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Medical marijuana and sports betting are top issues for NFL's CBA talks

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director Demaurice Smith after signing a new 10-year CBA in 2011. Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director Demaurice Smith after signing a new 10-year CBA in 2011. Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

The NFL and NFLPA will sit down at the negotiating table later this month to begin negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.

Why it matters: The current CBA doesn't expire until after the 2020 season, but both sides seem optimistic that they can secure a new deal relatively quickly.

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Venture capital is flowing steadily into hemp and cannabis companies, with investor enthusiasm growing as the number of legal markets for marijuana and CBD expands.

Details: Dollar volumes are already at a peak this year, and the number of deals may also set a record before 2019 comes to a close.