WeedLife News Network

Hot off the press cannabis, marijuana, cbd and hemp news from around the world on the WeedLife News Network.

The cannabis world is varied and rich and can fill a gazillion jeopardies. You assume you know a lot about the fantastic pot, but you’re mistaken. It’s because there’s always something new and exciting waiting to be unveiled around the corner for you.

And why not? Cannabis is a drug, cure, and a booming business, which is all wrapped into one. There isn’t any plant that has attained so much recognition. 

What are the things every consumer must be well-aware of?

The marijuana facts tell you what the plant is all about and some lesser-known historical things — you had no idea before. But, before knowing some weird facts, it becomes essential to know some marijuana advantages that show its power. 

Yes, marijuana has several benefits for our body and mind. A few of the many benefits are:

It relieves chronic pain greatly.Helps in nausea reduction.It has a substance for battling cancer cells.Deals with PTSD, stress, and anxiety.Assists in the prevention of Alzheimer’s.Prevents glaucoma.Decreases Dravet’s syndrome.Boosts appetite.Reduces neuropathic pain.

With such excellent benefits, it is undoubtedly hard to ignore this magical plant. That’s the foremost reason why cannabis concentrates are popular among the masses and health professionals worldwide. Now that you’re waiting for some fantastic facts, let’s get going:

e-mail icon

If you’re old enough, you may remember the terrific agony of combing through your music collection in an attempt to make the perfect mixtape. Each song had to be meticulously placed, the entire playlist had to flow seamlessly and putting an artist on there more than once was a cardinal sin. Gestures of that magnitude were typically reserved for significant others or potential significant others and were considered a big deal — especially if you included your own customized cover art.

Even if you don’t go all out, making a mix of great music to smoke to — whether it’s for yourself, someone else or to play in a social setting — is an art that requires equal parts effort and creativity. There aren’t a lot of rules when it comes to making a playlist but there are some things that make a difference and show that you spent some time coming up with just the right combination and not simply putting your playlist on auto-pilot aka shuffle.

Need some ideas on getting your 420 playlist together? Check out some of these suggestions to help you get started on the right track.

Curate your Vibe

First things first — what are you smoking and what’s the mood you’re going for? Is this background music or something you’ll be paying attention to? Are you trying to chill out with a nice hybrid without any distractions? Maybe an instrumental album or beat tape will work. Do you want something to hype you up while you puff on sativa? Peruse your workout playlist for something upbeat and exciting. Once you’ve decided how you want your playlist to make you feel, you’ll have some direction that will give you an idea of where you want to start.

Pick a Theme

Although it’s not completely necessary, it’s a nice touch to have your playlist connect in some way even if it’s just for fun. You can choose an era like ’90s hip-hop, play exclusively reggae if you want to stick to a genre, opt for a keyword to bridge your songs together (ex: every song has the word “high” or “green” in the title) or let the strain of your choice influence your flow. The more creative and out of the box, the better.

e-mail icon

This 420, cannabis lovers from coast-to-coast will have even more reason to celebrate. In the past few months, New York showed up with the most progressive social equity program to date; New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation legalizing cannabis in February; and, most recently, Virginia called time on outdated and racist prohibition laws, becoming the 16th state to legalize recreational cannabis.

With legalization comes a continuous stream of new and innovative products to market, each offering a unique or delicious way to enjoy cannabis or show your support of the culture. 

To help you get the most out of the unofficial day of weed, we’ve rounded up ten essential products that will enhance all aspects of your 420 experience, as well as your daily cannabis ritual. Let’s celebrate this plant in top-form every single day. 

420 Goody Box 

Is there anything more fun than getting a package full of surprise weed goodies in the mail? Cannabis subscription boxes have become all the rage in recent years, with everything you need to enhance your smoking experience, such as pipes, papers and lighters.  Keep the 420 festivities going all year and treat yourself or someone special to a 420 Goody Box subscription. The OG Goody Box comes with an exclusive glass piece, apparel and other smoking gear. You can also level up to the Top Shelf Goody Box, which features high-end, exclusive glass pieces, merch and much more.  doyougoodybox.com – from $27.98

Wow, we were close. So close. We almost got to be together again this year on 4/20, a day we’ve set aside to celebrate the cannabis plant, our culture, and the activists who’ve worked so diligently to free the leaf.

