People in Jail for Cannabis While Legal Market Booms is “The Height of Injustice”


CANNABIS CULTURE – “It is really the height of injustice to have individuals still incarcerated in your state on marijuana-related offences at the same time as you have a booming legal cannabis industry,” says Sarah Gersten, executive director for Last Prisoner Project. The Michigan Cannabis Prisoner Release Campaign (MCPRC) in conjunction with the Last Prisoner Project (LPP) is working hard to fundraise and raise awareness for Michiganites that are currently still incarcerated for cannabis-related offences…


Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Cannabis Ballot Initiatives


Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota will vote on whether to legalize cannabis. Cannabis reform may be stalled at the federal level, but the number of states that have legalized it in some capacity continues to grow. Heading into the 2020 election, 33 of them and the District of Columbia permit medicinal use. Eleven of these states, as well as D.C., have also legalized recreational use. On November 3rd, four more states —…


It’s Harvest Time For P.E.I.’s Budding Community Of Cannabis Growers


‘You can grow the best cannabis to its absolute potential and then completely ruin it when you harvest it’. Under a cloudy October sky, freelance photographer Sean Berrigan looks over his crop of organic outdoor cannabis plants while considering when the best time to harvest will be. “There’s a little bit of an issue sometimes growing outside, especially in our climate here on the East Coast,” Berrigan said. “We live in a very humid and…


Shawn Kemp, Ex-NBA Great, To Open Cannabis Dispensary In Seattle


Ex-hoops star is going green & hopes to ‘inspire’ legal marijuana industry. Shawn Kemp, the former six-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, is set to open a cannabis dispensary in Seattle next week. Kemp, who starred with the Seattle Supersonics from 1989 to 1997 and battled Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals, is set to open Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis on Oct. 30. – Read the entire article at FOX Business.


Seven Welland Cannabis Stores Awaiting Approval


There are seven Welland cannabis dispensaries in queue awaiting final approval from the provincial government so that they may open. Their applications are listed as “in progress” on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s website. In Niagara, there six dispensaries authorized to sell THC products — Niagara Herbalist and Corner Cannabis in St. Catharines, as well as Choom, Canna Cabana and SPDR Cannabis in Niagara Falls, along with Cannabis Supply Co. in Fort Erie.…


Senior Citizen Strongman Finds Power in Cannabis (And He’s Not the Only One!)


CANNABIS CULTURE –  Older adults are using cannabis as a preventative measure. Case in point,  Mark Burnett (62), strongman from Akron, Ohio, prefers to use CBD for an extra kick to go with his morning vitamins. CBD is subtle in its effects, but Mr. Burnett notices it on days that he has forgotten to take it. “If I’m on a call with my coach and I run up on something unexpected, he says, ‘did you…


You Can Now Legally Buy Medical Marijuana in St. Louis County


A big thing happened over the weekend: A dispensary started selling legal weed in St. Louis County. Medical marijuana patients will no longer have to go to Illinois to get their medicine, they’ll just hop on over to Manchester. N’Bliss (1266 Old Orchard Center, Manchester; 314-627-2499) became the first dispensary to serve a medical marijuana patient in Missouri. Sales started at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and there was a line out the door. (And not…


Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis To Provide A Second Chance, Reform Criminal Justice System


Earlier this year, House Bill 2050 was introduced – a measure to allow for the legal sale of adult-use cannabis through a permitting structure for growers, processors, and dispensaries. There are several great components contained in this bill, including provisions to help our youth, support affordable housing, and provide resources to help minority and women-owned businesses. In addition, it would provide a much-needed influx of revenue to our state at a time when we face…


How One Company Found Success In Cannabis By Trading Pesticides For Bugs


Three years ago, Hans Brand had his “eyes opened” to an issue that would change his family and his company. Brand is a co-owner of Autumn Brands, a cannabis grower in Santa Barbara County Calif. As Autumn Brands transitioned from a nonprofit MED collective into the state’s newly legal REC market, Hans said he was issued a challenge to stop using pesticides – even those billed as “organic” – on his crop. The person pointed…


More Older Adults Turn To Cannabis To Treat Common Ailments


Cannabis use is becoming more accepted nationwide, with fewer than a dozen states making it fully illegal. One group turning to cannabis more than ever is older adults. A study published in April found the number of Americans age 65 and older who smoke marijuana or enjoy edibles increased 75% from 2015 to 2018. Now, research out of the University of California – San Diego shows older adults are using cannabis to treat a host…

