• Are People Who’ve Never Smoked Weed Our Friends?

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    People who have never used cannabis are like the ideal unicorn for a threesome. You think they don’t exist, but once you know where to look, they’re everywhere. Back when Reagan was president, it was trickier to get people to admit that they smoke weed. But times have changed.  “The judgment has slowly shifted from ‘You smoke?’ to ‘You don’t smoke?’ but there’s still a stigma associated with cannabis use, whether medicinal or recreational,” says Chalette, a 37-year-old woman living in California who has never smoked weed. Of course, when we say “smoked weed,” we now mean “use cannabis,” as inhalation…

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  • Here’s what the next 5 years looks like for hemp CBD

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    FDA action taken this month offers clues a big clue as to what we might expect out of the burgeoning yet still uncertain picture of hemp CBD. At first it might seem unrelated—the FDA sent a warning letter to a supplements company selling N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), which is a common amino acid found in many supplements that’s been on the market since 1975. In that letter, the FDA asserted that NAC had been approved as a pharmaceutical drug back in 1963 and, under the so-called exclusionary clause in the federal Food Drug and Cosmetics Act, NAC does not fit the definition of…

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  • Does flavour affect what cannabis edibles you buy?

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Everyone has a favourite flavour. Instinctually, each individual knows what that is, be it candy, soda or popsicles. But that may change with cannabis edibles and beverages, as sales data shows certain flavours rise above the rest when it comes to consumers opening their wallets. Headset Analytics identified 73 different flavours currently sold on the market, which can range from hibiscus to red velvet. By a large margin, customers purchase citrus-flavoured cannabis beverages and unspecified flavoured gummy edibles more than any competing flavoured product, the company’s data shows.   Raspberry and watermelon are also popular with customers. But citrus and lemonade flavoured beverages constituted…

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  • Can These Canadian Marijuana Stocks Compete In September?

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Within the cannabis industry, Canada holds claim to many marijuana stocks. While there are many reasons as to why this is true, the most sensible one is that Canada is the only G7 nation to have recreational cannabis legal nationwide. Because of this, the cannabis industry there has grown tremendously in the past few years. With this growth came a slew of new marijuana stocks to watch. Although there is a lot of growth left to occur in Canada, the industry is working hard to make this happen. For now, a lot of the focus of cannabis investors has been in Canada. Although some…

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  • Higher Profile: Jesse Stanley, CEO Stanley Brothers Holdings

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    The Stanley Brothers, the Colorado company that followed the launch of non-psychoactive CBD or cannabidiol, via Charlotte’s Web, is now taking a deep dive into whole plant formulations, including activated THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, with its new brand, ReCreate.  Charlotte’s Web was first put in front of the American public and the world, when CNN’s Sanjay Gupta visited Denver, Colorado, and interviewed members of the Stanley family, responsible for helping then-four-year-old Charlotte Figi, the brand’s namesake. Charlotte suffered from Dravet Syndrome, enduring up to 300 grand mal seizures a week. Her mother, Paige, got wind that a type of cannabis plant was available with little-to-no THC,…

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  • The Cannabis Industry’s ‘Essential’ Upside From COVID-19

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    The designation of the cannabis business as essential caught some states and some state officials off guard.  It was a classic watershed moment when 20 of the 33 states across the U.S. that allowed some form of sale and consumption of marijuana had those businesses designated as essential businesses in March during the early days of the coronavirus outbreak.  And while that designation of what is “essential” was just an advisory from the Department of Homeland Security, and not a federal directive or standard, meaning that it’s open to wide interpretation by various jurisdictions, cannabis advocates jumped on the opportunity in March to remind state governors about…

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  • Higher amount of Canadian marijuana being intercepting at border

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

    The amount of Canadian marijuana intercepted at the U.S.-Canada border crossing in New York State is skyrocketing. The Peace Bridge is no different. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have not seen anything like this before. Exhibit A: On Monday, a tractor-trailer was discovered to be carrying almost two tons of pot. It was loaded onto 14 shipping pallets that were listed as lighting equipment.   With marijuana legal in Canada, but against federal law here, border crossing officers are finding more attempts to smuggle pot into the United States. The Buffalo Field Office for customers and border security has jurisdiction from the Peace Bridge…

