Friday, January 24, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, January 24, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// MedMen Responds To Vendor Payment Crisis (Green Market Report)

// Two years in, California’s legal marijuana businesses struggle with financial woes as they battle illicit market (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Wisconsin Governor Blasts Lawmakers For Not Legalizing Medical Marijuana Despite Public Support (Marijuana Moment)


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// Illinois’ first marijuana lounge gets approved hours away from Chicago. ‘It’s going to be an experience.’ (Chicago Tribune)

// California to require marijuana retailers to exhibit QR code (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Chicago Housing Authority relaxes recreational marijuana policy (WGN9 News)

// Cresco Labs secures up to $200M in debt for marijuana operations (Marijuana Business Daily)

// No edibles under New Zealand’s medical cannabis scheme, government says (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New Hampshire Lawmakers Debate Non-Commercial Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// Thief Steals Cannabis From Chicago Airport Amnesty Box (NBC 5 Chicago)


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Monday, February 24, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Monday, February 24, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Elizabeth Warren Has A New Plan For Legalizing Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

// Licensing appeals overwhelm Missouri’s medical marijuana program, point to widespread MJ industry concern about scoring fairness (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Vape crisis forced cannabis sector to increase focus on technology, testing, and transparency (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// House Candidate Gives Marijuana To Voters At ‘First-Ever Congressional Weed Party’ (Marijuana Moment)

// Guidance issued for advertising marijuana products in Maine (Portland Press Herald)

// Legal Pot Sales in Canada Rise 8% in December (Motley Fool)

// Reynolds says she’s comfortable with board recs on medical marijuana (Radio Iowa)

// Secret U.S. document shows Canadians who use legal cannabis ‘not eligible’ for Nexus program (Growth Op)

// Medical Schools Aren’t Teaching Their Students About Cannabis, Survey Finds (Merry Jane)

// Federal Reserve Sends Reminder That Hemp Businesses Can Get Bank Accounts (Marijuana Moment)


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

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

// USDA Announces Two Temporary Changes To Restrictive Hemp Rules (Marijuana Moment)

// In major shift, UN drug chief questions whether control treaties involving cannabis are out of date (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Vermont farmers concerned by cannabis bill provisions (WCAX 3 CBS)


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// Mass. Cities And Towns Demand Large Payouts From Marijuana Companies (WGBH 89.7)

// What marijuana companies can learn from federal legalization of hemp (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Colorado’s First Marijuana Tasting Room to Open on 4/20 (Wikileaf)

// Alcohol is killing more Americans than ever. Here’s how to save them (Leafly)

// Marijuana and the NBA: Erasing the stigma and healing the league (NBC Sports)

// Massachusetts May Tax Black Market Weed Dealers Instead of Fining Them (Merry Jane)

// More Than 80% of Denver Teens Don’t Smoke Weed, New Study Says (Merry Jane)


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

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Friday, February 28, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// USDA Announces Two Temporary Changes To Restrictive Hemp Rules (Marijuana Moment)

// In major shift, UN drug chief questions whether control treaties involving cannabis are out of date (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Vermont farmers concerned by cannabis bill provisions (WCAX 3 CBS)


These headlines are brought to you by MJToday Media, publishers of this podcast as well as our weekly show Marijuana Today and the most-excellent Green Rush Podcast. And check out our new show Weed Wonks!


// Mass. Cities And Towns Demand Large Payouts From Marijuana Companies (WGBH 89.7)

// What marijuana companies can learn from federal legalization of hemp (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Colorado’s First Marijuana Tasting Room to Open on 4/20 (Wikileaf)

// Alcohol is killing more Americans than ever. Here’s how to save them (Leafly)

// Marijuana and the NBA: Erasing the stigma and healing the league (NBC Sports)

// Massachusetts May Tax Black Market Weed Dealers Instead of Fining Them (Merry Jane)

// More Than 80% of Denver Teens Don’t Smoke Weed, New Study Says (Merry Jane)


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, February 24, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Monday, February 24, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Elizabeth Warren Has A New Plan For Legalizing Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

// Licensing appeals overwhelm Missouri’s medical marijuana program, point to widespread MJ industry concern about scoring fairness (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Vape crisis forced cannabis sector to increase focus on technology, testing, and transparency (Marijuana Business Daily)


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.


