Friday, February 14, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, February 14, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Los Angeles County expunges 66,000 marijuana convictions in a day (Leafly)

// Aurora Cannabis reports steep loss, production drop, and higher costs (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California unions ask state’s Democrats to shut out major cannabis trade group (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Baker’s anti-stoned driving bill is dead- but marijuana cafes and employee protections move ahead in Legislature (Boston Globe)

// Scientists Find Aluminum Cans Suck Cannabinoids Out of Infused Beverages (Merry Jane)

// Taxes a big factor behind the financial woes of California marijuana companies (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Scotland Opens First Medical Cannabis Clinic to Treat Chronic Pain (Merry Jane)

// A Psychedelics Company Is About to List on a Public Stock Exchange (Merry Jane)

// California ‘vape art’ exhibit flashes bright light on waste issue (Reuters)

// Las Vegas dispensary offers free joints to Nevada primary voters (Leafly)


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Friday, February 7, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, February 7, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Aurora announces CEO Booth’s departure, layoffs and up to CA$1 billion in writedowns (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Top Connecticut Lawmakers File Marijuana Legalization Bill On Behalf Of Governor (Marijuana Moment)

// Washington state lifts ban on cannabis vape products (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// USDA Announces Two More Hemp Insurance Programs (Marijuana Moment)

// Maine enlists Metrc as state’s marijuana traceability provider (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Pure Oasis becomes first Boston retail marijuana shop and economic empowerment applicant to receive final license hopes to open later this month (Mass Live)

// New Hampshire Senate Approves SB 420 To Let Medical Marijuana Patients Grow Their Own (Marijuana Moment)

// Planet 13 Cafe Is Paying Off As Sales Stay Strong (Green Market Report)

// KushCo Holdings Raises $16 million with Unit Sale at $1.60 (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Psychedelic Clinic Company Field Trip Raises $8.5 Million (Green Market Report)


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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// New Hampshire Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// Chart: More consumers boost Colorado’s recreational marijuana market in 2019 (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Massachusetts urges revamp of scrutinized municipal marijuana pacts (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Leafly slashes 18% of workforce to align business with ‘market realities’ of tech and cannabis industry (Geek Wire)

// New Zealand’s adult-use cannabis referendum is set for September (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California Bill Requires Cities To Open Medical Cannabis Stores (Benzinga)

// Cannabis trade group’s report targets illicit market in response to vaping health crisis (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Massachusetts Judge Lifts Cambridge Marijuana Moratorium (Harvard Crimson)

// AOC Says Colorado Is Doing A ‘Great Job’ With Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)


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Report on Vape Health Scare Outlines How to Avoid a Repeat

As the outbreak of vaping related illnesses and fatalities continues around the country, the National Cannabis Industry Association has released a new report summarizing what experts currently know about the vaping health scare, including suggestions for how producers, regulators and lawmakers can stop health scares like this from happening in the legal cannabis market.

The NCIA report was released on Jan. 28, the same day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their newest numbers on the illness they’re calling EVALI — short for “e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury.” As of Jan. 21, 2020, the CDC has counted 2,711 cases of EVALI in all 50 states. Of the afflicted people, 60 people have now died in 27 states.

After months of expert analysis and increasing media fascination with the outbreak, the NCIA report found that the vaping-related deaths are not the fault of the legal cannabis industry.

“Today, it appears that public health experts have concluded that additives from the illicit market appear to be the primary cause of this crisis,” the report noted. Back in December, the CDC  announced that additives — particularly vitamin-E acetate, which many illicit market producers were adding to both nicotine and cannabis vapes — were driving the EVALI scare.

In a statement along with the release of the report, the NCIA pointed blame at the CDC because it “inaccurately grouped regulated cannabis businesses with completely unregulated businesses such as illegal pop-ups and unlicensed storefronts as the sources for 16% of the cannabis products associated with EVALI cases.”

The report’s authors believe one thing is clear: “We must stop the flow of unregulated and untested products to consumers from the illicit market. That is the best solution to the vaping crisis, which is not likely to dissipate unless we take swift action to put illegal and unscrupulous operators out of business.”

One of the main things keeping those folks in business on the illicit market, the NCIA report found, is the “cripplingly high” state and local tax rates hitting compliant operators and consumers and consumers around the country.

But NCIA isn’t trying to narc everyone out. The report specifically suggests lowering the bar for entry to the legal cannabis industry in conjunction with lowering taxes. The report also suggests pushing the municipalities that currently block the legal industry from opening up shop — nearly 80% of California cities, as of an April 2019 report in the New York Times — to create pathways for those operators taking part in local underground markets to get a permit. They believe that approach is crucial to the success of the regulated market, “as the conversion of illegal operators into compliant licensees will stunt the growth of the illicit market by reducing the number of underground operators, removing unregulated and unsafe products from the stream of commerce and boosting state and local tax revenues.”

