The Dime: 2/12/2021

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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 Dime.


Marshawn Lynch Launches Blunt Brand

Known for his love of Skittles, unforgettable interviews, and illustrious football career, Marshawn Lynch is embarking on a new journey. According to Ganjapreneur, on Thursday February 4th, Lynch announced a partnership with Toronto, Canada-based 2nd and Goal Ventures, to launch a new line called Dobi Blunts. The line features products infused with highly potent THCA diamonds. For Lynch, this launch is much bigger than just cannabis. In a statement published by 8 News Now, Lynch said, “at the end of the day the industry has the power to raise up Black and Brown communities — and I intend to lift up those who I can.” Dobi Blunts has partnered with the Last Prisoner Project to help address cannabis-related criminal justice reform and aims to diffuse the stigma of cannabis in sports, Seattle P-I reports


Al Harrington Presses Lawmakers for Black Equity in the Cannabis Industry

For NBA players in the twilight of their careers, the thought everyone faces is “what’s next?” For former NBA player, Al Harrington, it was cannabis entrepreneurship. Cannabis has largely encompassed a negative stigma and Harrington is one of many looking to change that. Viola Brands is one of 4% of  Black-owned cannabis businesses in the industry, he told Yahoo News. The publication also reveals that Harrington spoke with Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, and Sen. Cory Booker, D-NY, in January 2021 about the urgency of ending the War on Drugs. “A lot of them aren’t businessmen or women. They’re not true entrepreneurs, they’re politicians,” he said of the senators. “We put them in those positions to do a job, but when we think about what’s going on in the cannabis industry, you really need industry knowledge in order to be able to really write the laws, to be able to have the industry be successful. So I’m just really excited about the opportunity.” 


Cannabis Entrepreneur Calvin Johnson Elected To Pro Football Hall Of Fame

2021 has already been quite a year for cannabis in the world of sports — and the momentum is only building. On Tuesday, February 9th, former NFL star wide receiver Calvin Johnson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame — something every player dreams of. Although most know him for football, cannabis has been the focus of Johnson’s life after the sport. In an interview with Bleacher Report, he said, “When I got to the league, there was opioid abuse. You really could go in the training room and get what you wanted,” he added.” I can get Vicodin, I can get oxycontin. It was too available. I used Percocet and stuff like that. And I did not like the way that made me feel. I had my preferred choice of medicine. Cannabis.”Also reported by Ganjapreneur,  “A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found 110 of 111 brains of former NFL players were found to have [Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)], a degenerative disease linked to blows to the head.” Enduring an almost decade-long career with an endless amount of injuries, after football, Johnson founded Primitiv — a Michigan-based cannabis company, which partnered with Harvard University in 2019 to research the effects of CTE and pain management. 


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