February, 2024

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Florida: Lawmakers Advance Bills to Preemptively Restrict Consumers’ Choices Ahead of Legalization Vote

NORML

Republican lawmakers are seeking to preemptively restrict Florida's adult-use market ahead of the Court's ruling and before voters have had any opportunity to weigh in on it. The post Florida: Lawmakers Advance Bills to Preemptively Restrict Consumers’ Choices Ahead of Legalization Vote appeared first on NORML.

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South Carolinians: Medical Cannabis is Not Off the Table for 2024, Action is Needed!

Americans for Safe Access

Yesterday, the South Carolina Senate voted in favor of a “call for a special order,” allowing the Compassionate Care Act to move forward in the Senate! Floor debates on the bill start today !

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Medical cannabis patients’ quality of life improved during 1-year study

Leafly

The UK-based study of over 1,000 medical patients showed promising results, despite its limitations. The post Medical cannabis patients’ quality of life improved during 1-year study appeared first on Leafly.

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Mississippi, Medical Cannabis Advertising and the First Amendment

Canna Law Blog

Mississippi’s Initiative 65 Easily one of the biggest legislative surprises of the 2020 was the passing of Mississippi’s Initiative 65 , a medical cannabis bill with an extensive qualifying conditions list. In arguably the reddest and most socially conservative state in America — where only one Democrat has served as Governor since 1992, and where Republicans have a considerable majority in both houses of the Legislature — 69 percent of Mississippians gave Initiative 65 a

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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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The (Sad) World of “420 Friendly” Dating

Veriheal

The effects of the pandemic, rapid suburbanization, and the steady decline of third spaces have made forming platonic connections — let alone romantic ones — an incredibly challenging task in 2023. It’s gotten so bad that the U.S. Surgeon General put out an advisory warning about the potential dangers of the “Epidemic of Lonliness and Isolation”. In a world where making a connection is somewhat of a small miracle, dating apps have become a necessary evil for many.

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Hawaii: Lawmakers Advance Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills

NORML

Legislation is advancing to legalize the adult use market and to facilitate the expungement of marijuana-related criminal records. The post Hawaii: Lawmakers Advance Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills appeared first on NORML.

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Pheno-Hunting: How to Pheno-Hunt for Optimal Characteristics

Sensi Seeds

The evolution of cannabis, as we know it today, is the result of the hybridisation of many classic landraces, and pheno-hunting has played an important role in this process. By selectively breeding plants with desirable traits, growers have created new and unique strains with characteristics not present in the original landraces. The post Pheno-Hunting: How to Pheno-Hunt for Optimal Characteristics appeared first on Sensi Seeds.

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Star signs and cannabis strains: February 2024 horoscopes

Leafly

Getting the hang of 2024 yet? These decadent, chocolatey strains foster connection, relaxation, and even romance—perfect for each sign as February brings us love and challenges. The post Star signs and cannabis strains: February 2024 horoscopes appeared first on Leafly.

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Missouri Tops $1.3 Billion in First Year of Recreational Sales

Canna Law Blog

With every election season that comes, it’s become almost inevitable that at least one or two more of the states will legalize cannabis for either fully recreational usage or at least medical reasons. Even if it was but a midterm election, the 2022 election season still resulted in two more states legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes, those being Maryland and, more interestingly, the heartland state of Missouri.

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Fourteen Years Later, Wanda James Sustains Simply Pure’s Mission

Veriheal

Wanda James, a prominent political activist and entrepreneur, is one of the most widely renowned leaders in today’s cannabis scene. A veteran and former Fortune 100 executive, James has dedicated the past 14 years to combatting stigma and racial inequity in the cannabis industry. Her Denver-based dispensary, Simply Pure , made history in 2010 as the first Black-owned and veteran-owned dispensary in the United States.

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Paradise Fruits exhibits “instant smoothie” with tropical flavors and savory drops with CBD

Medical Marijuana Program Connection

(Image credit: Paradise Fruits). 06 Feb 2024 — At the recently co-hosted ISM & ProSweets trade fairs held in Cologne, Germany, Food Ingredients First caught up with Claus Christiansen, sales manager at Paradise Fruits, on the company’s novel launches of freeze dried fruit innovation. Notable releases included the introduction.

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New Jersey Activists Mark 100,000 Marijuana Arrests Prevented

NORML

“As we mark the first three years of legalization in New Jersey, now is the time to both celebrate its successes and reflect on lessons learned.” The post New Jersey Activists Mark 100,000 Marijuana Arrests Prevented appeared first on NORML.

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Eve of the Eclipse Cannabis Carnival set for April 7

Illinois News Joint

News Joint Events is ecstatic to announce one-of-two cannabis events we are producing this spring. For our first event (second event announcement coming soon), News Joint Events, in collaboration with the City of Carbondale , is scheduled to host the first-of-its-kind open-consumption cannabis experience in downtown Carbondale with our inaugural Eve of the Eclipse Cannabis Carnival: A Masquerade and Cosplay Party.

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11 weed strains that bang for 2024 and beyond

Leafly

Our Leafly experts and readers concur: These 11 strains make them go Prrrr. The post 11 weed strains that bang for 2024 and beyond appeared first on Leafly.

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California Bill May Change State’s Cannabis and Hemp Industries

Canna Law Blog

On February 7, 2024, California Assembly Member Aguilar-Curry introduced AB 2223. The bill, if passed, would significantly change the state’s cannabis and hemp industries – for better or worse. Today, we’ll take a look at how AB 2223 could change both the cannabis industry and hemp industry in the Golden State. First though, a brief caveat.

