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The city of San Diego just announced a lawsuit against businesses that work with the city and failed to pay their city cannabis taxes, money the city counts on coming in from the cannabis industry in order to keep infrastructure running. 

It’s no surprise the city is upset about missing this tax money, as they can use it to help with budget cuts in the face of more COVID-19-related expenses, which are inevitably coming this winter. Not only will there be expenses, but other industries the city relies on, such as tourism and hotel taxes, have been drastically reduced, so the income is needed more than ever. 

Officials from the city claim that Grizzly Peak Farms, one of the main companies getting sued, owes nearly $10,000 in back taxes. Grizzly Peak is located in Oakland, but they owe taxes for product delivered to San Diego for sale within city limits.

“It really kind of slipped through the cracks,” said Dave Gash, owner of Grizzly Peak, who claims the company did not mean to evade the tax and instead were not aware that it needed to be paid. “It’s legitimate, but it’s a weird city tax. We never heard about it, so

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The final Presidential Debate of the 2020 election season, the last showdown between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, was the terminal and ultimate piece of evidence for the theory that the year 2016 did not come to an end but in fact extended its lease into 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. The spectre of 2016 doesn’t haunt the United States of America; it has possessed it like a malevolent spirit. 

In Phillip K. Dick’s wonderful and criminally undervalued novel VALIS the phrase “The Empire Never Ended” is repeated over and over as the protagonist (Phil K. Dick himself under the eventually-discarded pseudonym “Horselover Fat”) slowly learns that the Roman Empire still exists and flourishes today, that in fact he—as well as you and me and everyone else—are actually living in 70 BCE but with the illusion of time having passed laid over reality like a blanket. A Gnostic demi-urge was responsible for the illusion that time has passed since the first century BCE, but that illusion was beginning to fade as a friendly Vast Active Living Intelligence System was reasserting itself, thus causing Dick’s visions of a first-century Roman Empire superimposed over his own reality. 

Phillip K. Dick was a

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Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota will vote on whether to legalize cannabis.

Cannabis reform may be stalled at the federal level, but the number of states that have legalized it in some capacity continues to grow. Heading into the 2020 election, 33 of them and the District of Columbia permit medicinal use. Eleven of these states, as well as D.C., have also legalized recreational use. On November 3rd, four more states — Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota — will vote on initiatives that would legalize recreational cannabis, while a fifth — Mississippi — will decide whether to allow doctors to recommend it to patients.

Polling indicates the measures will pass in all five states.

– Read the entire article at Rolling Stone.

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‘You can grow the best cannabis to its absolute potential and then completely ruin it when you harvest it’.

Under a cloudy October sky, freelance photographer Sean Berrigan looks over his crop of organic outdoor cannabis plants while considering when the best time to harvest will be.

“There’s a little bit of an issue sometimes growing outside, especially in our climate here on the East Coast,” Berrigan said. “We live in a very humid and damp environment so humidity — or high humidity — can be stressful and can be challenging for some growers.”

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Ex-hoops star is going green & hopes to ‘inspire’ legal marijuana industry.

Shawn Kemp, the former six-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, is set to open a cannabis dispensary in Seattle next week.

Kemp, who starred with the Seattle Supersonics from 1989 to 1997 and battled Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals, is set to open Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis on Oct. 30.

– Read the entire article at FOX Business.

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With the evolution of the United States’ relationship with cannabis over recent decades, numerous parties have petitioned the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) to reschedule marijuana. As we all know, the DEA has routinely refused to accept or denied each and every petition, minus one that yielded very specific changes for a synthetic cannabis drug. As people realized petitioning the DEA wasn’t going to work, they moved their petitions to the judicial system, citing that the DEA’s administrative process was too dysfunctional and took too long. However, despite the sheer volume of attempts, these have, for the most part, not even been heard on their merits.

Why? The exhaustion of remedies doctrine requires that administrative or other non-judicial avenues be pursued and “exhausted” prior to entering the court system. In principle, this doctrine makes sense: it allows agencies in specialized areas to flush out any issues, it ensures administrative processes are followed and uninterrupted, and it conserves judicial resources. But here, it basically allowed the DEA to continue its practice of effectively ignoring petitions for decades.

In Sisley, et al. v. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, et al., Case No. 20-71433, a group of scientists and veterans sued the DEA

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There are seven Welland cannabis dispensaries in queue awaiting final approval from the provincial government so that they may open.

Their applications are listed as “in progress” on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s website.

In Niagara, there six dispensaries authorized to sell THC products — Niagara Herbalist and Corner Cannabis in St. Catharines, as well as Choom, Canna Cabana and SPDR Cannabis in Niagara Falls, along with Cannabis Supply Co. in Fort Erie.

– Read the entire article at Welland Tribune.

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CANNABIS CULTURE –  Older adults are using cannabis as a preventative measure. Case in point,  Mark Burnett (62), strongman from Akron, Ohio, prefers to use CBD for an extra kick to go with his morning vitamins.

CBD is subtle in its effects, but Mr. Burnett notices it on days that he has forgotten to take it. “If I’m on a call with my coach and I run up on something unexpected, he says, ‘did you forget to take your CBD today?’” he chuckled. “It helps me express my strength more efficiently.”

As cannabis becomes legal, stigma drops, freeing Baby Boomers to seek out relief they have known since the 60s. Reports indicate that use is up, but that may be because judgement is down.

Baby Boomers are one of the fastest-growing markets for legal recreational and medical marijuana. This generation ushered in a new era of drug experimentation. Many never gave up marijuana; and others are revisiting it with a new, more open attitude.

“They grew up in an era where MJ [marijuana]was a popular recreational drug, so they have some familiarity and are interested in its medicinal qualities,” said Doctor Julianne Moy, D.O., of Ohio Green Team. “Many are

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Legalizing cannabis in Texas could bring the state more than half a billion dollars in new tax revenue each year, according to a report released last week by a leading cannabis policy and law firm. The economic analysis from Vicente Sederberg LLP also found that legal pot would result in more than $300 million in savings from reduced law enforcement costs annually and could create up to 40,000 jobs.

“A regulated cannabis market would be an economic boon for the Lonestar State,” Shawn Hauser, a partner at Vicente Sederberg who heads the firm’s Austin office, said in a press release. “Hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue and tens of thousands of new jobs would be especially helpful in overcoming the losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas is leaving an enormous amount of money on the table by keeping cannabis illegal.”

According to the report, there are more than 1.5 million adults 21 or older in Texas who use cannabis on a monthly basis, a market that could generate up to $2.7 billion in regulated sales if marijuana is legalized for adult use. If those legal sales were taxed at a rate similar to Colorado’s, more than

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