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Tue
04
Oct

Treating Cannabis Businesses with the respect they deserve

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Cannabis sales in the United States could top $72 billion by 2030, according to New Frontier Data analysis of the cannabis economy, thanks to strong consumer demand, high likelihood of additional state market activations, and increasing normalization of cannabis consumption.

That bullish projection can only play out if the cannabis industry gets the support it needs from banks and insurance companies ‚Äď something that is still lacking due to the federal illegality of the product. Cannabis is still a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, alongside drugs like heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. The federal government‚Äôs robust and unwavering stance on legalizing cannabis has spooked most of the mainstream players in the property and casualty (P&C) market.

Mon
03
Oct

German Finance Minister: Expect Cannabis Legalization in 2023

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When it comes to the push for adult-use cannabis legalization there’s no place on earth that is as exciting as Germany right now.

Late last year a new coalition government was elected in Germany, and the ‚ÄėTraffic Light Coalition,‚Äô as it is commonly referred to, made it clear very quickly that it sought to legalize cannabis for adult use and launch a regulated market.

Speculation has swirled ever since regarding how long it will take for Germany to make the transition, and the nation’s Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) recently weighed in predicting that legalization would become a reality in 2023.

Fri
30
Sep

Cannabis dispensary set to open in Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista, recreational cannabis has arrived.

A nationally-known purveyor called Trulieve ‚ÄĒ with a slogan of ‚ÄúCultivating the greater good so you can live without limits‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒwill open its doors on Saturday morning. The new business, 1633 S. State Route 92, Suite 7, plans a soft opening between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., said Chief Executive Officer Steve White.

Following the soft opening, the store, which is almost 2,000 square feet, will be open seven days a week for those same hours offering medicinal and recreational cannabis. White said at least 20 employees have been hired to work at the dispensary.

Thu
29
Sep

Here's what to know about recreational marijuana on the November ballot in Missouri

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As Election Day approaches in Missouri, questions about marijuana on the ballot continue to circulate.

Missouri was recently ranked as the 10th most "CBD-obsessed" state by Leafwell, an organization of cannabis scientists and specialists. Leafwell examined Google Trends data of search terms used by people interested in CBD to create its rankings. Missourians were also frequently searching other marijuana-related terms, "THC" and "What is CBD?"

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced in mid-August that a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana use and clear some cannabis-related convictions would be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Thu
29
Sep

State politicians are growing concerned about NY’s legal marijuana rollout

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Sparked by a NY Cannabis Insider story from earlier this month, New York’s Legislative Commission on Rural Resources has asked the Office of Cannabis Management for clarification and updates on the state’s rollout of its legal marijuana industry.

The commission, chaired by NY State¬†Senator Rachel May¬†and directed by¬†Mayor Hal McCabe¬†of Homer, sent a letter to Cannabis Control Board Chairwoman Tremaine Wright on Sept. 13 requesting a briefing from OCM to ‚Äúclear up confusion and enable us to provide accurate information to our constituents.‚ÄĚ

Thu
29
Sep

Plans for Marijuana Dispensary in Boston's North End met with opposition

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BOSTON - The North End is full of shops and restaurants with a lot of history, and now an aspiring business owner is trying to bring a new industry to the neighborhood.

It's not cannolis...it's cannabis, and a vacant storefront at the corner of Hanover and Commercial Streets is sparking quite a bit of controversy. 

"It's a bad idea, it's a bad location," said restaurant owner Damien DiPaola.

The company Bay State Herbal Solutions has submitted their plan to the city in hopes of winning their approval for the store. 

"I think CBD, THC, whatever gets you through the day is a gift," said a North End resident named Betsy. "Why not? We drink wine, we drink booze."

Thu
29
Sep

Legalizing Medical Marijuana would immediately lower prescription Opioid use, study shows

Another study has found that giving people legal access to medical marijuana can help patients reduce their use of opioid painkillers, or cease use altogether, without compromising quality of life.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Substance Use and Misuse on September 27, surveyed registered medical cannabis patients in Florida, asking questions about their consumption habits and how marijuana has affected their use of traditional pharmaceuticals.

Wed
28
Sep

Fairfield takes steps to stop Marijuana use at Local Park

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FAIRFIELD - A town task force decided to take action after finding evidence of underage drug use at a local park.

Fairfield CARES Community Coalition, a town-created task force aimed at addressing youth drug and alcohol use, recently helped get community watch signs installed at the entrances of the Mary Katona Memorial Open Space.

Catherine Hazlett, the coalition's program director, said this became necessary after nearby residents repeatedly found marijuana and vaping products discarded around the open space.

Hazlett said a parent who lives near Holland Hill Elementary School and takes his children on walks through the open space told Fairfield CARES about it last fall.

Mon
26
Sep

It’s official: Arkansas to vote on Legal Cannabis this fall

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‚ÄėWe‚Äôre extremely grateful to the Supreme Court that they agreed with us and felt like it was a complete validation of everything we‚Äôve done‚Äô

The Supreme Court of Arkansas has ruled that voters will get their say on whether or not to legalize recreational cannabis in the state come the November elections. The recent decision overturns an earlier ban by Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners.

‚ÄúThe people will decide whether to approve the proposed amendment in November,‚ÄĚ Justice Robin Wynne¬†notes in the court‚Äôs ruling.

Mon
26
Sep

Passage of Marijuana amendment would mean huge economic boom for State and Municipalities

KANSAS CITY - When Missouri voters go to the polls in November to decide whether recreational use of marijuana should be legal there’s a lot more than pot use at stake.

Approval could mean big money for the state and cities.

Marijuana is estimated to be an almost two-billion-dollar market in Missouri. Most of that is due to illegal sales with no benefit to the state. But if voters approve the amendment, the hope is that those underground buyers would move their business to stores, creating revenue by way of taxes.

If approved, Amendment 3 would allow those 21 and over to  possess, purchase, consume and cultivate marijuana. A recent SurveyUSA poll showed that 62% of Missouri voters favor the amendment.

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