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What the Dutch can teach the world about cannabis

When the Financial Times told me to go and smoke pot in Amsterdam, I asked a friend there to recommend a good "coffee shop" (Dutch-English for cannabis cafe). Her reply was very Dutch: "I've never been to one." She chose the Paradox, the one nearest her son's school, so she could collect him afterwards.

Now we're sitting in what feels like a cosy, cushion-strewn living room, surrounded by well-behaved, well-dressed, quiet 20-somethings from around the world. The cafe's owner, Ludo Bossaert, who opened the Paradox 27 years ago, recommends a €5 ($8) joint of "Pure Special Haze Mix". According to the shop's extensive menu, it will provide a "super high". I become possibly the first person in the Paradox's history to ask for a receipt.

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Survey offers a glimpse of what California cannabis users prefer: Flower, vape or edible?

The demographics of California cannabis users are not what many would expect. An estimated 13 percent of California's 40 million residents -- that's 5.2 million people -- are cannabis users, an immense market that has long positioned the state at the epicenter of modern cannabis culture. The legal cannabis market there is expected to be valued at $3.7 billion by the end of the current year.

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As cannabis patent filings increase, are food and beverage companies positioned to benefit?

Early protection of intellectual property rights is a critical component in any business’ efforts to secure a competitive advantage in the marketplace. A recent report has found that patenting activity for cannabis food and drink has seen a large increase in global activity, in the last five years. 242 simple patent families have been filed in 2015, up from only 144 simple patent families filed in 2012. However, not a single food and beverage company was found to be among the top 10 applicants.

Is this a sign that food and beverage companies are not well positioned to benefit from ongoing cannabis legalisation?

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New Jersey Senate President draws line in sand: Marijuana tax can't be too high

With less than two weeks to go before Thanksgiving, it’s looking less and less likely New Jersey will legalize recreational pot before the end of this year.

Gov. Phil Murphy had made legalizing marijuana one of his front-burner issues when he took office last January. But negotiations on a legislative package have stalled.

State Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, who must sign off on any marijuana bill that’s put up for a vote, is making it clear he’s drawn a line in the sand over how much the state should tax recreational weed.

“If you tax too much you’re going to drive people to the black market," he said.

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Nov

Marijuana spreading across the beauty industry

Allergy sufferer Autumn Williams was impressed after trying a new vegan mascara on her sensitive eyes.

"It's separating my eyelashes really well, " said Williams. " They already look twice as thick as they did before."

Williams had no idea that the mascara is infused with Cannabidiol Oil also known as "CBD," as extract used in various forms of medical marijuana. 

"I've never even heard of that. I've never even heard of vegan mascara," said Williams. 

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09
Nov

4 jobs beyond budtenders and growers in the marijuana industry

Want to work in the marijuana industry now that recreational weed is legal in Michigan?  Beyond budtenders and growers, the industry needs a wide range of workers in order to function, said Karson Humiston, the founder and CEO of Vangst, a career site for cannabis jobs. 

“If you’re a huge cultivation company employing 100 growers, you also need HR. You also need marketing, IT, security,” she said. “It’s a business like any other." 

If Michigan is anything like Colorado or Washington, Huminston said, the marijuana industry could create around 30,000 new jobs in the next few years.  

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09
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Canadian tech companies look to cash in on cannabis with innovations and apps

One of John Lem’s first hints that the technology behind his DNA testing company Spartan Bioscience could be a hit with cannabis users came years ago when an executive asked him if genetics could have caused a bad reaction to pot. The question intrigued Lem so much that he eventually applied Spartan’s technology to a new Toronto-based venture called Lobo Genetics.

Through Lobo, he created a genetic testing device that fits in the palm of a hand and uses cells obtained through a cheek swab to measure a person’s ability to metabolize THC — the main psychoactive component in cannabis — and determine someone’s predisposition to short- and long-term side effects.

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Colorado Senator Cory Gardner: New AG must protect states' rights on marijuana

The next U.S. attorney general is going to have to respect the decision of Colorado and other states to legalize recreational and medical marijuana — at least if Republican Sen. Cory Gardner has his way.

“Whoever comes after him is going to face some pretty tough questions about where they stand on states’ rights and making sure they will stand up for states’ rights,” Gardner told The Denver Post on Thursday. “I am going to demand that the new attorney general side with the president because the president is right on states’ rights.”

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Governor-elect of Illinois aims to legalize marijuana early in his term

Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker plans to push for the legalization of recreational marijuana early in his term, he said on Wednesday. Pritzker, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner by a margin of 15 percentage points in Tuesday’s midterm elections. During the campaign, Pritzker had argued that cannabis legalization could bring the state needed revenue and address the racial injustice prevalent in the enforcement of drug laws.

Pritzker said in a television news interview that a legal cannabis industry will bring new employment opportunities in addition to taxes for the state and local governments.

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09
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Could there soon be legal recreational cannabis sales in Washington, DC?

Democratic Mayor Muriel E. Bowser of Washington, D.C. has announced that she intends to introduce legislation next year that would legalize the sale of recreational cannabis in the nation’s capital.

Bowser, who was re-elected to her position on Tuesday, sees the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections as an opportunity to implement a pot legalization measure already passed by voters.

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