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Simplifya forms relationship with Burns & Levinson to bring real-time financial and lending guidance to help cannabis ecosystem stay compliant

Nationally Esteemed Law Firm Burns & Levinson to Provide Simplifya’s Market Guide with Comprehensive, Up-to-Date Finance and Lending Regulatory Expertise for All 50 States

 Simplifya (“Simplifya” or “the Company”), the leading regulatory and operational compliance software platform serving the cannabis industry, formed a relationship with Burns & Levinson, an award-winning national law firm with nearly a decade of experience in the cannabis industry. Burns & Levinson will provide real-time finance and lending regulatory guidance to Simplifya Market Guide, a new RegTech platform that arms cannabis and cannabis-related businesses with comprehensive, user-friendly regulatory summaries for all 50 states.

“We created Simplifya Market Guide to provide easy-to-read state-by-state summaries that are regularly updated, and include information about every vital topic related to regulation,” said Simplifya CEO and Co-Founder Marion Mariathasan.

“As one of cannabis’ legal trailblazers, Burns & Levinson’s expertise in cannabis lending and financial regulations is unrivaled. By bringing the best finance and lending guidance to cannabis license holders and marijuana-related businesses (“MRBs”), our real-time RegTech platform simplifies the complex.”

"By bringing our finance and lending guidance to Simplifya Market Guide, we are delivering key due diligence content that is critical to understanding state-specific regulations for lending in the cannabis space, and will inform lenders as to how to compliantly work with licensed businesses in each state,” said Scott Moskol, co-chair of Burns & Levinson’s Cannabis Business & Law Advisory Group.

"Through our relationship, we will also continue to evolve and add essential data for jurisdictions, including those in California.”

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Death doulas and brain scans herald next stage of LSD research


LSD has a Cinderella complex

Amanda Feilding, a British countess and drug-reform advocate, is gaining new influence in the psychedelics industry.

Feilding gained notoriety in the 1970s for an experiment where she drilled a hole in her forehead in search of heightened consciousness. Then, in 1998, she created a nonprofit called the Beckley Foundation, which for years has urged the liberalization of drug laws. Her efforts included addressing the United Nations and publishing a 2011 letter calling for a new approach to the war on drugs, signed by more than 60 world leaders and Nobel Prize winners, including former President Jimmy Carter.

Recently, Feilding has been getting into the business side of psychedelics. In 2020, she and her son Cosmo Feilding Mellen co-founded Beckley Psytech, a for-profit company that aims to help patients suffering from psychiatric and neurological disorders by developing psychedelic compounds into licensed drugs. In 2022, she and another son, Rock Feilding-Mellen, started Beckley Retreats, which offers self-development programs that include experiences with psilocybin, or “magic mushrooms,” in places where they can be taken legally, like Jamaica.

Feilding spoke with me last week about her latest projects.

What’s the next thing you’re working on?

I’ve recently put together what I call a two-headed program looking at LSD, which is a Cinderella of the psychedelics party. It’s the purest of the compounds. It’s the beautiful girl that's been left out by her cruel stepmother — which in this case is the government. There was a campaign against LSD in the ’60s and funny enough, people have never got over it. But it’s an incredibly pure and valuable compound for humanity to use.

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Anebulo Pharmaceuticals announces positive topline Data for ANEB-001 from a phase 2 clinical trial for Acute Cannabinoid Intoxication

Anebulo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANEB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel solutions for people suffering from acute cannabinoid intoxication (ACI) and substance abuse disorders (the “Company” or “Anebulo”), today announced positive topline data from Part A of an ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the potential of ANEB-001 to treat ACI. Part A was a 60 subject randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a single dose of ANEB-001 in treating healthy subjects challenged with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, the primary psychoactive constituent of cannabis. These data demonstrated a highly statistically significant reduction in key symptoms of ACI, with only 10% of subjects in the 50 mg ANEB-001 group and 30% in the 100 mg group reporting feeling high compared to 75% of subjects in the placebo group (p 0.001). ANEB-001 was well tolerated in these healthy volunteers. Preliminary safety information showed all adverse events were mild and transient, except in the case of one subject in the 50 mg ANEB-001 group who experienced moderate nausea and vomiting.

