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Marijuana Legalization Could Get A Boost Post Coronavirus

It is conceivable that U.S. lawmakers will have no other choice but to look to legal marijuana as one way to raise our economy up from the ashes. 

American citizens are living in the darkest days of our lifetime. Not only is there a real threat of being swallowed up by some pesky virus, but because of all the business closings and mandatory lockdowns, the national economy is slipping further into dangerous territory with each passing day.

Fri
27
Mar

The future of marijuana testing in college sports

The world of sports is changing its tune on marijuana.

Fri
27
Mar

Why Israel Is (and will continue to be) A Global Leader in the Cannabis Industry

When we think about legal cannabis products, there is a certain level of expectation there. The fad of “everything CBD” has faded over the last year and people are looking for more a product that’s merely, CBD-infused.

The cannabis products of today need to be more professional, safe, accurate, and efficient – and this applies to everything from raw flowers to highly processed pharmaceuticals. People want to know what’s in their products and where it comes from, and large stores and pharmacy chains, like CVS for example, will only sell products that contain safe and legal ingredients.

In the very-near future, we can expect to see Israel leading the way in the production and verification of safe cannabis products. Let’s take a look at why this is.

Fri
27
Mar

Chicago: How recreational weed went from illegal to essential in 3 months

Throngs of high-minded shoppers started flooding pot dispensaries when sales of recreational weed kicked off in Illinois at the start of the year.

Less than three months later, that type of mass clamoring is strictly forbidden as social distancing measures have been put in place to quell the spread of the novel coronavirus. In the uncertain age of COVID-19, when news and information travels almost as fast as the virus itself, Jan. 1 likely seems like a lifetime ago to many cannabis users.

Thu
26
Mar

How The Coronaviurs Has Negatively Impacted Marijuana Legalization

Without the ability to gather in person, marijuana reform efforts have stalled in multiple states across the country.

Thu
26
Mar

Washington Marijuana Dispensaries Can Remain Open During Stay-At-Home Order

Cannabis dispensaries in Washington will be allowed to remain open during the closure of nonessential businesses ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday. The Democratic governor issued the stay-at-home order in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. 

Inslee’s order went into effect for residents immediately on Monday afternoon and will be effective for businesses on Wednesday. The governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order is slated to last for at least two weeks.

The order requires all businesses deemed non essential to cease operations that cannot be completed by workers remotely from home. Washington residents were directed to heed state public health advisories to stay home except to pursue an essential activity.

Thu
26
Mar

Coronavirus Outbreak Could Delay Maine Marijuana Launch

The launch of Maine’s new recreational cannabis industry could be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the world.

The state’s first cannabis stores were supposed to open this month, but the launch was pushed back to June due to delays in the licensing process. Now it could be pushed back even further as the state shuts down non-essential services as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

There have been 142 cases of COVID-19 so far in Maine. All non-essential businesses have been ordered to cease operations as authorities try to stop the disease’s spread.

Thu
26
Mar

North Macedonia Waits for a Green Light, and a Lucrative High

In a desolate industrial zone of this capital city, a cannabis grow house is under construction that, when finished, will span 178,000 square feet, about the size of a Walmart superstore, writes David Segal of New York Times. At full capacity, 17 tons of marijuana a year, worth about $50 million, will be harvested. Among the planned offerings is an American strain known as Herijuana, a portmanteau of “heroin” and “marijuana,” which has received some rhapsodic online reviews.

“I feel blown to the dome omg,” wrote a fan on Leafly, a cannabis review site. “It also gave me the ability to rap.”

Thu
26
Mar

3 Tax Tips for Your Hemp Business

Cannabis businesses have long struggled with Internal Revenue Code Section 280E, which addresses the tax consequences of cannabis’s federally illegal status and severely limits which expenses cannabis operators can deduct when filing their federal tax returns.

Wed
25
Mar

3 Tips For Cannabis Start-Ups To Be Successful in Global Markets

Thinking about going global? You're not alone.

More than ever, I have been getting messages from all over the world asking me for anything from partnerships to investments in start-up cannabis ventures. Because of the demand, I’ve expounded here what makes a global cannabis start-up successful.

In order to prepare to be successful today, one must recognize a few important factors involved in this increasingly competitive landscape: history, government ambiguity, taxes, the unlicensed market, management approaches, and now, COVID-19.

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