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

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

// New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed After Governor Puts Issue On 2020 Agenda (Marijuana Moment)

// Global Cannabis Sales Grow 48% to $15 Billion in 2019 (Valdosta Daily Times (AP))

// 40% of Arizona’s Hemp Crops Must Be Destroyed Due to Too Much THC (AZ Marijuana)


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// Raimondo’s $10-billion budget plan includes state-run stores for recreational pot (Providence Journal)

// Ontario Cannabis Store sells out of edibles within hours (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Alaska pot board chair being chaired (Boston Globe)

// Marijuana deliver giant Eaze may go up in smoke (Tech Crunch)

// Congressman Backs Ballot Measure To Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms For Therapeutic Use (Marijuana Moment)

// Travelers Threw Away Over 37 Pounds of Weed at This Colorado Airport (Merry Jane)

// High Times To Open Dispensaries (Green Market Report)


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Chicago Airports Have Installed Drop Boxes For Passengers To Get Rid Of Weed

Illinois’ new era of legal weed means travelers passing through Chicago airports don’t need to worry about TSA if they’re holding. But if you don’t feel like taking your pot on the plane, well, that’s cool, too.

Local officials announced this week that so-called “cannabis amnesty boxes” have been installed at O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. Positioned at each airport’s TSA checkpoints, the boxes will serve as a receptacle for travelers who would like to ditch their marijuana products before boarding.

“We’re not encouraging people to bring cannabis through the airports at all,” Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Maggie Huynh said, as quoted by the Chicago Tribune. “But if for some reason you have it on you, we have those amnesty boxes out there so that you can dispose of it prior to getting on the airplane.”

Illinois’ new law, which took effect on New Year’s Day, permits adults aged 21 and older to purchase and possess up to one ounce of marijuana. The law, signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker last summer, will also result in the pardons of more than 100,000 individuals previously convicted of low-level, non-violent marijuana offenses. Illinois is the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Travelers Still Advised Not To Bring Cannabis To Airports

The Transportation Security Administration, created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, has said that its screening procedures are focused on identifying potential threats and that officials do not search for cannabis or other federally illegal drugs. However, the agency has said that “in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or a cannabis infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement.”

In that spirit, TSA said last month that it would defer to local police in Chicago on such matters; local police, in turn, said they wouldn’t bother anyone in possession of marijuana as long as they are within the guidelines of the statute.

That said, law enforcement is still encouraging travelers to leave the weed at home.

“To ensure safe travel for all travelers, we’re encouraging all travelers not to bring cannabis through Chicago airports as it remains illegal under federal law,” Chicago police commander William Mullane said last month.

Legal weed is off to a roaring start in Illinois, with the first week of sales generating nearly $11 million and several shops already running out of products. One dispensary has even put a hold on selling recreational weed so that cannabis can go towards medical marijuana patients.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Illinois announces nearly $11 million worth of recreational cannabis sold in first 5 days (WGN9 News)

// Several Illinois Dispensaries Close After First Days of Recreational Sales (NBC 5 Chicago)

// High Times Hires Stormy Simon As New CEO After Kraig Fox Resigns (Green Market Report)


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// Michigan recreational cannabis sales near $6.5 million in first month (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Marijuana Legalization Measure Officially Qualifies For South Dakota 2020 Ballot (Marijuana Moment)

// NM medical marijuana growers use too much water, agencies fear (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Thailand Launches Full-Time Clinics Dispensing Cannabis Oil (New York Times (AP))

// More Than Half of Cannabis Tourists Bring Weed Home, New Survey Finds (Merry Jane)

// People Visiting Safe Injection Sites Are Less Likely To Die Compared To Other Drug Consumers, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// ‘Cats,’ a big-screen fiasco, is delighting and frightening stoned audiences (Seattle Times)


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Las Vegas Gets Ready To Become The Next Travel Destination For Cannabis-Lovers

When Nevada first legalized recreational cannabis in 2017, it seemed liked Las Vegas was immediately poised to welcome an influx of weed-loving tourists. A museum opened, a number of cannabis-fueled classes began to crop up, and a series of marijuana-themed tours took root. However, public consumption has hit a legal roadblock, with recent Nevada legislation postponing the licensing of consumption lounges for two whole years. Fortunately, that statute doesn’t apply to the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, which operates a fully legal cannabis consumption venue, the Vegas Tasting Room, inside the NuWu Cannabis Marketplace. Because it’s on sovereign land, the Vegas Tasting Room is the only place in Las Vegas where folks can safely and legally consume the sacred herb—for now.