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  • Dear Joe Biden: Here’s the data, now it’s time to embrace marijuana legalization

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis Legalization , News

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    Dear Joe Biden, Congratulations! You’ve officially chosen a running mate who—despite previously opposing cannabis—is now fully on board with federal legalization. There’s still time for you to make a similar evolution, by repenting for your past sins as one of the nation’s leading drug warriors, and then quickly pivoting to embrace legalization— an incredibly popular policy (supported by 67% of all Americans) that would vastly improve the country while greatly increasing your chances of getting elected.   According to your policy director, the only reason you haven’t backed national cannabis legalization already is a perceived “lack of data.” “As science ends up with more conclusive evidence regarding the…

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  • COVID-19 has caused legal weed to ‘cannibalize’ the illicit market

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis , News

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    By the end of 2020, the legal cannabis industry is expected to surpass US$15 billion. But the money that weed generates on the illicit market far exceeds that amount. Tracking exact figures is tricky because anonymous dealers and criminal networks aren’t exactly sharing sales data with the media. But estimates approximate the illicit market is more than four times the size of its legal market.   More specifically, New Frontier Data values the U.S. illicit. Per Statistics Canada, less than 30 per cent of Canadian cannabis users acquire their goods exclusively from licensed retailers. Lawmakers, regulators and law enforcement have struggled to establish measures to combat…

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  • Cannabis leaders react to Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris: Will she help or hurt marijuana legalization?

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis Legalization , News

    Politics Cannabis leaders react to Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris: Will she help or hurt marijuana legalization? Leafly StaffAugust 11, 2020    Share   Print Kamala Harris probably won't be a loud voice advocating for legalization, but she can reassure Joe Biden about the California experience. It's gonna be okay, Joe. Legalization works. (Leafly illustration) Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president on the Democratic ticket. What does that mean for marijuana legalization and the cannabis industry? We asked a number of leading voices, starting with those who knew Harris during her years as California attorney general. David Downs, Leafly’s California bureau chief: Based…

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  • Veteran Serving Life Sentence For Selling $30 Worth Of Weed To Be Freed

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    He was a military veteran, busted for selling a mere .69 grams of marijuana. For that, Derek Harris has served nearly a decade behind bars. But now, after the Louisiana Supreme Court granted him a new hearing, Harris is set to be freed. Harris’ time in prison began back in 2008, when he was arrested after selling a Louisiana police officer an amount of pot valued at less than $30. According to CNN, Harris was initially “Harris..convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison,” and then later “resentenced in 2012 to life in prison under the Habitual Offender Law, which allows judges to impose…

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  • Study Shows Similarities In Millennial And Boomer Cannabis Preferences

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Millennials and Baby Boomers love a good feud, but it looks like smoking a bowl together might put some of that angst to rest after all. According to a recent study from Verilife, a dispensary operator under the PharmaCann umbrella, there are more similarities than differences when it comes to how cannabis users from both demographics partake in the leafy green.  The study revealed that inhaled cannabis is the preferred method of use for both groups, possibly because of familiarity. Naturally, Boomers are used to smoking joints and pipes instead of imbibing other ways, and even some Millennials started using cannabis at a time when…

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  • Will Cannabis Companies Ever Pay Dividends?

