We all scream for cannabis ice cream?

In the latest twist on the sweet treat, Boston-based ice cream brand Emack & Bolio’s partnered with cannabis operator MariMed to create cannabis-infused ice cream. And yes, it will give you the munchies.

The duo will “create a line-up of cannabis-infused vegan and dairy ice cream in outrageous flavors.” The ice cream will contain the same whole-plant cannabinoid and terpene formulations found in MariMed’s products like K Fusion and Betty’s Eddies.

“This partnership is gonna ROCK,” said Bob Rook, CEO and creator of Emack & Bolio’s in a press release. “The combination of our unique flavors with MariMed’s cannabis expertise is a natural.”

The products are expected to debut in Massachusetts this year followed by more launches in other legal cannabis markets.

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’m sitting in my kitchen, about to try my first sip of a milk that is vegan, sequesters carbon and increases biodiversity. Dairy milk has a high carbon footprint. Soy is linked to deforestation, almond to high water use. But how does the new kid on the scene – hemp seed milk – measure up for taste?

An Innovative Farmers project coordinated by the Soil Association is investigating how industrial hemp production could aid the transition to a low-carbon economy. In collaboration with scientists at Cranfield University and the British Hemp Alliance, research will quantify the environmental benefits of growing hemp. In farm trials that launched last month, five farmers are helping to investigate this plant’s ability to sequester or store carbon, improve soil health and increase biodiversity.

“Hemp could be a very valuable tool, but the UK is currently behind the curve internationally and there’s a distinct lack of data,” says Nathaniel Loxley, the Innovative Farmers project coordinator and co-founder of the British Hemp Alliance.

In theory, hemp has many potential benefits as a crop from an environmental perspective. It does not need pesticide chemicals or much water input, and hemp roots grow up to 3 metres deep, so they could help improve soil structure and nutrient levels, potentially leading to greater yields in follow-on crops.

“From a nutritional perspective, hemp seed milk ticks all the boxes. It’s low in saturated fats, there’s no sugar or cholesterol, it’s high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, and provides a really strong source of omega 3,” says Ben Cooper, Good Hemp’s brand manager. Cooper explains that whole hempseed hearts are processed “with some wizardry” to produce a cream, rather than an oil like other plant-based dairy products, to make this milk.

A group from Innovative Farmers listen to a talk at a hemp facility in east Yorkshire

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel doesn’t believe legal marijuana use should be grounds to disqualify someone from unemployment benefits.

At least three cases centered on the topic have landed before the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Commission. In each case, an employee was required to take a drug test and it was determined they had marijuana metabolites in their system. Metabolites can be found in hair follicles for 90 days or more after use.

An HVAC employee, while off duty, crashed a company car, a maintenance man injured himself on the job and a warehouse worker was hospitalized due to an on-the-job accident. All tested positive for marijuana, although it’s not clear how long before their accidents they ingested it. All claim to have been sober at the time of their incidents.

The employers in each case attempted to use the marijuana findings to deny unemployment benefits, since state law disqualifies anyone who tests positive for a controlled substance. Twice in these cases, administrative law judges sided with the employee, and once with the employer.
 
Nessel and her staff on Monday submitted a brief in the case supporting the rights of employees to use legal marijuana.
 
“The people spoke loud and clear when they voted in 2018 to legalize marijuana once and for all,” Nessel said. “Nobody over 21 can be penalized or denied any right or privilege solely for legally using marijuana, and employers cannot control their employees’ private lives by calling the legal use of marijuana outside of work hours ‘misconduct’.”

Nessel argued that the statute’s drug disqualification only applies to illegal drugs. Marijuana is no longer an illegal drug in Michigan for anyone over 21, despite still being listed as an illegal controlled substance by the federal government.

“For too long, marijuana had been widely perceived by policymakers as a corrupter of the social fabric—a theory riddled with racial stereotypes and resulting in severe overincarceration, among other things,” Nessel’s brief said. “To close the chapter on this sordid history, the people broadly expressed their intent ‘to prevent arrest and penalty for personal possession and cultivation of marihuana’ with the adoption of the” Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act.
 
