The Next Big Thing In Cannabis: Tourism - Cannabis News

Cannabis tourism is growing at a fast clip, drawing thousands of people — and millions of dollars — to states where adult use of cannabis is legal.

In May, women of all ages and occupations gathered south of San Francisco for a weekend of yoga, educational classes, spa treatments — and unlimited cannabis in every form imaginable, including smoothies, body creams and vapes.

The so-called “cannabis tourists” came from all over the world to experience a Ganja Goddess Getaway, a wellness retreat designed for women who already love cannabis, as well as those who want a safe space to try it for the first time.

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Parent of Corona beer bets $3.8 billion on U.S. love of marijuana - Cannabis News

Constellation Brands Inc., which for seven decades has made its money off beer, wine and whiskey, sees its future in a marijuana leaf.

In the biggest (legal) marijuana deal, the Victor, N.Y., beverage company will spend about $3.8 billion to boost its stake in Canadian grower Canopy Growth Corp., betting legalization will gain traction around the world and especially in the United States.

“This is rocket fuel,” Canopy Chief Executive Bruce Linton said on the company’s earnings call Wednesday. “We’re going to be way more global.”

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Legal Weed: How Republicans Learned to Love Marijuana - Cannabis News

As state experimentation with legalization grew, media coverage of marijuana's supposed health benefits increased, and public opinion and demographics shifted, Republicans -- some of whom had touted their hard-line stances as unalterable -- began to soften.

Jason Isaac, a fourth-generation Texan and conservative state representative, has a clear memory of his first mind-­expanding encounter with marijuana.

It was January 2015, and the Texas state Capitol building was swarming with lawmakers returning to work.

Two women were sitting on the stairwell opposite his office, waiting for him. He sat down with the pair—his constituents—and heard their stories. One had a child with intractable epilepsy, the other a child with severe autism.

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Joints For Homeless Offers Compassion and Cannabis - Cannabis News

A grassroots campaign that is encouraging members of the cannabis community to help homeless people has a twist in its approach.

In addition to offering food and personal care items to people on the street, Joints for Homeless suggests that people include a little cannabis in their kindness.

Shane Pettas AKA Boppin told High Times that his grandfather taught him to give back to the community and help the homeless when he was a kid.

He’s carried on the tradition and said he plans to teach his kids to do the same. 

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Canada: 'A moment in history': Hundreds turn out for Calgary cannabis job fair - Cannabis News

Job seekers from in and around Calgary lined up to hand in their resumes Tuesday for an opportunity to work in the cannabis industry, as new retail company 420 Premium Market held a job fair at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park.

Jeff Mooij, president of 420 Premium Market, says his company is looking for approximately 420 new employees to be trained and ready when they open their doors Oct. 17, when recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada.

“This is the first time that we get to see the new people who are going to join our culture, so it’s super exciting,” says Mooij.

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Wyoming Governor Candidates Talk Marijuana - Cannabis News

With the primary election just one week away, candidates discussed marijuana - legalizing it, decriminalizing it, medical use, taxes, and more.

"I am for medical marijuana." Republican Candidate Bill Dahlin said. "Who are we as a government to deny people from being better? That just doesn't make any sense to me. So yeah, I am in favor of medical marijuana... I think number one because of the health."

"If it wasn't healthy, or didn't have a health benefit, it'd be a whole different ball game. But it does have a health benefit, and it's going to help the health sector."

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North Dakota to vote on recreational marijuana in November - Cannabis News

North Dakotans will vote this November on a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana, state officials announced Monday.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger said that Legalize ND, the group leading the charge to get the question on the ballot, submitted 14,637 signatures last month, about 1,200 more than required. If passed, the ballot measure would permit “non-violent marijuana related activity” for North Dakotans aged 21 and up, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

If passed, the ballot measure would permit “non-violent marijuana related activity” for North Dakotans aged 21 and up, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

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Canada: Grocery store locations among first round of approvals for Calgary cannabis dispensaries - Cannabis News

Calgarians are getting a better idea of where they’ll be able to purchase recreational marijuana, whether at a dedicated dispensary or perhaps under the roof of a supermarket.

And based on the addresses released by the City of Calgary, it looks like you might just be able to pick up cannabis while out grocery shopping at major grocery stores around the city.

Eleven Calgary Co-op locations, including one gas station, received approvals to sell cannabis.