While it may seem cruel to lay low, I suggest you turn the volume up on your favorite 4/20 mix and bogart joint after joint — it’s the right thing to do. Our community has accomplished some serious essential work this past year and another few weeks of leading by example is easily within our skillset. I take enormous pride in knowing it was our community that kept the grass growing and flowing during a once-in-a-century pandemic. For all of my friends out there in the industry, and to the industry leaders that provided insights for this article, I applaud you. I not only applaud you, but a long and resounding standing ovation is in order. I am blown away by your values, your performance, and you’re never-ending devotion to freeing our cannabis prisoners and righting the wrongs of the past. 

To honor this important day, I asked the following people to share what 420 means to them, and how they’ll be observing it. May the great emergence from Covid-19 roar like a lion. 

Happy 4/20 everybody!

Mary Bailey, Managing Director, Last Prisoner Project:

e-mail icon

If you’re new to cannabis cooking and are ready to dump a ton of fresh bud straight into a brownie mix, stop! This is probably a bad idea, and science is here to tell you why.

Raw cannabis probably won’t get you high

Studies have shown that there are three active ingredients, or cannabinoids, that produce the effects of cannabis that you’re most likely familiar with: THC, CBD and CBG.

But they don’t start life this way.

Most people at least somewhat familiar with weed will probably be familiar with THC and CBD for their ability to get you high. But when ingested in a raw format they won’t have this effect.



e-mail icon

Fifty years ago, "420" became part of the public lexicon and eventually grew into a worldwide celebration of cannabis and its culture. What began as a slang term among California high-schoolers is now a widely renowned expression that comprises everything from the plant and its cultural use to the multibillion-dollar industry it has nurtured around the globe.

This year, like in no other before it, there are more reasons to celebrate the mainstreaming of cannabis and cannabis culture. After all, cannabis use in some form is now the norm in all states except two, and adult-use cannabis is even legal in 17 states, plus the District of Columbia. And even more, states are expected to fully legalize within the next couple of years as the legal cannabis industry continues its meteoric rise toward an $84 billion industry by 2028.

If ever was there a time to celebrate cannabis, this year's April 20th holiday certainly is it.

But that doesn't mean everyone is joining in on the celebration.Just because more states are legalizing the adult use of cannabis, stigmatism and misunderstanding continue to surround the plant and its use, thanks to decades of racist War on Drugs propaganda.

So it's important for those of us in the cannabis industry – and even in the larger cannabis culture – to explain to others what cannabis is, especially to those residing in new adult-use states who might not readily understand anything about it.

e-mail icon

Stoners have long had the reputation for ingenuity. We’ve honed the ability to turn almost any object into a smoking device (see the iconic apple-as-pipe, here in ceramic form), and are well-versed in using common items, like straightened-out bobby pins to clear the bowl in said pipe or a mortar and pestle to break up sticky icky, before grinders became widely available. Rolling joints in Bible pages — although not recommended — became a trope because it became so common. Smoking was illicit, and solutions were homemade. For a long time, marijuana enthusiasts weren’t a desirable market, and we got by.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when cannabis and the people who smoke it became so mainstream. Maybe it was when Colorado and Washington legalized weed in 2016 or maybe it happened even earlier in 2008, when the queen of commercial clean Martha Stewart publicly befriended Snoop Dogg, a rapper and weed business bro considered reefer royalty. By 2018, you could cop artisanal hemp kombucha from your city’s bougiest bodega as well as tincture for CBD (a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found naturally in the plant, credited with aiding everything from body pains to insomnia) from the local 7-11.

