Snoop Dogg Now Owns The Largest Grow Operation In The World

When it comes to weed, Snoop Dogg is putting his money where his mouth is. Snoop Dogg is now a part-owner of Canopy Growth, the largest grow operation in the world. Now, this mega-Canadian corporation will have exclusive rights to Snoop Dogg’s own cannabis company, Leafs by Snoop. Here’s a closer look at the deal that’s got everyone talking.

Did You Know That Snoop Dogg Has His Own Weed Line?

We did. Snoop Dogg, ie. Calvin Broadaus Jr., has one of the best smoking reps, maybe of all time. So much so that only Willie Nelson could out-smoke him. The rapper has even released a smokable songbook.

Not only does this OG have a strain named after him, he has his own line, too. Back in 2015, Snoop Dogg founded his eponymous Leafs by Snoop in Colorado. You can find Leafs by Snoop in Colorado and, very soon, all across Canada.

In addition to his rap career, Snoop Dogg has also spearheaded a number of high-profile marijuana investments through his venture capital firm, Casa Verde Capital. Through it, Snoop helps businesses tied to the cannabis industry—labs, financial services, tech—raise funds. In March, High Timesreported that Casa Verde has raised over $40 million.

Snoop Was Already Big in Marijuana, But He’s About to Be Bigger

Now, Snoop is turning his eye towards one of the biggest legal weed markets in the world: Canada. A few years ago, Casa Verde partnered with Tweed Inc., an Ontario-based medical marijuana producer. Since then, Canopy Growth, a company that supplies 1/3 of Canada’s medical marijuana needs according to Business Insider, has bought Tweed.

With legalization on the horizon, Canopy Growth is expanding. This mega-corporation penned a deal with fellow weed producer SunSelect Produce. Together, they’re forming B.C. Tweed, a British Columbia-based operation. This separate entity will take hold of one of SunSelect’s preexisting facilities, and build a new one. The second facility, located in Langley, British Columbia, will be an impressive 1.3 million square feet.

All this means that Snoop Dogg will have a share in the largest grow operation in the world. Not only that, but he may have a say in Canopy Growth’s business plan. Ted Chung, Snoop’s manager, is the company’s strategic advisor for content strategy as of 2017.

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San Francisco To Adopt App To Help Clear Old Marijuana Convictions

May 16,2018 | By Matt Ferner for HuffPost

San Francisco’s top prosecutor is working with a tech nonprofit to develop an app that would automate the process for individuals with past marijuana convictions to get those offenses cleared from their record, the San Francisco district attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

District Attorney George Gascón said his office would be teaming up with Code For America, a nonprofit group that develops technology with the government to help solve community problems. The group will provide the office with an online app called Clear My Record, which will allow prosecutors to automatically fill out the required forms and generate a digital file that they can then submit to the court to clear a person’s past pot convictions. Reformers view it as a meaningful step toward further reducing the harms from the failed war on drugs. Criminal convictions can have devastating consequences long after an offense was committed, making it difficult to obtain employment, bank loans and housing.

“When the government uses 20th-century tools to tackle 21st-century problems, it’s the public that pays the price,” Gascón said.

When California enacted Proposition 64, it didn’t just legalize marijuana for recreational purposes but also instituted one of the most progressive criminal justice reforms in the country. The law authorized a new process for individuals in the state to get their previous marijuana-related convictions retroactively reduced, reclassified as lesser offenses or cleared altogether.

And while the relief for past convictions is a component built into California’s new marijuana laws, the process is not automatic. Individuals with past marijuana convictions must know the relief exists, petition the courts themselves to file the appropriate paperwork and may need to retain an attorney to do so. The process can be time-consuming and costly.

When the government uses 20th-century tools to tackle 21st-century problems, it’s the public that pays the price.

In January, Gascón announced that his office would automatically be applying the law to all misdemeanor and felony cases in San Francisco dating back to 1975. In total, his office will be reviewing, recalling and re-sentencing up to around 8,000 cases that were sentenced prior to the ballot measure’s passage. The approach is novel because no action is required from eligible individuals with past marijuana convictions to take advantage of the law. The DA’s office is applying the relief process on its own.

Since Gascón’s announcement, prosecutors from around the state and nation have pledged to reduce or dismiss old marijuana convictions.

On Tuesday the DA said that the felony convictions his office was working on take much more time to process due to an analysis of rap sheets in order to make the proper eligibility determinations for an individual. But with the app from Code For America, Gascón expects the process to become automated for his office and speed up the pathway to relief for individuals with these marks on their records.

