Alibi V.28 No.18 • May 2-8, 2019 

News on the Green

The Grass Is Always Greener

Stunning no one, the Brookings Institution published “Cannabis: the new green that’s filling state coffers,” an editorial that addresses regulatory policy affecting American cannabis use—whether medical or recreational—and banking restrictions that continue to hobble the industry’s innate economic potential. Aaron Klein, economic studies fellow at the left-leaning think tank, draws comparison to gambling’s path to legitimacy, lauding the “one billionth dollar of tax revenue from cannabis [generated in Colorado].”

In “Cannabis, marijuana, weed, pot? Just call it a job machine,” Conor Dougherty reports for The New York Times on job creation by the recreational and medical cannabis industries—from entry level agricultural and production positions to lucrative specialized nursing, chemistry or software engineering gigs. Dougherty advises cannabis career path caution for noncitizens, federal pensioners and anyone feeling the least bit skittish about pushback or prejudice from future employers.

Elevated Workouts & Munchies

Science examining cannabis use related to healthy behavior, like exercise engagement, remains sparse and inconsistent. Aiming to address these gaps, University of Colorado-Boulder scientists just published “The New Runner's High? Examining Relationships Between Cannabis Use and Exercise Behavior in States With Legalized Cannabis” in Frontiers in Public Health. To examine attitudes and behaviors about cannabis use pertaining to exercise, researchers conducted an online survey of 605 adult cannabis users in states that offer full legal access. This study found that 81.7 percent of respondents endorsed cannabis use as an adjunct to exercise; this participant majority did, however, skew both younger and male.

On Wednesday, May 1, Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” announcing that the company is gearing up to add CBD-infused snacks to its product line which boasts the Oreo, Cadbury, Nilla Wafers, Nutter Butter and Chips Ahoy brands. But don’t pour that celebratory glass of dunking milk just yet: Van de Put nixed consumer dreams of CBD-infused Oreos, noting that although CBD isn’t psychoactive, the compound may not mesh with its family brands. Instead, Mondelez plans to incorporate the ingredient in other snacks and establish entirely new product lines. While startups have embraced the CBD-infused food and drink market, larger companies like Mondelez and Coca-Cola are likely to warm the bench until federal officials have weighed new guidelines regulating CBD in snack foods and beverages.

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