September, 2023

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It’s ‘Go Time’ for Cannabis Bills in Congress

NORML

In the coming days, members of the House and Senate could take action on multiple important federal cannabis bills. The post It’s ‘Go Time’ for Cannabis Bills in Congress appeared first on NORML.

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SCHEDULE III Fears, Facts & the Future

Americans for Safe Access

Navigating Medical Cannabis in the Federal Arena The news of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recommendation to move Cannabis to a Schedule III status created a flurry of media coverage and press statements from various cannabis stakeholders and elected officials about the impact of such an action. Much of the focus was on the impact this would have on the current state-level cannabis businesses and often confused what would be possible under Schedule III with what will actually happen when the

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Did cannabis legalization improve a state’s mental health?

Leafly

A new study finds mental health admissions went down after legalization. The post Did cannabis legalization improve a state’s mental health? appeared first on Leafly.

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Piattella Hash: What Is It, and How to Make Piattella

Sensi Seeds

Are you familiar with the newest trend that's taken the cannabis community by storm? Yep, you guessed it, Piattella hash! This flavoursome solventless extract has been causing a stir among hash enthusiasts, with many proclaiming it to be the best hash available. The post Piattella Hash: What Is It, and How to Make Piattella appeared first on Sensi Seeds.

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Where the Money Grows: Learning the Industry Trends in Medical Cannabis, Recreational Marijuana, Hemp, and Beyond

Speaker: Jonathan Bench, International Cannabis and Securities Business Attorney at Harris Bricken

The U.S. cannabis industry is still in its infancy, even though states began engaging with legalization in one form or another in the late 1990s. Today, many opportunities exist for individuals and businesses that want to engage in the industry. Some want to directly own licensed businesses, while others prefer to keep the industry at an arm’s length and merely profit from it.

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How to Top Cannabis Plants for Maximum Growth: Essential Tips

Veriheal

Cannabis legalization has allowed more individuals than ever to grow the herb at home. As the number of home cultivators increases, so too do the debates about best practices for growing the plant–and specifically, how to top cannabis plants. Despite the debate, there’s one technique that almost all growers can agree on — “topping” Today’s blogs will teach you what topping is, some of its benefits, and how you can get to topping today.

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Senators Advance Cannabis Banking Reform Bill for First Time

NORML

Although members of the House have passed an earlier version of the legislation -- the SAFE Banking Act -- on seven prior occasions, today's vote marks the first time that Senate members have voted in favor of the measure. The post Senators Advance Cannabis Banking Reform Bill for First Time appeared first on NORML.

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Ted Smith on Cannabis in Canada

Cannabis Life Network

Last week, CLN chatted with long-time cannabis activist and Cannabis Digest contributor Ted Smith on the state of cannabis in Canada. Ted is the founder and owner of the Victoria Cannabis Buyer’s Club (VCBC), Canada’s longest-running (and last remaining) compassionate club. Despite helping thousands of patients, the Canadian and B.C. governments consider Ted a criminal. “It’s frustrating,” says Ted by phone.

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Hop latent viroid (HLV): What is it & How is it affecting marijuana growers?

Leafly

Across North America, something called Hop Latent Viroid (HLV) is wreaking havoc. This virus-like infection can make plants sickly and destroy harvests. It’s highly contagious. Studies have estimated that perhaps 40% of cannabis flower sold legally in Canada carries HLV. As much as 90% of cannabis in California might be infected, costing billions of dollars […] The post Hop latent viroid (HLV): What is it & How is it affecting marijuana growers?

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CBD 101: A doctor tells us how to use CBD for sleep, anxiety, and pain

Medical Marijuana Program Connection

Tinnakorn / Adobe Stock In recent years, CBD (cannabidiol, for those of you wondering what does CBD stand for) has emerged as a popular natural remedy for a range of…

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A Vegan Stoner’s Guide to New York City

Veriheal

New York’s recreational cannabis market is off and (somewhat) running, immediately catapulting NYC to the top of any stoner’s must-visit list! This ultimate vegan stoner’s guide highlights some of the best restaurants and dishes the city’s flourishing plant-based scene has to offer, the attractions you can check out while you’re in the area, as well as the strains that best complement what you’ll be doing and eating.

