How cannabis played into Philando Castile's death
In case you missed it: police officer Jeronimo Yanez (a Latino man) shot Philando Castile (a black man) during a traffic stop in July 2016. Last week, a jury acquitted Yanez of manslaughter charges. A recently-released transcript shows that Yanez insisted the smell of cannabis coming from Castile's vehicle was reason to believe he was a threat. The explanation is truly bizarre. Read more here.
Mexico legalizes medical marijuana
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that his government has legalized medical cannabis. The bill had massive support in Mexico's congress and senate. Not too long ago, Peña Nieto was extremely opposed to legalizing marijuana. After paying attention to the activism and dialogue about marijuana throughout Mexico, he had a change of heart. Well done.
Cannabis companies turn to Bitcoin
Because of marijuana's federally illegal status, banks and credit companies stay away from the industry. This forces many cannabis-related businesses to operate as cash-only enterprises, which is kind of a nightmare. Now, some businesses are starting to use Bitcoin, the infamous digital currency, to manage their money. Learn more here.
Artists toke up to create pot labels
Do you choose your cannabis based on the packaging? Check out 1964 Supply Co.'s Artist Series, which features the work of nine artists. The artists assigned to their particular strain designed the stunning label while high on that strain. Genius.
Majority of Americans want Trump to leave legal marijuana alone
According to a new poll from Survey USA, 76 percent of American adults want President Donald Trump to respect state cannabis laws. Do you think he'll listen?
Happy Friday! As always, thanks for reading. -Rachel