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Massachusetts finally has a recreational dispensary, but it can’t sell weed yet

Massachusetts’ recreational market was supposed to open on July 1. The latest holdup is a lack of licensed labs for testing cannabis.

Massachusetts’ recreational market was slated to open on July 1st, but it only just licensed its first recreational dispensary and it likely won’t be open for weeks.

The state’s Cannabis Control Commission granted Cultivate Holdings of Leicester in central Massachusetts a license to sell recreational marijuana at its current medical dispensary. Customers won’t be able to purchase any recreational cannabis there—or anywhere else—until the CCC approves its first license for a testing lab.

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Big tobacco company Imperial Brands gets into cannabis

Imperial Brands—which markets cigarettes like Kool and Winston—invested in a UK cannabis startup.

One of the world’s largest tobacco companies, Imperial Brands, has invested in UK cannabis research start-up, Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCT), marking one of the first official moves of a tobacco company into the cannabis space. Details of the tobacco giant’s deal were not released to the public, but Business Insider reports that OCT raised nearly $10 million from Imperial Brands and other investors. Another major buyer into OCT was Snoop Dogg’s investment firm Casa Verde Capital.

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Who sets the high standards for medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana sits in limbo while politicians in the U.S continue to debate its value.

In the meantime, patients use medical marijuana to treat a wide array of symptoms in the thirty states (and Canada) where it is legal.

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Researchers say cannabis can benefit people with multiple sclerosis

After a review of scientific studies, researchers say extracts from marijuana plants can help treat pain and spasticity symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis. A systematic review recently presented at the Consortium of MS Centers in Tennessee has concluded that cannabinoids may have “modest effects in multiple sclerosis for pain or spasticity.”

Researchers looked at the safety and effectiveness of cannabis as well as studying its impact on disability and disability progression, pain, spasticity, bladder function, tremor/ataxia, quality of life, and adverse effects. Five reviews concluded that there was sufficient evidence that cannabinoids may be beneficial for symptoms of pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS).

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In Los Angeles, the unlicensed cannabis market still thrives

A slight cannabis smell wafted out as a steady stream of customers walked into a warehouse, its doors and windows covered by bars. Suddenly, police swooped in.

“Sheriff’s department! Search warrant!” a Los Angeles County deputy shouted as the team thundered through the front door and began hauling out people in handcuffs.

The Compton 20 Cap Collective just south of Los Angeles that was raided earlier this spring is one of hundreds of illegal cannabis stores operating in LA County, where marijuana is legal for anyone 21 and over and retailers must be licensed to sell to them.

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A survey suggesting homeless people have come to Colorado for the legal cannabis is attracting some heat

Over one-third of incarcerated homeless people in Colorado who have migrated to the state since 2012 have signalled legal cannabis as one of the reasons for their move, according to a new study. But there seems to be little consensus over the significance of this report, writes Calvin Hughes.

The study was commissioned by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice and surveyed 507 mostly homeless inmates across seven cities and county jails in Colorado. The results seem to bolster local law enforcement's claim that legal cannabis has been attracting homeless people to Colorado. Of course, this is not the whole story.

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'We should be lowering regulatory and other barriers to conducting cannabis research,' says Senate committee

A group of US Senators is calling on the federal government to loosen the red tape that's put a chokehold on cannabis research. In a recent report attached to the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services for Fiscal Year 2019, the Senate Appropriations Committee used strong language to push for cannabis reform, writes Calvin Hughes.

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How pot companies will destroy tons of weed they can't sell after marijuana fire sales

A stash of California cannabis is headed for the trash bin. 

Since new state regulations went into effect on July 1, California pot shops are prohibited from selling cannabis that doesn’t meet new testing and packaging standards or that exceeds new THC limits. Businesses hurried to sell tens of thousands of dollars worth of inventory by the end of June. But after the fire sales, many cannabis companies are facing a burning question: What to do with the leftovers?

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Sweet Leaf officially ceases to exist in Denver

Denver wiped itself clean of Sweet Leaf marijuana stores today, July 5, after Denver's Department of Excise and Licenses executive director Ashley Kilroy revoked all of the dispensary chain's business licenses within city limits. The decision was somewhat expected, as city hearing officer Suzanne Fasing recommended the same move in April after a five-day hearing over the fate of the company's licenses.

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Increased adult-use of cannabis products are pushing the market upward

Earlier this year, California began legal sales of cannabis products for recreational use and since then, further political changes have been planned. Meanwhile, states reap the benefits from the new growing market.

Fortune reported that, "in order to collect USD 1 Billion a year in taxes, the state will need to reach a projected USD 7 Billion in annual legal recreational cannabis sales.

At that rate, California would easily be the country's largest legal marijuana market, as the entire legal cannabis industry in the U.S. is expected to pull in roughly USD 10 Billion in total sales for 2017.

That number would almost certainly get a boost in the coming years, as legal markets grow in California and other states, such as Nevada and Massachusetts.”

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