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New York Police No Longer Seizing Cannabis in Airports

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Police at Albany International and other major New York airports are no longer making arrests, writing tickets, or conducting product seizures in the case of low-level cannabis possession by travelers, according to a Times Union report.

The new policy is a result of New York’s recent legalization of adult-use cannabis.

According to Bart R. Johnson, former State Police colonel and current federal security director for 15 upstate New York airports, “We don’t seize [cannabis]. We just look for threats—explosives, knives, guns; we don’t look for illegally possessed narcotics.” Rather, if a suspected illegal substance is discovered during TSA officers’ search for threat-related contraband, “we notify law enforcement.”

Officers with TSA—a federal agency—are required to notify local law enforcement whenever they encounter an illegal substance, and cannabis remains federally prohibited. But cannabis has been legalized in New York and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said that if a passenger is discovered to be carrying cannabis, deputies will no longer take action unless the amount of cannabis appears to surpass the state’s three-ounce possession limit.

“We don’t take it anymore. It’s legal if not more than three ounces and, well, have a nice day.” — Sheriff Apple, via the Times Union

The change follows similar policy shifts in other post-prohibition states. In 2018, officials at LAX in Los Angeles announced the airport would allow cannabis possession by travelers.

Last January, Chicago airports established so-called “cannabis amnesty” boxes where travelers could deposit any cannabis products they were carrying before going through security — notably, security footage showed that one such amnesty box was pilfered by an arriving traveler within weeks.

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Author: Graham Abbott

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DTE Energy Music Theater Names Lume as Official Cannabis Brand

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DTE Energy Music Theater, one of Michigan’s largest concert venues, has entered into an agreement to make Lumethe state’s largest cannabis companyits official cannabis brand, the Detroit Metro Times reports. The venue also plans to open a consumption lounge and sell Lume products for use during events.

John Gregory, chief marketing officer for Lume, said the partnership with DTE Energy Music Theater is the company “trying to take cannabis out of the shadow put it in the spotlights and get it into the culturally mainstream events.”

“Cannabis and music have always gone well together, not tied to a specific kind of music. We can showcase our brand in an unexpected way. … We want to get the taboo and old prohibition sentiments in the rearview.” Gregory to the Metro Times

The five-year agreement includes branding and signage throughout the venue, along with retail sales that people will be able to pick up later in Lume stores. Neither on-site consumption nor sales at the venue will launch immediately as the Music Theater is located in Independence Township which does not currently allow adult-use sales.

Lume also has the right of first refusal for any company that 313 Presents has contracts with, including the Fox Theater, Little Caesars Arena, and Comerica Park. Gregory said the branding will be removed or covered up during family-friendly events.

The agreement with DTE Energy kicks off this weekend with Yoga on the Lawn. The event will include Lume’s CBD wellness products.

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Apple Lifts Ban on Cannabis Delivery Apps in App Store

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Apple will allow cannabis delivery apps in its App Store, Marijuana Moment reports. Updated on June 7, the policy change includes restrictions that require cannabis delivery apps to be geo-restricted within legal cannabis boundaries, and applications must come from legal entities and not an individual.

The original policy read:

“Apps that encourage consumption of tobacco and vape products, illegal drugs, or excessive amounts of alcohol are not permitted on the App Store. Apps that encourage minors to consume any of these substances will be rejected. Facilitating the sale of controlled substances (except for licensed pharmacies), marijuana, or tobacco is not allowed.” — Excerpt, Apple’s previous App Store policy, via Marijuana Moment

But a change in the policy wording last month carved out specific allowances for “licensed pharmacies and licensed or otherwise legal cannabis dispensaries.”

Chris Vaughn, CEO of the California delivery service Emjay, believes Google, which updated its policy in 2019 to explicitly ban cannabis apps, will “follow quickly” on Apple’s lead, he told WeedWeek. He said Apple was likely nudged by the legal cannabis movement in general — five states have legalized cannabis in 2021 alone, including New York, and the nation’s largest employer in Amazon this year announced it would stop drug testing employees for cannabis and would engage with lawmakers to help progress a federal cannabis bill.

Facebook, which has been accused of “shadow banning” some not-for-profit cannabis organizations including even the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission — the state’s cannabis regulatory agency — has not yet moved toward changing its cannabis policies, according to the report.

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