Seven Real Canadian Superstores and one Real Canadian Liquor Store also got approval.

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Pot Business Expected to Boom, Lighting Up Pressure on Lawmakers - Cannabis News

More that a dozen states expected to expand legalization by 2025, report says.

With marijuana legalization measures expected to pass in 13 more states by 2025, the legal pot market would reach more than $30 billion, according to an industry report released Thursday.

The trend is bound to increase pressure on lawmakers to stake positions on one of the country’s most rapidly evolving social issues — the legalization of pot and cannabis — according to the report from New Frontier Data, a nonpartisan market research firm.

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A Millennial Couple Finds Their Sweet Spot In Cannabis Soda - Cannabis News

"It’s an edible but it hits you less a time versus an edible where it takes longer to work. And there’s no learning curve - everyone knows how to drink a beverage.”

It was never meant to be taken seriously. When Amy Ludlum, 32, and Peter Bishop, 29, co-founders of the San Francisco-based cannabis soda brand California Dreamin’, first came up with the idea for what would later become their business, they just wanted to have fun.

The millennial couple was on a camping trip with friends and they wanted to create a healthier alternative to drinking beer and being hung over. To their surprise, the homemade concoction turned out to be a big hit.

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Social Life Network to Present at the 2018 Southern California Investor ConferencePress Release |08/09/2018

DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / August 9, 2018 / Social Life Network, Inc. (OTCQB: WDLF), a cloud-based social media and social network technology company based in Denver, Colorado, announced that it will be presenting at the 2018 Southern California Investor Conference on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach, California.

Mr. Ken Tapp, Chief Executive Officer of Social Life Network, will deliver a corporate presentation and discuss its cloud-based social media and social network technology platform that is used in over 120 countries, by over a million monthly users as well as discuss recent business highlights.

The Southern California Investor Conference will celebrate a special 21-year anniversary with the 2018 event. Over the years, the Southern California Investor Conference has become the region's premier investor conference showcasing the unique investment opportunities from California and the nation.

About Social Life Network, Inc.

Social Life Network is an American for-profit corporation and an online social media and social networking service, based in Denver Colorado. The company launched their first social networking platform in the emerging cannabis and hemp industry in 2013, and has since launched an e-commerce social networking version of its platform to target the residential real estate industry and multiple sports verticals including Hunting, Fishing, Tennis, Soccer, Cycling and Golf. https://www.social-life-network.com/.

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After visiting Colorado, Indiana lawmaker says medical marijuana is right for Indiana - Cannabis News

He said of his trip to Colorado, "it removed all doubt in my mind that this is the right thing to do for Indiana," saying it would "save lives."

An Indiana lawmaker has done something that would have gotten him arrested had he done it in Indiana. But Republican State Rep. Jim Lucas was in Colorado.

What he did was legal there and he's not afraid to talk about it. On the contrary, the three-term representative from Seymour has become a leading voice for legalizing medical marijuana in Indiana.

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Heineken is betting on a brew made with marijuana instead of alcohol, and it could help give a boost to the struggling beer industry - Cannabis News

Lagunitas, Heineken's fast-growing California beer label, bills its new brew as "hoppy sparkling water." That's because these cans of brew contain zero alcohol. 

Instead of booze, the beer-like beverage is made with THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana

Called Hi-Fi Hops, Lagunitas' new cannabis drink is the latest wave of a larger move by established companies diving into the marijuana industry.

In addition to a brew made with THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes a high, Lagunitas' new " beer" is also available with CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabis component that's thought to be responsible for many of its therapeutic effects.

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The billionaire heir to a chewing gum fortune is making a huge bet on marijuana - Cannabis News

William Wrigley jnr II, the heir to the Wrigley chewing gum fortune, is jumping into the marijuana business.

Wrigley led a $65 million equity financing into Surterra Wellness, a Florida-based medical marijuana company, through his personal investment firm.

Wrigley will also become the chair of Surterra's board. The company plans to use the funds to expand into new state markets — and make a push into the competitive recreational market.

Known as Beau, Wrigley left the eponymous chewing gum company after orchestrating the company's sale to Mars Inc.

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Cannabis Goes Universal in This Campaign Showing Pot Users From All Walks of Life - Cannabis News

Cannabis retailer MedMen has been fighting stereotypes in its advertising for months now, featuring everyone from white-collar professionals to grandmothers as weed lovers.

