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The Cannabis Catch-Up: A Week of Firsts

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LUKE EASTMAN
  • Luke Eastman
Normally, we use this space to discuss a big statewide or national news story.

But this week, there’s so much going on right in our own backyard. For instance, have you read through Seven Days’ first ever Cannabis Issue? It’s on newsstands now (or read it here), and is absolutely crammed with cannabis content.

We looked at the cannabis rules for tenants in federally subsidized housing, Vermont workers and New Americans. Legal troubles? We chatted with Tim Fair, who started Vermont’s first cannabis-focused law practice. What about innovation? We learned how to cook with cannabis and profiled Cannatrol, a soon-to-be-patented technology for propagating, growing, curing and drying cannabis buds.

Did we mention the Weeders Survey? We want to know your habits. Fill it out now! (Anonymously, of course.)

Meanwhile, the inaugural Vermont Cannabis & Hemp Convention begins Saturday and continues Sunday. The event’s host, Heady Vermont, says to expect “65+ exhibitors and vendors from all over New England, including CBD products, medical marijuana dispensaries, patients and caregivers, home cultivation suppliers, advocacy groups and a wide range of additional ancillary businesses related to the cannabis plant and industry.”

Still craving more? Here are some other cannabis stories we followed this week:

May 8: A dude in Oregon is growing a strain of weed called Markle Sparkle, named after Meghan Markle, who’s to marry British royal Prince Harry on May 19. Said cannabis cultivator also happens to be Markle’s nephew — and no, he didn’t get a wedding invite. [Katie Shepherd, Willamette Week]

May 8: NBC News visited Denver to learn about how police are combating stoned driving. Asked if he’s seeing more people that drive high since legalization, an officer replied: “Absolutely.” [Lester Holt, NBC News]

May 9: This should serve as a cautionary tale for states preparing for legalization. Oregon farmers are in a crisis: They’ve grown more pot than their customers can smoke. That’s left a glut, meaning prices have plummeted (a gram for less than a glass of wine, in some cases) and some cultivators are going belly up.This story came out last month but got renewed attention this week after the Guardian posted it online. [Matt Stangel and Katie Shepherd, Willamette Week]

May 9: A study found that when a customer asked about treating morning sickness, about 280 of 400 Colorado cannabis shops recommended the pregnant patron use marijuana. Health officials, however, warn pregnant women to abstain, especially after a recent study found that weed use during pregnancy led to low baby birth weights. [John Ingold, the Denver Post]

May 9: Retailers in Colorado sold $106 million worth of recreational cannabis in March. That’s a lot. [Alicia Wallace, the Denver Post]

May 10: A California town known for growing cut flowers is grappling with a skunky stench emanating from nearby cannabis farms that settles over a valley. Not all residents are thrilled with the weedy smell. [Amy Taxin, the Associated Press]

 May 10: Plenty of doctors recommend medical cannabis to their cancer patients, but only some of them feel like they can properly advise their patients on how to use the drug, a new study found. [Christine Herman, National Public Radio]

May 11: California’s first-quarter tax haul on recreational cannabis sales was not quite what was expected. The state earned $34 million — about a third of what was predicted. The Golden State legalized weed on January 1. [Peter Fimrite, Tribune News Service]

May 11: It's official: Chittenden and Windsor counties will both hold expungement clinics next month. If you've got an old marijuana possession conviction on your record, you're in luck. [Sasha Goldstein, Seven Days]

Got a story you want to see in our our weekly roundup? Send an email to cannabeat@sevendaysvt.com.

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