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Sep

Tough cannabis testing standards are straining sales, local dispensaries say

In the era of legal cannabis, regulations are the name of the game, but stringent potency and purity tests across the state are keeping nearly 18 percent of cannabis products from hitting the dispensary shelves, according to state-provided data.

A little more than 1,900 marijuana samples failed tests through Aug. 29. While small numbers of failed products came from pesticide contamination or E. coli, the vast majority were found to have a different amount of THC than what was listed on the label.

Some dispensary representatives say the testing policies are holding products to a tight standard and leaving a small margin for error. The products must test within 10 percent of the product’s claimed potency, according to the state’s rules.

Fri
14
Sep

5 Ways creatives are fixing cannabis’s image problem

On a big red billboard above Los Angeles, an elderly woman strikes a jaunty pose. She sports stylish sunglasses and bright lipstick. Beside her, the bold epithet “stoner” has been crossed out and replaced with “grandmother.” “Who is she?” I wondered when I saw the ad, which graced the skyline for three weeks this April.

As it turns out, her name is Barbara Rubin, and, in addition to enjoying cannabis-infused chocolate, she’s an avid hula-hooper with a Ph.D. I learned her backstory on the ad campaign’s dedicated website, Forgetstoner.com, which also features profiles of other cannabis aficionados, including a designer, a police officer, and a former offensive lineman in the NFL.

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14
Sep

One of Canada’s largest cannabis companies is surging after getting approval to export new products to Germany

Shares of Tilray surged as much as 9% in premarket trading on Thursday after the Canadian medical-cannabis producer said it had received regulatory approval to export more products to Germany.

Tilray’s medical-cannabis oil was already on shelves in German pharmacies. The company will soon be able to sell its whole-flower products in addition, making it the only producer that sells both types in Germany.

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14
Sep

The first medicinal cannabis kitchen of its kind in the United States will debut in Arizona

The Mint Dispensary, operator of one of the largest medicinal cannabis dispensaries in the United States, is launching the country’s first full-service cannabis kitchen in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday, Oct. 5.

Patients seeking relief through medicinal cannabis can now access freshly prepared, cannabis-infused meals created by a professional chef at the dispensary’s 12,000-square-foot Tempe location.

Thu
13
Sep

Canada: Calgary scraps proposal to allow people to use legal pot in designated areas

After some sober second thought the City of Calgary has ground out the idea of allowing people to use marijuana in four designated public areas once cannabis becomes legal next month. A proposal called for setting aside four areas in Ward 9 that would be exempt from Calgary's cannabis consumption bylaw.

The bylaw prohibits the consumption of recreational cannabis in any form in public places. But after hearing what it calls significant feedback from the community, the city says the idea of granting exemptions in Ward 9 has been scrapped.

Thu
13
Sep

How marijuana users are being shut out of public housing

While medical marijuana may be legal in certain states, it remains illegal at the federal level. This contradiction can lead to many repercussions, and one of the big ones revolves around housing, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Thu
13
Sep

These industries are most likely to produce marijuana users

There isn't really any demographic or characteristic that defines marijuana users. People of all races, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds all use cannabis. But apparently your profession may somewhat contribute to the likelihood that you're a stoner, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Thu
13
Sep

University of Alberta lays out new cannabis rules, including designated consumption areas

The University of Alberta is embracing Canada’s legalization of cannabis.

For many colleges and universities, the idea of cannabis on campus is a nonstarter. Where cannabis laws don’t expressly forbid consumption or possession of marijuana at schools, school administrators have set clear policies prohibiting them.

In the United States, these bans are so strict that they often prevent students with illness from bringing and taking their medicine at school, and have thus prompted legal challenges. In Canada, however, universities are taking a more progressive approach.

Thu
13
Sep

Medical marijuana system will continue after legalization, says Health Canada

Review will be done within 5 years after legalization on Oct. 17.

Health Canada will continue operating the medical marijuana system after recreational use of cannabis is legalized next month, but it will be reviewed within five years. 

The announcement came in response to a call last month from the Canadian Medical Association — which represents doctors in this country — asking that the medical marijuana system be phased out post-legalization.

Thu
13
Sep

Report identifies $6.6 million price tag for legalizing marijuana in ND, but tax revenue unknown

Legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota will cost state agencies and local governments more than $6.6 million over the next few years, according to estimates lawmakers received Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12.

But some other costs, as well as potential tax revenue, remain unknown, the report said.

The measure will ask voters in November to legalize “non-violent marijuana related activity” for people over 21, except for selling to minors. It would also create a process for expunging records of those previously convicted of a crime that’s legalized by the measure.

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