For a new $4 million campaign breaking Monday, the marketer leans into some Southern California cliches like sand and surf, a Rolls Royce in Beverly Hills, a shirtless weightlifter at Muscle Beach and a hipster with a guitar on the Sunset Strip. (Those are cliches for a reason, by the way).

Each beautiful image has a single word written across it: “Cannabis.” The locations of MedMen’s eight Los Angeles-area dispensaries appear against a red background, and its sleek signature red shopping bag has a cameo in each photograph.

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Congress Finally Can Tell Hemp From Pot - Cannabis News

For almost 50 years, hemp has been lumped together with heroin, LSD, and Ecstasy, but new legislation could soon make the crop legal for farmers still struggling from the loss of tobacco.

Hemp is currently a Schedule I federally controlled substance, in the same legal category as LSD, heroin, and Ecstasy.

Like all forms of cannabis, it was criminalized in 1970, partially because Congress was worried that law enforcement couldn’t tell the difference between hemp and marijuana.

“There was tremendous biological understanding of the difference, but Congress was not making policy based on this—they were basing it on fear,” said John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of Marijuana: A Short History.

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Canada: Cannabis retailers step up race to hire staff as legalization looms - Cannabis News

It’s been estimated the cannabis industry and its spinoffs will employ 200,000 people throughout Canada.

Jeff Mooij said his prospective cannabis retail staff will be offered a profit-sharing model to sign up.

It’s one of the enticements being rolled out in an increasingly competitive recruitment drive as the countdown to the Oct. 17 legalization of recreational marijuana date approaches.

“Competition will be fierce but we believe with our company culture and success, we should be able to retain more (people),” said Mooij, owner of 420 Premium Market, which already counts six Calgary store locations tentatively approved by the city.

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How a Pair of Kentucky Politicians Are About to Legalize Hemp - Cannabis News

The non-hallucinogenic sister plant of marijuana is a favorite with farmers, and it will get a lot easier to grow if Congress removes it from the list of banned drugs.

On nights that Congress is in session, Rep. James Comer, a farmer from Kentucky, lays down on a fold-up mattress in his office on the fifth floor of the Longworth building and hits the lights by 10:30.

Before he does, he reaches for a small bottle of CBD oil (made from Kentucky hemp) and squeezes a couple of drops onto his tongue.

“If I miss a night or two and don’t take it, my joints hurt really bad, especially in my hands in the morning,” Comer, a dedicated recreational golfer, told me. “But when I take it, I don’t have any joint pain.”

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Cannabis Glass Artist Creates Pipes And Bongs Shaped Like Tasty Donuts - Cannabis News

“I think legalization has made functional glass art more appealing to the masses. The donuts seem to cross many demographics, because you can now purchase an intricate piece of art without worries of it getting taken by the police.”

Brian Owoc loves donuts. "There's just something about donuts that makes people want to smile,” he says. “It is such a familiar, nostalgic, happy thing to so many people.”

Twenty years ago — while working the graveyard shift as a baker at Dunkin’ Donuts — the Portland, Maine, glassblower remembers heading home from a long night making those sweet doughy treats and diving into his home studio to blow off steam and melt glass.

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1st year of Nevada marijuana sales smokes expectations - Cannabis News

Nevada regulators and industry insiders say the state’s first year of broad marijuana legalization has exceeded even their highest expectations, with sales and tax collections already surpassing year-end projections by 25 percent.

Numbers from June are still outstanding but are expected to push taxable sales past $500 million, netting total tax revenue in the neighborhood of $70 million — with about $25 million devoted to schools.

“I think it has been a huge success, and I don’t see how anyone could argue with that,” said Andrew Jolley, president of the Nevada Dispensary Association.

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Big opportunities for accountants in cannabis clients, compliance - Cannabis News

“[Cannabis] businesses are hiring friends and neighbors to do their books. When they hire us, they don’t know the difference between assets and liabilities.”

California has long been a pioneer in the cannabis industry, so it came as no surprise that many of the sessions at the recent Accounting and Finance Show in Los Angeles focused on demystifying the very young and evolving industry, and sharing advice on how to work with potential clients in the business.

The web of cannabis taxation provides a big opportunity for accountants in the industry, and is what led the panelists of one conference session to form their own practice, DOPE CFO, to cater to this burgeoning vertical.