“We believe this proof-of-concept trial demonstrates ANEB-001’s potential to reverse the symptoms of ACI for many of the five thousand cannabinoid intoxicated individuals visiting our emergency departments in the United States on a daily basis,” said Simon Allen, Chief Executive Officer of Anebulo. “We believe marijuana legalization and greater consumer access to cheaper and higher potency THC products will continue to increase the incidence and severity of emergency department visits related to cannabinoid intoxication. With no FDA approved therapy, individuals intoxicated with cannabinoids have few treatment options and may require expensive follow-on interventions for neuropsychiatric complications such as anxiety and acute psychosis. ANEB-001 has the potential to mitigate these unfortunate circumstances and reduce their burden on individuals, society, and our healthcare system.”

The study was conducted at the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR) in the Netherlands and enrolled 60 healthy adult occasional cannabis users randomized to three treatment arms of 20 subjects per arm. All subjects were challenged with a single oral dose of 10.5 mg THC and then treated with single oral doses of 50 mg ANEB-001, 100 mg ANEB-001, or placebo. Subjects were monitored for 24 hours to assess safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics, and repeatedly tested to determine potential effects on endpoints related to ACI symptoms. The tests also included a series of validated measures of subjective CNS symptoms using visual analog scale (VAS) assessments, as well as objective measures of intoxication. Subjects challenged with THC and treated with placebo showed substantial CNS effects including feeling high, decreased alertness, increased body sway, and increased heart rate. Compared to placebo, treatment of subjects with ANEB-001 led to a significant, robust, and sustained reduction in the VAS feeling high score (p 0.0001 at both dose levels) and improvement in the VAS alertness scale (p 0.01). In addition, the proportion of subjects reporting feeling high on the VAS was significantly reduced by ANEB-001 (p 0.001). Although THC-induced effects on body sway and heart rate in this study were small, there was also a trend towards statistical improvement of these parameters with ANEB-001 treatment compared to placebo. The 50 mg and 100 mg doses had similar results, suggesting that lower doses should be explored. Pharmacokinetic data are pending and additional analyses of Part A data, including pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) correlations, are planned.

“The number of individuals with cannabinoid related intoxication visiting our emergency departments is clearly on the rise,” said Dr. Andrew Monte M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Emergency Medicine & Medical Toxicology, University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Center. “Patients are coming from multiple settings including first-time users taking small doses of THC, adults and children inadvertently ingesting powerful THC gummies, and regular users unintentionally overdosing on new and more powerful THC products. Introducing an effective cannabinoid antidote into our treatment options would represent a significant improvement in how we can manage these patients”

About Acute Cannabinoid Intoxication (ACI)

Symptoms of ACI can include increased somnolence, impaired cognition and perception, disorientation, anxiety, and acute psychosis. According to DSM-5, a diagnosis of cannabinoid intoxication should include recent history of cannabinoid use, clinically considerable behavioral or psychological changes, such as euphoria, impaired judgment and motor skills, which have taken place since cannabinoid exposure.

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The trimming teams helping Canada’s cannabis growers

BC has become well known over the last few decades for its craft cannabis production. The legacy of top-quality cannabis is possible thanks to the operation tactics, methods, and protocols carried through legalization.

Take trimming, for example. Properly trimmed cannabis isn’t a must for the plants’ survival.

However, trimming influences the cannabis’ final form, dry curing process, and potency. If fan leaves and stray structures from the desired form of a calyx are left uncared for, they can be susceptible to undesirables such as mold.

Cannabis concessioners have preferred hand-trimmed over machine-trimmed due to the risk of aggressive machinery depleting trichome integrity in an already delicate process. Cannabis is a collaborative industry; sometimes, hiring a qualified team to step in to complete the task is easier.

In BC, two main teams specialize in trimming and plant care: Green Team Solutions and BC Trimmers.

Green Team Solutions overview

Green Team Solutions offer trimming, harvesting, pruning, bucking, planting, packaging, cleaning, pre-rolls, cloning, Analytics Data Input (trained on multiple seed-to-sale software programs), consulting, and training

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Hempsmith Clothing Co. promotes sustainability in the fashion industry through stylish hemp-based clothing

Hempsmith, a local hemp clothing business run by NC State Wilson College of Textiles graduate Arlo Estill, started out as a joke. Arlo Estill’s brother, Zafer Estill, planted the seeds of the business in high school when he embroidered a cannabis leaf onto a hemp T-shirt, playing on designs from companies like Ralph Lauren. 