The new process will be applied to 4,940 felony marijuana convictions that the office identified dating back to 1975, Gascón said, and will still not require any action from those with the past weed convictions on their records.

San Francisco city and county officials have found that the black community has been over-represented in marijuana-related arrests in the region, even though multiple studies have found that rates of marijuana use and sale are similar across racial lines. In a study from the city’s Human Rights Commission on the effects of marijuana policy in the region, between 1999 and 2000, arrests of African-Americans for marijuana-related offenses jumped from 34 to 41 percent, despite black San Franciscans making up less than 8 percent of the population in 2000. In 2011, after the penalty for marijuana possession was downgraded from a misdemeanor in San Francisco, 50 percent of marijuana-related arrests were of African-Americans, while they represented just 6 percent of the region’s population in 2010.

California has produced vast amounts of marijuana for years. In 1996, it became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. And despite the passage of more permissive laws, there were still thousands of marijuana-related arrests annually. From 2006 to 2015, there were nearly 500,000 people arrested for marijuana offenses, a recent Drug Policy Alliance report found, but the group estimates there may be closer to 1 million people in the state with convictions that could now be eligible for relief. However, across the state, only about 5,000 people have so far applied in the first several months of the year to have their marijuana sentences reviewed for possible relief, according to data compiled by the Judicial Council of California.

Prosecutors in pot-friendly jurisdictions have enormous power to offer relief for people previously convicted of marijuana offenses in their jurisdiction, but many aren’t using it ― either because they don’t want to, they don’t have the resources for the process or because state legislatures haven’t passed laws that allow relief for now-legal acts.

But for those that can and want to provide relief, Code for America said that it plans to expand the pilot app to a handful of other California counties with the goal of clearing 250,000 marijuana convictions by next year.

“I’m hopeful that this partnership will inspire many prosecutors who have cited resource constraints to join this common-sense effort and provide this relief,” said Gascón.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/san-francisco-to-adopt-software-app-to-help-automatically-clear-old-marijuana-convictions/ar-AAxnrkp

Estonian municipality put cannabis leaf on flag

COPENHAGEN — The southern Estonian municipality of Kanepi has a cannabis leaf on its new flag — because that’s what its name means in Estonian.

Andrus Seeme, mayor for Kanepi’s 2,500 souls, says a referendum was held in late 2017 and 80 per cent picked the winning design — a silver cannabis leaf on a green shield — out of seven designs.

Seeme said Wednesday the city council adopted it a day earlier.

Kanepi chose a new flag after three municipalities merged into one following last year’s administrative reform.

Seeme said the leaf has been used as a heraldic symbol by local groups for decades and the new flag has met little opposition in Estonia, where cannabis is illegal.

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First Louisiana marijuana pharmacy license approved for New Orleans drug store in surprise vote

APR 17, 2018

The state’s first license for a medical marijuana pharmacy was awarded Tuesday in the greater New Orleans region to the longstanding owner of H&W Drug Store to dispense the drug at a proposed Gentilly location. 

The marijuana pharmacy would be at 4718 Paris Ave. H&W operates two regular pharmacy locations in New Orleans. 

The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy’s surprise vote gave H&W Drug Store the go-ahead despite the firm finishing fourth in the selection process. The decision came after a lengthy and impassioned presentation by H&W owner and CEO Ruston Henry and his brother and business adviser Troy Henry at Tuesday’s hearing. The vote was unanimous after the board deliberated behind closed doors for more than an hour. 

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Canadian company Aurora becomes the largest cannabis producer in the world after merger

MIROSLAV TOMOSKI MAY 16, 2018
On Monday (May 14), Aurora Cannabis, a licensed medical marijuana grower in Canada, announced the largest merger the cannabis industry has seen so far. Aurora purchased another Canadian grower, MedReleaf, for $2.2 billion USD in stock, according to Bloomberg, making it the largest producer of cannabis in the world.

The company is now set to grow over a million pounds of cannabis annually across nine Canadian facilities as well as two European grow-ops it recently launched in Denmark.

The move is part of a pattern of consolidation in the Canadian cannabis industry as larger companies absorb smaller competitors ahead of nationwide legalization, expected to take effect in September.

In the past year, Aurora has acquired at least eight of its competitors including one of Canada’s oldest producers, CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.

“We’re not done,” Chief Executive Officer Terry Booth told reporters. “Over the next couple weeks, you’ll see some more activity from Aurora.”

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