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Recycling Program Aims To Convert Cannabis Waste Into Fuel


One of California’s largest dispensaries has helped launch a first-of-its-kind recycling program in which cannabis packaging will be converted into fuel to help power delivery vehicles. Airfield Supply Co., a San Jose storefront that bills itself as the largest single-site dispensary in the state, is the first dispensary to sign on for the pilot program that could prevent as many as 5,000 plastic items from entering the state’s waste stream each day. CannaCraft, a Sonoma…


Medical Cannabis in Scotland


CANNABIS CULTURE – A look back to the mid 19th Century when cannabis extract (AKA ‘Rick Simpson Oil’) was being administered in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Scotland is making a return to growing cannabis, with medical production starting at Hilltop Leaf Ltd in Dumfries and Galloway, and the developments of farmers in Angus and Aberdeenshire working alongside the Scottish Hemp Association , Rowett Institute , SAOS and Rural Innovation Support Services to start growing hemp…


The Artist’s Way: How I Ended Up In The Canadian Cannabis Business


It should come as no surprise that a number of musicians have gravitated toward the cannabis industry and are actively aligning themselves with weed brands. The music business has always had a strong connection to cannabis. While its ties to artists have mainly been recreational, indelibly linked with decades-ago photos of icons like Jerry Garcia, Bob Marley and Willie Nelson, the industry has clearly changed. The natural fit between pop culture and cannabis remains as…


Knee Injuries Forced Olympic Sprinter Michael Frater Into Retirement, But Cannabis Is Helping Him Get Back On His Feet


The world record holder has opened a medical cannabis dispensary in Jamaica. Sprinter Michael Frater represented Jamaica for more than a decade and was a member of the world record-setting 4×100 metres relay team from the 2012 London Olympics. But about five years ago, his knees started to give him trouble and, eventually, the injuries forced him into retirement, reports SportsMax TV. Doctors were puzzled by the constant swelling and fluid build-up in the knees…


West Australian Doctors Still Facing Delays When Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis


The Director of the St Francis Medical Group, David Cooper, told 6PR Mornings that West Australian doctors are still being bogged down by red tape when trying to prescribe medicinal cannabis to their patients. Earlier this month the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) handed down its final decision in favour of down-scheduling low dose cannabidiol (CBD) preparations from Schedule 4 to Schedule 3, which means the drug will soon be available for purchase from Australian pharmacies…


Canopy Growth To Shut Down Cannabis Facilities Across Canada, Lay Off 220


Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp., says it will close five of its cannabis growing locations as it looks to get back in the black. The recreational cannabis giant says it will close its facilities in St. John’s, N.L., and Fredericton, N.B., Edmonton, Alta., and Bowmanville, Ont., as well as its outdoor cannabis growing operations in Saskatchewan. Approximately 220 people are expected to be laid off as part of the decision, the company confirmed in a press…

African Cannabis Innovators to Watch in 2021


CANNABIS CULTURE – Clever cannabis entrepreneurs across Africa are steaming ahead with niche trends like cannabis software and canna-infused drinks — now they look to cash-in in 2021. For eagle-eyed Africa cannabis investors/observers, here are top niche trends to grab onto.  Cannabis software  Cannabis software, a potential money-maker is an often over-looked startup sector that could potentially reap benefits for niche investors.  In South Africa, and elsewhere on the continent, local info-tech startups appear to…


Amsterdam Doubles Down On Plans To Restrict Tourist Access To Cannabis Coffee Shops


When international tourists finally return to the canal-lined historic streets of Amsterdam, one of the city’s main travel attractions might be off limits. Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema has proposed a new policy that would ban foreign visitors from accessing the city’s coffee shops. There are 166 cannabis coffee shops in Amsterdam, accounting for almost 30% of the Netherlands’ coffee shops. – Read the entire article at CNN .


WWE “Ahead Of The Curve” When It Comes To Cannabis, Says Jim Ross


“I think marijuana should be legal and it should be taxed.” In a recent episode of the wrestling podcast, Grilling JR, long-time wrestling commentator Jim Ross said World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was “ahead of the curve” with respect to cannabis reform. In 2008, WWE reformed its approach to cannabis and opted to test wrestlers for the substance just once per year. – Read the entire article at Edmonton Journal.


