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The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia announced last week that it would begin offering a Master of Business Administration degree program focusing on the cannabis industry. The university is currently enrolling students in the Cannabis Industry Option MBA in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business program and will begin conducting classes online in September.

Founded in 1821 as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in North America, the University of the Sciences now offers more than 30 degree programs from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees in the health sciences, bench sciences, and healthcare business and policy fields.

Andrew Peterson, the executive director of the University of the Sciences Substance Use Disorders Institute, said in a press release that the new degree program will help train business professionals for the quickly growing legal cannabis industry.

“There are many unique aspects to the medical cannabis and hemp industries, and those in this new industry have been testing the waters for the last few years,” Peterson said. “This new program will help to formalize those teachings for those currently in the cannabis industry, entering the field, or interested in other fields associated with the industry.”

Teaching the Business of Cannabis


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In Thailand, there is a long cultural tradition of using cannabis for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. Like many of its neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, however, Thailand has historically imposed harsh anti-drug laws that strongly penalize cannabis cultivation and use. But late last year, the nation of nearly 70 million people became the first in the region to legalize medical cannabis. And now, Thai lawmakers are pushing to develop policies aimed at creating a robust medical cannabis industry.

In a policy document released July 21 ahead of a key national assembly debate set for Thursday, Thai leaders call for accelerating research and developing technologies to bring marijuana, hemp and other medicinal herbs into the country’s medical industry. The policy document also sets out the unique goal of enabling all Thai citizens to grow and sell cannabis for medical purposes.

Thai Lawmakers Propose Policies to Jumpstart Medical Marijuana Industry

In March 2019, Thailand held its first election since the 2014 military coup d’état that installed coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minster. Following the controversial March elections, Prayuth held on to power to head up Thailand’s civilian government with a ruling coalition of 19 parties. One of the largest parties

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Update: The K9, named Jake, died over the weekend, according to local media.

Original Story: A prison K9 in Alabama required CPR after a contraband raid last week exposed the animal to synthetic marijuana.

The dog, named Jake, assisted a search conducted last Thursday at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore County, Alabama. As the search unfolded, Jake came into contact with a “powdery substance,” Alabama.com reported, and quickly became unresponsive. He was then immediately transported to the prison infirmary before being taken to a local veterinary clinic. Ultimately, Jake was taken to the clinic at Auburn University. 

The substance was identified by a HazMat team as synthetic marijuana. Sgt. Quinton Jones, Jake’s handler, told local media that the dog “lost his balance and became unresponsive” after being exposed to the substance, and he credited the quick action of a pair of prison medical officials, who performed CPR and applied an IV in the prison courtyard, for saving his life.

“Without their immediate response to Jake’s condition, he would not be alive today,” Jones said. “They are heroes for saving his life.”

Jake’s condition is said to have improved on Friday, and he is expected to make a full recovery and

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The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has issued its Progress Report of Legislative Updates for 2019. The best news of the year so far is legalization passing in Illinois and decriminalization in Hawaii, New Mexico and North Dakota. Here’s the MPP’s state-by-state breakdown, in alphabetical order.

Alabama to Georgia Alabama: Medical and decriminalization bills advance, but fall short; medical study approved Alaska: On-site cannabis use at regulated locations Arizona: Medical program improvements adopted; legalization doesn’t advance Arkansas: Decriminalization bill proposed, but dies; medical sales begin California: Numerous bills under consideration; legislature continues its work Colorado: Home delivery and hospitality bills enacted Connecticut: Bills to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis pass committees, but don’t receive floor votes Delaware: Legalization bill carries over to 2020; other reforms pass Florida: Gov. DeSantis signs legislation repealing the ban on smoking medical cannabis Georgia: Bill adds in-state access to low-THC medical cannabis Hawaii to Louisiana Hawaii: Decriminalizes the smallest amount of any decriminalization or legalization state Idaho: Decriminalization and hemp legislation dies; anti-ballot initiative bill vetoed Illinois: Land of Lincoln becomes the 11th state to legalize cannabis for adults Indiana: Marijuana policy reform bills introduced, but fall short Iowa: Medical-marijuana expansion thwarted by Gov. Reynolds Kansas:

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The world lost one of its most irreverent voices on Sunday when satire writer, publisher, and co-founder of the Yippies Paul Krassner died at his home in Desert Hot Springs, California at the age of 87. A contributor to High Times and founder of the seminal alternative magazine The Realist, Krassner was known for his socially-motivated writer’s pranks, and willingness to publish voices that few others would. 

The San Francisco Chronicle published an article suggesting that Paul Krassner had recently become unable to walk, and was being treated for neurological problems at the time of his death. He is survived by his daughter Holly Krassner Dawson and wife Nancy Cain.

It was 1958 when child violin prodigy and stand up comic Krassner left his job at Mad Magazine to begin publishing his mimeographed counterculture publication The Realist. Initially still living with his parents, he made a name for the magazine by publishing interviews with polemic comedian Lenny Bruce. Paul Krassner would go on to support the infamous comedian in his high profile obscenity trials, and was the editor of Bruce’s 1965 biography How to Talk Dirty and Influence People

Another seminal The Realist commission was cartoonist Wally Wood’s infamous 1967

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