Starbucks-themed cannabis shop opens in UK

+ U.S. states can’t tell the difference between cannabis and hemp and legalization for a select few in Mexico

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A new CBD cafe called Starbuds has opened up in Sheffield, U.K.

Starbuds has everything that a normal Starbucks would have — coffee, cookies, that kinda thing – but with some CBD in it. Plus, a whole line up of CBD oils, gummies, candies, and so on that they’re selling.


What does Starbucks think of this?

Last year, the company was dead set against hopping into the weed industry.  But analysts are predicting that can’t last. The CBD market is just too big that it’s hard to imagine the global coffee giant staying out forever.

If they do, you might guess that Starbuds — which riffs off not only the name but the logo and general vibe — might be in complicated copyright waters.


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A bunch of U.S. states may have just legalized cannabis by accident


It’s no secret that U.S. marijuana laws are a complete mess of overlapping federal and state jurisdictions. And run by ideologues and anti-drug crusaders who couldn’t tell the difference oregano from OG Kush.


Now that hemp, the fibrous part of the cannabis plant that doesn’t get you high, is legal in the U.S., seems state officials are having a hard time separating what’s legal from what’s not. This despite the use of expensive (and largely unproven) THC testing machines.


It’s been a mess, legally speaking, in states where weed is not legal to determine who’s puffing on some primo bud and who is holding a bunch of hemp.


Teen Vogue has more on that story.


Mexico has (sort of) legalized cocaine


Last week, Mexico legalized cocaine for two people. Yes, two whole people are now permitted under Mexican law to use and possess cocaine.

Recreational cannabis has also been legalized for a select few people in Mexico.


It’s all part of a new trend of liberal drug laws coming to Mexico under new, left-wing president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.


With continued drug cartel violence in the country, it’s a sign that Mexico’s prohibitionist drug laws are in for a rapid change over the next few years.


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