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Legislators From Across US Push Feds To Respect State Marijuana Laws - Cannabis News

A group representing thousands of lawmakers from around the U.S. is calling on the federal government to end marijuana prohibition so that states can enact their own cannabis policies without intervention.

“The federal government should respect state decisions to regulate cannabis, including hemp in non-FDA approved cannabis products,” reads one of two new policy directives adopted on Wednesday by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“NCSL believes that federal laws, including the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own cannabis policies without federal interference and urges the administration not to undermine state cannabis policies.”

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Social Life Network Announces Key Additions to its Board of Directors

DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / August 1, 2018 / Social Life Network, Inc. (OTCQB: WDLF), a cloud-based social media and social network technology company based in Denver, Colorado, announces the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors.

Mr. D. Scott Karnedy, the current CFO as well as Mr. Kenneth Granville, Mr. Leslie Bocskor and Mr. Tripp Keber. Each member was chosen for their vast knowledge and experience in the semantic intelligence, cannabis and digital media space.

"We are thrilled to add such distinguished members to Social Life Network's Board,'' stated Mr. Ken Tapp, Chief Executive Officer. ''Mr. Karnedy has been a valued asset to our Company and has played an important role as our Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, Mr. Granville, Mr. Keber and Mr. Bocskor bring invaluable knowledge pertaining to the machine learning, fintech and the cannabis industry, as well as years of leadership experience that we look to utilize. I am very confident in adding this diverse group of professionals to our family and foresee it having huge benefit to our organization and shareholder value going forward."

D. Scott Karnedy serves as Social Life Network's COO and served as an officer or Vice President of sales and marketing for digital media and Internet companies since 1998. Mr. Karnedy is digital media expert and served as VP of Sales of AOL, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing of SiriusXM and was the Senior Vice President of Global Sales of Myspace. He was the Chief Revenue Officer of Technicolor and Indiewire Snag Films. Mr. Karnedy was the Founder and CEO of Valhalla Advisors.

Tripp Keber is widely considered one of the most prominent and well-known business leaders in the cannabis industry. Additionally, Mr. Keber is recognized as a branding expert in the adult use and medical cannabis spaces. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Dixie Brands, Inc., a cannabis centric branding company, known worldwide for its namesake cannabis-infused beverages, Dixie Elixirs, Aceso and Therabis, Dixie's human and pet CBD wellness brand platforms respectively as well as hundreds of other cannabis products. Mr. Keber has served as a Director for several cannabis industry organizations, including National Cannabis Industry Association, Marijuana Policy Project, & National Association of Cannabis Businesses. He has also held many senior and C-level positions in realty, communications and other industries.

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Molson Coors Canada signs deal to make non-alcoholic marijuana drinks - Cannabis News

The Canadian unit of Molson Coors Brewing Co said on Wednesday it will form a joint venture with marijuana-producer Hydropothecary Corp to make non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused drinks for the Canadian market.

Toronto-based Molson Coors Canada Inc is the latest brewer looking to capitalize on Canada’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana later in the year, a market industry watchers say could be worth $5 billion to $10 billion.

If legalized, Canada would become the first major economy to do so and its rollout is being closely watched by global investors, who have already poured billions into Canadian marijuana firms.

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Florida: Marijuana booming as state nears 2-year mark - Cannabis News

Analysts are projecting a $1 billion medical marijuana market in Florida by 2020.

More than 100,000 Floridians now can legally take marijuana for medicinal purposes.

This milestone, reached in April, is one of many signs that Florida’s young marijuana industry is booming as the state approaches the two-year anniversary of voters legalizing medical pot. But issues remain.

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Marijuana entrepreneurs talk shop at Boston 'CannaCon' - Cannabis News

Hundreds of businesspeople, consumers and enthusiasts gathered at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Friday to promote products and discuss ways to cultivate marijuana-related businesses in the budding industry.

In Massachusetts, legislators have not been speedy to issue retail recreational marijuana licenses, though three were approved this week for shops in Northampton, Brookline and Amesbury.

But legal hurdles haven't stopped eager entrepreneurs from hashing out business ideas.

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Employment Rights For Marijuana Consumers Would Be Protected Under New Bill - Cannabis News

The federal government won’t be able to fire its employees for marijuana use that is legal under state law if a new bipartisan bill is enacted.

