Friday, October 9, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, October 9, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Congresswoman Helps Constituents Learn How To Buy Legal Marijuana One Day Before Maine’s Sales Begin (Marijuana Moment)

// Retail marijuana sales begin in Maine (Leafly)

// Months After Coronavirus Shutdown, Mass. Pot Shops Say Business Is Steady (WBUR)


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// Justices Look Again At High-Stakes Marijuana Case (WUFT NPR)

// Military Veterans Group Asks Federal Court To Hear Marijuana Case Challenging DEA Classification (Marijuana Moment)

// Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle backs legal marijuana in South Dakota (Argus Leader)

// Top New Mexico Lawmaker Is Hopeful State Can Legalize Marijuana In 2021 Session (Marijuana Moment)

// Trevin Jones Stripped Of August UFC Win & Fined $1,945 For Positive Marijuana Test (Jiu-Jitsu Times)

// On-demand recreational marijuana delivery comes to metro Detroit (Detroit Free Press)

// Oregon 2020 Election: Vote Yes! on Measure 109 (Canna Law Blog)


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How to get all that gunk out of your lungs and improve respiration

Today’s problems seem to be all about the lungs. From poor air quality to the coronavirus, the respiratory onslaught is relentless. As a society, we are getting used to measures like social distancing and masks but still, it’s getting harder to breathe. There are vitamins and herbs out there that improve respiration over time and […]

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Friday, August 28, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, August 28, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Nebraska Medical Marijuana Initiative Heads To Ballot After Secretary Of State Rejects Challenge (Marijuana Moment)

// DEA’s Hemp And CBD Rules Raise Concerns About Potential Crackdown, Industry Insiders Say (Marijuana Moment)

// Florida medical marijuana sales expected to rise as edibles approved (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Columbia Care to close on major deal to acquire Colorado marijuana retailer (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California Legislature still weighing significant marijuana and hemp bills in final days of session (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Oregon’s marijuana sales continue to soar during coronavirus pandemic (Oregon Live)

// Vireo Health Revenues Rise, But So Do Losses (Green Market Report)

// Jushi Holdings Q2 Revenue Increases 73% Sequentially to $14.9 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Study: Vaping-related lung illnesses much lower in states with legal cannabis (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Elephant Will Be Given CBD To Treat Stress After Death Of Companion, Zoo Says (Marijuana Moment)


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Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// ‘It rained fire’: A California cannabis grower’s hellish wildfire fight (Leafly)

// Biden Administration Will Pursue Marijuana Decriminalization, VP Pick Harris Says (Marijuana Moment)

// Vermont Lawmakers Approach Legal Marijuana Sales Agreement Amid Conference Negotiations (Marijuana Moment)


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// Green Thumb Industries Looks to Raise $150 Million (THC Net)

// More licensed cannabis stores coming to Manitoba (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Jamaica reports $1.3 million in B2B cannabis trade as license issuances rise (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Washington State Wants Help Studying Smelly Marijuana Business Emissions (Marijuana Moment)

// The Feds Are Refusing to Give COVID PPE Supplies to Businesses That Sell CBD (Merry Jane)

// Colorado Towns Considering New Marijuana Businesses (Denver Westword)

// International Coloring Book Publisher Signs Contract with ‘Father of Legal Cannabis’ Global Entrepreneur Steven DeAngelo (EIN Presswire)


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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Chart: Adult-use cannabis sales remain steady even as unemployment bonus ends (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Inventory growth of Canadian cannabis edibles/beverages far outpaces sales (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Vermont Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales Finally Scheduled For Key Meeting (Marijuana Moment)


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// Cannabis E-Commerce Enabler Dutchie Raises $35 Million to Fund Expansion (New Cannabis Ventures)

// USDA on Colorado’s State Hemp Plan: Try Again (Denver Westword)

// Tim Leslie Out as CEO of Leafly After 18 Months (THC Net)

// Biden’s Marijuana Decriminalization Plan Is ‘Meaningless,’ Democratic Congressman Says (Marijuana Moment)

// Advocates Unveil Guide For Psychedelic Healing Ceremonies They Hope To Legalize In Oakland (Marijuana Moment)

// DEA’s Marijuana Delays Are Costing Americans Jobs, Bipartisan Lawmakers Say (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana Business License Delays Complicate Illinois’ Goal To Diversify Industry (St. Louis Public Radio)


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Vapor Central Re-opens Cannabis Lounge to the Public

On August 14th, 2020, Toronto’s Vapor Central re-opened their cannabis lounge, providing a cannabis-friendly event center and safe public smoking space… despite this pandemic. How? The measures they are taking are pretty extensive. It’s a bold move forward but for the stoner community in Toronto, this reopening offers a breath of fresh air. At first, […]

