Every Day, Someone Faces Charges For Cannabis Possession


Cannabis possession accounts for six in every 10 drugs tribunal prosecutions. The police are prosecuting people for the simple possession of cannabis at a rate of one person a day and most are first-time offenders, according to the latest data by the justice ministry. A total of 1,897 people have been brought before the drugs tribunal since it was first set up as part of a legal reform in September 2015. An overwhelming majority –…

Scholarships Available for Cannabis Job Training at HCC


The Cannabis Education Center at Holyoke Community College is offering scholarships to students who enroll in its March 2021 core cannabis training program. The intensive, two-day “Cannabis Core” training runs on Sat., March 20, and Sunday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program costs $595 but scholarships covering up to the full amount are available to qualified individuals through HCC’s partner, Elevate Northeast. – Read the entire article at Mass Live.


From GrubHub To Cannabis: An Entrepreneur’s Life-Long Bet On Home Deliveries


“This is my life,” says cannnabis industry CEO Adam Berk. And it is true: Berk is in fact passionate about his job. He has always been. Last year, the vertically-integrated cannabis company he headed, Stem Holdings, acquired Driven Deliveries, the world’s first publicly-owned cannabis delivery company. The resulting corporation, Driven by Stem, boasts a market cap of more than $60 million, with sales projected to hit $75 million in 2021. “My thesis is that people…


The Proto-Indo Europeans and Indo-European Cannabis Cult


CANNABIS CULTURE – The Indo-European language is the mother tongue of many modern dialects. Even before this language was spoken the ancestors of these people, the proto-Indo-europeans, were ritually using cannabis — a technique of worship that continued for thousands of years and spread throughout the ancient world, leading to its continued use in various religions. The Proto-Indo-Europeans were a  prehistoric ethnolinguistic group of Eurasia who spoke Proto-Indo-European (PIE), the ancestor of the Indo-European languages…

Seth Rogen Is Launching His Own Cannabis Brand In The U.S., And He’s ‘Never Been More Excited About Anything’


‘I’m Seth Rogen, and if you know anything about me at all, I’m going to assume it’s that I really love weed’. Seth Rogen’s new cannabis company, Houseplant, has been a decade in the making. The actor and his creative partner, Evan Goldberg, are launching their brand in California starting Thursday, March 11. This follows the brand’s 2019 entry into the Canadian market. “Houseplant was born out of our love and passion for cannabis, design…


Hide Your Stash In High Style With This New Cannabis Furniture Line


When it comes to cannabis accessories, brands have evolved alongside legalization — maturing from the basic paraphernalia of the early aughts to today’s widely accessible aesthetically elevated pieces. But as connoisseurs collect covetable wares like designer bongs, high-tech vaporizers, 24-karat gold grinders and refined rolling papers, it’s still a challenge to find a functional, safe and stylish way to store it all. Forti Goods, the first furniture company dedicated to designing exclusively for cannabis enthusiasts…


Psychedelic Summit Talks Legalization Prep


CANNABIS CULTURE – Speakers from across North America connected at the first-ever Psychedelic Summit to provide education to the public on the new wave of modern consciousness-expanding medicine. To begin the summit, which took place on February 25, 2021, Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Development Officer, Liana Gillooly, said her organization’s goal is to treat the root cause of trauma, which they believe is not being addressed by the pharmaceutical industry. “The vast majority…


How CBD Can Transform Your Skincare Routine


Of all the cure-all associations of CBD, skincare is one arena where this cannabinoid actually proves quite effective. Here’s what you need to know. Of all the medical claims and cure-all associations of CBD, skincare is one arena where this cannabinoid actually proves quite effective. Sure, cannabidiol can be used topically for nerve or joint issues, but on the surface layers of the skin, the compound’s anti-inflammatory properties make it an ideal ingredient for beauty…


What Can, Can’t You Do With Cannabis in New Jersey Now?


New Jersey’s recreational marijuana market is now voter approved and in effect under legislation signed last week by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy. New Jersey residents voted by a 2-to-1 margin in November to join 14 other states and the District of Columbia with legal marijuana for recreational use. Only those 21 and older can legally possess and use the drug. But there are a lot of ins and outs to consider. So what can you…


Medicinal Chef Megon Dee Is Helping People Finding The Sacred In Cannabis


The edible chef, cannabis educator, advocate, and healer on using cannabis to channel something more cosmic. When Megon Dee moved from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR in 2016, she just wanted a fresh start. Particularly in regards to her relationship with cannabis. Following the completion of a self-expungement of six cannabis-related charges, Dee—experienced with the plant and the culinary realm—set her sights on finding a new home in Portland’s legal cannabis community. She found one…

