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Nov

Colorado: 7-Eleven now has CBD vending machines

The machines ensure that their products stay fresh, but they also track consumer data, recording which products have had the most success and which haven’t.

High-tech CBD vending machines are a thing now, populating select 7-Eleven stores in Colorado. The mega-chain is the latest to join other large brands, such as CVS and Walmart, in conveniently distributing CBD products across the U.S..

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08
Nov

Cannabis legalization in U.S. leaving vulnerable groups out in the cold

Even with U.S. states focused on bringing social justice to cannabis legalization, people from lower socioeconomic households are being left behind.

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) has issued a memo informing the 20,000 federally subsidized households it oversees that they will not be able to use cannabis in their residences even after the drug becomes legal for recreational use in Illinois at the start of next year.

Fri
08
Nov

Ontario announces click-and-collect system for private cannabis retailers

The Province of Ontario announced earlier this week that private cannabis retailers will be allowed to sell products by phone or online to be picked up in store.

Until now, the only retailer that could sell cannabis online was the provincially run Ontario Cannabis Store. Provincial Finance Minister Rod Phillips made the announcement as part of the provinces’ fall economic statement saying they will continue to combat the black market and reduce waiting times for cannabis. The new “click-and-collect” system will allow consumers to search multiple retailer websites, choose their products and pick them up at the retailer they choose.

Fri
08
Nov

Why Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid classifications mean close to nothing

While poking around your local dispensary, it’s almost guaranteed that you will speak or hear the terms “indica,” “sativa,” or “hybrid,” at least once. These three terms remain, by far, the most common for describing the attributes and effects of cannabis flower — and even products like edibles and vapes lay claim to the categories. 

 For most of us, these labels are shorthand. Indicas are chill, sativas are energetic, and hybrids represent a balance between the two. But are these classifications accurate, and — perhaps more importantly — can they be used to authentically predict a person’s experience when consuming cannabis? 

Fri
08
Nov

High flyers: legal cannabis creates grey area for US airports

As US states continue to legalise cannabis for medical and recreational use, an awkward tangle of conflicting state and federal laws is proving confusing for airport passengers. What have been the unintended consequences of cannabis’s uncertain legal status in the US, and how have airports been affected?

Fri
08
Nov

Ahead of next year’s big vote, here’s what we know about drugs in New Zealand

From unequal conviction rates to a glimmer of light on synthetics, here’s what the Drug Foundation’s State of the Nation report tells us.

Reports of raids, drug busts and arrests appear in headlines every day. The next biggest methamphetamine seizure is guaranteed to grab attention. But with all the hype, it’s hard to make out what it means. So what’s really going on?

The Drug Foundation today published figures on drug use, treatment and criminalisation that shed some light on where Aotearoa is at with drugs. Our 2019 State of the Nation makes for sobering reading. 

Fri
08
Nov

Consumers draw the line at where cannabis is sold

Even in places where cannabis is recreationally legal, distribution remains tightly controlled, with many states and Canada requiring special licenses and a multitude of regulations that pot businesses must comply with. But would consumers accept cannabis being sold in other outlets, such as convenience stores? One study provides some insight into public opinion on cannabis sales outside of marijuana dispensaries.
Thu
07
Nov

Marijuana legalization in Illinois won’t apply to people living In public housing

Once again, a major failing in the current model of state-by-state marijuana legalization has been exposed. In Chicago, the public housing agency has released a memo clarifying that residents may not partake in the state’s soon-to-be-legal cannabis industry in the comfort of their homes.

Chicago Housing Authority, which is the third largest agency of its kind in the country with over 20,000 households in its system, had this to say in a communication sent to housing voucher recipients:

Thu
07
Nov

How smokable hemp is replacing tobacco cigarettes

Tobacco smoking has for a long time been known to cause a whole host of diseases, including many types of cancer. 

Thanks to conclusive scientific studies and subsequent public health warnings, the number of tobacco smokers continues to drop every year. However, quitting isn’t easy thanks to nicotine’s strong addictive qualities. This means many ex-smokers turn to other sources of nicotine (like patches and gum) in order to satisfy their cravings. 

Thu
07
Nov

Can CBD clear-up your complexion? Here's what you need to know

The beauty industry loves a good It ingredient. Whether  the skin-plumping benefits of hyaluronic acid (which may not be that great, I’ll report back) or the brightening effects of vitamin C, by the time one fabulous ingredient starts making headlines, there are already five products waiting in the wings to be scooped up by consumers.

Aside from vitamin C, most of these “skin saviours” lack the clinical data to back up what’s being advertised. So, when cannabis derivatives started making their way into serums, lotions and makeup a few years ago it was exciting, to be sure, but it had some people wondering if they really were the all-natural wonder that would save our complexions.

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