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The backers of a medical marijuana initiative on the November ballot in Mississippi have received a cease-and-desist letter from President Trump’s reelection campaign ordering the group to stop using the president’s name in literature backing the measure. The letter was sent to Mississippians for Compassionate Care, the group backing Initiative 65, in response to a campaign mailer sent to Republican voters.

“Join President Trump and 3 out of 4 Mississippi Republicans who support medical marijuana,” read a message on the outside envelope of the campaign mail, according to a report from NBC News.

Inside the envelope, a letter said that “President Trump Supports Medical Marijuana … and allowing states to decide on that issue.”

The mailing drew the attention of Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign’s chief operating officer, who sent a cease-and-desist letter to Missippians for Compassionate Care on October 12. The letter was then released to the press on Tuesday by opponents of Initiative 65.

“This unauthorized use of the President’s name in support of your group’s cause is unfair to Mississippi voters who may be led to vote ‘Yes’ on Initiative 65 on the false belief that President Trump supports the measure,” Glassner wrote. “Therefore, let us be

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A big thing happened over the weekend: A dispensary started selling legal weed in St. Louis County. Medical marijuana patients will no longer have to go to Illinois to get their medicine, they’ll just hop on over to Manchester.

N’Bliss (1266 Old Orchard Center, Manchester; 314-627-2499) became the first dispensary to serve a medical marijuana patient in Missouri. Sales started at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and there was a line out the door. (And not just because of social distancing, either.)

Visitors reported up to a three-hour wait to make their purchases, but that was just the last stretch of what has been a very long wait to buy medical marijuana in Missouri.

– Read the entire article at River Front Times.

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Since 1996, Placentia, California-based rap pioneers Kottonmouth Kings beat the drum of the recreational cannabis movement, chanting “Legalize It!” long before everyone else joined the bandwagon. 

Remembering Saint Dog

Founding member Steven “Saint Dog” Thronson tragically passed away on October 13, and today would have been his 45th birthday. Thronson co-founded Kottonmouth Kings with Dustin “D-Loc” Miller and Timothy “Johnny Richter” McNutt. With EP and album titles like Stoners Reeking Havoc, Royal Highness, and Hidden Stash, Kottonmouth Kings put their career on the line to loudly proclaim their unwavering devotion to cannabis. Saint Dog blessed us with one final album last year, Bozo, with the help of Suburban Noize Records and Donny Polinske, who put the record together. 

“We’re hopeful for all of us, especially the family,” says acclaimed music and film producer, Kevin Zinger, who has known Thronson since 1995. Zinger co-founded Suburban Noize Records in 1997, and the popular SRH clothing and accessory brand, before expanding into film.

“Back then, there weren’t many of us that were saying [legalize cannabis],” explains Zinger. “High Times obviously came way before, but back then it was just Kottonmouth Kings and Cypress Hill [who] were really pushing it. I don’t think that

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Earlier this year, House Bill 2050 was introduced – a measure to allow for the legal sale of adult-use cannabis through a permitting structure for growers, processors, and dispensaries.

There are several great components contained in this bill, including provisions to help our youth, support affordable housing, and provide resources to help minority and women-owned businesses. In addition, it would provide a much-needed influx of revenue to our state at a time when we face significant economic challenges.

Unfortunately, one component of the bill that got lost in the media attention following its introduction is the Cannabis Clean Slate initiative, which would provide for the expungement of cannabis-related offenses for non-violent drug offenders.

– Read the entire article at Penn Live.

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Three years ago, Hans Brand had his “eyes opened” to an issue that would change his family and his company.

Brand is a co-owner of Autumn Brands, a cannabis grower in Santa Barbara County Calif. As Autumn Brands transitioned from a nonprofit MED collective into the state’s newly legal REC market, Hans said he was issued a challenge to stop using pesticides – even those billed as “organic” – on his crop.

The person pointed out that some pesticides had been deemed safe for use on edible crops, like vegetables, but that not much information was available on the effects of burning and inhaling those same chemicals.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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With Día de Muertos 2020 only weeks away, two California cannabis companies are celebrating the holiday with special product releases featuring themed art and marketing. San Diego-based Platinum Vape is offering a special version of their edibles, while Key from Harborside is launching a limited-edition pack of its mini-prerolls to mark the occasion.

