavored products are preferred more by adults than minors. We’re also aware that some adults may be using mint- and menthol-flavored products with the goal of ceasing combusted tobacco use, seeking health benefits at the individual level, and may be at risk of migrating back to cigarettes.”

Effect of menthol bans on tobacco purchases in the RTI iShoppe virtual convenience store.

NYC Council ignoring “unintended consequences” in discussing menthol ban.

Consumption of legal and illegal cigarettes in the Gambia. Policy makers’ views on the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the Gambia.

Strategies and barriers to achieving Finland tobacco endgame. Trends in UK use of roll-your-own cigarettes, 2008–2017.

Economics of tobacco control, part three: evidence from the ITC Project.


Cannabis News Round-Up

Former anti-pot politicians are lining up to profit off the end of their war on drugs. Marijuana industry wants Los Angeles to crack down on illegal pot shops. Democrats urge tougher penalties for black-market sales in New York marijuana legalization bill. The $160 billion cannabis industry, much of it still illegal, makes for a “beautiful opportunity”. Behind Oregon’s blockbuster marijuana deal: a Russian billionaire, cannabis consolidation. Marijuana industry could surpass NFL in revenue by 2020. Could Big Cannabis overrun California?

New study: Making medical marijuana legal does not prevent fatal opioid overdoses.

Nevada becomes first state to ban pre-employment marijuana drug testing. Nevada to try limited banking for cash-heavy pot industry. Nevada US Attorney says marijuana prosecutions possible. Oregon hopes to be an interstate marijuana supplier. Portland, Oregon invests cannabis tax dollars into black-owned businesses. California prisoners can legally possess marijuana, appeals court rules.

Colorado touts reaching $1 billion in cannabis taxes but the industry is stagnating. Colorado still exporting black-market cannabis because it makes tons of money in other states. Colorado hard seltzers want to take over legal weed, too. Can Colorado micro-business licenses diversify the marijuana industry?

Why Illinois legalization law is different from all others. The economic impact of recreational marijuana in Illinois. What’s legal weed gonna cost in Illinois? A lot. Legal weed could send millions of dollars to Illinois violence prevention groups. Illinoisresidents see benefits in legalization, but concerns persist. Legal pot in Illinois means concerns in Iowa. Want to work in the Illinois legal pot industry? Here’s who’s hiring right now.

New York Farm Bureau backs marijuana legalization. Majority in New York back use of recreational marijuana. So many reasons to legalize cannabis in New York. Will New York legal marijuana go up in smoke before June adjournment? Chairman to New York Senate Democrats: Don’t vote on marijuana this year.

Washington DC is one step closer to recreational marijuana dispensaries. Will Delaware legalize marijuana this year? New Jersey medical marijuana expansion stalls, expungement reform advances amid legal weed protest.

Maine can have say about new recreational marijuana rules. Maine marijuana rules up for important committee vote. Rhode Island marijuana legalization probably dead this year.

In Michigan‘s Upper Penninsula, weed is a lonely pursuit for its one and only dispensary.

Democratic presidential candidates mostly agree on marijuana legalization. The exception? Joe Biden.

Canada blew its chance to be the world’s pot leader. Veteran cannabis company Harborside joins wave of US firms listing on Canadian exchange.

Why legal weed in United Kingdom may be a pipe dream.

Illicit Tobacco and Nicotine Markets

Colombia loses iconic cigarette as Philip Morris International packs up and goes.
PMI blamed the closing of its factories and the end of Pielroja on another iconic element of Colombian culture: contraband.

New report exposes continued impact of illicit tobacco trade in the European Union. The trade in black market cigarettes cost member states a total of €10 billion ($11.23 billion) in lost tax revenues in 2018.

Illicit cigarette factory discovered in Belgium.
The packaging indicated that the products were destined for Greek, Turkish and British markets. The number of cigarettes found was equivalent to over a million packs and the worth of the scheme was estimated at €6 million.

Manitoba man caught with thousands of contraband cigarettes.
In relation to the seized tobacco, Manitoba stood to lose $37,130.72 in tax revenue if these products had been sold. If convicted, the accused is subject to a triple tax penalty of $111,392.16.


Cannabis News Round-Up

How Illinois became the first state legislature to legalize marijuana sales. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker vows to sign recreational pot bill heading to his desk. Illinois poised to enact historic marijuana bill that could clear convictions for 770,000. Legalizing marijuana is a victory for freedom in Illinois. Illinois legalization: How did your legislators vote? Will legalizing marijuana and sports betting solve Illinois budget problems? What you need to know about legalization in Illinois. Illinois is close to legalizing recreational marijuana: here’s what that means for Indiana. Marijuana legalization leader: Illinois just made New York and New Jersey look like dorks.

New York pot legalization bill sponsor questions Cuomo’s commitment to effort. Cuomo on New York marijuana legalization: “I don’t think it’s feasible at this point.” New top New York GOP leader is open to legalizing marijuana. New York legalization a few votes short in Senate, hung up on New York City suburbs. With New York marijuana legalization pending, enforcement gets murky. With marijuana legalization in doubt, will New York take baby steps? New York pot legalization opponents exaggerate dangers. Cannabis oil prompts debate about New York marijuana legalization. Symposium to tackle New York marijuana legalization’s impact on public health.

Impact of Illinois legalization on Wisconsin. Wisconsin should take cue from Illinois and legalize marijuana. Wisconsin will soon become an island surrounded by legal weed. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer promised to expunge marijuana-related criminal records in Michigan: those convicted are still waiting. Michigan is blowing its lead as the first state in the Midwest to legalize pot. Recreational marijuana movement takes root in Midwest but efforts elsewhere have stalled. Coalition406 is taking a thoughtful approach to Montana legalization.

Oregon, awash in marijuana, takes steps to curb production. Last year’s harvest alone may give Oregon a surplus of more than 1 billion joints. How legal weed is killing Humboldt County, California marijuana farmers.
Medicine Man agrees to buy country’s largest outdoor marijuana farm in Colorado. Marijuana has been legal in Colorado for five years. Business is booming, but there’s a dark side. Gov. Hickenlooper touts Colorado marijuana legalization measure he opposed to raise money on Instagram.

Massachusetts governor leads governors in asking Congress to leave marijuana laws up to states. Maine tries again to enact marijuana rules before 3-year anniversary of legalization vote. As Connecticut General Assembly passes on pot, a new poll shows majority of residents support legal marijuana, expunging criminal records. Delaware marijuana legalization bill clears first legislative hurdle.

Marijuana advocates hit unexpected roadblocks. Bipartisan governors team up to demand federal marijuana reform. Congressional funding bill protects cannabis banking and lets DC legalize marijuana sales. Kirsten Gillibrand unveils wide-ranging marijuana plan.

Career pot-demonizer John Boehner stands to make millions off marijuana. Elizabeth Warren says she has always supported making recreational marijuana legal, but is that true? The No. 1 reason adults are interested in legalized cannabis (it’s not to get high). Americans spend roughly the same amount on legal weed and Taco Bell. Joint effort? Breweries add cannabis to their beer to fight rise in popularity of legal marijuana.