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Mon
14
Jan

Why cannabis perfume may be the next big beauty trend

Cannabis is finally mainstream and we are seeing it pop up on every wellness trend and new product list out there, writes Jacquelyn Nause. One cannabis beauty trend that is taking off is cannabis-based fragrances. How do these stack up to Chanel No. 5? Let’s take a look. 

Cannabis Essential Oils 

Cannabis, like all botanicals, contains aromatic oils that impact the aroma and flavor of the plant. These oils are called terpenes and are non-psychoactive; they work in conjunction with other compounds in the plant known as cannabinoids to amplify the therapeutic effects.

Fri
11
Jan

B.C.'s marijuana cops not yet ready for action

That may be a relief to the 20 or so illegal pot shops still operating in Vancouver, however, lawyer Kyla Lee said they should be worried about City of Vancouver plans to use a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling against them.

B.C.’s new pot cops will not be raiding Vancouver’s illegal marijuana stores anytime soon.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Public Safety, the Community Safety Unit isn’t yet operational.

“It is too early to confirm operational details such as spokesperson, the reporting structure, the total number of investigators or other positions,” the statement read. “The CSU is actively recruiting to fill all positions and a number of competitions are currently underway.” 

Fri
11
Jan

Don't miss these cannabis events in 2019

You don’t have to live in a cannabis-friendly location to get in on some 420-friendly action, writes Jacquelyn Nause. From high-tech events to product-focused expos, there are plenty of cannabis events on the roster in 2019. Check out these recommendations.

Thu
10
Jan

Canadian legal cannabis prices nearly 50 percent higher than black market prices

Marijuana became legal across Canada in October, but that hasn’t stopped the black market from thriving. Product shortages across the country have made it nearly impossible for some to purchase cannabis legally and have cause length wait times for those who have purchased cannabis online. Add to this the high cost of buying cannabis legally and it’s no wonder that people are continuing to purchase cannabis from the illicit market.

Numbers released earlier this week by government agency Statistics Canada found that the average price for a gram of legal recreational cannabis was $9.70 whereas a gram could be purchased from the illicit market for $6.51, a near 50 percent difference.

Thu
10
Jan

Recreational weed may spark up Michigan's medical marijuana industry

One in four applications for a license to run a medical marijuana facility made it to the state licensing board in 2018 as state officials conducted extensive vetting and fielded inquiries from 900 prospective businesses.

Last year the industry welcomed new regulations and legal clarity from a 2016 law -- the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) -- and the state saw the first retail sale of medical marijuana in October.

The 2018 launch of the commercialized medical marijuana industry ended with a marijuana shortage and the closure of at least 72 dispensaries. Starting 2019, patients are having trouble finding their medicine.

Thu
10
Jan

Proposed Easthampton marijuana shop The Verb is Herb may pitch online appointments to control crowds

The president of The Verb is Herb will propose offering online appointments to customers if such a measure is needed to win city approval for a retail adult-use marijuana shop in a 74 Cottage St. storefront.

The proposed store’s special permit is back before the Planning Board at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the Municipal Building at 50 Payson Ave.

At a December hearing, the city’s Planning Board sent The Verb is Herb president and CEO William S. Hartley home without the needed special permit. The board requested more information on crowd control, especially on opening day, and said the plan would need Police Chief Robert Alberti’s approval.

Thu
10
Jan

Bill introduced to legalize marijuana in Virginia

Virginia lawmakers are back at the capital for the 2019 legislative session that kicks off Wednesday.

Gov. Ralph Northam will issue his State of the Commonwealth at 7 p.m. in Richmond after the General Assembly convenes at noon.

This year’s session is scheduled to last 45 days and end on Feb. 23.

Much of the focus will be on state tax policy and whether to expand gambling in Virginia.

A Democrat delegate, representing Norfolk and Portsmouth, has already introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana in Virginia.

Thu
10
Jan

Cuomo cautions against sky-high marijuana taxes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recognizes that New York could be entering a competitive marketplace if the state government legalizes marijuana this year.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday afternoon, the governor warned that any regulatory framework for recreational marijuana should factor in the cost of the drug in nearby states or on the black market.

"If you charge too much you will drive the business back to the illegal sales because it is just less expensive," he said.

Massachusetts has a growing legal market and New Jersey lawmakers are pushing to allow recreational use. Cuomo said New Yorkers might visit the neighboring states for lower prices if New York taxes make purchases more expensive.

"They are naturally competitors in the marketplace," he said.

Thu
10
Jan

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brings former Marijuana Policy Project director to her staff

In her much loved dinner prep Instagram livestreams, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made it clear that she thinks marijuana prohibition is a “tool” used to oppress people of color in the United States. But other than the fact she’d legalize cannabis and advocate for the release of people who have been incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses, she hasn’t released much info on her ideas around cannabis.

Thu
10
Jan

Marijuana hasn't hurt booze sales in the three states where weed has been legal the longest

Industry observers expected that the marijuana legalization trend in the U.S. would hurt liquor sales, but a new study from a booze trade association says that hasn't been the case in the three states where weed has been legal the longest.

Overall industry trends remained consistent, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, which did the study. Spirits sales went up in the three states – Colorado, Oregon and Washington state – although wine and beer stayed on their mixed to negative course.

"At this point, we've seen no impact on spirit sales from legalized recreational marijuana," said Chris Swonger, CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council.

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