Featured guests: Christian Sederberg, a cannabis industry attorney who helped draft Colorado’s marijuana legalizing Amendment 64, and Denver Post reporter Nicki Jhabvala, who covers the NFL and other sports.[podcast]
LOTS TO TALK ABOUT
• Is Colorado fulfilling Amendment 64’s directive: “Regulate marijuana like alcohol?”
• What went down at The United Nations’ special assembly on drug policy in New York?
• The scoop on pro football players pursuing NFL approval for cannabidiol (CBD).
TOP MARIJUANA NEWS
The Americas are leading the New Weed Order: With a swipe of his pen, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto proposed that Mexican citizens could legally possess up to an ounce of pot. And Canada’s health minister recently stood at a United Nations podium and announced that her country would introduce new federal legislation to make cannabis legal by next year. Already, people are free to smoke marijuana in four U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and medical marijuana is allowed in almost half the country. Uruguay has fully legalized weed for sale. And a large chunk of South and Central America, including Brazil, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica, has made marijuana more available in varying ways, whether it is for medicinal or recreational use. –Report by The Washington Post’s Joshua Partlow
Lori Ajax, California’s most powerful marijuana regulator: Here’s a California prediction to consider: The newly appointed chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation is saying licensed pot businesses soon might rival or even outnumber sanctioned booze businesses in California. “I do think we’re going to have a big licensing population here in California as it relates to cannabis,” Lori Ajax said. There were 88,490 active alcohol licenses last year. That indicates Ajax — a.k.a. “the pot czar” — will have a big task before her and a lot of eyes on her, with California already estimated to account for half of the nation’s marijuana industry. –Report by The Orange County Register’s Brooke Edwards Staggs
Test your current-events knowledge on European legalization efforts, Hawaii medical marijuana licensees, and politicians and pot.