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Khiron opens new Zerenia clinic and medical cannabis pharmacy in Colombia

Khiron Life Sciences Corp. is opening a new Zerenia clinic location and a new retail pharmacy in Colombia.

The clinic is located in the city of Bogota, with a maximum annual capacity of 40,000 consults per year. (Benzinga)

In addition, the company has opened its first retail pharmacy location within El Ensueño shopping mall. This pharmacy will allow the company to sell medical cannabis products to patients outside its own Zerenia network and dispense high and low THC medical cannabis to insurance companies in the country.

Alvaro Torres, Khiron CEO and director stated, "Khiron has become a clear leader in the Colombian medical cannabis market because of its unique go-to-market strategy, anchored in our Zerenia clinic model. This new expansion within Bogota capitalizes on the Colombian government's decision on mandatory insurance coverage, and we aim to get closer to our patients and insurers, to improve quality of life. With our new retail pharmacy, we aim to be able to offer more access to patients outside our clinic network and to provide a dispensing alternative to insurers, thereby increasing our market leadership within Colombia. As we continue to grow, our leadership is expanding to Latin America and Europe, thanks to our ability to generate evidence, offer high quality products, and create an excellent patient-focused healthcare service that improves quality of life".

 

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Local cannabis, hemp testing lab expanding near Tampa

 

A Tampa-based, third-party testing lab for cannabis and hemp is expanding with the addition of a new Brandon facility.

Method Testing Labs, founded in 2019 by cannabis industry veterans Keith Browning and Rob Radke, plan to open a 7,200-square-foot facility at 2720 Broadway Center Blvd. by July 1. 

“We love the Tampa area. We did not want to move outside of the I-4/I-75 [corridor],” says Browning, explaining the area offers easy transporting.

Plans call for the addition of another 10 to 15 employees in Brandon, including analytical chemistry, microbiology, lab technician, transport, customer service and quality assurance staff.

To qualify, scientists should have a four-year degree and technicians should have a two-year tech degree; successful applicants typically have two to three years of experience. 

Salaries are “very competitive in the lab space,” Browning says. The company also offers a full health package, stock options, bonuses and merit raises.

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Cannabis industry leader Katherine Lagow named President of TrueGreen

Trailblazing executive brings deep sector experience to fast-growing, innovative cannabis tech firm

TrueGreen, a leading provider of smart packaging technology solutions for the cannabis industry, announced today the appointment of Katherine Lagow as President.

Lagow joins TrueGreen from Standard Wellness Company, a vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator (MSO) with licenses in Ohio, Utah, Maryland and Missouri, where she most recently led all marketing and business development. Lagow was VP of Operations prior to launching their marketing department, where she was responsible for overseeing operations across all states and entities. Lagow joined Standard Wellness in 2018 prior to the company launching operations, and played a key role in expanding the company from one operational facility in Ohio to eight facilities across four states. She helped grow the company from 10 employees to 150 employees, and the company now boasts annual revenue expectation of 29M in 2022, and 76M in 2023 once the additional facilities in Utah and Missouri are fully operational.

Working closely with TrueGreen's senior executive team, Lagow will head TrueGreen's rapidly expanding new business efforts, integrating the company's product development, marketing, communications, and strategic partnerships.

"Katherine is recognized as one of the industry's most effective and far-sighted new leaders, and we are delighted to have her join our growing team," said Chris Quinlan, founder and CEO of TrueGreen.

"Her experience building and scaling a top MSO and her deep relationships at every level will further accelerate our ability to deliver transformational solutions for customers across the country."

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You won't believe what cannabis company Melee Dose did with their Mutant Ape Yacht Club #4573

The two teamed up to create the wildest THC combo ever compressed into an edible

Melee Dose announced their first product in their Melee Mutant line today. Described as Radioactive Edible Diamonds, these gummies are rumored to tout benefits like super strength, time travel, and mutation. Unfortunately, these unsubstantiated rumors lack evidence. However, we can say with certainty these edibles fall under the 2018 Farm Bill's provision as they contain less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC making them legal in most states, even without a medical card. The luminescent green diamonds boast 4mg D9, 20mg D8/D10, 6mg THCO, and 9mg HHC, thereby achieving the golden ratio of 420:69.

