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The Shake: Hockey Night with Cannabis

May 11, 2016

“Cannabis saved my life,” ex-NHL player says. Larry DePalma, who played in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks, and Pittsburgh Penguins, took to YouTube to describe how traumatic brain injuries led him to consider suicide — and how the medical use of cannabis helped curb those feelings. Fun fact: The NHL is the only one of the four major American men’s professional sports leagues to not test its players for cannabis.

Cannabis would crush Clinton, trounce Trump at the polls. Legalization is more popular than any of the current presidential candidates, at least in three key swing states. A new poll shows majority support for adult-use legalization in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. That’s markedly higher than candidates are polling, Tom Angell reports.

Clinton Vows Tepid Leadership on Cannabis

Michigan legalization looks to be headed for the ballot. MILegalize, the organization behind the push to legalize adult use in the Mitten State, says its ballot measure has more than enough signatures to qualify for the November election. The group is holding a rally in Lansing on Friday, May 20, to build further support.

Emerald Triangle cannabis farmers want to borrow a play from the wine industry. You can drink a Bordeaux or a Willamette Valley Pinot. What if you could light up some Dos Rios OG Kush? The Mendocino Appellations Project hopes to designate specific regions of California’s Mendocino County in an effort to protect the area’s longtime culture of small-scale cultivation. Alison Malsbury of Canna Law Group calls the plan “one of the best branding ideas we’ve heard in a while.” Get ready to read more about craft cannabis.

Canada Will Bring Legalization Measure in Early 2017

Toronto mayor visits dispensary, warns of coming crackdown. Mayor John Tory told reporters that while he respects the fact that legalization is coming, the growing number of dispensaries in the city is “not acceptable.”

Florida’s under fire for limiting the state to five legal growers. Lawsuits are beginning to challenge the state’s exclusive licensing scheme, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

Cannabis billboards go up in Louisiana. The Marijuana Policy Project put up messages in Baton Rouge and Shreveport as state lawmakers approach a key vote. (Why always billboards? Here’s one explanation.)

How Billboards Became the Cannabis Industry’s Ad Darling

What does Pennsylvania’s new MMJ law mean for employers? According to a pair of employment lawyers, the answer is still “hazy.”

And finally, looking for an edible that’s savory, not sweet? Cannabis jerky is now a thing in Colorado — but maybe not for long. Sheriff Joe DiSalvo of Pitkin County, where the jerky company’s based, is weighing a recommendation that would limit edibles to pill form.

Why are Legal States Setting More Limits on Cannabis?