Introduced on Thursday by Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-GA), the proposal would “remove limitations on Federal employment for an individual legally using marijuana under the law of the State in which the individual resides,” according to the bill title.

The legislation builds on a narrower amendment Crist filed earlier this year that would have protected military veterans who work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from being fired for state-legal marijuana use. 

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As more states legalize marijuana, advocates see signs suggesting Texas may move that way - Cannabis News

In Texas, both political parties now support loosening the restrictions on marijuana in their platforms. That's just the clearest sign that both public opinion and the political calculus on pot are rapidly shifting.

Texas isn’t likely to be the next Colorado or California. The state almost certainly won’t be the next one to legalize recreational marijuana use.

But there are signs that both the public opinion and political calculus on pot are shifting in Texas, with advocates hopeful that those shifts could yield significant progress during next year’s legislative session.

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How Self-Care And Women's Health Are Shaping The Cannabis Industry - Cannabis News

“Now is the time when brands should be paying attention to how women are incorporating cannabis into their lives and figure out how they can keep up."

It’s impossible to deny the spending power of women. They are responsible for 70 to 80% of consumer spending in the United States and play a major role in influencing the buying choices of their friends and family.

With the cannabis market in legal states projected to grow 150% by 2021, female consumers are also playing a major role in shaping the industry through embracing cannabis as a wellness product.

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Job opportunities grow as states move to legalize medical marijuana - Cannabis News

As more states move to legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, the number of job opportunities in the industry has grown at an impressive rate, according to a recent survey conducted by online job platform Joblift.

The company analyzed 3,367 job postings in the United States for medical marijuana over the last 12 months and found 24 percent more job postings in the first six months of 2018 compared to the last half of 2017.

By comparison there were only 16 percent more job postings for the entire U.S. labor market over that same time period.

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V.A. Shuns Medical Marijuana, Leaving Vets to Improvise - Cannabis News

Doctors in the veterans’ health system say the department’s lack of research has left them without much good advice to give veterans.

Some of the local growers along the coast here see it as an act of medical compassion: Donating part of their crop of high-potency medical marijuana to ailing veterans, who line up by the dozens each month in the echoing auditorium of the city’s old veterans’ hall to get a ticket they can exchange for a free bag.

One Vietnam veteran in the line said he was using marijuana-infused oil to treat pancreatic cancer.

Another said that smoking cannabis eased the pain from a recent hip replacement better than prescription pills did. 

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Federal Report On Marijuana Legalization Required Under New Bill - Cannabis News

What is the impact of marijuana legalization in states that have adopted it? That's what the proponents of a newly filed U.S. House bill are hoping to find out.

The Marijuana Data Collection Act, introduced on Tuesday by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and a bipartisan group of cosponsors, would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to partner with other federal and state government agencies to study "the effects of State legalized marijuana programs on the economy, public health, criminal justice and employment."

"For decades, bad data and misinformation have fueled the failed war on drugs that's wasted billions of taxpayer dollars, incarcerating Americans for nonviolent marijuana charges," Gabbard said in House floor speech previewing the bill on Monday evening.

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'It hits you very quickly': Canada brews first cannabis beer - Cannabis News

It is a story playing out across Canada as entrepreneurs race to secure a foothold in what is expected to be a multibillion-dollar market.

Scientists in a small Ontario laboratory are testing enzymes and experimenting with fermentation.

Their techniques are not new, but their focus is a first. They are developing what is being described as the world’s first beer brewed from cannabis.

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Oklahoma: Cannabis Advocates Rally At State Capitol - Cannabis News

Demonstrators took to the Capitol Sunday to protest the State Department of Health’s regulations over medical marijuana.

“We're mad as hell. We're not going to take it anymore,” Ron Welchel said, referencing the theme of the rally.

Welchel was one of dozens of State Question 788 supporters who showed up for the demonstration.

“All the people in the state were really for it. Then we got the wind let out of our sails when it all kind of went south. We need it fixed,” Welchel said.

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Who Should Regulate Marijuana? Most Say States Over the Federal Government - Cannabis News

Experts say every state will have legal or recreational marijuana rules on the books in next five years.

More of the public is getting behind the idea of decriminalizing marijuana, according to new polling.

Yet the legalization of cannabis is a patchwork quilt of local legislation that greenlights the drug for medical use in some states and provides full legal protection for recreational use in others.

