Plan a trip to Las Vegas for 2022, because cannabis consumption lounges will finally become a reality in Nevada.
By the middle of next year, Nevada is poised to offer a new type of venue to get high.
State lawmakers on Wednesday approved funding for the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board to oversee so-called “cannabis consumption lounges” there.
Members of the Interim Finance Committee “unanimously approved three items that will provide the [Cannabis Compliance Board] with funds to hire more staff, work with the state attorney general’s office to hammer out regulations, and direct cannabis revenue toward education funding,” according to the Nevada Independent.
Tyler Klimas, the executive director of the Cannabis Compliance Board, told the committee on Wednesday that the additional funding places the new businesses on track to open their doors early next year.
“All goes as planned, we’re looking at—at least the first quarter, or the first half of 2022,” Klimas said, as quoted by the Nevada Independent. “Not only to see the lounges open, but then also the first part is where we would start to realize that revenue.”
Cannabis-centred website Flower and Freedom has announced plans to hire three “Cannabis Effects Specialists."
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“We have a few different theories behind the pros and cons of casual cannabis use, and we want to provide more information to our community,” reads the blog. “We are aware that cannabis can affect people in different ways, and different dosages will have different effects, but we are keen to test some of our theories!”
Candidates must meet certain criteria to qualify. Applicant must be 21 years of age or older, be “willing to follow testing procedure” and possess “strong” English writing and communication skills. The blog also notes that applicants should have “no prior health conditions which might make it unsafe for them to participate” and must be “comfortable and able to attend video calls to recap their experiences, as well as fill out a verbal questionnaire.”
The company also specifies that although participation is not limited to U.S. residents, applicants must reside in a region where adult-use cannabis is legal.
After years of advocating for stronger policing of the illegal cannabis industry, some local legal cannabis operators are taking matters into their own hands. (Photo by Megan Wood)
On July 6, the dispensary chain March & Ash filed a lawsuit against former San Diego County Sheriff’s Capt. Marco Garmo and a long list of alleged co-conspirators. The lawsuit alleges violations of anti-racketeering, false advertising and unfair competition laws. One of the defendants is a local media outlet that regularly runs advertisements for illegal dispensaries.
The seeds for the civil action were planted in September 2020, when Garmo pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally trafficking firearms from his office in the sheriff’s Rancho San Diego station. Garmo was sentenced to two years in federal prison in March “for years of unlawful firearms transactions and for an array of corrupt conduct relating to unlicensed marijuana dispensaries operating in his former jurisdiction,” the U.S. attorney’s office wrote in a press release.
Garmo’s criminal case highlighted the struggle by local law enforcement, as well as lawmakers, to stamp out the same illegal cannabis market that he was part of. Though it’s difficult to quantify, California’s cannabis market — which is widely considered to be the largest in the world — totals $11.9 billion, a 2019 industry report claims. About $3 billion of that is legal and nearly $9 billion is not. The same report projects that, by 2024, California’s total market will be worth $13.6 billion, split into $7.6 billion legal and $6.4 billion illicit.
The reasons for this discrepancy are many, but stem from California being the historic home of cannabis cultivation in the United States. A mature and highly functional cannabis market has existed in the state for many decades, well before the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996, which legalized medical cannabis in California.
GLASTONBURY, Conn. — A local father is under arrest after marijuana was found in his daughter’s lunch box at school.
Back on June 10, a local daycare reported to Glastonbury Police Department Lefrancois’ 3-year-old daughter was sent to school with marijuana in her lunch box.
Lefrancois was found in East Haven and transported to GPD for processing. He is charged with risk of injury to a child and is being held on a non-surety bond of $5,000.
He is scheduled to appear in court in Manchester on Sept. 15.
Concerns over a potentially dangerous blend of marijuana laced with the powerful narcotic fentanyl has prompted Glynn County Police to urge local pot smokers to destroy their stash.
County police narcotics officers report operations this week “have resulted in seizures of cannabis/marijuana laced with the highly addictive opioid Fentanyl,” the department said in a public health advisory issued Thursday afternoon. Fentanyl often contributes to drug overdoses when dealers lace it into other street drugs, typically heroin.