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Democratic State Treasurers Step Up Marijuana Banking Push Following GOP Attacks (Marijuana Moment)

// Local Marijuana Bans In California Keep Illicit Market Alive And Block Revenue, Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)

// Portland likely to miss out on Maine’s first adult-use marijuana sales (Sun Journal (Press Herald))


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// Marijuana Activists Ask Supreme Court To Hear Their Case Against DEA (Marijuana Moment)

// Colorado Rec Shoppers Switching Back To Medical (Green Market Report)

// Ownership equity threshold stirs debate at CCC (Taunton Gazette)

// Massachusetts Senate primary begs the question: Which candidate loves legalization least? (Leafly)

// Curaleaf Q2 Revenue Increases 22% sequentially to $117.5 million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Marijuana company will destroy $2.6 million inventory of year-old vapes (Boston Globe)

// Seth Rogen’s Pandemic PSA: Swap Partying For Weed And Movies (Fresh Toast)


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Friday, August 14, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, August 14, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Montana Will Vote On Two Marijuana Legalization Measures In November, State Confirms (Marijuana Moment)

// GrowGen Q2 Revenue Increases 123% to $43.5 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Colorado’s $158M in June recreational cannabis sales sets mark amid COVID (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// State prisons: FL lawmakers intensify calls for low-security inmate releases as death toll hits 75 (Florida Phoenix)

// Predicted California marijuana business failures haven’t happened, and COVID played a role (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Four More Ohio Cities Will Vote On Marijuana Decriminalization This November (Marijuana Moment)

// Sundial Cannabis Sales Increase 44% Sequentially to C$20.2 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Schwazze Generates $5.4 Million Revenue in Q2 (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Most Americans in Weed-Legal States Do Not Regret Voting in Favor of Legalization (Merry Jane)

// Marijuana Business Daily again makes Inc. 5000 list (Marijuana Business Daily)


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Thursday, August 13, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, August 13, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Trulieve’s Revenue Keeps Climbing As Company Increases Guidance (Green Market Report)

// Green Thumb Industries Q2 Revenue Grows 17% Sequentially to $120 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Where Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)


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// Virginia’s potential $50 million medical cannabis program poised to launch (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Vape pens outdistance other ‘Cannabis 2.0’ products in Canada, data shows (Marijuana Business Daily)

// ‘It’s not cannabis’: Alta. farmer hopes to nip hemp stealing in the bud (CTV News)

// Fyllo Raises $10 Million To Expand Beyond Cannabis (Green Market Report)

// Oklahoma medical marijuana sales on pace to double 2019 numbers (Marijuana Business Daily)

// USDA Explains Why It’s Denying Hemp Farmers Access To Coronavirus Relief Benefits (Marijuana Moment)

// Controversial cannabis chain rebrands all stores in Canada after backlash over Hobo name (BlogTO)


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Controversy Over Cannabis Clause in COVID Recovery Bill

Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi touched a raw nerve in America’s culture wars when she stood up for a provision long sought by the cannabis industry as a condition in the Democrats’ coronavirus recovery package. It turned into a public spat with the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and won Pelosi much derision from conservatives. 

A review of the facts reveals that, even if Pelosi did not play her cards impeccably, the provision isn’t so funny after all. And neither is the notion that cannabis is “essential” in this time of crisis.

Pelosi Plugs SAFE Banking Act

At issue is the Secure & Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which has now been folded into the Democrats’ recovery package. The SAFE Banking Act passed the House last September but faces a challenge in the Republican-controlled Senate. The measure would reform banking regulations impacting institutions that handle cannabis-related accounts – allowing cannabis businesses operating in conformity with state law to access financial services. A group of attorneys general from 38 states and territories penned an open letter urging Congress to pass the bill last year.

Under current federal law, financial institutions face stiff penalties for carrying out business with cannabis enterprises, as the 1970 Controlled Substance Act classes cannabis a Schedule 1 controlled substance, with no legitimate medical purpose.  

At a July 31 press conference, Pelosi was challenged by a reporter, who said that the SAFE Banking Act was “not directly related to COVID.”

“I don’t agree with you that cannabis is not related to this,” Pelosi replied, according to a transcript from The Hill. “This is a therapy that has proven successful.”  

With Congress notoriously deadlocked on the package, it was inevitable GOP leaders would seize on this remark as propaganda ammo. 

The Democrats’ $3.4 trillion stimulus package, dubbed the Health & Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, was approved by the House in May. It notes that the controversial provision would allow “access to financial services to cannabis-related legitimate businesses and service providers,” while limiting the amount of cash handled by those businesses.  