A new national survey shows a majority believe individual states, as opposed to the federal government, should be regulating marijuana.

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Florida approves $13.2 million for medical marijuana - Cannabis News

Unhappy with the progress of the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use, state lawmakers agreed to spend an additional $13.2 million to cover unforeseen costs of implementing medical marijuana in the state.

More than half of the money will go towards processing applications for four new growers licenses.

Some questioned why the department didn’t anticipate the need earlier.

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The Rise of the Ganja Sommelier - Cannabis News

Like a wine sommelier, a good ganja somm knows how to pair customers and cannabis products.

Yes, the green rush is upon us and with it, a new profession: The Ganja Sommelier.

Like the wine expert at an upscale restaurant who walks you through the night’s best food and wine pairings, the ganja sommelier has the expertise and knowledge to guide you towards the ultimate cannabis experience.

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Where Texas politicians stand on marijuana - Cannabis News

More than half of Texas' registered voters believe marijuana should be legalized, a recent poll discovered. As is the case with other issues, it appears the attitude of Texas' lawmakers and the public may not align in the matter of cannabis.

With Texas Republicans already listing out their priorities for the upcoming legislative session — including the possibility of decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana possession — it's worth taking a look at where the state's top lawmakers stand on major aspects of marijuana reform.

Cannabis Voter Project, a group that tracks politicians' views on cannabis, shows that only four of the state's 36 members of Congress believe in ending cannabis prohibition at a federal level.

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Electric utilities work with cannabis growers to save on power costs - Cannabis News

Electricity consumption typically is the second-largest cost incurred by indoor cultivation facilities.

Despite knowing for years that electricity is a major expense that can significantly affect everyone’s bottom line, marijuana businesses – especially growers – are still struggling to keep costs manageable.

The good news is that a burgeoning number of utility companies are working with cannabis cultivators to better manage costs.

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From casinos to cannabis: how a tiny First Nation in Canada forged a big business empire - Cannabis News

This week, the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation announced it will become the first reserve in New Brunswick to become a licensed producer of cannabis.

 t's a blistering July afternoon at the Edmundston Truck Stop. The air vibrates with the low rumbling of a dozen idling 18-wheelers burning fuel.

For Chief Patricia Bernard of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, that's the sound of money.

The big rigs have 600-plus litre tanks — and the Indigenous-owned gas bar is a popular spot to fill up before truckers hit the Quebec border.

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Georgia: An endorsement highlights slight GOP shift on medical marijuana - Cannabis News

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp are both open to researching new ways to expand access to medical marijuana if elected governor, though neither Republican candidate has explicitly endorsed legalizing the in-state cultivation of the drug.

That’s a shift that state Rep. Allen Peake, who wrote the state’s medical cannabis law, has long sought as essential for Georgian suffering from debilitating diseases.

And on Tuesday he endorsed Cagle as the best GOP candidate to solve “the medical cannabis access issue early in his first year in office.”

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Social Life Network, Inc. Announces Uplisting to OTCQB Exchange

DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / July 16, 2018 / Social Life Network, Inc. (OTCQB: WDLF), a cloud-based social media and social network technology company based in Denver, Colorado, today announced that the company has commenced trading on the OTCQB Market ("OTCQB") after successfully uplisting from the OTC Pink Market.

 

DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / July 16, 2018 / Social Life Network, Inc. (OTCQB: WDLF), a cloud-based social media and social network technology company based in Denver, Colorado, today announced that the company has commenced trading on the OTCQB Market ("OTCQB") after successfully uplisting from the OTC Pink Market.

"Uplisting to a larger exchange represents a significant accomplishment and an important corporate milestone for Social Life Network,'' stated Mr. Ken Tapp, Chief Executive Officer. ''We are confident that the move will provide us access to a larger investor audience, greater access to capital and provide increased visibility in the marketplace. We look forward to announcing additional achievements, as we continue to strive to establish ourselves as a recognized name in the industry of social media and social networking services."

The OTCQB is considered by the SEC as an "established public market" for the purpose of determining the public market price when registering securities for resale with the SEC. The OTC Pink is not considered as such and most broker-dealers will not trade or recommend OTC Pink stocks. Because the OTCQB dramatically increases transparency, reporting standards, management certification and compliance requirements, the majority of broker-dealers trade stocks on the OTCQB. Historically this has resulted in greater liquidity and awareness for companies that reach the OTCQB tier.

