Here’s the top cannabis industry stories for the first week of May 2018.
Police Raid Dispensary Over Cannabis-Infused Candy
Despite California legalizing recreational cannabis, Fresno, CA bans them. Still, there are over 100 dispensaries and delivery services operating in the city. Police don’t have resources to monitor them all, but they targeted one in a raid specifically because of its infused candy packaging. Marketing drugs to children is a quick road to law enforcement profiling in any state.
Wealthier People Are Replacing Wine With Cannabis
As recreational cannabis picks up steam across the country, high-income individuals are increasingly choosing weed over wine. In fact, 67 percent of people with an average income over $50,000 stated they’d choose weed over wine if it were legal. THC is consistently rated healthier than alcohol, and this buzz is starting to proliferate public perception.
Sessions Changes Opinion on Medicinal Cannabis
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now stating cannabis may have medical benefits that should be studied. As the government arms up for a war on opioids, cannabis appears to be gaining popularity in D.C. When questioned by members of Congress, he agreed evolving ideas are needed on the issue.
Anti-medical marijuana group aims to thwart Utah initiative
Utah is a tough market for anyone in the vice industry. The traditionally conservative state is slow to adopt anything against the Mormon religion. Now there’s an anti-cannabis group working hard to stop any medical cannabis initiatives in the state. A ballot initiative is working toward the November 2018 ballot.
Trademarks in Cannabis: Where Did All the ‘Star Wars’ Strains Go?
Skywalker Kush is no more, and it’s not alone. Popular strains of recent years used trademarks like Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue and found themselves in legal trouble with the trademark holders. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office enforces an exception to the laws in which the usage of a trademark tarnishes the brand. With cannabis being illegal (and age-restricted in allowed states), it qualifies for legal action.
Why it can be okay to call it ‘marijuana’ instead of ‘cannabis’
The term marijuana has racist undertones from the days in which the government demonized the cannabis plant by associating it with Mexican migrant workers. The word itself isn’t racist, however, and it was used by rebellious hemp growers when Europeans first colonized present-day Mexico. The term isn’t offensive in and of itself and enjoys more positive connections now, so should we keep it?