There is no timeline for when the administrative judges will rule on the appeals, but the determination is likely to create guidelines for employees and employers regarding implications of legal marijuana use outside of the workplace.
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Medicinal cannabis specialist LeafCann discusses the current direction of the global medical cannabis market and the expectations for its future.

The rise of medicinal cannabis

The global medicinal cannabis market is growing. Occasional regulatory hurdles notwithstanding, the sector is finally seeing the upward progression that has been promised for several years. However, the increasing acceptance of medicinal cannabis invariably raises the spectre of the legalisation of adult-use cannabis, which in turn introduces conversations amongst the investment community regarding future opportunities for companies already working in the sector.

Medicinal cannabis companies already producing high-quality medicine under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards understand the strict conditions necessary to produce quality product. They understand no corners can be cut if you are to produce a medicine that patients and prescribers can rely on to provide relief. They also understand that it does not take much for the public to lose confidence in the sector when they hear stories of poor practices leading to inferior products and recent instances where contaminants have been found by consumers, prompting recalls.

Therefore, those in the medicinal cannabis sector may be tempted by diversification into other areas, such as adult use cannabis, where the conditions may not be as strict, and profits are ostensibly easier to make. Although desirable, the adult use market may not be the answer for those looking to diversify. Indeed, there are opportunities for those in the sector to apply their current practices to other botanicals and take advantage of the opportunities that other plants may present. Just as cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, so too have many other plants.

Cannabidiol is already being used in conjunction with some botanicals in the novel food sector. However, recent well-documented decisions to make registration of novel foods in the UK mandatory has seen companies rushing to create expensive novel food safety dossiers just to keep their products on the shelf until they can be registered.

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The cannabis industry is quickly skyrocketing. More and more countries are now turning attention to this highly promising industry. This is because cannabis—particularly CBD—can heal a myriad of health conditions. Thus, if you are looking for information regarding cannabis leaves, keep reading. This guide is going to delve into cannabis mutations and how you can use the leaves.

Uses

Chopping, trimming, and harvesting cannabis buds are common when it comes to farming cannabis. However, most people tend to discard the leaves. Of course, the eventual pleasure is in the cannabis blooms. However, that is not to say that leaves cannot be used. With a few tips, you can turn these cannabis leaves into starch. Here are a few options you have on the table:

The Sugar Leaves Can Be Turned into Hash and Kief

The cannabis leaves are packed with resin. This makes them beneficial, especially when it comes to the production of the hash or kief. Thus, consider turning your leaves into hash or kief. After trimming the buds, consider saving and drying the leaves. Be sure to choose the most important leaves, also known as sugar leaves. In most cases, these leaves look like they have a sugar coating on their surfaces.

After drying the leaves, trim them into kief. To do this, you need to shake the leaves using a fine cream. This process is aimed at allowing the dry trichomes through for collection. Alternatively, some people have devised ways of making their own hash using ice water.

Making Homemade Thai Based Sticks

Based on ancient creation, Thai sticks can be made from these leaves. This process involves tying up the buds to a stick to cure. They can also be tied to a skewer. It depends on what you have. The next step involves pressing the sugar leaves with the buds. Alternatively, they can be pressed with cannabis oil, also known as hash oil. This oil binds the product together. You can then wrap them in sticky-based fan leaves.

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It’s been a long road, but the Olympic torch finally landed in Japan on 23 July. The latest edition of the Games has been so mired in difficulty that many feared it might not go ahead, with COVID-19 causing seemingly insurmountable logistical issues. It’s also seen its fair share of controversies, with the conversation around cannabis chief among them.

The 2020 Games in Tokyo is effectively the first in which professional athletes have been allowed to use cannabis-based products while preparing for the competition. CBD use among professional athletes has been allowed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) since 2018, and it’s becoming increasingly popular.

