Mobius Cannabis Mill Grinds to Perfection

According to the latest data, cannabis consumers are flocking to pre-rolls. In 2021, the category grew 39% from 2020, generating $1.42 billion in sales in key markets—stealing third place from edibles in the highest-revenue categories. If you’re a producer looking to expand your existing product offerings, you might want to consider pre-rolls. But keep in mind that not all pre-rolls are created equal. To keep customers coming back for more, high-quality pre-rolls must be smooth and consistent. Having a tool like the new M60 Cannabis Mill from Mobius will help you produce the highest quality hemp or cannabis pre-rolls. 

Without degrading cannabinoids or terpenes, the M60 Mill perfectly grinds cannabis to uniform particle size. Built for smaller to medium-sized throughput production, the M60 Mill is a scaled-down version of Mobius’ premier commercial M210 Mill. This means it features similar proprietary technology without taking up as much valuable space in trim rooms. Both machines use slow rotational rates to reduce heat degradation and precise cutting meshes to keep particle sizes constant without losing any THC.

“We’re excited to fit full-scale technology into our M60 Mill,” Amanda James, director of strategy at Mobius, said in a press release. “It empowers smaller pre-roll and extract producers to achieve a top-quality grind at a much lower price point.”

A Smart Choice

Measuring 16″ W x 13″ L x 23″ H, the M60 Cannabis Mill can process up to 20 pounds of dry flower per hour. It’s compact and efficient—perfect for varying sizes of cultivators. James says the machine is ideal for a wide range of established businesses, as well as “market entrants looking to access the pre-roll niche.”

The M60 is made of stainless steel and offers tool-free disassembly that simplifies cleaning and maintenance. To maintain production and reduce downtime, the cannabis mill can be thoroughly cleaned in 10 minutes by hand or with a pressure washer, while screens can be replaced in under a minute.

Let’s take a closer look at what makes the M60 Cannabis Mill so appealing.  

Consistency Is King

The cannabis industry is highly competitive, and consistency is paramount for retaining loyal customers. Precision milling technology at the core of the M60 Cannabis Mill ensures that flower is ground to the exact size needed to create perfect pre-rolls every single time. Pre-rolls are filled with particles that are ultra-consistent. Interchangeable screens enable the flower to be ground to 2mm, 3mm, or even custom sizes. 

The low speed of the mill combined with the distinctive design of the proprietary Rasp Screen guarantees no heat degradation. The end product is always finely ground flower for joints that burn evenly and smoothly.

Keep Cool

Excessive heat produced by conventional cannabis mills destroys high-value cannabinoids and terpenes. The oils in hemp and cannabis plants are exhilarated by heat, resulting in quality degradation. The machine becomes stickier and more challenging to clean due to friction-generated heat. 

Mobius mills, on the other hand, use low-friction internal mechanisms to maximize potency and smokeability while preventing temperature rise. To put it another way, a lower speed is kinder to the product. 

Made for More Than Pre-Rolls

The M60 can be used for more than just grinding flower for pre-roll preparation. The variable speed operation and infinite screen configurations of this commercial cannabis mill make it the perfect choice for other applications that require precisely ground flower, including extracts and fresh frozen. 

  • Extract Production: The M60 Mill gives you complete control over your products as you prepare for extraction. You can streamline your workflow for various extraction procedures, including ethanol, CO2, and hydrocarbon ones, with the help of the numerous screen options available. 
  • Fresh Frozen Flower: Run the M60 Mill in a cryogenic environment for the most potent fresh frozen product. Deliver high-quality fresh-frozen products with complete trichome and terpene profiles using additional milling screens for coarse and ultra-coarse chunking.

Quality You Can Count On

A team of expert engineers first put Mobius on the map with their flagship product, the M108S trimmer. The company has since become an industry leader in post-harvest cannabis and hemp automation equipment. Its range of products includes trimmers, conveyors, sorters and mills designed to fix production problems faced by cannabis processors. 

All Mobius equipment has a money-back guarantee and is ready for integration into GMP facilities. Additionally, Mobius offers free workflow design and automation configuration services for automation suite purchases. 

Pre-rolls are a low-risk option for canna-curious customers exploring new cultivar options, plus they make excellent up-sells and promotional add-ons. If you are interested in adding perfect pre-rolls to your product lineup, then contact Mobius today. 

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Pre-Rolls More Popular in Canada than in the USA

According to a recent report released by Headset, pre-rolls are more popular in Canada than in the USA. Using real-time sales reporting between January and June 2022, Headset found that US and Canadian consumers spent over $752M and $402M (CAD) on pre-rolls. While both countries enjoy this product, Canadians love it. Nearly a quarter of […]

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Jon’s Stone-Cold Cop List #27: Art Trippy

August has been a whirlwind. From Outsidelands in San Francisco to Jimi’s fourth Transbay Challenge taking place in LA for the first time, my travels have taken me from great grow, to great show, seemingly countless times this month. There’s been a LOT of heat to sort through!

While my cup is certainly overflowing with dank at the moment, it felt important to tie this month’s Cop List to one of the biggest labors of love I undertake at this job, September’s Art Issue. You see, this issue is my baby. I spend all year working on it. In fact, I’ve already begun on 2023’s. The issue is all about showing the larger reach of the cannabis community, past the plant navel gazers like us, and I truly believe it’s an excellent showing of the breadth of our community. If you don’t normally read our print magazine, or haven’t picked one up in years, this is the one I’d really like for you to check out. It’s a lot less plant focused than our normal issues, but we work really hard to make sure there’s something for everyone – and it just looks so fuckin cool. This year’s covers were done by NYCHOS and CES, who are both absolute legends in the graffiti game… I still can’t believe how great it looks.

