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

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

// Trump Says Marijuana Makes People ‘Lose IQ Points’ In Secret Recording (Forbes)

// Cuomo amends marijuana legalization plan, but not enough yet for lawmakers (Buffalo News)

// Missouri licenses 192 medical marijuana dispensaries (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Aphria Lands $100 Million Investment From Single Institutional Investor (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Massachusetts to sell $900 million worth of weed in 2020, says analyst (Market Watch)

// Cannabis REIT Raises $217 Million with Equity Offering (New Cannabis Ventures)

// CSU Grad Who Owns Medical Marijuana Company Grants $1.5 Million Toward School’s Cannabis Research (CBS Denver)

// Cannabis Industry: 2020 Predictions (Forbes)

// Adult use ‘permit’ to be removed from USVI cannabis bill (Vibe High)

// I Saw the Future Standing in Line for Weed in Illinois. Then I Drove Back to the Past. (Esquire)


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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// US House OKs cannabis banking in passing $3 trillion coronavirus bill (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Louisiana House Approves Medical Marijuana For Any Debilitating Condition, Along With Delivery Services (Marijuana Moment)

// Feds Withdraw Health Grants For Schools That Allow Medical Marijuana, Maine Official Says (Marijuana Moment)


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// Massachusetts recreational cannabis stores to reopen in a week (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Strawberry Fields, Schwazze Dispensary Acquisition Terminated (Denver Westword)

// Cost-cutting cannabis giant Acreage to take $80 million-$100 million charge (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Curaleaf Generates $96.5 Million Revenue in Q1 (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Oregon sees record breaking $89 million in marijuana sales in April (KGW8 NBC News)

// Oklahoma Legislature Votes To Let Out-Of-State Residents Get Medical Marijuana, And To Allow Delivery (Marijuana Moment)

// Los Angeles explosion shows perils of illicit cannabis market (Leafly)


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Flashback to the 2017 San Francisco International Cannabis Business Conference – Toys and Trump

A lifetime has passed since my 2017, crazy trip to the San Francisco ICBC conference. Looking back, I am a little surprised and impressed with myself for going in the first place. From the beginning, I knew it would be an adventure, the circumstances guaranteed it. The green rush was in full swing with the […]

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Check out our other projects:Marijuana Today— Our flagship title, a weekly podcast examining the world of marijuana business and activism with some of the smartest people in the industry and movement. • Marijuana Media Connect— A service that connects industry insiders in the legal marijuana industry with journalists, bloggers, and writers in need of expert sources for their stories.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// US House OKs cannabis banking in passing $3 trillion coronavirus bill (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Louisiana House Approves Medical Marijuana For Any Debilitating Condition, Along With Delivery Services (Marijuana Moment)

// Feds Withdraw Health Grants For Schools That Allow Medical Marijuana, Maine Official Says (Marijuana Moment)


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!


// Massachusetts recreational cannabis stores to reopen in a week (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Strawberry Fields, Schwazze Dispensary Acquisition Terminated (Denver Westword)

// Cost-cutting cannabis giant Acreage to take $80 million-$100 million charge (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Curaleaf Generates $96.5 Million Revenue in Q1 (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Oregon sees record breaking $89 million in marijuana sales in April (KGW8 NBC News)

// Oklahoma Legislature Votes To Let Out-Of-State Residents Get Medical Marijuana, And To Allow Delivery (Marijuana Moment)

// Los Angeles explosion shows perils of illicit cannabis market (Leafly)


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, January 27, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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

// Trump Says Marijuana Makes People ‘Lose IQ Points’ In Secret Recording (Forbes)

// Cuomo amends marijuana legalization plan, but not enough yet for lawmakers (Buffalo News)

// Missouri licenses 192 medical marijuana dispensaries (Marijuana Business Daily)


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!


// Aphria Lands $100 Million Investment From Single Institutional Investor (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Massachusetts to sell $900 million worth of weed in 2020, says analyst (Market Watch)

// Cannabis REIT Raises $217 Million with Equity Offering (New Cannabis Ventures)

// CSU Grad Who Owns Medical Marijuana Company Grants $1.5 Million Toward School’s Cannabis Research (CBS Denver)

// Cannabis Industry: 2020 Predictions (Forbes)

// Adult use ‘permit’ to be removed from USVI cannabis bill (Vibe High)

// I Saw the Future Standing in Line for Weed in Illinois. Then I Drove Back to the Past. (Esquire)


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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Senate Health Committee Approves Trump’s Nominee To Lead FDA

The Food and Drug Administration is getting closer to welcoming a new commissioner, as a Senate panel voted Tuesday to advance the nomination of Dr. Stephen Hahn.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions voted 18-5 to push Hahn’s nomination ahead to a full Senate vote.