Marketers and anyone else looking to cash in on the green rush saw the writing on the wall and by spring 2021, there isn’t an everyday product or service you can think of that doesn’t have a stoner-specific iteration available for purchase — like $58 Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oilrolling papers that shake out to ~$7/pop (quite the gamble if you’re not the most prolific roller), a sativa seed hydrating face mask going for $24 each, a spacy-yet-posh $2,000 24-karat gold ashtray, or a $450 Edie Parker Table Top Lighter with its weighty emerald marble base and sterling silver functionalities. You can spend as much or as little as you want on cannabis-related and -tangential products.

As the stoner umbrella continues to cast shade over the entire United States, there has been a proliferation of products aimed specifically at weed-doers. It’s unclear, however, if they’re all really filling pothead needs — do we have to have, say, at-home luxury apparel especially made for us?

For some products and services, of course, the answer is yes. Stoners have a need for specific cannabis and cannabis-related products/services. For example, Eaze, a cannabis product delivery service — UberEats for weed. Not only do they bring strains right to your door, they use confirmation and promo codes never exceeding six characters and typically easy-to-remember words or phrases. (The stereotype has some truth: Regular pot-doers have impacted short-term memories.) Obviously, this service wouldn’t be of use to someone who doesn’t partake, but for the average stoner, it could be essential.

The medical marijuana industry in Missouri is booming by most measures on this April 20, or 4/20 as marijuana’s unofficial holiday is called.

The state has processed nearly 93,000 medical marijuana cards; the number of dispensaries rose from 20 last year to 80 so far this year; and the industry has generated more than $32 million in sales since the first dispensary opened in October.

Meanwhile, the number of applications for medical marijuana cards rose sharply last month, said Lyndall Fraker, the head of the state’s medical marijuana division. He said that could be for a variety of reasons.

“We had stimulus checks go out, some people are already receiving their income tax refunds,” Fraker said. “Seems like maybe the economy and people getting over COVID, and they’re getting out a little bit more. Maybe they’re making a doctor’s appointment they didn’t make a year ago.”

The state also has raised a total of about $1.3 million in taxes, and that’s only expected to grow.

e-mail icon

There’s one day in the month of April that is beloved by cannabis consumers everywhere — the 20th.


As legend puts it, the significance of the date has a storied history dating back to the 70′s when a group of high schoolers banded together to search for an abandoned cannabis crop in San Rafael, California. They routinely met at 4:20 p.m. and the time and date have since become recognized as cannabis slang for consumption of the plant.


Recognizing the popularity of the date for cannabis consumers, many dispensaries will celebrate the date with events or new products. Here’s what some Mass. dispensaries have planned.


Berkshire Roots - 501 Dalton Avenue, Pittsfield, MA


The dispensary says it plans to drop six new products on 4/20 with a celebration event kicking off at 10 a.m. Tuesday including:

e-mail icon

Once a year, the cannabis community comes together to rejoice in all things marijuana. This 420, there are more products and events than ever and we’re bringing some of our favorites straight to you.

While this unofficial holiday has been increasing illicit sales for decades, this year sets a new precedent for legal sales. Intelligence gathered by Akerna estimates upward of $95,000,000 in retail cannabis sales for 2021’s April 20 celebrations.

In honor of this most noble of days, we’ve compiled some exciting products and events to expand your horizons and enhance your appreciation.

Innovative Cannabis Products to Elevate Your 420

Summerland’s “Stonerware” pieces are handmade in California and feature some super fun designs.

Have you ever smoked out of an apple? I’m not sure if it’s nostalgia for the sweet taste of apple core and smoke, or just an appreciation for the deceptively simple design, but I’m digging their Fruit Fantasy apple pipe.

Stonerware by Summerland in sustainable ceramic.

Enterprise software company Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN) just released a Flash Report tracking buying trends related to this year’s 4/20 cannabis consumption holiday, and the news for the industry is favorable. The weekend preceding 4/20, which lands on a Tuesday this year, is pegged by Akerna’s predictive data as the most significant sales weekend of the year. On Friday, April 16, the Flash Report anticipates a 50% growth in daily sales from its 2021 average, with a total industry sales figure of $85,000,000. Saturday through Monday look strong as well, with figures ranging from $50,000,000 (on Sunday, historically the lowest cannabis sales days) to $78,000,000 on Saturday. By the time Tuesday hits, the daily retail sale of legal cannabis is expected to gross $95,000,000 nationally, bringing total 4/20-related sales to $370,000,000 in the U.S. if Akerna’s data proves accurate.