// House Candidate Gives Marijuana To Voters At ‘First-Ever Congressional Weed Party’ (Marijuana Moment)

// Guidance issued for advertising marijuana products in Maine (Portland Press Herald)

// Legal Pot Sales in Canada Rise 8% in December (Motley Fool)

// Reynolds says she’s comfortable with board recs on medical marijuana (Radio Iowa)

// Secret U.S. document shows Canadians who use legal cannabis ‘not eligible’ for Nexus program (Growth Op)

// Medical Schools Aren’t Teaching Their Students About Cannabis, Survey Finds (Merry Jane)

// Federal Reserve Sends Reminder That Hemp Businesses Can Get Bank Accounts (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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Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Friday, January 24, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Friday, January 24, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// MedMen Responds To Vendor Payment Crisis (Green Market Report)

// Two years in, California’s legal marijuana businesses struggle with financial woes as they battle illicit market (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Wisconsin Governor Blasts Lawmakers For Not Legalizing Medical Marijuana Despite Public Support (Marijuana Moment)


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!


// Illinois’ first marijuana lounge gets approved hours away from Chicago. ‘It’s going to be an experience.’ (Chicago Tribune)

// California to require marijuana retailers to exhibit QR code (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Chicago Housing Authority relaxes recreational marijuana policy (WGN9 News)

// Cresco Labs secures up to $200M in debt for marijuana operations (Marijuana Business Daily)

// No edibles under New Zealand’s medical cannabis scheme, government says (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New Hampshire Lawmakers Debate Non-Commercial Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// Thief Steals Cannabis From Chicago Airport Amnesty Box (NBC 5 Chicago)


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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Pot Etiquette: How To Navigate The Ever-Changing World Of Weed

When I was in college, I would call up my pot dealer from a pay phone and ask him for “one chicken leg,” which was the secret phrase for a joint (that sadly didn’t come close to the size of a chicken leg). Never would I outright ask for weed. That would have been a gauche no-no and strictly against the cannabis code at the time.

Many old-school tokers will recall the mantra “puff-puff-pass,” which curtly explains how to share a joint when smoking in a group. In other words, don’t take your time; puff twice and hand it along.

Cannabis culture has changed dramatically over the years as the weed-etiquette rulebook continues to be written and rewritten.

Most cannabis consumers not fortunate enough to live in states with legal pot programs have developed the skills to buy, ask for, share and find cannabis, and to get by in the weedy underbelly of illegal pot.

But now that cannabis is recreationally and medically legal in many states, a slew of new questions and dilemmas about proper pot behavior have cropped up. Is it okay to give weed as a wedding gift? Is it copacetic to vape in church? Can I offer my friend’s grandma an edible to help her glaucoma?

These and more concerns come to mind, so I reached out to some experts, including weed aficionados, ganjapreneurs, writers, and imbibers to ask them how to put one’s chillest foot forward in this brave new world of growing cannabis acceptance. Here is what I discovered.

Is It Cool To Talk Openly About Pot?

“Many people are looking to come out of the ‘canna closet,’” explains Jonathan Teeters, general manager of the CBD division at Azuca, a cannabis and CBD edibles company.

Teeters recommends sussing out common ground and branching out from there.

“Try starting by sharing a story about your parents’ stance on the power of CBD or how the NFL is reconsidering its views on medical cannabis,” he explains. “Centering it on a subject like parents or the NFL doesn’t shine the light right on you and your particular cannabis preferences, but creates a way to start a conversation.”

David Schmader, author of Weed: The User’s Guide, feels that pushing people to admit details about their private relationship with cannabis is an iffy area to tread into.

“Pressing on personal usage is dicey, except among actual friends,” he explains. “For medical-marijuana users, the question ‘Do you use cannabis?’ isn’t about their social lives, it’s about their medical lives, which many people like to keep private.”

In today’s cannabis landscape, weed isn’t just a “naughty hobby” anymore, it’s a bona fide medicine. It’s kind of bizarre to think about it like that if you grew up with it in a different era, saw friends serve jail time or even served it yourself. But it’s helpful to think of cannabis as medicine going forward, in addition to however else you might think of it.

