North America

Fri
28
Feb

Marijuana Stocks To Watch This Week

California is ripe with opportunity for marijuana stocks. The West Coast cannabis industry is widely regarded as the largest in the world. Despite the state legalizing recreational cannabis back in 2016, California has a long history with cannabis starting back in 1996. 24 years ago, the state passed Prop 215 which is also known as the Compassionate Care Act. Prop 215 effectively allowed one of the first statewide cannabis markets to begin in the U.S. The act allowed for doctors to prescribe cannabis to patients who needed it.

Fri
28
Feb

Vape retailer says coronavirus outbreak will hit cannabis industry

As the coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc on global stock markets, one company says the unfolding crisis is bound to hit the cannabis industry.

California online vape retailer ProVape said Wednesday the coronavirus is creating issues for industry around the world as Chinese vape manufacturers are being shut down due to their government’s quarantine of millions of people.

The factory shutdowns mean shipments from China of vape hardware such as coils and batteries have dwindled to a “frightening number,” ProVape said.

Fri
28
Feb

Cannabis And Lou Gehrig’s Disease: Here’s What You Should Know

ALS causes the degeneration of nerves that control voluntary muscle movement, like those that allow us to chew, speak, and walk.

Charlie Wedemeyer was one of Hawaii’s greatest athletes when he attended Punahou School in the 1960s. He was the quarterback for the football team, but also excelled at basketball and baseball. Charlie was named the Hawaii Prep Athlete of the 1960’s and went on to play football for Michigan State.

In 1978 Charlie was the football coach at Los Gatos High School in California when he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Like many athletes before him, including the great Lou Gehrig, Charlie Wedemeyer would find a fight he could not win in ALS.

Fri
28
Feb

Here Are The Changes Needed For International Cannabis Legalization

It took twelve months of research, investigations, and interviews (and about five weeks of non-stop writing with some very late nights and a lot of coffee) to produce my book on cannabis law and regulation, which is out now with Bloomsbury Professional. It is a detailed analysis of medicinal and recreational cannabis laws and regulations in the most active international jurisdictions, scoping out where change is happening.

Fri
28
Feb

Sephora Becomes First Retailer To Create CBD Standards For Products

CBD products must now meet the Clean at Sephora standard, which states that all Sephora products are clear of 50+ ingredients that don’t meet their satisfaction.

Sephora has been devoting big chunks of time and effort into the CBD industry, pursuing partnerships with small and large companies in order to sell these products as legitimate beauty compounds. This past week, Sephora announced that they were now enforcing some standards on the CBD products in their stores, ensuring that all of their products are trusted and of high quality.

Fri
28
Feb

Is Social Acceptance Of Marijuana Closer Than We Think?

The stigma surrounding weed still exists. But it’s the simple fact that recreational consumption has now come to some of the most populous states in the country that attitudes are changing. 

Ah, the good old days. Remember?

Even just a few years ago, you could fire up that joint, or activate that vape, and suddenly you were the person at the party who everybody shunned, even in states where recreational consumption was legal. The smell of marijuana wafting through the kitchen of a host’s house could get you kicked out.

Fri
28
Feb

The Business Of Mail-Order Marijuana

While consumers in the United States can only dream of having legal cannabis arrive by mail, those in Canada have enjoyed the luxury for more than a year now — and even longer for many medical patients.

Yet, mail-order sales only accounted for 5.9% of the recreational market in September 2019 — a steep decline from the 43.4% of sales in October 2018, the first month of legalization, when only a handful of legal retail stores were open across the country.

Statistics Canada attributes the decrease in mail-order sales to the increase in brick-and-mortar cannabis stores, but mail-order marijuana providers also face ample competition from the black market and are prohibited from advertising.

Thu
27
Feb

Hempcrete’s Fireproof Street Cred Gets A Boost

Hempcrete’s reputation for fire resistance just received a lift in the USA after formal testing was carried out.

Hempcrete has traditionally been made using a combination of hemp hurd (the woody core of the hemp plant), lime and water in various proportions and has been used for centuries in construction. Hempcrete also stands the test of time. Back in 2016, we reported on 1,500 year old hempcrete in caves in India.

As with all things hemp these days, there has been a renewed surge of interest in hempcrete for use in houses and other buildings. While technology is adding new components, the basic “recipe” remains the same.

Wed
26
Feb

Can Pot Stocks Benefit From The Coronavirus Virus?

Pot stocks are highly subject to market fluctuations caused by world events. Because of this, anytime a big news story breaks, it could have either a positive or negative effect on which marijuana stocks to buy. Currently, the outbreak of the Coronavirus in several new countries has resulted in world markets tumbling by significant amounts. While this may be only for the short term, it looks like there are some ways in which pot stock investors can benefit from this news.

Wed
26
Feb

Hemp Farmers Still Searching For Companies To Buy Crop

What nobody told the farmers interested in incorporating industrial hemp into their plow and pick repertoire is that there might not be anyone out there willing to buy it after harvest. 

Cannabis advocates have spent decades preaching the need for industrial hemp production in the United States. Because not only is this plant a versatile product — one that can be used for fiber, fuel, food and even housing — they swore it would revitalize the national economy by providing the American farmer with another cash crop.

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