Zafer Estill recognized the compatibility of industrial hemp as a strong, much more sustainable alternative to plastic fibers used for clothing manufacturing. His initial idea later blossomed into an innovative clothing company.

After Zafer Estill’s passing in 2016, Arlo Estill took over the business using Zafer Estill’s original designs. True to its founder’s original goal, Hempsmith’s mission remains to spark a restorative local economy through industrial hemp. 

“Our main goal is to bring hemp home, so we want to create a market that can cause the North Carolina farmer to grow industrial hemp,” Arlo Estill said.

Unlike other synthetic fibers, industrial hemp grows tall quickly and with little need for land and other resources. While it’s often mistaken and stigmatized for a marijuana plant, hemp carries minimal amounts of THC and is commonly used to make textiles, clothing and food. With deep roots that draw carbon back into the land, hemp decreases waste production. It’s a strong choice for manufacturing given its durable, yet soft, texture.

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Huge revenue jump expected in industrial hemp market in future

Geographically, the APAC industrial hemp market is predicted to witness the fastest growth during 2021–2030

The value of the industrial hemp market in 2021 was $,4452.0 million, and with a CAGR of 33.7% from 2021 to 2030, it is expected to reach $60,682.8 million. Hemp belongs to the same flora species as cannabis. The only distinguishing feature is that it contains low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). According to the U.S. 2018 farm law, hemp is not considered cannabis if it contains 0.3% or less THC.

Hemp cultivation is permitted in 36 countries globally, and the crop is expected to cater to the increasing bast fiber demand for high-quality textiles. Selling hemp and hemp products is legal in the U.S., as numerous states have legalized its farming. Moreover, Canada has focused on hemp cultivation for seed production, as it is widely used in the food and cosmetics industries. Recently, it also started to utilize this crop for building materials, insulation, and composites. China exports hemp fibers to Europe and Northern America.

Since the legalization of industrial hemp cultivation, a surge in the industrial hemp market size is being witnessed. In the U.S., hemp with less than 0.3% THC has been removed from the controlled substances definition. Similarly, the cultivation of cannabis varieties with less than 0.2% THC is legal in the European Union. The Chinese National Anti-Drug Committee also announced in 2019 that CBD is not a controlled drug anymore and removed it from the narcotic drugs list. Further, cannabis with 0.3% or less THC can be grown in certain regions of China.

The food industry dominated the industrial hemp market in 2021, accounting for more than 25% share. Hemp is utilized as a source of fiber and oil seeds in various industrial products. That’s why industrial hemp is grown as an agricultural commodity in more than 25 countries. For more than 5,000 years, hemp seeds and oil have been used in the human diet in APAC and Europe. Butter pastes, non-dairy milk, non-dairy cheeses, non-soy tofu, salad oils, and health bars are the major food products with hemp seeds and hemp oil.

The burgeoning usage of hemp in the pharmaceutical industry is a major industrial hemp market growth driver. There are numerous benefits of hemp, which allows it to be used to treat and mitigate various health conditions. Hemp contains a favorable omega-6-to-omega-3-PUFA ratio, which provides support in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, lessens osteoporosis symptoms, and alleviates eczema symptoms. Moreover, CBD serves as an agent for the treatment of illnesses of the central nervous system, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and neurodegenerative diseases.

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SC Labs announces new multi-state testing operation for cannabis and hemp under the direction ...

 SC Labs recently announced its new partnership with Agricor and Botanacor Laboratories in Colorado. As part of the company’s new corporate leadership, long-time operating executive Jeff Journey will serve as the company’s new CEO. Under the SC Labs brand, the new multi-state lab will service cannabis and hemp brands in Oregon, California, and Colorado, and will soon announce a new partnership with Can-Lab in Michigan. Journey previously served as Vice President and General Manager for a $1B+ Biosciences business unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific, and brings experience in lab business intelligence and operations to the new role. His breadth of experience across regulated industries, including leading teams across strategy, R&D, product management, marketing, sales, and customer success, will serve to guide SC Labs’ growth strategy as the company aims to be the leader in cannabis and hemp science.