"The box glows in the dark, revealing a bevy of Easter eggs. But whatever you do, don’t deconstruct the box. Bad idea. We’re sure there are no Easter eggs inside. Well, probably nothing," said Onyx Batista, co-owner of Melee.

Rest assured, there is nothing actually radioactive in the gummies, but the flavor, consisting wholly of natural and exotic ingredients, is actually sensational.

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Announcing Green Horizons, a trailblazing cannabis cultivation and CPG brand campus

Green Horizons’ State-of-the-Art Cannabis Cultivation and CPG Brand Campus is on Track to Make Coachella Valley to Cannabis What Silicon Valley is to Tech

Today Green Horizons announced plans for its massive, trailblazing Canna-Campus in Coachella Valley, which broke ground late last year and is under construction. The first-of-its-kind facility will feature scaled cannabis cultivation alongside CPG brand development, positioning the Company to become one of the largest vertically integrated brand platforms in the world. Green Horizons will also offer campus tours, education and workshops to outside visitors.

Green Horizons is launching the first 226,787 sq. ft. of its campus with options to scale to 1,000,000 sq. ft. as market conditions dictate. Phase I of the Green Horizons campus will consist of 101,787 sq. ft. of a state-of-the-art, sealed, Class “A” automated light deprivation greenhouse. Phase II adds an additional 125,000 sq. ft. that will serve as the Company’s corporate headquarters as well as its brand incubator, along with additional light deprivation greenhouse cultivation space.

Green Horizons’ mission is to fuel a portfolio of in-house brands with in-house supply to guarantee consistency and uniformity. Combining the management team’s track record of cultivation excellence with the Company’s high-tech sun powered cultivation facilities, Green Horizons aims to redefine the cultivation landscape to create a blue ocean of top shelf flower at greenhouse COGS. In leveraging its low-cost basis, Green Horizons will be able to continue scaling as commoditization exerts downward pressure on higher cost producers.

The Company will be formally announcing their much-anticipated debut brand, a crossover from the fashion world, which will launch in Q3 of 2022, to be followed by a value brand paying homage to the Coachella Valley, anticipated in summer 2023. Upon completion of the facility, the brands will be exclusively powered by proprietary genetics bred in-house by the Company, a cornerstone differentiator for all Green Horizons portfolio brands.

“The Coachella Valley is the perfect place to build a world class cultivation and CPG brand campus at this scale,” said Carlos “Los” Arias, Chief Executive Officer of Green Horizons.

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Forian BioTrack launches New Mexico traceability software for adult use cannabis

Bio-Tech Medical Software, Inc. subsidiary of Forian Inc. (NASDAQ: FORA), successfully completed the launch of its New Mexico state traceability system for adult-use cannabis sales. This latest state partnership demonstrates the continued expansion of Forian’s BioTrack state traceability system.

BioTrack has been the traceability system for New Mexico medical cannabis sales since 2015, and in 2021 expanded to also be the state’s partner for adult use compliance monitoring. The successful seamless transition of the traceability system from medical to dual-use enabled businesses to begin commercializing adult-use cannabis sales at 12:00 a.m. on April 1 with no disruption to retailers or consumers.

BioTrack’s software will track both medicinal and adult-use cannabis in New Mexico from when it is first planted as a seed to the point-of-sale to the consumer. BioTrack’s traceability system helps to ensure there is no product diversion and in the case of a recall, simplifies and streamlines those events.

"BioTrack's software worked seamlessly for New Mexico, helping the state to see a record-setting $5.2 million in combined cannabis sales during the state's first weekend of adult-use sales," stated Kristen Thomson, director of the New Mexico Cannabis Control Division.

"We look forward to continuing to work with BioTrack to ensure that all consumers and patients have access to the products they need--and to ensure that the Cannabis Control Division can track product for quality assurance and consumer safety.”

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Why did the cannabis industry blossom during the pandemic?

Global legal cannabis sales in 2020 were up by 45% on 2019, with several leading companies reporting triple-digit revenue growth.

The Covid years have been very good for the cannabis industry. According to cannabis market research firm BDSA, global legal cannabis sales in 2020 were 45% higher than in 2019, with several leading cannabis companies reporting triple-digit growth in revenues in 2020 over the previous year. These included Trulieve Cannabis, Curaleaf, Verano, Cresco Labs, Green Thumb Industries and TerrAscend.

