Clean the air with Cannabis – An Environmental Wordsearch

BC is burning. Forests all over the world are in flames right now. When you also consider all the effects of air pollution and carbon emissions, the threat to our lungs has gotten quite real.  According to the Annual State of the Global Air Report published by the Health Effects Institute (HEI), ninety percent of […]

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee (Marijuana Moment)

// Montana Bill To Implement Marijuana Legalization Heads To Governor’s Desk (Marijuana Moment)

// Confirmed: Pennsylvania Is Crushing It In Cannabis (Green Market Report)


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// Minnesota Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Ninth House Committee On Path To Floor (Marijuana Moment)

// Texas Lawmakers Approve Marijuana And Psychedelics Reform Bills (Marijuana Moment)

// Fire & Flower Q4 Revenue Increases 157% to $43.2 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Valens Buys CBD Company In Deal Valued At $60 Million (Green Market Report)

// These License Plates Got the Highest Bids in Colorado’s Cannabis Vanity Plate Auction (Green Entrepreneur)

// Marijuana Packaging Recycling Bill Filed In New York Days After Legalization Takes Effect (Marijuana Moment)

// Seth Rogen Is Making Retro PSAs About How To Safely Consume Marijuana (Bro Bible)

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5 Simple Ways to Be a Sustainable Cannabis Consumer

There are as many ways to use cannabis as there are cannabis consumers. Unfortunately, most of those consumption methods have a major downside: They create a bunch of waste in the process.

Cannabis business attorney Sylvia Chi says the most concerning environmental issue for the cannabis consumer is excessive packaging, especially when you compare cannabis packaging to non-medicated food packaging.

“There are definitely better ways to do it,” Chi says. “There aren’t good ways to reuse or recycle; most dispensaries say they can’t accept used jars, not to mention all the other packaging. What are you supposed to do with a huge stash of glass jars? Make candles?”

Chi also questions the usefulness of recycling in general, as recent upheavals in the market have lead to more recyclables ending up in landfills.

According to a July 2018 report from the EPA, American citizens recycle about 34.7 percent of waste that can be recycled. The United States usually sends about half of that plastic overseas to be recycled, but as of Jan. 1, China stopped accepting foreign waste — thereby rerouting millions of tons of recyclable products into the landfill or the ocean this year.

However, one company called PL28 is actively cleaning plastic from the oceans and turning it into packaging for the cannabis industry. Jayson Adam Stewart, founder and CEO of PL28, says that his company chose to focus on the cannabis industry first because “we have an opportunity right now to shape how the industry grows, so bad habits don’t become too ingrained to fix.”

“Ocean plastic costs about the same as virgin plastic and 90 percent of plastic can be replaced with ocean plastic, so there really is no excuse,” Stewart says. “Consumers need to hold brands responsible for their choice of materials.”

Chi agrees that cannabis consumers have the purchasing power to reward companies attempting to fix pollution problems.

“As a consumer, I prefer to patronize companies with environmentally friendly practices, but am also wary about greenwashing,” she says, citing the practice of companies who attempt to appear sustainable despite acting otherwise. “As an attorney, I know that even though the law prohibits making deceptive claims and requires substantiation for environmental claims, lots of companies still get away with claims that are not sufficiently specific or qualified.”

Fighting greenwashing is especially difficult in the cannabis industry because the federal government refuses to certify cannabis products through its various environmental certification programs. While there are some private certification programs that have emerged without oversight from the government, individual states have been slowly building their own certification programs.

In California, for example, the state is required to establish an organic certification program by 2021 that’s comparable to the National Organic Program. Until then, Chi says, “consumers will mostly have to take it on faith when grower claim they’re using organic-like production methods.”

Beyond thinking about how your cannabis is packaged and certified, here are five other ways to ensure you are a sustainable cannabis consumer:

Using a hempwick helps to optimize the smoking experience and reduce the use of disposable lighters. Photo Gracie Malley for Cannabis Now.

1) Purchase From a Local Source

Purchasing cannabis from a local source makes sense for a number of reasons. Similar to why many environmentalists recommend eating local food, by purchasing local cannabis, more money stays within your community, the product is less likely to be spoiled or tampered with and you’ve reduced the distance the cannabis had to be shipped, which promotes better air quality and reduces pollution. Buying (or bartering) locally also can support small, organic farmers, making it less likely they will need to become part of a larger company to survive. Finally, you might be fortunate enough to get to know the product’s story and develop a relationship with your neighbors who produced it. Strong communities of growers and patients are crucial for keeping medicine affordable.

