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The 2018 Cannabis Gift Guide - Cannabis News

From aphrodisiac vape pens to dishwasher-safe bongs, here’s some picks for the best weed-friendly gifts for the holidays.

This year has been great for weed. Canada legalized, and Mexico’s Supreme Court overturned the ban against it.

Here in the U.S., Michigan said yes to recreational pot, Massachusetts started to open dispensaries and California’s booming market continued to grow.

CBD became the hot new trend in health and wellness, and making sure the cannabis market will open to everyone -- no matter your gender or race -- took on a new importance across the country.

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Are Cannabis Taxes Too Low? Some Economists Think So - Cannabis News

As legalization gains momentum across North America, many officials in non-legal states are looking wistfully at their 420-friendly neighbors and wondering if they’re missing out on an opportunity to bring in millions of dollars in cannabis tax revenue.

A new report by New York University, for example, suggests that legalization in New York State could “generate a new revenue stream dedicated to mass transit” -- and help revive New York’s City’s crumbling subway system.

At the same time there’s a lot of discussion among economists searching for the “Goldilocks” model when it comes to taxing cannabis.

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Tilray Signs Global Collaboration Agreement With Leading Pharmaceutical Company

CANADA: Tilray Canada, a subsidiary of Tilray, a global pioneer in the production, research, and distribution of medical cannabis, announced today that it entered into a global framework agreement to collaborate with C, a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars and a part of Novartis group, to increase availability of high quality medical cannabis products Read the full article...Original link
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New Zealand to hold referendum on legalising recreational cannabis - Cannabis News

Vote will coincide with 2020 general election; it follows legalisation of drug’s use for medicinal purposes.

New Zealand will hold a referendum on whether to legalise cannabis for recreational use at the general election in 2020, a week after legalising the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

The governing Labour party promised the Green party they would hold a national referendum on legalising the drug, as part of the confidence and supply agreement between the two.

Cannabis is widely consumed in New Zealand with police largely turning a blind eye to small-scale, personal use.

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Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Announces Second Week Statistics For Patient Caregiver Registry

OHIO: After accepting patient registrations for two weeks, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has 3,460 recommendations in the Patient and Caregiver Registry. Of those with a recommendation, 2,170 have activated their Registry Card. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy will continue to provide weekly updates through December after which a monthly report will be Read the full article...Original link
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Weekend Unlimited Appoints Paul Chu President & CEO

Company appoints seasoned consumer packaged goods leader to bring and grow acquired brands to Canada, Jamaica, the United States and other international markets CANADA: Weekend Unlimited announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Chu to the role of President and CEO. As an Executive and Entrepreneur, Mr. Chu brings over 25 years of success across a Read the full article...Original link
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A Doctor’s Tips For Marijuana Dosing So You Don’t Get Too High - Cannabis News

Generally the patient learns what dosage works for them. But this can be a variable effect based upon many factors including sleep patterns, variability of symptoms of the disease process, mental state among others.

Marijuana dosing, what is the trick?

Here’s a story that newcomers can understand. Years ago I drank large amounts of coffee.

This improved my ability to work long hours and to keep up with my studies and work. Over time I found that I needed increasing amounts for the same energetic buzz. I also noted with larger amounts I experienced some irritability and mild tremors.

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Luxembourg Poised to Become the First EU Country to Legalize Recreational Cannabis - Cannabis News

“Nobody expected it to be so soon, and moreso, nobody expected it to be Luxembourg.”

Last month, Luxembourg set the wheels in motion to legalize recreational cannabis. This would make Luxembourg the first European Union country to do so, setting a precedent for the rest of the continent.

The announcement came after a press conference held by the recently re-elected coalition government to announce their new platform. 

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Cannabis A Wide-Open Space For Female Pioneers - Cannabis News

Today, women in the cannabis industry are creating and influencing products — such as cannabis-infused balms and edibles for hot flashes, migraines and pregnancy-related muscle pains — and molding corporate culture to be female-friendly from the ground up.

American women hold nearly 27% of leadership roles in legal cannabis, a noticeable improvement over the 21% they hold in traditional businesses.

As the industry expands with legalization in additional states, and potentially at the federal level, women will come to play an even larger role in the industry, as leaders and consumers. 