“It’s an honor to join this new company based on the foundation of three leading labs that have partnered to provide the industry with the highest level of scientific knowledge and technology in cannabis and hemp,” said Journey.

“This new company will be about so much more than testing and R&D. We’re looking forward to partnering with cannabis and hemp brands at every stage of the supply chain to share our innovative and forward-thinking scientific expertise so they can deliver safe products to the marketplace.”

In this new role, Journey joins the expanded SC Labs leadership team including Jeff Gray as Chief Innovation Officer, Josh Wurzer as Chief Operating Officer, Brendon Firestone as Chief Commercial Officer, Grant Gooder as Chief Financial Officer and Richard Strong as Senior Vice President of IT and Digital Experience. Separately, the labs were known for hiring the brightest minds in cannabis science so their combined expertise will be unmatched by any other testing organization. The new company is poised to lead the cannabis and hemp testing market in client service through a broader range of testing resources, improved data delivery, innovative science, instrument redundancy and increased testing capacity, and improved operations to accelerate turnaround times.

“As cannabis legalization expands across the country, the testing industry is rapidly shifting and scaling to meet both market and regulatory demands,” according to Journey.

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Bio-Sunn Technologies Inc. signs LOI to provide GCAC supply chain software to the hemp industry

lobal Cannabis Applications Corp. ("GCAC" or the "Company") (CSE:APP), (FSE:2FA), (OTC:FUAPF), a leading blockchain driven compliance and data platform announce that Bio-Sunn Technologies Inc.  (“Bio-Sunn”) and GCAC have entered into a Letter of Intent  (“LOI”) that enables processor Bio-Sunn to work with industrial and CBD hemp growers to develop premium products on a sustainable and transparent supply chain using the Company’s “Efixii” and “clearESG” software. The Definitive Agreement is to be signed no later than July 31, 2022.

In the LOI, Bio-Sunn represents it will be processing hemp for 1,000 farmers and distributors in 20 States and Canada through its production facility in North Dakota.  To capture the data from the hemp supply chain, Bio-Sunn will acquire a Resale and a License to Use Agreement for the Company's Efixii and clearESG software. As part of Bio-Sunn’s non-exclusive right to resell agreement,  farmers will pay a fee per QR code to use Efixii.  A QR code is generated for farming attestations recorded on a blockchain. clearESG is offered to these farmers, for a monthly fee, to evidence supply chain sustainability reporting. For processing hemp into manufactured products, Bio-Sunn will also pay GCAC for both the use of Efixii and clearESG. Annual licensing fees for each farmer will average USD$2,000 per year for a 3 year contract to the Company. US hemp production was recently valued at USD$824 million in 2021 by the US Department of Agriculture [1].

CEO Bradley Moore stated, "GCAC is a true blockchain-driven supply chain app for agtech. We do three things really well; drive sales of premium products, fix supply chain issues fast and reward great partners who create great products. Our latest tech stack is one of the most advanced layer two Ethereum blockchains available and incredibly robust in helping people run real businesses [2]. This deal with Bio-Sunn is the reason we made Efixii and clearESG.”

Says Lewis Bauer, Bio-Sunn CEO, "As an industry, we are delighted to partner with a technology company that will bring the rural hemp farmers into the conversation, and we will have "real documented ‘farm to table’ stories."

Efixii is licensed to farmers in a SaaS model and is a free-to-use app for industrial hemp and cannabis consumers. Efixii's cannabis data is the intellectual property ("IP ") of GCAC. This IP creates an inherent difficulty in replicating or competing with GCAC's cannabis datasets. GCAC defined their protocols in a provisional US patent application, 'System of Process and Tracking Cannabis Products and Associated Method Using Blockchain’ filed with the USPTO on Dec. 17, 2020.

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Akanda’s CanMart partners with Phlo Connect and Cellen Life Sciences to dispense & deliver high quality medical cannabis products in the UK

Akanda Corp. ("Akanda" or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AKAN), an international medical cannabis platform company, today announced that its UK import and distribution wholly-owned subsidiary CanMart Ltd. (“CanMart”) has partnered with Phlo Connect and Cellen Life Sciences (“Cellen”) to create a first-of-its-kind fully digital dispensing collaboration for medical cannabis. The strategic partnership strengthens CanMart’s existing partnership with Cellen’s digital Leva Clinic and expands its route to market in the UK with a dispensing model that is also fully digital while at the same time improving the experience for UK medical cannabis patients.