2) Grow Your Own Outdoors

Many states now have laws in place that allow medical or adult-use consumers to grow their own supply. If you are not able to grow your own, either due to physical limitations or because it is not allowed where you live, your state likely still allows patients to delegate this delicate task to a caregiver. Grow outdoors whenever possible to reduce energy use. There is no shortage of online and print resources on the topic of environmentally friendly growing methods. Keep in mind there are sustainable options for water supply, light sources, soil and pesticides.

3) Avoid Vape Waste

Disposable vape pens and cartridges are one of the most convenient ways to get cannabinoids into your system, but they create hoards of toxic waste and are not necessarily healthier than smoking. Pre-filled vape pens are not regulated for safety and the heating mechanism can transform solvents, flavoring agents and additives into carcinogens and dangerous toxins. Until recycling programs for vape batteries and cartridges are more widespread, consider purchasing a refillable vape. While some cities such as San Francisco are also starting to spread awareness about vape waste and are pushing to hold manufacturers accountable, it’s best to avoid disposable vapes until the vape recycling is available in your area.

4) Smoke Sustainably

Have you ever thought about the long-term health effects of inhaling butane from lighters or burned sulfur from matches? In addition to the health risks, lighters also emit flint powder and destroy terpenes. The solution? Hempwick! This is hemp twine dipped in beeswax that burns at a safer and more delicious temperature, plus it reduces how many disposable lighters end up in the landfill.

5) Buy Clean Green Certified Cannabis

Thanks to federal prohibition, marijuana cannot be officially referred to as an organic product because the USDA does not yet recognize it as a legitimate crop. Instead, for cannabis producers, Clean Green Certified is the next best option to the official organic seal. Since 2004, Clean Green Certified has been inspecting and approving producers who use sustainable, natural, organic practices. Until marijuana is legalized on a federal level, the cannabis industry will continue to innovate on its own and build its own sustainable systems — and conscious consumers should do their part to reward those companies and cultivators taking the extra step of respecting the earth.

TELL US, what steps do you take to smoke sustainably?

Originally published in Issue 33 of Cannabis Now. LEARN MORE

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Thursday, January 30, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Thursday, January 30, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Colorado Marijuana And Beer Companies Will Partner To Boost Energy Efficiency, Governor Announces (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana Regulatory Agency releases marijuana event rules (Huron Daily Tribune)

// Oklahoma Cannabis Market Outpaces That of Most States (New Cannabis Ventures)


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// Marijuana law firm that helped Parnas and Fruman’s political rise cuts its ties (McClatchy DC)

// Eaze Insights- 2019 State of Cannabis report is here (Eaze)

// Berkeley Will Be the Next City in California to Allow Pot Consumption Lounges (Merry Jane)

// Santa Cruz Just Decriminalized All Natural Psychedelics (Merry Jane)

// Marijuana Tourism Will Boost Tax Revenue Illinois Governor Says In State Of The State Speech (Marijuana Moment)

// High Times Ditches Dreams of NASDAQ Listing (New Cannabis Ventures)

// MJBizDaily acquires The Emerald Conference to boost science reach (Marijuana Business Daily)


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

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Friday, February 14, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Los Angeles County expunges 66,000 marijuana convictions in a day (Leafly)

// Aurora Cannabis reports steep loss, production drop, and higher costs (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California unions ask state’s Democrats to shut out major cannabis trade group (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Baker’s anti-stoned driving bill is dead- but marijuana cafes and employee protections move ahead in Legislature (Boston Globe)

// Scientists Find Aluminum Cans Suck Cannabinoids Out of Infused Beverages (Merry Jane)

// Taxes a big factor behind the financial woes of California marijuana companies (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Scotland Opens First Medical Cannabis Clinic to Treat Chronic Pain (Merry Jane)

// A Psychedelics Company Is About to List on a Public Stock Exchange (Merry Jane)

// California ‘vape art’ exhibit flashes bright light on waste issue (Reuters)

// Las Vegas dispensary offers free joints to Nevada primary voters (Leafly)


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

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Friday, February 14, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Los Angeles County expunges 66,000 marijuana convictions in a day (Leafly)

// Aurora Cannabis reports steep loss, production drop, and higher costs (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California unions ask state’s Democrats to shut out major cannabis trade group (Marijuana Business Daily)


These headlines are brought to you by Atlantic Farms, a Maine-based multistate cannabis business with operations in Maine and Massachusetts. Atlantic Farms is looking for people to help it grow and evolve as investors. Open up TheAtlanticFarms.com for more on the company and email info@theatlanticfarms.com to learn about investment opportunities.


