Wednesday March 10, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Nearly 30,000 Californians Just Had Felony Weed Offenses Reduced to Misdemeanors (Merry Jane)

// Two-Thirds Of Marylanders Now Support Legalizing Recreational Use Of Marijuana Goucher College, Poll Says (Yahoo News)

// Oklahoma’s medical cannabis dispensary licenses decline for the first time (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Curaleaf to Buy European Cannabis Operator EMMAC for $286 Million in Cash and Stock (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Curaleaf Reports Full Year Revenue Of $653 Million (Green Market Report)

// Marijuana Would Not Count Against Immigrants’ ‘Good Moral Character’ Under New Congressional Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// Rhode Island Senate Leaders Unveil Marijuana Legalization Bill As Governor Prepares Competing Plan (Marijuana Moment)

// Hawaii Senate Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill And Separate Decriminalization Expansion Proposal (Marijuana Moment)

// Two New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bills Advance Through Senate Committee As Session’s End Nears (Marijuana Moment)

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Tuesday March 9, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Mexico’s landmark cannabis bill one step closer to becoming law (Reuters)

// D.C. Can Take Steps Toward Legalizing Marijuana Sales Amid Congressional Ban Feds Conclude (Marijuana Moment)

// MindMed Finds One Investor For C$19 Million Offering (Green Market Report)


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// One-third of Canadian cannabis users consumed more during pandemic (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Marijuana Legalization Bill Has ’60-40′ Odds Of Passing Connecticut Governor Says Adding He’s Open To Homegrow (Marijuana Moment)

// Hawaii Governor Has ‘Concerns’ About Legalization Bill Advancing In Legislature (Marijuana Moment)

// Colorado Bill Would Require Schools To Store Cannabis-Based Medicines For Student Use (Marijuana Moment (Colorado Newsline))

// Pot advocates cry foul on Noem using state funds for lawsuit (Associated Press)

// Biden’s USDA Secretary Gives Final Approval To Hemp Rules Despite Ongoing Industry Concerns (Marijuana Moment)

// Scutari Sweeney working on marijuana home grow bill (New Jersey Globe)

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Breeding Tropical Genetics With the Hawaiian Seed Company

Hawaii — the name alone evokes glistening visions of paradise; emerald hills and valleys, topaz waterfalls and lagoons, diamond white beaches and shimmering obsidian stretches of volcanic coastline, all sprawled across a sapphire sea and drenched in the floral perfume of perpetual spring.

For lovers of cannabis, that gem-encrusted island cluster possesses an extra layer of allure thanks to the long-standing (and well-earned) reputation it has cultivated where cultivation is concerned. The unfettered fertility of Hawaii’s volcanic soil and the ceaseless beaming of its nearly seasonless sun produce some of the most highly prized agricultural products on Earth, including sugar cane, coffee, pineapple — and yes — cannabis.

Hawaiian bud earned a place in the pantheon of pot during the 1970s, the first golden age of modern ganja. This was long before formal branding was a part of cannabis, but “Maui Wowie” still made a big enough impact to become a global household name. To this day, not only do people still recognize and respond to that name, it’s on the short list of old-school cultivars that are still grown and enjoyed in (roughly) their original form. Bottom line: Hawaiian cannabis is the stuff of legends.

Hawaiian Seed Company co-founder and CEO, River Young, is counting on the tangible expression of that legend in the feeling and flavor of the company’s proprietary genetics to propel the fledgling company to soaring heights.

Powerline 41 is a cross of a Kauai Electric mother plant with a Thunderf*ck father.

Young is no stranger to Hawaiian cultivation. He was raised on Kauai’s North Shore and worked as the manager of a lettuce, tomato and cucumber farm there, giving him an intimate understanding of the unique advantages and challenges of island agriculture.

As far as he’s concerned, finding “the best genetics possible” is the first step in establishing a successful brand.

“We foresee that genetics will ultimately control the growth of cannabis and hemp companies,” Young said. “The genetics here in Hawaii can withstand trade winds and high humidity, so they tend to be tougher strains, meaning people in Florida and other climates with high humidity find them especially appealing.”

But those hardy genetics didn’t just appear from thin air: they’re the result of the fastidious seed hoarding of his business partner, co-founder and head breeder Sol Kahn.

