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Naked Tuna

Posted on April 18th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , .

JormaHardcore Tuna-heads aren't going to be able to resist this one. They already know the basic outline of Jorma Kaukonen's life: an authenticity-obsessed student of traditional finger-picking country blues in the folk revival of the early '60s (Harlem legend Blind Gary Davis was his special inspiration), he was catapulted to stardom when he went electric as the lead guitarist for the Jefferson Airplane, flagship band of the San Francisco sound.

Native American role in California cannabis economy contested

Posted on April 1st, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaCalifornia's Native American nations were completely overlooked in the text of Proposition 64, and its enabling legislation. Now one tribe in San Diego County has staked its economic future to legal cannabis—and is standing up for its rights.

Corporate cannabinoid: CBD arrives at Walgreens

Posted on March 28th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CBDThe news that CBD products will be arriving at Walgreens and CVS drugstore chains can be seen as further progress for the normalization of cannabis. But it is also a further indication of corporate control of the new cannabis economy.

Will Anchorage be the next Amsterdam? Alaska to allow on-site consumption

Posted on March 19th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

AlaskaWith approval of new regs, Alaska is set to become to the first state to officially oversee cannabis use at licensed retail outlets. Municipalities in Colorado and California have pursued this "Amsterdam model" by working around the state law. But The Last Frontier is once again breaking new ground in personal freedom for cannabis tokers.

Medicare for All must include cannabis coverage

Posted on March 12th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .

medical marijuanaInsurance companies in Canada are starting to cover medical marijuana, but high costs continue to be an impediment to access in the United States. Even in states that have legalized medicinal use of cannabis, the insurance industry will provide no coverage. Advocates are now starting to demand legislation to address this contradiction.

Computerized conviction expungement: San Francisco leads the way

Posted on March 6th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

San FrancsicoAs demands mount for expungement of cannabis convictions in the 10 states that have legalized, as well as in Canada, the cumbersome bureaucracy of court systems is an obstacle. Now San Francisco has teamed with a software company to automate the process—a partnership that could serve as a model for other jurisdictions across North America.

Cannabis and California's water wars: will small growers be the losers?

CaliforniaSacramento is preparing to unleash the National Guard on small illegal growers in the Emerald Triangle just as it is pushing the "Twin Tunnels" project to facilitate water diversions to Central Valley ag-biz—which is increasingly growing cannabis. Small growers face punitive measures for irresponsible practices while big growers stand to gain from official water diversions that may be ultimately far more irresponsible.

Another court win for workers' rights to medical marijuana

Posted on February 20th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

medical marijuanaIn a sign of progress, the courts are increasingly siding with employees fired for use of cannabis under state medical marijuana programs. The latest such victory comes from Arizona, where precedent has been set. Other states, however, are still awaiting legal clarity on the question.

A former Arizona Walmart employee and card-holding medical marijuana patient who was fired after testing positive for cannabis has won a wrongful termination suit in federal court.

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