First Church of Cannabis holds first service without cannabis

Yesterday’s News – July 7, 2015

 

Image: TIME

Image: TIME

 

Cannabis church had no cannabis at church (plenty of hippies, though, and a black dude checking his phone)

Loyal Weekend Review Kit readers are by now familiar with the First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis, which hoped to use Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom and Restoration Act to allow marijuana as a sacrament at its services. When threatened with arrest should they pursue such a course of action – because what else do you expect from law enforcement? – the Cannaterians abandoned the illegal ritual but went ahead and had church anyway. You can catch a glimpse of their service at TIME.com:

time.com/3943754/religious-freedom-indiana-marijuana/

 

 

Shit goes down in Ohio

And surely if you’ve followed the antics in Indiana, you’re also aware of another saga we’ve watched unfold over the past few months: Ohio’s push to legalize cannabis in 2015 through the for-profit ResponsibleOhio campaign. The latest development in Ohio has legalization advocates joining forces with conservative lawmakers to pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit the creation of a “monopoly, oligopoly, or cartel,” through the state constitution, which is essentially what ResponsibleOhio is asking for. If both measures pass in November, the monopoly amendment would negate the legalization initiative. This is one of the most complex, contentious legalization efforts we’ve seen since California’s Proposition 19 failed in 2010. Check Cinncinnati.com for more details on the strife in Ohio:

cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/07/05/pot-activists-cheer-ballot-move-stop-responsibleohio/29584683/

 

 

Hemp houses on the horizon?

Many thought that mainstream acceptance of hemp would lead to reform of cannabis laws, but it seems to be going the other way around here in the U.S. While the cultivation of hemp is prohibited at the federal level, 22 states have enacted state laws related to industrial hemp. That’s fewer than have legalized medical cannabis. As attitudes about marijuana change, though, hemp is enjoying an analogous renaissance. And as we discover its value beyond the paper and rope products typically associated with the plant, it’s being put to new and exciting uses. The New York Times ran a piece yesterday on cannabis construction and companies using hemp, which is nontoxic and fireproof and resists mold and pests, to insulate houses and office buildings:

nytimes.com/2015/07/07/nyregion/cannabis-construction-entrepreneurs-use-hemp-in-home-building.html?_r=0

 

 

Some article about insurance

As the cannabis industry gains more legitimacy, it’s being treated more like a regular business by other regular businesses. Forbes reports on the growing willingness of insurance companies to take on clients in the marijuana sector:

forbes.com/sites/julieweed/2015/07/05/insurance-companies-start-noticing-the-legal-cannabis-industry/

 

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