When recreational cannabis was first legalized in Nevada, a number of marijuana-themed attractions appeared on the horizon. Today, Las Vegas is home to a two-hour Puff, Pass and Paint class, which invites creative types to deftly wield paintbrushes between tokes in a relaxed environment geared toward all skill levels, from budding artists to established painters and everyone between. Because of Nevada’s consumption laws, however, attendees are required to bring their own bud, and the location’s address is only revealed once tickets are bought. The same goes for similar classes that are currently in the works, such as Puff, Pass and Pastry, which hopes to teach students how to cook with cannabis over brunch or dinner; and Puff, Pass, Pottery, which bills itself as the “only 420 friendly clay working class in the state,” promising to teach attendees how to make ashtrays—with glazing and firing included. The forthcoming Puff, Pass & Pamper class, meanwhile, seeks to instruct guests on how to whip up lip balm, bath soaks, and ingredients for a THC facial.

Another pot-inspired activity that Las Vegas event organizers had in mind upon legalization was the good old-fashioned tour. While there appear to be no weed-themed tours operating at the moment, a few have been planned out. The Sin City Cannabis Tour plans to take folks on a two-and-a-half-hour ride inside a party bus, hitting all of the 420 destinations worth seeing in Las Vegas. Those interested in a more behind-the-scenes look at the marijuana industry will have a chance to take the one-of-a-kind Grow Tour, which offers an exclusive expedition inside an indoor grow house. And in what is perhaps the most ambitious tour of them all, the Hop On Hop Off Cannabis Tour wants to take people along the famous Las Vegas Strip and historic Fremont Street, recalling the regular hop on/hop off tours in major cities around the world, only with bongs, blunts, and bud to boot. Unfortunately, because of the aforementioned laws restricting cannabis consumption, these cannabis tours—like most of the classes—appear to be on hold until Nevada state and Las Vegas city officials figure things out, legally speaking.

Along with classes and tours, another pot-themed attraction is gearing up for action in Las Vegas: Cannabition Cannabis Museum, the world’s first immersive museum dedicated to marijuana. But as with most of the cannabis-themed classes and all of the marijuana-related tours, the museum itself is in limbo, too. It’s temporarily closed, with plans to reopen as a “10,000 square-foot journey featuring more than 20 unique, cannabis inspired art installations celebrating the arts, culture, history, and celebration of the medical and recreational cannabis experience,” according to its website. Right now, Cannabition is in the process of moving to a new location at Planet 13, a mega-dispensary with its own hopes of opening a coffee house and restaurant, pending the clarification of local consumption laws, of course.

By all appearances, Las Vegas has big plans to attract tourists who are also cannabis enthusiasts, and the forecast certainly looks exciting. For the time being, however, weed-loving visitors really just have one option when it comes to public places in which to legally consume cannabis. At nearly 16,000 square feet, the NuWu Cannabis Marketplace features hundreds of products and a drive-through window, serving up to 3,000 people daily. NuWu, which translates to “the Southern Paiute people,” is also home to the Vegas Tasting Room, the only place in the city where social consumption is permitted. This year, it’s the place to be during MJBizCon, which takes place December 11–14 in Las Vegas. And until Nevada officially legalizes consumption lounges, NuWu is the only place to be for cannabis-lovers—all thanks to the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe of Native Americans.

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Monday, November 25, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Monday, November 25, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Michigan pauses sales on marijuana vaping products for increased testing (Michigan Advance)

// Supreme Court Rejects Joe Redner Pot Appeal (WUSF Public Media)

// Germany reveals wholesale medical cannabis price at 2.3 euros per gram, signaling no windfall for suppliers (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Inside the Walmart of Weed: From rural Canada, Big Marijuana seeks to dominate global market (Boston Globe)

// Harborside Delivers Rise In Revenue, But Trims Outlook Due To Disrupted Harvests (Green Market Report)

// Drake’s attempt to trademark Canada’s weed warning label hits a stop sign (Market Watch)

// Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Discusses Marijuana, Joe Biden, And Prohibitionist Activists (Marijuana Moment)

// Maine wants to phase in recreational cannabis testing (Portland Press Herald)

// How Massachusetts inns are going ‘420-friendly’ for travelers (Boston.com)

// Hundreds of California marijuana business licenses still suspended and likely going unused (Marijuana Business Daily)


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Monday, November 18, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Monday, November 18, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Aurora Cannabis Shareholders Not Happy With Earnings (Green Market Report)

// The Green Organic Dutchman Disappoints With Lower Than Expected Revenue (Green Market Report)

// MedMen Faces Reality, Slashes Employees Scales Back Expansion (Green Market Report)