With that in mind, the below are some of the most beautiful, trippy, or just out of the ordinary things I’ve seen in awhile – from excellent cultivation, to excellent branding, to excellent vibes. Most of ‘em hit on more than one front, but I have no doubt you’ll see that for yourselves.

As always let me know if there’s something I missed, or something you’re looking forward to. The search for the good bush never sleeps!

Snowtill Organics

Courtesy of Snowtill Organics

I’ve been drooling over Snowtill’s IG for awhile now, so when I went up to the bay for Grasslands earlier this month I HAD to tap in to see if the finished product matched the promo shots. Let me just say, it’s not easy to impress me lately, and it’s even harder for the real to stack up to the bud porn most post online, so believe me when I tell you, these nugs are even better in person. In fact, calling them nugs almost feels sacrilegious, as if they were any old weeds. These beauties were nothing short of works of art. Grown as organically as possible indoors, Snowtill combines the best of both worlds to output some truly next level products that frankly are as close to perfection as one gets. I got to take a peek at four of his strains, and while each is a standout in its own right, it was his selection, Electric Sugar, that floored me. From the absolutely shimmering buds to a high that lasts hours, this is how cannabis is supposed to be.

Fiya Farmer’s Strain Album

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Courtesy of Fiya Farmer

I’m a sucker for good marketing. We all know this by now. I love fancy mylars, good content, and creative launches, but we also all know that when someone’s trying super hard on the promo side, it’s usually because the actual product is lacking. Well friends, I’m pleased to inform you that I might have found the holy grail here. Showcasing the progression of his genetics, Fiya Farmer has released his first ‘Strain Album’, and while the marketing is some of the best I’ve seen, the weed inside is even better. Appropriately designed after a record, as each of these ‘tracks’ are LOUD, the eight piece compilation guides the consumer on the evolution of the farmer’s work. Beginning with C.R.E.A.M. & Zangria, two personal favorites he collabed on with Wizard Trees, and finishing up with Brrberry Gary #12. My personal favorite has to be the Sweet Retreat, which along with Track 7 ‘Midnight Mistress’, are upcoming collabs with Doja Pak. I know these boxes are ultra limited, but if you get your chance don’t miss checking this out – this record’s previewing the biggest hits of next year, for sure.

Doja Pak’s LA Premieres

Cop
Courtesy of Doja Pak

Speaking of Doja Pak, I wouldn’t be adequately doing my job if I didn’t let you in on the best underground weekly in LA right now. Though I can’t tell you where exactly it is (you’ll have to follow Doja on Telegram for that), what I can say is that every Thursday feels like the 215 days in Hollywood again. You see, each week the Doja gang assembles to debut the latest from their brand, or that of one of their friends, and the whole thing turns into an exotic potluck, as Ryan called it on IG. Taking place in a private space, probably the most special element of this event is the community it attracts. From cultivation legends like Fieldz and Wizard Trees to world class trappers, this unique gathering actually attracts both sides of the market, and I regularly see rec dispensary owners and brand guys in there trying to take a peek at the new. While I have a ton of good things to say about Doja, probably the most important is that this team stays ten down – there are few others who have as good of an understanding of what’s happening on the streets, as what’s happening in the boardrooms. Doja’s it.

Oakfruitland’s Oak-Cano

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Courtesy of Oakfruitland

The featured image for this month’s column (the first ever in which I’m actually in the picture) was taken at Oakfruitland. As you can see in the image, I was floored by the work these guys put in front of me. From their Oak-lato to their Sugar Coded, each pack was more impressive than the last. In fact, even their V-Power, which has graced this list before, was even brighter than the last cut I’d seen, so let me be clear here: these guys have a LOT of winners. That said, my pick of the day was their Oak-Cano, an RS pheno which is truly something else. With a much more peppery nose than the rest, what’s most refreshing to me about the Cano was the fact that it’s nose was truly unique. It’s not just candy, or gas, though you can smell the hints of those terps that the market responds best to, and it’s much less of a downer than I was expecting. While I wouldn’t call it morning smoke, this is definitely the type you can light up in the afternoon to accentuate your workflow, as opposed to crash from it.

Sacred Fruits’ Magic Carpets

Courtesy of Sacred Fruits

I’ve already told you how good these guys mushies are, but they’re not content with just having the best fungus around – they needed to innovate. Their latest creation, the Magic Carpets, are without question the best way to consume psilocybin I’ve experienced. Basically all natural fruit roll ups, the carpets each contain 2 grams of magic fruit – which is more than enough to get a real experience in – but for those more experienced explorers, they come 2 rolls to a tube, so 4 grams in total. Made using simple ingredients and organic fruit, the Magic Carpets were SF’s “response to an overabundance of chocolates and gummies”, and it’s one the entire community will benefit from.

SF Canna / Planta’s Big Boy Prerolls

Courtesy of SF Canna / Planta

Y’all know my preferred consumption method is joints, and how hard it is to match the quality of your own hand roll once you get it down, so when I find a preroll that I actually want to smoke, it’s hard not to shout about it from the rooftops – so why try? The latest of these prerolls I’ve experienced actually come from two brands, SF Canna, and Planta, both of which are currently packing 1.8 gram full flower rolls. While I know they also have donut versions, the full flower ones are the perfect cannagar style experience one looks for when they want to get real high, and feel like a boss in the process. Complete with branded biohemp filters, these are a must cop if you see them at your local.