From Bags to Riches

About 25 years ago, in 1994, Kahn planted the literal seeds that would eventually blossom into Hawaiian Seed Company. As is often the case in these stories, they were generally unremarkable bag seeds he just happened to find, but when they bloomed, so did his lifelong passion for cultivation.

“I started breeding in 1994  and I haven’t stopped since,” he said. “I remember exactly what that plant looked and smelled like. It was this light green and orange with popcorn nugs and a very tropical sweetness, like mango. I grew them out, I had some males and grew them all, then realized they crossed and created seeds.”

That simple discovery inspired Kahn to pursue increasingly complex breeding projects in his backyard and at hidden spots up in the mountains, using seeds which he obsessively collected — a habit that Young, a childhood friend, used to laugh at, until it formed the foundation of their company.

Sol Kahn, the head breeder at Hawaiian Seed Company.

“I thought he was completely nuts for collecting seeds all these years and it looks like he was correct — there’s definitely value in those genetics,” Young said.

What started as an eccentric hobby has grown into a massive private stock of cannabis genetics, encompassing over 60,000 seeds, including the heirloom island genetics (and accompanying tropical flavors) that serve as the brand’s signature.

It’s worth noting that, despite the brand’s island roots (and still island-bound leadership team), the official corporate headquarters of Hawaiian Seed Company is in Oregon, where the laws are already in place for this level of cannabis commerce. The company is working towards bringing their company “full circle” with operations in Hawaii, but for now, Oregon provides them not only the legal freedom to operate but a unique space to do so — a former elementary school.

“We didn’t kick any kids out. It was vacant and had moved to a new location,” Kahn said. “It turned out to be a perfect location for us and we’re ultimately hoping to turn it into a cannabis learning center.”

Hawaii’s Colorful, Unstable, Terp-Filled Edge

There’s a lot of different factors involved in growing a trusted cannabis brand, but chief among them is establishing the legitimacy and value of your signature strains. Like many contemporary cannabis cultivators, Hawaiian Seed Company utilizes the massive — and ever-growing — Phylos Galaxy to identify and validate their flagship strains.

Khan said Phylos — a company he describes as “frickin’ awesome” — offers him and other cultivators the perfect tool for elevating their brand above the noise of a crowded field and protecting their genetics from unscrupulous dudes looking for a quick come-up at the expense of someone else’s hard work.

“There’s so many bullsh*tters out there who will take your strain and change the name, and [the Phylos Galaxy] just keeps the growers honest and keeps track of strains so they don’t get lost in the wind,” he said, adding that the ability to quickly discover other strains with both similar and distant genetics helps him “map out a more visual interpretation of the genetics’ travels.”

That ability to map the ancestry of cannabis cultivars has proven invaluable when working with the ephemeral genetics endemic to Hawaiian herb. Some cultivators, at least publicly, place a high premium on genetic stability, but Kahn is not among them. He typically just lets Mother Nature do her thing when it comes to phenotype variation, a philosophy rooted in the aggressively diverse lineage of old-school Hawaiian pakalolo.

“I don’t really worry too much about stabilization. Back in the day, there was none, everything just got cross bred with each other,” he said. “In Hawaii especially, everything was breeding and getting crossed with all kinds of pollen — Thai, Afghani, everything got so mixed up — so I’m not trying to make one pheno that’s ‘perfect’ and then clone it.”

Midnight Splendor, a Kali Mist hybrid crossed with GDP and Kauai Purple, creates a beautiful fuschia flower. The flavor of this cultivar include bubble gum, butter pie crust and sharp lemon.

But when he does find a need to stabilize something or just feels like jazzing around with genetics, the year-round sunlight of the North Shore allows him to do so in less than half the time it would take a breeder on the mainland

Another thing Kahn doesn’t worry about much is potency. Most of his creations test in the high teens to the mid-20s for cannabinoid content. This is partially because he personally prefers lighter, more mellow effects, but mostly it’s the result of an intense focus on other characteristics like terpene profile and — here’s a novel idea where flower cultivation is concerned — color.

That success of that last mission, discovering vibrantly colored cultivars, is immediately apparent in the mature flowers of Akala Kush, a deep lime-green flower punctuated by dazzling bursts of pink and fuchsia pistils sprawling out like glowing antennae.

And while color is an important (and deeply undervalued) aspect of cannabis, it’s practically impossible to overstate the importance of a strain’s terpene profile when it comes to how it’s received by the public. At a time when potency is more or less a given — particularly for cannabis destined for extraction — the smell and flavor of a strain is the main source of its unique identity.

