Daily Briefing

Nevada untangles its supply chain; California weed arrests tumble; Nipton, Calif. goes bust

August 18, 2017
Swami Select Farms buds in bloom.
David Downs SOURCE: David Downs

[art: Swami Select Farms | by David Downs]

Good morning.

TOP NEWS

A Las Vegas judge has cleared the way for state regulators to issue marijuana distribution licenses to businesses other than current alcohol wholesalers; via AP.

The International Business Times reports on a new study that finds smoking pot could reduce the risk of stroke to a large extent.

Felony and misdemeanor marijuana arrests are down more than 40 percent in California from 2011 to 2016.

The Arizona penny stock company that bought Nipton, Calif. will face civil and criminal enforcement actions if they do anything they told the media they were going to do.

POINTS OF INTEREST
A Houston lawyer released the video of a forcible body cavity search for pot that resulted in the grand jury indictment of two deputies. The Harris County, Tex. district attorney declined to prosecute and now lawyer Sam Cammack has filed a federal lawsuit.

The FBI reports a former Secret Service agent pled guilty to stealing $800,000 in online cryptocurrency bitcoin that was seized during the takedown of online drug market the Silk Road.

A Utah ballot initiative to legalize medical use has begun collecting signatures to qualify for the 2018 election.

The cocktail website Punch has three reggae-inspired cocktails.

UP FOR DEBATE
Mass extinction threatens cannabis growers in the nation’s cultivation heartland, Mendocino, Calif., writes Nikki and Swami from Swami Select Farms. “The fear in the mountains is palpable.”

Former NFL player Nate Jackson argues in favor of medical cannabis over prescription opioids in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times: “The truth is that NFL players have been proving the viability of cannabis as a pain medicine for decades.”

HIGHLY DUBIOUS
The anticipated sequel to the cult comedy Super Troopers has an unofficial 4/20 release date set for 2018; via Seven Days Vermont.

JUST ANNOUNCED
The Emerald Cup 2017 - Dec. 9 - 10.

Best wishes for a rewarding weekend, david downs + oscar pascual