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Thu
01
Aug

Virginia buys new tests to distinguish marijuana from CBD

Virginia law enforcement could soon have another tool to help distinguish marijuana from CBD, a move that comes after a News4 I-Team investigation found flaws with commonly used drug field tests.

On Wednesday, the commonwealth’s top forensic scientist recommended police officers incorporate a new drug field test, developed by Swiss police, that turns distinct colors when a material contains more marijuana than its hemp cousin, CBD.

Speaking at a board meeting, Linda Jackson said her office ran extensive validation tests on the Swiss kits and recommends police officers use them in tandem with the former kits.

Thu
01
Aug

Expectation that more cannabis-impaired driving would follow legalization fails to materialize

When recreational cannabis was legalized last fall, the move brought with it plenty of trepidation around how the change might influence daily life, especially around the subject of impaired driving.

In fact, an online survey around that time showed the issue was definitely on the minds of people who were concerned that the legal framework could result in more people driving under the influence of cannabis. The poll was completed by 1,517 Canadian drivers from Aug. 10 to 15, 2018, using Leger’s online panel.

Thu
01
Aug

Regulation of cannabis in Italy: use in food and cosmetics

In Italy, the cultivation and the industrial use of hemp has a long tradition and recent changes in the law have led to a revival. While a law enacted in 2016 promotes the cultivation of hemp as a means to preserve biodiversity and to reduce the environmental impact in agriculture, hemp-derived products for human consumption are still subject to restrictions. A recent judgment of the Italian Supreme Court, delivered in joint session, has the last word on the supposedly legal cannabis.

Thu
01
Aug

Three years ago the DEA said they would remove roadblocks to cannabis research — they still haven't

It’s been nearly three years since the Drug Enforcement Administration formally announced plans to facilitate FDA-approved marijuana-related research in the United States. Unfortunately, in the 36 months since then, the agency has woefully failed to follow through on their pledge.
Thu
01
Aug

Snapchat and Twitter cannabis ads risk government crackdown

Snap Inc. and Twitter Inc. are gambling that they can profit off the growing marijuana industry by running ads for cannabis products from licensed Canadian producers, testing restrictive laws in Canada on marketing weed.

Regulators in Canada declined to comment on an ongoing investigation into ads Hexo Corp. ran on Snapchat, the app run by Snap Inc. SNAP, +2.85%.

Thu
01
Aug

These Oklahoma marijuana dispensaries are suing Facebook

Facebook can’t decide if it loves or loathes cannabis. Around this time last year, reports indicated Facebook was “shadow-banning” companies associated with legal cannabis sales and advocacy.

Thu
01
Aug

ViaBill allows cannabis companies to accept all major credit cards

If you’re in the business of cannabis – be it THC or CBD products – you’ve likely come across some issues when it came to accepting payments.

Following the Elavon issues from June, when they announced that their service will no longer accept Visa payments for the cannabis industry, many companies have since been scrambling to find a way to sell their products online. This was a huge hit considering Visa is the largest credit card issuer in the entire world. 

Wed
31
Jul

Here are solutions to the greatest tech issues facing dispensaries

There's no other retail experience like shopping at a cannabis dispensary, writes Zachary Zane. Comparing dispensaries to traditional retailers doesn’t work, since they're selling a federally prohibited, and state regulated drug. Comparing them to bars isn’t like comparing apples to oranges, either; it’s more like comparing apples to lasagne. Sure, they’re both edible, but outside of that, they have nothing in common. Bars are a place to socialize. Dispensaries are places to buy a product that for many, is life-saving, or at the very least, life-altering, and then you leave.

Tue
30
Jul

Why vaping doesn’t smell like there’s a skunk in the room

Vaporizing cannabis, raw flower and oil, has grown in popularity in recent years and for good reason. Vaping is portable, the potency is stronger, and vaporizers are generally easy to use. It’s also very discrete, with some devices resembling small USB drives and many can be confused for a pen. Vaporizing also doesn’t produce the tell-tale smell of burnt marijuana flower, although there can be a faint odor of cannabis, depending on the vaping device and method.

Tue
30
Jul

Two cannabis flavonoids believed to be stronger than aspirin

Cannabis products are quickly becoming people’s go-to remedy for treating numerous different ailments.

Although many people still hold on to this image of cannabis as a recreational drug, others – including many in the scientific community – are beginning to recognize the medical potential of this versatile plant. While most of today’s medical research is centered around CBD and THC, respectively, but a recent study focused on a couple of lesser known compounds.

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