The report’s biggest conclusion is that stunting the illicit market should correspond with increasing access to the legal cannabis industry for consumers and operators alike.

“The American consumer clearly wants cannabis products to be both accessible and legal,” the report says. “It’s time for the federal government to deschedule marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. Legalization through descheduling, regulation and testing is the best path forward to keeping consumers safe. In the end, sensible regulation and a clear path to licensure and compliance will be the most compelling force in driving people from the illicit market to the state-legal market.”

The final report is the result of NCIA’s Policy Council establishing a Safe Vaping Task Force to “provide a consistent response on behalf of the concerned members of the regulated cannabis industry.” The policy council is made up of 30 individuals from across the industry, but the vaping task force included more experts for additional support.  

The report also noted that once the evidence linking injuries and deaths to vitamin E-based thinning agents used on the illicit market became apparent, the task force transitioned to a new phase.

“With a diminished need to provide rapid response to the misleading data points appearing in reports of this crisis, our work began to focus squarely on a long-term solution.”

The CDC reports that emergency room visits for EVALI peaked in September, and continue to decline.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Congressional Hearing Exposes Marijuana Research Limitations Imposed By Federal Law (Marijuana Moment)

// New California-based marijuana strains drew a line around the block in Baltimore. Could more be coming (Baltimore Sun)

// Lawmakers Consider Ending Residency Requirement for Marijuana Workers (Denver Westword)


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// Michigan pot shops sold $10 million worth of marijuana in first 6 weeks of legal weed (Detroit Free Press)

// Colorado Finally Files Bill to Protect Weed-Smoking Employees (Merry Jane)

// With a new CEO High Times looks to open dispensaries (Digiday)

// Vermont Governor Seems Open To Legalizing Marijuana Sales (Marijuana Moment)

// New Mexico Governor Calls For Marijuana Legalization In 2020 (Forbes)

// Curaleaf Upsizes Loan Facility To $300 Million Makes Progress in Utah (Green Market Report)

// 16% of cannabis vaping illnesses tied to store purchases CDC says (Marijuana Business Daily)


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Friday, January 10, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, January 10, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Formerly Anti-Marijuana Congressman Cosponsors Comprehensive Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// Protesters again disrupt Cannabis Control Commission meeting but licenses approved (Worcester Telegram)

// AGLC reverses course, will buy from micro producers (Leafly)


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// Virginia Governor Pushes Marijuana Decrim In State Of The Commonwealth Speech (Forbes)

// Illinois opens applications for additional marijuana license classes (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Marijuana Stocks: Here’s How Much Vape Sales Fell After Health Scare (Investor’s Business Daily)

// Planet 13 Pre-Announces 2019 Revenue at $63 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Judge rips DEA’s deception that got Portland warehouse manager kidnapped (Oregon Live)

// Federal Reserve Bank Examines Marijuana Industry’s Growth (Marijuana Moment)

// Mississippi Governor Hints At Alternative Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure For 2020 (Marijuana Moment)


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Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Cannabis captures beer market share in first year of Canadian legalization (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Legalize marijuana amendment should be kept off the ballot Florida GOP leaders tell Supreme Court (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

// Portland puts off vote on marijuana licenses until at least March (Portland Press Herald)


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// Cannabis startup pulls out of CES tech show amid limits (ABC Fox Montana)

// FDA Gives Marijuana Testing Companies A Boost With New Exemption (Marijuana Moment)

// Analyst warns of shelved expansion restructuring as cannabis firms ‘teeter on edge’ (Marijuana Business Daily)

// These grey market cannabis brands are going legit (Leafly)

// Hearing to be held in Rhode Island on proposed flavored vape products ban (Boston Globe)

// Chart: Local approval in Michigan adult-use marijuana program creates uneven business opportunity (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Kiosk pot shop could skirt ‘direct sales’ of cannabis in cities (Daily Democrat)


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Empresa japonesa ofrece a los no fumadores días de descanso adicionales en lugar de descansos para fumar

¿Será que este incentivo alentará a las personas a dejar de fumar?

Por fin, una empresa está haciendo las cosas equitativas para sus empleados que no están enganchados a los cigarrillos.

La empresa de marketing con sede en Tokio Piala Inc. ha decidido otorgar a sus empleados no fumadores seis días libres adicionales cada año en un esfuerzo por contrarrestar la cantidad de tiempo que los empleados que fuman dedican a los descansos para fumar cigarrillos.

“Espero alentar a los empleados a dejar de fumar a través de incentivos en lugar de sanciones o coerción”, dijo Takao Asuka, CEO de Piala Inc, según lo citado por la estación de noticias WCMH.