In this article, I’ll explore the growing role that cannabis-based substances can play in sports, the main regulatory barriers in the way of development, and the exciting opportunities that may arise as cannabis in sport becomes normalised.

The athletic case for CBD

In the run up to this year’s Games, a growing procession of athletes have endorsed the use of CBD-based products. Although some of these endorsements are facilitated by sponsorship deals between athletes and CBD manufacturers, it’s without a doubt that stars across different disciplines are taking advantage of cannabinoids.

The list of advocates includes a number of top-tier athletes: from world record-holding sprinter Micheale Frater and golf star Catriona Matthew, to the NFL’s Rob Gronkowski and Eugene Monroe, heptathlete Chari Hawkins and former boxer Mike Tyson.


Allowing marijuana to be part of national commerce would presumably make it subject to tighter regulations, including packaging that didn’t appeal to small kids.

It was once believed to be propaganda: The idea that children of cannabis consumers were somehow getting their hands on the herb, ingesting it, only to later be strapped to various machines and gizmos down at their local hospital until the high wore off.

Some marijuana advocates are still convinced that this was just another way for The Man to disturb the course of legalization in the United States so cops can continue busting the skulls of stoners. In reality, however, thousands of kids every year are finding their parent’s pot stash, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. It’s a problem that has worsened as more states have legalized for recreational use. So, what gives? Why can’t parents keep weed away from kids?

Cannabis industry officials no longer deny that children are being poisoned by edibles. But they place most of the blame on the actions of irresponsible parents. “I think that a lot of parents are falling behind on the learning curve when it comes to responsibly storing cannabis products the way that they would alcohol and medications and household cleaners and things of that nature,” Morgan Fox, media relations director for the National Cannabis Industry Association, told KATC-3.

For whatever reason, the cannabis industry continues to market edible pot as though their customer base is 12 and under. Step inside nearly any dispensary in a legal weed state and you’ll see a cannabis version of a wide variety of popular candies. There’s Zombie Skittles (packaged to mimic the famous Skittles brand,) and Cannaburst Gummies (designed in the image of Starburst). We’ve even seen Ganja Joy, Stoned Patch, Medicated Nerds, the list goes on.

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Authorities allege the teen took the plants from a nearby residence.

An impaired 18-year-old took stunningly little effort to conceal his apparent theft of a number of cannabis plants when he was seen walking down a residential street in Chatham, Ont. with the greenery visibly in tow.

The Chatham-Kent Police Service was informed of the weedy wanderings involving a suspicious male this past Sunday morning. Barefoot and seemingly very drunk, the teen “was unable to care for himself and was subsequently arrested,” notes a statement from the police.

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The lack of effort to hide cannabis brings to mind an incident in which the Indiana State Police discovered 578.3 kilograms of illegal cannabis simply by opening the back door of a van. Then there were the four criminal masterminds in Oregon who were caught red-handed while walking down the interstate after allegedly stealing an estimated 27 to 36 kg of hemp they thought was weed.

 

In the Chatham incident, the teen has been charged with break and entering a place to commit an indictable offence, as well as possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

The federal Cannabis Act allows adults aged 18 or 19 — depending on the province or territory and whether or not the jurisdiction allows cultivation — to grow as many as four plants per residence for personal use. Producing amounts beyond the limit could result in tickets for small amounts and as long as 14 years in jail for larger amounts, according to the federal government.

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The ice cream maker “Hemp” has launched a CBD infused ice cream. Their products are produced using Golden Triangle Group’s assistance. The group represent a big business mover and shaker in Thailand’s legal cannabis industry. Previously they opened a cafe on Soi Sukhumvit 36 in Bangkok.

The flavours include:

Northern Lights: chamomile mint chip teaPineapple Express: apple and mango sorbetWhite widow: a berry sorbetSuper Lemon Haze: yuzu creamOG Kush: Chocolate fudge brownie
A six flavour combination costs 1,300 baht and a tote bag is included. Pints can also be purchased for 240 baht apiece. They are sold through Line. The company says they don’t recommend their ice cream for pregnant women or children. They did not mention if their products would affect pets adversely, however.