Phlo Connect integrates digitally with CanMart, Akanda’s UK-based, fully licensed pharmaceutical importer and distributor, to quickly and conveniently deliver prescriptions to patients throughout the United Kingdom. Initially, patients will secure prescriptions through the Leva Clinic, with product transferred through CanMart to Phlo Connect. Patients can then schedule delivery to their home or office. Phlo Connect is the UK’s leading API driven digital pharmacy infrastructure provider that seamlessly connects prescribers, pharmacies and patients for an end-to-end digital experience. Phlo Connect offers a 120-minute delivery service in London and Birmingham and next-day delivery across the UK. This process will be increasingly seamless for patients in the near future as Phlo Connect, Leva Clinic, and CanMart build additional digital interconnections.

“Akanda is committed to expanding access to high quality products for anyone in need, and that is qualified in the United Kingdom, a growing market for medical cannabis,” commented Tej Virk, CEO of Akanda. “Phlo Connect and Cellen are the ideal partners to make this happen, combining the UK’s first fully digital pharmacy with a digital dispensing model that is easy to use, secure, and real-time. Patients can arrange a specialist consultation and seamlessly connect to Phlo Connect’s smartphone app to arrange medical cannabis delivery. In the nascent UK medical cannabis market, patients currently suffer from excess friction as the prescription process, and last mile delivery is disjointed. We firmly believe that our solution is the best way to satisfy patients and get our 1P and 3P-supplied medical cannabis in their hands quickly and conveniently, which will greatly improve the patient experience.”

“We believe partnering with CanMart and Cellen will be a game-changer for medicinal cannabis patients here in the UK. By integrating with both CanMart and Cellen via our API driven pharmacy platform, we believe that this partnership is the first truly end to end digital experience for medicinal cannabis patients in the UK,” commented Adam Hunter, CCO of Phlo Connect.

Added Eric Bystrom, CEO of Cellen, “Our patients require access to new high-quality products without the friction and hassle of traditional dispensing services. This partnership is another example of our continuing efforts to build on our national, established relationships with the wider pharmaceutical community in innovative ways. We believe that CanMart’s access to high quality products as well as Phlo Connect's extensive capabilities in dispensing will go a long way to helping our service to our patients.”

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JourneyOne harvests a dope $10M fund to invest in cannabis tech


As the cannabis markets are maturing, we’re seeing new opportunities rise to the surface. JourneyOne Ventures told TechCrunch it’s closed a $10 million fund and has started making its first investments. I spoke with the fund’s solo manager, Helene Servillon, to figure out where the opportunities are in this market.

“There’s only a specific amount of time that I have, until Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital and Sequoia Capital are starting to play in this industry. Right now, I don’t have to compete with them, so I want to use that as my advantage,” Servillon told me in an interview, noting that there are other big players in this space, especially on the corporate side of things.

“Boston Beer works in the cannabis industry. PBR is in the cannabis industry, but not everybody is. I want to be a bridge between being a specialist in the industry and the outside world. For me, an emerging fund manager, this is an entry point into venture capital. I chose cannabis because it was the biggest opportunity.”

The fund is dedicated to investing in founders with senior-level executive experience within the cannabis industry. The fund itself counts investors like Elizabeth Yin (general partner at Hustle Fund), Eric Manlunas (general partner at Wavemaker Partners), Fred Kang (former partner at Andreessen Horowitz) and Paul Bowen (founder of Bowen) among its limited partners. The fund proudly points out that more than half of its investors are minorities in the investment space — either women or people of color.

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Cannaverse Technologies announces Fox Rothschild Law Firm as their official legal counsel for their cannabis focused Metaverse, Cannaland™

Cannaverse Technologies ("Cannaversetech™"), the pioneering cannabis Metaverse platform, has officially retained the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP as their legal counsel in connection with their Metaverse, Cannaland™, under development as the world's first cannabis-focused Metaverse. As legalized cannabis has become a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, Fox Rothschild has become a leading law firm assembling a national team of skilled and experienced attorneys to assist cannabis businesses with their legal needs at every step.

