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The Cannabis Society Gathers In Toronto

By John “Cubby” Brown

Last night I attended The Cannabis Society Dinner of Influence in Toronto on behalf of MJBA and the MJNews Network. . The mission of The Cannabis Society to change the perception of cannabis by educating the marketplace on its benefits, and connecting cannabis entrepreneurs.

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The night was moderated very well by Graeme Davis and JD Methot of The Entrepreneurship Society and the Keynote Speaker was Niel Marotta of Indiva, a licensed medical cannabis producer.  Marotta discussed the importance of the flower market, and predicted that  four to five million cannabis users in Canada are being hooked by branding. 


The Cannabis SocietyAA very informative “Fireside Chat” followed with Karina Lahnakoski asking questions to Dr. Jonas Vanderzan of WeedMD. Dr Vanderzan detailed the many medicinal uses of cannabis, including for people with epilepsy.  In the good doctor’s opinion, most physicians who do recommend cannabis, do so for chronic pain.


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Up next was Eric Vengroff from Twentyoneton, a company that specializes websites and content management solutions for companies engaged in early stage dot-com projects, who talked about the importance of social media, web development, list marketing, and branding.

thecannabissociety5A spirited panel with psychiatrist Mandeep Singh, MD Ira Price and equities analyst Rahul Sarugaser focused on the challenges of obtaining legal cannabis through today’s medical system. Major barriers remain for for doctors who are interested in prescribing cannabis, and so most patience still get their medicine from dispensaries.  Only 1 in 5 doctors feels comfortable prescribing cannabis. With the new laws taking place, there is much concern that big pharma could take over the medical cannabis market.

The highlight of my night for me was Adam Miron from Hexo.  As the co-founder & chief brand officer at Hydropothecary.  Miron is a very animated speaker, whose remarks were both very comical and informative.  His message for the evening was that ‘pot is NOT the dropout drug,’ and he referenced research studies that show more and more professionals are using it for both medical and recreational purposes. 

Overall, it was a great meeting and I look forward to attending future TCS events, and to meeting you there!

California Music Festival “Northern Nights” To Feature Medical Cannabis Zone For Legal Cannabis Use

CALIFORNIA: Celebrating this Independence Day and its Emerald Triangle roots on the border of Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, known to many as the epicenter of cannabis growth in the U.S., the 5th annual Northern Nights Music Festival (NNMF) pioneers the path to freedom by ending the 80 year long prohibition and stigma around cannabis use and growth. Revolutionizing how cannabis will be incorporated into festivals for years to come, NNMF is excited to announce the expansion of its Medical Cannabis Zone into a full state-of-the-art “Tree Lounge” within the center of the festival. Available to medical cannabis prescription holders, the Tree Lounge will showcase over twenty Northern California cannabis collectives who have been perfecting their trade behind the Redwood curtain for generations. The lounge will also feature industry thought leaders, doctors on-site to give medical marijuana recommendations and issue cards to qualified patients, cannabis sampling, interactive installations, refreshments, meet-and-greets with headliners plus performances throughout the weekend on the Royal Gold Tree Stage.

Taking place July 14-16, 2017 just 3.5 hours north of San Francisco, on the festival grounds that has hosted Reggae On The River, Electric On The Eel and decades of events, NNMF’s goal is to bring the city to the country and reflect the unity and diversity of the six Nor Cal music collectives that put on the festival by featuring over 90 internationally renowned and breakthrough electronic and hip hop musicians plus river swims, yoga, dancing, and camping amidst one of the most sought out destinations in the world – the California Redwoods.

The dawn of a new age for cannabis use and acceptance in the United States is undeniably here and music festivals will seek creative and unique ways to make progress with the new laws. Ideas like the NNMF’s Tree Lounge are opening doors to a whole new financial market for festivals while giving promoters the ability to provide an even deeper and curated experience.

Within the safety of the Tree Lounge, attendees will be able to experience the exclusive “Yoga in the Grove” program curated by Bloom Farms. Also available will be North Bay Nectar providing cannabis infused and hemp infused massage oil for 6,000 massages with their innovative premiere cannabis infused body products made with organic ingredients. From the comfort of their own home, NNMF ticket holders will now be able obtain a cannabis recommendation online from PrestoDoctor and qualifying patients will receive a medical marijuana card at a discounted rate. NNMF ticket holders can email info@northernnights.org for a discount code. PrestoDoctor will also be available onsite to provide recommendations at their regular rates. Arriving with a current card has the advantage of expedited entry into the lounge.

