Chicago Sun-Times: Lightfoot cancels 350 layoffs tied to her ‘pandemic’ budget

Chicago Sun-Times: Lightfoot cancels 350 layoffs tied to her ‘pandemic’ budget. “Buoyed by higher than expected marijuana revenues, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Saturday canceled plans to lay off 350 city employees to help secure the 26 City Council votes she needs to pass her ‘pandemic budget.’ Revenues generated by the sale of recreational and medical marijuana have ‘gone through the roof’— topping $100 million statewide for the first time in October and $800 million in the first 10 months.”

Forbes: THC May Help Treat Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome In Mice, Researchers Say

Forbes: THC May Help Treat Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome In Mice, Researchers Say. “Researchers at the University of South Carolina say that THC might be an effective way to treat some potentially lethal COVID-19 complications. The researchers recently published the preliminary results of their study in a report in Frontiers in Pharmacology.”

Exclusive: Hypur Finds Coronavirus Is Changing How Consumers Pay for Pot (Cheddar)

Cheddar: Exclusive: Hypur Finds Coronavirus Is Changing How Consumers Pay for Pot. “While many consumers still prefer to pay for cannabis with cash, fears concerning health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic are driving many toward alternative payment methods, according to a new survey from digital payments provider Hypur.”

New York Times: Mother’s Little Helper Is Back, and Daddy’s Partaking Too

New York Times: Mother’s Little Helper Is Back, and Daddy’s Partaking Too. “I have a yearslong WhatsApp message group with a handful of fellow mothers of small children from across the United States and Canada. Since the pandemic began, what I refer to as ‘mom chats after dark’ start at around 7:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. That’s when the children are asleep, and a wave of inebriation begins on the shores of the Atlantic and crashes across the continent. The above message was from July, when we hit 125 days of lockdown.”

California Department of Technology: New Cannabis Search Tool Unveiled

California Department of Technology: New Cannabis Search Tool Unveiled . “The California Department of Technology (CDT) collaborated with the cannabis licensing authorities and others to launch a search tool that allows the public to find cannabis license information in one place. The new unified search tool has information from all three of states cannabis licensing authorities – the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and The California Department of Public Health (CDPH).”

ProPublica: Cannabis, Lies and Foreign Cash: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through the Underground Mask Trade

ProPublica: Cannabis, Lies and Foreign Cash: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through the Underground Mask Trade. “Contracts, emails and spreadsheets that Juanita and Dawn Ramos shared with ProPublica detail how domestic and foreign investors, many with marijuana industry ties, have seized upon the nation’s public health disaster. They show that some brokers attempted to use forged documents to gain access to masks coming off production lines of 3M, the manufacturer that makes the gold-standard masks capable of filtering 95% of particles that could transmit the novel coronavirus. In one exchange, the owner of a Swiss nutritional supplement company detailed his plan to buy millions of 3M masks at $3.71 apiece and resell them to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, whose purchase order priced masks at $7 each.”

Regina Leader-Post: Canadian researchers to develop first national database on effectiveness of medical cannabis

Regina Leader-Post: Canadian researchers to develop first national database on effectiveness of medical cannabis. “Canadian researchers are hoping to fill in the gaps regarding how effective medicinal marijuana is in treating adults with chronic pain, sleep, anxiety and depression issues as part of a new six-month study. There’s been plenty of anecdotal evidence on what cannabis can do, but the idea is to flesh out the details and develop what is being touted as the first national database for medical cannabis products.”

High Times: High Times Opens Its Digital Archive To All

High Times: High Times Opens Its Digital Archive To All. “Just as industry webinars and sesh hangouts on Zoom are starting to lose their appeal as sources of quarantine cannabis content, High Times has come to the rescue by opening the magazine’s archives online for all the world to view for free. From interviews with cultural icons such as Andy Warhol and Hunter S. Thompson to work contributed by the likes of Charles Bukowski and William S. Burroughs, High Times has featured stories that are nearly nonexistent in today’s fast cut, clickbait society. By simply registering online with an email address, every issue of High Times ever published can be viewed online through May 20, with no credit card required.”

Insights: As Social Media Sites Fiddle Over Cannabis Creator Bans, Public Health Suffers (Tubefilter)

Tubefilter: Insights: As Social Media Sites Fiddle Over Cannabis Creator Bans, Public Health Suffers. “What if a health crisis was brewing that hit young people in particular, yet none of the social-media platforms that depend on that audience would allow influencers to talk about it? That’s pretty much what’s happening right now in the world of vaping. People are dying, says Instagram influencer Koala Puffs (she goes by Koala Puffss there, because her original two-year-old account was shut down; she uses variants of the shorter version on other platforms), but it can be risky to talk about the issue on social media.”