County police urge those who have recently bought marijuana on the streets to destroy it. Because Fentanyl can lead to “acute respiratory distress and even death,” police warned that marijuana laced with the narcotic carries “the potential for a fatal dosage.”
Police reminded residents that a person cannot be charges for possession of any illegal drugs discovered as a result of the person seeking medical care for an overdose.
Swedish musician Tove Lo just came out with a new cannabis beverage, and we’re here for the high energy vibe. (image courtesy of Cann)
Swedish musician and cannabis aficionado Tove Lo announced her partnership with a cannabis beverage company to make an infused drink called Passion Peach Mate.
In a press release on August 18, the electro-pop artist shared that she’s working with Cann, a California infused beverage company, as well as Sweet Flower and Airfield Supply Company to make a special, caffeinated beverage. She teased the new product on social media, tagged with “my peach is the tea and you’re gonna want to hit it more than once. a different kind of buzz is coming soon @drinkcann @airfieldsupply @sweet.flower.shops” on August 12.
In an official press statement, Tove Lo explains that this drink was born of a close collaboration, not just between business partners but between friends. “I’ve been obsessed with Cann since the first time I tried it a few years ago,” she said. “I love the high, the flavors, the design and also the people who run it. I mean, I even started watching Luke’s dog from time to time! This collaboration is a collaboration between friends and likeminded humans and those are always the best! I’m so happy to be a part of this new flavor, I love the campaign we’ve created together with our teams! Overall feeling invincible on Passion Peach Mate, I’m living for it!”
Swedish Passion in a U.S. Drink
Passion Peach Mate is the first product made by Cann that contains “all-natural caffeine” with a microdosed amount of THC. According to a press release, Passion Peach Mate will offer a “sweet peach taste with an uplifting, energetic buzz” that mimics the popularity of vodka mate (pronounced “Mah-tay”) drinks in Berlin clubs.
One of the co-founders of Cann, Luke Anderson, explained how the origin of Tove Lo’s involvement in the new drink. “Throughout 2020 when the pandemic hit, and we were trying everything to sustain the brand’s momentum, I would drive my beat-up Volkswagen around North Hollywood and drop cases off with entertainment folks to try and convince them to fall in love with Cann,” said Anderson.
Gallup found that almost half of the adults in the US have tried cannabis at some point in their lives.
Almost half of adults in the United States said they have tried marijuana, according to the results of a new Gallup Poll released on Tuesday. At 49 percent, the figure is the highest that Gallup has recorded in its more than 50 years of asking Americans about their cannabis use.
When Gallup first began surveying Americans about cannabis in 1969, only four percent of adults said that they had tried marijuana. Since that time the rate has increased steadily, rising to more than 20 percent in the 1977 survey. Roughly a third of adults surveyed in 1985 said that they had tried cannabis, and by 2015 the percentage had surpassed 40 percent. Gallup noted that much of the increase in marijuana experimentation reported over the last 50 years can be explained by generational patterns in the United States.
The generational data on marijuana use trends was taken from Gallup’s annual Consumption Habits surveys from 2015 to 2021. Gallup noted that it does not yet have enough information on the trends of Generation Z, the oldest of whom are only 24 years old now. This year’s Consumption Habits poll was conducted from July 6 to 21.
Only 12 percent of those surveyed said that they “smoked marijuana,” a percentage that has held steady since 2017. In 2013, the first year Gallup asked if respondents smoked marijuana, only seven percent replied in the affirmative. The figure rose steadily to 11 percent by 2015 before peaking at 13 percent in 2016. Gallup did not ask the poll’s respondents if they consumed marijuana in any way other than smoking.
Gallup Data: Marijuana Use Higher Among Younger Americans
While the percentage of those who said they have tried marijuana varies little among baby boomers and subsequent generations, Gallup noted that younger Americans are more likely to say that they currently smoke marijuana. The combined data from 2015 to 2021 show that about 20 percent of millenials smoke marijuana. For Gen Xers the figure is 11 percent, while nine percent of baby boomers and only one percent of traditionalists say they currently smoke pot.