Your Highness Ecozotics

Courtesy of Your Highness

In the past I’ve told you about Your Highness’ indoor work, and the folklore around strains like Shady Apples & Lemon Meringue. Well friends, I am pleased to tell you that those fan-favorite genetics that were once unattainable to most just got a hell of a lot more affordable. Dubbed their new ‘Ecozotics’ line, the YH gang has brought their acclaimed cuts into the greenhouse to make them more accessible to consumers of every tax bracket. On the shelves at ~$30 an eighth, you can find these guys at the Pottery in LA, or any of the Farmacy locations in California.

Flatbush Zombies x Sackville’s Limited Edition Collab

Courtesy of Sackville & Co.

I don’t know if the Zombies have the same effect on people from everywhere, but as a New Yorker it’s pretty impossible for me to not love these guys. From their swag, to their unique voices, everything about these guys screams not only originality, but that they’re true to themselves – which is arguably the most New York characteristic there is. That’s why when I saw that the Flatbush gang paired with another native Brooklynite, Sackville & Co., to release a custom designed smell-proof stoner travel-kit, I had to tap in. See, this is something they’re undoubtedly all using, and even as a road warrior myself, few are on the go as much as those guys. Complete with three storage containers, a rolling tray, and a custom four-tiered grinder, you certainly don’t have to be a fan to find the function in this kit, but you’ll be hard pressed to get em before their fans do. Dropping next month on Sackville’s website, keep an eye out!

Headfirst Headstash

Courtesy of Headfirst Headstash

If you happen to find yourself in the Pacific Northwest, and you’re looking for a bit more than a head trip, I highly recommend tapping in with Headfirst Headstash. These guys have all the exploratory goodies you could imagine, and then some. While Sacred Fruits presented the first mushroom fruit roll up I’d seen, these guys brought me the first fun dip (produced by @mushthrax) – which, I know, sounds absolutely bonkers, but totally fuckin rules. Now, I won’t lie and say you don’t sorta taste the fungi – shit doesn’t taste like roses, after all – but the sweetness of the powder does a pretty good job offsetting the gross, and out of all the ways I’ve tried consuming these now, this has got to be one of the best. That said, they’ve got far more than fun dip – from chocolate bars to gummies, so tap in when you’ve gotta defeat your ego boss level.

Stuf Cannabis

Courtesy of Stuf Cannabis

I do my best to try and keep my eye out for up & comers, and there’s a new brand down in San Diego that’s caught my attention. Dubbed ‘Stuf’, these guys are bringing to market flower and hemp blunts, both of which are of impressive quality for a rookie. The deal is though, while this is the first real legal play for this squad, their cultivator Jake is anything but a new jack. Having been cultivating in his home since before moving to California many years ago, Jake was dialing in his process long before the ideation of this brand. But if you do stuff well for long enough, eventually opportunity knocks. I’m excited to see how these guys grow.

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Cash Only: Adult Film Star Jane Wilde

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Today’s Cash Only recommendations come from the very lovely Jane Wilde—famed adult film star and a loud and proud pothead. Jane’s got great taste and is an ideal toker to share a joint with. She’s based in L.A. and lives with her cockapoo puppy, Scout.

We hit up the smut legend to learn about her relationship with weed. Jane talked about her love for Jerry Garcia’s family cannabis brand, getting lost in specific subreddits, and why Lana Del Rey is her go-to music once baked.

All photos by Zach Sokol or courtesy of Jane Wilde.

Photo by Zach Sokol

Cash Only: What’s your current favorite strain? How do you like to consume it?

Jane Wilde: As of right now, I don’t have a particular favorite strain. I always lean more towards indicas though—in da couch. I’ve been smoking a lot of pre-rolls lately due to my laziness and reluctance to crush and roll weed. Joints have always been my preferred method of smoking!

What’s your current favorite weed product?

Currently my favorite weed product is Garcia Hand Picked’s indica pre-rolls. First of all, the packaging is sick. The brand is run by the daughters of the legendary Jerry Garcia, so every box has a Grateful Dead set list on it, and inside is a small envelope with five big joints, a glass tip, and matches. It’s the perfect little stoner kit. I love supporting them and their products because they’re so good… plus, I love rock ‘n roll.

What’s an activity you like to do after you’ve consumed the Garcia Hand Picked pre-rolls?

Usually I’m chilling at home smoking, so once I’m nice and toasty, I’ll put on a movie or TV show and just get lost in it. Sometimes, I scroll Reddit and get even more lost in these deep rabbit hole threads about true crime or stuff like that. Weed can make you focus so hard on stuff that you wouldn’t even find interesting if not for being high!

Courtesy of Jane Wilde

What do you like to watch while stoned?

My favorite show to watch when high is probably BoJack Horseman. In case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s a cartoon on Netflix about a world where animals and humans are basically the same, and there’s this horse guy who’s a washed up TV star and alcoholic. It’s funny, but it gets really deep and dark and introspective. It’s the perfect mix of comedy and deep thinking, which are the best things to do whilst stoned.

What’s your go-to music when really high?

I can’t recommend enough music to listen to high. Lana Del Rey is perfect music for when you’re stoned, especially her song “Venice Bitch.” It’s a 10-minute psychedelic journey with so many layers of sound that you can only really appreciate it fully on some type of substance. Also Pink Floyd, obviously, especially Dark Side of the Moon.

Can you recommend something to read while smoking?

I’m not a huge book reader anymore. I have trouble staying interested in one book at a time. So I like to do deep dives on Reddit threads and Wikipedia articles. Go to r/AskReddit and type “fucked up” into the search bar. Have fun!!

