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Koch-backed group joins push to legalize weed following Zoom with Snoop Dogg

A group backed by billionaire political donor Charles Koch is part of a new coalition pushing for the legalization of marijuana at the federal level, after chatting about the issue over Zoom with Snoop Dogg, Politico reported Tuesday.

What are the details?

The third gentleman on the Zoom call that took place last summer was Weldon Angelos, who created the nonprofit The Weldon Project, which works to release people from incarceration who were locked up for marijuana offenses. Angelos was granted a full pardon by former President Donald Trump in January, after serving 13 years of a 55-year sentence for marijuana trafficking.

The trio might seem an unlikely meeting to some. But while Koch has long been demonized by the left along with his late brother, David, for funding conservative initiatives and politicians, Koch has a strong libertarian streak and the resources to influence change.

“I had known that his position on drugs was very libertarian,” Angelos said of Koch. “I just didn’t know that he supported the legalization of all drugs.”

But with Democrats now in charge in Washington (and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in favor of legalization), a freedom-loving right-wing donor could be the answer to making marijuana prohibition a thing of the past.

“We can’t cut with one scissor blade. We need Republicans in order to pass [a legalization bill],” Angelos told Politico. “We need 10 to 12 Republican senators. With Koch’s influence, I think that’s likely a possibility.”

Out of the Snoop-Koch-Angelos Zoom meeting came a brainchild: a new coalition dubbed the Cannabis Freedom Alliance, which includes Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity, The Weldon Project, the libertarian Reason Foundation, and a trade organization called the Global Alliance for Cannabis.

The Cannabis Freedom Alliance announced its launch Tuesday, saying in a news release that its on a mission to “end the prohibition, criminalization, and overregulation of cannabis in the United States.” The organization says it “aims to do so in a manner consistent with helping all Americans achieve their full potential and limiting the number of barriers that inhibit innovation and entrepreneurship in a free and open market.”

Anything else?

The Hill reported that Brent Gardner, the chief government affairs officer for Americans for Prosperity, issued a statement expressing his group’s enthusiasm over the new initiative.

“Americans for Prosperity is excited to work alongside our partners to bring cannabis businesses into the light, replacing black and gray markets with a free and fair legal framework,” Gardner said. “Cannabis commerce will become a way for Americans to lift themselves up, rather than a barrier holding them back.”

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Just 15 days after pot was legalized in Illinois, a man allegedly shot his would-be dealer after she refused to let him smell what she was selling

An Illinois man has been charged with fatally shooting a woman he arranged to buy marijuana from on Facebook after the victim refused to let him smell it, prosecutors say, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The alleged crime took place just 15 days after the recreational sale of marijuana was legalized in the state.

Terrell Vining, 18, was arrested on first-degree murder charges in the shooting that killed Sasha Moore, 20, at a South Side Chicago gas station in January. The two had arranged to meet there to complete the drug deal, according to records from Facebook.

Vining, using the name “Chris Paul,” reportedly contacted Moore on Facebook after she advertised on the social media platform that she had weed to sell. After initially picking a different location, Vining eventually set up the meeting at the gas station on 83rd and Halsted streets.

Surveillance cameras videos showed Vining waiting at a nearby gas station before the meeting, prosecutors said.

Moore, along with her boyfriend, arrived at the gas station shortly after midnight, at which point, Vining stuck his head inside the car and asked to smell the marijuana before purchasing it, authorities said. When Moore refused, Vining allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot her in the head.

After the initial gunshot, Moore’s boyfriend was able to reach his foot over to the gas pedal and drive off as Vining reportedly fired two more shots at the car. Moore was taken to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead.

Moore’s boyfriend was able to get away safely and later provided police with Vining’s Facebook account, which contained photos of Vining that he had uploaded. He was also able to identify Vining in a photo array, prosecutors said.

According to an assistant public defender assigned to Vining, the suspect was working part-time and living with his mother while enrolled as a senior at a downtown charter high school.

His next court date is set for March 23.

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Colorado State University creates ‘rigorous’ cannabis degree to help meet industry demand

Colorado State University is launching a cannabis degree program aimed at meeting the demand for experts as legalized cannabis becomes more commonplace across the United States, according to the Associated Press.

The new Cannabis, Biology and Chemistry program at CSU will be similar to a double-major in biology and chemistry, with some specific emphases on analyzing cannabis.

“It’s a rigorous degree geared toward the increasing demand coming about because of the cannabis industry,” College of Science and Mathematics dean David Lehmpuhl told the AP. “Hemp and marijuana has really come to the forefront in a lot of economic sectors in the country. We’re not pro-cannabis or anti-cannabis. What we’re about will be the science, and training students to look at that science.”

The natural products coursework would place students in a lab setting to learn about the genetics of cannabis or other plants with additional courses in neurobiology, biochemistry and genetics, university officials said.

The analytical chemistry coursework would also place students in a lab setting to learn about the chemical compounds, such as determining what kind of cannabidiol concentration should exist in a product, university officials said.

Marijuana is fully legal — both recreationally and medicinally — in 11 states. It is fully illegal in just eight states, with all other states carrying mixed legal status allowing for varying levels of medicinal use, and some having decriminalized the substance to different degrees.

Colorado legalized marijuana in 2014, and has since generated more than $1 billion in revenue from the industry.

When marijuana is legalized to any degree in a state, there comes a rush of would-be entrepreneurs seeking licenses to open dispensaries, as well as a need for pharmacies and qualified pharmacists to run them. Also, experts are needed to handle research and production of legal marijuana that meets whatever state guidelines apply.

The university had previously established the Institute of Cannabis Research in 2016 at its Pueblo campus, where the new cannabis degree program will be. The campus had a minor program in cannabis studies.