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A gaming influencer is launching a cannabis brand. Here’s how (and why) he’s converging the two worlds

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This weekend, entrepreneur and gaming influencer Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez is launching a premium cannabis and hemp brand called Pine Park. Rodriguez is the first prominent gaming influencer to professionally align with the cannabis industry, taking advantage of what he perceives as a demographic convergence between cannabis and gaming.


First Nevada Cannabis Dispensary Approved at Border of Idaho

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The Nevada-Idaho border is about to get a little bit greener. 

Officials in Elko County, Nevada last week signed off on a proposal for a marijuana dispensary to open in Jackpot, Nevada, which straddles the border between the two western states.

Commissioners in Elko County unanimously approved the license for the business, according to the Associated Press, adding that the shop could open as early as Monday.


Sir Paul McCartney hides his hemp from teenagers

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Sir Paul McCartney has to hide his cannabis plants to stop them from getting stolen.

The 79-year-old singer grows crops of hemp at his farm in Peasmarsh but has had to keep it concealed to stop local teenagers from helping themselves.

Government regulations stipulate hemp should be grown alongside crops of rye, peas and wheat and Sir Paul is doing that but keeping hold of his hemp clearly requires special measures.


Jay-Z Pushing For Release Of 55-Year-Old Man Serving Two Decades For Marijuana Possession

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Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, music industry mogul and a chief visionary officer at cannabis company TPCO Holding Corp. doing business as The Parent Company, is helping Valon Vailes get out of prison.

Jay-Z, known in the cannabis community for his luxury weed brand Monogram, and his legal team have twice made a plea to a North Carolina judge asking for “compassionate release” of Vailes, now 55, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison over cannabis-related charges, reported Page Six.


Clint Eastwood Wins $6.1 Million CBD Lawsuit

The actor Clint Eastwood and Garrapata, the company that owns the rights to his likeness, were awarded $6.1 million on Friday in a lawsuit they had filed against a Lithuanian company that was accused of using Mr. Eastwood’s image and likeness to make it appear as though he was endorsing their products.

Last year, Mr. Eastwood filed two lawsuits in federal court in Los Angeles against three CBD manufacturers and marketers whose products were featured in an online article falsely claiming that he endorsed CBD products, as well as 10 online retailers who he accused of manipulating search results through meta tags. (CBD is cannabidiol, a nonintoxicating compound in the cannabis sativa plant.)


Cannabis Products Up the 'Wow' Factor for the Holidays

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A $10,000 stash box and a joint wrapped in 24K gold are two of the items that will be on high-end cannabis shoppers' gift lists this holiday season, according to mg Magazine, a trade journal that tracks trends in the cannabis industry.


Jim Belushi on His Spiritual Journey in Cannabis and Season 2 of 'Growing Belushi'

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Jim Belushi is the founder of Belushi's Farm, a sprawling and spiritual 93 acres along Oregon's Rogue River that's home to a range of offerings—from Chasing Magic (Jim's Secret Stash), to the Blues Brothers, to Captain Jack's Gulzar Afghanica, and now the Discovery series Growing Belushi, with the second season coming this fall.(Photo illustration by Ashley Epping)

Having lost his brother John to an overdose, Jim is a passionate proponent of the plant's beneficial properties across a spectrum of uses. From enhancing joy and quality of life, to mitigating trauma and managing pain, to a harm reduction approach and rebuttal of the opioid abuse epidemic, Jim advocates for patient rights and adult-use legalization while empowering craft farmers to thrive in economies of scale.


Football packed with cannabis and tennis ball stuffed with meth intercepted after thrown onto prison property

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Somebody was playing games when a football full of weed and a tennis ball packed with methamphetamine was thrown over the wall of a North Carolina prison, but the intended play fell short when the contraband was intercepted. (Photo by Mississippi Department of Corrections)

Guards at the Morrison Correctional Institution noticed the suspicious packages “out-of-bounds” between the inner and outer fences of the medium-security prison near Rockingham last week.

Checking things out, the guards found “concealed inside were tobacco, marijuana and crystal meth,” notes a tweet this week from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS).


Marijuana use did not climb following legalization in states: Study

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Recreational pot has become legal for more Americans, but despite that ease of access, marijuana use hasn't ignited, a study released Monday found.

An article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found there was no increase in cannabis use among the general population or among previous users after their states legalized marijuana.


Researchers surveyed about 830,000 Americans over age 12 on their reported cannabis use, both before and after recreational marijuana was passed in their state. The study looked at data between 2008 and 2017.


Greenhouse getting ready to grow marijuana


Inside Wheatfield Gardens greenhouses in North Tonawanda, rows of fresh, green hemp is growing.

“That is the mission now. We can fill the need,” said Wheatfield Gardens CEO Paul Elfstrum. Elfstrum says his company has been growing hemp for CBD and other products since it became legal in 2018. The company says it has the growing down to a science.

“If they want to have adult use cannabis on the shelves by next fall, we have to build a tremendous amount of supply,” he said.

Elfstrum says Wheatfield Gardens is gearing up to be a major supplier for the state and WNY area when it comes to adult use recreational marijuana. According to Elfstrum, the state will need to fill supply to reach its demand, and will look to greenhouses like Wheatfield Gardens.


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