Hopewell Township is prohibiting all six cannabis business class licenses – for now.
Members of the Township Committee adopted an ordinance prohibiting any cannabis class business from operating in the township during a virtual meeting held Aug. 16. The ordinance’s adoption is before the state deadline for municipalities to opt in or opt out of recreational cannabis.
“This is the only way we can control our own destiny, which is to opt out. If we do not opt out we have no control,” Mayor Julie Blake said.
The decision to prohibit all classes is temporary and makes certain that the township meets the state deadline of Aug. 21.
“To make sure that we meet our state deadline, this ordinance would opt the township out of all cannabis activities for now. The main objective of that is to meet the state deadline,” said Scott Miccio, township attorney from law firm Parker McCay. “If we do not meet the state deadline it will be forced upon the Township of Hopewell and the township would not have a choice of rolling the aspects it wants to opt into.”
Despite the approved legality of hemp, the government has not been proactive in enacting appropriate regulations for the industry.
There is a clear disparity in the prices of CBD products globally. This difference has become more obvious over the last year due to the increased demand for CBD products.
Currently, it has been observed that the difference in the prices of the most expensive and least expensive products is around 4718%.
Not only is the cost of CBD products running high, but demand is also at its highest point and still increasing exponentially. The relaxed laws regarding the use of cannabis products have changed the stance of a high population of people on the usefulness of CBD products. Now, it’s been used to lessen the symptoms of medical conditions like pain, insomnia, PTSD, anxiety, depression, amongst others.
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Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the demand has gone higher, so has the production of expensive and cheap CBD products. Makes one think if the reason for this is that the producers are trying to meet the demands of the different classes of individuals in the country.
Over drinks with his alleged accomplice Saturday night, an off-duty Portland firefighter decided to “teach a lesson’' to a man who he had learned reportedly burglarized the marijuana dispensary he owned, according to police, prosecutors and state records.
Meanwhile, an Uber driver had called police at 10:39 p.m. Saturday and reported seeing a man forced at gunpoint into a black Range Rover near Southwest Taylor Street and Broadway. The man being forced into the SUV unsuccessfully tried to brace himself against the door frame to avoid being pushed inside the vehicle, the Uber driver told police, according to the affidavit.
The Uber driver and the victim’s friends confirmed that the occupants of the stopped Range Rover were involved in the abduction, Molina wrote in the affidavit.
Police searched inside Oregon Hemp House for the man abducted but didn’t find him there either, according to the affidavit.
Lee, when interviewed by two Portland police detectives, said that Bourland had learned that a man had recently burglarized his business and had stolen marijuana, according to the affidavit.
The Sisters of the Valley strictly abide by lunar cycles for their work, as they believe this increases the healing powers of the plant.
Although they do not belong to any religious order, the Sisters of the Valley’s devotion is unquestionable. Also known as the “Weed Nuns”, these women are dedicated to growing cannabis and selling medicinal products derived from it.
Based in Merced (which means “mercy”, by the way), California, the organization has been working since 2015 and composed by women of all ages with a very clear goal: to share the medicinal benefits of cannabis and achieve its legalization. In addition, their end is to fight a medical system that has historically oppressed holistic medicine.
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All their products are CBD based. CBD, unlike THC, is non-psychoactive so it has no effect on the mind, but it is a powerful pain reliever and myorelaxant. In recent years, crucial research has been conducted regarding the use of CBD to treat many conditions, such as epilepsy, cancer, arthritis, stress and depression, among others.
Weed brownies and candies likely won’t have the same effect as cannabis beverages or chocolate. Here’s why.
Edibles on dispensary shelves today are a far cry from the erratically-dosed, untested and unregulated munchies of a decade ago, whether you procured them as a registered medical patient or made your own. Nowadays everything is made in a permitted facility with proprietary technology and formulas, lab-tested and packaged with clear dosing instructions. But as many regular users might have noticed, not all edibles induce the same high, even at the same numerical dose.
Here’s an essential guide to understanding why you may have noticed some differences.
