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How Mass. cannabis inspectors keep a watchful eye over the legal pot industry

Nearly one year since the first legal, adult-use cannabis sale was made, there are now 33 retail stores open around Massachusetts.

So far, state regulators have issued 227 provisional and final licenses to retail, cultivation, cannabis manufacturing facilities and independent testing laboratories. Before — and even after — licenses are issued, those facilities must be inspected by the state.

'Keeps Everyone On Their Toes'

On a Tuesday morning in October, two CCC inspectors pull up to the Sira Naturals Cultivation and Manufacturing facility in a pair of gray, unmarked crossover SUVs. The only giveaway? The vehicles have official state license plates.

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18
Nov

Brutal week for weed casts chill over prospects for Cannabis 2.0

If there’s a lesson that Canada’s pot industry can take from a devastating week that saw the country’s largest producers post massive losses amid waves of product returns and piles of excess inventory, it might be this: understand your market first, sell your product later.

And with cannabis 2.0 looming, there isn’t much time to learn it.

“Any company that’s looking to make a product for cannabis 2.0 should wait six months to see what comes out in the market,” said Narbe Alexandrian, president and CEO of Canopy Rivers, the venture capital arm of Canopy Growth Corp.

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18
Nov

Illegal pot farms on California's public land are creating an environmental hazard

Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered with open containers of fertilizer and rodenticide.

A group including U.S. Forest Service rangers, local law enforcement, scientists and conservationists hiked into the so-called trespass grow where nearly 9,000 cannabis plants were illegally cultivated on national forest land in the region known as the Emerald Triangle, for the marijuana that has been produced there for decades.

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18
Nov

New lab tests show dangers of unregulated THC vape cartridges

New data from a California laboratory show that THC vape cartridges may carry a substantial risk of exposing users to harmful chemicals. And while the test results from analytic laboratory CannaSafe show that illicit market products pose the most danger, even carts from licensed companies may be unsafe if used improperly.

Sun
17
Nov

In pursuit of big profits, hemp growers blaze a perilous new path in Northwest agriculture

On a foggy November day, farm workers take clippers to a field of bushy green plants, snipping tops full of flower buds dotted with flecks of sticky resin.

By the end of the day, the cuttings dry inside a southeast Portland warehouse, hanging  from tall plastic trellises like aromatic curtains.

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17
Nov

Ohio’s medical marijuana program issues first mandatory recall

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program is recalling a product, the first in the program’s short history, according to Cleveland.com.

The mandatory recalled was issued Friday for Pineapple Express Rosin, processed by One Orijin.

According to the Medical Marijuana Control Program, the company did not follow the proper procedure during production.

All purchase dates are included in the recall, and the product IDs are as following:

Fri
15
Nov

Another study indicating CBD can reduce opioid intake

A study on the potential role of hemp-derived cannabidiol as an alternative to opioids for pain patients has indicated positive results.

Dr Alex Capano, Chief Science Officer of Ecofibre’s Ananda Health business in the United States, led a study involving the use of cannabidiol (CBD) to reduce the use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain.

97 patients who had been using opioids for managing chronic pain (some for decades) completed the 8-week study. Of the 94 patients who added Ananda full spectrum hemp extract to their treatment, 53% reduced or eliminated their use of opioids and 94% reported improvements in quality of life (improvements in sleep, pain and/or mood).

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15
Nov

Canine arthritis is a real problem and cannabis could help

More than 70 million dogs in America are currently diagnosed with osteoarthritis. It’s a painful condition, especially for dogs in their senior years. 

Cannabis isn’t just for humans. The active compounds in the plant are also showing promise in the lab when it comes to treating the pain associated with certain types of canine arthritis.

Although typically referred to as a single condition, arthritis is actually a category of more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints and their surrounding tissue. Pain and swelling, stiffness, and aching joints are common symptoms. There is no known cure, and it is not just something that affects humans.

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15
Nov

One in five professional golfers used marijuana this year

Among professional sports, who would’ve selected golf as the catalyst to shift marijuana policy for athletes?

Not us, but golf finds itself in a unique position compared to other sports. While it’s an open secret that football and basketball players use cannabis, we usually only hear about their support for policy change or the launch of their new marijuana brand after these same athletes retire.

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15
Nov

Spotlight to be placed on barriers to medicinal cannabis in Australia

Barriers confronting patients trying to access medicinal cannabis in Australia will be scrutinised in a Parliamentary inquiry into how the drug is regulated.

The Greens said the medicinal cannabis system is “broken” and in urgent need of reform as their push for an inquiry into access to the drug won support in the Senate on Thursday.

But the Federal government has rejected the need for review saying it continues to enable access to medicinal cannabis for those in need while maintaining safeguards of its use.

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