7 Things I Learned Using Medical Cannabis for Multiple Sclerosis


There’s a growing body of research supporting the use of cannabis for MS symptom relief. Would it work for me? If you have multiple sclerosis, you already know that MS symptoms can be difficult to treat. In the absence of effective solutions, a growing number of people are looking to medical cannabis to manage common MS problems like chronic nerve pain, spasticity, and insomnia. Left unmanaged, these symptoms can have a profound impact on quality…


Top 10 Cannabis And Psychedelic Stock News Stories Of The Week


Welcome to the Cannabis Countdown. In This Week’s Edition, We Recap and Countdown the Top 10 Marijuana and Psychedelic Stock News Stories for the Week of October 12th – 18th, 2020. Without further ado, let’s get started. 10. Top Analyst Initiates Coverage on RWB, Issues Bullish Price Target 323% Above Market PI Financial analyst Jason Zandberg, who is bullish on Michigan, believes “RWB is the best vehicle to invest in the Michigan Cannabis market.” The…

Jim Belushi And Dan Aykroyd Make ‘Blue Brothers’ Appearance At Dispensary


If you ever wanted to meet The Blues Brothers while getting cannabis from your local dispensary, it’s your lucky day. Jim Belushi, founder of Belushi’s Farm, and comedian and actor Dan Aykroyd, as well as former Broncos player and author Ray Crockett, will be in attendance for The Green Solution’s 10th anniversary celebration. The Green Solution, founded during Colorado’s medical cannabis days in 2010, has amassed a fleet of 21 cannabis storefronts today. What better…


What Are The Most Abundant Cannabinoids?


Everyone fascinated by the science behind cannabis is familiar with two of the most common cannabinoids: THC and CBD. However, did you know that the cannabis plant can produce at least 144 cannabinoids? While research on the properties of all 144 of these compounds is not yet available, credible information does exist for all of the most abundant cannabinoids. Cannabinoids 101 First, it’s critical that we define what a cannabinoid is: Cannabinoids are compounds present…


COVID-19 Pandemic a ‘Boon’ for Legal Cannabis in Canada as Marijuana Industry Turns Two


Canada’s legal marijuana industry is celebrating a jump in sales, more brick-and-mortar stores and competitive pricing as it celebrates two years in business. Since Canada legalized recreational marijuana on Oct. 17, 2018, legal sellers and producers have struggled to compete with the black market, but there have been recent gains in the licensed industry. The change? The coronavirus pandemic, says retail marketing expert David Soberman. – Read the entire article at Global News.


How One Man’s Psychedelic Journey May Change the Face of Schizophrenia Treatment


CANNABIS CULTURE – “It is well understood that people with schizophrenia should not take large dosages of psychedelics because it is destabilizing,” says Mark Haden, Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in Canada.  “But we don’t know the effect of small dosages and how that can impact them.” The future of psychosis treatment took a new turn when Haden met a young man named “John Doe,” who had experience in microdosing…


What Bill Weinberg Misunderstands About Hemp Ethanol


CANNABIS CULTURE – “Now that hemp has finally arrived at its long-sought status as a legal crop and commodity, to what extent will it deviate from the utopian vision that animated the advocates who fought for it a generation ago?” – Bill Weinberg, HEMP: FROM MYTHOS TO MONOCULTURE, August 27th, 2020 Bill Weinberg is a long-time cannabis activist and a hero of mine. He wrote for such periodicals as High Times and Overthrow beginning in…


“Pain Can Affect Everything.” Sports Columnist Documents His Success Treating Chronic Nerve Pain With Medical Cannabis


Jeff Seidel exhausted just about every therapy available before turning to cannabis as a last resort. When Detroit Free Press sports columnist Jeff Seidel noticed a sharp pain between his shoulder blade and spine, he thought he might have overexerted himself at the gym. Or maybe it was old injuries rearing up again. What Seidel didn’t expect was that the pain would progress and worsen, and seemingly be unaffected by conventional therapies. Eventually, he decided…


France Gives Final Go-Ahead For Medical Cannabis Testing Program


If the testing programme turns out to be a success, France could become the 23rd European country allowing medical use of cannabis. For two years, 3,000 patients in France will be able too legally use cannabis as treatment for their illnesses. Set to last for a period of two years, the testing programme “authorises experimentation with the therapeutic use of cannabis in a controlled and limited setting with patients suffering from serious illnesses,” according to…


Windsor Cannabis Store Raising Money For Homeless During Grand Opening


Windsor’s fourth legal cannabis store is holding its grand opening with a fundraiser for the city’s less fortunate. Boondom, in Pillette Village, officially opens its doors to the public on Friday. “I think you’re going to see a real welcoming vibe that’s missing in the Windsor community in this particular type of retail environment,” says co-owner Simon Reid. – Read the entire article at CTV News.


