Missouri Cannabis Supply Chain Ready For Business

With the green light given for a cannabis testing laboratory to begin operations, Missouri’s medical marijuana program supply chain is now complete and will soon be serving patients. Last week’s approval of EKG Labs in St. Louis comes nearly two years after voters legalized the medicinal use of cannabis with the passage of a constitutional amendment in November 2018.

On Saturday, officials with the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation at the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) announced that a testing laboratory had passed its commencement inspection, later clarifying in a tweet that the business was EKG Labs. With medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries already licensed to operate, the approval of the analytic laboratory marks the final link in the creation of Missouri’s nascent cannabis industry.

“We appreciate how hard these businesses have worked to become operational,” said Lyndall Fraker, director of the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation. “These facilities have made it through a demanding review, and we look forward to their success in providing safe access to medical marijuana in Missouri.”

MMJ Program Launch Comes Relatively Quickly

The agency noted that Article XIV, the legalization amendment approved by voters, “established that implementation of a medical marijuana program

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Study Shines Light On Women Who Use Cannabis To Cope With Effects of Menopause

More than a quarter of women say they have used medical marijuana to treat menopause, according to a new study out this month. 

Researchers with the San Francisco VA Health Care System released the findings during the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting of The North American Menopause Society, which began this week. First, a caveat about the pool of respondents: the researchers said they examined a sample of 232 women veterans living in Northern California—a limited scope, to be sure.

But the findings do still suggest that cannabis may be more prevalent as a menopause treatment that previously understood. According to the study, “[c]urrent or ever use of cannabis for menopause symptom management was reported by 27% of all participants, while an additional 10% expressed interest in future use.”

“In contrast, only 19% reported traditional forms of menopause symptom management, including menopausal hormone therapy,” the researchers wrote. “In bivariate analyses, women who did and did not report cannabis use for menopause symptom management did not differ by age, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or mental health conditions.”

The researchers concluded by saying that study “raises questions about the generalizability of these findings in other regions with differing legal and cultural attitudes toward cannabis

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The First Trump/Biden Presidential Debate: Who Is This For?

I’m not sure what I was expecting coming into this debate. I’m not sure what anyone involved was expecting. Donald Trump’s first presidential debate in 2016 against Hillary Clinton was the most-viewed debate in television history and featured an easily digestible dynamic: brash and exciting outsider versus seasoned but boring political animal, obscenely rich oaf versus cold unfeeling killer, chaos versus order. It was understandable. Things made sense. Then Hillary Clinton’s campaign missed a free-throw so hard it broke reality and all the jokes became real. That’s the world we live in now, and that’s the world where this goddamn stupid debate happened. 

Before Tuesday night in Cleveland, the worst presidential debate in American history was probably the 1828 debate between America’s most violently insane president, Andrew Jackson, and America’s nakedest president, John Quincy Adams. There was a lot of what we used to derisively refer to as “mudslinging”, and according to records it got very personal. This is a dangerous thing to do around Andrew Jackson, the man who straight-up shot Charles Dickinson to death when Dickinson insulted the virtue of Jackson’s wife Rachel, but Adams grew up in the middle of a war and wasn’t afraid to exchange

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Minority Grant Finalists In California Cannabis Competition Are Mostly Women

A company in Southern California, My Green Network, announced the finalists for their Green Quest minority cannabis grant, and most of the finalists are women looking to make a positive change in the cannabis industry. 

My Green Network is a company that provides shared spaces for incubators and manufacturers in the cannabis industry in order to promote collaboration and help small businesses. The community is membership-based, and attempts to break down barriers for marginalized communities by providing opportunities to minority-owned start-ups and others in need. It also helps fund license opportunities and provides a workspace for those who could use it. The Green Quest program is their latest effort to get more minority businesses a seat at the table. 

According to a press release, this week, My Green Network announced the 12 finalists for the grant program, all of which are minority-controlled companies who now have the chance to win a Type-S manufacturing license in California and a sponsored membership to My Green Network’s Orange County, CA facility, so that they have a space to conduct their business. Forty-six of the applicants were African American; 39 percent were Hispanic, and 15 percent were Asian. Eighty percent were female. 

The Goals

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Charlotte’s Web Review: Are Their Products Legit?

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If you’ve been paying any attention to the CBD market—or even casually browsed for CBD at any point in the last five or so years—you have no doubt heard of Charlotte’s Web CBD. Though it is not the first company to create a CBD oil available to the average consumer, it’s one of the most famous.