Leading Fox Rothschild's efforts for Cannaversetech™ will be Vijay Choksi, an accomplished cannabis attorney who leverages an insider's understanding of businesses to serve the commercial and regulatory legal needs of clients in the medical and adult-use marijuana sectors. His in-house experience means that in addition to possessing detailed knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations that govern the legal cannabis, health care and CBD sectors, he understands their practical implications for operations and is well-versed in corporate matters and has negotiated contracts governing a broad variety of aspects of business, including manufacturing, licensing, security, lab testing, business associate relationships and commercial leases.

"We are thrilled to welcome Fox Rothschild as Cannaland's official legal counsel," said Mark Bonner, CEO of Cannaversetech™.

"As this emerging industry faces unprecedented issues, Fox Rothschild is uniquely qualified to help us navigate the industry's complexities, especially while the consumption of cannabis remains prohibited at the federal level."

Vijay Choksi, Counsel for Fox Rothschild, added, "We have experience working as counsel for highly regulated businesses and are familiar with navigating the constantly evolving matrix of cannabis compliance regulations, having helped draft some of the legalization legislation. We look forward to helping guide Cannaversetech™ to navigate the complicated regulations in this new digital medium." 

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How lighting technology has revolutionized cannabis growing operations

The old, inefficient lighting systems used to cultivate cannabis have long proved problematic. For some time, individuals, regulatory agencies, and state governments have been looking into modern LEDs as the solution to their growing needs

All organic matter needs light to grow and flourish. The source of that light might be the sun, or it might be artificial, but without an abundant and steady supply of light, life withers and never reaches its full potential. Nowhere does this ring truer than in horticulture and farming, specifically the cultivation of a crop that has rocketed in popularity and demand in recent years — cannabis. Sourcing efficient, productive, and affordable LED grow lights for their cannabis plants has been a bone of contention for both commercial and home growers for many a moon. However, courtesy of new lighting technology introduced to the market by innovative tech company Fohse, indoor cannabis growing is a lot easier.

The old, inefficient lighting systems used to cultivate cannabis have long proved problematic. For some time, individuals, regulatory agencies, and state governments have been looking into modern LEDs as the solution to their growing needs. Companies strove in vain to produce LED grow lights that were both efficient and productive until Fohse appeared on the scene and heralded a lighting revolution. Fohse introduced technology to the marketplace that has enabled cultivators, big and small, to replace their old energy and profit sapping light set-ups with state-of-the-art LEDs that utilize less energy and produce higher yields.

Co-founder and CEO of Fohse, Brett Stevens, explained, "The cannabis industry is spreading like wildfire, and any good cannabis product rises and falls on one key aspect — cultivation! Quality cultivation relies on quality lighting, and that's our mission statement. LED is the light that will lead us towards a greener and more energy-efficient future. So it makes perfect sense that Fohse wants to revolutionize one of the fastest growing industries worldwide with a lighting source that is practical, sustainable, efficient, affordable, and, above all, works. Good lighting is the key component to any productive farm. Without it, the farm cannot succeed. It is the integral aspect that no grower can afford to ignore."

As more and more states legalize cannabis and commercial and individual growers get in on the act, Fohse believes their technology will spur the industry they love and have invested so much time into towards a brighter and better future, one LED grow light at a time.

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Hempire: The cannabis video game against stigma played by 22 million people

Grow your own weed, leverage your resources, and get inspired by good old Farmville along the way. Do you remember the game? Well, there is something of all that in Hempire. However, instead of farms, the cannabis video game of the moment has flowerpots in the suburbs. And, at the center of everything, marijuana. (Benzinga)

"We wanted to build the best cannabis game in the world," says Canadian Solon Bucholtz about Hempire, the pot video game that he developed with his company LBC Studios.

“Hempire is a passionate project that seeks to de-stigmatize cannabis and present it in an authentic setting rather than typical pot culture,” he continues.

Hempire is a game -half botanical, half strategic simulation- that supports the development of legal cannabis and the benefits it can have on the economy and social relationships.

And Its objective is? Let's say it's simple, diverse, and real: enjoying building a cannabis empire, growing your own strains, communicating, and competing with other growers.