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Israeli marijuana researchers to open first U.S. clinic in California - Cannabis News

Israel-based NiaMedic is promising to offer conventional medical care alongside what company leaders describe as research-backed cannabis treatment aimed at seniors.

Israel has been, for decades, the global leader in medical marijuana research and treatment, with the government funding human clinical trials even as the United States and other countries discouraged or criminalized such studies.

Now, a company formed by doctors and nurses involved in some of Israel’s pioneering cannabis research is working to open its first American clinic in Laguna Woods.

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The Cannabis Branding Battle Ahead - Cannabis News

“Will people look for a brand of cannabis? Or will people look for a particular dispensary? Or a particular device? At the moment, many consumers are still learning how to approach the market, so things are very in flux."

It’s the cannabinoid calm before the storm.

Cannabis industry observers feel we’re on the threshold of what could be a branding battle.

“There will eventually be a power struggle between retail brands, product brands and device brands,” says Tim Calkins, clinical professor of marketing at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Veterans Deserve Cannabis. Here’s How You Can Help - Cannabis News

United States Veterans are two times more likely to succumb to accidental overdose, and we’re losing more than 20 of them to suicide every day. But cannabis could help.

Thirty US states and Washington DC have legalized cannabis for adult use, and the majority of Americans reportedly support legalizing cannabis nationwide.

Despite all of this, 20 million American veterans are still blocked from receiving safe, legal, and affordable access to cannabis.

Although doctors employed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs are permitted to discuss medical cannabis with their patients in states where the plant is already legal, VA docs aren’t currently able to prescribe cannabis—even in states like California and Colorado.

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The next state to legalize marijuana could be . . . North Dakota? - Cannabis News

Supporters of marijuana legalization in North Dakota have submitted more than 18,000 signatures to the secretary of state in support of a measure that would fully legalize the drug, well above the 13,452 signatures required to put the question on the November ballot.

Like a recent successful medical-marijuana measure in Oklahoma, the effort has largely flown under the radar, with no financial backing from national drug policy groups such as the Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project.

And like Oklahoma, North Dakota is a deep-red state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964.

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Could Legal Marijuana Tip the Senate for Democrats? - Cannabis News

Cautious incumbents are using it to shore up support from progressive voters and challengers are seizing on the issue’s high popularity to knock conservatives.

When Senator Bill Nelson came out squarely in favor of Floridians’ right to smoke medical marijuana, it surprised many political observers in the Sunshine State.

Nelson, a conservative Democrat who promotes his reputation as a ramrod former astronaut, has mostly kept out of the fray during the years-long battle over medical marijuana—both before it passed in 2016 with 71 percent of the vote and in the year and half since, as supporters have battled the state’s Republican leadership over how to implement the new law.

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Maine Lawmakers Override Gov. LePage's Medical Marijuana Veto - Cannabis News

Maine physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be able to recommend medical marijuana for any patient they think would benefit under a new law.

Lawmakers overrode the governor's veto Monday with near-unanimous support.

The law eliminates the list of medical conditions that an individual would currently need to prove to receive medical marijuana.

The law allows qualifying patients and unregistered caregivers to possess eight pounds of medical marijuana, up from 2.5 ounces. 

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Marijuana politics evolving in red states - Cannabis News

Supporters and opponents of legalizing marijuana are preparing to fight over ballot measures in half a dozen states this year, shifting the political battleground away from traditionally liberal states and into some of the country’s most conservative areas.

Two measures are already scheduled to appear on November ballots: Michigan voters will decide whether to become the ninth state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, while the electorate in Utah will choose whether to join 22 other states by legalizing pot for medical use.

In Missouri, as many as three separate measures could make the ballot.

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Meet the women giving cannabis culture a style makeover - Cannabis News

Fashion-forward weed designs buck stigma and bring pot paraphernalia out in the open.

Female entrepreneurs are carving out their own space in the male-heavy cannabis industry — and they're doing it with style.

Until now, the stoner culture aesthetic has looked more like Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke or Seth Rogen's Pineapple Express than something you'd find in lifestyle reads like Goop or Vogue.

But with legalization, pot is going mainstream. New fashion-forward accessories like sleek vape pens and hand-crafted ceramic stash jars are being created to appeal specifically to women, who represent a fast-growing market for weed.

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