Maryland Allows Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Remain Open

In order to meet the needs of cannabis users across the state, Maryland is allowing medical dispensaries to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic with some loosened restrictions to make sure everyone has access. Southern Maryland dispensaries in general are working to make sure accessibility is the number-one priority.

According to SoMdNews, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission issued an order that would change some rules for dispensaries. It’s no longer OK to keep a big jar of cannabis for customers to smell before purchasing, but on-site deliveries in parking lots, their version of curbside delivery, is now an option. 

Patients also no longer have to sign for cannabis upon pickup, and orders can be processed online. This helps with social distancing and ease of access for those without as much access to transportation. 

One store in Solomons, MD, Greenwave Medical Cannabis Dispensary, took advantage of the fact that their building used to be a bank and implemented a drive-thru window for customers. With a little work, they were able to make the business accessible to those who don’t want to leave their vehicles. 

“The MMCC has shown great leadership,” Lauren Simpson, director of Greenwave, said. “We’re lucky to have a

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Layoffs Continue at Canopy Growth, Constellation Brands’ Struggling Cannabis Producer

Canopy Growth Corp., a major marijuana producer, has laid off 200 staff from the Canadian, U.K. and U.S. offices

This is the third round of cuts in the last few months—as it stands, the company has let go almost 1,000 employees, including COVID-19-related furloughs.

In a statement to the Canadian Press, Canopy chief executive officer David Klein said, “Although difficult, the decisions that have been made over the last few months are to allow Canopy Growth to remain focused on the areas where we are winning and ensure that we are delivering the highest quality products to our consumers in every market where we operate. For a long time Canopy has prioritized doing things first, but going forward we’ll be focused on doing things the best in the markets and in the product formats that show the greatest promise.”

– Read the entire article at News.

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Fitness to Herbs: Seven Natural Relaxants for Your Daily Routine

No matter how difficult anxiety can be, there are many simple ways of keeping it at bay or at least reducing its effects. These methods consist of physical and nutritional habits you can integrate into your daily life. Once they become part of your routine, it won’t be long before you notice their relaxing effects, some subtle, others more impressive. Above all, they are natural solutions to reducing stress and helping you enjoy every day to its fullest. Learn what each of these ideas has to offer, try them out and decide which you’d like to make permanent.

Exercise

This is the number one advice for improving your mood and physical health. To save you time rifling through the countless types of exercise available, aim for activities that promote the following attributes. Also, since everyone’s tastes are different, pick those you’ll enjoy and happily turn into habits.

– Read the entire article at Female First.

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COVID-19 Reveals the Absurd Injustice of Cannabis Prohibition

COVID-19 is spreading through the U.S. prison system like wildfire and people who remain locked up on cannabis and nonviolent drug charges are being forced to face their mortality.

Cannabis prisoners in the U.S. — whether they are pre-trial or serving a life sentence — have had their punishments de-facto upgraded to potential death sentences in the wake of COVID-19, which has swept rapidly through penitentiaries around the country.

Advocates have repeatedly called for the release of at-risk individuals and nonviolent drug offenders over the past month in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the unique threat it poses to prisoners who, due to the overcrowded state of U.S. prisons, are incapable of practicing social distancing and, in many cases, even maintaining sanitary conditions and personal hygiene.

Read the full story at Ganjapreneur.

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COVID-19 Delays Illinois Cannabis Licenses

State regulators in Illinois announced on Wednesday that they will delay awarding licenses for 75 new recreational marijuana dispensaries because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) said that the licenses, which were scheduled to be awarded on May 1, will be postponed until after disaster proclamations from Gov. J.B. Pritzker expire or when the state sets a new date. The governor is expected to sign an executive order this week that will extend the state’s stay-at-home order and closure of nonessential businesses through the end of May.

Applications for the 75 retail licenses were due on January 1, the day recreational marijuana sales began in Illinois, with existing medical marijuana dispensaries receiving the first licenses to sell adult-use pot. More than 700 applications were submitted for the licenses, which were slated to be awarded on Friday. But Toi Hutchinson, Pritzker’s senior adviser on cannabis control, said on Wednesday that the applicants would have to wait longer because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“The Pritzker administration remains committed to creating a legal cannabis industry that reflects the diversity of Illinois residents. We recognize that countless entrepreneurs were looking forward to May 1 and the

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Cannabis Business Litigation: What’s the Point of a Demand Letter?

