Weekly Community “High”Lights: August 8

Some states still deal with strong opposition as we start the new month. California continues an uncertain path as black market shops, legal shops and those in between try to navigate compliance. This isn’t news as surveys show 1 out every 5 local consumers are buying from the black market and nearly 96% that have purchased legally admitted to not being repeat customers. Now, as President Trump’s impending trade war looms, some wonder if it will affect the cannabis market in the country. If it weren’t enough underlying issues against, social media platforms are also blocking and deleting cannabis creator’s content. The issue has been long-debated towards different outlets, mostly politics, but it has now bleed into cammabis as time bas gone on. Take a look back last week’s news.

 

80-year Old Former Medical Patient Jailed

Despite the upward motion cannabis medical research has made, many still see it as simply “an illegal substance.” In a recent news story covered by Fox17, an 80-year-old woman was jailed overnight because of that sentiment. Delores Saltzman was arrested on possession charges over a small amount -less than an eighth- of cannabis that her home in Michigan.Clare County Sheriff’s Deputy Ashley Gruno came to Saltzman home on June 13 around 9 p.m., according to reports, trying to locate Delores’ granddaughter to return a lost ID and phone. As Gruno engaged Saltzman, she caught a whim of cannabis. Saltzman was upfront and admitted to using cannabis to aid in post-surgery issues from an ongoing health problem. Gruno recorded the evidence of illegal consumption before placing Saltzman in the back of a patrol car. Gruno did not read Saltzman her rights before she was escorted to jail for the night.

 

Saltzman is only recently a former medical patient with her expiring in the early part of the year. Considering this, many including Saltzman’s son, feel the actions of the deputy were unnecessary. On August 2, the case against Saltzman had been dismissed but, prosecutors and law enforcement and torn on whether Delores should have been arrested to begin with. Clare County Sheriff John Wilson wrote this statement to FOX 17, but did not comment on whether his deputy should have arrested Saltzman:

 

“What the person was doing was illegal, had she renewed her medical marijuana card she would have been fine.  I agree with the action the prosecutors office and allowing the subject to renew her card, thus dismissing the case. The person was illegally in possession of marijuana.”

 

Oklahoma Legislation Campaign Admits to Lying

Oklahoma has tiptoed along with legislation since it was voted on some months ago. As the new month starts, however, some dishonest about a new bill has come out. Ganjapreneur reports that a local advocacy group, Green The Vote, lied about the number of signatures they had originally collected to put cannabis legalization on the ballot. Green The Vote had claimed to have to exceed its required total of 132,000 signatures. In a recent series of events, it has been revealed that the group had actually only received 78,000 for an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis use.

The truth of the matter was released in a now deleted Facebook video  on Tuesday. A vote bard member, Dody Sullivan, admitted to leaving the group as maintaining the lie was too much for her conscious.

Her statements were confirmed later on Tuesday when president of the group, Isaac Caviness, released his on video explaining more of the situation.

 

“We did not mean this in any kind of a malicious way, and … I should not have told you all these were hard numbers, I should have told you all that these were estimates. … I never meant to mislead you in a way in which this wouldn’t get done.”

— Isaac Caviness

 

Caviness confirmed that no one outside of the two had known about the lie in numbers and the decision was solely theirs. It was intended to boost morale to keep petitioners motivated. All of this follows Governor Fallin’s decision to revert some of the last-minute changes made to the legislation. After much backlash, theses changes have been made to the program:

  • Permit sales of smokable marijuana.
  • Remove the requirement for each dispensary to have a licensed pharmacist.
  • Lift restrictions on THC levels.

 

Alcohol Companies Join Cannabis To Maximize Sales

Despite hiccups, cannabis acceptance and usage continues to grow. Oregon has completely normalized the plant while Nevada reaches half-billion dollars in sales over the last year. More companies are even investing but, our newest development would be with what seem see as a rival: alcohol companies. Molson Coors Brewing Co announced a joint venture with The Hydropothecary Corp. to develop a non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverage. The brewing company approached the Canadian cannabis producer after another quarter of low sales as well as Coronia brewer, Constellation Brands, invested in Canadian cannabis powerhouse, canopy Growth, to produce cannabis-infused sparkling water in the U.S.

The decline in alcohol sales in states with legal-cannabis is a slight cause-and-effect situation but the decline in light lagers has grown worldwide, as well. Volume in the U.S. and Canada dropped 2.4% the second quarter and revenue decreased 3.1%

Molson will retain 57.5% in a standalone startup company while Hydropothecary will have the remaining ownership

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