The Flash Report offers a breakdown of category sales and sales percentage by demographics such as gender (using a male and female binary) and age. Flower is forecast to top products sales in the five days of 4/20 spending, constituting 49% of sales (up 4% from the 2021 daily average). Cartridge pens are predicted to come in at 31% while Concentrates and Infused Edibles sit in third and fourth place at 11% and 8%. Men are likely to lead women in purchasing, with 63% of males stocking up to ring “Weed Day” over 38% of females.

According to Akerna’s numbers, 30-40 year-olds will make up 31% of consumers during this period, with under 30’s coming in at 29%, 40-50 year-old’s at 20%, 50-60 year-olds at 12%, and just 8% of folks over 60 hitting the dispensaries, shops and online retailers. The average order total will likely be up about $10, boosting the average spend per customer from $93.48 to around $105.00. The number of products purchased is predicted to go up as well, with a 30% increase from 2021.

The data used to inform Akerna’s Flash Reports is derived from MJ Platform, a provider of cannabis compliance software for the marijuana industry. Sales projections are based on market adjustment calculations and represent the entire US market as an aggregate. In a previous Flash Report, Akerna noted that the St. Patrick’s Day stimulus check drop led to the largest cannabis sales day of the year, which may contribute to the projected boost in 4/20 sales as well. Expanding legalization measures, a competitive retail market, and creative product development to reach a broader demographic of consumers may also contribute to the uptick. Whatever the main drivers may be, Akerna’s sales predictions herald a very happy 4/20 for the cannabis industry.

Rate this article: 
Select ratingGive Dispensaries Expecting Big Sales Prior To 420 Holiday 1/5Give Dispensaries Expecting Big Sales Prior To 420 Holiday 2/5Give Dispensaries Expecting Big Sales Prior To 420 Holiday 3/5Give Dispensaries Expecting Big Sales Prior To 420 Holiday 4/5Give Dispensaries Expecting Big Sales Prior To 420 Holiday 5/5
Authored By: 
Article category: 
e-mail icon

Most things can be delivered to someone’s door, and soon adults in Massachusetts can add marijuana to that list.

The state’s Cannabis Control Commission approved adult-use marijuana delivery in 2019. Advocates argued delivery would help licensed businesses compete with the illicit market and lower financial barriers for minority applicants.

For consumers, it means access to products without having to go to a brick-and-mortar location. There are two license types: A courier license works as a favorite third-party food delivery service. You order from a traditional brick and mortar dispensary, and it’s delivered to consumers for a fee.

The second type is an operator license, where delivery businesses can purchase products wholesale, sell them online, and deliver direct to your door.

But there are rules: all vehicles need to be unmarked, product on-board cannot exceed $10,000, and deliveries can only be made on private property. Public housing developments and college campuses are prohibited.

e-mail icon

When Oregon legalized recreational marijuana in 2015, much of conservative Eastern Oregon did not join the green rush. Ontario, a town of about 11,000 people on the Idaho border, voted against allowing pot sales in 2016 — and then the smaller town of Huntington, 30 miles northwest of Ontario and 30 minutes farther from Boise, allowed dispensaries to open and was flooded with cash from Idaho weed tourists, Politico reports. "Huntington was soon receiving $100,000 in tax revenue from a single marijuana shop — half the 400-person city's annual budget." Ontario approved pot sales in 2018.

Now, Ontario — best known as the home of Ore-Ida and the birthplace of the tater tot — is a weekend destination for residents of Boise and Idaho's Treasure Valley, who congregate mostly in a shopping center with a Home Depot, Walmart, fast food restaurants, and four cannabis dispensaries, Politico's Natalie Fertig reports. City Manager Adam Brown tells Politico that Idahoans make about 1,600 "unique trips" to Ontario every day, for tax-free shopping at the big-box stores but mostly for the weed, which is totally prohibited in Idaho.