‘Giving Back Is Not Even A Question;’ Cannabis Shop New Dia Plans To Open In Worcester With $5,000 Community Donation


Ross Bradshaw has plenty of memories from the plaza at 118 Cambridge St. in Worcester. In the mornings, Bradshaw’s father used to take him and his sister to a since-closed cafe there. Now, that plaza is home to New Dia, a cannabis shop Bradshaw is opening with sights set on giving back to the community, supporting small businesses and giving customers a new experience. “He would give us life lessons in that cafe,” Bradshaw said…


Kansas to Hold Medical Cannabis Hearing This Week


CANNABIS CULTURE – The Kansas State Legislature has begun hearing arguments on House Bill 2184 to decriminalize cannabis for medical use, a bill largely spearheaded by the Kansas Cannabis Business Association (KCBA).  Kansas is one of several states where cannabis is still illegal in all forms with the exception of CBD.   Two years ago the KCBA began working with a coalition of pro-legalization groups, and they will be presenting to the House as lead proponents…


Victoria Cannabis Buyer’s Club Faces Eviction


CANNABIS CULTURE –  After 25 years of community service, the Victoria Cannabis Buyer’s Club (VCBC) now faces an eviction order from the BC Solicitor General.  The Provincial Community Safety Unit has ordered the buyer’s club (and the 8000 patients they serve) to vacate their 826 Johnson Street location by March 31. On August 31, 2020, BC Solicitor General Mike Farnworth sent a letter to the Victoria City Council supporting an exemption for the VCBC.  Now,…


Responsibly Scaling Your Cannabis Business Is A Win-Win for the Whole Industry


As the cannabis industry continues rapidly growing, we’re continually learning how to scale cannabis businesses the right way. As cannabis executive recruiters, we have a front row seat to how this is playing out. The reality of the cannabis industry is there’s an ever-changing long list of to-do’s. Cannabis businesses are doing their best to prioritize their battles, but they often don’t have the resources to ensure they’re operating compliantly and profitably. Forget time management…

New Jersey finally legalizes


This week was dominated by the news that New Jersey finally legalized cannabis, months after over two-thirds of New Jerseyans voted to legalize. The state’s difficulty in passing overwhelmingly popular legislation offers a cautionary tale to other states that are hoping to legalize to pave over budget deficits and spur criminal justice reform. It’s a lot easier said than done. And it may take years to actually see the promised tax revenue from a fully…


Pennsylvania Could Be Next State To Legalize Recreational Cannabis


The next state to legalize marijuana for adults may well be Pennsylvania, where two top state lawmakers introduced a bipartisan legalization bill on Wednesday. Past proposals to legalize in the state have stalled in the Republican-controlled state legislature. This latest proposal, introduced by state senators Shari Street (D-Philadelphia) and Dan Laughlin (R-Erie), is bipartisan. It would legalize adult-use cannabis for adults 21 and over, decriminalize a yet-to-be-determined amount of marijuana, and could raise as much…

Weed Porn: Focus On Cannabis Photography


In 1974, High Times published its first marijuana centerfold in its Fall issue, only the second edition ever of the groundbreaking magazine covering all things cannabis. Depicting a 20-pound brick of Colombian pot on a white silk sheet, the image was the first in a series of iconic marijuana photographs that continues to this day. Since that popular debut, cannabis photography has advanced, both technically and artistically, with the launch of myriad other publications dedicated…


Former Baseball Star Andruw Jones The Latest Athlete To Step Into The Cannabis Sector


Fytiko Farms plans to produce cannabis oil with low doses of THC for medical patients in Georgia. Five-time Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Andruw Jones is now the co-owner of a cannabis company, per the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Fytiko Farms, which also operates in Oklahoma, plans to produce cannabis oil with low doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for medical patients in Georgia. Cannabis remains illegal in the state, but medical oil is permitted as long as…


Study Examining Cannabis For PTSD In Veterans Given Green Light


The Battle Brothers Foundation said Wednesday it has obtained authorization from the national Independent Review Board for the study on the efficiency of medical cannabis in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans. What Happened: For this study, the Battle Brothers Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on providing support to veterans, will collaborate with NiaMedic, a medical data and research company. After confirming the procedures for the proposed study are ethical, the national Independent Review Board…


Man Who Served Eight Years For Cannabis Crime Now Part-Owns ‘World’s Largest Commercial Farm’


