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Tue
10
Jul

The curious case of the cannabis Aphid

At the time, the bugs crawling on Steve Bailey’s new cannabis plants didn’t seem particularly special. They weren’t even all that annoying.

It was early 2016, during the first few months of Oregon’s legal recreational marijuana market, and a Portland company was running a “grow the best clone” contest. Entrants each received cuttings of the same strain from the same source to see who could grow it best.

And the clones received by Bailey and his partners at Bull Run, a craft “farm-to-jar” cannabis brand with cultivation operations in Boring, Oregon, had bugs.

Tue
10
Jul

Happy 710! Celebrating National Dab day

Most people who are familiar with cannabis recognize 4/20, either via its definitive history or the myths surrounding it.

The number “420” has roots in cannabis more than 30 years deep, but a more recent cannabis holiday is taking the cannabis community by storm: 7/10, also known as Oil Day or, more affectionately, Dab Day.

Tue
10
Jul

Recreational cannabis petition comes to new Hampshire, and early polls look promising

Support for cannabis legalization is starting to grow in New Hampshire. After the legalization movement stalled earlier this year, Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn (D) has introduced a petition he hopes will put cannabis on the state's November ballot, writes Calvin Hughes.

Tue
10
Jul

South Carolina’s industrial hemp expansions taking shape

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture announced it has received 162 industrial hemp applications for 2019, according to a WYFF report. The state is doubling the number of industrial hemp farmers from 20 to 40 — and doubling their allowed acreage from 20 acres to 40 acres — for next year’s harvest.

Tue
10
Jul

What's holding up Michigan's medical marijuana licenses?

As Michigan residents prepare to vote on adult-use cannabis legalization this November, the state’s 220,000 medical marijuana patients are still wondering when the state will start licensing their MMJ dispensaries.

There are 540 cannabis license applicants. Only 19 are currently being processed, and 8 of those have already been rejected.

Medical marijuana was legalized in Michigan in 2008, but state officials didn’t address regulations and licensing until 2016, when Michigan legislators passed the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.

Mon
09
Jul

Cannabis cash left out of budget, but New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says it's coming

New Jersey did not legalize recreational marijuana as part of the state's newly enacted budget, but Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and a key lawmaker say it will get done soon.

Advocates of legalization say they're trying to overcome decades of stigma as well as a federal prohibition in an effort to make New Jersey the latest state to legalize cannabis. But they say they remain optimistic that bills will pass the Democrat-led Legislature this year. Opponents point to the legalization effort's slow going as a sign the effort could stall out.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana.

Mon
09
Jul

The love drug: can marijuana improve our sex lives?

Claiming cannabis can do wonders in bed, the industry offers items ranging from lubricants to apparently sex-enhancing teas.

In India, practitioners of tantric sex incorporated cannabis into their acrobatics as early as 700 AD. In the 1930s, Fusion found, young Russian brides used a mixture of cannabis and lamb fat to reduce the discomfort of losing their virginity.

Today the cannabis industry is willing to attribute almost any positive attribute to the plant. But when it comes to sex, insiders speak with conviction.

Mon
09
Jul

Corona owner’s Constellation Brands make $700 million from marijuana investment

Last fall, Constellation Brands invested $200 million in Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth.

Less than a year after Corona’s parent company Constellation Brands announced it was investing in Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corp, the company’s CEO has announced that it has made more than $700 million on the deal, according to Bloomberg.

Mon
09
Jul

'Our veterans deserve better,' congressperson calls on VA to allow medical marijuana research

As cannabis remains illegal federally, agencies like Veterans Affairs have little ability to provide medical marijuana to vets, but California Democrat Lou Correa is hoping to change. Congressman Correa has introduced legislation that would make it clear that VA can legally perform cannabis research and decide for itself what would be help veterans in need, writes Calvin Hughes.

Mon
09
Jul

Oklahoma: Medical industry pushes for THC limits on medical marijuana

Although a large majority of public comments about State Question 788 urged the Oklahoma State Department of Health not to impose cannabinoid percentage limits for medical marijuana products, records show multiple medical industry officials support the proposed strict regulations.

However, a doctor who specializes in the scientific study of cannabis says limitations on product potency will diminish the spirit of the ballot measure approved last month that rightly gives wide latitude to medical professionals.

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