It’s no secret that there’s been a huge uptick in cannabis disputes in 2020. If anything, financial pressures due to COVID-19 have made a lot of these disputes more pointed. With the rise in cannabis disputes  this year, we thought we’d do a deeper dive into something that’s taken for granted in a lot of cannabis litigation: the demand letter.

A demand letter is exactly what it sounds like: one party will send a letter making demands to another party. In most cases, demand letters are sent before a court case or arbitration is filed, and the goal of a demand letter is to prompt the other side into acting or not acting so as to avoid costly dispute resolution. Demand letter recipients usually are under no obligation to keep them confidential (unless the parties are in a contractual relationship and the contract calls for it), so chances are that if a court case or arbitration is ever filed, the demand will be part of the proceeding.

Readers may be asking themselves what the point of a demand letter is for parties who are close to litigating or arbitrating; in other words, why incur extra legal fees drafting and

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New Medical Marijuana Drive-Through is First in Maryland

When Sigrun Kalatschan visited her first dispensary, Mana Supply Co. in Edgewater, she noticed the unused drive-through window right away.

“One day, we’ll have a drive-through,” she recalls the dispensary staff saying.

Kalatschan has been looking forward to it ever since. Following a relaxation of statewide regulations in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Mana Supply Co. became Maryland’s first cannabis drive-through.

– Read the entire article at The Washington Post.

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The Food List: The Best Culinary Shows and Cookbooks to Binge on

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Ugly Delicious

Join Chef David Chang as he travels to culinary hotspots around the world as a step towards eradicating the cultural misinformation that perpetuates discrimination. Chang is joined by other chefs, writers, activists, artists and public figures, including talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, comedian Nick Kroll and writer Peter Meehan. Throughout the show, food is used as a tool to address misconceptions and stereotypes while breaking down barriers between different cultural groups.

– Read the entire article at Mail & Guardian.

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Federal Judge Denies Cali Drug Cartel Kingpin Early Release

A Miami federal judge has denied an early release from prison for one of the kingpins of the Cali drug cartel, ruling that his health and the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus are not sufficient grounds to end his incarceration. The decision from U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno means that Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, an 81-year-old former leader of the Cali cartel, will continue to serve his 30-year sentence at a federal penitentiary in North Carolina.

Rodriguez Orejuela and his brother Miguel, former leaders of the infamous Cali drug cartel, pleaded guilty in 2006 to trafficking more than 200 tons of cocaine from Colombia to the United States during the 1980s and ‘90s. The brothers reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in Miami that allowed dozens of family members to avoid prosecution for money laundering and obstruction of justice charges as part of the agreement.

Rodriquez Orejuela’s attorney had filed a petition with the court requesting early release for his client on compassionate grounds. Attorney David O. Markus argued that Rodriquez Orejuela’s medical history, which includes colon cancer, prostate cancer, two heart attacks, high blood pressure, skin cancer, gout, chronic anxiety and depression, qualified him for compassionate release. Markus also

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City of Denver, Colorado Launches Cannabis Licensing Work Group

Denver’s local government just announced a Marijuana Licensing Work Group (MLWG) that will help make recommendations in the newly relevant areas of cannabis licensing. 

According to a press release, the group is made up of representatives from the business community, social justice activists, public health and safety officials, and youth specialists. Their goal will be to make recommendations on new cannabis licensing laws and rules in the best interest of all those involved with, and impacted by, the industry.

“We’re pleased to get such a diverse group of individuals to provide critical input evaluating new cannabis licensing possibilities in the Mile High City that are optional as a result of changes to state law,” Eric Escudero, director of communications for Excise and Licenses in Denver, told High Times. “We will continue to have a keen focus on safety and making sure there is equitable access to any new licenses so those who were disproportionately negatively impacted by marijuana prohibition can have equitable access to our cannabis industry.”

The main reason this group was formed is that in May of 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed two bills into law, one which allows for home delivery, HB 19- 1234, and one which

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