Call For UK Prisons To Trial Free Cannabis To See If It Cuts Drug Deaths


Prisons should trial free cannabis schemes for drug-dependent inmates to ascertain whether it could reduce overdose deaths, bring down violence and help people overcome opioid addiction, a police and crime commissioner has said. The North Wales PCC, Arfon Jones, said that if justice authorities were serious about reducing harms and violence in prisons, “they should be addressing the causes” such as the cheap synthetic cannabinoid spice that is rife and can be deadly, as opposed…


Playboy Documentary About Mickey—The Pope of Dope—Cesar is Joyful, And Leaves Us Wanting More


CANNABIS CULTURE –  “There are certain figures in the history of marijuana that loom large—that no one is aware of. I want to make sure that they are not forgotten,” says Nico Ponce de Leon Dios, Co-Founder of Foxy and Executive Producer of the short film, The Pope Of Dope: The Story of NYC’s First Delivery Service. But the homage was perhaps too short. The film’s length of six minutes and thirty-four seconds is not…


2020: A Record Year For Cannabis Studies


The cannabis plant is arguably the most dynamic plant on earth. It can be used for medical purposes, it can be converted into fuel, and it can be made into countless types of textiles. In many ways it would be easier to come up with a list of things that the cannabis plant cannot do versus compiling a list of everything that it can do. The cannabis plant’s versatility has been on display for many…

The Top 8 Cannabis Stocks in 2020


Despite an exceptionally challenging year in 2020, one industry that found itself ablaze was cannabis. With the industry maturing and offering sustainable double-digit sales growth, investors’ appetites for fast-growing marijuana stocks returned in a big way. After perusing the field of publicly traded pot stocks with at least a $200 million market cap, I’ve identified eight marijuana stocks that shared one common theme: they all ended the year higher by a triple-digit percentage. Ladies and…

The Ancient Origins Of Cannabis, According To Science


Trying to tell the story of ancient cannabis is like trying to guess the picture on a puzzle with the majority of the pieces missing. Most of what we know about the historic uses of cannabis come from sparse archaeological evidence and oft doggy translations of texts that are thousands of years old. We can make some educated guesses, but, in the end, the more answers we discover, the more questions we unveil. Nevertheless, thanks…

All About Playboy’s Cannabis Law Reform Advocacy And Social Equity Grants


Famed publisher Playboy has been expanding into many other verticals in recent years, incorporating branded products, gaming and hospitality offerings into its portfolio. Most recently, the company entered the CBD market with the launch of a line of products focused on boosting sexual pleasure. Taking yet another step into the cannabis space, Playboy announced in Septemmber it was launching a cannabis law reform and advocacy campaign in partnership with National Organization for the Reform of…


Dog The Bounty Hunter Unleashes New CBD-Infused Products


Dog partners with CBD Global Sciences Inc. CBD Global Sciences, Inc. has launched “Dog Unleashed CBD,” a new line of products developed in collaboration with Dog the Bounty Hunter that strives to take a holistic approach to address multiple ailments, and a dedicated website. Initial sales of Dog Unleashed CBD can be found at www.dogunleashedcbd.com, according to a press release from CBD Global Sciences Inc. The initial product line will include 12 different offerings focused…

Cooking With Cannabis: Time For New Year Cheer


Friends! Happy happy 2021! I don’t think I can say that enough, so happiest of new years to you all. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that 2020 was tough on everyone, with the scary uncertainty of a pandemic and the incredible drama around the election … yep, I think we can agree that a new year feels good. One thing I’ve always disliked though is that “new year, new you” stuff. Of course,…

Last Prisoner Project to expand operations into six additional U.S. states, receives boost from Greenlane Holdings


“Greenlane recognizes its responsibility to assist in rectifying the inequality and injustice that persists in the cannabis space.” Greenlane Holdings, a global cannabis platform that sells cannabis accessories and owns a suite of cannabis brands, has partnered with the Last Prisoner Project (LPP) on its “Roll It Up For Justice” program. LPP, a nonprofit dedicated to cannabis and justice reform, is working to free the more than 40,000 people currently incarcerated across the U.S. for…


Pandemic Has Not Stopped The Boom In Ottawa Cannabis Shops


As of Tuesday, 27 cannabis stores were authorized to be open in Ottawa, compared to seven last May. Another 58 entrepreneurs have secured locations for stores and are going through the application process to obtain a licence. Cara Rose-Brown and her husband Tim Brown opened their store in July, four months into the pandemic that has devastated many small businesses. But business is brisk at the Spiritleaf cannabis shop on Main Street in Stittsville. They…


Man Sentenced to Life For Two-Dime Bags Released after 12 years


CANNABIS CULTURE – Fate Vincent Winslow, a Louisiana man sentenced to life in prison for selling twenty-dollars worth of cannabis to an undercover cop — has been released. Winslow, 53, was arrested in September of 2008 in Shreveport, Louisiana. At the time, he had been homeless and was looking to get his life together. The officer, in plain clothes, offered him a five-dollar bonus to be the middleman in the transaction. The officer also asked…