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Smoking Weed with a Cold: Is it Advisable?

PrestoDoctor

When it comes to smoking weed with a cold, the general consensus among the medical community is clear – it is not recommended. Combining cannabis consumption with cold medicine can potentially lead to unwanted reactions, especially when you are already feeling under the weather. In addition, smoke inhalation can aggravate and prolong symptoms such as sore throat and coughing.

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Ohio: Ballot Initiative Legalizing Marijuana for Adults Favored in Multiple Polls

NORML

"Ohioans have seen similar legalization laws adopted in neighboring states and they know that regulating the cannabis market is preferable to the failed policy of prohibition.” The post Ohio: Ballot Initiative Legalizing Marijuana for Adults Favored in Multiple Polls appeared first on NORML.

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B.C. Court Dismisses Cannabis Retail Lawsuit

Cannabis Life Network

A British Columbia (B.C.) court dismissed a lawsuit from owners of licensed cannabis retail shops. Last year, this group of cannabis retailers sued the province for not enforcing cannabis regulations. While licensed cannabis retailers jump through bureaucratic hoops and pay excessive taxes on the faulty premise that this contributes to “public health and safety,” the B.C.

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Large new study supports screening cannabis for heavy metals

Leafly

Evidence mounts of untested cannabis as a vector for disease. The post Large new study supports screening cannabis for heavy metals appeared first on Leafly.

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What’s the Difference Between CBD, THC, Hemp, Cannabis, and Marijuana?

LifeCannMD

As cannabis gains widespread popularity across the United States, a growing number of newcomers are searching about important topics like THC vs. CBD, the differences between cannabis and marijuana, how hemp plants factors into the conversation, and more. Despite being a relatively new arrival to the mainstream stage, cannabis has a long and fascinating history that’s taught us plenty about the science behind this trending family of plants.

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Psychedelic Surge, Herer Brands’ Legal Drama, & Hulk Hogan’s Cannabis Line

Veriheal

A survey illustrates psychedelics’ rapid rise, Herer Brands sues Daniel Herer, and Hulkamania comes to cannabis. Let’s dive into this week’s canna-news. Psychedelic Use Reaches Record High A new national survey conducted by Monitoring The Future found that psychedelic use is at an all-time high amongst U.S. adults. Conducted in 2022, the survey included approximately 28,500 participants.

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Cannabis and OCD: Seeking Relief

PrestoDoctor

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a debilitating mental health condition that is characterized by intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. It affects millions of people worldwide and can be incredibly frustrating and distressing to live with. While there are a variety of treatments available, many individuals do not find relief with traditional medications or therapies.

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North Carolina: Tribal Voters Approve Measure to Allow for Eventual Sales of Marijuana to Adults

NORML

"In spite of blatant Congressman Chuck Edwards' blatant attempts at intimidation and interference with tribal sovereignty, members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians have stood up for their rights and for the rights of cannabis consumers throughout the state." The post North Carolina: Tribal Voters Approve Measure to Allow for Eventual Sales of Marijuana to Adults appeared first on NORML.

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Michigan Court of Appeals Orders Placement of Cannabis-Related City Charter Amendment on November 2023 Ballot

Dykema (Cannabis Law Blog)

In a significant decision for cannabis advocates and the cannabis industry, on September 1, 2023, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion directing the placement of a cannabis-related charter amendment on the November 7, 2023, ballot for the residents of the City of Keego Harbor, Michigan, to consider on Election Day. Thanks to the Court’s decision, the voters of Keego Harbor have the chance to directly determine whether they wish to permit recreational marijuana retailers in their commu

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What’s good? Leafly Budtenders’ Choice 2023 survey is live

Leafly

Budtenders, help us know what’s good in your state. The post What’s good? Leafly Budtenders’ Choice 2023 survey is live appeared first on Leafly.

