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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Friday, March 13, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, March 13, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Cannabis Companies See Boosted Sales in L.A. to ‘Ease Minds’ About Coronavirus (Hollywood Reporter)

// During Coronavirus, Pandemic Weed Is ‘Vice of Choice’ for People in Solitude (Merry Jane)

// Buying weed in the age of coronavirus: Dispensaries tell recreational customers not to put medical patients at risk (Chicago Tribune)


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// Hash Bash postponed amid University of Michigan mandate to cancel large events (Detroit Free Press)

// How coronavirus exposed fragility in the marijuana vape supply chain (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Veteran Affairs Employees Are Also Prohibited From Using Cannabis (Merry Jane)

// US House panel approves medical marijuana bills to help veterans (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Medicine Man Becomes First Publicly Traded Company Approved By Colorado (Green Market Report)

// Alabama Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// DC Campaign To Decriminalize Psychedelics Delays Signature Gathering Amid Coronavirus Outbreak (Marijuana Moment)


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Friday, April 17, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, April 17, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Judge upholds Massachusetts ban on recreational cannabis sales (Leafly)

// FDA Shifts Its Covid-19 Stance on Vaping Smoking Impact (Bloomberg News)

// Canopy Growth exits cannabis cultivation on three continents in major international pullback (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Greenbits Raises $23 Million Despite Tight Capital Conditions (Green Market Report)

// Hemp Farmers Make Double the Salary of Average Agricultural Workers Study Says (Merry Jane)

// Cresco Labs Continues To Dominate Illinois (Green Market Report)

// USDA Approves Hemp Plans For Florida Kansas And Three Indian Tribes (Marijuana Moment)

// VA Should Let Doctors ‘Verbally’ Recommend Medical Marijuana Amid Coronavirus Lawmakers Say (Marijuana Moment)

// MedMen creditor seeks to seize cannabis firm’s former execs’ homes (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Arizona Dispensary Firm Gives Away Free Weed to Patients Having Hard Times (Phoenix New Times)


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Monday, April 27, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Monday, April 27, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Top New York Lawmaker Wants To Pass Marijuana Legalization This Year Despite Coronavirus (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana Seems To Reduce Opioid Use Among Chronic Pain Patients, Meta-Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// Australia moves toward over-the-counter CBD sales (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Massachusetts marijuana store seeks medical license amid coronavirus shutdown (Mass Live)

// Ohio allowing phone orders, curbside pickup at medical cannabis stores (Marijuana Business Daily)

// State-By-State COVID-19 Announcements Impacting Marijuana Businesses (JD Supra)

// Massachusetts marijuana: In lawsuit over 2-year moratorium allowing only economic empowerment applicants to open, Appeals Court sides with Cambridge (Mass Live)

// Cannabis Has Become a Major Threat to Alcohol (Real Money)

// Arkansas medical marijuana consumers are buying in Oklahoma (Marijuana Business Daily)

// 1,700 soldiers in Alabama were drug tested a day after 4/20, but the Army says it’s ‘just a coincidence’ (Business Insider)


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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// US Attorney General falsely targeted 10 cannabis companies, whistleblower says (Leafly)

// Aurora Cannabis to close five facilities, lay off 700 staff as part of restructuring (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Chart: Tepid adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts for first week of reopening (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Iowa GOP Lawmaker’s Psilocybin Decriminalization Amendment Defeated In Floor Vote (Marijuana Moment)

// Harvest Health Says It Is Closer To Selling The Dispensaries To High Times (Green Market Report)

// TILT Holdings Q1 Revenue Increases 23% to $42.4 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Ontario cannabis market surpasses 100 retail store authorizations (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Marijuana firm iAnthus receives demand for debt repayment (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Organigram Faces Lawsuit Changing Trailer Park Brand (Green Market Report)

// Just Look At These Hemp Shoes The VA Is Selling To Military Veterans (Marijuana Moment)


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Congressional Measure Allows Military to Use CBD

The U.S. House of Representatives on July 20 voted 336 to 71 to approve a package of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act—including one that would allow military personnel to consume CBD and other hemp-derived products. 

“The Secretary of Defense may not prohibit, on the basis of a product containing hemp or any ingredient derived from hemp, the possession, use, or consumption of such product by a member of the Armed Forces,” reads the amendment, sponsored by Hawaii’s controversial Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat.

A related measure would allow the heads of the four branches of the military to issue reenlistment waivers for those who admit to having used cannabis or were convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana offense. That measure, introduced by Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona, would allow waivers to be granted on a case-by-case basis, Newsweek reports.  

As Marijuana Moment points out, it remains to be seen whether either amendment will make it into the Senate version of the NDAA. But a bipartisan group of senators is trying to attach a cannabis research provision into the defense spending bill. That measure, a rider unrelated to the military, is called the Cannabidiol & Marihuana Research Expansion Act.

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) are pushing the bill, an effort which may be indicative of hope in the upper House for passing measures corresponding to those introduced by Gabbard and Gallego.

