A Snapshot Of America’s Medical Marijuana Markets: Vermont


Vermont’s cannabis market has seen modest growth as legal adult-use inch toward a legal framework, while medical market regulations favor patient access over revenue. Vermont’s Medical Market At The Moment The Green Mountain State generated $20 million in medical sales in 2018, according to data from BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research. That figure is forecasted to dip to $17 million by 2024. The adult-use market is expected to reach $91 million by that time.…

Coronavirus: Ontario’s Private Pot Shops Upset About Giving Up Delivery and Curbside Pickup


Ontario’s private cannabis stores will have to give up offering delivery and curbside pickup next week — and they’re not happy about it. The stores were allowed to start offering both services in April under a temporary emergency order the Ontario government issued during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the province is working on extending its state of emergency until July 24, orders that allowed delivery and curbside pickup won’t continue and the services will have…

Veil OG Room Spray Smells Lovely, But Can It Handle the Dank?


CANNABIS CULTURE – Today I have the pleasure of testing out Veil OG the smell eliminating spray. A stimulating blend of Sweet Orange, Black pepper, and California Cedar.   There are many different sprays on the market, some promote holistic benefits others help control the smell of different orders. The spray itself smells AMAZING! It’s the perfect kind spray to help invigorate you before yoga or just to even set a stimulating mood for the day…


Push for Cannabis Bio-Medical Innovations as Covid-19 Spreads in Africa


CANNABIS CULTURE – Gogo Maseko, head of South Africa’s Traditional Herbalists Organization and a member of South Africa’s Science Ministry Indigenous Bio-Innovation Consortium, is angry and pleads, “Give us the right to tinker with cannabis and explore medical solutions for side-effects of a range of illnesses; flu, diabetes or Covid-19.” After a slow start, Covid-19 is now infecting people rampantly and rapidly across Africa. While 500-thousand have been sickened so far across the continent, South…

Isiah Thomas Discusses His Journey From NBA Champion to Champagne to Cannabis


NBA champion, Hall of Famer and cannabis entrepreneur Isiah Thomas was recently appointed CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the publicly traded, Colombian hemp and cannabis producer One World Pharma, replacing the company’s founder, Craig Ellins. The basketball legend isn’t new to business or investing. In fact, his holding company, Isiah International Inc., has a diverse portfolio that includes cannabis oil and CBD companies, as well as the legendary Cheurlin Champagne,…


Can Cannabis Help Save The Bees?


Hemp could be a vital life line for bee populations struggling in nutrient scarce environments, and can support at least 16 different species of bees, according to a recent study. Titled “The Bee Community of Cannabis sativa and Corresponding Effects of Landscape Composition,” the study found that while hemp doesn’t produce nectar, it “produces an abundance of pollen during a period of floral dearth in agricultural landscapes,” meaning it has the potential “to sustain agroecosystem-wide…

Jamaica to Help Small Farmers Enter the Cannabis Industry


Jamaica is making it easier for its small business owners and farmers to enter the cannabis industry. The Cannabis Licensing Authority of Jamaica (CLA) announced in late June that its special permit policy is in an advance stage of completion and consultations with interested parties have begun. The goal of the CLA is to lower industry barriers by granting a “low-cost” two-year cultivation permit to small farmers in order to help them transition to licensed…


Cannabis May Reduce Deadly COVID-19 Lung Inflammation: Researchers Explain Why


As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, researchers have started to look for solutions in an unlikely place – the cannabis plant. Cannabis’ active compounds have a number of properties that make it appealing as a potential adjunct treatment for infections from the novel coronavirus, and recently scientists have begun looking at its potential for reducing susceptibility to the disease, and even discussed whether it could be used as an antiviral medication. This month, researchers from…

Can Medical Cannabis Help Treat Clinical Burnout?


Beyond the 2.3 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S and the more than 120,000 coronavirus deaths, as of mid-June, there exists an urgent medical situation. The treatment of medical personnel is an additional pandemic element, complicated by the rapid spread of the virus in the population. Burnout has hit many professionals, but most of all, the medical communities from doctors and nurses to emergency medical technicians. Despite all of the pre-planning, there was little…

The Endocannabinoid System: How Cannabis Interacts With the Body


Discovered by scientists in the early 1990s, the endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating many basic functions throughout the body. The system can be activated by cannabinoids that are naturally created by the body — and those found in the cannabis plant, which, as you might have guessed, is where it got its name. Among the functions regulated by the endocannabinoid system (ECS) are memory, appetite, temperature, the immune system, sleep, pain, and the female…


