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  1. A successful marijuana dispensary in Colorado is now offering franchises to entrepreneurs who want into the cannabis business but are daunted by starting from scratch.

    Much like you can become a fast food franchise owner, it’s now possible to own an outlet for ONE Cannabis.

    "We hope to help people compliantly operate their business, without having to learn the expensive lessons of growing a cannabis dispensary,” Christian Hageseth, CEO on ONE Cannabis, said in a news release.

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  2. Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill giving terminally ill patients a “right to try” medical marijuana.

    In the latest stack of bills signed into law by the governor, he approved House Bill 195.

    The bill, sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, dips a toe into medical marijuana in Utah by allowing people with less than six months to live to give cannabis a try.

    The governor has yet to sign a companion bill that would have the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food grow the marijuana for them. The governor’s office said it expects he would sign that bill.

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    Ben Winslow ~

  3. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine want to study the safety and efficacy of using medical marijuana to treat diseases.

    The potential for state-supported research is growing even though marijuana remains federally classified as a Schedule 1 illegal substance with no medically approved applications.

    The state Department of Health last week outlined a process for an accredited medical school with an acute care hospital to become an approved “Academic Clinical Research Center.”

    The end goal is to provide more evidence-based research and ultimately help the patient.

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    Suzanne Elliott ~

  4. We know there are many physical conditions that can be treated by CBD, a compound found in marijuana. But it turns out CBD may also have major mental health benefits as well.

    A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that CBD helped to prevent psychotic behaviors in patients with schizophrenia.

    The researchers in the study created two groups of schizophrenic patients where one group took CBD along with their normal medications and the other group only took their regular prescription.

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    Joseph Misulonas ~ Civilized.Life

  5. Tuesday marked a milestone for proponents of growing industrial hemp in Kansas.

    A bill that passed the Senate 36-3 on Feb. 22 made it out of the Kansas House Agriculture Committee Tuesday afternoon and is headed to an eventual vote by the full House, possibly next week.

    House Agriculture Committee Chairman Kyle Hoffman, R-Coldwater, counts himself among those who have learned about hemp over the years it has appeared in legislation and has moved from being an opponent to a supporter of this bill.

    Senate Bill 263 is more narrowly written than some previous bills.

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    Mary Clarkin ~

  6. It’s just about springtime, and by now, you’ve probably emerged from your winter hibernation cave looking for a warm, sunny spot to spark up.

    This time of the year, I like to stock up on portable vape cartridges, which is why we’re sharing some premium extractors from the Pacific Northwest.

    We also have some luxurious bath products and carb caps for cozy, rainy weekends full of dabs and kicking back.

    There’s so much more to explore in Leafly’s full product catalog, so dig in and make the most of a sunny, stoney spring.

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    Bailey Rahn ~

  7. Former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has launched his own marijuana brand.

    The line called Real Wellness by Ricky Williams includes six products sold as salves, vape cartridges and tonics that contain “hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or a mix of both,” according to the company.

    They also contain extracts such as arnica, lavender and turmeric.

    Williams said it’s a dream come true to merge his interest in healing and plant medicines into a business.

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    Johnny Diaz ~ South Florida Sun Sentinel ~

  8. A burgeoning group of Northwest-based companies are giving the formally taboo topic of marijuana a makeover.

    Interior designer-turned-fashion maven April Pride of Van der Pop recently debuted a collection of stylish Italian leather stash bags thoughtfully lined with a waterproof zipper to conceal odors.

    Pride and others like her are infusing their cannabis-forward offerings with a focus on design that, in some ways, has made the green industry more approachable. 

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    Andrew Hoge ~


  9. People from elsewhere who have medical marijuana cards and are visiting the Grand Canyon state can possess and use medical marijuana, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled.

    A three-judge panel upheld that a physician recommendation for cannabis under California's Compassionate Use Act is equivalent to cards issued under Arizona's Medical Marijuana Act.

    The decision upholds an earlier ruling by a La Paz County Superior Court judge.

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    Yvonne Wingett Sanchez ~ The Republic via

  10. The federal government says that Canadians generally support its planned approach to the legalization of marijuana, including detailed proposals surrounding plain packaging and warning labels.

    As part of a broader release of the results of its public consultations, Health Canada announced on Monday that all cannabis products sold to consumers will need to be child-resistant, with plain packaging that is a single, uniform colour and does not include any graphics or images.

    Packaging must also be “tamper evident,” so that the consumer will know immediately if the product has been opened or otherwise tampered with before purchase.

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  11. “This is probably the most sophisticated cannabis lab in Canada,” said scientific adviser Ben Geiling.

    Nestled inside Canopy Growth Corp.’s sprawling marijuana facility outside Ottawa is a laboratory where technicians in white lab coats and hair nets bustle about, pipetting fluids into glassware as machinery hums and coloured, three-dimensional graphs flash on nearby screens.