Senate Republicans have countered with a $1.1 trillion package, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection & Schools (HEALS) Act. As USA Today notes, it also includes some measures that are pretty extraneous to the COVID-19 crisis – such as approximately $1.8 billion in funding for a new FBI building at its current location in Washington, DC.

Cultural Conservatives Hit Back

McConnell (despite having shepherded through the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp and hemp-derived CBD) wasted little time in pouncing on Pelosi’s comment. 

“She said that, with respect to this virus, marijuana is ‘a therapy that has proven successful.’ You can’t make this up,” he said, according to C-SPAN footage transcribed by Marijuana Moment. He added with smug sarcasm: “I hope she shares her breakthrough with Dr. Fauci” – a reference to National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci, leading figure on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted: “Incredibly irresponsible – Pelosi just doubled down on her $3 trillion dollar cannabis legislation, falsely claiming that it’s a proven therapy for coronavirus. Hey Nancy, let’s focus on the pandemic. Not pot.”

The next to pounce was the anti-legalization lobbying group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which said that including the provision “makes no sense.” 

“Numerous industries have been forced to completely shut down and have made great sacrifices to comply with shutdowns and limitations on their business operations. The marijuana industry has been a painfully obvious exception to this. This industry has used its lobbying arm to force state officials to keep their storefronts open, sued leaders who shut them down, and bragged incessantly about their revenues,” SAM President Kevin Sabet said, according to The Hill.

“Simply put, we cannot allow much-needed aid bills such as this to be loaded up with the wish lists of Big Pot,” he concluded. “Thankfully, due to conversations with key members of Congress and continued advocacy by SAM’s supporters, it is unlikely these provisions will make it to the president’s desk.”

But the National Cannabis Industry Association was just as quick with the counter-punch, stressing the importance of the industry’s ability to avoid handling cash during the pandemic.

“Given the nearly quarter of a million people employed by the cannabis industry and the potential dangers associated with being essential service providers during this pandemic, it is vital that these workers not be forced to deal with additional risks created by cash-only transactions. We strongly urge the House to pass this legislation and hope the Senate will seriously consider the health and safety impacts caused by lack of access to banking,” an NCAI official was quoted by The Hill.

Cannabis and COVID-19: What the Science Says

Pelosi admittedly committed a tactical error in implying (although not actually stating) that cannabis has “proven successful” in treating COVID-19. The Food & Drug Administration has already sent warning letters to companies making claims about the benefits of CBD products in treating coronavirus, according to USA Today.

However, granting Pelosi some wiggle room, we can note that cannabis has other therapeutic properties that become more critical in times of crisis – such as stress relief. This may be evidenced by booming sales in states that have legalized, in spite of record levels of unemployment.

But cannabinoids may indeed hold therapeutic potential for COVID-19 – even if it has not yet been “proven.” CBS News reports that scientists at the University of Nebraska and Texas Biomedical Research Institute are recommending the study of CBD as a potential treatment for lung inflammation caused by COVID-19. The scholars put out their call last month in a peer-reviewed article in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity journal.

Emily Earlenbaugh of Mindful Cannabis Consulting explained to CBSN that the researchers’ hopes pin upon CBD’s ability to affect cytokines—proteins involved in cell signaling and especially critical in inflammation and immune response. In COVID-19 patients, the immune system can overreact and release too many cytokines, creating a so-called “cytokine storm.”

“Cytokines will normally help to create inflammation to fight off infections,” Earlenbaugh said. “But in these extreme cases, you see so much cytokines being released into the system that it creates a cytokine storm. You might see high fever, inflammation, severe fatigue and nausea, and in serious cases, it can lead to death through organ failure.” 

Research has already shown CBD’s effectiveness in inhibiting production of one cytokine, known as IL-6.

An overview of the research by Project CBD notes that British medical journal The Lancet has drawn attention to “accumulating evidence” that indicates “patients with severe COVID-19 might have a cytokine storm syndrome.” A report in Science Daily cites findings that this syndrome may have been behind many of the 50 million deaths associated with the 1918-20 “Spanish flu” pandemic. A 2015 study in Mediators of Inflammation journal found CBD inhibited IL-6 cytokine production in asthma patients.

In an analysis for Project CBD, Dr. Matthew Elmes, director of new product development for California cannabis company Care By Design, saw a possible role for CBD in treating COVID-19, but warned that “clickbait headlines” risked delegitimizing the entire enterprise before the research is in.  

“Unvetted science is fueling COVID-19 misinformation,” Elmes wrote. “More than ever, we need the critical eye of scientists during the peer-review process to help vet the bullsh*t.”

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