Edmonton-Area Company Set to Be Canada’s Largest Producer of Cannabis-Infused Gummies


Dynaleo acquired production licence. A new cannabis-infused gummy producer near Edmonton is set to be the largest in the country. Dynaleo received its production licence from Health Canada last week. The company has a 26,000-square-foot warehouse in an industrial park just south of the city. “The next phase of that would be getting our sales licence which we’re currently very excited about,” said Kristy Skwaruk, Dynaleo’s director of people and culture. – Read the entire…


4-Years After Aaron Evans First Brain Tumor; He Graduates High School


Over four years ago, Aaron Evans found out he had a brain tumor, something called AA3 (Anaplastic Astrocytoma). It has been a long journey, but Aaron and his family are now here: his high school graduation. Eighteen-year-old Aaron recently got his diploma from Kings Mountain High School. This, after years of surgeries, therapy, and CBD oil, Aaron was one of the first kids in the Carolinas to try CBD, even before it was widely available.…


Spenard Bakery Creating Marijuana Edibles Sees Big Jump in Business


As many businesses struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic, one business owner in Spenard said she is doing better than ever. MoMo’s Bakery makes marijuana edibles that are sold to Alaska cannabis businesses. Owner Maureen Eberhardt said that in recent months, their sales have nearly doubled. “It’s amazing because here it’s not even the tourist season and we are making record. Every week has been a record,” she said. Eberhardt said she is grateful that cannabis…


Organigram Lays Off 220 Workers, Will Cultivate Less Cannabis Than Expected


Organigram Holdings Inc. is laying off at least 220 employees — and is warning more bad news could be on the way. The Moncton-based cannabis company said Friday the cuts will impact a quarter of its staff, but make the workforce leaner, more flexible and better prepared to align its production capacity with market conditions. “These decisions are never easy to make, but we are committed to ensuring the company is appropriately sized relative to…

5 Factors That Affect Your Cannabis High


A hit from a bong can be much harder to manage for inexperienced users than a hit from a joint. Get to know the different ways of consuming cannabis and tread carefully if it’s your first time. Getting high is a simple process yet one that can be affected by many different factors. A lot has been said about cannabis and just how little is known about the plant. One of the most interesting parts…

CBD For Dogs? New Research Backs Canine Cannabis Use For Osteoarthritis


Is your dog suffering from canine osteoarthritis? A new study suggests that CBD may help dogs with this painful arthritic condition. Canine osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition marked by pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility. And it can leave dogs lethargic, irritable and reluctant to play, run or jump. Unfortunately, the condition is all too common in dogs. Researchers estimate that it affects at least 20% of all dogs older than 1 year old, with…


The Most Heartfelt, Weed-Friendly Supper Club in New York


Meet the sisters infusing their Dominican heritage and New York community into every bite. “Cannabis and food are two of the most communal things in the world. Both bring strangers and friends together. Together — it’s magic.” Raised in an entrepreneurial Latina household in Harlem where food means much more than just sustenance, Roshelly and Shanelly Pena were nearly destined to make said magic. The pair of sisters are co-founders of Higher Dining, a New…


How Cannabis Can Help You Cope With Insomnia During The Pandemic


Anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests that marijuana can help people cope with acute insomnia. Sleep is easily disrupted by the state of our mental health. It makes sense then that people are reporting increased issues with their sleep habits, having more vivid dreams, less restful sleep and more insomnia during the past couple of months. People usually struggle with their sleep habits. According to Donn Posner, president of Sleepwell Associates an adjunct clinical associate professor…


Aurora Cannabis Co-Founder Retires From Board of Directors


Aurora Cannabis Inc. says co-founder Terry Booth has retired from the company’s board of directors. Booth stepped down as chief executive in February, but had remained a member of the board of the cannabis company. Michael Singer, Aurora’s executive chairman and interim CEO, says Booth helped set the table for the company to lead in Canada and around the world. – Read the entire article at Global News.


Several New Cannabis Shops Applying to Open at Locations Across Brampton


Only one cannabis store is currently operating in Brampton, but several more could be coming to town soon. According to the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission’s (AGCO) website, there are currently seven proposed stores going through the application process including: — Dab Cannabis (227 Vodden St.) — THC Centre Cannabis Inc. (144 Kennedy Rd. South) — 360 Cannabis (2933 Queen St. East) – Read the entire article at Brampton Guardian.