Hahn, a cancer specialist and medical executive at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, was nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the FDA last month.

With Republicans holding the majority in the Senate, Hahn will almost certainly sail through, but a full Senate vote has yet to be scheduled. The New York Times reported that Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the health committee, is hopeful that a vote will be held by the end of this year.

Following last month’s nomination, Alexander gave an enthusiastic endorsement of Hahn.

“I had an excellent meeting with Dr. Hahn and believe he is well-qualified to lead the FDA. As an oncologist, Dr. Hahn knows firsthand the importance of bringing new, lifesaving drugs and devices quickly through the regulatory process as well as the need for innovation for patients with debilitating and chronic pain. As a successful chief executive, he will bring a guiding hand to an agency tasked with protecting the public’s health,” Alexander said.

Nomination Not Without Scrutiny

At his confirmation hearing last month, Hahn was grilled by senators over how he would respond to the vaping crisis that has left dozens of Americans dead and thousands more seriously ill. Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the ranking member on the health committee, pushed Hahn to commit to a ban on flavored e-cigarettes, something that Trump proposed in September but ultimately backed off on.

The president re-opened the matter last month amid heavy lobbying efforts by the vaping and tobacco industries.

Murray said at the hearing that Trump’s flip-flopping demonstrated that the president is “more swayed by the tobacco industry and politics than by children’s health.”

Appearing before the senators at the hearing last month, Hahn was vague when it came to the ban.

“I understand the final compliance is under consideration by the administration,” Hahn said. “I look forward to their decision. I am not privy to those decision making processes, but I very much am in support of aggressive action to protect our children.”

On Tuesday, Murray was one of a handful of Democrats who voted against Hahn’s nomination, which she attributed to his noncommittal stance to the vaping ban.

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Utah Hemp Farmers Growing Strains Named After Obama and Trump

Farmers in Utah have begun growing hemp following the legalization of the crop late last year, including strains of the plant with names featuring a decidedly political twist. One varietal, Obama, is named for former President Barak Obama, who was in office when the 2014 Farm Bill that authorized hemp research pilot programs was signed into law.

Another strain, Trump, is also named for a president that figures prominently in hemp history. President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill in December, which legalized the crop as an agricultural commodity in the United States.

Farmer Kenny McFarland grew hemp for the first time this year, planting clones on eight acres of his farm in Weber County. He shared some of the knowledge he gained from the experience at the annual convention of the Utah Farm Bureau that was held last week in Layton.

“Trump was super aggressive,” McFarland said, drawing laughs from the crowd of farmers at the event.

Since the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has issued 290 cultivation licenses to grow hemp, including 190 licenses that were active for this year’s growing season. Farmers were required to pay a fee of $500 to obtain the license.

Difficult First Growing Season for Hemp in Utah

Drew Rigby, the Utah agriculture agency’s director of medical cannabis and industrial hemp, said that the first year of hemp cultivation in the state was a difficult learning experience. Besides Obama and Trump, farmers also gave other strains of hemp a try, including ones named Cherry Blossom, Tokyo, and Merlot.

“We did not have a lot of successful grows and the quality of the product was nothing to write home about,” Rigby said. “It is not unusual to struggle the first year.”

Mont McPherson of Millard County planted 60 acres of hemp at his farm. He used four different varieties of what was supposed to be feminized seed but achieved a germination rate of only 30 percent, including 10,000 to 15,000 male plants that had to be removed from the field to prevent the female plants from being pollinated and producing flowers with seed.

“We spent hours driving the fields looking for males,” McPherson said.

“It was pretty much a train wreck,” he added.

Rigby agreed that male plants posed a challenge for growers, noting that just one male plant in a field can pollinate the females, producing seed and reducing the value of the crop.

“Culling males is a very difficult thing,” he said. “Males have zero value in this game.”

Rigby said that “the window to make a quick buck from growing hemp is closing” and that farmers shouldn’t consider the crop unless they are in it for the “long haul.”

“Don’t waste your time,” he said.

David Politis, a consultant for the Utah Farm Bureau who was also at last week’s convention, said that while the state’s climate is ideal for growing hemp, farmers should be cautious about growing the new crop.

“This market is like the wild, wild West,” he said. “There are a lot of crooks or people who don’t know what they are doing. For better or worse, there are producers who hear about this and they see the opportunity to make a quick buck and strike it rich quickly.”

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