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Cannabis home delivery slated to begin in Connecticut

 

Home delivery to Connecticut cannabis consumers is one step closer to reality as the lottery for delivery licenses closed last week.

"Delivery service is one of the license types now available in Connecticut as part of the new adult-use program," Kaitlyn Krasselt, communications director at the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, told The Center Square.

"Home delivery will also be available to patients in the medical marijuana program."

Medical dispensary facilities are allowed to deliver if the entity submits an application to the department and satisfies an inspection.

Bank supervisors urge Congress to pass SAFE Banking bill for cannabis businesses

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) is urging Congress to keep the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act in the final version of the America COMPETES Act to provide legal marijuana businesses with access to financial services.

“By granting a safe harbor for financial institutions, Congress can bring regulatory clarity to the financial services industry, address public safety concerns, and ensure access to financial services for state-compliant marijuana and marijuana-related businesses,” James Cooper, acting president and CEO of the CSBS, wrote to House and Senate leaders.

Marijuana regulators look to end TikTok ban on ads

New York State marijuana regulators are asking the social media app TikTok to stop banning advertising that involves the word “cannabis” as they work to promote public education on the state’s move to legalize. The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) sent a letter to TikTok executives on Monday, urging them to revise their advertising policy for government entities so that they can freely talk about marijuana in a public health and safety context.

According to OCM Executive Director Chris Alexander, the office has launched a “Cannabis Conversations” campaign to inform New Yorkers about “who can purchase cannabis, where can you legally use cannabis, and how one can safely use cannabis, including protecting youth.”

Cannabis strain labels are misleading, research suggests: Authors call for labeling similar to FDA for food

Do you know what kind of weed you're smoking? 

Have you ever wondered how useful labels on cannabis products are, or not? (Benzinga)

According to a new study that examined almost 90,000 samples across six states, they're not very useful. While most cannabis enthusiasts rely on labels like Indica, Sativa and Hybrid to help them distinguish one marijuana category from another, the new study suggests this is somewhat misleading, reported CU Boulder Today.  

Increase in cannabis pollen linked to illicit growth in Spain

A study of the levels of atmospheric cannabis pollen in Murcia has detected a significant increase in recent years—indicating that illicit crop production has increased.

Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena in Spain have come to an interesting conclusion. Recently, the amount of cannabis pollen in the air has increased dramatically. It is not unreasonable to postulate, as the polytech scientists have now done, that the total amount of illicit cultivation in the region has increased significantly in the last four to five years.

How legal marijuana is outselling Starbucks

It’s a safe bet that Americans as a whole will continue to spend even more on pot than PSLs. Here’s why.

When reports came back showing legal cannabis sales outpaced Starbucks sales in North America, it raised more than a few eyebrows. As we previously reported, in 2021, legal cannabis sales (medical and recreational combined) were between $24.5 billion and $27 billion, while Starbucks sold a reported $20.5 billion.

AAPI appreciation in the world of weed: Movers and shakers

A look at the AAPI movers and shakers behind the cannabis industry, and the often underappreciated folks who are stepping into the light.

Race is a topic that comes up a lot in cannabis, as social equity and the War on Drugs is discussed, but APPI folks are often left out of the conversation completely. Due to the harmful and racist “model minority” myth that Asians have to be model citizens, it is often assumed that they won’t have anything to do with even the world of legal cannabis—a myth that also shows there is still a major stigma against weed. To dispel those antiquated notions, we spoke with some of the major movers and shakers in cannabis who come from an AAPI background and are proudly bringing their cultural heritage to the world of cannabis. 

Cannabis and franchising: Perfect together

Franchising Helps Entrepreneurs Navigate the Complicated Cannabis Industry

As a franchise consultant and a New Jersey resident, I have kept a watchful eye over the cannabis industry and cannabis franchises in particular. In November 2020, New Jersey residents overwhelmingly voted to legalize cannabis in the Garden State. On February 21, 2021, New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, signed three laws regarding the legalization of marijuana.

The Michigan adult use market is one of the fastest growing cannabis markets in the United States

A bright spot of the United States (US) cannabis industry has been the performance of Midwestern states that allow for the sale of recreational cannabis. 

Woody Harrelson’s new cannabis lounge, The Woods, is open for business

High Times went to The Woods!

There was a lucky vibe for Friday the 13th, at the grand opening for cannabis consumption lounge The Woods, co-owned by actor and cannabis entrepreneur Woody Harrelson. Located in West Hollywood, California, the newly remodeled storefront is one of the first of a slew of consumption facilities slated to open in the city over the next two years.

