Yesterday’s News – January 21, 2015

because nobody’s ready for today yet

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Yay! What better way to start the day than with more Economist infographics on cannabis statistics? This particular link features several different maps with information on legality, price, public opinion, and sales. These colorful data are becoming my new favorite things:

economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/01/daily-chart-11

 

 

If you’re a regular reader, you probably know that Weekend Review Kit is pretty critical of I-502 and its implementation in Washington. It’s hard not to be when you read things like this piece on the Seattle PI, about the felony that is sharing cannabis, even in the privacy of your bedroom:

blog.seattlepi.com/marijuana/2015/01/19/fix-this-sharing-marijuana-with-your-sweetheart-is-felony-distribution/#13130101=0&28887103=0

 

 

We do hope that by the end of the state’s 2015 legislative session, Washington’s cannabis landscape is more easily navigable. Seattle Weekly reports that there is, perhaps, hope, in the form of a bill proposed by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles to “simplify and unify the two systems [I-502 recreational cannabis and medical marijuana].” While there’s reason to be optimistic, we’re also reminded that“Olympia has a long history of botching the issue,” so we’ll wait and see:

seattleweekly.com/news/thedailyweekly/956458-129/kohl-welles-pushes-comprehensive-marijuana-reform-act

 

 

California may have more cannabis consumers, but its legality in Colorado makes for a very appealing market. Fast Company examines the differences in the two states’ populations and policies and the impact of these on the industry:

fastcompany.com/3040847/the-california-colorado-cannabis-war

 

 

Apparently a new species of cannabis was discovered in Australia back in 2010 and was confirmed by the University of Sydney last year. More research is necessary but is proving to be difficult due to the small sample size and lack of actual seeds. Several news outlets covered the breakthrough at the end of 2014, and High Times published a piece yesterday, though the plant appears to be a new species (i.e. not cannabis sativa or cannabis indica), rather than simply a new strain, as the headline suggests:

hightimes.com/read/new-strain-cannabis-discovered

 

 

Anthony Weiner predicted on Business Insider that President Obama would throw down on cannabis during last night’s SOTU. He didn’t, but here’s the article anyway:

businessinsider.com/its-time-for-obama-to-make-a-move-on-marijuana-2015-1

 

 

 

 

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