Should It Be Assumed That Everyone Is Using Cannabis?

In a landscape where weed is rapidly becoming legalized in many of the places it had been previously outlawed for so long, it’s not crazy to assume that everyone is an avid appreciator of our favorite plant.

Leslie Siu, CEO of Mother & Clone, a company that specializes in sublingual cannabis products and accessories, agrees.

“It’s inappropriate to assume they don’t use it,” she explains.

Yet Siu believes there are some environments where discussing or using cannabis could be considered out of line.

“My kids’ preschool at drop-off is not an appropriate place to use cannabis,” she muses, then adds, “and talking about it in front of my Bible-thumping in-laws would be a bad idea.”

However, Siu was taken aback to discover the positive results that came from using cannabis at her doctor’s office.

“It’s been surprisingly okay,” she tells me. “[The staff] treat me like the doctor and ask questions.”

When asked if it was acceptable to use cannabis at church, Siu gives the thumbs-up. “Just do it discreetly,” Siu suggests.

So It’s Okay To Use Cannabis In Church?

Shedrack Anderson, host of the TV show The Daily Chil With Shedrack, on Amazon Prime, and founder of the cannabis-oriented skincare company Chilyo, feels church is not a place in which he’d personally be comfortable using this particular one of God’s creations.

“I wouldn’t,” he explains, “though I respect the Rastafarian movement and other [religions that incorporate cannabis].”

Anderson elaborates, noting that though he doesn’t follow a religion, he respects them all. “I don’t want any of their gods mad at me!”

According to Kris Krane of 4Front Ventures, a company that specializes in cannabis business branding, “Basic respect and decency would dictate that you respect the rules someone sets in their own home, and the same would apply to a place of worship.

“If you really want cannabis to help you feel closer to God,” he continues, “or just get through a long service, consider an edible before you arrive.”

Resorting to edibles is a reasonable solution for any get-together where you’d like to partake in cannabis but perhaps it wouldn’t be kosher to break out a bong and start pulling tubes—before Thanksgiving dinner with the family, at a work-related event or when you’re being dragged along to something that you know is going to be dry and boring.

But be forewarned—edibles can pack a punch.

Experimenting with them in advance is never a bad idea, as you don’t want to find yourself unexpectedly, unbelievably high at an inopportune environment.

Should Pot Be Given As A Gift?

Anderson feels cannabis wouldn’t make an appropriate formal gift, as he views it as a pharmaceutical.

“Cannabis is a medicine,” he explains. “Would you offer your wedding guests aspirin as a gift? No. You would only offer medicine if someone needed it.”

Kelley Bruce, founder and president of cannamommy.org, a website that helps connect parents to medical cannabis and information (and all the experts I spoke to), agrees that cannabis has no place in schools—say, for example, as a gift to a teacher or for use on a school campus.

“Bringing a controlled substance into a federal school is still very much illegal. I would not recommend that,” Bruce warns.

“Weddings are private events,” she continues. “If you want to provide cannabis to the bride and groom and are within the state laws, do what you want, and invite me!”

She also gives the seal of approval to presenting cannabis as a holiday gift. “As long as you’re within state laws, I would love to get cannabis from my Secret Santa,” Bruce enthuses.

Siu agrees with the general consensus about pot and presents, stating, “Cannabis is not a good gift idea for teachers or cops.”

How Much Should You Spend On A Pot Present?

Corey Mangold, CEO and founder of Orchid Essentials, a vape and accessories company, says, “Gifting cannabis is an increasingly popular thing. If I’m going to buy some cannabis for someone, the price to spend on cannabis is just the same as if it were another gift. For example, for my parents for Christmas, I might spend $100 on cannabis as a gift, but for a casual friend, I might spend $20 to $40.”

Of course, if the person receiving the gift is you, Mangold advocates being extra generous. “If I’m gifting it to myself, definitely at least $300!” he says.

John Oram, founder and CEO of NUG, a cannabis-concentrates company, notes that cannabis is expensive in California. “Retail customers can see taxes as high as 40 percent,” he shares. “A typical consumer spends about $65 per transaction. You should expect to spend close to this amount for a gift.”

