The Digital Dime: 2/28/2020

By Samantha Wahl

 

Following important cannabis news articles every day can be a real burn-out, we know. That’s why the Emerald rolls up a chronicle of the headiest news hits, and passes them to you at the end of each week. We Bring You: The Digital Dime.

Moldy Weed Sold Around Nevada

We love our all-natural cannabis products, until other all-natural processes take over. Products tested by the lab, Cannex, were distributed to 30 dispensaries in Nevada before results showed high counts of mold and bacteria. The 20 tainted pre-roll and flower products led the state to issue a health advisory, but whether anyone has suffered from any health issues is unclear as of now. This doesn’t come as a complete surprise, as Cannex was shut down in December for this exact reason, MJBizDaily notes. It’s unacceptable, however that these products made it through February in a supposedly regulated market.

Your Bubbie Loves Bud

Cannabis is for everyone. Even people over the age of 65. According to a new study published by JAMA, the amount of senior smokers has increased 75% since 2015. A TODAY report shows that the data is largely made up of college-educated women. Meanwhile, nearly half of the senior population in the U.S. is pro-legalization. These statistics could be related to growing accessibility around the country, or to a wider acceptance of physical and mental illness in modern society. But the fact that 2020 pot is much stronger than pot has ever been cannot be ignored. People smoking potent strains and products for the first time should always use caution.

The House is on Our Side

Votes from the House of Representatives demonstrate pro-legalization attitudes this week. In Vermont, they voted in-favor of permitting cannabis sales to adults, a Cannabis Business Times article shows. Once finalized, it will be up to the Senate to pass the bill. Vermont currently allows adult possession, but not taxed, regulated distribution. 

On a similar note, the New Hampshire House just passed a bill allowing possession and small-scale cultivation. Residents of the state are now safe from most cannabis-related arrests, and are on the right track toward fully legal recreational sales and consumption. These are major steps for both Vermont and New Hampshire, with hope for economic prosperity in the near future.

Potential Touchdown For Cannabis Users in the NFL

The National Football League (NFL) could cut a new anti-suspension deal where cannabis is concerned. According to Marijuana Moment, team owners may stop league officials from suspending players for testing positive for pot. Next steps could lead to removing the drug from the list of banned substances, much like Major League Baseball (MLB) did last year. With much of the country rapidly embracing more open legality, it’s getting hard to ignore groups that can’t reap the health benefits cannabis has to offer. In an industry as mainstream as the sports industry is in America, tiny victories like these bring cannabis closer to nation-wide normalization.

Emerald contributor since September 2019

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