Three Ways That Cannabis Can Help Women To Live Their Best Lives


Anandamide also plays a crucial role in balancing hormones, as well as regulating sleep and appetite. The medical benefits that cannabis could provide women have been highly touted. From PMS to menopause to endometriosis, reports indicate that cannabis may off exceptional relief for women. Menstrual cycles and PMS While menstrual cycles are essential for a healthy reproductive system, they also come with side effects that, depending on the woman, range from bothersome to severe and…

First medical cannabis dispensary to open in Virginia


The first medical cannabis dispensary is set to open in Virginia on Saturday. Dharma Pharmaceuticals will open in Bristol at 9 a.m. to registered patients on Oct. 17. Patients who plan on attending the grand opening will need to make an appointment by calling 833-434-2762. “Dharma will provide patients the opportunity to meet with a pharmacist in a confidential setting, who will help them develop a treatment plan and provide them with information to track…


Corporate Cannabis Struggles While Craft Producers Thrive


CANNABIS CULTURE – Financial experts blame price wars with the legacy market, increased competition, and unexpected consumer disinterest in Cannabis 2.0 products for the plummeting stocks of corporate LPs like Aurora and Canopy. However, with the number of sales at legal retailers being higher than ever, their return on investment issues may be as much about culture and quality as they are about competition. Larger LPs seem to be struggling to understand the typical consumer,…

Job Opportunities In The Canadian Cannabis Industry On Freeze, Except In This Sector


Data by Indeed Canada looks at the current hiring trends. Although employment in cannabis manufacturing started to slide in March and continued shrinking through June as some of Canada’s largest producers announced layoffs, not all the official data is downbeat. Indeed Canada tracked cannabis-related job postings by tallying those mentioning terms like “cannabis” and “budtender” in their job descriptions, excluding those that also feature phrases like “drug test.” Among the most common jobs are retail-related…


More Than 50 New Licensed Cannabis Stores In Application Stage In Hamilton


Several city councillors are voicing concerns about the proliferation of provincially-licensed cannabis stores in Hamilton. Currently, there are about a dozen pot shops in operation throughout the city, but the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario website shows 53 others in the application stage. Ward 8 Coun. John Paul Danko says they are “clustering” to target certain populations, pointing to Upper James Street on the central mountain where five of the proposed stores would be…


Five Questions With Green Party Candidate Scott Bernstein


CANNABIS CULTURE – British Columbia is holding a snap election. In my riding of Vancouver-Kingsway, I finally have a chance to vote for a real progressive drug peace activist, who is saying all the right stuff about drug policy. I asked Scott Bernstein of the BC Green Party some of the questions that are on my mind. See if you notice any difference between his answers and the non-answers you usually get from a typical…


How To Elevate The Flavour Of Your Edibles


Terpenes are especially important when choosing cannabis strains to cook with. Most people will stomach an ill-tasting candy edible because the end goal is to get high rather than to enjoy the flavour. But, what about a fully-infused meal? Cooking with weed can be difficult to perfect. But once you master the art of homemade butters and oils, making edibles is pretty straight forward. Once you add in the type of fat a recipe calls…

Province Lifts Limits On Cannabis Store Ownership


Alberta’s limit on cannabis shop ownership to 15 per cent of the province’s total number of stores is going up in smoke. On Nov. 1, the cap imposed by the former NDP government, which also set a maximum number of outlets owned by a single entity at 37, will disappear. Two years into recreational marijuana legalization, the fledgling market is mature and stable enough to allow a move to reduce bureaucracy and enhance competition, Alberta…


Blue Apron It Ain’t — These Marijuana Meal Kits Get You High


Amid pandemic, Boston-based Dinner at Mary’s pivots to DIY cannabis edibles. At first, quarantine cooking was kind of fun. We snapped up vintage stand mixers, flirted with different grocery delivery services, obsessively reverse-engineered our favorite fast food dishes, and flooded social media with pictures of our sourdough successes and focaccia fails. But seven months after the coronavirus prompted major changes to how Americans eat, and with a long winter looming, a certain culinary weariness is…


Easy Chocolate Cannabis Buttons Recipe


This article was originally published on The Medical Cannabis Community, and appears here with permission. Too afraid of wasting precious cannabis, I’d never made edibles. But, the kief collector of my grinder was packed! After watching a few videos, I made a plan that would take the least effort and time. I estimated the kief was 5 grams = 5000 mg X 45% = 2250 mg THC after decarb. – Read the entire article at…