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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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What You Need to Know to Become a Legal Cannabis Grower in Canada thumbnail

What You Need to Know to Become a Legal Cannabis Grower in Canada

Growing cannabis is easy, selling in a government- and corporate-dominated environment of post-legalization isn’t. But it’s not impossible. And Western Canadian Cannabis Consultants (WCCC) is trying to help growers and would-be growers navigate the intricately complicated world of government regulation to get their product to market by holding a free Craft Cannabis Micro Cultivation Licensing…

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Want to grow your own weed? Read this first thumbnail

Want to grow your own weed? Read this first

Canadian federal law now allows adults to grow as many as four marijuana plants at home for personal use. (Manitobans and Quebeckers are prohibited from doing so by provincial law, and municipalities and landlords could add more restrictions.) Jon Bent is shown with some of his cannabis crop at his farm in rural Manitoba. (Colin…

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In Nevada, Legal Cannabis Added $1 Billion Impact to State Economy thumbnail

In Nevada, Legal Cannabis Added $1 Billion Impact to State Economy

Nevada’s legal cannabis industry generated nearly $1 billion in total output activity for the state’s economy in its first year of legalized recreational sales, a top industry group said Friday. Cannabis brought at least 8,300 full-time jobs to Nevada, an industry association said. The state recorded $529.9 million in taxable cannabis sales during the fiscal year…

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San Jose Cannabis Tourism City Guide 2019 thumbnail

San Jose Cannabis Tourism City Guide 2019

While San Jose may lack the colorful counterculture history of nearby cities like San Francisco and Oakland, this South Bay metropolis—now the third largest city in California—has transformed from orchards and farmland into the “valley of genius,” a futuristic home of high-tech businesses. With only 16 licensed dispensaries, there’s not as many options for pot…

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Medicine or myth? thumbnail

Medicine or myth?

The College of Family Physicians of Canada drew the ire of Canadian cannabis advocates in February, when it published a set of guidelines meant to help primary-care physicians decide when to prescribe cannabis. Cannabis and its chemical constituents, concluded the guidelines published in the medical journal Canadian Family Physician, “are not recommended for most patients and…

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