It is legal to sell sections of the cannabis plant that only contain CBD and not THC.

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EDISON – Township officials are looking to allow all classes of marijuana businesses in one section of the municipality, but those interested in operating them will have to pay hefty annual licensing fees.

Last week the Township Council introduced an ordinance regulating the number of licensed cannabis businesses in the township, along with their location, manner, times of operation and licensing requirements. 

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 19 in the council chambers.

The ordinance sets the annual license fee at $2,500 for cannabis delivery businesses. That fee increases to $7,500 a year for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors; $10,000 annually for retailers and tops off at $15,000 for cultivators.

The ordinance permits 10 cannabis establishment licenses, with a maximum of three for retailers and the remaining seven distributed among cultivators, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and delivery, with no less than one license per class. If after six months applications are accepted and no application is submitted for a particular class, then up to two licenses will be permitted for the remaining classes, the ordinance states.

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It’s now legal in Virginia to possess small amounts of marijuana, but the only way to get it legally is to grow your own.  That’s given a big boost to business at local nurseries and garden stores.

 
Happy Trees in Richmond's Scott's Addition offers advice and supplies for growing cannabis. (Image credit: RADIOIQ)

It’s 6:30 on a hot weeknight in Richmond – almost closing time for Happy Trees Agricultural Supply, but the place is packed.

Customers have come for advice on how to grow cannabis, and there’s a lot to learn according to Regional Operations Manager Richard Gropper.

“People have had their own systems for as long as they’ve been growing cannabis I guess," says regional operations manager Richard Gropper.  "It’s probably one of the most studied and argued over plants in the history of the world at this point.” 

If you’re growing outside, he notes, you have to worry about bugs.


In January 2021, recreational marijuana became legal in Arizona thanks to the passage of Prop 207 in November 2020. In the months since, dispensaries have opened their doors to recreational marijuana sales and proved to be a powerful economic engine.

“It looks like Arizona is set to hit the $1 billion sales mark at the end of the year, which is huge in comparison to other states in their first year of recreational sales,” says Greta Brandt, president of The Flower Shop, mentioning that Colorado took about two years to do the same. Taxes collected from these transactions have added $75 million to the state’s coffers to date.

But besides increasing tax revenues, is Prop 207 on track to achieve its stated goals after six months of legalization?

Unlocking an Industry

Before marijuana was legalized for recreational users ages 21 and older, Arizona voters approved Prop 203 in 2010 which created the state’s medical marijuana (MMJ) program.

“The Arizona Department of Health Services has run a wonderful, tight-knit MMJ program, and they’re doing the same for recreational. They shut down rogue operators and are trying to regulate that side of the industry very seriously,” Brandt contends.


Alberta marks the 4th province, in addition to British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, where Neptune Sells its Branded Cannabis

LAVAL, QC, Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. ("Neptune" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT), a diversified and fully integrated health and wellness company focused on plant-based and sustainable lifestyle brands, today announced it launched its  Mood Ring branded cannabis flower in the province of Alberta.

"I am pleased to announce that we have officially launched our Mood Ring Florida Citrus Kush flower in the province of Alberta, which has been very well received by consumers in other provinces," said Michael Cammarata, Chief Executive Officer and President of Neptune. "This is another step in the transformation of our cannabis business from a slow-growth, low margin extraction business to a high growth, higher margin branded CPG business."

The Alberta launch marks the fourth province, in addition to British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, where Neptune Wellness now sells its cannabis products under its Mood Ring and PanHash brands. These four provinces account for more than 80% of Canadian cannabis retail sales and provide Neptune Wellness access to more than 2,000 retail cannabis stores in the Canadian market.