Moreover, the healthy prospects of the global cannabis market were reflected in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity of last year. Two deals pertaining to the cannabis industry—Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ acquisition of GW Pharmaceutical, and Trulieve Cannabis’ acquisition of Harvest Health & Recreation—had multi-billion-dollar valuations.

Two themes have driven the growth of the cannabis market during the pandemic. The first is the growing desire among consumers for products that enhanced their health and wellness. The second is the continued legalisation of medical and non-medical cannabis, especially in the US.

On average, it takes a pharmaceutical company at least ten years to bring a new medicine through the complete drug development process. This long journey involves five key stages, moving from initial discovery and development to preclinical and clinical research. These are followed by regulatory review – typically the most complex and difficult portion of the process, whereby a New Drug Application (NDA) is filed – and FDA post-market safety monitoring.

The manufacturer’s work doesn’t stop there, however. Now, they must find ways to maximise the value of the product across its roughly 20-year lifecycle...

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Introducing Hoodie Analytics: A Cannabis Tech Firm Offering Next-Day Market Insights

Hoodie Analytics, a U.S.-based cannabis data and technology company delivering insights into market performance and competitive intelligence, announced today the close of its inaugural round of fundraising at an undisclosed amount. Hoodie also announced positions on its strategic advisory board.

Hoodie tracks over 3.5MM daily unique offers in over 8,000+ dispensaries in the US and Canada, making Hoodie one of the largest and most impactful platforms in cannabis for tracking sales metrics such as pricing, promotion, stocking status, distribution and share of shelf. Hoodie combines this with next-day insights so businesses can access market trends and data within hours, which it claims is a first for the industry.

“We founded Hoodie to close the last mile of actionable product insights. We are aiming to create a nexus of industry data: a product graph to connect all industry players together and speed up critical insights. Not only for cannabis brands but for consumers as well,” said Wes Shepherd, chairman and chief executive officer at Hoodie.

 

“Our core competency is processing massive volumes and a variety of data. Where we differ is that we can build applications equally well. We can deliver insights to people in a variety of roles whether it’s a brand’s salesperson or a dispensary inventory manager or even a webmaster looking to create a product locator for consumers to find their products,” Shepherd said.

Hoodie’s aim is to track every product– in every dispensary, in every state and province, every single day — and combine this data with an easy-to-use interface as its guiding principle, which aims to ensure that even the busiest salesperson is able to help their customers effectively and reliably.

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How a Maine architect built a marijuana dispensary that breaks stereotypes

Once you’re in the door, there’s plenty of advice floating around about style, project management, budget and all the rest—but how do you actually get the job in the first place? We’re asking designers to peel back the curtain and walk us through how they landed a project, step by step. Here, Patrick Boothe, an architect and director of the commercial studio at Caleb Johnson Studio in Portland, Maine, discusses his work as the project manager on SeaWeed Co., a surprisingly beautiful marijuana dispensary in South Portland. Though citizens voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, the bill wasn’t signed into law until 2018 and sales didn’t begin until fall 2020—yet Boothe’s client wanted to press on with construction as soon as legislation was in motion. The result is a chic, airy space using local lumber and wood tones that complement the company’s purple mermaid logo. A total departure from the grungier head shops of yesteryear, it represents a possible glimpse at the industry’s future.

What is your firm’s typical project?

The firm has a strong background in high-end residential construction and design and a blossoming commercial sector as well—[we’re] trying to maintain the same reputation with our commercial work as we have for our residential structures. I am the director of the commercial studio, spearheading all of our commercial design efforts.

What is the backstory of this project? How did it come to you?

I think it was 2017 when they approached us, maybe 2016. We’re known for using materials that are appropriate for Maine in new and distinctive ways. Our buildings, they’re not straight-up traditional, but they also aren’t so modern that they become unapproachable. [SeaWeed’s] product is all about being manufactured in Maine, from honest, good materials, and so they saw that in our work. They had a great site surrounded by wooded areas and wetlands, and we [often] have a connection with nature, bringing the outdoors into our projects. They wanted to do that with their commercial work as well.

