SHANCHONG, China - China has made your iPhone, your Nikes and, chances
are, the lights on your Christmas tree. Now, it wants to grow your
Two of China's 34 regions are quietly leading a boom in cultivating
cannabis to produce cannabidiol, or CBD, the nonintoxicating compound
that has become a consumer health and beauty craze in the United
States and beyond.
They are doing so even though cannabidiol has not been authorized for
consumption in China, a country with some of the strictest
drug-enforcement policies in the world.
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To his die-hard fans, Mr. Sherbinski is a storied name in marijuana.
A celebrated California cultivator, he helped create the Gelato and
Sunset Sherbert strains that have been name-checked in more than 200
hip-hop songs, including "First Off" by Future and "Bosses Don't
Speak" by Migos.
At the Business of Fashion's Voices conference in London last year,
his brand, Sherbinskis, was introduced as "the Supreme of marijuana."
And when Sherbinskis released its first sneaker design last year at
ComplexCon, a two-day festival of hip-hop and fashion in Long Beach,
Calif., the limited-edition Nike Air Force 1 model sold out in two
hours. (There is a pair currently on eBay asking more than $1,000.)
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As attorneys argued over a section of Arizona law that differentiates
between marijuana and cannabis, the state's Supreme Court justices
joked about baking pot brownies in their kitchens.
They clearly do not understand how the marijuana industry has
irresponsibly manipulated pot into dangerously high levels of potency.
My son could explain it to them. Or he could if he was still with
"I want to die," he wrote before hanging himself at the age of 31. "My
soul is already dead. Marijuana killed my soul + ruined my brain."
SAN FRANCISCO - David Dancer is a 48-year-old marketing executive who
has worked for big brands like Charles Schwab and Teleflora. A year
ago, he got a call from a recruiter for a different kind of company:
MedMen, a cannabis retailer that has been called "the Apple Store of
weed." The opening was for a chief marketing officer. He took it.
One of Mr. Dancer's early projects was a slick two-minute video by the
director Spike Jonze that begins with an anecdote about George
Washington as a hemp grower, a staple of dorm-room conversation. It
concludes with a suburban couple coming home with a bright red bag of
legally purchased pot, symbolizing "the new normal" - an ending that,
like his own career twist, seemed improbable not long ago.
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COSTA MESA, Calif. - In the forests of Northern California, raids by
law enforcement officials continue to uncover illicit marijuana farms.
In Southern California, hundreds of illegal delivery services and pot
dispensaries, some of them registered as churches, serve a steady
stream of customers. And in Mendocino County, north of San Francisco,
the sheriff's office recently raided an illegal cannabis production
facility that was processing 500 pounds of marijuana a day.
It's been a little more than a year since California legalized
marijuana - the largest such experiment in the United States - but law
enforcement officials say the unlicensed, illegal market is still
thriving and in some areas has even expanded.
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Dasha Fincher said she was borrowing a friend's car when she noticed a
half-eaten bag of blue cotton candy in the floorboard. It was the kind
kids like to buy from gas stations near her Macon home. She thought
little of it until a few minutes later when it became the biggest
problem in her life.
On New Year's Eve 2016, Monroe County deputies pulled the car over for
a suspected window-tint violation and spotted the bag. They used a
quick roadside test kit on the blue stuff and got a positive result
for methamphetamine. Fincher ended up charged with trafficking meth
and held in jail for three months on a breathtaking $1 million cash
bond before a lab test found the "meth" was really just cotton candy,
according to a lawsuit.
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SAN FRANCISCO - A billion dollars of tax revenue, the taming of the
black market, the convenience of retail cannabis stores throughout the
state - these were some of the promises made by proponents of
marijuana legalization in California.
One year after the start of recreational sales, they are still just
California's experiment in legalization is mired by debates over
regulation and hamstrung by cities and towns that do not want cannabis
businesses on their streets.
California was the sixth state to introduce the sale of recreational
marijuana - Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington paved the
way - but the enormous size of the market led to predictions of
soaring legal cannabis sales.
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There is a new tool to help battle the opioid epidemic that works like
a pregnancy test to detect fentanyl, the potent substance behind the
escalating number of deaths roiling communities around the country.
The test strip, originally designed for the medical profession to test
urine, can also be used off-label by heroin and cocaine users who fear
their drugs have been adulterated with the synthetic opioid fentanyl.
The strips are dipped in water containing a minute amount of a drug
and generally provide a result within a minute-with one line
indicating positive for fentanyl, and two lines negative.
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