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The Winners of The Hemp Cup: People’s Choice 2022

High Times Cup competitions are a unique way for the industry to go up against the best of the best in the cannabis space — not only for high THC but hemp products as well. The Hemp Cup: People’s Choice 2022 unites both competitors and judges across the entire hemp space. 

We are pleased to announce the High Times Hemp Cup winners, presented by Hemp Hop. Thank you to our Silver Sponsor, Orange County CBD, and to our Bronze Sponsor, Sweet Sensi CBD.

Flower

First Place: Flow Gardens – Blue Cheese #12 Flower

Courtesy of Flow Gardens

Second Place: Healing Canopy – White Triploid CBG Flower

Courtesy of Healing Canopy

Third Place: Grateful Beginnings Farm – Sour Lifter Flower

Courtesy of Grateful Beginnings Farm

Pre-Rolls

First Place: Sweet Sensi CBD – Improved Berry Blossom #17 Cigar

Courtesy of Sweet Sensi

Second Place: Hemp Hop – Pacific Cooler HHC Pre-Roll

Courtesy of Hemp Hop

Third Place: CBD Hemp Direct – Honolulu Haze #3 Pre-Roll

Courtesy of CBD Hemp Direct

Concentrates

First Place: Metta Hemp – HHC Wet Sugar

Courtesy of Metta Hemp

Second Place: Alliance Hemp Co. – Gas CBD Terpsolate

Courtesy of Alliance Hemp Co.

Third Place: Piur Select – Tennessee Tangie Flower Sift Rosin

Courtesy of Piur Select

Vape Pens

First Place: 3Chi – Blue Dream HHC Vape

Courtesy of 3Chi

Second Place: STNR – Tangie HHC Sativa Vape

Courtesy of STNR

Third Place: Rove Remedies – Uplift Vape

Courtesy of Rove Remedies

Edibles: Gummies

First Place: Pow-Pow: OG Kush Blood Orange Live Resin Gummies

Courtesy of Pow-Pow

Second Place: Galaxy Treats – Tropical Kush Moon Babies

Courtesy of Galaxy Treats

Third Place: Martha Stewart – Harvest Medley Wellness Gummies

Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Edibles: Non-Gummies

First Place: Realize – Citrus-Mango Drink Mix

Courtesy of Realize

Second Place: Buddy’s Chocolate Haus – Hemp Oil Infused Mint Chocolate Bar

Courtesy of Buddy’s Chocolate Haus

Third Place: Sweet Sensi CBD – CBD Chocolate Truffles

Courtesy of Sweet Sensi

Topicals

First Place: By George! CBD – CBD Salve

Courtesy of By George! CBD

Second Place: Care Division – Carefree – Pain Relief Cream

Courtesy of Care Division

Third Place: Horn Creek Hemp – Redemption Body Recovery Oil

Courtesy of Horn Creek Hemp

Tinctures

First Place: Rove Remedies – Sleep Tincture

Courtesy of Rove Remedies

Second Place: Care Division – Dream – Sleep Aid Tincture

Courtesy of Care Division

Third Place: Lifessence – All Natural CBD Oil

Courtesy of Lifessence

Capsules

First Place: Tayco – R.S.O Capsules

Courtesy of Tayco

Second Place: Vivimu – #Relax CBN Softgels

Courtesy of Vivimu

Pet Products

First Place: Mary’s Tails – Calm & Quiet Hemp Canine Chewables

Courtesy of Mary’s Tails

Second Place: Mary Palmer – Best Bud’s Bacon-Flavored CBD Dog Treats

Courtesy of Mary Palmer

Third Place: CBD Living – Peanut Butter CBD Calming Support Dog Chews

Courtesy of CBD Living

Delta 8 Inhalables

First Place: Euphorica – Maui Wowie D8:D10 Sativa Vape

Courtesy of Euphorica

Second Place: Rove Remedies – D8 Vape

Courtesy of Rove Remedies

Third Place: Sugar Extrax – Lemonade Kush D8:D10:THC-O Vape

Courtesy of Sugar Extrax

Delta 8 Non-Inhalables

First Place: Derived Creations – Chewy Sea Salt Caramels

Courtesy of Derived Creations

Second Place: 3Chi – Watermelon Delta 8 THC Gummies

Courtesy of 3Chi

Third Place: JustCBD – Delta 8 Peaches – Interstellar Gummies

Courtesy of JustCBD

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Mike Tyson Takes Tyson 2.0 Cannabis to Michigan

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is bringing his cannabis brand to Michigan through an exclusive partnership with vertically integrated operator Common Citizen, which will offer the Tyson 2.0 line at its licensed dispensaries statewide. Through the agreement announced last month, Common Citizen, Michigan’s largest full-service cannabis operator, will serve as the state’s exclusive cultivation partner for Tyson 2.0.

“Bringing Tyson 2.0 products to Michigan with a partner like Common Citizen upholds our promise to share the many wellness benefits of this powerful plant to those who need it most,” said Mike Tyson, chief brand officer for Tyson 2.0. “Before I found cannabis, I used to be a very different person. This plant has changed me for the better, and I’ve made it my mission to share this gift with fans here in Michigan and across the nation.”

Tyson 2.0 launched in October 2021, first offering pre-rolls and cannabis flower in one-eighth jars in California through a partnership with Columbia Care, one of the nation’s largest cannabis producers and retailers with licenses in 18 US jurisdictions. Since then, the brand has expanded to Nevada, Massachusetts and Colorado.

In Michigan, consumers will be the first in the nation to experience two of Tyson’s favorite specialty cannabis strains, “Knockout OG” and “Pound for Pound Cake” in one-eighth jars of flower and one-gram pre-rolls. Tyson 2.0 products will initially be available at Common Citizen’s dispensary locations in Detroit, Flint, Battle Creek and Hazel Park, and will expand to more than 200 retail outlets in the state.