Can you talk a bit about the demands of a dispensary space? What areas or basics does it need?

It’s just like any retail environment where you have a lot of area to display your goods, in a space that is well lit [and] comfortable. That was the first thing we focused on: a nice experience for the customer. They started with this loose mentality of an Apple Store type where everything is clean, the product is very well understood and there’s always someone there to greet you when you walk in and guide you through the product. We had a very clean[ly] designed retail space, and maybe three-quarters is the retail area. Then the last quarter is support space—the back room, some storage, locked spaces, break rooms, mechanical rooms.

SeaWeed has very distinct branding. How much of that was in place, and how much of the aesthetics or colors came from your team?

They had a branding consultant on board when they started working with us. They developed some logos and iconography for product displays, and we worked with them hand in hand so the architecture didn’t compete but supported that. They have a nice purple color with their branding, and we have this wood stain on the outside of the building—it’s all-natural cedar, but the stain we used is a purplish-gray tone, so it pairs really nicely. There’s illuminated signage outside, and at night it looks really sharp with the gray stain against that logo.

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Why the construction industry needs hemp and fungi

Bio-based construction materials are already on the market. What will it take to scale them? 

From 2020, the world can emit only 350 gigatonnes of carbon for a chance to stay within 1.5 degrees of warming. Maintaining the carbon budget will require a radical overhaul of how we make our buildings. Currently, manufacturing construction materials emits around 11 percent of global greenhouse gases per year globally. Around 5 percent of global GHG emissions come from cement alone and we are set to produce 3.5 billion metric tons of it by 2050.

The carbon intensity of the construction sector owes to its near-total reliance on metal and mineral-based materials. By adopting bio-alternatives to cement, steel, brick, and concrete, the industry could make massive sustainability savings. Because plants absorb atmospheric carbon as they grow, components made from biomass are much more likely to be carbon-neutral.

Although wood has been the traditional plant-based construction material, it cannot meet address the sustainability needs of the industry alone. Timber forests fluctuate in their carbon storage capacity since felled trees take a long time to regrow. This lag between timber harvest and regrowth also makes it difficult to supply the amounts of biomass needed by the global industry without destroying natural ecosystems for new plantations.

Timber is no longer the only option when it comes to organic building materials, however. Insulation and structural components made from straw, hemp, and mycelium are now hitting the market.  Unlike wood, these crops regenerate quickly, offering plentiful bio-feedstocks and sustained levels of carbon storage. A 2019 study showed that hemp and straw can help achieve carbon-negative buildings – something near impossible with clay bricks or concrete.

Hemp insulation and building blocks

Switching to bio-based insulation is an easy route to low-carbon buildings. Over its entire life cycle, one kilo of bio-based insulation requires between 0.24 and 39.5 megajoules to manufacture. Compare this to 15.7 – 54 megajoules per kilo for mineral insulation and between 95 and 108 for oil-derived versions.

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New type of pot extract is carbonated just like champagne

An advancement in the field of marijuana extracts involving the carbonation of the resin containing attributes new to the field of Cannabis extraction.  This technique combines the carbonating effect of CO2, used as a cosolvent, in conjunction with a typical hydrocarbon butane extraction.  This type of extraction, developed by Extractioneering, is called a "Cosolvent" extract.  A vial of carbonated HTFSE created with the Cosolvent Cannabis extraction method that utilizes both CO2 and Butane as extraction solvents. Carbonation of the Cannabis extract makes for a more intense flavor and effect over traditional BHO and Live Rosin types.  In addition, the carbonation preserves the product and allows it the opportunity to 'vintage' similar to wine, improving with age.

Using Carbonation to buffer the resin during solvent extraction preserves it from degradation and makes it as bioavailable as if it were vaporized off the cured flower itself.  Basic extracts such as concentrates and distillates cannot be carbonated to the same degree as complex cured resins.

Allowing Cannabis cultivators at the peak of their craft to create incredible strains featuring rich cured resins be able to protect, preserve, and vintage their resins through the process of carbonation will allow their cultivation legacy live on long after their flowered cannabis has expired. 

Helping the cultivator create revenue from all components of their harvest regiment is an absolute priority for a healthy and successful cannabis business.  A Cosolvent extraction can make an effective and complex extract out of as little as 1lb of cannabis material.  A true small batch technique that is paired well with the small, medium, or large cannabis cultivator.