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Cannabis is fat-soluble, as opposed to water soluble, and cannabinoids bind to lipids, meaning the butter cocoa and eggs in most cookies, brownies and cereal treats are great at storing THC; an anecdotal High Timesarticle deemed butter and coconut oil the best bases for these kinds of edibles. But because baked must, by definition, be baked and exposed to heat, it’s likely some of the potency will be burned off.
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A new survey shows how cannabis has impacted our workouts during the pandemic. Here’s the breakdown of THC and CBD users.
COVID-19 has affected a big part of our lives. Even though 2021 has been, in many ways, a return back to normal, the pandemic is still ongoing, and we’ve learned a few habits that we’ll incorporate into our new normal, including the way in which we consume our cannabis. While the pandemic clearly facilitated more weed smoking, a new study found that it also made it more common to work out while high.
The study, conducted by fitness review website FitRated, surveyed over 1,000 people who incorporate cannabis in their workouts. The survey, taken between April 22-28, 2021, specifically asked participants about cannabis-fueled workouts during the height of the pandemic and how their usage has changed since the pandemic began. Depending on whether it was THC or CBD, those surveyed used cannabis in different ways.
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Results show that THC users consume cannabis before or during their workouts, using it as a stimulant or tool to focus. CBD users consume cannabis after their workouts, taking advantage of the compound’s restorative properties.
When asked about cannabis use before workouts, the majority of people said they discovered a method that works best for accomplishing their workout routine. When asked whether cannabis made them too lethargic to work out, 46% of participants said that it didn’t. Forty-one percent of THC users said that cannabis helped them get motivated enough to exercise.
VANCOUVER, BC, Aug. 16, 2021 /CNW/ - Village Farms International, Inc. ("Village Farms" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: VFF) (TSX: VFF) today announced that it has acquired 100% interest of privately-held, Colorado-based CBD-platform Balanced Health Botanicals ("Balanced Health") in a transaction valued at US$75 million, effective today ("Closing Date"). Balanced Health owns and operates one of the largest brands in the hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) market in the United States, providing Village Farms with immediate entry into the US CBD market in a consumer products category adjacent to the high-THC cannabis market, as well as the broader consumer packaged goods (CPG) wellness arena. Balanced Health is a profitable business and the acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to net income.
Balanced Health develops and sells high-quality, CBD-based health and wellness products. With an overriding focus on quality and compliance, Balanced Health has established a diverse portfolio of CBD and other cannabinoid products, including ingestible, edible and topical applications that are distributed via e-commerce and brick and mortar retail channels. Its e-commerce platform, CBDistillery™ (www.theCBDistillery.com), is a top-five US CBD brand1 and top-ranked web site within the CBD category, with more than 30,000 orders monthly and a significant repeat customer base. Through its long-term partnerships, Balanced Health has control of the entire supply chain from seed-to-shelf, seamless sourcing, manufacturing, and sale of high-quality end products across a wide variety of forms and uses.
Highlights of the AcquisitionProvides immediate access to the US retail CBD market, estimated to grow to US$16 billion by 20252 (from US$4.7 billion in 20202) through a well-established, profitable business, with top brand awareness, an established e-commerce platform (CBDistillery™), established retail channels and a growing customer base;Adds an experienced team and product categories in the US adjacent to Village Farms' consumer products portfolio with expansion potential across all cannabinoid products as permissible under currently evolving legislation, including an additional potential pathway to the US high-THC cannabis market;Immediately accretive to net income with a purchase price of US$75 million satisfied through US$30 million in cash and common shares of the Company equal to US$45 million to the sellers of Balanced Health;Expected to contribute annualized sales of more than US$30 million at an annualized adjusted EBITDA margin of in excess of 15% in 2022; and,Opportunity for Village Farms (and its wholly owned subsidiary, Pure Sunfarms, Canada's premiere supplier and brand) to add significant expertise throughout Balanced Health's supply chain, including the potential to leverage Village Farms' long-standing relationships as a produce supplier to its grocery and large-format retailers in the US, as well as through further investment in Balanced Health's brand and expansion of its leading e-commerce platform.
