Portfolio Category: Portfolio: Cannabis

Colorado to Consider Flavour Ban to Reduce e-Cig Consumption

Lawmakers in Colorado will soon be considering a new bill that would ban the sale of all flavoured tobacco products. The aim of the new law would be to curb the consumption of e-cigarettes by youth, in a state that has seen adolescent use of flavoured vaping products surge in recent years. The bill would…
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US Lawsuits End DEA Restrictions On Sources of Cannabis for Researchers

Lawsuits in the US have overturned the requirement that researchers interested in studying cannabis can only purchase from a single licensed source. This may open up research opportunities into more strains for more applications. Under rules established by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Department of Justice, federally funded studies had to purchase…
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How Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria Changed The Way We Grow Cannabis

In 2007, my husband Raul* and I decided to leave our corporate jobs behind and buy an organic farm. Feeling unfulfilled with the drudgery that comes with sitting behind a desk, day after day, we left the daily grind of California and bought an 18-acre farm in the interior of the Caribbean island of Puerto…
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Republican Bill Could Create Ingestible CBD Pathway, but Passage Remains Iffy

Nancy Mace, a first-term Republican Congresswoman from South Carolina, recently introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level. This legislation, which is entitled the ‘States Reform Act,’ would remove any and all barriers in the federal law that might conflict with the autonomy of states to decide for…
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40 Grams and a Bong?

In 2021, recreational marijuana officially became legal in New York. Among its various provisions, this legislation directs the newly created Cannabis Control Board to ensure that at least 50 percent of the cannabis business licenses it approves go to social equity applicants. This group includes people from marginalized communities negatively impacted by marijuana arrests (the…
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Cannabis And Cancer: Coincidence, Or A Viable Treatment Option?

Few things strike fear in people the way a cancer diagnosis can. Who gets cancer and who survives it can be very complex. A combination of age, race, sex (distinct from gender), environment, diet, type of cancer, lifestyle, stress level, weight, overall health, early detection and family history are all factors in diagnoses and survival…
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Color Remediation Column BHO Extraction

Butane Hash Oil (BHO) extraction techniques have been widely used by cannabis manufacturers seeking to produce high-quality concentrates. Innovators in BHO extraction have created an impressive variety of products with different textures and terpene- or cannabinoid-rich chemical profiles, spurring the continued growth in the concentrate marketplace. Recently, cannabis entrepreneurs working with BHO have started to…
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Credit union runs into trouble with US agency over too-lax cannabis activities

Access to banking services has been a problem for the legal cannabis sector in the US from the beginning – and the experience of one cooperative in Michigan shows that the relationship can be problematic for financial institutions too. The US National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) issued a cease-and-desist order in February requiring the $69m…
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Selling Pot is Still Not Easy

March 31, 2021, was a historic day for New Yorkers, when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis. Cuomo sweetened the pot for two groups of people with a lot of crossover: Over the next two years, the state will expunge the records of approximately 150,000 New York residents previously convicted on cannabis…
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