A man who spent eight years in state prison for selling cannabis in the United States is now a part-owner of one of the largest legal weed farms in the world. In fact, if their own video advertisement is to be believed, it’s ‘technically the largest commercial cannabis farm in the world right now’. However, one of the men behind it has come a seriously long way to get to this point. Mike Biggio spent…


Healing With Cannabis: A Look Into The Heavenly Center


Substance use disorder is one of the most prevalent issues in our society today. So much so that the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates that nearly 20 million Americans have fought a substance abuse issue since 2017. Although substance abuse is a keynote topic among community activists and socially-minded lawmakers, the numbers continue to climb at an unprecedented rate. For most, substance use disorder isn’t a figment of the media. Instead,…

History of Cannabis Tours at Calgary’s Heritage Park


CANNABIS CULTURE – Cannabis connoisseurs in Calgary have a new option for an entertaining, educational and socially-distant evening out, where consumption will be allowed. Cannanaskis, Alberta’s first cannabis tourism operator, is expanding to offer History of Cannabis Tours at Calgary’s historic Heritage Park. This three-hour, outdoor, adult-only tour is led by Dave Dormer, a journalist and researcher with more than 20 years experience. Tours will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays…


New Jersey Governor Signs Laws To Legalize Marijuana Use, Decriminalize Possession


Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law legislation setting up a recreational marijuana marketplace, decriminalizing cannabis and loosening penalties for possession. Legislation to set up a recreational marijuana marketplace, decriminalize cannabis and loosen penalties for underage possession of the drug and alcohol was signed into law Monday by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, more than three months after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to legalize adult use of the drug. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate…


California-based Kaneh Co. Is Bringing Gourmet Cannabis-Infused Baked Goods To Michigan


When Rachel King decided to expand her California-based cannabis-infused baked goods company Kaneh Co. to Michigan, she says she did it partially because of the Great Lakes State’s huge marijuana market, which reported just under $1 billion in sales last year. There was another reason, too. Like seemingly everyone, she has a connection here. “Michigan’s also near and dear to my heart — my husband’s from Midland,” she says. “We go out to Michigan like…


Councillor Bligh Says Fee is Too High


CANNABIS CULTURE – Vancouver City Councillor Rebecca Bligh introduced a motion to change the licensing fee to facilitate the opening of Cannabis retail stores. “The extremely high size of the municipal business license fee for cannabis retailers acts as a significant barrier to entry for businesses seeking to join the legal market, which can incentivize them into operating illicitly, requiring additional enforcement and compliance costs, increasing the risk to public safety, and undermining the operations…

Reddit Effect Takes Cannabis Stocks On A Wild Ride


Assets under management by pot-tracking ETFs are at an all-time high. Cannabis stocks are the latest to experience the often shortlived high provided by Reddit exposure. Social media has proved a powerful driver of retail sentiment so far this year, leaving investors and analysts to wonder which company might become the next GameStop. – Read the entire article at Financial Times.


‘I’m a Rabbi in Texas Writing Kosher Certificates for Cannabis’


Iwas born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I was there till I was almost 19, went to Cal State Northridge University, studied philosophy, psychology. Then I decided to take a trip, to leave California and to find myself. I travelled all around Europe, and then, of course, I ended up in Israel, in a rabbinical school, where I did indeed find myself. I stayed there for 19 years. I studied, became a rabbi, got…


Why a Hemp Expert Uses Cannabis to Treat Her Crohn’s Disease


“Cannabis is medicine.” In 2012, Mary Pryor, who would eventually become the CMO of Tonic CBD and co-founder of Cannaclusive, an inclusive-based cannabis marketing company for brands, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. As she was trying to handle the anxiety and pain of her own, she was also in the midst of supporting her mother, who was in hospice. While dealing with both of these things was challenging, two years after her diagnosis, though, her…


How to Make Weed Edibles: Best Edible Marijuana Recipes


Cannabis edibles offer you a convenient way of enjoying the therapeutic effects of cannabis. Unlike vaping or smoking, the effects last longer which makes it effective for pain management and relaxation. Even better, making edibles at home is easier than you thought. Even beginners can make it with a little guidance. Besides, you can customize a recipe by varying the potency in the weed snack to suit your needs. While there are so many easy…

Cannabis And National Decriminalization: The Story So Far


Unraveling marijuana laws could be a long, tedious process, but some lawmakers have said they’re ready to try. Cannabis legalization or decriminalization (we’ll get to the difference in a bit) is one of several issues set to test Democrats’ slim majority in Congress, along with a $15 minimum wage hike and making Washington, DC, the 51st state. At the federal level, cannabis continues to be prohibited across the board, resulting in a legally dubious gray…