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Intoxicating Hemp Product Laws are More Complicated Than They Seem

Canna Law Blog

When Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, did it intend to legalize intoxicating hemp products? If it did, why didn’t it just legalize marijuana? And why didn’t it address the manufacture or sale of intoxicating hemp products? I think the answer to all of these questions is clearly “no.” Congress did not intend to open Pandora’s Box to any form of legal intoxicating hemp product.

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Elon’s Ketamine Crisis, U.S. Open Cannabis Scent, and Protests for Native Inclusion

Veriheal

Elon’s unsettling behavior raises concerns about his ketamine addiction, a cannabis scent interrupts the U.S. Open showdown, and the Native Coalition of Colorado calls for healing rather than profit at Denver’s Psychedelic Science 2023 conference. Let’s dive into this week’s canna-news. Elon Musk’s Ketamine-Fuled Spiral Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s erratic behavior has made him a headline mainstay over the last couple of years.

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Is Cannabis Linked To Mental Health Issues?

PrestoDoctor

Cannabis and Mental Health Issues The association between cannabis use and mental health has long been a topic of interest. Research suggests that cannabis can affect various aspects of mental health , including mood, cognition, and behavior. Some individuals may experience adverse effects such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, or even addiction. However, can cannabis be linked to mental health issues?

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Federal: House Committee Advances Legislation Easing Hiring Restrictions for Those with a History of Marijuana Use With Bipartisan Support

NORML

"Passage of The CURE Act will increase the talent pool of candidates eligible for federal employment, while recognizing the reality that millions of Americans have experience with cannabis and should not be denied the opportunity to positively contribute to our federal workforce." The post Federal: House Committee Advances Legislation Easing Hiring Restrictions for Those with a History of Marijuana Use With Bipartisan Support appeared first on NORML.

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CBD vs. THC drug testing error costs GA police chief his job

Medical Marijuana Program Connection

CBD is legal, but a test showed illegal THC. COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Georgia police chief lost his job after testing positive for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

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Expert interview: The science of saving those terps at harvest

Leafly

Listen along for some top tips to conserve those terps. The post Expert interview: The science of saving those terps at harvest appeared first on Leafly.

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Farm-to-Table Cannabis Coming to Victoria

Cannabis Life Network

Last Thursday, the City of Victoria approved rezoning for its first farm-to-table cannabis operation. A majority of the council voted to amend bylaws so one facility can house four different Health Canada licenses. The Victoria Cannabis Company will have a nursery, micro-cultivation, processing and sales all in one spot, located at 340 Mary St. The City of Victoria approved the rezoning despite another cannabis retailer within 400 metres.

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What the Hunter Biden Indictment Means for Cannabis Users

Canna Law Blog

On September 14, 2023, Special Counsel David Weiss of the Department of Justice filed an indictment against Robert Hunter Biden in the District of Delaware. The indictment pleads three counts, which I analyze below. The Hunter Biden indictment centers on issues I’ve analyzed in many posts this year (see links at the bottom). Today I want to talk about what Hunter Biden’s indictment could mean for cannabis users.

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The Impact of Cannabis on Prescription Codeine

PrestoDoctor

The legalization of cannabis in some countries and states has brought about significant changes in the healthcare industry. One of the most notable shifts is the decrease in the demand for prescription codeine. Codeine is a widely prescribed painkiller that is commonly used to manage mild to moderate pain. However, with the increasing popularity of cannabis, many people are turning to marijuana as a safer and better alternative for pain management.

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California: Legislation Advanced to Governor Permitting Live Events at Marijuana On-Site Consumption Lounges

NORML

Local establishments authorized to permit adults to consume cannabis on their premises will be able to expand their operations to include food services and live events, under legislation advanced to the Governor’s desk. The post California: Legislation Advanced to Governor Permitting Live Events at Marijuana On-Site Consumption Lounges appeared first on NORML.