Written by Sonia Case
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.
Don’t Mess With Grandma
The Walt Disney Company has quite a reputation for being anti-cannabis. Last May, a 69-year-old woman was arrested at Disney’s Magic Kingdom amusement park when an off-duty sheriff discovered CBD oil in her purse at a security checkpoint. The woman spent 12 hours in jail for carrying around her legal arthritis medication.
Well, this Wednesday, August 5th, her attorneys announced that they are suing the Walt Disney Company. As her lawyer, Ben Crump, puts it, “It’s one thing for Disney to say because she had CBD, she was not allowed to come onto their property, but it is another thing entirely to have law enforcement arrest her and put her in jail for 12 hours after she told them the oil was recommended by her doctor for medical reasons.”
It’s worth noting that Crump is the same attorney who is currently representing the families of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
Suck On This
On Monday, August 3rd, Massachusetts’ Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) announced that 600,000 vape products that have been quarantined since last November may now be re-tested and either sold or recycled. The products were taken off the market in the midst of the vaping sickness that wracked the cannabis community in 2019.
A statement released by the CCC indicates that “licensees may retest and release — or destroy — certain products with enhanced warning labels, depending on testing and remediation outcomes.” The agency also stresses that “measured, transparent testing mitigates, but does not eliminate, all public health risks posed by quarantined vaporizer products.
On Wednesday, August 5th, the Board of Elections announced that a measure to decriminalize a wide range of psychedelics officially qualified for the November ballot in Washington D.C. Residents now hold the power to decriminalize (and much more) with their votes.
According to a statement released by Decriminalize Nature D.C., the measure would re-designate plant and fungi substances like ayahuasca, psilocybin and mescaline as “among the lowest law enforcement priorities for the Metropolitan Police Department.”
She’s a Cash Cow
Illinois can’t stop breaking its own records. For June, Illinois reported over $47 million in adult-cannabis sales. That’s nothing compared to their July sales at nearly $61 million! Illinois recreational cannabis dispensaries have sold more than $300 million in recreational cannabis this year. Can someone say MOO?