    The lab is unlike any other in the 15,600-square-metre facility, a so-called dealers licence area, which allows the company to experiment with materials and products that are not otherwise legal in Canada — or even the rest of the facility.

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    Geordon Omand ~ The Canadian Press/Financial Post via



  12. To prescribe a medication, doctors need to have formally studied the substance beforehand.

    Medical marijuana is legal currently in 29 states, and more are looking to pass marijuana legislation this year.

    Despite all this legislative progress in medical and recreational cannabis, doctors are often ill-equipped to discuss the realities of medical marijuana or dismissive of its benefits.

    Consequently, doctors and patients alike are wondering: Should medical schools start teaching about cannabis?

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    Burgess Powell ~

  13. The 2014 Farm Bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama redefined hemp as a crop distinct from marijuana, with a carefully-written provision that gave states the authority to legalize hemp themselves.

    For the inaugural Alaska Hemp Festival that Niki Raapana organized in rural Alaska several years ago, she remembers public outcry was so intense that sponsors and planned venues repeatedly dropped the event after people complained.

    That continued last year, she says, when four different venues abruptly cancelled on her.

    Rumors spread that the Alaska Hemp Festival would not be happening, though in the end she finally secured a spot at a venue in Wasilla, the state’s sixth most populous city. 

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    Amy Martyn ~

  14. Bettina Huang has been dreaming of creating a cannabis business before most people could even get their hands on the plant.

    “I’ve just believed in the plant, and the industry, since high school,” Huang told HuffPost.

    Huang is the founder of Say Hi, a highly edited online marketplace where consumers can find the types of sophisticated, design-minded cannabis products you can’t find in the locked glass closet of your local deli.

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    Amanda Duberman ~

  15. The show is a mix of pre-recorded and live segments, with about 20 minutes of talk spread over an hour – brought to you by the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine.

    Maine is now home to a cannabis-themed radio show, an hourlong mix of music and talk that is co-hosted by a high-profile medical marijuana caregiver.

    Dawson Julia, the owner of a medical marijuana shop in Unity, will tackle a different topic every week on the Cannabis Connection, which airs from 6-7 p.m. on Mondays on WFMX-107.9 The Mix.

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    Penelope Overton ~

  16. San Francisco plans to issue more permits for marijuana smoking lounges this year after health officials finalize updated regulations.

    The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary's marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors.

    "There's nothing like this in Jersey," said grinning Atlantic City resident Rick Thompson, getting high with his cousins in San Francisco.

    In fact, there's nothing like the Barbary Coast lounge almost anywhere in the United States, a conundrum confronting many marijuana enthusiasts who find it increasingly easy to buy pot but harder to find legal places to smoke it.

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    Paul Elias ~ Associated Press via


  17. Americans for Safe Access issues its annual state-by-state grades on medical cannabis laws and also calls on states to help combat the growing opioid crisis.

    None of the state medical marijuana laws adopted thus far in the U.S. can be considered ideal from a patient’s standpoint, and because of their patchwork nature, those laws do not function equitably and are often poorly designed, according to a new report by Americans for Safe Access.

    The advocacy group’s new 2018 annual report, “Marijuana Access in the United States, A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” evaluates every state with any medical marijuana laws on a 500-point scale.

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    Bruce Kennedy ~

  18. In California, marijuana goes in the ground after the last freeze of Spring and is harvested before the Fall rains. But how do you even start?

    It’s almost spring and cannabis gardening is legal across California. Proposition 64 enshrined into law your right to grow up to six plants indoors, or out, so long as you follow your local city or county’s rules.

    With recreational cannabis prices up 15 to 40% due to new taxes and regulations, growing your own is now super-enticing to the budget-conscious, especially medical patients, who are already under financial stress.

    You can expect to save 90 percent off the retail cost of marijuana by doing it yourself.

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    Jimi Devine ~

  19. Hemp could be in play as a new crop option for farmers in Illinois if a bill expanding its production passes the General Assembly.

    Bill Bodine, associate director of state legislation for the Illinois Farm Bureau, said Senate Bill 2298 would allow farmers to begin growing industrial hemp.

    “It is a bill that the Illinois Farm Bureau supports, though it is not our initiative,” Bodine said. “It would authorize the state Department of Agriculture to license farmers to grow industrial hemp in the state of Illinois.”

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    Benjamin Yount ~ Illinois News Network ~

  20. In a groundbreaking new study, a report released Monday from researchers at Colorado State University-Pueblo finds that the marijuana industry provides a net positive economic benefit to Pueblo County, even when accounting for demands on law enforcement and social services.

    The report estimates that the marijuana industry had an economic impact of more than $58 million in the county in 2016, while leading to added costs of roughly $23 million — resulting in a more than $35 million positive net impact.

    The report estimates that, in the most likely scenario, that net impact will rise to nearly $100 million a year by 2021.

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    John Ingold ~