Ontario had $92 million in cannabis sales in 2020, according to Portland Business Journal, or $2,857 for every resident of Ontario's Malheur County. Multnomah County, which encompasses most of Portland, sold only $378 in weed for every resident in 2020, Politico reports. The $1.5 million in tax revenue Ontario raked in from marijuana last year was about 4 percent of the city's annual budget, and the town is expecting close to $3 million in weed taxes this year.

"Ontario is just one of dozens of border communities around the country that have been transformed into marijuana boom towns thanks to the country's patchwork quilt of cannabis laws," Politico says. "Eighteen states now embrace full legalization, and all of them but California and Alaska share a border with at least one state where cannabis is illegal." In the last five months alone, New York, Virginia, New Mexico, New JerseyArizona, Montana, and South Dakota have legalized marijuana, motivated in part by the weed windfalls in neighboring states, Fertig notes. "Those new laws have created more than 20 regions potentially rich with border-crossing cannabis business." Read more at Politico.

Rate this article: 
Select ratingGive Oregon town on Idaho border experiencing fairly predictable marijuana sales boom 1/5Give Oregon town on Idaho border experiencing fairly predictable marijuana sales boom 2/5Give Oregon town on Idaho border experiencing fairly predictable marijuana sales boom 3/5Give Oregon town on Idaho border experiencing fairly predictable marijuana sales boom 4/5Give Oregon town on Idaho border experiencing fairly predictable marijuana sales boom 5/5
Authored By: 
Article category: 
Regional Marijuana News: 
e-mail icon

We know there are a lot of ways to take different drugs, but that not every way works for every drug. When we think of something like a hypodermic needle, chances are, heroin will come to mind, and probably not cannabis. But should it? As we (thankfully) start moving away from smoking these compounds, other ways of ingesting them arise. When it comes to cannabis and compounds like delta-8 THC, here are some of the best delivery methods available today that don’t involve smoking or vaping.

Delta-8 THC is the new answer to the anxiety and paranoia caused by delta-9 THC in standard marijuana. And if you’re looking to try delta-8 THC, there are plenty of delivery methods to get the best possible effects from it. Take a look at our awesome delta-8 THC deals and give this newer version of THC a shot.


How is it usually done?

The most common way that cannabis has been used throughout history, is as a smokable product. Long before there were laboratories to create all kinds of high-tech vaping devices, and before there were cookbooks full of edible recipes, or the ability to make tablets, there was smoking. Even back then, vaping was a thing, although vapor would have been created the good old fashion way, by heating a substance over time until it vaporized.

There is plenty of evidence that cannabis was used in other ways through history. For example, as a topical treatment for skin ailments. But none of these other ways would have detracted from lighting the plant on fire as the primary way to consume it. And so, for something like cannabis, the idea of smoking it, goes hand-in-hand with the drug in general. This means that the majority of people using it, are subjecting themselves to the detriments of breathing in smoke, which is bad regardless of the material burning. While vaping is often weirdly demonized, and called unsafe, the sheer injury and death statistics of smoking vs vaping say otherwise.

After all, since the beginning of vaping back in the early 2000’s, right up until early 2020, there were all of 68 confirmed deaths related to vaping, and 2,807 hospitalizations, according to the CDC. The comparative number is the number of cigarette deaths per year, and that in the US is 480,000, also according to the CDC. Somehow, the CDC has turned this comparison into vaping being an ‘epidemic’. It seems the only ‘epidemic’ here, is an ‘epidemic’ of people choosing a safer smoking method, and causing themselves less harm. It’s an epidemic of people doing the generally smarter thing.

oral delivery methods

In a natty mohair cardigan made by dapper Japanese brand Needles and 1970s-style specs, actor, screenwriter and director Seth Rogen is beaming gleefully into his camera phone. ‘This is my life’s work, and I’ve never been more excited about anything,’ he explains in a video shared with his nine million Twitter followers.