"In the natural sciences, we utilize buffers when extracting substances (organelles, proteins, nucleic acids) for research analysis.  These buffers create conditions that foster the collection and protection of desired biomolecules leaving them in their native chemical configurations.  In essence this is what we achieve with Cosolvent extractions using Cannabis oleoresin," states Daniel Maida Hayden Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Physiology. 

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SōRSE Technology enters Thailand’s CBD marketplace via exclusive partnership with Hempagoda

SōRSE Technology Corporation, the leading water-soluble emulsion technology company for Consumer Packaged Goods, today announced that it has entered the hemp and cannabis marketplace in Thailand. SōRSE currently powers over 100 infused products on the market. SōRSE has entered an exclusive partnership with Hempagoda to make the SōRSE Technology platform available to the Thai market. In 2019, Thailand became the first Southeast Asian country to legalize cannabis for medical use and research, as well as hemp for producing textiles, garments, and other products. In February 2021, Thailand legalized the use of hemp and CBD in food and cosmetics, and early this year, the government removed cannabis and hemp from its list of controlled substances. These steps have created the opportunity for the production of infused products in 2022.

Over the past three years, SōRSE has expanded its global presence to Australia, Canada, the EU, Latin America, the UK, Asia and South Africa. This licensing agreement will mark SōRSE’s entrance into Thailand and the greater Southeast Asia marketplace. The emulsions will be produced at Hempagoda’s 12,000 square meter facility in Bangkok.

Hempagoda CEO Vaughn Graham commented: “Since Thailand legalized the use of hemp and CBD in food and cosmetics, there has been plenty of interest from both consumer and Food and Beverage producers for product offerings incorporating cannabis. We've seen basic herbal teas and some other 'beginner market' products on the Thai market already. With our SōRSE partnership, we are empowering the entrepreneurship and creativity of Thai producers to develop unique, exciting, great-tasting products Powered by SōRSE.”

SōRSE’s water-soluble solutions launched at Cannabis Business Asia 2022 on March 23 and 24 in Bangkok, which is the leading event on the development of the Asian medical cannabis and hemp market. SōRSE VP of International Markets, Tim O’Neill, and Hempagoda CEO, Vaughn Graham, presented at the conference on March 23 on “How to Incorporate Cannabinoids into End Consumer Products.”

SōRSE CEO Howard Lee commented, “This partnership presents an amazing opportunity for both our company and our partners to expand their reach into an emerging regional marketplace for infused products. Thailand is paving the way for neighboring Asian nations to consider the benefits of having hemp and cannabis products available to consumers. We’re excited to be the first American company to have products available in the Thai market; it’s a testament to all the hard work that has gone into creating a safe, stable, great-tasting product.”

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Marijuana fintech players are vying to replace cashless ATMs

Pot companies have new payment options

Many companies would love to be the Venmo or PayPal of cannabis. But there’s a long way to go. 

Cash is still the go-to option in the U.S. since marijuana is federally illegal. Tepid progress toward legislation shows that is unlikely to change anytime soon. At the same time, the most popular payment alternative, so-called cashless ATMs, are problematic. They disguise as much as $7 billion in cannabis sales as ATM transactions, which can run on the rails of credit-card companies such as Visa and Mastercard and be routed through banks, causing compliance concerns.

Still, cashless ATMs have their benefits. Customers buy more when they shop with plastic instead of cash, and they help dispensaries avoid the headaches of armed guards and armored trucks to ferry cash around. Those who use or sell the technology often admit it’s not a long-term solution, and expect federal reform may soon make it obsolete.

Curaleaf Holdings Inc., the largest U.S. multi-state operator, processes about a third of its sales through cashless ATMs, said Talley Wettlaufer, the company’s senior vice president of retail. The company went through a rigorous due-diligence process involving legal and compliance teams when it switched over to a single payment-processing provider for cashless ATMs last year, she told me. Wettlaufer declined to name the processor but said it runs on an alternative system that isn’t owned by Visa or Mastercard. 

Curaleaf also offers payments based on the automated clearing house technology, or ACH, that transfers funds directly from bank accounts. The technology doesn’t use credit card systems, but it faces a hurdle when it comes to ease-of-use: Consumers need to share bank-routing information before they can sign up to use it.