La división entre fumadores y no fumadores ha sido durante mucho tiempo una fuente de tensión en el lugar de trabajo, ya que este último grupo a menudo se siente resentido por todos los descansos tomados por el primer grupo para satisfacer su adicción. Un estudio realizado el año pasado por el fabricante de cigarrillos electrónicos Halo, encontró que el 42 por ciento de los no fumadores creen que deberían recibir entre tres y cinco días más de vacaciones que los fumadores. El mismo estudio, que se basó en una encuesta de poco más de 1,000 adultos estadounidenses, encontró que casi el 40 por ciento de los fumadores no creían que sus contrapartes no fumadores merecieran días de vacaciones adicionales. El ochenta y uno por ciento de los fumadores dijeron que creen que las pausas para fumar son justas, según la encuesta; solo una cuarta parte de los no fumadores estuvieron de acuerdo con eso.

Aparentemente, las quejas de los no fumadores llevaron a Piala a instituir el cambio de política.

“Uno de nuestro personal de no fumadores puso un mensaje en el buzón de sugerencias de la compañía a principios de año diciendo que las pausas para fumar estaban causando problemas”, dijo el portavoz de Piala, Hirotaka Matsushima, según lo citado por The Telegraph.

“Nuestro CEO vio el comentario y estuvo de acuerdo, por lo que estamos dando a los no fumadores un tiempo libre adicional para compensar”, agregó Matsushima.

The Telegraph informó que alrededor de 30 de los 120 trabajadores de la compañía han aprovechado los días de vacaciones adicionales.

¿Los descansos para fumar se convertirán en una cosa del pasado?

El descanso para fumar, que alguna vez fue parte importante de la jornada laboral estadounidense, se ha vuelto menos común en los EE.UU.

El consumo de cigarrillos se ha desplomado a mínimos históricos. Una encuesta publicada en el verano por Gallup encontró que solo el 15 por ciento de los estadounidenses informaron haber fumado un cigarrillo en la última semana, la tasa más baja en los 75 años que Gallup realizó la encuesta.

Cuando Gallup realizó la misma encuesta en la década de 1950, casi la mitad de los estadounidenses respondió “sí” a esa pregunta; a principios del siglo XXI, el número rondaba el 30 por ciento.

Es seguro asumir que la disminución en el consumo de cigarrillos es un subproducto del aumento en el uso de cigarrillos electrónicos, o “vapeo”. La encuesta de Gallup encontró que el ocho por ciento de los estadounidenses habían vapeado en la última semana, incluidos casi 20% de adultos de 30 años o menos.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Toxic metal, leached from e-cigarette coil, permanently scars woman’s lung (NBC News)

// Massachusetts Is On Target For Sizeable Share Of Pot Revenue, Says State Commissioner (New England Public Radio)

// Maine sends comments, express concern to USDA on Interim Final Hemp Rule (Penobscot Bay Pilot)


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// Chronic Pain Patients in Minnesota Can Now Qualify for Medical Marijuana (Merry Jane)

// Brazil’s new medical cannabis rules reject domestic cultivation, potentially setting up large import market (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Buying recreational marijuana to be different for Illinoisans, Iowans (KWQC 6 NBC)

// Marijuana Legalization Loses Steam At N.H. State House (New Hampshire Public Radio)

// Mass. banned vape sales more than two months ago. And now business in N.H. and Maine is booming (Boston Globe)

// Canadian cannabis publisher Civilized sheds jobs amid New Frontier purchase (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Is cannabis technology company MassRoots out of business? CEO insists no (Marijuana Business Daily)


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Friday, November 22, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily Newsv

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// License revoked for California vape maker Kushy Punch after state seizes $21 million worth of products (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Boeing faced only ‘limited’ safety review from NASA, while SpaceX got a full examination (Washington Post)

// Despite the threat of bans, vape companies are doing surprisingly well (Fast Company)


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// Steven Hoffman is ‘pleased’ with the state’s first year of pot sales. Here’s what he expects from year two – and beyond. (Boston.com)

// First Year of Adult-Use Marijuana Retail Operations in Massachusetts Tallies $393.7 Million in Gross Sales, Sets Benchmarks for Growth (Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission)

// In 6 Months, About 57 Tons Of Smokable Medical Marijuana Was Ordered For Florida Patients (WUSF News)

// Virginia Attorney General Hosts ‘Cannabis Summit’ To Advance Reform In New Democratic Legislature (Marijuana Moment)

// Legal Weed Is Making An Impact On The Billion Dollar Sleep Market (Fresh Toast)

// California marijuana taxes will increase New Year’s Day (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Senators Push USDA To Adopt Five Changes To Proposed Hemp Regulations (Marijuana Moment)


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