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  1. Origins are the latest mainstream company to capitalize on the burgeoning cannabis beauty market by launching a new bile-green face mask that contains Cannabis Sativa seed oil from hemp.

    The cannabis beauty business is booming, according to the industry’s main market research firm the Brightfield Group.

    Their latest study claims, “As hemp CBD is extremely versatile, companies have begun infusing it into everything from facial scrubs and deodorant.”

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    Sara Brittany Somerset ~ Forbes.com ~

  2. In the coming years, California is going to give cannabis a label that tells its story: how it was grown and where it comes from.

    These days, wine drinkers might take for granted that a bottle of wine with the word “Napa” on it actually comes from grapes grown in Napa Valley.

    That labeling is now codified in California law, just like a wine labeled “Bordeaux” must come from one of the 54 wine appellations in Bordeaux wine region of France.

    In the coming years, California’s other famous crop is going to get some designated appellations of its own.

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    Wilson Walker ~ KPIX

     

  3. It may not have a 30-minute guarantee, but medical marijuana patients may be able to get home delivery of their weed later this year.

    The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs held a public hearing Monday on proposed rules governing medical marijuana.

    The biggest change in the rules is allowing for home delivery of cannabis for people with medical marijuana cards.

    It’s an issue that has been contemplated by state regulators for months.

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    Kathleen Gray ~ Detroit Free Press ~

  4. South Africa’s top court says adults can use marijuana in private.

    The Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld a provincial court’s ruling in a case involving Gareth Prince, who advocates the decriminalization of the drug.

    Prince says cannabis should be regulated in the same way as alcohol and tobacco. Government authorities have said cannabis is harmful and should be illegal.

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    Associated Press

  5. Nevada announced recently that its dispensaries sold nearly $425 million worth of recreational marijuana and contributed $70 million in tax revenue in its first full year of recreational sales.

    Nevada cannabis sales have been booming.

    “Every month we are setting some kind of new record whether its number of visitors, product sales, or something else,” said Brandon Wiegand, Director of Operations at The+Source which operates two dispensaries in Nevada.

    Nevada announced recently that its dispensaries sold nearly $425 million worth of recreational marijuana and contributed $70 million in tax revenue in its first full year of recreational sales. 

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    Julie Weed ~ Forbes.com

  6. "We had an incredible response, way beyond and better than what we ever imagined.”

    Inside a Compton gym, clouds of smoke hang in the air as fighters warm up for a jiu jitsu tournament.

    Besides rolling, practicing submissions, stretching, and chatting with their coaches, the competitors are also using marijuana.

    For many of people, doing anything besides melting into the couch with a bag of chips after smoking pot seems like a tall order. The fighters of High Rollerz BJJ have stronger constitutions—and a higher tolerance for being high.

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    Steffi Victorioso ~ LAMag.com

  7. Kansas took its first step this past week in joining 40 other states in the U.S. that are growing industrial hemp, according to a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

    A law passed by the Kansas Legislature and signed by Gov. Jeff Colyer on April 20 — the unofficial holiday for hemp’s psychotropic cousin, marijuana — allowed research-based production of industrial hemp in Kansas.

    The production of hemp, which does not share the “high” inducing chemical compounds of marijuana, will be monitored by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

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    Chance Swaim ~ Wichita Eagle ~

     

  8. Coke’s possible foray into the marijuana sector comes as beverage makers are trying to add cannabis as a trendy ingredient while their traditional businesses slow.

    Aurora Cannabis Inc. led pot stocks higher after Coca-Cola Co. said it’s eyeing the cannabis drinks market, becoming the latest beverage company to tap into surging demand for marijuana products as traditional sales slow.

    Coca-Cola says it’s monitoring the nascent industry and is interested in drinks infused with CBD -- the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that treats pain but doesn’t get you high.

    The Atlanta-based soft drinks maker is in talks with Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis to develop the beverages, according to a report from BNN Bloomberg Television.

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    Jen Skerritt and Craig Giammona ~ Bloomberg.com

  9. Merry Jane spoke with doctors, people living with endometriosis, and creators of cannabis wellness products to learn how the plant can provide real relief for the complex ailment.

    Endometriosis is a painful condition in which tissue that’s meant to grow inside one’s uterus, grows on the outside, leading to painful periods, nausea, and possibly even infertility and ovarian cancer.

    It’s a rather misunderstood disease. While some doctors grasp at options, leaving endometriosis patients increasingly infuriated with various extreme treatments, others have found cannabis to be the most effective and safest way to relieve the ailment’s symptoms. 

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    Sophie Saint Thomas ~ MerryJane.com

  10. A new company plans to open a manufacturing facility next June that would make hemp products - building materials, carpet and insulation, disposable straws and utensils, clothing and even CBD oil.

    North Coast Natural Solutions will open the project in three phases, with the first one at 12735 Kirby Ave. -- across the street from the former industrial site of National Acme -- offering around 650 jobs, said Ty Williams, CEO of Level 5 Global Corp., a consulting and financial firm in Washington.

    Williams said wages will start at $17 an hour - with benefits such as health insurance, on-site child care for all three shifts and paid training.

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    Laura Hancock ~ Cleveland.com ~

  11. As the state works through the final steps of launching the recreational cannabis market, the industry will now have a financial institution in the state to put all that cash.

    The Cannabis Control Commission, which oversees the adult use cannabis industry, confirmed reports that Gardner Federal Credit Union has agreed to bank with recreational marijuana companies.

