Canada: Timeline For Start Of Retail Cannabis Sales Delayed

Canadian pot shops delayed

CANADA: Retailers will be unable to begin legally selling marijuana products to consumers until late summer or early fall, according to Canadian news reports. Lawmakers had initially sought to begin regulating the adult use marijuana market by July 1. In November, members of the House of Commons voted 200 to 82 in favor of Bill C-45 (The Cannabis Act), Read the full article…

Philadelphia: District Attorney To Cease Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Offenders

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PENNSYLVANIA: Newly elected District Attorney Larry Krasner has announced that his office will no longer prosecute marijuana possession offense violations. Although city policy has already decriminalized most minor marijuana possession offenses, police have continued to make several hundred possession arrests annually. Going forward, the DA’s office will drop these charges. Krasner said that the change in policy is “the right thing to Read the full article…

Snoop Dogg To Speak At C2 Montréal 2018

noop Dogg to speak at C2 Montréal 2018 (CNW Group/C2 Montréal)

CANADA: C2 Montréal is proud to announce that Snoop Dogg will be a speaker at the 7th edition of its flagship event, which will be held from May 23 to 25, 2018 in Montreal, Canada at the Arsenal. The artist turned entrepreneur will take centre stage in the Big Top to discuss his entrepreneurial vision for the cannabis industry. Joining Read the full article…

Removal Of Controversial Drugged Driving PSA Highlights Seriousness Of Impaired Driving

California PSA draws strong reaction

CALIFORNIA: A January 5 article at The Sacramento Bee reports on the decision to stop running a controversial public service announcement sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety.  Critics argued that the ad – which featured a diverse group of individuals explaining why they use pot but also do not drive while high — promoted the use Read the full article…

Basketball Legend Al Harrington Premiers CBD-Based Wellness Products

Harrington initially discovered the recuperative power of Cannabis, and later CBDs, as a result of convincing his grandmother, Viola, to use extracts to help with her glaucoma. As a result, Harrington Wellness' sister company, Viola Extracts, is named in her honor.

CALIFORNIA: Retired NBA great Al Harrington, who discovered the benefits of CBDs (Cannabinoids) at the end of his playing career, has premiered a new line of wellness products based on hemp, the non-psychoactive elements found in the plant. As an upscale consumer brand, Harrington Wellness will feature products that will foster healthy living and all the benefits Read the full article…

Latest Fox News Poll Finds Record Support In Favor Of Legalization

Americans like their marijuana

NEW YORK: Fifty-nine percent of voters believe the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by Fox News. The percentage marks an eight-point percentage increase since 2015, and is the highest level of support ever reported by the media agency. Majorities of Democrats (68 percent) and Independents (67 percent) back legalization, but Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Use Not Significantly Associated With Increased Traffic Accident Risk

MJ not responsible for higher DUI

ROMANIA: Cannabis exposure is not strongly associated with an increased risk of motor vehicle accident, according to a meta-analysis of 24 epidemiological studies published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology. Investigators at the University of Bucharest, Department of Medicine and Pharmacy reviewed data from two-dozen studies assessing the association between cannabis-positive drivers and unfavorable traffic outcomes, such as motor Read the full article…

CanopyBoulder Invests $180,000 In Cannabis Startups, Raises $2 Million For 2018 Fund

CanopyBoulder Announces New Class

Marijuana business accelerator and venture fund launches ninth cohort of ancillary cannabis companies  COLORADO: CanopyBoulder, Canopy’s seed-stage investment fund and business accelerator for companies developing ancillary products and services for the legal cannabis industry, is pleased to announce the launch of the Spring 2018 class. Six startups are enrolled in Canopy’s 16-week accelerator program.  These businesses Read the full article…

Tilray Signs LOI with Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) To Supply Province With Cannabis

Tilray Canada inks deal with SAQ

CANADA: Tilray, a global pioneer in cannabis cultivation, processing and distribution, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) to supply the province of Quebec with high-quality cannabis products in anticipation of adult-use legalization later this year. “This LOI is another major milestone for us as we aim to build Read the full article…

Librede Inc. Awarded Highly Competitive Phase II SBIR Grant From NIH

Librede Cannabinoid Map

CALIFORNIA: Librede, an early stage biotechnology company, has been awarded a $1,490,000 Phase II Small Business Innovative Research Grant (SBIR) from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to further develop and scale their proprietary yeast-based cannabinoid production platform. The NIH SBIR program is a highly Read the full article…