He’s not talking about a new movie project, rather the US weed industry’s biggest and buzziest launch of 2021. Founded in Rogen’s native Canada by the 38-year-old film star and his movie-making partner, Evan Goldberg, also 38, Houseplant might just be Rogen’s most savvy business move yet, placing him at the head of an elite pack of celebrity marijuana millionaires.

An online cannabis store, Houseplant sells two kinds of specially selected weed, at a pricey $60 (£44) for an eighth (3.5 grams), plus a range of must-have homewares with a slick, mid-century modern aesthetic, including a £200 green marble lighter and box sets of vinyl to listen to while you get high. Rogen has personally sampled each strain — which might explain all that grinning.


Initially only available north of the US border, the website launched in California last month, promptly crashing under the weight of interest. At the time of writing, everything was sold out.

While Rogen’s British followers can only admire the produce from afar, recreational marijuana is now legal across Canada and in 15 US states — New York joined the growing ranks on 31 March — and the American weed industry is huge business. As well as online retailers such as Houseplant, bricks and mortar stores are becoming as common as a branch of Walmart.

pSeth Rogen/p

One year ago, in the earliest days of the pandemic, the world was going into a global lockdown while people everywhere adjusted to coronavirus quarantines, toilet paper shortages, and n95 masks. Worry gripped the nation, and hope for a better day seemed a far-off, distant aspiration that could only come following months of fear and uncertainty. The idea of recognizing the 4/20 holiday, much less actively celebrating it, felt inappropriate at best and downright dangerous at worst. 

So like everything else last year, 4/20 events carefully planned over months were abruptly canceled. Marketing efforts focused on 4/20 were curtailed or shelved. And large in-person get-togethers were replaced with Zoom gatherings. Moods were more frequently somber than celebratory. But as vaccination numbers increase, a palpable wave of optimism is growing across the United States and the cannabis industry. We may be ready to party again, but we cannot ignore the lessons of the past 12 months. This year, 4/20 carries additional significance. 

We are not just "celebrating" this year. We are obligated by our shared experience to do more. We have all learned over the past year how to sacrifice, some much more than others. We have all experienced fear, worry, and isolation. We witnessed not just the heroism of healthcare and front-line workers but the persistence of those rallying for social justice in the streets. It isn't easy to imagine how anyone surviving through the previous 12 months could emerge unchanged. So our approach to 4/20 should change, as well. 

This year on April 20th, let us resolve to reflect on the challenges and lessons of the past year while embracing the optimism on the horizon. Let us celebrate our collective resilience--and the relationships with each other that carried us through the past year. But perhaps most of all, let us honor the hope and kindness that permeated through the darkness of the pandemic, demonstrated most clearly in hospital corridors, grocery aisles, and dispensary counters around the country. Finally, let us engage this human kindness and compassion to bring new meaning to our industry's annual holiday. No longer just a party for the present, 4/20 is now a celebration looking forward to all that is possible. Not 4/20, but "4ward20."

Using this spirit of forward-looking optimism as a focal point opens up many different ways to celebrate the holiday. We have examples all around us from which to draw inspiration: The dedication of first responders, the resourcefulness of front-line workers, and the sheer tenacity of vaccine researchers, to name a few. On a less dramatic scale, even small acts created a huge impact. For example, who was not charmed by the "Dreams" lip-synching skateboarder Nathan Apodaca? How many marveled at the impromptu performances by musicians on city fire escapes? And how reassuring were the nightly rituals of chants, howls, and whistles that occurred across the country during lockdown?

e-mail icon


According to a recent poll, across the country, more Americans want legal cannabis now than ever before.

The national polling data was put together by Quinnipiac University. This is the highest level of support ever reported in a nationwide survey and marks an even bigger shift in cannabis acceptance. The poll was directed by Doug Schwartz, Ph. D., and was based on random samples of adults using random digit dialing with live interviewers. The study has been conducted this way since 1994 and is considered independent and non-partisan.