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Endexx says to launch men's hemp-derived skincare line in Amazon's store

"This is a natural channel extension for us to continue growing our skin care business and meet customers where they are with the products they replenish regularly," said the company's CEO Todd Davis

Endexx Corp said it has received clearance for its hemp-derived and plant-based skincare and grooming products for men in Amazon's store. 

The products are rich in plant-derived nutrients proven to support healthy skin. They have no Cannabidiol or THC in their formulation, providing a clear and compliant pathway to successful e-commerce in the Amazon seller's central platform, the company said. 

The line has been cleared to sell in the USA, Mexico and Canada, with pending approvals in Japan, United Kingdom and Australia. Initially, up to six stock keeping units (SKUs) will be available to consumers. 

"Through customer feedback and research, our consumers want to purchase Endexx products in Amazon's store and already search for the product on the site," said Todd Davis, CEO of Endexx, in a statement.

The store is being professionally built to both optimize key search word success and to maximize the skincare brand's leadership footprint. 

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Kandy Girl launches new app offering legal shipping services of marijuana edibles to all 50 states

Kandy Girl, a cannabis company that has managed to skirt federal marijuana regulations by selling THC infused edibles in larger sized gummies, announced on Monday, that their app is now live on the Google Play and Apple App Store.

The app allows consumers to purchase their edibles and checkout via credit card or Apple Pay.

The company says Cannabis consumers won't need to provide a medical card and due to the way their gummies are made, they actually contain significantly more THC than dispensary grade gummies.

Kandy Girl isn't subject to statewide marijuana taxes, providing reduced costs for the consumers and saving a trip to the dispensary.

Kandy Girl states that currently, at the time of writing, their gummies are legal in all 50 states despite having 300mg of THC per bottle. That's 3x the statewide legal limit for marijuana edibles sold in a dispensary. Currently, licensed marijuana dispensaries have a cap of 10mg per serving and no more than 100mg per package.

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APPlife Digital Solutions, Inc. announces opening of hemp and CBD products e-commerce site "Global Hemp Service"

APPlife Digital Solutions, Inc. ( ALDS) (“APPlife”, the Company”), a business incubator and portfolio manager that invests in and creates e-commerce and cloud-based solutions is pleased to announce that the Global Hemp Service LLC (“Global”) web site has recently completed its extended beta period and is now a fully-functioning e-commerce platform that offers an extensive line of hemp and CBD related products including those for personal, home, beauty, organic, and industrial uses.

“We are excited to see the products being offered by Global Hemp Service becoming more prominently featured in daily use around the world. Hemp is a game-changer for its benefits to our climate. APPlife is proud to have been the lead investor in this project and hope to see it flourish in the coming months,” stated Matthew Reid, CEO of APPLife.

"It is our mission at Global Hemp Service to unify hemp stakeholders and support the category growth in all industries where hemp can be applied. The challenge isn't how to make a better world, it’s to make it happen now. Our focus on hemp is the most intelligent decision for us to do our part and reach a sustainable society within a few years," said Paul Iglesia, founder and president of Global Hemp Services LLC.

The team at Global understands that humanity is need of both environmental and societal transformations and while our current resources might be enough, the way we consume them is not sustainable. While cures for these challenges are complicated and will take time, effort, and energy, Global believes part of the cure is a simple plant, created by nature itself, named cannabis, most commonly known as hemp. It’s been interacting with humans all over the planet and the course of history from ancient writings and customs to the present days. There are hundreds of thousands of people all over the planet working with hemp, consuming hemp in their diet, their products, their habitat, and their farms.

Together, APPlife and Global believe that hemp’s diverse applications and attributes could be valuable components in achieving numerous global sustainability goals, some of which include:

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Cova Software and Tymber partner to streamline POS + eCommerce for cannabis retailers

Integrating the two best-in-class solutions, Cova and Tymber aim to empower cannabis retailers to focus on efficient in-store and online customer interactions

 Cova Software ("Cova" or "the Company"), a cannabis Point of Sale (POS) software company powering dispensaries across North America, announced the integration of Tymber's eCommerce platform with Cova's award-winning POS and Inventory tracking platform. This integration provides cannabis retailers with a user-friendly platform to offer consumers an on-brand experience with seamless in-store and online shopping options.