“It’s the most auspicious day, which is why we did it today,” Harrelson told High Times. He explained the years-long process, which has finally led to the sunlit space on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Love Hemp Group PLC announces update to announcement of 9 May 2022

Chicago Cannabis Company opens first co-op store in Lincoln Park

Chicago Cannabis Company offers "products for every level of cannabis consumption, from connoisseur to people trying cannabis for the first time," co-owner Nicollette Rodriguez said.

When Nicollette Rodriguez founded Chicago Cannabis Company with co-owner Tom Gliszewski in 2018, she was working as a bilingual high school teacher and started using CBD to help with stress.

“It really improved my quality of life,” Rodriguez said.

“With teaching being a stressful job, CBD helped me sleep better at night and organize my thoughts and planning. It revolutionized my life.”

Cannabis rules draw fire

Guam’s recreational cannabis industry could lose to the black market unless the government allows residents to own more than one type of cannabis business, a prospective business owner told lawmakers Thursday morning.

At the very least, businesses should be allowed to grow and also manufacture cannabis products, Mike Mateo said during a public hearing on the rules and regulations for the island’s recreational cannabis industry.

That’s how the cannabis black market operates — by controlling cultivation, manufacturing and sale — and legal cannabis businesses need to do the same to compete on price, Mateo said.

Sisters of the Valley compete in the Next Marijuana Millionaire Show

One episode per week, first episode drops on the G4+ free app today.

The very first episode of the Next Marijuana Millionaire airs today on G4+, a new streaming platform developed through a collaboration of the best tech and entertainment minds, an app that can be downloaded easily to an iPhone from the app store for free.  The series, which will be released starting today with one episode per week for ten weeks, is also free to watch and will soon also be available for other devices through the Google Playstore. 

Huckleberry Hill Farms on what’s at stake for legacy cannabis growers

Huckleberry Hill Farms has planted its legacy on the rich soil of the Emerald Triangle.

The second-generation run farm is owned by John Casali and his partner Rose Moberly. Casali carries on the work of his mother and her longtime growing expertise. Because of his family’s deep roots in this place, Casali centers the community in the Emerald Triangle above all else. The Huckleberry Hill team is one of the first tourism licensees in the Emerald Triangle, offering a unique grow tour experience for people who may want to see cannabis up close. Think, à la Weed Country with overnight glamping and farm animals, including two goats named Willie and Nelson.

Weed pop-ups are having a moment right now

 

Marijuana pop-ups are appearing in a variety of states, whether there’s legal marijuana or not. Here’s why.

If you live in a big city or somewhere where there have been revisions of cannabis laws, you’ve likely seen a marijuana pop-up store. These locations come in all shapes and sizes, whether that’s a truck or a stand, all tending towards bright green logos. After two years of the pandemic, marijuana pop-ups are reappearing with a vengeance, finding exciting ways to appeal to new customers.

Why is the world's largest cannabis market shooting itself in the foot?

Taxes in California are among the highest in the United States and that of course includes cannabis-related taxes, which are so exorbitant that they are hobbling what should rightly be the country's - make that the world's largest and potentially successful cannabis market. (Benzinga)

High taxes and onerous regulations are keeping unlicensed cultivators out of the legal market and contributing to illicit sales, which make up whopping three-quarters of all weed sales in California today, according to a new study done by Reason Foundation, Good Farmers Great Neighbors and Precision Advocacy.

States that legalized marijuana are bringing in more tax revenue on pot sales than alcohol

A majority of the states that legalized recreational marijuana for recreational use are collecting more tax revenue from pot sales than alcohol sales.

The first two states to legalize pot are profiting the most, Colorado and Washington. Across the country, the total revenue for taxes on weed amounted to nearly $3 billion, according to a report on “sin taxes” by The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).

So far, 11 states have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana.

The states that have given recreational marijuana legalization the green-light are Colorado, Washington, California, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Maine and Alaska.

Small cannabis entrepreneurs say they can't compete against ‘Walmart of weed'’

 

Many small cannabis entrepreneurs say large companies are jockeying to lock them out of the industry and have funding that gives them more access to lawmakers.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the country,” said Sarah Grant, general manager of The Dispensary in Richmond.

The shop opened last year and sells Delta-8-THC flower and vape cartridges. 

“It’s hard to compete if you’re going against the Walmart of weed,” Grant said. 

Grant said the lack of structure in the recreational cannabis market is stressful for smaller businesses and that her store could never compete with lobbyists from national cannabis corporations. 

Michigan regulators say no to THC from hemp

Regulators in Michigan have nixed a proposal to allow the conversion of cannabinoids derived from hemp into THC.

Regulators in Michigan announced on Friday that a plan to allow cannabinoids derived from hemp to be processed into THC would be withdrawn from consideration. The announcement came only two days after the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) was renamed and given new authority over the state’s hemp industry under an executive order issued by Governor Gretchen Witmer earlier this year.


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