According to the numbers, about seven in ten Americans believed that cannabis should be legal in the U.S. at the time of polling. Sixty-nine percent of those polled shared their support, and when looking just at registered voters, 70 percent are in favor. This number is up 19 percent from 2012 when the poll was first taken. 

“There is no buyer’s remorse on the part of the American people. In the era of state-level legalization, voters’ support for this issue has grown rapidly—an indication that these policy changes have been successful and are comporting with voters’ desires and expectations,” NORML’s Executive Director Erik Altieri said. “Today, voters of every age and in virtually every region of the country agree that marijuana should be legal. We have a mandate from the American people and we intend to make sure that elected officials abide by it.”

e-mail icon

Medical cannabis products are not always what they seem, according to a new study led by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

In fact, the contents of these products can vary considerably from distributors’ claims, according to the study, published in JAMA Network Open. This is particularly important when THC, the metabolite responsible for the “high” cannabis provides, is present in medical cannabis products labeled to be CBD only.

As more states legalize cannabis sales, demand has increased. However, there is little consistency in product regulation or labeling, unlike the strict regulation of medicines purchased through a pharmacy. As a result, labeling is often not accurately informing patients of the content of the cannabis-derived products they buy.

The psychoactive metabolite in cannabis is Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabis products containing THC are federally banned, but states have been passing laws legalizing these products. This has in turn led to a patchwork of laws that have varied impacts on guaranteeing that consumers get what they expect. Cannabidiol (CBD) does not come under FDA regulation.


In this study, researchers analyzed urine samples from nearly 100 patients enrolled in a clinical trial of the effect of medical cannabis for anxiety, depression, pain or insomnia. The purpose of the study was to see if these products were delivering the ingredients patients expected.

e-mail icon

States across the country are claiming to have legalized marijuana. While they have the authority to do so for state law only, marijuana still remains an illegal Schedule 1 drug and controlled substance to the federal government. Many people, including gun owners, security clearance holders, and service members will soon learn that marijuana use is certainly still illegal. Anybody falling into one or more of these categories has three major concerns.

1. Marijuana users will fail future NICS firearm background checks

This is a collateral consequence that many fail to consider. Marijuana users are considered to be “prohibited persons.” Question 21(e) of the NICS questionnaire (ATF Form 4473 (5300.9)) asks, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” To give you an idea of how serious the federal government considers the issue of marijuana use to be, the remaining sub-questions in section 21 (prohibited persons) deal with felony arrests and fugitives from justice. The key words to focus on in question 21(e) are “unlawful” and “user.”

Marijuana is illegal in the United States. There can be no lawful use of marijuana in any state. Therefore, all marijuana use is illegal with regard to the federal government and the aforementioned form. That said, the question asks if you are a user. This question, for now, fails to address possession, distribution, or investments in marijuana. As written, you are not presently required to disclose if you have possessed, distributed, or invested in marijuana manufacturing or distribution through dispensaries or other means. If you intend to visit a dispensary, you will need to provide ID, which will create a record of your purchase. There are avenues to pursue an appeal of the NICS determination, but the process can be difficult to navigate in most states.

2. Marijuana users will have their security clearances denied or stripped

e-mail icon

According to a new report, sales will be higher among males than females, while customers between the age of 30 to 40-years-old will be the most interested in purchasing cannabis products.

Cannabis software firm Akerna Corp (NASDAQ:KERN) expects national cannabis retail sales to reach $95 million on 4/20, the unofficial marijuana holiday. That’s according to a new Flash Report out of the Denver-based company.

Flower Power

Akerna says the top-selling product category on Tuesday, April 20, will be flower, accounting for 49% of all legal sales. To put this into perspective: flower has claimed 45% of all legal cannabis sales daily in 2021.

Photo by Jp Valery via Unsplash

Vape pens and cartridges will be the second most popular product among the customers on 4/20, the firm anticipates.

When Unemployment Checks Stop, Will Weed Sales Plummet?