“Common Citizen is excited to partner with a living legend like Mike Tyson, who shares our passion for promoting the many benefits provided by cannabis and our mission to unite people through the positive power of cannabis,” said Michael Elias, Common Citizen CEO. “This historic partnership embodies Cannabis for Humanity and serves the unique, individual needs of all our customers. We are honored Mr. Tyson chose Common Citizen to launch his safe, affordable and high-quality cannabis products across Michigan.”

Common Citizen is a privately owned and operated company, focusing on cannabis cultivation, processing, retail sales and wholesale distribution for both the medical and adult-use market in Michigan. The company grows more than 60 strains of cannabis at its cultivation facility in Marshall, MI, producing a full line of products including bulk cannabis flower, prepackaged flower, pre-rolls and mini pre-rolls.

“The partnership between Tyson 2.0 and Common Citizen further extends our scale and strengthens our commitment to bringing premium quality cannabis that’s indicative of Mike’s seasoned taste to fans nationwide,” said Tyson 2.0 CEO Adam Wilks. “Common Citizen prides itself on crafting premium cannabis for the people, and Mike’s vision speaks to just that—greater access to quality cannabis products through a range of price points and consumption methods.”

Tyson’s Second Round in the Cannabis Ring

As the company name suggests, Tyson 2.0 isn’t the legendary boxer and entrepreneur’s first foray into the realm of legal cannabis. In 2017, he launched a line of cannabis products called Tyson’s Ranch and planned to open a 40-acre cannabis ranch in Southern California under the same name. However, Iron Mike took a rare knockout in the venture.

“Tyson Ranch failed due to bad management and just lack of cannabis knowledge,” Wilks told Westword in November. “Unfortunately, management wasn’t what it should’ve been. Which is why for Tyson 2.0, I’m here, and I’m excited to launch Mike’s cannabis brand for real this time.”

Tyson 2.0’s partnerships with leading cannabis brands continued this month with the announcement that the company had reached agreements with several companies to market co-branded cannabis products and accessories. Under an agreement with Futurola, an Amsterdam-based global brand founded in 1996, Tyson 2.0 plans an exclusive line of premium rolling and smoking accessories. Another partnership with Click will produce a Toads Breath cannabis mouth spray using Click’s fast-acting nano-emulsion formula and discrete, portable spray dispenser. El Blunto will offer a premium cannabis cigar containing 1.75 grams of top shelf Tyson 2.0 Runtz cannabis flower, hand rolled in a tobacco-free, all-natural hemp wrap. Additionally, a deal with Stündenglass will create the Tyson 2.0 x Stündenglass Gravity Hookah, a contactless smoke delivery system featuring a patented design and packaged in a transportable, craft storage box, while a partnership with G Pen will produce the Tyson 2.0 x G Pen Dash, an innovative personal vaporizer.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Futurola, Stündenglass, G Pen, CLICK and El Blunto to bring the newest and most innovative cannabis products and devices to market,” Tyson said in a March 8 statement from the company. “Tyson 2.0’s latest collabs combine our signature and most popular strains with our partners’ premium technology, catering to a broad set of individuals and meeting the cannabis consumption methods they seek.”

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Smokable Medical Cannabis Coming to Minnesota in March

Medical cannabis patients in Minnesota will see smokable cannabis flower in licensed retailers beginning next month, according to an announcement from state regulators. The Minnesota Department of Health said in a statement on Tuesday that the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries will be able to offer dried cannabis flower on March 1.

Dispensaries will offer pre-packaged dried cannabis flower and pre-rolled joints in a variety of strains and cannabinoid potency levels. Registered patients will be able to purchase up to a 90-day supply of cannabis at one time. Previously, state regulations only permitted patients to use processed cannabis products such as extracts, distillates, capsules and topicals.

It won’t be as easy as visiting a dispensary and picking out a favorite strain of bud, however. Under Minnesota’s medical cannabis regulations, patients must first complete a consultation with a medical cannabis dispensary pharmacist to change the type of medical marijuana they receive. 

“In preparation for the change, registered patients interested in smokable cannabis can make an appointment for a consultation with a medical cannabis dispensary pharmacist beginning Feb. 1 so they will be pre-approved to buy pre-packaged dried flower and pre-rolls once available,” the health department wrote in its statement. Patients have the option of either in-person or virtual consultations to satisfy the requirement.

Smokable cannabis flower will only be available to patients and caregivers ages 21 and older who are registered with the state’s medical cannabis program. Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm urged patients who are considering switching to cannabis flower to seek the advice of a health care professional before making the change.

“Patients need to weigh the risks of smoking medical cannabis, including those related to secondhand smoke and lung health, with any potential benefits,” said Malcolm. “Smokable cannabis may not be right for everyone; patients should have a conversation with their health care practitioner for guidance.”

Officials Expect Spike in Number of Minnesota Medical Cannabis Patients

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) expects the number of registered medical cannabis patients to double or even triple with the addition of smokable cannabis flower to the program. The health department cited an October 2021 survey of registered patients in which 71 percent of respondents said they were either very likely or somewhat likely to try smokable cannabis flower if it was made available.

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) noted in a statement that Minnesota is one of few states with legal medical marijuana that do not allow herbal forms of cannabis. The cannabis policy reform advocacy group also reiterated its long-held opinion that medical marijuana patients should have access to cannabis flower.

