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From ‘Veronica Mars’ to toxic vapes: The rise and fall of Honey Cut

11/8/19--By creating a new category of “thickening” vape cartridge additives, Honey Cut became a nationwide phenomenon. Its formula—and copycat products just like it—suddenly turned up last year in illicit THC vape cartridges nationwide. The company itself appeared to be a kind of corporate ghost ship. Its name was attached only to a website and a P.O. box. Nobody knew who founded Honey Cut, who ran it, or who profited from it... until now. Read

There will be lawsuits: Legal fallout from vape cart crisis is coming

9/18/19--The reports of injuries and deaths, a mysterious lung disease, contaminated products, and heightened public health concerns due to vaping have generated international headlines, and captured the attention of state and federal lawmakers. Legal experts expect that lawsuits will soon follow as a result vape-related injuries—and soon. Read

Vape cart additive makers pull products as others go dark

9/6/19--After a rash of suspected vape pen-related lung disease cases nationwide, the chemical makers responsible for selling new cannabis additives appear to be reacting. On Monday morning, officials at the federal Centers for Disease Control reported that as many as five deaths and 450 cases of suspected acute respiratory distress syndrome have been associated with vaping THC products. Illicit market vape carts tainted with unapproved additives are a leading suspect in the outbreak. Read

Why hacktivists say you should invest in Zig-Zags

7/10/19--Anonymous Analytics, the financially-minded faction of the hacktivist group Anonymous, is encouraging investors to buy shares in Turning Point Brands (TPB), the company behind Zig-Zag rolling papers. The group describes the company as “highly profitable, but woefully under-covered and under-valued,” making it a promising investment. Read

Cannabis lounges looking more likely in Las Vegas

9/13/17--Nevada is moving forward on consumption lounges, festivals, concerts, and one-off events after a new legal opinion, in the form of a letter from its legislative council bureau to State Sen. Tick Segerblom, states that such businesses would not violate state law. While cannabis industry representatives in Nevada celebrated news of the legislative council’s opinion, they described feelings of “cautious optimism” toward local licensing processes, which could take months to complete before the first Las Vegas marijuana lounge opens its doors. Read

Arizona Supreme Court to hear lawsuit over medical marijuana on campus

8/9/17--Arizona Supreme Court will hear a challenge to law outlawing the possession of medical marijuana on college campuses. Plaintiff Andre Maestas, a medical marijuana patient, filed a lawsuit after being arrested on the Arizona State University campus for possessing doctor-recommended cannabis. His lawyer argues that the state had no legal authority to criminalize on-campus possession and is asking the court to throw out Maestas’ conviction. Read

Wine and cannabis? Oregon vineyards give marijuana farming a try

5/25/17--In Oregon, a handful of winemakers are experimenting with cannabis in hopes of increasing their appeal among young consumers and in niche markets. Some vineyards are trading in grapes for marijuana plants or leasing land to private growers. Others are talking about wine-and-weed tourism. Yet, marijuana is still federally illegal, and wineries must keep their wine and weed businesses separate or risk losing a federal permit that allows them to bottle and sell wine. Read

5 reasons why Jeff Sessions’ drug war reboot will fail

5/12/17--In US Attorney General Jeff Sessions' sentencing memo for cannabis enforcement, he orders US attorneys and their subordinates to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” in nearly all cases, “including mandatory minimum sentences.” Sessions sees a nation keening with 52,000 overdose deaths every year, and he believes there is too much complacency about drugs. His answer? Bring back the days of D.A.R.E., “Just Say No,” and hard prison time for two joints. Sessions firmly believes a franchise reboot will fail, and outlines 5 reasons why. Read

5 things Trump’s AG pick has said about cannabis

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-7-30-00-am11/18/16--Trump’s nomination of US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for US attorney general bode well for cannabis programs in legal states. Despite Trump’s reassurances he would respect state laws, past statements by Sessions make clear that the Alabama Republican is no friend of cannabis. Leafly highlights some of his many statements from his years in public office. Read