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Developing brain needs cannabinoid receptors after birth

Cannabinoid receptors help the brain’s dopamine system establish key connections after birth, a new mouse study suggests.

Doctors warn that marijuana use during pregnancy may have harmful effects on the development of a fetus, in part because the cannabinoid receptors activated by the drug are known be critical for enabling a developing brain to wire up properly. Now, scientists at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research have learned that cannabinoid receptors’ critical role in brain development does not end at birth.

In today's online issue of eNeuro, scientists led by McGovern investigator Ann Graybiel report that mice need the cannabinoid receptor CB1R to establish connections within the brain’s dopamine system that take shape soon after birth. The finding raises concern that marijuana use by nursing moms, who pass the CB1R-activating compound THC to their infants when they breastfeed, might interfere with brain development by disrupting cannabinoid signaling.

“This is a real change to one of the truly important systems in the brain — a major controller of our dopamine,” says Graybiel, who is an Institute Professor and a faculty member in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Dopamine exerts a powerful influence over our motivations and behavior, and changes to the dopamine system contribute to disorders from Parkinson’s disease to addiction. Thus, the researchers say, it is vital to understand whether postnatal drug exposure might put developing dopamine circuits at risk.

Cannabinoid receptors in the brain are important mediators of mood, memory, and pain. Graybiel’s lab became interested in CB1R due to their dysregulation in Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, both of which impair the brain’s ability to control movement and other functions. While investigating the receptor’s distribution in the brain, they discovered that in the adult mice, CB1R is abundant within small compartments within the striatum called striosomes. The receptor was particularly concentrated within the neurons that connect striosomes to a dopamine-rich area of the brain called the substantia nigra, via structures that Graybiel’s team has dubbed striosome-dendron bouquets.

Striosome-dendron bouquets are easy to overlook within the densely connected network of the brain. But when the cells that make up the bouquets are labeled with a fluorescent protein, the bouquets become visible — and their appearance is striking, says Jill Crittenden, a research scientist in Graybiel’s lab.

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Cashless ATMs have grown into a $7 billion marijuana loophole

Technology that lets people use plastic to pay for weed is a fast-growing industry. But some methods deceive the banking system, and the profits could go up in smoke.

The McDonald’s in Great Barrington, Mass., had hired extra employees to keep up with the flow of hungry customers from a marijuana shop nearby. What its managers didn’t realize, on a Saturday afternoon in December, was that the payment processing technology at the dispensary was misidentifying a purchase of pear-flavored THC chews as a withdrawal from an ATM—at the burger joint’s address.

The dispensary, Theory Wellness, didn’t know about the wrong address either. But why did the purchase show up as a cash withdrawal? Theory’s payment machine, which looked to a customer a lot like a card reader at a coffee shop, was in fact running a so-called cashless ATM. Instead of spitting out $20 bills, the machines work with software that programs them to send signals down debit rails, where they eventually run through a sponsor bank before triggering a sweep of funds from a customer’s account to the store’s. Still, the bank saw the sale of edibles as a cash withdrawal and reimbursed its customer the $2.75 they paid to use a debit card, just as it would have for an out-of-network ATM.

The transaction that day—one of eight documented at multiple dispensaries by Bloomberg News—was just an ordinary sale of marijuana, which is legal in Massachusetts. Yet it was made possible by an unusual technology that enables dispensaries to get around the fact that banks and credit card companies don’t want to handle such transactions because of federal laws criminalizing marijuana sales. Industry participants estimate that more than one-quarter of the $28 billion in U.S. dispensary sales forecast this year by market research firm BDSA may be disguised by cashless ATMs. Those sales could generate more than $500 million in fees for payment processors, based on average purchase sizes.

Brandon Pollock, chief executive officer of Theory Wellness, says that the company was unaware of the address mix-up and that its former payment processor—it has since switched—attributed it to a mistake that was rectified. “We, like the majority of dispensaries, have relied on vendors to provide these solutions over the years with the understanding that these services are in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations,” Pollock says.

Yet even when an address is correct, the nature of a purchase using one of these machines is disguised.

