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Dan Savage on launching SPLIFF, America’s first marijuana-themed film festival

New York Times Bestselling author and nationally syndicated sex advice columnist, Dan Savage, is known around the globe for his takes on polyamory, Rick Santorum and amateur porn. But now Savage is throwing his well-worn cap into the ring of a new cannabis-inspired venture: SPLIFF, an amateur film festival dedicated to stoner culture and the entertaining peccadillos of pot and the people who imbibe it.  

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Apr

10 cannabis-themed gifts to give this 4/20

It's almost 4/20, a date that's now become an international holiday to celebrate cannabis. With the plant legal in Canada and much of the United States, today there are more ways than ever to reap the benefits of cannabis for therapeutic and recreational uses. From flower to edibles to smoking accessories, with the diverse array of products flooding the market, it can be difficult to determine which are the best choices. So whether you're looking for some cannabis-infused quiet time for self-care, or you want to light up with friends to celebrate 4/20, here are some options to get your festivities lit.

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LA is now fighting the cannabis black market by suing sellers for using unapproved fungicides

The city of Los Angeles is taking a new approach to shutting down illicit cannabis dispensaries—sue them for selling contaminated  products, writes Calvin Hughes.

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Apr

How some athletes use marijuana get into the zone

In the world of running, nausea and pain are part of the daily grind whether you're completing your circuit as the sun is coming up or powering through it well after it went down.

And in a community that looks at not only dietary and supplemental intake, but how aerodynamic their attire is or how heavy their shoes are, you can bet that many a competitive runner is also looking to see how cannabis may help them.

The initial thought may be "no way," considering that the conventional approach of smoking increases pulmonary risks, but with tinctures and edibles and vaporizers, that initial concern is out the window.

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Apr

Solving the cannabis waste problem

When holding a fragrant, sticky bud in your hand, it’s easy to forget the bud is just one component of a larger plant. What happened to the stem, the leaves, the trimmings? For every pound of flower, there are hundreds of pounds of wasted material growers have to dispose of. New technologies in cannabis waste disposal may hold the key to a more sustainable future for the industry.

Cannabis Waste on the Rise

Some growers may use leftover material to create concentrates, but for many the volume of waste outpaces their ability to process it in useful ways. The result is millions of pounds of cannabis waste pouring into landfills around the country.

Thu
18
Apr

A gap in standards leads to industry uncertainty about synthetic CBD

How do you know that the hemp-derived CBD products you have purchased came from hemp and not another source? The answer is, you do not. There are no state, federal, or industry guidelines for companies selling CBD products to disclose how they source their CBD. Facing a serious problem that threatens the mass-market legitimacy of the legal hemp-derived CBD industry, some operators are sounding their alarm.

According to some sources granted anonymity to discuss it, the Hemp Business Journal has learned how several high-profile companies in the state of Colorado have been selling products containing synthetic CBD without disclosing it to their customers.

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18
Apr

UK CBD industry totally reliant on imports

While CBD storms the global health and well-being market, there lies a frustrating paradox at the heart of the UK industry, a complete dependence on imports.

In its own domestic UK market the one million – and rising daily – CBD users are solely reliant on imports. Rebekah Shaman, chair of the British Hemp Association, says the UK needs to ease these restrictions in short shrift.

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18
Apr

Germany to launch cannabis farming as Canada's Aurora, Aphria win tenders​

Germany has awarded contracts to supply domestically-grown cannabis to two Canadian companies, as it seeks to develop its own medicinal marijuana industry and reduce reliance on imports.

Drugs regulator BfArM said on Wednesday it would purchase 4,000 kg and 3,200 kg of cannabis over four years from German production subsidiaries of Canada's Aurora Cannabis and Aphria, respectively.

Another tender over a four-year harvest of 3200 kg has been delayed because an unidentified bidder who lost out is challenging the procedure with a regulator.

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18
Apr

Post-mortem THC tests can not reliably determine intoxication at time of death: study

Impaired driving has been an eternal point of contention in the conversation surrounding cannabis legalization. But many of the reports involving casualties may not be as accurate as previously believed.

The Colorado study, executed by toxicologist and assistant to the coroner Andrea Tully of the El Paso County Coroner’s Office, showed that post-mortem THC testing isn’t adequately reliable to accurately determine whether the deceased was inebriated around the time of death.

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Present day use of solvent extraction in cannabis extraction

Organic hydrocarbon solvents offer key benefits in cannabis extraction for patients, manufacturers and policymakers alike.

Organic solvent-based extraction is very common throughout the chemical, food, personal care, pharmaceutical and perfumery industries as well as many others. The modern cannabis industry has essentially repurposed current methodologies from these previous industries. Cannabis extraction using organic solvents is easily comparable to the making of absolutes for the personal care and perfumery industries. An absolute is a concentrated, highly aromatic oil extracted from plants.

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