Día de Muertos, also known in the United States as Día de los Muertos, is celebrated on both sides of the Mexican border to honor the dead. A hybridization of Pre-Columbian and Catholic traditions, the holiday brings families together to remember and celebrate the lives of their ancestors during All Saints’ Eve (October 31), All Saints’ Day (November 1), and All Souls’ Day (November 2). The departed family members, who are believed to awaken from the dead to celebrate with the living, are honored with marigolds, photographs, and favorite foods. An altar or centerpiece known as an ofrenda is often constructed and brightly decorated to serve as the focal point of the celebration.

To commemorate the Día de Muertos 2020, Platinum Vape has released its new Piña de los Muertos cannabis-infused gummies featuring traditional Mexican

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A new study reveals that there are similarities between nicotine and cannabis vaping use in teens and young adults, and that they are mostly used at the same rate. Many reported using both substances, and those who reported vaping nicotine at a younger age also reported to have used cannabis. 

The results took into consideration age, parental education level, gender, race, and ethnicity as it assessed the rate of vaping use for both cannabis and nicotine. All of these questions were asked in the self-reported surveys the youth participants completed. 

This study, which was published by JAMA Network Open, looked at instances of use from teens and young adults in the United States. It took data from students at high schools across Los Angeles at six-month interviews as they went through their last two years of high schools, then a year or two after finishing high school. 

“Growth mixture modeling (GMM) was used to identify latent trajectories of vape use. Parallel GMM was used to assess co-occurrence of nicotine and cannabis vaping trajectories,” the survey says regarding the method used to identify comparisons that were not readily obvious to those looking for patterns. 

“For each nicotine-use vaping trajectory, the probability

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Cannabis use is becoming more accepted nationwide, with fewer than a dozen states making it fully illegal. One group turning to cannabis more than ever is older adults.

A study published in April found the number of Americans age 65 and older who smoke marijuana or enjoy edibles increased 75% from 2015 to 2018. Now, research out of the University of California – San Diego shows older adults are using cannabis to treat a host of common health conditions.

The study, published earlier this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that of 568 patients surveyed, 15% had used cannabis within the past three years, with half of users reporting using it regularly and mostly for medical purposes.

– Read the entire article at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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On November 4, citizens in five U.S. states could wake up to newly-approved measures to legalize recreational or medical cannabis. It appears November could also be a big month for Argentina, with reports indicating that a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use will be introduced next month in Argentina’s Congress. The bill is being drafted by Socialist Deputy Enrique Estévez (who, for followers of Argentine politics, is not part of President Alberto Fernández’ left-leaning coalition; the Socialist Party caucuses with opposition political groups).

Currently, Argentina is waiting for new regulations on medical cannabis, which was legalized in 2017, as we discussed in Malbec and Medical Cannabis: Have Them Both in Argentina. Estévez’ bill would decriminalize recreational cannabis use and allow home cultivation of up to 480 grams per year. Not coincidentally, sources close to Estévez are drawing parallels between the proposal and neighboring Uruguay’s existing framework. Uruguay’s own cannabis law also establishes a 480-gram annual limit for home growers (to learn more about Uruguay’s cannabis framework, listen to our Global Law and Business Podcast interview with Dr. Rodolfo Perdomo). However, while Uruguay aspires to become a cannabis export and research powerhouse, Estévez’ vision for cannabis in Argentina appears modest, focused

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There’s a growing body of research supporting the use of cannabis for MS symptom relief. Would it work for me?

If you have multiple sclerosis, you already know that MS symptoms can be difficult to treat.

In the absence of effective solutions, a growing number of people are looking to medical cannabis to manage common MS problems like chronic nerve pain, spasticity, and insomnia. Left unmanaged, these symptoms can have a profound impact on quality of life.

Having lived with MS for 19 years, I’m well acquainted with nerve pain, spasticity, and insomnia — and how distressing these symptoms can be.

– Read the entire article at Healthline.

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