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Point-of-sale provider Cova

WebJoint, a California-based all-in-one delivery software provider, has announced a partnership and integration with Cova, a Denver, CO and Vancouver, BC, Canada-based award-winning point-of-sale and inventory management platform used by over 2,000 cannabis retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

In this partnership, WebJoint’s cannabis delivery software will be available to Cova’s customer network of retail dispensaries that want to implement delivery. Previously, WebJoint has launched similar integrations with other industry-related tech providers.

“Helping our customers adapt to this delivery-first world to stay competitive, while delivering an incredible user experience that simplifies operations and compliance, is a huge victory for the quickly evolving retail landscape,” said Gary Cohen, CEO of Cova.

“Our collaborative effort on this integration is another step in the right direction for cannabis technology.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic completely transformed the retail landscape of the cannabis industry,” said Antonio Javiniar, head of Marketing at WebJoint. He explained that, prior to the pandemic, there was a concentration of brick-and-mortar dispensaries throughout the United States and there was “very little” thought put into cannabis delivery.

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Innovative company sheds new light on cannabis industry

The cannabis industry is booming. A Nevada company had a bright idea by making itself a major player in the industry. However, they're not growing marijuana, or even selling it.

They didn't exactly build a better light bulb, but they argue they did build a better lighting system.

"We have this fixture with a lot more whites and blues, which you can physically see," said Ben Arnet, co-founder and president of Fohse.

"This one looks more orange or red."

LED Grow Lights

They manufacture unique high-performance LED grow lights for cannabis.

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With Greenlyght, Crypto merges with cannabis for one of the most successful coin launches of 2022

The leader in the cannabis delivery industry looks to transform the industry with its new cryptocurrency.

Greenlyght Coin, a groundbreaking blockchain technology on the binance smartchain that utilizes real-world utilities to bridge the gap between cryptocurrency and cannabis, has officially launched one of the most successful token launches of 2022. By merging two of the fastest-growing industries in the world, Greenlyght's software (sometimes referred to as "The Company") has grown into a leader in the cannabis delivery space. 

Greenlyght is offering coin holders a multitude of rewards as incentives. Greenlyght's app charges a 2% transaction fee for all orders that go through the system. One-hundred percent of that transaction goes back to all the holders in the form of BUSD rewards via their Auto-Compounding Staking & Profit-Sharing Program.

Bret J. Jackson, who has been a trailblazer in the cannabis industry for almost a decade, has placed a strong emphasis on the expansion of said incentives. 

"As we continue to grow as a company, the 2% rewards will get bigger and bigger," said Jackson, Greenlyght's entrepreneurial owner and doxed developer.

"Our plan will always be to improve the incentive package. The more coins a Greenlyght Coin holder owns, and the longer they choose to hold, the more BUSD they will be able to earn over time. 

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Tower Hill hosts online symposium on science of cannabis

 

Last week, Tower Hill Botanic Garden dove straight into the weeds in an online symposium that took an extensive look into the botanical science behind the cannabis plant. In doing so, it was among the first few major botanical gardens in the country to host a cannabis focused event, providing another example of how cannabis is being embraced more and more by mainstream institutions. 

“There hasn’t been a lot of mainstream horticultural focus on [cannabis],” said Jessica Pederson, Tower Hill’s director of education.

“There’s a lot of people who know about the horticultural components of cannabis but it’s long been not in the eye of the public garden world, so we felt like it was time to explore the horticultural components of cannabis and hemp.”

Founded in 1986, Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located in Boylston, and is owned and operated by the Worcester County Horticultural Society, the country’s third oldest horticultural organization. The 171-acre property features 17 different gardens, a number of greenhouses, and miles of walking trails that wind through woodlands and meadows. 

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Wana Brands and August Allen integrate AR into cannabis packaging

The AR experience is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

US-based edible products company Wana Brands has collaborated with full-service marketing agency August Allen to launch an augmented reality (AR) experience for its new cannabis product line.

The brand’s packaging features a QR code that allows consumers to enter a 3D animation experience.

Customers can select and interact with the brand’s four new Live Rosin gummy flavours, namely Watermelon Slushy, Tropical Smoothie, Citrus Sorbet and Berry Gelato.

They can experience the service by scanning the QR code with their smartphones.

The AR experience was developed by August Allen and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

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