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Longest-Running Dispensary in Oakland Still Recovering From Looters
Purple Heart, the longest running dispensary in Oakland, California is still working to reopen after it was devastated by looters during last year’s social justice protests. Keith Stephenson, owner of Purple Heart, was only able to watch the madness unfold from his security cameras. He was on hold with 911 for over two hours, he told Ganjapreneur. Known as the first Black-owned canna-business in the U.S, Stephenson’s goal is to reopen Purple Heart and have it remain “a pillar of the community,” the publication added.
Lawmaker in New York Files Bill to Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms
On Monday March 8th, New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a democrat, introduced legislation to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. According to Marijuana Moment, the bill would remove two of the main psychoactive ingredients in mushrooms — psilocybin and psilocin — from the list of controlled substances. The bill will also allow for more discoveries regarding the drug and its uses for treatment. Six cities such as Santa Cruz, California, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Somerville and Cambridge, Massachusetts already decriminalized it, Marijuana Moment reports.
Poll Finds More Marylanders Support Legal Cannabis
On March 9th, a Goucher College survey showed that 67% of Marylanders support legalizing cannabis. Just 28% oppose it. According to Marijuana Moment, support for legal cannabis has grown since the last time Goucher explored the issue in 2019 when 57% backed the idea. Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College, said in a press release, “We’ve consistently found that a majority of Marylanders support the legalization of recreational cannabis but this is the first time Republican support has reached 50%.” Kromer also said the push comes after, “four states [voted] to legalize recreational cannabis by ballot measure this past November and most recently, New Jersey and Virginia passing adult-use marijuana legalization laws.”
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