Response to Pentagon Intolerance

Gabbard’s move comes in response to a CBD crackdown by Pentagon brass. As Military.com reports, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness Matthew Donovan in February directed all four branches to issue general orders or regulations prohibiting the use of cannabis-derived products. 

Donovan’s memo cited the supposed threat to “the integrity of the drug testing program” posed by CBD use (a dubious proposition, as legal CBD products contain little to no THC), and indicated that the regulations must be enforceable under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. This is the article that imposes court-martial for failure to obey an order. 

The Army and Air Force both issued such regulations last year. But members of the Navy and Marine Corps were allowed under Department of the Navy regulations to use topical products such as shampoo, lotions and creams.

Donovan’s memo did carve out certain exceptions, including ingestion unawares and use of FDA-approved medications such as Epidiolex, Marinol and Syndros.

PTSD Potential

Gabbard’s amendment is especially significant in light of the potential shown by cannabinoids for treatment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, or PTSD—clearly a question of concern to service members. 

There was a positive response from figures in the cannabis industry who have been exploring the use of preparations to treat PTSD.

“This is a long overdue, but an exciting opportunity for our active military to have access to state-of-the-art CBD products to help them manage chronic pain as well as anxiety and PTSD challenges,” Ed Donnelly, founder of AmourCBD, told Newsweek.

His Illinois-based company markets CBD oils, edibles and creams to first responders and veterans. “CBD and hemp products can help our valued warriors enjoy the quality of life they deserve.”

The percentage of military veterans facing challenges from PTSD is staggering, but the Department of Veterans Affairs remains intransigent on allowing access to cannabis—the only treatment that provides relief for many. And there has been little progress on efforts in Congress to remedy the situation.

The Israeli Health Ministry approved use of cannabis to treat PTSD back in 2015.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// US Attorney General falsely targeted 10 cannabis companies, whistleblower says (Leafly)

// Aurora Cannabis to close five facilities, lay off 700 staff as part of restructuring (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Chart: Tepid adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts for first week of reopening (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Iowa GOP Lawmaker’s Psilocybin Decriminalization Amendment Defeated In Floor Vote (Marijuana Moment)

// Harvest Health Says It Is Closer To Selling The Dispensaries To High Times (Green Market Report)

// TILT Holdings Q1 Revenue Increases 23% to $42.4 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Ontario cannabis market surpasses 100 retail store authorizations (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Marijuana firm iAnthus receives demand for debt repayment (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Organigram Faces Lawsuit Changing Trailer Park Brand (Green Market Report)

// Just Look At These Hemp Shoes The VA Is Selling To Military Veterans (Marijuana Moment)


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. • Marijuana Media Connect— A service that connects industry insiders in the legal marijuana industry with journalists, bloggers, and writers in need of expert sources for their stories.

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Monday, April 27, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Monday, April 27, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Top New York Lawmaker Wants To Pass Marijuana Legalization This Year Despite Coronavirus (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana Seems To Reduce Opioid Use Among Chronic Pain Patients, Meta-Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// Australia moves toward over-the-counter CBD sales (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Massachusetts marijuana store seeks medical license amid coronavirus shutdown (Mass Live)

// Ohio allowing phone orders, curbside pickup at medical cannabis stores (Marijuana Business Daily)

// State-By-State COVID-19 Announcements Impacting Marijuana Businesses (JD Supra)

// Massachusetts marijuana: In lawsuit over 2-year moratorium allowing only economic empowerment applicants to open, Appeals Court sides with Cambridge (Mass Live)

// Cannabis Has Become a Major Threat to Alcohol (Real Money)

// Arkansas medical marijuana consumers are buying in Oklahoma (Marijuana Business Daily)

// 1,700 soldiers in Alabama were drug tested a day after 4/20, but the Army says it’s ‘just a coincidence’ (Business Insider)


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. • Marijuana Media Connect— A service that connects industry insiders in the legal marijuana industry with journalists, bloggers, and writers in need of expert sources for their stories.

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Friday, April 17, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Friday, April 17, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Judge upholds Massachusetts ban on recreational cannabis sales (Leafly)

// FDA Shifts Its Covid-19 Stance on Vaping Smoking Impact (Bloomberg News)

// Canopy Growth exits cannabis cultivation on three continents in major international pullback (Marijuana Business Daily)


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!


// Greenbits Raises $23 Million Despite Tight Capital Conditions (Green Market Report)

// Hemp Farmers Make Double the Salary of Average Agricultural Workers Study Says (Merry Jane)

// Cresco Labs Continues To Dominate Illinois (Green Market Report)

// USDA Approves Hemp Plans For Florida Kansas And Three Indian Tribes (Marijuana Moment)

// VA Should Let Doctors ‘Verbally’ Recommend Medical Marijuana Amid Coronavirus Lawmakers Say (Marijuana Moment)

// MedMen creditor seeks to seize cannabis firm’s former execs’ homes (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Arizona Dispensary Firm Gives Away Free Weed to Patients Having Hard Times (Phoenix New Times)


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. • Marijuana Media Connect— A service that connects industry insiders in the legal marijuana industry with journalists, bloggers, and writers in need of expert sources for their stories.

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