“Limiting patients’ options to extracted oral formulations is not in their best interests,” NORML wrote. “Herbal cannabis contains more than 100 distinct cannabinoids (unique physiologically active components in the plant), many of which act synergistically with one another.”

The new addition of cannabis flower to the medical marijuana products available to patients in Minnesota was made possible by a bill passed by lawmakers last year. Supporters of the bipartisan legislation said that the permitted products were too expensive for some patients. 

“It will make this more economically viable and more accessible to families,” Republican Senator Michelle Benson said at the time.

The legislation passed last year was the most substantive change to Minnesota’s medical cannabis program since it launched in 2014. The measure also added Crohn’s disease, some cancers, HIV, seizures and intractable pain as qualifying medical conditions to participate in the program.

The MDH also noted that patients will have another new option later this year when edible cannabis products including gummies and chews become available on August 1. The change was made last year during an annual petition and comment process that MDH uses to solicit public input on potential additions to qualifying medical conditions and cannabis delivery methods.

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Higher Profile: Ireland’s Michael Condon

Longtime Cork County, Ireland, cannabis activist, husband and father of two, Michael Condon, has been leading campaigns to bring an end to cannabis prohibition. Condon has done so by actively engaging in civil disobedience and organizing public demonstrations for the past 12 years, which have been continuing in Ireland for the past 20 years.

He’s supporting many others who are fighting to use cannabis as medicine for severe ailments, such as Vera Twomey, and her now-12-year fight for cannabis to treat her daughter, Ava, who has severe epilepsy (see Higher Profile, A Mother’s Love).

What began on November 5, 2001, with now-member of the European Parliament, Luke “Ming” Flanagan, Condon sent cannabis joints via parcel post to every politician and media outlet and reporter in the country, culminated in the day being designated as, “National Legalise Cannabis Day.”

As reported in The Irish Times at the time of mass joint delivery, “The idea landed Mr. Luke “Ming” Flanagan (29) in Garda (police) custody, however, and last night, a Garda spokesman confirmed he had been released without charge and a file would go to the DPP.”

With no charges pressed, the campaign was viewed as a success, with much attention allotted to the cause—in an educating moment.

A letter drafted by Flanagan stated that along with the gifts, there was a list of 10 reasons why cannabis prohibition should end, with a notation that each joint should be brought to the nearest Garda (police) station, as it’s illegal. It’s unclear how many joints were turned in to authorities from the legislators, but it was noted that Independent TD (Teachtai Dala in Irish, a member of Dail Eireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas, or Irish Parliament) Mr. Jackie Healy Rae was the first to give his up.

It is interesting to note that there was no such note with legalese fine print sent to journalists, rather, a message stating, “I have enclosed a joint for you to enjoy the day.” This writer would have been pleased.

To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the event, Condon and the now-formed Cannabis Activist Alliance, recreating the campaign, sent out another 200 joints and infused “jellies” (gummies) to every politician and media outlet around the country.

As quoted in Cork County publication CorkBeo, Condon urged, “I hope the message in the letters highlighting the dangers of cannabis prohibition might sink in and those who support the prohibition model might begin to see the problems which it creates and how regulation is a much greater way to achieve harm reduction.”

Courtesy of Michael Condon

Reducing Harm with Cannabis Awareness

Harm reduction is a crucial part of the cannabis plant being accepted as a beneficial remedy and/or opioid and addictive pain killer replacement. 

Statistics show us that in the U.S., with a population of nearly 330 million, opioid deaths reach upwards of 60,000 or more in a single year. In Ireland, with a population hovering at just below five million people, the country saw close to 70,000 deaths in 2020 alone, according to DrugAbuse.gov, an Irish government agency.

In legal states in the U.S., it’s been well-documented that opioid use declines when safe access of cannabis is allowed, by up to 25 percent or more.

Cork TD Mick Barry was quoted as saying, “Whilst he has not yet received Martin’s present yet at the time CorkBeo’s went to press, he does ‘believe that the law unnecessarily criminalises a large number of ordinary people from all walks of life who use cannabis and who pose no threat whatsoever to society,’ adding, ‘I believe these laws need to change, and I would like to commend Martin for the work he is doing to highlight these issues.’”

Condon
Courtesy of Michael Condon

Planting Ireland, Honoring Civil Disobedience

Aside from often walking into numerous garda stations with potted cannabis plants in protest of prohibition, Condon has also planted more than 40 cannabis plants across Cork City, where he resides. Specifically in front of City Hall—all shouted out live on his podcast, “Martin’s World,” streamed on Spotify.

“I brought a cannabis plant into our Prime Minister’s office as a gift,” he shared, proudly. “Last Valentine’s Day I brought out some cannabis flowers to show the garda some love—all done live on my podcast.”

The headline from the CorkBeo on the City Hall plantings read, “Guerilla gardener beds cannabis in front of Cork City Hall,” with a notion that “six more cannabis plants have been planted across the city after the Gardai uprooted the previous batch.”

The cannabis plants were reportedly “sticking up amongst the decorative flowers in the carefully manicured beds outside the main entrance.” 

Condon, who has a Bachelors of Science (Bsc) in Herbal Sciences, and is an avid gardener, considered the plantings to be a “peaceful way of protesting against the prohibition of cannabis and the impact it has on people who need it to improve their quality of life.”

Organizing smoke-outs in the park (or smoke-ups, as they call them) have been a given and well attended. One smoke-up raised 650 pounds for a non-cannabis related community endeavor assisting a search and rescue. Another smoke-up had a couple getting engaged within the spirit of advocacy and love for the plant and each other.