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// Vote To Federally Legalize Marijuana Planned In Congress (Forbes)

// Hexo says unlicensed pot grown at now-shuttered Niagara facility (BNN Bloomberg)

// Pot lottery winners choose downtown Chicago for stores (WGN 9 TV)

// Hemp-Derived CBD Helps Chronic Pain Patients Reduce Opioid Use, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// Man ejected from Amtrak train for smoking pot onboard (Press & Guide)

// Nevada Bar has not sanctioned any lawyers for involvement in marijuana industry (Nevada Independent)

// Biden Says Marijuana Might Be A Gateway Drug (Forbes)


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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Lift on Massachusetts medical marijuana vape ban a ‘big victory’ for patients (Boston Herald)

// Federal grand jury investigating municipal marijuana contracts (Boston Globe)

// Gov. Noem Responds to New USDA Industrial Hemp Guidelines (KDLT NBC News)


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// Illinois trucker flunked drug test; claims fraud by CBD candy maker (Eyewitness News ABC 7)

// Massive marijuana shipment confiscated by NYPD is legal hemp: business owner (New York Post)

// Columbia Care Enters Colorado with $140 Million Acquisition (New Cannabis Ventures)

// USDA Releases Video Explainer On Its Draft Rules For Hemp (Marijuana Moment)

// Weed-Friendly Hotels Could Change the Coachella Experience Forever (Merry Jane)

// Chart: Year-to-date cannabis investment activity up 40% over 2018, but it’s slowing (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Calling It ‘Cannabis’ Instead Of ‘Marijuana’ Doesn’t Boost Legalization Support, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)


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Space Case: Do You Have Your Boarding Pass To Mars?

It may still not have a name, but this much is certain: NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover will have a dime-sized microchip attached to it with the names of people who have signed up for “boarding passes” through NASA’s “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign. Are you one of them? If not, the space agency invites you to submit your name, too.

Join the Latest Mars Mission. Sort of.

The Jet Propulsion Lab’s Microdevices Laboratory is stenciling all the names onto a small silicon chip with an electron beam, with lines of text measuring less than 75 nanometers, which is about 1/1000th of a human hair, according to NASA. But this is not the first time the government organization has invited the public to send names to space. In 2014, over a million names were submitted to be included on Orion’s Flight Test, and in 2016, more than two million names flew on NASA’s InSight mission to Mars. Each mission comes with its own badge, and users can amass “frequent flyer” points by signing up for boarding passes for multiple missions.

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“As we get ready to launch this historic Mars mission, we want everyone to share in this journey of exploration,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, as quoted in a press release. “It’s an exciting time for NASA as we embark on this voyage to answer profound questions about our neighboring planet, and even the origins of life itself.”

The latest Mars mission is the first planned round trip to another planet. The rover will launch sometime after July of next year, with a touchdown date set for February 2021. The “robotic scientist” weighs 2,300 pounds, and according to NASA, “will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.”

Get Your Boarding Pass to Mars Before It’s Too Late

The “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign launched on May 21 and has since amassed more than nine million names and counting. The deadline to submit names for a boarding pass to Mars is September 30, 2019.

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Travel Continues to Frustrate and Pain Medical Cannabis Patients

Medical cannabis access continues to grow across the United States. However access remains a problem for patients traveling outside their home state. 

Today, 33 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized medical cannabis marketplaces and/or have similar regulations in place. July 2019 numbers from the Marijuana Policy Project estimate that just under 3.1 million patients are currently registered in the American system. 

The improved access has significantly lessened the number of cannabis refugees, or those forced to uproot their lives in search of legal medical cannabis. That is until they have to cross state lines. There, access can, once again, become uncertain.  

If you are visiting one of the 11 legal adult-use states, this shouldn’t be a concern. There, adults can legally purchase cannabis without a medical card. However, that outcome is not certain in every medical cannabis state. Often, if you don’t have a card for the state you’re in, you may be out of luck getting medical cannabis. 

This discrepancy is concerning. Some states and the country’s capital have taken up the issue. Over the years, these states have enacted reciprocity laws. Reciprocity is a law which allows people with qualifying conditions to get their medical cannabis from a participating dispensary when in certain states. 

However, rules tend to vary. Some states aren’t included in other state programs. In other cases, dispensaries in states with reciprocity can opt-out of the law. The inconsistent rules frame reciprocity as a worthy step forward that fails to provide access to all in need. 

As such, travel for work and pleasure is a daunting task for patients around the globe. Their predicament applies to both citizens traveling within the U.S. and those visiting from other countries. As such, some patients factor cannabis access and reciprocity laws into their journeys. 