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How Kevin Durant Ended the NBA’s Cannabis Ban

Veriheal

All-star basketball player Kevin Durant recently scored a historic victory for cannabis advocacy. Previous efforts by Durant had significant involvement in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) decision to remove cannabis from its list of banned substances. Can NBA Players Smoke Weed? A new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association union went into effect July 1, 2023.

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New County Law Allows Option of Civil Citation for Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession • Hollywood Gazette

Medical Marijuana Program Connection

Broward County Commissioners have passed a new ordinance that gives law enforcement officers the option of issuing a civil citation to anyone caught with twenty grams or less of marijuana, instead of making an arrest. “Eighty percent of people arrested for marijuana possession are never convicted, yet an arrest can.

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South Carolina: Senate Advances Medical Cannabis Access Legislation

NORML

South Carolina is one of only a dozen states that has yet to implement a comprehensive medical cannabis access program. The post South Carolina: Senate Advances Medical Cannabis Access Legislation appeared first on NORML.

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Review: Salted Caramel Chocolates by Fully Baked

Illinois News Joint

Other than the license holders themselves, a few people in Illinois have been anticipating the new craft grows and infusers more than myself. Competition will only improve the market, so I celebrate every time another producer gets a product to shelves. I’ve been watching Fully Baked Brands develop since its license was first awarded and jumped at the opportunity to finally sample the brand’s Salted Caramel Chocolates I found on the menu at River Bluff Roselle.

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Spice things up with the Jealousy strain—February’s Leafly HighLight

Leafly

This super Gelato keeps it creamy and sweet for date night. The post Spice things up with the Jealousy strain—February’s Leafly HighLight appeared first on Leafly.

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California Gives Up on the Illegal Cannabis Market: Another Update

Canna Law Blog

California publishes quarterly data concerning its “enforcement” efforts against the illegal cannabis market. Over the last couple of quarters, I’ve gotten in the habit of analyzing this data (see here for Q3 2023, and here for Q2 2023). I’ve been blogging here since 2018 and my opinion is that the state is doing very, very little to stop the illegal market.

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To Prevent Dropouts, Navy Recruits Are Now Forgiven For Cannabis Use

Veriheal

Upon arriving at boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, Navy recruits are tested for illicit substances. For decades, one of those substances has been marijuana. Although testing positive for any illegal drug was once grounds for immediate disqualification from the service, this is beginning to change. In a progressive move, Navy recruiters in Great Lakes have stopped kicking out recruits who have detectable amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their systems. “If they fail that test and o

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The most common cannabis training techniques – and how to use them

The Cannigma

This article is an excerpt from The Cannigma Cultivation Guide, which is now available for download in digital format If you’re feeling confident about your growing skills, consider taking some time to train your plants. “Cannabis training” refers to slightly modifying a plant’s growth to help increase the yield, either through Low Stress Training (LST) or High Stress Training (HST) methods.

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NORML Op-Ed: Is The Government Finally Abandoning Its ‘Flat Earth’ Marijuana Policies?

NORML

Federal health officials concluded, “The risks to the public health posed by marijuana are low compared to other drugs of abuse,” such as benzodiazepines — a Schedule IV drug, or alcohol, which is unscheduled. The post NORML Op-Ed: Is The Government Finally Abandoning Its ‘Flat Earth’ Marijuana Policies? appeared first on NORML.

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Electrical Conductivity (EC) in Cannabis Cultivation

Sensi Seeds

Master cannabis plant nutrition with Electrical Conductivity (EC), a global measurement standard used to determine the nutrient concentration in water and how efficiently plants absorb water and nutrients. Understanding EC measurement can enhance every stage of your cultivation cycle, ensuring optimal growth and bountiful harvests. The post Electrical Conductivity (EC) in Cannabis Cultivation appeared first on Sensi Seeds.

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Travis Barker launches weed brand Barker Canna Co. 

Leafly

On shelves exclusively at The Syndicate dispensaries in California beginning Feb 6. The post Travis Barker launches weed brand Barker Canna Co. appeared first on Leafly.

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Australia Cannabis: Recreational Use Legislation Update

Canna Law Blog

Australia is said to have one of the highest cannabis prevalence rates in the world and public attitudes to its use are shifting. North American, European and other cannabis companies looking for investment opportunities would do well to follow these shifts. Growing cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes was legalized under federal law in 2016.

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Cannabis

Veriheal

A new bill legalizing medicinal cannabis in Ukraine has been signed one month after it advanced to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s desk. The country’s parliament initially tried to block the legislation, but fortunately for Ukrainian citizens, this measure was able to successfully go forward anyway. This move comes two years after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which is the primary driver of the bill.

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Women’s Health and Medical Marijuana: A Closer Look at its Impact

MMJ Recs

Women’s health is a complex and multifaceted domain, and exploring alternative therapeutic approaches has gained traction in recent years. Medical marijuana, with its diverse range of cannabinoids and potential health benefits, has emerged as a subject of interest in the context of women’s health. This article delves into the impact of medical marijuana on various aspects of women’s well-being, addressing key areas such as reproductive health, menstrual health, mental health, h

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NORML Op-Ed: Setting Caps on THC Potency Is Poor Policy

NORML

Prohibiting adults from accessing these products from state-licensed retailers will not eliminate consumers’ demand for them. Rather, it will encourage consumers to seek out higher-THC products in the unregulated market. The post NORML Op-Ed: Setting Caps on THC Potency Is Poor Policy appeared first on NORML.

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