Rosa Parks, known for her civil disobedience act of riding in the front of a bus during the fight for desegregation of Blacks in 1960s America, has been an inspiration for Condon. 

“We celebrated the end of 2021 with one final protest in Rosa Park’s honor, as she’s been a civil disobedience inspiration globally,” he concluded. “It was a busy protest year for Ireland, but after enjoying Christmas with our families, we are ready to begin the fight again in 2022.”

The year 2022 sees a Bill before the Irish Government to change the laws around cannabis, and hopefully, remove the criminal sanctions for growing and possessing the plant—and you can be sure Condon and his fellow activists will be there in numbers, shouting out live on the Martin’s World podcast for all to see.

Follow Michael Condon on Facebook and Twitter @Martinsworld420.

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Higher Profile: Ireland’s Martin Condon

Longtime Cork County, Ireland, cannabis activist, husband and father of two, Martin Condon, has been leading campaigns to bring an end to cannabis prohibition. Condon has done so by actively engaging in civil disobedience and organizing public demonstrations for the past 12 years, which have been continuing in Ireland for the past 20 years.

He’s supporting many others who are fighting to use cannabis as medicine for severe ailments, such as Vera Twomey, and her now-12-year fight for cannabis to treat her daughter, Ava, who has severe epilepsy (see Higher Profile, A Mother’s Love).

What began on November 5, 2001, with now-member of the European Parliament, Luke “Ming” Flanagan, Condon sent cannabis joints via parcel post to every politician and media outlet and reporter in the country, culminated in the day being designated as, “National Legalise Cannabis Day.”

As reported in The Irish Times at the time of mass joint delivery, “The idea landed Mr. Luke “Ming” Flanagan (29) in Garda (police) custody, however, and last night, a Garda spokesman confirmed he had been released without charge and a file would go to the DPP.”

With no charges pressed, the campaign was viewed as a success, with much attention allotted to the cause—in an educating moment.

A letter drafted by Flanagan stated that along with the gifts, there was a list of 10 reasons why cannabis prohibition should end, with a notation that each joint should be brought to the nearest Garda (police) station, as it’s illegal. It’s unclear how many joints were turned in to authorities from the legislators, but it was noted that Independent TD (Teachtai Dala in Irish, a member of Dail Eireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas, or Irish Parliament) Mr. Jackie Healy Rae was the first to give his up.

It is interesting to note that there was no such note with legalese fine print sent to journalists, rather, a message stating, “I have enclosed a joint for you to enjoy the day.” This writer would have been pleased.

To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the event, Condon and the now-formed Cannabis Activist Alliance, recreating the campaign, sent out another 200 joints and infused “jellies” (gummies) to every politician and media outlet around the country.

As quoted in Cork County publication CorkBeo, Condon urged, “I hope the message in the letters highlighting the dangers of cannabis prohibition might sink in and those who support the prohibition model might begin to see the problems which it creates and how regulation is a much greater way to achieve harm reduction.”

Courtesy of Martin Condon

Reducing Harm with Cannabis Awareness

Harm reduction is a crucial part of the cannabis plant being accepted as a beneficial remedy and/or opioid and addictive pain killer replacement. 

Statistics show us that in the U.S., with a population of nearly 330 million, opioid deaths reach upwards of 60,000 or more in a single year. In Ireland, with a population hovering at just below five million people, the country saw close to 70,000 deaths in 2020 alone, according to DrugAbuse.gov, an Irish government agency.

In legal states in the U.S., it’s been well-documented that opioid use declines when safe access of cannabis is allowed, by up to 25 percent or more.

Cork TD Mick Barry was quoted as saying, “Whilst he has not yet received Martin’s present yet at the time CorkBeo’s went to press, he does ‘believe that the law unnecessarily criminalises a large number of ordinary people from all walks of life who use cannabis and who pose no threat whatsoever to society,’ adding, ‘I believe these laws need to change, and I would like to commend Martin for the work he is doing to highlight these issues.’”

Condon
Courtesy of Martin Condon

Planting Ireland, Honoring Civil Disobedience

Aside from often walking into numerous garda stations with potted cannabis plants in protest of prohibition, Condon has also planted more than 40 cannabis plants across Cork City, where he resides. Specifically in front of City Hall—all shouted out live on his podcast, “Martin’s World,” streamed on Spotify.

“I brought a cannabis plant into our Prime Minister’s office as a gift,” he shared, proudly. “Last Valentine’s Day I brought out some cannabis flowers to show the garda some love—all done live on my podcast.”

The headline from the CorkBeo on the City Hall plantings read, “Guerilla gardener beds cannabis in front of Cork City Hall,” with a notion that “six more cannabis plants have been planted across the city after the Gardai uprooted the previous batch.”

The cannabis plants were reportedly “sticking up amongst the decorative flowers in the carefully manicured beds outside the main entrance.” 

Condon, who has a Bachelors of Science (Bsc) in Herbal Sciences, and is an avid gardener, considered the plantings to be a “peaceful way of protesting against the prohibition of cannabis and the impact it has on people who need it to improve their quality of life.”

Organizing smoke-outs in the park (or smoke-ups, as they call them) have been a given and well attended. One smoke-up raised 650 pounds for a non-cannabis related community endeavor assisting a search and rescue. Another smoke-up had a couple getting engaged within the spirit of advocacy and love for the plant and each other.

Rosa Parks, known for her civil disobedience act of riding in the front of a bus during the fight for desegregation of Blacks in 1960s America, has been an inspiration for Condon. 

“We celebrated the end of 2021 with one final protest in Rosa Park’s honor, as she’s been a civil disobedience inspiration globally,” he concluded. “It was a busy protest year for Ireland, but after enjoying Christmas with our families, we are ready to begin the fight again in 2022.”

