Jamaica Company Exports THC to U.S. for Analytic Testing
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by A.J. Herrington
3d ago
A cannabis company with operations based in Jamaica announced this week that it has successfully exported cannabis-derived THC products to the United States, where they will be tested at a facility licensed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The company, Pure Jamaican and its GMP-certified, licensed pharma manufacturer Seven-10 Pharmaceuticals, said the shipment marks the first legal export of THC to the United States from Jamaica in a move that elevates the Caribbean island nation’s role in the global cannabis supply chain. Jamaica legalized the commercial export of cannabis for med ..read more
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Idaho Bill Would Create Minimum $420 Fine for Possessing Small Amounts of Weed
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by Keegan Williams
3d ago
Many would argue that the legalization of recreational cannabis across all 50 states is essentially inevitable at this rate. Some states without recreational cannabis laws in place are practically surrounded by others that have introduced reform.  Pennsylvania, for example, just saw Gov. Josh Shapiro calling on state legislators to get a move on and legalize. “It’s time to catch up,” Shapiro said earlier this month, arguing that the longer the state goes without legalizing adult-use cannabis, the more Pennsylvania will miss out on revenue and economic opportunities. Idaho is als ..read more
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Study: Higher Dose of Naloxone Didn’t Save More Lives
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by Thomas Edward
3d ago
A higher dose version of naloxone, the nasal spray used to reverse opioid-induced overdoses, did not lead to more saved lives, according to a new study published earlier this month. The findings, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicated that “no significant differences were found in the survival of aided persons” in the new eight-milligram naloxone. According to the study, there were likewise no significant differences in “the number of doses administered by law enforcement by formulation, suggesting that, in this field test, the increased dosage did not ..read more
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Elizabeth Warren Reveals Her ‘Dream Blunt Rotation’
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by Benjamin M. Adams
3d ago
On Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined the Pod Save America podcast and revealed who her “dream blunt rotation” would be when asked. It was hypothetical, as she doesn’t smoke, and the senator kept things positive in her responses. In what they called a special President’s Day edition episode Feb. 19, Pod Save America co-host Jon Favreau (the former Barack Obama staffer, not the MCU actor) asked her about her push to deschedule pot, and also who she’s most and least likely to invite to a blunt rotation out of a list of pre-selected choices.  The list of choices for the “d ..read more
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Local Bank To Become First To Fully Serve Guam’s Cannabis Industry
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by Thomas Edward
3d ago
Bank of Guam announced in a press release on Wednesday that the launch of “Cannabis Banking” will give it a “platform [to allow] cannabis clients the ability to share data from their day-to-day business activities, such as sales, inventory and required licensing documentation.”  According to The Guam Daily Post, “Cannabis Banking” will make the institution the first in the region “to serve ‘all tiers’ of cannabis-related businesses, or CRBs.” “It has always been the mission of our founder to serve the underserved and to provide access to safe and secure banking services to ..read more
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Utah Bill Targets Cities That Refuse To Recognize Medical Pot
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by A.J. Herrington
3d ago
Two influential Utah state lawmakers have joined forces to advance legislation that would cut funding to cities that refuse to recognize medical marijuana as a legitimate medical therapy.  Utah voters approved the medical use of cannabis in a 2018 ballot measure that passed with nearly 53% of the vote. Following the passage of the initiative, the state legislature approved a regulatory plan that essentially treats medical cannabis as a traditional prescription drug. Under the plan, cannabis is still considered a controlled substance but patients are allowed to use medical marijuana like t ..read more
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Oklahoma Seeks To Ban Foreign Land Ownership Under New Bill
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by Nicole Potter
3d ago
A newly introduced bill seeks to ban foreign ownership of land in Oklahoma in an attempt to curb illegal cannabis cultivation. House Bill 3125 was introduced to the Oklahoma House of Representatives earlier this month, and most recently on Feb. 19 it was recommended to the full Appropriations and Budget Natural Resources Subcommittee. HB-3125 is sponsored by Rep. Danny Williams, who represents District 28 in Oklahoma. Recently he told Fox25 that foreign land ownership is one of the biggest problems in his area. “A lot of people when they come in, they’re involved in illegal ..read more
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Cannabis Vlogger Paul Tokin Has Died
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by High Times
3d ago
High Times has learned that Paul Tokin, an early online cannabis vlogger behind the YouTube channel Tokin Daily, passed away in December 2023. In an interview before his passing Paul explains that his YouTube channel, which began in 2006, started with videos that showed processes around growing cannabis.  “Prior to doing Tokin Daily I started uploading content on the internet, just pictures and stuff on web forums in the early 2000s, and YouTube came along so I started uploading YouTube videos in 2006,” he says in the interview. “For a long time it was just kinda every ..read more
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South Carolina CEO Breaks Glass Ceiling as First Black Woman Hemp Farmer in Region
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by Keegan Williams
3d ago
While South Carolina could be on its way to legalizing medical cannabis in the future, the state already has a thriving hemp industry. Though some of the issues with the broader cannabis industry in the West plague the hemp industry as well, namely the lack of diversity among leaders. Many states have built in equity measures to give minorities and those groups most historically affected by the War on Drugs better footing to get ahead in the cannabis industry, but the hemp industry doesn’t tend to have those same protections. But that hasn’t stopped professionals like Sheena Myers from forging ..read more
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Smoking Surpasses Injection as Leading Ingestion Method in Overdose Deaths
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by Patrick Maravelias
5d ago
More Americans are overdosing and dying by smoking illegal drugs as opposed to injecting them. Of the 109,000 recorded overdose deaths which occurred in 2022, almost 70 percent involved fentanyl and a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that fentanyl users are beginning to favor smoking as their preferred method of ingestion, surpassing those who favor injection.  “From January–June 2020 to July–December 2022, the percentage of overdose deaths with evidence of smoking increased 73.7%, and the percentage with evidence of injection decreased 29.1 ..read more
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