The Cova POS and Tymber integration allows cannabis retailers to display accurate product information for online menus, share live inventory updates with online shoppers, build and manage customer profiles, and process transactions with compliance and efficiency.

"Cova's goal is to provide cannabis retailers with beneficial tools to ensure their growth and success," said Gary Cohen, CEO of Cova Software.

"We both understand the importance of retailers being in control of their own customer data and their interactions with their base. Through this Tymber integration, we are aiding dispensaries' ability to grow their business with reliable tools that power dispensary operations and digital growth."

Tymber gives dispensaries an SEO-optimized, eCommerce platform that empowers retailers to break their dependence on iframe menus and 3rd party marketplaces with a recognizable brand and frictionless shopping experience.

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Texas A&M receives $3.74 million for 3D-printed hempcrete research

Researchers plan to create resilient building designs using a new green material called hempcrete that can lower the environmental impact of traditional construction.

A plan from Texas A&M University researchers to 3D print new resilient buildings using hempcrete has the potential to lower the environmental impact of traditional construction methods and make housing more affordable and available.

The project will be funded by a $3.74 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere (HESTIA) program.

Petros Sideris, assistant professor in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will lead the project as principal investigator to develop residential and potential commercial construction designs. His team consists of assistant professor Maria Koliou, department head and professor Zachary Grasley, and professor Anand Puppala from the department, and associate professor Manish Dixit and professor Wei Yan from the Texas A&M College of Architecture.

Hempcrete is made by mixing hemp powder, fibers or shives with lime and water, creating a lightweight, green building material.

“While production of conventional construction materials such as concrete requires large amounts of energy and releases large amounts of CO2 (carbon dioxide), hempcrete is a net carbon-negative material, which can provide major environmental benefits,” Sideris said.

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Family-owned testing lab leads the hemp industry with state-of-the-art science

Aurum Labs, a Well-Established Colorado-Based Hemp and Cannabis Testing Lab, is the First Independent Lab to Receive CDPHE Certification for the Most Robust Hemp Pesticide Testing in North America

Aurum Labs is the first Colorado lab to be fully certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to conduct all required compliance testing of industrial hemp products. This includes a pesticide screen of 102 analytes - the most expansive pesticide analysis of hemp and cannabis in the nation.

This comprehensive pesticide screen was an analytical challenge for any lab pursuing certification, especially within the accelerated timeline that the CDPHE demanded. However, large chain, multi-State testing labs had an advantage over Aurum Labs due to their access to capital and other resources. To develop a new testing method such as this requires time and money, and as an independent testing lab, Aurum was David up against Goliath.

Pesticide analysis in cannabis is new, extremely difficult, and not like traditional dietary ingredient or agricultural product pesticide testing. The molecular structure of cannabinoids is so similar to pesticides that they create obstacles for proper analysis. Even the most experienced analytical chemists have struggled with this arduous method development.

"Our laboratory staff has worked diligently over the last 12 months, often experiencing COVID supply chain issues that made this method development even more challenging" says Aurum's Owner and Lab Director Luke Mason.

"Ultimately, it came down to the fact that we have some of the most technically sound and dedicated chemists in the industry, and we were determined to get it done."

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Can cryptocurrency and blockchain tech help the marijuana industry?

The latest innovations in digital finance could greatly help the struggling pot industry, according to the leader of a specialty finance company.

At first glance, the 21st-century businesses of cryptocurrency and legalized marijuana seem incompatible. A closer look reveals a potentially more harmonious picture, however.

That's not only because pot companies, which currently have problems accessing even the most basic services provided by the traditional financial industry, might benefit from the use of assets like Bitcoin (BTC 0.95%) and Ethereum (ETH 0.78%). It's also because blockchain technology holds the promise of  streamlining the operations and accounting of an industry where such efforts can be complex.

Motley Fool contributor Eric Volkman recently had a chance to discuss the potential marriage of crypto and weed with Mark Lozzi, founder and chief executive officer of next-generation cannabis industry financial services company Conifa. Here's what he had to say.

Eric Volkman: What are some of the best use cases for crypto tokens and coins in the marijuana industry?

Mark Lozzi: The cannabis industry would be best served with a stablecoin. The industry already faces enough market volatility, so introducing additional risk is unnecessary and should be cautioned.

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