With every purchase of our Mood Ring flower products, a portion of the proceeds are donated to the planting of a tree through our partnership with One Tree Planted. The Company expects to launch new Mood Ring and PanHash branded products across its licensed Canadian footprint throughout the coming year. For more information, please visit https://moodring.com or https://panhash.com.

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Even as Americans fork out more cash for upscale forms of caffeine and alcohol, there’s one thing they increasingly want in bulk, for cheap: marijuana.

In Tilray’s fourth-quarter call last week, Chief Executive Officer Irwin Simon said that Covid-19 prompted more people to shop for marijuana online, and that worked against premium brands. That contrasts with the “premiumization” trend of consumers trading up to higher-priced products that companies including Molson Coors and Starbucks talked about in earnings calls last week.

Tilray isn’t the only one noticing: A Stifel survey of almost 500 marijuana users across the U.S. and Canada came to the same conclusion.

“Yes, there will be some room for brands that differentiate themselves on quality, but this is a price-sensitive category,” Stifel analyst Andrew Carter told me in a phone interview about the study, which was published last week.

Stifel’s survey found that price, potency and quantity were the top factors that influenced cannabis shoppers. Carter also observed that there was a high level of turnover in terms of which brands were most popular during Covid-19, as shown through data from cannabis data tracker Headset. This shows that consumers are still largely searching for brands and products to latch onto.

Headset analyst Cooper Ashley said there was also a trend toward buying cannabis flower in larger package sizes during the pandemic. “This indicates increased consumer price sensitivity, because the average price per gram of larger package sizes was (and still is) much lower,” Cooper said in an email. “Customers were finding value by purchasing in bulk.”

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Major beer companies are investing in THC-infused drinks, but the sector represents less than 2 percent of the overall $20 billion marijuana market.

The cannabis industry has mastered the art of selling pot-infused brownies, gummies and even popcorn. But it’s struggling to boost a potentially lucrative market that centers on persuading Americans to drink their weed.

Rather than rolling a joint or puffing on a vape, some of the largest cannabis companies in North America see a multibillion-dollar marijuana beverage industry waiting to be tapped as states increasingly embrace legal weed.

“This is a product that they're going to be very comfortable consuming,” said David Culver, vice president of government relations for Canopy Growth Corp., which is the top seller of cannabis drinks in Canada. “They don't want to smoke it. They don't potentially want to vape it. But consuming it as a beverage is something that they can do.”
 
The universe of cannabis beverages is already large and seems to grow by the day: seltzers, wines, beers, teas, colas, cocktails. Many of the world’s biggest beer companies — Anheuser-Busch InBev, Pabst Brewing Company, Constellation Brands — have invested in cannabis drinks. Craft brewers like Lagunitas Brewing Company in California and Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing Company are also getting into the business.

And there are some promising signs for the industry.

Most marijuana drinks have negligible calories, and the products pose little risk of a hangover. Cannabis beverage sales in the U.S. are expected to hit $421 million this year — more than double 2019 figures, according to Brightfield Group, which tracks the industry, and double again to nearly $1 billion by 2025. Yet the beverage sector is less than 2 percent of the larger $20 billion legal weed marketplace.

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Modesto is going up in smoke, safely and responsibly, thanks to a new cannabis educational campaign from the city’s convention and visitors bureau.

Visit Modesto has launched what is believed the first-ever citywide cannabis tourism program in the country. The MoTown CannaPass, much like the visitors bureau’s other tourism campaigns, is aimed at getting people to stop, shop and enjoy what the Central Valley city has to offer.

But unlike its other programs, like its Modesto Loves Dogs and Get Mo Wine, the focus is inviting cannabis-curious travelers by helping them find legal marijuana businesses and experiences in the area. The free digital campaign, accessible via mobile phone and online, offers some perks, specials and discounts to those who sign up.