Cannabis Activist And Policy Strategist Weighs In On How BLM Movement May Shape Industry


For more than two decades, Khadijah Tribble has been an expert on equity and inclusion in the cannabis industry. The founder of Marijuana Matters, a cannabis education and advocacy incubator, Tribble also co-founded Marijuana Policy Trust, a think tank that focuses on building inclusiveness and diversity within the space. Recently, she was named vice president of social responsibility for Curaleaf, one of the country’s top multistate operators. There she is parlaying her expertise and experience…


First Indigenous Cannabis Licence Holder Can Finally Turn the Lights on at New Dispensary


Zachary Lacelle, owner of Northern Zen Cannabis wasn’t sure what to expect on the opening weekend of his new business. The recreational cannabis dispensary is located on Osprey Miikan on Nipissing First Nations, just off Highway 17, west of North Bay. “It is going pretty good. I just hope that the community supports local business,” said Lacelle. “I was one of eight to receive a licence when Ontario did a second lottery. I didn’t get…


With 40,000 Americans Incarcerated for Marijuana Offenses, the Cannabis Industry Needs to Step Up, Activists Said This Week


An estimated 40,000 people today are incarcerated for marijuana offenses even as: the overall legal cannabis industry is booming; one state after another is legalizing; and cannabis companies are making healthy profits. That discrepancy is dead wrong, four activists agreed this week. They spoke at a webinar on how to achieve racial justice in the cannabis space, whether that means getting people released or finding them a job. The panelists also focused on what the…

The Cannabis World Mourns Dr. Lester Grinspoon


The cannabis community is mourning the loss of one of its greatest heroes, Harvard Medical School professor and longtime NORML board member Dr. Lester Grinspoon. Grinspoon leaves shoes that will never be filled as he consistently supported cannabis reform efforts for decades right up until his passing this week at age 92. Nobody will again have the opportunity to do what Grinspoon did for cannabis because he helped move the chains this far. The nation’s…


Greek Company Receives License to Produce Medical Cannabis in Europe


The Greek company Kalacan Hellas S.A. recently announced that it had received its medical cannabis installation license, allowing the company to establish manufacturing facilities in Europe to produce cannabis. The company plans on building its large-scale greenhouses on a 77,258 square-meter (831,598 square foot) licensed plot in the region of Kalamata, Greece, including EU GMP processing and manufacturing facilities. Such facilities are designed for the professional manufacture and packaging of pharmaceutical products. Construction is expected…


Aurora Cannabis’ $1.94 Billion Mistake Just Got Worse


Investing in the cannabis industry has been quite the adventure over the past couple of years. Through March 2019, buying almost any brand-name pot stock would have yielded a triple-digit or quadruple-digit gain for investors. But over the trailing 15 months, the vast majority of these gains have been wiped away, with most marijuana stocks losing anywhere from 50% to 90% of their value. While few pot stocks have been spared, the Canadian marijuana industry…


‘Big Bang Theory’ Actor Creagen Dow On His Unique Cannabis Ashtray: It’s One Of A Kind


He makes just one product: an odor-proof, heat-resistant, pet-friendly, ash and resin removing ashtray with a lid. As you might imagine, making this one thing means it’s done right. In fact, Creagen believes there are no competitors for his ashtray. “I don’t really think of anybody in the tobacco/cannabis ashtray space as a competitor since they don’t have a lid or a cleaning spike thin enough to pierce through every hole in every bowl or…

8 LGBTQ+ Cannabis Leaders Tell Us Who Gives Them Pride


Cannabis Pride It’s unlikely we would have a legal cannabis industry in California (or anywhere) without the work of many trailblazing LGBTQ+ advocates. Cannabis has been used for social, religious, stress relief, and medicinal purposes for thousands of years and the plants were (and remain) a critical therapy for AIDS patients. Patient advocates in San Francisco took that message to the people and secured the passage of Prop 215, which legalized medicinal cannabis in California…


Government’s Cannabis Pardons Program is an ‘Abject Failure’: Advocate


Only 238 applications have been approved for cannabis record suspensions. When the Liberals introduced no-fee, expedited pardons for simple cannabis possession, the federal government estimated up to 250,000 people could be eligible. Updated Parole Board of Canada (PBC) numbers show 436 pardon applications have been received as of April 3. Of those applications, 238 have been approved for cannabis record suspensions. – Read the entire article at Huffington Post.


Why More States Could Legalize Cannabis in 2021


Amid recession and social unrest, the cannabis industry sees its moment. Actions by states to reduce criminal penalties for marijuana use and possession are fueling momentum for the broader movement to legalize cannabis and have it serve as an economic engine for cash-strapped coffers, industry members and policy experts say. “I expect a record number of states to legalize marijuana in 2021, in part due to the financial pressures, along with the racial injustice imperative…