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Cannabis Industry News - February 7, 2016

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Mike West: Understanding Hemp-Derived CBD

- Mike West is an advocate, researcher, and entrepreneur in the world of cannabis and hemp. Currently he serves as the director of manufacturing at Cresco, a cannabis production and processing company in Illinois that holds three of the states 21 cannabis licenses. Mike recently joined our host Shango Los for a discussion about hemp-derived CBD, […]


Bubbleman: Inspiring Innovation in the World of Hash

- Marcus Richardson, AKA Bubbleman, is founder of Fresh Headies Ltd. — the international distributor of the acclaimed Bubble Bag, which both popularized and revolutionized the eight-bag hash making technique. He is also the creator of Hash Church, a growing and successful online community of hash makers and enthusiasts. Bubbleman recently joined our podcast host Shango Los to discuss his experience breaking open the international hash market in […]


Bamboo: Preserving Landrace Cannabis Genetics

- Bamboo is the co-founder of Coastal Seed Company, where he is a landrace and heirloom cannabis preservationist. He is currently working to breed a stabilized, high-CBD Afghani landrace varietal called The Last Laugh, boasting a 39 to 1 CBD to THC ratio. He is also the head of extraction research at The Highest Grade Consulting, […]


Chris Horyn: Micro-Producers are Vital

- As the tide of legalization rolls forward and retail markets are established and regulated by state governments, what will become of the cottage industry of medical producers and farmers’ markets that helped pave the way? This question is the focus of our latest podcast, in which our host Shango Los sits down with Chris Horyn of […]


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HERB: A Gourmet Cannabis Cookbook

- HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking With Cannabis is a gourmet cookbook of cannabis-infused recipes featuring beautiful photography and a wide variety of recipes. The book was created by The Stoner’s Cookbook, an online infused recipe resource for medical cannabis patients, and was written by master chefs Laurie Wolf and Melissa Parks. The book also […]


Mary’s Nutritionals Transdermal Patch and CBD Topicals

- Mary’s Nutritionals is the non-THC containing product line from the people who bring you Mary’s Medicinals. Their medicinal products are celebrated in states that have medical marijuana for their effectiveness, unique blends and novel delivery systems. Their Mary’s Nutritionals line does not contain any THC and instead focuses solely on the healing power of hemp-derived […]


Dab.Land Electric Nail

- Before electronic nails, dabbing was one of those things that you either loved or hated because of the need to use a crème brúleé torch to heat the nail. Some found the torch exciting and edgy and elitist while others could not imagine how putting a flaming torch in the hand of someone about to […]


Thinc Pure Rosin Extracts

- Thinc Pure appeared in Washington’s medical cannabis market in 2015 with a splash. Their CO2 extracted cartridges contain no adulterants like propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin or coconut oil. Few processors are able to extract at the correct viscosity for vape pen cartridges and choose to include those additives so their oils flow through the wick […]


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Ophelia Chong: Changing Public Perceptions of Cannabis with Stock Photography

- When she launched StockPotImages.com in 2015, Ophelia Chong saw more than a business opportunity: she saw an opportunity to embrace and support the normalization of cannabis. Ophelia, a career photographer, made Stock Pot Images to be the first stock photo agency that specializes in cannabis-related imagery. Though she forayed as a relative newcomer to the industry, Ophelia has since attended many conventions and […]


Dr. Donald Land: Testing Commercial Cannabis for Pesticides

- Dr. Donald Land is the Chief Scientific Consultant for Steep Hill, one of the leading scientific cannabis analysis labs in the world. He is also a Professor of Chemistry at UC Davis. Dr. Land recently joined us to discuss the trending topic of pesticide use in legal cannabis markets, and how Steep Hill aims to […]


Kellie Butterfield Dodds: Helping to Normalize Cannabis Through Film

- Kellie Butterfield Dodds is the founder and owner of the Cannabis Film Festival in Garberville, California, an annual event that celebrates cannabis and exposes marijuana culture through the medium of film. Kellie is a California-grown ganjapreneur and cannabis activist based out of the Emerald Triangle. She moved to Southern Humboldt County in 2006, where in 2010 she co-founded the […]


Chris Kelly: Bringing Medical-Grade Extracts to the Recreational Market

- Chris Kelly is the Vice President and General Manager of Landrace Labs, a cannabis production company serving Washington State’s recreational market. He is also the founder and former CEO of Green Lion Farms, a medical cannabis company based in Seattle. Landrace produces high-quality CO2 extracts as well as flowers and pre-filled vape cartridges that are for sale […]


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California’s Largest Medical Association Endorses Recreational Cannabis Initiative

- The California Medical Association (CMA), the largest body representing the state’s practicing physicians, released a statement Monday in support of a 2016 ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. In addition to the CMA, the initiative is being backed by a cohort of entrepreneurs, cannabis activists, environmental groups and state politicians led by […]


Denver Releases Recalled Cannabis Products Amid Lab Test Confusion

- Denver has decided to release 28,000 formerly-recalled cannabis-infused products back onto the market, The Cannabist reports. The products had been recalled after they tested positive for pesticides that have been banned for use on cannabis. In November, Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an executive order that cannabis products that tested positive for such pesticides be destroyed, as […]


