Cannabis Businesses Could Save Millions In Taxes Depending On The Outcome Of A California Dispensary’s Federal Appeals Court Case


Amicus briefs filed this week in a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals tax case signaled the intense interest the cannabis industry has in the IRS tax burden exacted on dispensaries and related marijuana businesses the feds consider illegal. Indeed, lawyers for California-based dispensary Harborside want nothing less than to declare Section 280E of the U.S. Tax Code unconstitutional. And they made that point clear in their brief filed May 26, which focused on Section…


Key Findings From a Women in Cannabis Study: It’s All About Helping, Community and Empowerment


In all, removing barriers, eliminating sexism, discrimination and biasfrom the cannabis industry not only gives women the mental space to thrive personally, but it could give the cannabis industry the opportunity to catch up to newly defined success – as defined by 86% of women who have taken the Women in Cannabis Study who consider themselves successful. Not only is this unheard collective redefining leadership but pre-report data suggests their definitions of success often mention…

West Nipissing Town Council Scraps Plan to Control Smell of Legal Cannabis


Several councillors want to see provincial or federal governments handle cannabis odours. West Nipissing has decided not to outlaw the smell of legally grown cannabis. Municipal council voted down a proposed bylaw Tuesday night that would have required anyone growing cannabis to control the odour. “People are going to have to get used to the smell of cannabis. The same way we got used to the smell of asphalt and traffic and cars and stuff,”…


The Potential of CBD and Cannabis Within the Anxiety and Autism Community


With the stigma of cannabis fading by the day, more families are exploring treatments that are more accessible and less pharmaceutical. The autism community is (literally) buzzing over several recent studies showing that cannabis and CBD-based products may help those on the spectrum, alleviating symptoms, and creating a much better quality of life. The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders found that in a study of 60 children on the autism spectrum, the use of…


Nugg Club: Cannabis Subscription Boxes Hit the Market for 2020


Cannabis Subscription Boxes Hit the Market Subscription boxes are all the rage in recent years with hundreds of industries joining in on the monthly delivery craze. Thousands of companies have turned retail into a SaaS-model, delivering monthly boxes of everything from makeup and clothing to dirt of the month and scavenger hunt tools. Now, cannabis is about to join the ranks of BarkBox, ipsy and StitchFix. Nugg Club, which is now available in Los Angeles…


Ontario Cannabis Retailer Has Plans for a Sarnia Store


Sessions Cannabis, which has several retail outlets in several Ontario communities, says it is seeking permission from the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission to open a store in a plaza at 600 Murphy Road, next to the Real Canadian Superstore. Another cannabis retailer has plans to open a store in Sarnia. Sessions Cannabis, which has retail outlets in a number of Ontario communities, says it’s seeking permission from the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission to…


Here’s Why Food Tastes Better When You Have The Munchies


The munchies are one of the most pleasant side effects of marijuana. Here are some explanations as to why that is. While seasoned smokers find ways of ignoring the urge to inhale satisfying snacks after consuming weed, succumbing to it always leads to really delicious eating — whether you’re splurging on a five-course meal or simply rediscovering the nuances of a grilled cheese sandwich. The munchies cause some stress for people who don’t want to…

Baby Given Cannabis-Based Drug in Medical First in Norfolk


A baby has become the first to get a cannabis-derived medicine in a trial to help those born with a condition that can lead to brain damage. Oscar Parodi was born at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). This is a lack of oxygen or blood flow from the placenta to the baby. As part of his treatment he will be given a dose of the study’s cannabis-based drug. – Read…


The Ultimate Guide to CBD and Seniors for Weight Loss


With each passing birthday, it feels like your jeans are suddenly a bit tighter. No matter what you try to do, it seems impossible to combat age-related weight gain. Whether you are in your 50s or 80s, age-related weight gain can be a major problem. If you start gaining just a pound a year when you are 50 years old, you will end up weighing 30 pounds more by the time you turn 80. From…


Researchers Say Access to Medical Marijuana Might Help Cut Down on Opioid Use


States that have medical marijuanas programs have reportedly started to see a drop in the number of people requesting opioid prescriptions. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons this month suggests that the availability of medical marijuana has been responsible for an almost 20% drop in the number of opioids prescriptions written. In the study, researchers note that orthopedic surgeons are among the highest prescribers of opioids. Researchers…