“The reason we wanted to create a program (centered around) education is because cannabis is as legal as beer and wine and whiskey. If we did a beer passport, everybody is in. So we wanted to have a cannabis passport that gave people understanding of state laws, local laws and the do’s and don’ts of the area,” said Visit Modesto CEO Todd Aaronson. “This is something we want to start gently, intelligently, educationally. We want to make sure the community is comfortable and users are comfortable.”

The program kicks off this weekend with buy-one, get-one-free tickets to Cheech & Chong’s “Up in Smoke” and fellow stoner comedy “Pineapple Express” at downtown Modesto’s State Theatre. The campaign will have a public launch next week, with a push to help people and retailers educate themselves on cannabis in the region.

Visit Modesto has partnered with Cultivar Strategies, a cannabis travel consultant agency, and Cookies, a local marijuana retail dispensary, for the CannaPass. Together they hope to be a resource for both the canna-curious and canna-experienced customer, as well as for local businesses fielding questions from customers about marijuana.

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Al Harrington and Allen Iverson  (image: VIOLA)

NBA Hall of Fame Allen Iverson has joined Viola, a purpose-driven cannabis brand co-founded by basketball great Al Harrington.

As Viola’s talent partner, Iverson will continue to build on many of Harrington’s business initiatives, leading the drop of the first strain of Viola’s The Iverson Collection in October. Other cannabis and non-cannabis products will follow.

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David Farris, vice president of sales and marketing for Planet 13, poses July 20, 2021, in a 20,000-square-foot storage warehouse at the marijuana dispensary superstore on West Desert Inn Road. The dispensary is hoping the warehouse will become a cannabis consumption lounge.

 

As he walked through a warehouse that could eventually become home to one of the premier marijuana consumption lounges in Nevada, David Farris spoke of a new era for the state’s cannabis industry.
 
Planet 13, the largest marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, has a chance to create a “next level” experience with its planned lounge, said Farris, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing.

Planet 13, a tourist hotspot, is among a number of Las Vegas marijuana dispensaries crafting plans for consumption lounges, which the state Legislature approved earlier this year.

At Planet 13’s superstore on West Desert Inn Road, a 20,000-square-foot storage warehouse will likely be converted into a lounge, Farris said.

“We want to make something that people can travel to, something like a club concept,” Farris said. “We know the pressure is on us to build something special.”

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"Excited to have a positive impact, providing a solution for our Black community, stay in line with marijuana laws, avoid unnecessary interactions with police."

“[Drivers who possess cannabis] can violate the law, maybe not even knowing they’re violating if it’s not in a sealed container,” Sarah noted. PHOTO BY LOCKGREEN PRODUCTS INSTAGRAM

Sarah and Ronald Morton are locking down their place as cannabis entrepreneurs.

The couple, who are “longtime supporters of marijuana law reform and minority representation in the cannabis industry,” have developed LOCKGREEN, a lockable stash box for road-tripping cannabis consumers, reports 13News Now.

The stash box comes in two sizes – small and large – and has a hard shell outer casing covered with a heavy-duty polyester exterior fabric. LOCKGREEN closes up tight via a three-digit combination lock, which is flanked by a top-carry handle, and the product claims to be both waterproof and smell-proof.

The hope is that the stash box will lessen the number of BIPOC cannabis consumers targeted by law enforcement.

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By Nina Zdinjak

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s cannabis and lifestyle brand Houseplant and cannabis giant Canopy Growth Corp. (NYSE: CGC) will terminate their partnership.

The two companies that created a joint venture three years ago and launched in Canada have mutually agreed to end their collaboration. Since the brand’s launch, the Canadian cannabis market has significantly expanded, thus the parties decided it was time for Houseplant to further evolve on its own while Canopy will continue working on its wholly-owned brands.

During their years of working closely together, Houseplant grew to become a popular consumer brand in Canada and is now among the top 10 in the premium cannabis market in Ontario.

Among the most successful products are beverages with Houseplant Grapefruit becoming the top-selling cannabis drink in Canada in its first year. In 2020, more than one million cans of Houseplant beverages were sold in Canada.