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In this week’s cannabis news round-up, a new study shows adult-use cannabis may decrease cognitive decline in older adults; Minnesota plans to expunge over 60,000 misdemeanor cannabis records; UK faces growing threat of animal tranquilizer in cannabis vapes and illicit sedatives; and medical marijuana laws are linked to improved mental health in patients. PHOTO Elsa Olofsson Study Shows Adult-Use Cannabis May Decrease Cognitive Decline in Older Adults A study recently published in Current Alzheimer Research suggests that adult-use cannabis may be linked to decreased cognitive decline in adults aged 45 and older.  The study, conducted by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Master…

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Spring is a time of rebirth, and the planting season is always fun as you sow the beginnings of a journey that ends in fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, or flowers like cannabis. In certain parts of the world, like California, the spring planting season comes early. This can be both a blessing and a curse because, depending on where you are located equatorially, supplemental lighting might be necessary to keep your plants from going into flower too early. Since cannabis is photosensitive and some types begin flowering when daylight hours change, you could have plants that start flowering in April…

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Photos by Edward Kopp I always wondered, is there a cannabis strain that truly aligns with my ethical standards and my need for relaxation? Then I found LEAL Garlic Budder, and it’s everything I’ve been searching for and more. This isn’t just another strain. It’s an indica-dominant hybrid that perfectly marries traditional cultivation practices with […] The post Leal Garlic Budder: The Ethical Indulgence for the Modern Smoker appeared first on Cannabis News and Culture Magazine. Source link

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The cannabis industry now supports 440,445 “full-time equivalent jobs,” according to the 2024 Vangst Jobs Report published this week by the cannabis jobs platform Vangst in partnership with Whitney Economics. The report also found that the industry added 22,952 new jobs in 2023, which was a 5.4% year-over-year increase from the previous year. The report also tracked the value of cannabis products sold in 2023 to total $28.8 billion, which was $2.7 billion — or a little over 9% — more than the previous year. Revenues are expected to continue to rise in 2024 and 2025 with the report predicting…

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State regulators are finalizing plans to expedite marijuana sales to adults. Under the plan, existing medical dispensaries will receive dual licensing to sell cannabis to adults by mid-June — months ahead of schedule. (State lawmakers approved medical cannabis access in 2016.) “The sooner consumers have market access to cannabis products, the more quickly we will begin to see disruptions to the unregulated marketplace,” NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “Retailers provide consumers with the option of obtaining lab-tested products in a safe, regulated environment.” Adult-use marijuana sales will be subject to a ten percent excise tax in addition to an…

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf said this week that there’s “no reason” for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to “delay” its cannabis rescheduling decision, Marijuana Moment reports. Califf made the statement during testimony on Thursday before the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, suggesting he does not believe the DEA is purposefully dragging its feet on last year’s rescheduling recommendation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Notably, it was reported in February that some DEA officials are skeptical about the recommendation to move cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III under the Controlled…

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Cannabis investments are difficult enough when the investor is a U.S.-based person or entity. But things can get immensely more complicated when foreign investment is on the table. Today I want to highlight some of the top considerations for foreign investors and U.S. cannabis companies alike. 1. Legality could cause serious headaches To this day, cannabis remains federally illegal. State legality has zero effect on federal law. Even the possible rescheduling to schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) will not make cannabis federally legal. Things are clearly a mess. In our cannabis team’s experience, a huge number of…

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The ritzy, upscale Los Angeles neighborhood Bel Air will welcome a new arrival: a cannabis store, run by rapper Xzibit, who proudly represents the West Coast. It’s the rapper’s latest foray into the cannabis sector after launching a cannabis-themed podcast and a cannabis brand Napalm. Xzibit’s West Coast Cannabis (XWCC) opened its doors last month but operators want to kick off with a bang and some opening ceremonies. The store is located off the 405 freeway on Sepulveda Blvd., on the second floor of a building. The store will celebrate the launch on April 28 with a grand opening and…

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Mieko Hester-Perez embodies the archetype of a modern-day “warrior mom.” For almost two decades, she’s been on a mission to break barriers and champion change for cannabis patients and their families. Since publicly sharing her son Joey’s success with medical cannabis in 2009, Hester-Perez has become a beacon of hope and guidance for families navigating options for their children on the autism spectrum.  Hester-Perez began her cannabis advocacy journey at a time when regulations were non-existent. “Dr. Lester Greenspoon, Jorge Cervantes, DNA Genetics, Aaron Justis, Matt Chiu and world-renowned cultivators from the emerald triangle served as my mentors during…

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The need for social equity in cannabis programs As adult-use cannabis legalization sweeps across the country and America confronts the toll of previous, draconian cannabis policies, one of the best attempts to right abject wrongs is social equity programs within state cannabis industries. Unfortunately though, social equity programs are easily exploited and “loopholed.” Licenses have even been discreetly purchased by multi-state operators (MSOs) in some cases, or other entities that should not qualify as social equity applicants. Regulators are getting wise. One such example is Missouri, where concerns have been raised about the authenticity of social equity applications, leading to…

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