Named after Charlotte Figi, who suffered from a rare and severe form of epilepsy, Charlotte’s Web started out as a project to help one little girl in need. It has since ballooned into a multimillion-dollar company that is traded publicly on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE).

The company’s growth has been due to the diligent research and development it has maintained over the years, and the level of consumer and industry trust is incomparable. The company is highly transparent (though we do have a couple of minor complaints that we will address later in this review). It has an excellent reputation and is a pioneer in the area of research

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Penguin CBD Review: Why It’s Our Top Choice

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You may look at Penguin CBD and ask yourself, “Why would a CBD company build an entire brand to revolve around an Arctic flightless bird?” The answer is simple: Penguins are super chill. Which is how Penguin CBD wants you to feel when you use their products.

This is one of the few CBD companies on the internet with a cheerful energy—which is welcome in an industry based on cannabis/hemp products. Penguin CBD makes you feel at ease from the moment you visit the home page, and its lack of pretense is a welcome sight for anyone who has visited more than a couple of CBD company websites.

Penguin CBD is a newcomer to the market, but you wouldn’t know it based on the quality of its products, or the transparency and organization of its website. Founded in 2019, Penguin has had just over a year to get its act together in an industry riddled with confusing regulations and a challenging product stigma to overcome. In

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Costa Rica Moves Toward Medical Cannabis Legalization

In recent posts, we’ve explored legislative developments regarding cannabis in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. Today, we turn our attention to Central America, and specifically Costa Rica, where a bill that seeks to legalize medical cannabis is winding its way through the legislative process.

The bill was originally introduced by Zoila Rosa Volio in March of last year, but has since stalled. Based on comments by Volio, bureaucratic ineptitude is mostly to blame (“the MAG [Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock] is like the Bermuda Triangle”), though opposition from some deputies on religious grounds appears to have also played a role (“I do not believe that a cannabis plant is a sin … because it is God’s work”).

However, the economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have provided new impetus for the bill. As Volio points out, “It would be a project to generate employment. There are many companies that are bankrupt that could start producing these types of products. They could come together and plant hemp and establish a safe market where their product can be placed.”

In addition to the possible boost to its agricultural sector, Volio suggests Costa Rica could become a cannabis R&D cluster. Given

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Meet The Canadian Jeweler Making Luxury Cannabis Accessories Out Of Gold, Silver And Precious Stones

What do electronic music, precious metals and cannabis have in common? All three are passions of Toronto-based goldsmith Alex Dordevic, the CEO of Tribe and a man who wants to change the meaning of the word ‘luxury’ in the cannabis accessories space.

Established in 1993, Tribe began as a magazine documenting Toronto’s budding underground electronic music scene. It was the first in Canada to possess an online parallel, with a community now “four and a half million pages deep” according to Dordevic. Though the magazine halted publication in 2005, its forum is still active and has become a place where the multitalented publisher-turned-goldsmith can spread the seed, so to speak, among readers and cannabis consumers interested in customized high-end cannabis accessories.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Shoppers Drug Mart To Begin Selling Medicinal Cannabis

People searching for medicinal cannabis will likely be able to find what they need on a well-known Canadian drug store’s website.

Shoppers Drug Mart will partner with Alberta-based Atlas Biotechnologies to provide smoke free, fast-acting products for patients across Canada.

Sheldon Croome, president and CEO of Atlas, says the products are tailored towards the over 50 baby boomer generation and also seniors who want safe, easy and consistent dosages.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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New House Pandemic Relief Bill Includes Cannabis Banking Provisions

Democrats in the House of Representatives on Monday unveiled a new bill to address the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, a pared-down version of the HEROES Act passed by the body earlier this year, continues support for cannabis banking provisions as it seeks to provide relief to American workers, families, businesses, and schools.

In May, the House approved the HEROES Act to continue the nation’s response to the pandemic, but the Senate balked at the $4.4 billion price tag and declined to consider the measure. The new version of the bill, at $2.2 billion, was released by Democrats on Monday in an effort to restart failed talks with Republicans in the Senate and the Trump administration.

“Democrats are making good on our promise to compromise with this updated bill, which is necessary to address the immediate health and economic crisis facing America’s working families right now,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to fellow Democrats. “We have been able to make critical additions and reduce the cost of the bill by shortening the time covered for now.”

Like the original version, the new bill includes the provisions of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE)

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