// Baker’s anti-stoned driving bill is dead- but marijuana cafes and employee protections move ahead in Legislature (Boston Globe)

// Scientists Find Aluminum Cans Suck Cannabinoids Out of Infused Beverages (Merry Jane)

// Taxes a big factor behind the financial woes of California marijuana companies (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Scotland Opens First Medical Cannabis Clinic to Treat Chronic Pain (Merry Jane)

// A Psychedelics Company Is About to List on a Public Stock Exchange (Merry Jane)

// California ‘vape art’ exhibit flashes bright light on waste issue (Reuters)

// Las Vegas dispensary offers free joints to Nevada primary voters (Leafly)


Check out our other projects:
Marijuana Today— Our flagship title, a weekly podcast examining the world of marijuana business and activism with some of the smartest people in the industry and movement.
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Thursday, January 30, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Thursday, January 30, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Colorado Marijuana And Beer Companies Will Partner To Boost Energy Efficiency, Governor Announces (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana Regulatory Agency releases marijuana event rules (Huron Daily Tribune)

// Oklahoma Cannabis Market Outpaces That of Most States (New Cannabis Ventures)


These headlines are brought to you by Curaleaf, one of the leading vertically-integrated cannabis operators in the U.S. With legal medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, and processing facilities all over the United States, Curaleaf has served more than 165,000 medical cannabis patients and looks forward to helping many more long into the future. Swing over to Curaleaf.com to learn more about this very cool company!


// Marijuana law firm that helped Parnas and Fruman’s political rise cuts its ties (McClatchy DC)

// Eaze Insights- 2019 State of Cannabis report is here (Eaze)

// Berkeley Will Be the Next City in California to Allow Pot Consumption Lounges (Merry Jane)

// Santa Cruz Just Decriminalized All Natural Psychedelics (Merry Jane)

// Marijuana Tourism Will Boost Tax Revenue Illinois Governor Says In State Of The State Speech (Marijuana Moment)

// High Times Ditches Dreams of NASDAQ Listing (New Cannabis Ventures)

// MJBizDaily acquires The Emerald Conference to boost science reach (Marijuana Business Daily)


Check out our other projects:
Marijuana Today— Our flagship title, a weekly podcast examining the world of marijuana business and activism with some of the smartest people in the industry and movement.
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Space Case: There’s A New Branch Of The US Military Called The Space Force

On December 20, 2019, Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, effectively creating the sixth branch of the country’s armed forces, the United States Space Force (USSF). Yet despite its formidable name, the Space Force is not so much an entirely new division of the military as it is a re-designation of what was previously known as the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC).

The establishment of the AFSPC goes back to September, 1982, when U.S. tensions with the Soviet Union ran especially high. The organization was tasked with keeping one eye on missiles while overseeing spacecraft launch operations, and keeping the other eye on satellites while surveilling space. Over the decades, the AFSPC became the go-to military unit for the latest technological breakthroughs in satellite communications, meteorology, and GPS, eventually expanding its mission areas to include cyberspace.

A Period of Transition

Now, about 16,000 military and civilian personnel in the AFSPC are being re-assigned to the brand-new USSF. The emergent organization’s first Chief of Space Operations is General Jay Raymond, leader of the U.S. Space Command, one of the United States Department of Defense’s unified combatant commands. The Space Force defines itself as “a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.” Its responsibilities include “developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands.”

While those assigned to the AFSPC will be technically re-assigned to the United States Space Force, the Air Force will contact everybody “to inform them whether their specialty code is organic to the Space Force, organic to the Air Force, or shared between Air Force and Space Forces,” according to a Space Force document.

Meanwhile, there are plans to turn some existing Air Force bases into ones that are devoted exclusively to the USSF, as well as possible plans for new uniforms down the line. For now, however, the Space Force will look a lot like the Air Force. Service members in the other branches of the military can request transfers if they’d like to be a part of the United States Space Force, too.

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