Village Farms Management Commentary
"Since US federal legalization in late 2018, hemp-derived CBD products, as well as other cannabidiol-based products, have been part of our comprehensive strategy focused on high-value, high-growth plant-based consumer packaged goods opportunities in cannabis," said Michael DeGiglio, CEO, Village Farms International. "As a well-established, profitable leader in the US retail CBD market, Balanced Health is the right opportunity, at the right time, to take our next major step forward in anticipation of regulatory clarity that will propel the growth of this nascent market. Balanced Health provides a prudent means by which to invest in our cannabis strategy, providing immediate accretion to profitability, meaningful upside potential within the current Balanced Health business and multiple additional strategic opportunities to drive significant additional shareholder value over the medium and long term."
"Importantly, the addition of the Balanced Health platform provides us with another potential pathway to participate in the US high-THC cannabis market, when permitted to do so, that could enable us to more rapidly access the market, in advance of our plans to convert our more than 5.5 million square feet of high-tech greenhouse facilities in West Texas – one of the most favourable environments for cannabis cultivation in the continental US – for large-scale, low-cost production of cannabis."
Mr. DeGiglio concluded, "We are thrilled to welcome the outstanding leadership and operational teams at Balanced Health to the Village Farms family. They add complementary capabilities and cannabis expertise that will significantly strengthen our ability to achieve our strategic objectives. We look forward to leveraging their unparalleled know-how and unique skill sets as we continue to grow our Company and pursue our long-term vision to be a formidable, vertically integrated consumer packaged goods company focused on plant-based health and wellness."
DETROIT, Aug. 16, 2021 /CNW/ - Gage Growth Corp. ("Gage" or the "Company") (CSE: GAGE) a leading high-quality cannabis brand and operator in Michigan, today announced their third social equity grant recipient, Margaeux Bruner, Founder of Holi Smokeables, who will be awarded the grant for her product The Holi Flower, an exclusive hemp wrap cone.
"Michigan is a state that has been deeply impacted by the tragic effects of the War on Drugs. Social equity initiatives like Gage's generous grant program provide Black-owned businesses with a more level playing field to compete with deep-pocketed operators in their community," said Bruner. "We are grateful to receive this grant from Gage in order to bring unparalleled and innovative quality hemp products and accessories to the Michigan market."
Bruner founded Holi Smokeables in December 2020 and will launch the Holi hemp wrap cone in August. The company specializes in sustainable hemp paper products and accessories that honor the ethos of the flower. Prior to founding Holi Smokeables, Michigan's Attorney General, Dana Nessel, selected Bruner to serve on the state's Marijuana Legal Workgroup, which worked to ensure that the state's marijuana proposals and regulations are fairly, equally and appropriately implemented. Bruner also previously served as the Commissioner of the Impaired Driving Safety Committee, representing qualified and registered patients. During the 2018 Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign, Bruner served as a Designated Speaker and Strategist on behalf of the Marijuana Policy Project. She will be speaking at the National Cannabis Festival on August 28, 2021, as well as the NECANN Boston event on September 12, 2021.
"Our social equity program is committed to not only making Michigan's cannabis industry more accessible to entrepreneurs but also amplifying the exceptional talents that make up our business community," said Fabian Monaco, CEO of Gage. "Margaeux is a tremendous business leader, and we are confident in her ability to leverage this grant to build Holi Smokeables into an impactful brand."
"We are thrilled to name Margaeux Bruner as our third social equity recipient," said Sydney Bowden, Community Coordinator at Gage. "In addition to her company being an asset to the retail sector, Bruner has been a tireless advocate for social equity in cannabis and in Michigan. We look forward to watching her grow this new venture and supporting other businesses like hers through our grant efforts."
Individual consumers in Arizona seem to be safe in possessing it. The Smart and Safe Act that voters approved last year allows people 21 and older to legally have five grams or less of any marijuana concentrate. That includes a Delta 8 gummy or vape cartridge.
The first thing to know about the increasingly popular cannabinoid called Delta 8 THC is that, unlike CBD, it will get you high.