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Tilray Signs Letter Of Intent For Hemp-Derived CBD From The U.S. And Canada

CANADA: Tilray, a global leader in cannabis research and production, announced the terms of a binding letter of intent to purchase hemp-derived CBD isolate from LiveWell Canada, which will be sourced from the United States and Canada and utilized for distribution of Tilray-owned wellness and medical products across North America. The LOI outlines that LiveWell will supply Read the full article...Original link
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EVIO Labs Receives Provisional License From Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

Independent testing laboratory in final phase to perform state compliance testing OREGON: EVIO, a leading provider of cannabis testing and research for the regulated cannabis industry in North America announced that it received a provisional license from Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) to operate as an independent testing laboratory. The license moves the organization into Read the full article...Original link
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Will A Federal Appellate Court In New York End Cannabis Prohibition?

By David Wenger, Esq. NEW YORK: Should a 12-year-old girl in Colorado with intractable epilepsy be restricted to the boundaries of Colorado in order to have access to life-saving medical cannabis? Alexis Bortell suffered from multiple daily seizures and nearly died in her disabled veteran father’s arms several times until she began using medical cannabis—since Read the full article...Original link
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Psychoactive Adulterants Identified In Some Liquid CBD Products

VIRGINIA: Liquid formulations of CBD available on the commercial market have been identified to contain synthetic cannabinoids and other psychoactive constituents, according to a scientific analysis published in the journal Forensic Science International. A team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University evaluated the content of nine commercially available CBD e-liquid products obtained from a single manufacturer, Diamond CBD. The products were Read the full article...Original link
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Officials in one North Carolina city say they're prepping for marijuana sales - Cannabis News

City alcohol regulators in Asheville say they're making some preparations to sell marijuana should it become legal in North Carolina.

Asheville Alcoholic Beverage Control officials made the statements during and after a Tuesday City Council meeting where they were reporting annual numbers and trends to the elected body.

ABC Board Chairman Lewis Isaac told the council it is the board's job to take a "30,000-foot view" and anticipate changes.

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Missouri: Voter Initiated Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect

MISSOURI: Amendment 2, the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis access law, took effect on Thursday, December 6th. Sixty-six percent of voters approved the measure in November, while rejecting a pair of competing initiatives. State regulators have 180 days from the law’s enactment date to make available application forms to patients seeking to register to grow and/or possess medical cannabis. Under the program, Read the full article...Original link
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Cannabis Christmas: The shifting culture at your holiday party - Cannabis News

In Canada, the first holiday season post-legalization has opened up a social minefield for those unsure how their use will be perceived and for others uneasy about acknowledging a new era, says one cannabis observer.

Reena Rampersad doesn't hide her love of weed, but she's discreet when socializing with people she knows are not regular users.

The Hamilton resident is mindful that many people still do not approve of recreational use, even though it's now legal.

That disparity is glaring when she goes out for dinner at a nice restaurant and still feels compelled to sneak around.

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Call Them Canna-Bees. How Cannabis Helps Bees and Vice Versa - Cannabis News

The relationship between bees and cannabis is making headlines in both the scientific and entrepreneurial world. And it just may be a match made in heaven.

Case in points: A recent experiment shows that hemp may produce a needed pollen source for stressed-out bees.

And an Israeli company is marketing honey made by bees who are fed cannabidiols.

Both represent unusual bee-related stories, even by the standards of an insect that has provided many strange stories and unsolved mysteries through the years.

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Hemp, a form of cannabis, to become legal with Trump's signature on Farm Bill - Cannabis News

Hemp advocates held a news conference Thursday in Denver to tout the expected legalization and thank Trump in advance for signing the bill. The president is expected to sign the bill next week.

Prepare to see more hemp beer, food, supplements and clothing if President Donald Trump signs the new Farm Bill that would more broadly permit American farmers to grow hemp, which has long been restricted because of its ties to marijuana.

Hemp plants are the same species as marijuana but contain virtually none of the psychoactive compounds that get people high. 

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Halo Labs Announces Strategic Partnership In Lesotho Africa

LESOTHO: Halo Labs announced it has signed a letter of intent to enter into a partnership with Bophelo Bioscience and Wellness Pty Ltd, a Lesotho based cannabis company. Halo will provide management services and expertise to build, design and operate cGAP cultivation and cGMP extraction facilities in exchange for a 20% equity position in Bophelo Bioscience, as Read the full article...Original link
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Tilray Invests C$7.5M in Québec-Based Cannabis Producer ROSE Lifescience Inc.

High Park enters into sale, supply, distribution and marketing agreement with ROSE as its exclusive partner in Québec CANADA: Tilray, a global pioneer in cannabis production and distribution, today announced an investment in Québec-based cannabis producer, ROSE LifeScience, and an exclusive sale, supply, distribution and marketing agreement between High Park Farms, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tilray, Read the full article...Original link
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