The year 2022 sees a Bill before the Irish Government to change the laws around cannabis, and hopefully, remove the criminal sanctions for growing and possessing the plant—and you can be sure Condon and his fellow activists will be there in numbers, shouting out live on the Martin’s World podcast for all to see.

Follow Martin Condon on Facebook and Twitter @Martinsworld420.

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COVID-19 Supply Chain Crunch Impacts Cannabis Industry

One of the great struggles of today’s legal, publicly traded cannabis industry is to wedge a perishable agricultural product into the shelf-stable, uniformly sized box of a consumer packaged good. This means that the modern cannabis industry is susceptible to the same COVID-19 supply chain crunch plaguing every other commercial sector.

Automobiles are scarce and exorbitantly expensive because of a dearth of computer chips. New home prices have sky-rocketed because lumber and hardware are more costly. And in addition to increased fuel prices and the cost of maintaining fleets of delivery vehicles, cannabis companies are grappling with an increase in prices affecting pre-roll cones and the reservoir tanks for vaporizer-pen cartridges, as well looming shortages of more prosaic sundry items like the plastic lids for flower jars, according to interviews.

But unlike consumers seeking Xboxes or pickup trucks, who have little option beyond paying more for a used good or waiting for a new one to become available, cannabis buyers can choose to patronize the traditional or illicit market. So the cannabis industry’s COVID-19 supply chain crunch comes at one of the worst possible times, as cost-conscious consumers continue to shop on the illicit market because of sticker shock at licensed retail dispensaries.

Not Just COVID, But Holidays and Homogenization

In some cases, items are slow to arrive or more expensive because of the COVID-19 supply chain crunch—but not always.

In China, for example, premier Xi Jinping’s official policy on the virus has been “COVID zero,” which means that for every two weeks at work, port workers quarantine for three weeks to stop the spread of the virus. This policy was upheld even after the more contagious omicron variant’s appearance, according to observers.

But the bottlenecks already affecting the supply chain are poised to become worse over the next month, as workers based in mainland China and other Asian countries where key components are manufactured leave work and travel home for the Lunar New Year, said Alen Nguyen, the CEO of MainStem, a Seattle-based company that runs procurement software used by cannabis companies.

That lost manufacturing time will create a ripple effect of product shortages that will be felt for most of 2022, predicts Nguyen, who identified hand-made pro-roll cones and vaporizer components as the two most affected items.

“We’re seeing a massive bottleneck between those two pieces,” he said. “It’s going to be pretty difficult for the next six to nine months.”

However, when it comes to cannabis and COVID, the main issue appears to be a simple lack of diversity in the supply chain: Too few factories supply too much of the products, which means that if anything goes wrong at any one of these manufacturing centers, ripples are felt all the way down to the consumer.

All The Papers in One Basket

You’ve probably never heard of Mitra Prodin, even if you’ve literally kissed their work dozens of times. Based in Indonesia, on the island of Bali, the company runs what is purported to be the largest pre-rolled cones manufacturing center in the world, with more than 6,000 employees and a staggering 746.7 million cones sold globally in 2021.

For now, most pre-roll cones used by cannabis companies large and small are still handmade overseas in factories like Mitra Prodin. Though he declined to identify the factory by name, according to Nguyen, larger overseas pre-roll factories in countries like Indonesia—where workers are normally packed in shoulder-to-shoulder at work tables—have reduced workforces by up to 50% in an effort to discourage the spread of the omicron variant.

Though not handmade, a similar phenomenon affects vaporizer cartridges. Only a handful of major companies, all based in China, produce the components required for industry-standard vaporizer-cartridge pens, Nguyen said. One, Smoore International, based in Shenzhen, recently filed a trade dispute against U.S. manufacturers for allegedly infringing upon its design patent.

That dispute is ongoing, but the upshot will likely be even fewer sources of components like cartridge tanks for cannabis companies looking to purchase oil tanks to fill, with wholesale prices increasing by as much as 25% as a result, Nguyen said.

Finding alternative sources is difficult during the COVID-19 supply chain crunch, since competing factories simply do not exist. Building one from the ground up is cost-prohibitive, he added.

Consumer Changes When?

In the short term, consumers are unlikely to experience any significant price increases resulting from the omicron labor shortage—in part because companies are very aware that any additional costs will probably be met with consumers migrating to the illicit market, according to executives.

Owing to the fact that most states did not have a legal cannabis market before the mid-2010s, most cannabis companies are new. And they either lack the capacity or the interest to order an advance supply of necessary components, Nguyen said, meaning that any shortage in the supply chain immediately causes a product shortage or a price increase.

But even companies that planned ahead are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 supply chain crunch, with little relief in sight until the supply chain can return to some semblance of normal—which may not happen until the pandemic ends.

Unlike most cannabis companies, CannaCraft, a large manufacturer of edibles, vaporizer cartridges and other products based in Santa Rosa, Calif., stocked up on basic components early in the pandemic, according to Tiffany Devitt, the company’s chief of government and consumer affairs. But like other companies in legal markets like California’s, where businesses say high taxes and regulatory burdens are squeezing thin margins, CannaCraft can’t raise prices in the event of a shortage, she said.

“Our customers are more price sensitive; passing on those charges to them is not an option,” she said, adding that the company has also been affected by rising gas prices and vehicle unavailability.

“As hard as it is to get a car, getting a box truck is even harder,” she said. “Our costs have gone up, but in order to stay competitive, we’ve had to bring our price points down. So, basically, we’re between a rock and a hard place.”

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