How high? The internet is replete with articles and videos that attempt to detail and describe the difference between a Delta 8 buzz and that of normal marijuana, which contains Delta 9 THC. The overall verdict is that Delta 8 won't get you as intensely high as normal Delta 9 weed. Some estimates declare it 55 to 75 percent as potent as Delta 9. This has led people to call it "marijuana lite" or market it as a type of pot that provides a more clear-headed, less-impairing buzz.
The second thing to know about Delta 8 is that its legality is complicated, much like the cannabis plant from which it's extracted.
But business operators selling Delta 8 could be taking a risk. Due to its unforeseen rise in popularity over the last year, state and federal laws are ill-equipped to deal with this new chemical compound.
Local colleges have noticed and are capitalizing on the popularity of both markets, hoping to attract prospective students with programs built to train the next generation of cannabis and alcohol entrepreneurs. Denver has a reputation as the place to be for cannabis and craft beers. And those lucrative markets need people to run them.
Carly Bader, an adjunct professor for the program who has worked in the scientific arm of the industry for four years, said she had to learn a lot of the aspects of her work while on the clock. She hopes students will leave the program with enough knowledge to hit the ground running.
This fall, the Community College of Denver will offer an associate’s degree in cannabis business. The program — the first of its kind in the state — aims to provide students the knowledge necessary to operate a cannabis business within legal and financial constraints.
“We are going to be teaching students about a variety of different aspects of both cannabis industry and cannabis science,” she said. “Once they’ve completed this program, they do have all the tools in their toolbox to start going into the workforce with really every skill that they need, something that we haven’t been able to see within hiring in the cannabis industry so far.”
According to Bader, students will get the opportunity to work with industry partners, like herself, in professional environments. Other partners include distributors, growers, lobbyists and activists.
Written by: Javier Hasse
The long-standing, negative stereotypes about cannabis consumers have contributed to a decades-long stigma that lingers to this date, even as legalization spreads across the world while birthing one of the fastest-growing industries of our time.
But new data out today, shared exclusively with Forbes ahead of its official release, aims to erase these harmful stereotypes forever.
Clearing The Air
Cannabis tech company dutchie recently conducted a study of 5,000 adult cannabis consumers from the U.S. and Canada, seeking to provide a more accurate understanding of the modern cannabis user. The data revealed that, contrary to the outdated “Dazed and Confused” depiction, today’s cannabis consumers are successful, motivated and health-conscious people.
“I smoke cannabis, advocate for it on a personal level, but I'm also an investor and entrepreneur. The opportunity in cannabis is clear, and this data highlights that consumers are highly educated, with more buying power than these stereotypes would have you believe,” Snoop Dogg, co-founder of Casa Verde Capital, an investor in dutchie, commented when prompted about the results.
Edible candies last longer than chocolate, so it’s important to store each in the right place.
Edibles are fun and can be delicious, producing strong highs that usually last for long periods of time. When used correctly, edibles can produce highs that are manageable and perfect for daytime use.
Still, since edibles are food, it’s important to know how to preserve them for best flavour and effect. Here’s how to store edibles and keep them as fresh and delicious as possible.
Store in an airtight container and in a cool space
Edibles vary greatly in flavour and type. Edible candies last longer than chocolate, so it’s important to store each in the right place.
Candies and gummies may have a coating of sugar, which helps to extend their shelf life. As long as exposure to air and temperature is controlled, these edibles should last for a good amount of time, perhaps six to nine months, with the harder the candy, the longer the shelf life.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — A local cafe and shop is jumping into a growing trend by incorporating hemp and CBD into its dishes.
“You can really make pretty much anything and you can infuse the CBD or the hemp hearts,” said Head Chef and Kitchen Manager of Seed & Bean Market, Tika Saunders.
Saunders explained that one obstacle while working with hemp and CBD is making sure the temperatures of each dish remain within a certain range.
“You don’t want to go above…well between 320 and 356. I for one, I prefer to go low and slow,” Saunders said.
If you overheat your food, she said there’s a chance some of the chemicals from the hemp or CBD could be released.