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.
Seth Rogen Announces Launch of his new Cannabis Brand
On Monday March 1st, Seth Rogen announced the launch of his new cannabis brand Houseplant. With about 10 years under his belt spent working on the company, Rogen ensured consumers that they will only be getting the best products “that have been hand-picked and by that I mean hand-smoked by me,” Leafly reports. On Twitter, Rogen said that “Houseplant’s weed will be available in California next week! Also, Houseplant is making lovely Housegoods like ashtrays, lighters, and YES, even ceramics, all of which are items he’s got a hobby of making.
Jay-Z gets Political with Cannabis ads
Jay-Z made headlines on Monday March 1st, for his cannabis company MONOGRAM’s involvement in challenging national drug policy. According to a press release from the company, MONOGRAM started a “national awareness campaign that draws attention to the hypocrisy of current regulations governing cannabis,” in the U.S. The campaign strikes with powerful messages such as: “Weed is a federal crime. Even in the states where sex with farm animals isn’t.” “You can marry your first cousin in more states than you can buy recreational weed.” Jay-Z stated in the press release, “cannabis laws are out of date and disproportionately cruel and punishing when compared to the rest of the legal code. We still don’t have proper regulation for texting and driving in Missouri. But staying home and smoking weed will get you locked up.”
Proposed California Law Would end Most Workplace Urine Tests for Cannabis
On Monday, March 1st, Democrat Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward, California introduced Assembly Bill 1256. A.B. 1256 aims to end most workplace urine tests. According to Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML, a sponsor of the bill, it intends to “prevent employers from using past evidence of marijuana use, such as a hair or urine test, as justification for discrimination against an employee, such as denying or terminating employment,” he told The Sacramento Bee. Although, it is possible that it might take officials two years to consider the bill, Gieringer explained to the publication. However, the goal five years after voters legalized recreational cannabis use remains the same — ending workplace testing, he said.