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Uber CEO says Company Could Potentially Deliver Cannabis
On Monday, April 12th, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the company could begin delivering cannabis, but only if federal laws change. In an interview with CNBC’s TechCheck, Khosrowshahi said, “when the road is clear for cannabis when federal laws come into play, we’re absolutely going to take a look at it.” Although the possibility of cannabis delivery in the future is realistic, Khosrowshahi said, “for right now with grocery, with food, with alcohol, etc., we see so much opportunity out there. [W]e’re going to focus on the opportunity at hand,” Business Insider reports.
Longtime Cannabis Reform Activist, Steve Fox, Dies at 53
On Monday, April 12th, the cannabis industry mourned the death of longtime and loyal advocate, Steve Fox. In addition to his work as a lobbyist, Fox helped draft Amendment 64, which legalized recreational cannabis in Colorado, according to Marijuana Moment. In an interview with 9News, Mason Tvert, a partner alongside Fox at the consulting firm, VS Strategies, said, “[Fox had an impact] not just on the hundreds of thousands of people who consume cannabis or the thousands of people who work in this industry, but on everyone who is now experiencing other benefits of this,” he added. “Whether it’s the public health and safety benefits associated with regulation, whether it’s the tax revenue that’s helping to build schools… he knew that Colorado was a special place, Colorado could get this done, and it would lead to other places. And that’s exactly what happened.”
New Mexico Governor Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis
On Monday, April 12th, Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham formally enacted adult-use cannabis legislation in New Mexico. Consequently, New Mexico became the 18th state to legalize adult-use cannabis. As a result, adults 21 and over can possess up to [2 ounces] of cannabis and permits home cultivation of up to six plants,” according to KCBD. Additionally, in a press release, Gov. Lujan Grisham said legalizing “adult-use cannabis paves the way for the creation of a new economic driver in our state with the promise of creating thousands of good-paying jobs for years to come. We are going to increase consumer safety by creating a bona fide industry,” she added. “[Furthermore] we’re going to start righting the past wrongs of this country’s failed war on drugs. And we’re going to break new ground in an industry that may well transform New Mexico’s economic future for the better.”
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