    “The decision by GFA Federal Credit Union and Safe Harbor of Massachusetts to support legal cannabis businesses will make for a more stable, adult-use industry with increased public safety for everyone in the commonwealth, which remains the commission’s top priority,” said Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven J. Hoffman in an emailed statement.

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    Jessica Bartlett ~ Boston Business Journal ~

  12. A majority of physicians are in favor of legalizing marijuana nationwide, according to a newly published survey, and an even bigger supermajority back allowing medical cannabis.

    The results of the poll, which was conducted by Medscape Medical News, also show strong support for marijuana reforms from other medical professionals like nurses, pharmacists and psychologists, as well as those working in health business and administration.

    Here’s how the healthcare professionals responded to the question, “Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legalized Nationally?”

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    Tom Angell ~ MarijuanaMoment.net

  13. There are two flights of stairs curling around the head-turning glass bong, all 24 feet of it. There also will be an elevator to ferry people from the ground floor — where the pipe’s 100-gallon reservoir sits — to the mouthpiece high above.

    It weighs more than 800 pounds and the bowl can pack a quarter of a pound of marijuana.

    It has elements in the glass that will make it glow — greenish mostly — while bathing in black light.

    Jason Harris, the artist who made it, said it’s his artistic opus to the cannabis culture. “I make giant bongs,” he said. “They are my voice to make noise in the world.”

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    David Montero ~ LATimes.com

  14. The storm destroyed most of the island's greenhouses last year, along with an entire crop of marijuana plants, costing the industry millions of dollars.

    Next week marks the grim anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico last year, killing nearly 3,000 people and destroying much of the country's infrastructure.

    Among the many victims of this natural disaster was the island's medical cannabis industry, which was just beginning to get off the ground when the storm made landfall.

    The U.S. territory only legalized medical marijuana in December of 2016, and many new startups spent much of 2017 building high-tech greenhouses and processing facilities, only to have them wiped out by the storm in September.

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    Chris Moore ~ MerryJane.com

  15. When it comes to cannabis, having leftover stems is just part of the package. Here’s how to use them.

    In this current era, saving some cash is more important than ever, especially when it comes to weed.

    And one hack for sticking to a budget is reusing and recycling, like harvesting kief from a grinder, or coming up with creative ways to use your stems.

    Once you see that stash get down to the stems and dregs, you’re bound to wonder, is there THC in stems?

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    Callie Barrons ~ HighTimes.com

  16. Brightfield Group, which has established itself as a thought leader in the CBD space, just announced projections for the hemp CBD industry to become a $5.7 billion market by next year, with a projection of growth by nearly 40x to $22 billion by 2022.

    These projections come in anticipation of the passing of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, which would fully and unambiguously legalize hemp and its extracts across the country.

    “We believe that blowing market sizes and growth figures out of proportion would do our customers and market a great disservice,” said Brightfield’s Senior Analyst Jamie Schau.

    “This year’s hemp CBD forecasts might seem like a departure from that view, but I assure you they are not. These numbers reflect the substantial changes we anticipate will follow full federal legalization of hemp-derived CBD.”

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    Anne Marie Fischer Moodie ~ GreenMarketReport.com

  17. For those new to using cannabis, learning all the slang and scientific terms around the plant can be tough - but imagine how hard it'd be to learn "cannabinoid" if you couldn't hear at all?

    Dr. Regina Nelson, president of cannabis education nonprofit eCS Therapy Center, will spearhead a new project dubbed “Sign of the Times," which aims to bring cannabis sign language to deaf people.

    Nelson, a longtime medical marijuana activist, will meet with a team of certified deaf interpreters in Denver next month to discuss their up coming platform.

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    Tiffany Bergeron ~ Westword.com

     

  18. Looking forward to relaxed hemp regulations, a new analysis estimates that the CBD market could explode - and outpace marijuana.

    For years, experts have predicted that if the cannabis industry expands at its current rate, the American market will reach $20 billion by 2020.

    But it turns out that one market is spinning off into a mega-industry of its own: according to a new estimate from cannabis industry analysts the Brightfield Group, the hemp-CBD market alone could hit $22 billion by 2022.

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    Elizabeth Garber-Paul ~ RollingStone.com

     

  19. More than 3,000 decades-old warrants for low-level marijuana offenses were purged Wednesday.

    The bench warrants, dating back to 1978, were formally vacated by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance at a hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court.

    “By dismissing these cases, we’re removing all of the collateral consequences – for one’s job prospects, school attendance, housing applications and immigration status – associated with an open criminal court case,” Vance told Justice Kevin McGrath.

    “And in doing so, we’re taking one small step toward addressing the decades of racial disparities behind the enforcement of marijuana in New York City.”

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    Rebecca Rosenberg and Lia Eustachewich ~ NYPost.com

  20. Here’s a bold prediction: in five to ten years, everyone will be using hash like a seasoning, sprinkling half-grams of full-melt into soups and stews, adding un-pressed cannabis trichomes to smoothies, sauces, and desserts … the sky’s the limit.

    Currently, using prized extracts to flavor food is seen as an extravagance, but future trends will bring hash within the reach of everyday epicureans—much like gourmet items such as truffles and saffron.

    The idea of using hash as an ingredient is gaining momentum, powered by an increasingly mainstream cannabis culinary movement and made possible by a regulated market.

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    Elise McDonough ~ Leafly.com