Cannabis Groups Hopeful in Attorney General Nominee’s Cannabis Position

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A collective sigh of relief came from most major marijuana industry groups after Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Attorney General confirmation hearing Tuesday, Jan. 10., as the Alabama Republican declined to take any strong positions against the cannabis industry (which many had feared he would do).

Sen. Sessions’ confirmation hearing continues Wednesday (multiple outlets are reporting that there are at least two more rounds of questioning from most of the judiciary committee members, on top of scheduled testimonies), but the cannabis topic was discussed Tuesday.

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Former NORML Executive Director Joins Venture Capital Firm

<![CDATA[[PRESS RELEASE] BOSTON, MA – JAN. 11 – Sensible Alternative Investments (SAI), a venture capital firm focused on institutional investment opportunities in the cannabis industry, has named former NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre as a partner. The cannabis industry is expected to be worth $50 billion by 2026, and St. Pierre’s appointment is further testament that the focus of the marijuana movement has broadened beyond public advocacy to include maximizing responsible cannabis commerce.

SAI is a “leafless” fund, founded by Wall Street veterans and fellow partners Martin Joyce, formerly of Credit Suisse and Mark Slater, a well-known growth company investment banker and investor. The fund focuses on four key areas of the cannabis industry: compliance software and services, real estate, technology, and media. These areas offer the same potential for high returns as other cannabis sectors, but with lower associated risk.

SAI’s entry into the cannabis market was an investment in MERRY JANE, the lifestyle-focused media platform launched in 2015 by Snoop Dogg and Ted Chung. MERRY JANE has established itself as the fastest growing media brand in the space, producing a variety of online and broadcast programming and major live events with partners like VH1, Live Nation and AEG. Fellow MERRY JANE investors include Slow Ventures, Three Six Zero Media and Casa Verde Capital.

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Rhode Island Lawmakers to Introduce Adult-Use Cannabis Bill Wednesday

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[Press release] PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As the Massachusetts government prepares to implement an initiative to regulate and tax marijuana that was approved by voters in November, lawmakers in Rhode Island are poised to introduce similar legislation. State Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) and State Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence) will discuss the proposal at a news conference today(Wednesday) at 3 p.m. ET in Room 313 of the Rhode Island State House.

The bill sponsors will be joined by members of the Regulate Rhode Island coalition, including co-chairs Andrew Horwitz, a professor and criminal defense attorney, and Dr. James Crowley, past president of the Rhode Island Medical Society.  

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Seven Pounds of Marijuana Shipped to Wrong Address

Whoops! You really got to double check that address — especially when you’re shipping over three kilos of cannabis. The professional toy reviewer who received the package couldn’t find a return address, so she just called the cops. Bummer.

It’s a fact: child’s toys are often very cool. (They must be; otherwise the adults who stockpile action figures and other kids’ stuff like survivalists hoarding canned food would be colossal losers—and that simply cannot be.)

Whether marijuana use improves your time with a pile of Legos is a matter of personal preference, though there are certainly many of us who claim toys and cannabis are fine complements.

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Watch: Exclusive Clip from Nerdland ft. Patton Oswalt and Paul Rudd

An exclusive clip from Nerdland, in which John (Paul Rudd) and Elliot (Patton Oswalt), disguised as hippies, try inciting cops to violence to get “golden footage” of a police beating and thus fulfill their dreams of stardom. “I can hear the grass grow!” crows Elliot. Do the cops take the bait? Check out the clip:

Nerdland – Hear the Grass Grow from Samuel Goldwyn Films on Vimeo.

Nerdland features Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Mike Judge, Hannibal Buress, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome and others. The film tells the story of two best friends, aspiring screenwriter Elliot and aspiring actor John, whose dreams of super-stardom have fizzled. With their 30th birthdays looming and their desperation growing, John and Elliot decide that in this 24/7, celebrity-obsessed world of over-shared navel-gazing, there are more ways to become famous—or infamous—than ever before.

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Sessions Says He’d Be Fair as AG, Defy Trump if Necessary

BY ERIC TUCKER AND MARY CLARE JALONICK

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Jeff Sessions cast himself as a strong protector of law and order at his confirmation hearing Tuesday, promising that as attorney general he would crack down on illegal immigration, gun violence and the “scourge of radical Islamic terrorism.”

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Radical Rant: My First Time

It was July 4, 1990. I was a long-haired rock’n’roll musician, playing bass in a hard rock cover band that was performing for the Independence Day weekend in the resort town of McCall, Idaho.

Despite my vocation, however, I was strictly anti-drug.

My father was a professional musician before me. I grew up on the road as he toured with country acts like David Frizzell, Shelly West, Orville Couch and Faron Young. You probably haven’t heard of them, so I’ll throw in that he once jammed with Jerry Garcia in San Francisco and Willie Nelson in Texas.

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JUST IN: Sessions Evades Firm Answer on State Marijuana Laws, Leaves Door Open for Federal Enforcement

During his confirmation for the position of Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions failed to give a straight answer with regard to how the Justice Department should respond to states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use.

The Alabama Senator was questioned by both Sens. Leahy (D-VT) and Lee (R-UT) with respect to whether the principles of federalism ought to apply to state marijuana laws.

Senator Leahy: “Would you use our federal resources to investigate and prosecute sick people using marijuana in accordance with state law even though it might violate federal law?”

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Why Is the Media Quick to Blame Marijuana Use in Horrific Crimes?

It was just a passing comment. 

“Police said they think that these people who were involved here were possibly smoking marijuana,” said Shannon Bream on a recent episode of The O’Reilly Factor.

Bream was reporting on an attack in Chicago documented in a Facebook Live video. Four individuals are now charged with hate crimes, kidnapping and aggravated battery, among other offenses.

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