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The Roll-Up #58: Did Mexico Just Legalize Weed? thumbnail

The Roll-Up #58: Did Mexico Just Legalize Weed?

The Roll-Up features co-hosts Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Alyssa Yeoman in a Friday morning roundtable about the week’s top cannabis news. Leafly Podcast The Roll-Up #58: Did Mexico Just Legalize Weed? This week: Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that cannabis prohibition is unconstitutional. So does that mean you can hit a blunt on the beach in…

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Mexico’s Revolutionary Ruling: How Human Rights Law Defeated Reefer Madness thumbnail

Mexico’s Revolutionary Ruling: How Human Rights Law Defeated Reefer Madness

Earlier this week Mexico’s Supreme Court issued a fifth and binding decision that cannabis prohibition violates the country’s constitution. In theory, cannabis decriminalization is the law in Mexico. A conviction for personal use will not be upheld in the country’s highest court. In practice, local police officers have wide discretion in law enforcement, so don’t…

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FAQ: Mexico Legalized Cannabis? Not Exactly thumbnail

FAQ: Mexico Legalized Cannabis? Not Exactly

Mexico took a huge step forward on cannabis this week when the nation’s Supreme Court issued two rulings that effectively ended the country’s ban on recreational cannabis use. The change leaves Mexico in a strange spot. Prohibition is technically over, yet nothing has replaced it. Lawmakers are expected to update the nation’s drug laws in…

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Star Signs + Strains: November 2018 Horoscopes thumbnail

Star Signs + Strains: November 2018 Horoscopes

Scorpio season is here and it’s asking us to dive deep into the waters of our subconscious, determine what is and isn’t working in our lives, and clean house once we’ve figured it out. Venus continues retrograde through November 16th, so expect a few more weeks of relationship reruns and re-evaluations before she stations direct.…

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Jury Rejects ‘Stinky’ RICO Case Against Colorado Cannabis Farm thumbnail

Jury Rejects ‘Stinky’ RICO Case Against Colorado Cannabis Farm

A federal jury in Denver ruled in favor of a cannabis cultivator in southern Colorado on Wednesday, following a first-of-its-kind trial that targeted the legal cannabis industry using federal anti-racketeering laws. The case started with a civil lawsuit filed in 2015 by a Colorado couple, Hope and Michael Reilly, along with the Washington, DC-based group, Safe…

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Best Cannabis Candy of California—But Don’t Call It ‘Candy’ thumbnail

Best Cannabis Candy of California—But Don’t Call It ‘Candy’

Citing similar worries, Colorado legislators—and California regulators—prohibited candy shapes resembling “humans, animals or fruit,” effectively banning THC gummy bears while mandating that warning symbols get stamped on the actual edible. California, still in the early stages of cannabis legalization, hasn’t experienced any pushback yet on sugary weed treats, so get out there and eat those…

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Research study for medical cannabis users didn't deliver on promised compensation, participant says thumbnail

Research study for medical cannabis users didn’t deliver on promised compensation, participant says

An Alberta woman says she was left in the lurch after signing up for a research study that didn’t deliver on promised financial assistance towards buying medical cannabis. Jaeme Redgwell started using opiates to treat the pain from a 2014 accident, then began using cannabis as an alternative in 2016. But Redgewell’s long-term disability coverage didn’t cover the cost…

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History Made: Mexico’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Cannabis Prohibition thumbnail

History Made: Mexico’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Cannabis Prohibition

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Supreme Court issued two more rulings Wednesday ordering that complainants in individual cases be allowed to use marijuana for recreational purposes, establishing a precedent that a blanket prohibition on pot is unconstitutional. ‘The effects provoked by marijuana do not justify an absolute prohibition of its consumption,’ the court ruled. The…

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Getting Started in the Cannabis Extraction Industry

This article is sponsored by Vitalis Extraction, manufacturer of some of the world’s most sophisticated supercritical CO2 extraction equipment. As cannabis legalization spreads across North America, it’s bringing with it new methods of cannabis consumption. While beautiful and diverse selections of flower are easy to find in any dispensary, more and more of the products…

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Election 2018: A Complete Guide to Cannabis on the Ballot thumbnail

Election 2018: A Complete Guide to Cannabis on the Ballot

Cannabis legalization goes before the voters in a number of states on Nov. 6. This year’s highlights: Michigan and North Dakota will decide statewide measures on the legalization of adult-use cannabis. Utah and Missouri will consider medical marijuana legalization initiatives. Other states will consider smaller reforms or advisory measures, including Ohio and Wisconsin. Leafly’s political…

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Judge Halts Closure of Michigan Dispensaries on Eve of Rec Vote thumbnail

Judge Halts Closure of Michigan Dispensaries on Eve of Rec Vote

After months of battle between Michigan’s medical cannabis dispensaries and the state regulatory agency—the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Agency (LARA)—it seems that the conflict may be finally coming to an end. Officials at LARA have been trying for months to shut down certain dispensaries (known in Michigan as provisioning facilities) that have not yet…

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Would You Hit a $100K Vape? Double Barrel Gets Bejeweled thumbnail

Would You Hit a $100K Vape? Double Barrel Gets Bejeweled

From $1,000 weed grinders to rolling papers made with edible gold, the cannabis marketplace is no stranger to luxury. But Double Barrel’s new extremely limited edition $100,000 diamond-encrusted vaping device—only two have been made—elevates the trend to a whole new level of decadence and hyperbole. “If it doesn’t pull, what are we selling?”Ann Skalski, Brand…

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World’s Largest Cannabis Mega-Store Splashes Down in Las Vegas thumbnail

World’s Largest Cannabis Mega-Store Splashes Down in Las Vegas

Planet 13, the world’s largest retail cannabis store, opened to a celebrity, industry, and politician-packed crowd of VIPs Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Nevada state gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak, state Sen. Tick Segerblom and North Las Vegas mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown joined several hundred attendees at the $7.5 million Planet 13 super-store dispensary, which features 45…

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Leafly’s 2018 Midterm Election Update thumbnail

Leafly’s 2018 Midterm Election Update

Cannabis features heavily in this year’s midterms. While it may not be 2016’s election—which saw a record nine states vote on some form of legalization—it offers voters in Michigan and North Dakota the chance to OK adult-use cannabis and opens the door to medical marijuana legalization in Utah and Missouri, Beyond that, Ohio and Wisconsin…

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MedMen’s ‘Cannabis’ Trademark Try: PR Stunt or Genius Move? thumbnail

MedMen’s ‘Cannabis’ Trademark Try: PR Stunt or Genius Move?

In the middle of finalizing the biggest-ever deal in American cannabis industry history—the $682 million takeover of a rival company, announced earlier this month—Los Angeles–based MedMen was plotting something even more audacious: laying claim to the word “cannabis” itself. MedMed wants to trademark the word ‘Cannabis.’ But only on its t-shirts. Is that even a…

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What You Need to Know Before Launching a CBD Brand thumbnail

What You Need to Know Before Launching a CBD Brand

CBD products are a booming industry right now, as regulations evolve and new research suggests new health benefits for this non-psychoactive cannabinoid. But increasing consumer awareness of—and demand for—CBD products can be a double-edged sword for new producers looking to enter the marketplace. Launching any new business is tough work, and that’s even more the…

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Cannabis versus all the other drugs thumbnail

Cannabis versus all the other drugs

Cannabis use rates in Canada were on the rise well ahead of legalization, according to a new Health Canada survey. (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press) Fresh survey results from Health Canada shows cannabis use rates in Canada aren’t much higher than use rates for pharmaceutical pain relievers and sedatives. The 2017 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol…

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