Beyond the relaxing oasis of the Tree Lounge, the 5th Annual Northern Nights has curated exceptional experiential offerings including a new “Purple Nights” Art Gallery showcasing the works of the finest borosilicate glass artists from around the world. Other notable highlights of the festival is the beachside dance parties, afternoon river swims, a diverse lineup including Living Legends, Jai Wolf, Cherub, Big Wild, G Jones, Dirtwire, Random Rab, and Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage. The world class production in an intimate setting makes NNMF the perfect destination for city revelers to enjoy a farm to fest experience that is unlike any other. NNMF encourages all participants (18+) to activate their souls and smiles for three unforgettable days – no matter the path, you’ll find a home for the weekend in the majestic forests of NorCal.

Dance, swim, run or float your way to The Emerald Triangle for an experience unlike any other.
Tickets for Northern Nights Music Festival are on sale now!

NNMF 2017 Tree Lounge Collectives

OTG Organics ⧫ 1LN ⧫ Madrone California ⧫ Bloom Farms ⧫ WyldeHeart Ranch ⧫Redwood Roots ⧫ Humboldt’s Finest ⧫ General Extractions ⧫Emerald Pharms ⧫  Light Heart ⧫ Hillstrong Collective ⧫ The Humboldt Brand Cannabis Company ⧫ Lola Lola ⧫ County Line Ranch ⧫ Emerald Exchange ⧫ North Bay Nectar ⧫Old Kai ⧫ One Feather Ranch ⧫ Humboldt Brothers ⧫ Humboldt Apothecary ⧫  Wildseed

Northern Nights Music Festival 2017 Full Lineup 
Living Legends ⧫ Jai Wolf ⧫ Cherub ⧫ Big Wild ⧫ G Jones ⧫ Random Rab ⧫ Dirtwire ⧫ Falcons ⧫ Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage  ⧫ Moon Boots ⧫ Nombe ⧫ The Range ⧫ Vijay and Sofia ⧫ Adam Vida ⧫ Ekozu ⧫ IHF ⧫ Isaac Chambers ⧫ Jason Huber ⧫ Joyzu ⧫ Lapa ⧫ Luckyiam 3.0 w/ Dj Nykon ⧫ Manatee Commune ⧫ Manics ⧫ Mike Taylor ⧫ Mr. Fijiwiji ⧫ Nominus ⧫ Porangui ⧫ Project Aspect ⧫ Ryan Herr ⧫ Unlimited Aspect ⧫ Unlimited Gravity ⧫ Yungg Trip ⧫ Acacia Beats ⧫ Av8trix ⧫ Berel Alexander ⧫ Bisaria ⧫ Cash Johnson ⧫ Chief Greenbud ⧫ Christifari ⧫ Chrysocolla ⧫ Cremes N Lotions ⧫ Dean William ⧫ Devarock ⧫ DJ Rundat ⧫ Dreams on Fire ⧫ Dub Cowboy ⧫ Esch ⧫ Fresh Depz ⧫ Gabe Pressure ⧫ G. Davis ⧫ Guidance ⧫ H^M ⧫ Hypha ⧫ J. Handel ⧫ James Ando ⧫ Jay Ev ⧫ John Beaer ⧫ Just One ⧫ Kwovadus ⧫ Marco Utah ⧫ Marjo Lak ⧫ Mr. 415 ⧫ MSVG ⧫ Naughty Princess ⧫ Pretty Handsom ⧫ Rhizae ⧫ Solspace ⧫ Starfari ⧫ Subsuelo ⧫ Tacosnap ⧫ The Hype ⧫ The Rellies ⧫  Violin Girl ⧫ Amanda ⧫ Whiting ⧫ Zanapod ⧫ Zera

Pfizer, Eli Lilly Were The Original Medical Marijuana Sellers

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Today’s major pharmaceutical companies were the original medical marijuana sellers. Eli Lilly, Parke-Davis (now owned by Pfizer) and Squibb of Bristol-Myers Squibb all sold medical marijuana at the turn of the century. In a 1919 medical catalog, these companies listed several cannabis products.

Back then, most medicines were the same – the original generics. So it was up to good marketing and brand recognition to get people to buy one particular company’s drug over another. According to the Antique Cannabis Book, almost 6% of all manufactured drugs at the turn of the century contained cannabis in one form or another. For example, Squibb sold cannabis in powder form, tablets, fluid extracts and tinctures. However, Squibb wasn’t even the leader at the time with only 15 cannabis products in its lineup.

UpJohn & Co. listed 30 different cannabis entries in its medical catalog, while Parke Davis came in at 27. Eli Lilly sold 23 different versions and Abbott Laboratories sold 4 in 1935. Abbot is the only company that is still associated with medical marijuana. It’s research arm Abbvie Pharmaceuticals was recently spun off as a separate company and it manufactures the synthetic pot pill Marinol.