Sarah Ratliff is one person who does so. The Puerto Rico-based cannabis journalist and medical patient uses cannabis to treat several conditions, including a degenerative disc disorder, insomnia and anxiety. 

Before Puerto Rico legalized medical cannabis in 2015, she had spent some 30 years using opiates on a non-daily basis. Opiates presented its own issues due to her family’s history of substance abuse and the pill’s interaction with her body. 

Today, she avoids opiates, using cannabis when in Puerto Rico. She tries to do the same when leaving the island as well. “Now that I am such a habitual consumer, legality is a huge factor in where I travel,” Ratliff explained. 

Her concerns extend beyond the law to dosage and possession caps as well. “I’d have to buy a lot more product than I need to equal what I need for insomnia and migraines.” 

Ratliff says that cannabis consumption is now “as much a part of my daily routine as breathing, sleeping, and eating.” So much so that when a friend recently invited her on a multi-state trip, she declined after seeing the itinerary. 

The writer’s frustrations shine a light on a scenario U.S. patients are likely to encounter when traveling. Such struggles become that much more difficult for international travelers. 

Shane is a Milton, Ontario, Canada-based freelance writer and cannabis reviewer better known as VapeTheBud. He reached out to me and inspired this story after his recent trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The Canadian freelance writer has been a registered medical cannabis patient back home for five years. Shane consumes multiple times each day to address his chronic pain from avascular necrosis of the hip. A fan of traveling, he estimates trekking over 125,000 miles to date. 

However, much of that was before his diagnosis in 2011. Initially, opiates were a suitable solution, he said. “At the time, these were wonder drugs. It took the pain away and helped improve my quality of life.”

The pleasant results would not last, he said. “However, as time passed, my dose was triple the amount to maintain the same effect.” 

April 2014 saw Canada expand medical access to additional conditions. Shane would take up the opportunity a few months later in September. In medical cannabis, he found a solution for his pains, and could travel in the country. He still had to weigh the pros and cons to using opiates if he ever wanted to go outside of Canada, however. 

He elaborated on what that could mean for his body. “Many opiate patients will understand the irritability, hot flashes, and restless sleep we get from consuming these to manage chronic pain. This is not the last of the issues, he said, adding, “stopping them is never a fun experience.”

Not wanting to cut off international travel, Shane has used opiate medication on trips to the U.S. The experience has been less than desirable. He reported feeling somewhat maintained pain levels. On the other hand, he suffered from a lack of sleep and added stress that built up over time. 

Such a predicament left Shane not wanting to return to some of his favorite destinations, like Hawai’i, where reciprocity laws do not extend to international visitors. 

To satisfy his travel urge and legally obtain his medicine, he and his partner visited Las Vegas, Nevada. Their most recent trip was their eighth time. It was their first trip to the city since it legalized adult use sales began in June of 2017. 

“I hadn’t felt the excitement of going away in years due to my previous experiences,” Shane said. “This was my first trip where I had access to cannabis on vacation and didn’t need to keep reaching for the bottle of pain pills.”

To prepare for his visit, Shane took out $120 before leaving Ontario. He planned on visiting the Planet 13 dispensary on recommendation from an industry friend. At the dispensary, he consulted with the budtender, which included detailed research to find specific myrcene-rich products. 

“The budtender diligently looked at various products since their website didn’t mention this info, and was happy to print off some info labels for me that would work best for my needs,” reported Shane. 

Eventually, he’d choose a GG4 live resin vape cartridge for discreet consumption. The result was what he had hoped for. “I casually needed a few five to 10 seconds sips when pain arose. The concentrate lasted me a few days and was sufficient for my needs.” Shane said he carried his Percocet just in case but never used them.

Upon returning to Canada, he considered the trip to a legal cannabis market a worthwhile investment. “The end result was the best trip I had in years because I had access to cannabis.”

Sarah and Shane represent two stories that could come from countless other medical cannabis patients. Their stories are one that numerous others have shared or lived. While reciprocity is certainly a step forward, medical patients hoping to see other parts of the country or world are likely to say the current solution is far from enough.

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Canadian Woman Faces Lifetime Ban After Getting Caught With CBD Oil at U.S. Border

‘There seems to be a lot of confusion with Canadians entering the U.S. with regards to CBD,’ lawyer says. U.S. border protection has barred a young Canadian woman from crossing the border after cannabidiol (CBD) oil was found in her backpack — a non-psychoactive product of the cannabis plant she uses to treat the painful side effects of scoliosis. The woman, who has asked not to be identified by CBC News pending the outcome of…