Siu brought the expected spending down to a more thrifty number, explaining you could aim for just “$5 or more.” She explains: “Showing up with a joint is always a cool move and very appreciated. You can always go fancy, but all weed is a nice gesture!”

As the lines of communication open and expand with further legalization lending to the shaping of the culture that develops around cannabis, we will surely see these and other cannabis social rules and guidelines bend and change even more in time.

Uncertainty Surrounding The New Rules Of Weed

If you’re not sure of the correct way to proceed when you encounter a sensitive cannabis issue, use common sense. You can use the existing laws as a guideline as well. If you’re not sure what those laws are, do your own research. Read up on cannabis if it is of interest or concern to you. Ask a friend; nearly everyone has a buddy these days who is working as part of a weed start-up.

And if you’re still not sure how to proceed, do what feels comfortable to you.

If your comfort level lies outside of the realm of all that may yet be legal, just, you know, don’t get caught.

Higher Education

Here are a few more timely resources to help bring your weed etiquette up to current speed:

Books:

Weed: The User’s Guide, by David Schmader
Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, From Dispensaries to Dinner Parties, by Lizzie Post
The Original Book of Pot Etiquette, by Vanessa Fimbres

Television:

Vice’s Weediquette, with Krishna Andavolu.

This feature was published in the August, 2019 issue of High Times magazine. Subscribe right here.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Charlie Baker pushes bill that would target stoned driving (Boston Globe)

// Study Funded By Feds Debunks Myths About Marijuana Legalization’s Alleged Harms (Marijuana Moment)

// Mexican Senate Leader Says Marijuana Will Be Legalized This Month (Marijuana Moment)


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// OLCC to hold emergency meeting to discuss regulations after Gov. Brown orders 180-day ban on flavored vaping products (KPTV Fox 12)

// Oregon, Maine Have Highest Rates of Positive Workforce Drug Tests (U.S News & World Report)

// Advocates look to legalize industrial hemp in South Dakota (West Central Tribune)

// Maine on track for legal marijuana sales by spring 2020 (Washington Post (AP))

// Majority Of New Yorkers Say Marijuana Should Be Legalized, Poll Shows (Marijuana Moment)

// New Mexico orders labeling of THC products associated with vaping (Durango Herald)

// NBA Veteran Al Harrington’s Viola Closes on $16m Financing Round (Green Market Report)


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Friday, October 4, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Friday, October 4, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// New York’s ban on flavored e-cigs on hold for now (WHAM)

// Vaping-Related Illness Could be Caused by Toxic Fumes, Study Finds (Merry Jane)

// Cannabis at work: Almost 1 in 10 Canadians say their employer allows it (CTV News)


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// Alaska alcohol control board votes to remove top regulator (Anchorage Daily News)

// Constellation Takes Huge Hit From Canopy Growth Investment (Green Market Report)

// Digital payments platform Square welcomes US marijuana businesses (Business Times)

// Michigan unveils license instructions for $1.4B adult-use cannabis market (Marijuana Business Daily)

// End-of-life hospital care in California could soon include cannabis (Leafly)

// Marketing consultant sought to brand and promote Humboldt County cannabis industry (KRCR 7 ABC)

// Cigarettes, N.H., Craigslist: How the vaping public is contending with Baker’s ban (Boston Globe)


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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Baker declares public health emergency, orders 4-month ban on all vaping products (Boston Globe)

// Journey of a Tainted Vape Cartridge: From China’s Labs to Your Lungs (Leafly)

// Marijuana delivered to your door: Massachusetts regulators approve home delivery, cannabis cafes (Mass Live)


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// Chart: With rec sales on the horizon, Illinois’ medical cannabis program surging (Marijuana Business Daily)

// One-third of young NYC residents smoke pot: study (New York Post)

// THC Found in 46% of America’s Best-Selling Hemp CBD Products (Merry Jane)

// UT gov signs medical cannabis bill increasing dispensaries, licensing couriers (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Senate Committee Includes State Medical Marijuana Protections In Spending Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// New York, Connecticut, And New Jersey Governors Will Meet To Discuss Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

// Canberra becomes the first city in Australia to legalize marijuana (CNN)


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