Young is confident that those searching for terps will find much to love in the distinctly Hawaiian flavor profiles of the company’s flowers.

“From the lab tests and feedback we’re getting it seems like these strains do hold some tropical flavors in terms of terpenes,” Young said. “If you’re a processor and you get a hold of some of our flowers the terps are going to have a very unique flavor, so it’s very attractive to them and it stands out for growers as well.”

Coming to the Mainland

Those living in Northern California will soon be able to see (and smell) for themselves: Hawaiian Seed Company has coordinated with Dark Heart Nursery to make some of their top strains available to consumers as clones, including Kahn’s undisputed favorite strain, Midnight Splendor, an “absolutely fantastic mix” he’s been working on for nearly a decade.

“It’s Kali Mist, an old school strain that’s been grown on Kauai forever, crossed with Kauai Purple — a deep purple indica I got from an uncle a couple years ago — crossed into Girl Scout Cookies for potency and flavor and then crossed with Grandaddy Purple for a little more color,” he said. “What we got was giant, long fuchsia spears of amazingness. It’s covered in resin and when you grind it up, it’s purple, pink, green and beautiful.”

Kahn is proud of the terpene profiles he’s harnessed and excited for people to taste them, whether that means smoking a bowl or dabbing concentrate extracted from his flowers, but he’s most enthusiastic about the whole plant — and much less so about the direction and character of the industry surrounding it.

Hawaiian Seed Company searches for terpenes that evoke tropical flavors.

He hopes his love of the whole plant will translate to the final product and help those who enjoy it embrace a more holistic view of cannabis.

“Part of why we founded Hawaiian Seed Company was to bring that retro ’70s vibe back to cannabis,” Kahn said. “There’s a lot of disrespect in the new cannabis industry… we do this because we love it, we love this amazing plant and we want to share it, but we want to respect it.”

No matter how you feel about the direction of the cannabis industry, it’s hard to find anything bad to say about beautiful cannabis cultivars with unique terpene profiles, and that’s exactly what Hawaiian Seed Company is all about — providing a mouthwatering slice of the islands.

“It’s the originality of the flavors, just having something that’s tropical and different,” Young said. “Maybe there’s a certain connection to vacation or something, but people just seem a little more relaxed when they smoke our strains.”

There’s no substitute for experiencing the North Shore in person, but breathing in a fragrant, intoxicating cloud of its tropical essence and sinking gently into a mellow, productive buzz is almost like a smokeable Hawaiian vacation — and it’s certainly cheaper than buying a plane ticket.

Originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now.

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Monday, January 13, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Monday, January 13, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// California Governor Proposes Changes To Marijuana Regulations And Taxes (Marijuana Moment)

// South Dakota governor drops plans to veto hemp, but calls for ‘guardrails’ (Boston Globe)

// How massive donations from Howard G. Buffett helped block the opening of a pot dispensary in Illinois (Intercept)


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// Trulieve Sues Short-Seller Grizzly Research LLC for Libel (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Arizona legislature opens with a flurry of cannabis bills (Leafly)

// Washington state eyes marijuana enforcement changes after study (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Using marijuana is legal – but it can still get you fired. ‘Human resource professionals in Illinois will have their hands full.’ (Chicago Tribune)

// Murky Waters: How ‘Nano’ CBD Misleads Consumers (Ganjapreneur)

// Hawaii’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Is Officially In Effect (Marijuana Moment)

// The Hemp Standard is 0.3% THC. That Should Be Changed. (Canna Law Blog)


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Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Federal prosecutors investigate California marijuana companies in wide-ranging probe (Market Watch)

// Maine’s recreational marijuana launch delayed until June (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Hawaii Senate Approves Drug Defelonization Bill (Marijuana Moment)


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// Chart: California lags other adult-use markets in per-capita marijuana sales (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Expected delay in vote on WHO cannabis scheduling recommendations spurs US official to express ‘regret’ over decision (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Why is New York’s medical marijuana program insanely expensive? (Leafly)

// Missouri Has 35,000 Registered Medical Marijuana Patients and Zero Dispensaries (Merry Jane)

// Marijuana retailers near Illinois borders benefit from out-of-state customers, offer warnings on crossing boundaries with MJ (Marijuana Business Daily)