Why the Pandemic Could Be a Boon for Cannabis Education


Cannabis education has slowly spread since marijuana began to earn legal status across U.S. states. Nowadays, with the coronavirus, universities are facing new challenges that force them to rework their curriculum and find new ways of keeping students engaged while producing revenue. Green Flower Media recently partnered with five universities to provide courses for students interested in learning about growing, testing and selling legal weed. The company hopes to expand its partnerships in the coming…


Leamington Loses 120 Jobs as Tilray Kills Cannabis Facility


After just a year of growing pot in Leamington, Tilray Inc., one of Canada’s biggest cannabis companies, is pulling up its local stakes and shutting down a greenhouse operation that employed about 120 workers. “I’m very disappointed — this is a blow to our municipality and very concerning,” said Leamington Mayor Hilda MacDonald, who heard the news second-hand on Wednesday. “Right now, we already have people not working because of COVID,” she said. “The decision…


Ancient Judaic Use of Cannabis for Shamanic Ecstasy Verified by Archeological Evidence


For more than a quarter century, I have been writing about a theorized role of cannabis in ancient Judaic temple worship. Cannabis Culture published one of my first articles on this in 1996, Kaneh Bosm: Cannabis in the Old Testament. Many disputed these claims, and rejected my work, others however embraced it, and word spread around enough on this, that the work took on a life of its own. Now the theory, has become a…


Using Cannabis While Pregnant Does Not Impair Children’s Cognition, Decades Of Studies Suggest


Across the US, children and their parents routinely face separation and other forms of punishment due to legal and medical policies around prenatal cannabis exposure, and the notion that cannabis use during pregnancy may harm children’s development. But according to a review of research to date, there’s no evidence to support this belief about cannabis, nor the inarguably harmful policies which rely on it. After nearly six years of comparing study results, researchers at Columbia…


Cannabis Shoppers Prefer the In-Store Experience


More people are heading back to cannabis dispensaries. Indeed, the quick return to in-store cannabis shopping, even with restrictions, shows that the demise of brick and mortar is a myth. Cannabis technology company Akerna Corp. (KERN) has already seen a shift in dispensary delivery as states begin to reopen. Akerna said that as stores begin reopening as states end the lockdowns, online cannabis orders and pickup as a fulfillment method have started to decline. “The…


Pro Athletes Who Love Weed Are Taking Cannabis Sponsorships


Cannabis and sports might not seem like they mix. But for some athletes, the drug is an integral part of their success. On a typical Saturday, at 4:30 am, Boulder, Colorado-based competitive ultramarathoner Flavie Dokken takes 5mg of Wana Recreational Tarts, puts on her running shoes, and heads out for a five-hour run. But Dokken is not your typical stoner, she uses cannabis as part of her workout routine and she is sponsored by Wana…


CBD and Yoga Help Some Build Healthy Lifestyles


Temecula resident Cheri Smith, sees transitioning away from pills and using cannabidiol, or CBD, as a way to help aid someone with their wellness journey. “So many people are held hostage by their mental pain, physical pain, and they’re just getting by in life,” Smith said. “I help them get ahold of that mental and physical pain, and then I teach them that they can thrive, you don’t just survive or get by in life…


Global Pandemic Forces Jamaicans Out of the Closet on Cannabis Use


CANNABIS CULTURE – Jamaica has long been associated with cannabis. Reggae music, Bob Marley, Dreadlocks all celebrate the use of the ganja plant. Yet what most foreigners dont know,  is cannabis use is frowned on by most Jamaicans. The remnants of the decades-old, US-led “War On Drugs” still resonates in the psyche of the island. The cultural propaganda, coupled with the Christian backbone of Jamaican society, leaves many still believing ganja is the “devil’s weed”…


Why is Cannabis Still Illegal in the UK?


CANNABIS CULTURE – There was a moment in cannabis history where it could be argued that the UK was ahead of the US! This has nothing to do with the UK supposedly being the world’s largest exporter of medicinal cannabis, this goes way back to 2001 when the London Borough of Lambeth was a test bed for an experiment which allowed the police to focus their attention on something more befitting of their time. Essentially,…


How Federal Marijuana Policy is Pushing Veterans into the Black Market


A California group is fighting to end a federal prohibition that makes it impossible for veterans to get cannabis through the VA. Alex is 34 and lives outside of Sacramento. Like many Californians, he vapes marijuana concentrate for a variety of health problems such as anxiety. But even though he lives within a half-hour drive of a legal dispensary, Alex purchases his cannabis on what he likes to call the “duty-free” market. About once a…


