House to Vote on Bipartisan Cannabis Banking Bill This Month

The House will vote later this month on a bipartisan bill that will allow cannabis businesses access to the federal banking system.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer intends to bring the SAFE Banking Act to the House floor for a vote this month, his office confirmed to CNN.

Hoyer announced at the whip meeting Thursday on Capitol Hill that he would like to advance the legislation, according to his office.

“We’re discussing it with members, but it hasn’t been scheduled just yet,” Mariel Saez, a spokesperson for Hoyer, told CNN via email.

– Read the entire article at CNN News.

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Cannabis Canada Daily: How Ontario Lost $42M Selling Cannabis During Its Last Fiscal Year

Ontario’s cannabis crown corporation loses $42M last fiscal year

Ontario’s government lost $42 million selling cannabis in its last fiscal year, according to provincial public accounts released on Friday. The losses come despite the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, a crown corporation that operates the Ontario Cannabis Store’s online retail business and sells wholesale cannabis to the province’s private retail stores, generating $64 million in the fiscal 2018-2019 year. An OCS spokesperson said the agency wasn’t able to book wholesale revenue from selling into the first wave of physical retail stores in the latest fiscal year, which hurt the crown corporation’s bottom line. Meanwhile, the Ontario government said Friday it generated $19 million in revenue from cannabis excise taxes in its last fiscal year, falling well short of the $35-million estimate presented in the most recent provincial budget.

Canopy Growth’s IP-focused deal for Ebbu highlights difficulty of filing patents for cannabis-related products

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Life Above the Clouds: How to Make CBD Blueberry Granola

Granola is one of those dishes that you often never think to make yourself, but is actually one of the easiest things to make. I love this recipe because you can customize it with your favorite fruit or nuts, and you can substitute some of the coconut oil for cannabis-infused coconut oil.

CBD Blueberry Granola
This granola is perfect on top of yogurt, with milk, or even by itself!
Prep time: 10 min, Cook time: 25 min
Serves 6

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Florida Congressman Wants To Downgrade Controlled Substance Scheduling For Marijuana

On Thursday, Congressman Greg Steube, who represents Florida’s 17th district, introduced a bill that would downgrade the controlled substance scheduling for marijuana. Steube’s bill, the Marijuana 1-to-3 Act of 2019, would reclassify cannabis as a Schedule III controlled substance. Currently, the federal government considers cannabis a Schedule I drug with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Downgrading cannabis to Schedule III, a classification which includes drugs like ketamine and anabolic steroids, would primarily make it easier for scientists to research cannabis and its health effects.

Marijuana 1-to-3 Act Would Allow for Federally-Funded Cannabis Research

On September 12, Congressman Greg Steube tweeted a press release announcing a bill to downgrade marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule III controlled substance. “The Marijuana 1-to-3 Act will allow additional research to be done on the benefits of marijuana by removing bureaucratic red tape,” Steube wrote in the tweet.

According to Steube’s press release, the bill directs the Attorney General of the United States to make a simple change to the Controlled Substances Act: dropping “marihuana” down to Schedule III. In the release, Steube acknowledges there are clearly medical benefits to cannabis. “We hear every day about the

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Toronto’s Cafe Cannabis Resurrected Despite City Blocks

The tug of war between the city and an infamous illegal cannabis franchise rages on as one of CAFE’s previously shutdown locations has defied a city order and reopened for business.

Giant concrete blocks have been removed from 1321 St. Clair Ave. W., one of four stores operated by CAFE, or Cannabis and Fine Edibles, which had been shut down by city staff as part of their crackdown on illegal cannabis operators.

Entrances to the other three locations are still blocked.

Read the full story at Toronto Star

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Florida Lawmakers File Bill To Expand Medical Marijuana Research

Two members of Florida’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill on Thursday that would expand research into the medicinal use of marijuana. The measure, titled the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act, was filed by Democratic Rep. Donna Shalala and her Republican colleague Rep. Matt Gaetz has signed on as a co-sponsor.

If passed, the bill “would develop a national cannabis research agenda, direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to collect data on the health impacts of cannabis, establish a National Institutes of Health ‘Centers of Excellence’ research designation, and reclassify cannabis as a Schedule III controlled substance,” according to Shalala’s office.