// DC Psychedelics Activists, Citing Coronavirus Concerns, Want Online Petition Gathering Option (Marijuana Moment)

// An 8-Year-Old Won $200 Worth of Pot Products at a Kids’ Hockey Game (Merry Jane)


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Monday, April 6, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Monday, April 6, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Ontario cannabis stores to close after removal from ‘essential’ list (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Map: Where Canadian cannabis businesses can stay open during COVID-19 pandemic (Marijuana Business Daily)

// North Dakota Activists Say Marijuana Legalization Initiative Unlikely In 2020 Due To Coronavirus (Marijuana Moment)


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// Cannabis Consumer Behavior Alters With Covid-19 Quarantine: Edibles & Drinks Surge (Green Market Report)

// CCC weighing options to help shut down pot businesses (Worcester Telegram)

// Hemp Businesses Eligible for Coronavirus Stimulus Package (Leafly)

// Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open During Virus Crisis (Civil Beat)

// Colorado Marijuana Takeovers Still Planned Amid Economic Dip (Denver Westword)

// Green Growth Brands Puts Its CBD Business Into Receivership (New Cannabis Ventures)

// How to conduct clean cannabis sales in the age of COVID-19 (Leafly)


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Monday, April 6, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Monday, April 6, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Ontario cannabis stores to close after removal from ‘essential’ list (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Map: Where Canadian cannabis businesses can stay open during COVID-19 pandemic (Marijuana Business Daily)

// North Dakota Activists Say Marijuana Legalization Initiative Unlikely In 2020 Due To Coronavirus (Marijuana Moment)


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// Cannabis Consumer Behavior Alters With Covid-19 Quarantine: Edibles & Drinks Surge (Green Market Report)

// CCC weighing options to help shut down pot businesses (Worcester Telegram)

// Hemp Businesses Eligible for Coronavirus Stimulus Package (Leafly)

// Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open During Virus Crisis (Civil Beat)

// Colorado Marijuana Takeovers Still Planned Amid Economic Dip (Denver Westword)

// Green Growth Brands Puts Its CBD Business Into Receivership (New Cannabis Ventures)

// How to conduct clean cannabis sales in the age of COVID-19 (Leafly)


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Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Federal prosecutors investigate California marijuana companies in wide-ranging probe (Market Watch)

// Maine’s recreational marijuana launch delayed until June (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Hawaii Senate Approves Drug Defelonization Bill (Marijuana Moment)


These headlines are brought to you by Green Worx Consults, a company specializing in project management, workflow mapping and design, and Lean & 6 Sigma process. If you could use help making your business better at business, get in touch with Green Worx Consults.


// Chart: California lags other adult-use markets in per-capita marijuana sales (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Expected delay in vote on WHO cannabis scheduling recommendations spurs US official to express ‘regret’ over decision (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Why is New York’s medical marijuana program insanely expensive? (Leafly)

// Missouri Has 35,000 Registered Medical Marijuana Patients and Zero Dispensaries (Merry Jane)

// Marijuana retailers near Illinois borders benefit from out-of-state customers, offer warnings on crossing boundaries with MJ (Marijuana Business Daily)

// DC Psychedelics Activists, Citing Coronavirus Concerns, Want Online Petition Gathering Option (Marijuana Moment)

// An 8-Year-Old Won $200 Worth of Pot Products at a Kids’ Hockey Game (Merry Jane)


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Monday, January 13, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Monday, January 13, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// California Governor Proposes Changes To Marijuana Regulations And Taxes (Marijuana Moment)

// South Dakota governor drops plans to veto hemp, but calls for ‘guardrails’ (Boston Globe)

// How massive donations from Howard G. Buffett helped block the opening of a pot dispensary in Illinois (Intercept)


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!


// Trulieve Sues Short-Seller Grizzly Research LLC for Libel (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Arizona legislature opens with a flurry of cannabis bills (Leafly)

// Washington state eyes marijuana enforcement changes after study (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Using marijuana is legal – but it can still get you fired. ‘Human resource professionals in Illinois will have their hands full.’ (Chicago Tribune)

// Murky Waters: How ‘Nano’ CBD Misleads Consumers (Ganjapreneur)

// Hawaii’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Is Officially In Effect (Marijuana Moment)

// The Hemp Standard is 0.3% THC. That Should Be Changed. (Canna Law Blog)


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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