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

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
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

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
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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