“For years now, states across the country have been liberalizing their cannabis laws without making corresponding investments in developing a better scientific understanding of the short and long-term benefits and effects of cannabis on human health,” said Shalala. “By rescheduling cannabis and directing our national research infrastructure to study and collect data on how it impacts health outcomes, we are not only bringing federal cannabis policy into the 21st century, but we’re also guaranteeing that we do so safely.”

Bill Would Streamline Cannabis Research

“This bipartisan and bicameral legislation will improve, expedite, and

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Michigan Pharmacies To Distribute Free Naloxone Kits This Saturday

Pharmacies across Michigan will be giving away free naloxone kits on Saturday in an effort to stem the tide of overdose deaths resulting from the ongoing opioid crisis. More than 50,000 of the emergency overdose-reversing drug kits, sold under the brand name Narcan, will be distributed free of charge through hundreds of pharmacies, according to media reports.

A list of pharmacies participating in the naloxone giveaway is available online. More than 3,000 additional naloxone kits will be available at the Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally, to be held in Belle Island, Michigan on Saturday morning. Additional information about the event is available online.

The naloxone kits, which contain two doses of the drug in nasal spray applicators, are available to anyone who requests them. The kits may be picked up anonymously without a prescription, which is not required for naloxone in Michigan.

The naloxone kits being given away on Saturday were purchased by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with grant money received from the federal government.

Naloxone Saves Lives

The administration of naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose. Health experts in Michigan believe that increased availability of the emergency drug in the state is at least

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Retailers Left in a Haze as New Cannabis Promotion Rules Announced

A hazy rollout of new rules surrounding the promotion of cannabis products has left some Edmonton-area retailers feeling perplexed.

Starting on Oct. 17, any public advertisement for cannabis products or retailers can legally have a surface area no larger than 300 square centimetres — though it remains unclear what exactly this restriction applies to.

For reference, the surface area of a standard piece of printer paper is just over 600 sq. cm.

The new regulations were finalized by Health Canada in June. On Monday, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) sent a bulletin to retailers in the province to inform them of the new rules.

– Read the entire article at Edmonton Journal.

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Lawmakers In New Jersey And Massachusetts Address Dangers Of Vaping

The worsening outbreak of vape-linked illnesses and deaths has spurred lawmakers across the U.S. to take action, with officials in New Jersey and Massachusetts the latest to propose bans and other measures to curb vaping. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders are looking at a phased-in ban on selling vape products and directing health department officials to form a task force dedicated to studying risks associated with vaping and making policy recommendations.

In Massachusetts, the state Cannabis Control Commission has voted to roll out new labeling regulations requiring manufacturers to list inactive ingredients and additives on cannabis product labels. New Jersey’s and Massachusetts’ steps to address the dangers of vaping come as the FDA readies a possible nationwide ban on flavored e-cigarette products.

Massachusetts’ Cannabis Control Commission Revises Labeling Requirements

On September 12, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously to implement new rules requiring cannabis product manufacturers to list all of the ingredients in cannabis cartridges. Previously, labels only had to indicate the active cannabinoid content of the cartridge and its percentage of THC. Now, product labels must also list additives, thickening agents, and the specific terpenes included in the cartridge.

The additives in vape cartridges

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California’s Illegal Cannabis Industry Three Times Bigger Than Regulated Market

It has been nearly three years since California voters overwhelmingly approved a measure legalizing recreational marijuana use, opening the door for boutique pot shops and cannabis bakeries. But a report this week found that the state’s illicit market is still plenty active in its own right.

In fact, according to a report released Wednesday by the United Cannabis Business Association that was reported on by the Los Angeles Times, California’s marijuana illicit market is three times larger than the regulated industry established by the 2016 referendum. The audit found that there remains about 2,835 unlicensed dispensaries and delivery services throughout the state, compared with only 873 licensed marijuana dealers. 

The figures were highlighted as part of an effort by the United Cannabis Business Association, which represents licensed pot dealers in California, to crack down on Weedmaps, an app that allows users to locate dispensaries near them. 

The group contends that Weedmaps is still rife with listings for illicit marijuana dispensaries, despite the company’s pledge to remove them from the app. 

In a letter Wednesday to California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), United Cannabis Business Association president Jerred Kiloh called on regulators to enforce Assembly Bill 97, legislation passed and signed this

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