Mother Fears Son Could Die As Brexit Stops Medical Cannabis Supply


Government gives two weeks notice that access to epilepsy treatment for nine-year-old Alfie Dingley will end. The mother of a nine-year-old boy with a rare and severe form of epilepsy has told how she fears her son could die after the government announced his supply of a life-changing cannabis medicine from the Netherlands would stop because of Brexit. Hannah Deacon was given just two weeks notice by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)…


Celebrities Continue To Cash In On Cannabis


“This is just another way for a celebrity to leverage their own brand equity and to be crass to make money,” according to one industry insider. This year, the cannabis world has welcomed so many famous people. Some decided to become part of the industry as brand ambassadors, while others launched their own brands. Musicians, actors and athletes have expressed their love for the plant. But why now? Was it because the stigma around cannabis…

Travel To Italy With Cannabis Edibles Inspired By Traditional Italian Desserts


With the coronavirus pandemic stubborn to release its grip on countries around the globe, travelers are being asked to continue stifling their wanderlust for the foreseeable future. And while the shutdown of leisure travel is hardly the most significant impact of the outbreak, it has left many world explorers desperate for the taste of a faraway locale. To fill the void left by canceled itineraries, alternatives including online guided tours of historic city centers and…

Alabama Man Launches Career As Medical Hemp Farmer After Mother’s Cancer Battle


As a child, Prattville native Jeffrey Lee remembers playing in cotton fields. These days, his own son and daughter run in a much different crop. “I’ve sat out there and watched my kids playing in all this hemp growing 10 or 11 foot high,” Lee said. Life as a full-time medicinal hemp farmer in Autauga County’s Booth community isn’t something Lee would had envisioned for his family a couple of years ago. – Read the…


2020 Year in Review: NORML’s Top Ten Events in Marijuana Policy


Closing the door on 2020,  NORML counts down the year’s best in cannabis news. #1: Advocates Run the Table on Election Day Voters approved every statewide legalization measure put before them on Election Day. Voters legalized the possession of marijuana by adults in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and in South Dakota. They additionally approved ballot measures legalizing of medical cannabis access in two states, Mississippi and South Dakota. Commenting on the Election Day victories, NORML’s Executive Director Erik Altieri said: “These results once again…


‘Miss Representation’: Stoner Women On Film And TV


Mainstream cinema and television owe us stoner women. By this I mean: ladies who smoke weed like the real flesh and blood ones do. Not tragic women ruined by drugs, or defenseless little creatures who fearfully take their first toke. Epics stories of drug trafficking, crime and subsequent redemption such as the movie The Garden of Joy or the TV series Weeds, shall be left out of this ranking. This article praises those female characters…


New Jersey Legalized Cannabis—But Marijuana Is Still Illegal. What Went Wrong With Legalization?


Cannabis became legal in New Jersey on Friday morning, January 1. Or did it? New Year’s Day was when a constitutional amendment legalizing the extremely popular plant—approved by more than two-thirds of New Jersey voters on Election Day—went into effect. Simple enough. Except there’s a significant catch: All the laws on the books outlawing marijuana possession, use, and sales are still in effect. – Read the entire article at Forbes.


“Wadada Sisters: Designers Branch Out To Cannabis-Infused Fashion”


Twins Asha and Ayanna Diaz, or the Wadada Sisters as they are known, are an unmistakable duo. Their free-spirited approach to life has not only birthed a fashion label but has also, over the past decade, inspired dozens of women to launch their own businesses and ideas built on authenticity and love. Celebrating a decade of the Wadada fashion brand, the sisters launched both a new line called Wadada Basics in 2020 and a new…


Illinois Erases 500,000 Low-Level Cannabis Charges


State completes the legal process four years ahead of 2025 deadline. The governor of Iliinois has erased nearly 500,000 cannabis-related criminal records in the state. J B Pritzker cleared the state’s non-felony marijuana cases, along with 9,219 low-level cannabis convictions to start 2021. The Democratic politician signed legislation in 2019 legalising recreational marijuana use in Illinois, which started last year. – Read the entire article at Independent.

New Michigan Law Allows Vets To Consult About Cannabis For Pets


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law a new bill that will allow veterinarians to consult with pet owners about the use of marijuana and industrial hemp for their animals. House Bill 5085, sponsored by Rep. Greg Markkanen (R- Hancock), opens the way for veterinarians to ask pet owners about exposure to marijuana in their animals and to consider the use of THC and CBD products. It passed both chambers of the Michigan Legislature earlier…