Steve Monas

August 28, 2019

Does C-3PO Smoke Weed?

Does C-3PO smoke weed? Oddly enough, it’s one of the burning questions to come out of Disney’s 2019 D23 Expo over the weekend that the House of Mouse didn’t see coming.  But only a day after the event, Twitter was flooded with a screenshot from […]
August 28, 2019

Purdue Pharma Negotiating $12B Settlement To OxyContin Lawsuits

A drug manufacturer at the heart of the nation’s opioid crisis is reportedly in negotiations to settle approximately 2,000 lawsuits over the marketing of the painkiller OxyContin. The proposed settlement of lawsuits brought by state and local governments could be worth up to $12 billion […]
August 28, 2019

Washington State Bans CBD in Food and Beverages

This story has been updated with comments from the King County Department of Public Health. It’s already happened in New York and California. Now Washington state has announced a ban on hemp-derived CBD in food and beverage products as the FDA weighs how to regulate […]
August 27, 2019

Ex-U.S. Attorney General to Advise Canadian CBD Company on Legal Matters

A former acting attorney general for the United States is joining a Toronto-based cannabis company as outside counsel, the firm announced Aug. 27. Matthew Whitaker, who served as the country’s top cop for three months after Jeff Sessions resigned from the Department of Justice in […]
August 27, 2019

High Folks: Carol Ortega Is Making Sure Latin Americans Have A Seat At The Table

“[We] can’t talk about cannabis entrepreneurship without touching the social equity side. It has to be that way because of the damage that has been done for decades,” shared Carol Ortega, the founder and managing director for Muisca Capital Firm, the first Latin American Investment […]
August 27, 2019

Higher Education: The Top Universities Offering Cannabis Degrees

In the fall of 2018, University of Connecticut Professor Gerry Berkowitz taught a new, three-credit college course called “Horticulture of Cannabis: From Seed to Harvest,” and packed a 400-person lecture hall. The course was so popular that Berkowitz developed an online version, and in July […]
August 26, 2019

Nevada Judge Pauses Weed Licensing; Utah Won’t Operate Dispensaries

Marijuana access hit roadblocks in three states in August 2019. In Nevada, a Clark County judge found that the state’s dispensary licensing process was faulty. In Utah, lawmakers are backtracking on a plan to have state-run medical marijuana distribution after county attorneys said government workers […]
August 26, 2019

The Winners of the 2019 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup

For the first time ever, High Times brought the Cannabis Cup all the way to Oklahoma! Here are all the winners of the 2019 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup: Indica Flower Jesse Faatz 1st Place: The Pound – Orange Cheddar2nd Place: Emerald Wholesale – Orange Apricot 3rd Place: […]
August 26, 2019

DEA Says It Will Finally Let Others Grow Research-Grade Cannabis

Just two days ahead of a federal court-ordered deadline, the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says it is “moving forward to facilitate and expand scientific and medical research for marijuana in the United States.” Today’s announcement should eliminate a significant barrier to high-quality cannabis research. […]
August 23, 2019

At Disney Awards, Robert Downey Jr. Recalls Marijuana Bust at Disneyland

Robert Downey Jr. said he was once detained at Disneyland after getting caught smoking marijuana on a gondola ride. The “Iron Man” and “Avengers” actor shared the anecdote while being honored at the Disney Legends award show on Aug. 23, 2019, describing his first trip […]