Washington D.C. City Council Reconsiders Ban on Cannabis Clubs

- The Washington D.C. City Council has put a bill on hold that would have banned the creation of private cannabis clubs where cannabis could be consumed publicly. Marijuana advocates have been pressuring the city to provide a legal space for cannabis users to consume publicly, and it appears that the council is listening. On Tuesday, […]


Illinois Health Officials Again Refuse Medical Cannabis Expansions

- Despite weeks of entreaties from medical cannabis patient advocates and business owners alike, the Illinois state government has asserted that it will not expand the list of conditions that qualify patients for access to medical cannabis. The decision was made by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration, and was announced by Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the […]


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Marley Natural Cannabis Products Now Available in California

- The Marley Natural cannabis brand — first announced in 2014 as part of an arrangement between reggae legend Bob Marley’s family and the marijuana moguls behind Privateer Holdings — is finally hitting dispensary and retail store shelves across the U.S. Marley Natural is offering four different strains of cannabis flower and oils: Marley Green, Red, Gold and Black. Reportedly, […]


California Passes Bill to Fix Medical Cannabis Legislative Error

- California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that fixes an error in previous legislation that caused local governments in the state to move to ban medical marijuana production. The emergency bill, AB21, was introduced by Assemblyman Jim Wood of Healdsburg, The Associated Press reports. The legislation cuts a paragraph from the medical […]


New York Medical Cannabis Access Issues Remain, Lawmaker Steps Up

- The number of doctors registered for New York’s medical marijuana program has more than doubled in the first month since the program’s launch. As of Feb. 2 there are 334 physicians registered with the program, up from the 150 initially registered when the program launched on Jan. 7, according to the Health Department. The program […]


Mary’s Medicinals Latest Victim of Cannabis Facebook Page Shutdowns

- Mary’s Medicinals — an all-natural producer of medical cannabis products based out of Colorado — is the latest victim in a string of medical marijuana businesses whose pages have been shut down by Facebook. But only some pages have been targeted for what Facebook claims are violations of their Community Standards. Before the shutdown, the Mary’s Medicinals page had […]


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Marley Natural Cannabis Products Now Available in California

- The Marley Natural cannabis brand — first announced in 2014 as part of an arrangement between reggae legend Bob Marley’s family and the marijuana moguls behind Privateer Holdings — is finally hitting dispensary and retail store shelves across the U.S. Marley Natural is offering four different strains of cannabis flower and oils: Marley Green, Red, Gold and Black. Reportedly, […]


Federal Legislation Would Protect Cannabis Advertisements in the Mail

- Federal lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate have proposed legislation to overturn a ban that prevents advertisements for legal cannabis from appearing in newspapers, Tom Angell writes for Marijuana.com. It was late last year when Oregon USPS officials first issued the warning that it remains illegal to “place an ad in any publication with the purpose of seeking or offering illegally to receive, buy, […]


California Passes Bill to Fix Medical Cannabis Legislative Error

- California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that fixes an error in previous legislation that caused local governments in the state to move to ban medical marijuana production. The emergency bill, AB21, was introduced by Assemblyman Jim Wood of Healdsburg, The Associated Press reports. The legislation cuts a paragraph from the medical […]


New York Medical Cannabis Access Issues Remain, Lawmaker Steps Up

- The number of doctors registered for New York’s medical marijuana program has more than doubled in the first month since the program’s launch. As of Feb. 2 there are 334 physicians registered with the program, up from the 150 initially registered when the program launched on Jan. 7, according to the Health Department. The program […]


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Hopeful Industrial Hemp Farmers Pushing Forward in North Dakota, Oregon

- Hopeful hemp farmers in North Dakota and Oregon are stepping forward to join their states’ experimental hemp programs. The two states are expected to issue licenses for experimental hemp plots — hemp is the non-psychoactive sister plant to cannabis, and is extremely useful in the creation of various textiles, bio-fuel, paper, and construction materials. Both […]


First Lady of Japan Considers Hemp Farming

- In an interview with the Japanese magazine Spa!, First Lady of Japan Akie Abe said that studying the history of hemp has gotten her interested in cultivating the plant, which is strictly limited in Japan. Hemp, specifically cord and clothing made from hemp fiber, plays a key role in traditional Shinto ceremonies. The plant traces […]


India Legalizes Industrial Hemp Production In Northern State of Uttarakhand

- A state in northern India will become the first in the country to legalize the cultivation of hemp. Harish Rawat, Chief Minister of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, announced that farmers throughout the state will be allowed to cultivate industrial hemp. Only two regions in the state–the Terai and Bhabhar regions–are exempted from legalizaiton. […]


U.S. Hemp Sales May Reach $500M This Year

- U.S. citizens are expected to purchase up to $500 million worth of hemp products during 2015, a preliminary analysis by the Boulder-based Hemp Business Journal recently revealed. Americans bought $400 million in such products during 2014, indicating a rapid expansion (25% over one year) in the demand for hemp-based products. Items purchased range from simple clothing and cosmetics […]