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Canadian cannabis companies have not yet established themselves as consistently profitable companies. The biggest names in the sector have reported net losses for years. However, as the sector expands, some investors may be wondering whether Canadian cannabis companies will ever pay dividends. Let’s take a deeper dive into that question. What does it take to be a consistent dividend payer? Some of Canada’s best-known companies have remarkable dividend histories. For example, Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY)(NYSE:RY) (“RBC”) has been paying a dividend for over 100 years and is Canada’s largest bank. The bank enjoys consistent profitability due to the relatively concentrated nature…

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  • British Columbia To Allow Online Cannabis Sales

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Regulators in British Columbia announced on Tuesday that private cannabis retailers will now be allowed to conduct sales of recreational marijuana online or over the telephone, although customers will still be required to pick up their purchases at the store. The regulations are being modified as a way to reduce the chances of transmitting the coronavirus during cannabis transactions, according to British Columbia Attorney General David Eby. “This change responds to a request from private retailers as they continue to follow the mandates of the provincial health officer,” Eby said in a statement on Tuesday. “It supports public health and safety by reducing the amount…

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  • Delta-8 THC Now Available From Coast To Coast

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Although the number of states that have legalized cannabis for use by adults is slowly increasing, it’s no secret that most of the country has still not come around to the cause. This sad situation leaves most Americans without a way to enjoy a nice pot buzz for the sheer enjoyment of it unless they’re willing to risk the potential legal ramifications, which can still be severe in some jurisdictions. But that’s all changing now with the advent of products made with the cannabinoid delta-8 THC becoming available to consumers from coast to coast. Like its sibling molecule delta-9 THC, which…

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  • Weed Workers Will Outnumber Computer Programmers By End Of 2020

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Total combined recreational and medical cannabis sales in the U.S. is anticipated to break $15 billion by year’s end.   If you’re looking for work amid the pandemic and live in a legal state, the cannabis industry is hiring. New data published in the 2020 edition of the annual Marijuana Business Factbook reports the U.S. cannabis industry is expected to add almost 250,000 full-time jobs between 2020 and 2024. The cannabis industry employed around 165,000-210,000 workers in 2019, but the number is expected to jump 50% by year’s end — or, 240,000-295,000 workers. These figures represent those who work directly with the plant…

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  • Weed Edibles Have Sold Really Well During The Pandemic

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    The communal experience of cannabis, something that has always been closely linked to joints and vapes, has now been put on an indefinite pause. Edibles to the rescue! Predictions about marijuana use during the pandemic abounded. Once businesses and buildings started to close, different states declared that cannabis is an essential business. People rightly assumed that times of stress are great times to get high, whether consumers were seasoned cannabis users or not.   Opinions varied when discussing inhaled cannabis and its impact on the pandemic. While some people claimed that joints would be discarded due to the lung irritations they could produce, others…

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  • Did women use cannabis as medicine in ancient Egypt?

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    An empire that spanned 3,000 years, from 3100 BCE to 332 CE, ancient Egypt amassed enormous wealth thanks to its rich agricultural lands and abundance of minerals such as gold, granite and, turquoise. Protected from invasions by the area’s unique geography of desert, coastline, and Nile river floods, the region also benefitted from relative political stability—especially when compared to neighboring regions where warlording was fierce and ongoing. Wealth and stability in ancient Egypt allowed for specialized education to flourish, especially medicine. Egyptian doctors—both men and possibly women—were the best in the ancient world and highly sought after by foreign kings and queens. Even…

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  • House Votes To Block Federal Interference Of Legal Cannabis

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve an amendment to a defense spending bill that prohibits the federal government from spending money on investigating and prosecuting cannabis activities that are legal under state or tribal law. The wide-ranging amendment, proposed by Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, is similar to spending restrictions placed on federal agencies to protect legal cannabis that have been passed each year since 2014. “This is the most significant vote on marijuana policy reform that the House of Representatives has taken this year,” Justin Strekal, the political director for the National Organization for the Reform of…

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  • What Effect Does CBD Oil Have On Cats?

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

    Cats, much like dogs and humans, are also equipped with an endocannabinoid system. Can they experience the benefits of CBD? From beauty stores to pet stores, CBD products are everywhere. Animals, like us, are equipped with an endocannabinoid system, leading researchers and businesses to believe that they can also experience the benefits that we experience when consuming CBD.   According to some brands, when it comes to CBD’s effect on cats, the compound can help them relax, provide pain relief, reduce aggression and help them manage their stress. But how accurate are these statements? Many CBD brands claim that their products can provide relief for…

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