How to Clean Your Marijuana Gear Without Using Rubbing Alcohol


The coronavirus has created a shortage of many cleaning products, including rubbing alcohol. Here’s how you can effectively clean your bongs and pipes without it. The pandemic has affected the production of a variety of disinfectants, from hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes, to the latest product in short supply: rubbing alcohol. These items, intended to clean surfaces, heal cuts and disinfect all sorts of areas of your home, are in high demand during the pandemic…

Cannabis Legalization is Key to Economic Recovery, Much Like Ending Alcohol Prohibition Helped Us Out of the Great Depression


Our nation is in the midst of the greatest crisis in generations, with the Covid-19 pandemic impacting Americans’ physical and emotional well-being, while plummeting the nation’s economy into the worst economic downturn in our lifetimes. As the country begins what is likely to be a slow climb out of economic morass, federal, state, and local governments will be looking for new sources of revenue to replenish dwindling budgets and provide jobs to millions of Americans…

Cannabis Growing Facilities Up for Sale Across B.C.


Large cannabis growing facilities are up for sale in communities across the province as the industry comes to grips with slower-than-expected sales of government-sanctioned cannabis products. An 18,000-sq.-ft. cannabis cultivation and processing facility is for sale in the Village of Lumby after its owner True Leaf Brands entered bankruptcy proceedings. The asking price for the warehouse-sized operation on 40 acres is $7.25 million. “We are on a good piece of land in a town that…


Cannabis May Be Legal, but One Northern Ontario Town Wants to Pass a Law Against Smelly Pot Plants


Town council to debate proposed bylaw at meeting next month. One northern Ontario town is looking for a way to make smelly cannabis plants illegal. West Nipissing council wants to draft a bylaw to regulate the odour from the four marijuana plants each Ontario resident is legally now allowed to grow. Councillor Lise Senecal put the issue on the table after getting complaints from several residents in Sturgeon Falls. – Read the entire article at…


Virginia Decriminalizes Possession of Cannabis


Virginia is now 27th state to legalize marijuana. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation on decriminalising marijuana possession in the state. The new law goes into effect 1 July. Governor Northam, a Democrat, signed two identical bills, Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 972, creating a civil penalty of no more than $25 for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, with no jail time. – Read the entire article at Independent.


Kristen Bell is Launching Her Own Affordable CBD Skincare Brand Called Happy Dance in the Fall


The actress is working with the founders of luxury CBD company Lord Jones to launch the company’s first brand extension, Happy Dance, later this year. Kristen Bell’s turning her love of CBD into her own brand-new skincare line. The actress, who’s been open about her experience using Lord Jones CBD Body Lotion as her workout savior, is teaming up with the company to launch a new, lower-priced hemp-derived CBD skin and personal care collection called…


Cooking With CBD Oil Can Help With Anxiety, Sleep Issues, Other Conditions, Proponents Say


Let’s be blunt: Florida’s marijuana business continues to grow. Pot proponents were attempting to get recreational use on the ballot for 2022 as of this writing. And we’re continuing to hear more about cannabis-sourced products. CBD is over-the-counter. You don’t need a card for it. It doesn’t get you high. But many folks — and an increasing number of studies — say it’s useful in treating everything from aches and pains to acne. And its…


API Heritage Month: 6 Asian-Americans Trailblazing The Cannabis Industry


With May being Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, there is no better time to honor the intersection of Asian American culture and cannabis consumption. I interviewed a small handful of Asian business leaders in the cannabis industry to learn about their own experiences with cannabis and gain insight about their thoughts on the cultural changes occurring within the space today. Ophelia Chong, Founder, Asian Cannabis Alliance. Ophelia Chong has specialized in marketing and…


Manitoba Opening Cannabis Market to New Retailers on June 1


Manitoba could see new players in the local cannabis market, after Crown Services minister Jeff Wharton announced Friday that the province’s pot retail application process will be open to all prospective retailers. “We are pleased to open the market further by allowing more retailers to apply for retail licences,” said Wharton. “This move will enable local entrepreneurs to create jobs and support Manitoba’s economy, which is a critical step as we work toward rebuilding Manitoba…


Dr. Francois Lallemand and the Prophecies of ‘Le Hachych’


CANNABIS CULTURE – The 19th century French Physician Francois Lallemand (1790-1854) was one of the first people in France to write about his experiences with hashish in Asia. Lallemand submitted a thesis on the subject for the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1839. His book, Le Hachych, appeared in 1843. Lallemand was a well-known surgeon and republican socialist and Le Hachych was the first European work to use the drug as its basic plot device.…