“Independent Entity” With Canopy Roots Launches Contract Farming in Lesotho

CANNABIS CULTURE – Highlands Investments (formerly Canopy Africa) has launched Africa´s cannabis contract farming platform called Canna-Tract.

Whether this is canna-colonialism or a secure platform for Africa’s cannabis cultivators has yet to be determined. 

Name-changing spree

Canopy Growth, a Canadian cannabis corporation headquartered in Ontario, and formerly called Tweed Marijuana Inc, has now assumed the name Highlands Investments. 

Mark Corbett, the managing director of  Highlands Investments explained the name-changing spree in an email interview with Cannabis Culture.

“Highlands Investments was formerly Canopy Africa, however it is no longer part of The Canopy Group. In 2017, Canopy Growth exited its operations in South Africa and Lesotho as part of a strategic review of its businesses. This resulted in a transfer of ownership of all of its African operations to Highlands Investments in April 2020,” says Corbett.

Canna-Tract is not yet a registered patent but plans are underway to ring fence the trademark in Lesotho and South Africa. The Canna-Tract grow model is only available in Lesotho, added Corbett, revealing the location of the enterprise. 

Hopeful contractees confused?

Farmers and entrepreneurs interested in joining the Canna-Tract program might be unsure where they fit in the arrangement because Highlands Investments specialists (engineers, agronomists)

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Cannabis and Ballots, Part 1: Ecuador

Five Latin American nations are set to hold presidential elections in 2021, with legislative elections taking place in an additional two. Most of these contests will have implications for cannabis policy, and we will be looking at what is at stake in each vote, starting with Ecuador, which heads to the polls next Sunday, February 7 to elect a new president and legislature.

Last October, Ecuador’s agriculture department issued hemp regulations, establishing a legal framework for cannabis with THC content of less than 1.0%. Possession or use of cannabis is decriminalized, but only for amounts that do not exceed ten grams. Might a new occupant of Carondelet Palace push for further legalization, opening the door to legal recreational cannabis?

The current frontrunner is Andrés Arauz, an economist and University of Michigan alum. Arauz’ running mate, Carlos Rabascall, has said their administration would not modify the schedule that established that maximum amount. However, it is important to remember the schedule includes drugs such as ecstasy and heroin, from which the government could differentiate cannabis if necessary.

Arauz has indicated former president Rafael Correa (also a Big Ten grad, having earned a PhD at the University of Illinois) will be one of this

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Opioid Overdose Deaths Occur Less Often In Areas With More Cannabis Retail Storefronts, Study Shows

This follows a Canadian study that found legalizing cannabis led to a ‘marked decline’ in the volume of opioids prescribed across Canada.

The more legal cannabis dispensaries a region has the fewer opioid deaths they suffered, according to a detailed new study published in a top-tier medical journal. Most sharply reduced were deaths from fentanyl overdoses.

In areas with one legal storefront cannabis dispensary, opioid death rates were an estimated 17 per cent lower than average. In areas with two dispensaries, there was an estimated 21 per cent reduction in mortality rates, the study found.

– Read the entire article at National Post.

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Cannabis Sales In California Reach $4.4 Billion In 2020: ‘Essential’, Edibles, And The Election

As experts release more data from the year 2020, it shows a silver-lining for the cannabis industry despite challenges including federal prohibition amid a pandemic.

Sales in California hit $4.4 billion last year, up 57% from the year prior, reports MJBizDaily with data from its Industry Factbook. The sales in Oregon have surpassed $1 billion annually for the first year. Massachusetts reached the $700 million mark, even as it saw some of the most strict store closures during lockdown. Illinois surpassed $1 billion in sales in its first year, setting new records every month.

Retail delivery and tech giant Eaze published its 2020 State Of Cannabis Report, breaking down some specifics on where that $4.4 billion may have gone in the state of California. The company looked at the delivery orders of 400,000 consumers in 2020 in the country’s largest legal marketplace.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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CBD Oil vs. Tincture: What’s the Difference?

If you’re researching cannabidiol (CBD) oil, you’ll likely stumble across information about CBD tinctures, too. You may wonder if both terms describe the same product. They don’t, but it’s an easy mistake to make.

“When the hemp/CBD industry began to ramp up in late 2017 and early 2018, many businesses used the terms interchangeably,” says Russell Markus, founder of Lily CBD. “A ‘tincture’ became associated with the dropper style bottle.”

While CBD oils and tinctures may be packaged in the same way, there are some important distinctions. Here’s what to understand about the differences between CBD oils and CBD tinctures so you can decide what’s best for your needs.

– Read the entire article at Health Line.

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Magical Plants: An Honest Look at Psychedelics

CANNABIS CULTURE – In the summer of 2020, four patients with incurable cancer received psilocybin therapy to treat the anxiety and depression related to their cancer diagnosis.

At least one other person was allowed to use psilocybin to treat her long-standing depression issues by taking part in a similar treatment in November 2020. These patients are given a treatment purified psilocybin in a capsule, or pill, and are carefully monitored by doctors while under the effects.

Psychedelic drugs — now more popular than ever.

The new book, Magical Plants: An Honest Look at Psychedelics will explore the history of drugs and plants that were used in both ancient, and modern times. Some of these plants can help us reconnect to our history, to ourselves, and to the people around us. It’s time we follow the example of ancient cultures and find a way to use these psychedelics in a controlled, responsible way to help our communities grow and thrive. 

Psychedelics have become the latest breakthrough in mental health treatment. Drugs that were once thought to have no value, like psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, and even cannabis, are now being seen as the next wave of “wonder-drugs” and medicines that might

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California Cannabis Claims: Defamation

Last year, we had a mini-series on the blog that covered the five most common causes of action we were seeing in the cannabis industry (links to the series are at the bottom of this post). In follow up, we’ve been getting quite a number of consultation requests or questions from existing clients about another notorious claim that seems to be rampant lately: defamation. This week, we’ll cover the basics on defamation because it’s actually not the easy and straightforward claim you might think it is.


At its core, defamation involves a false, unprivileged statement about an individual. Defamation is broken down into two categories – libel and slander:

Civil Code s. 45 defines libel as “a false and unprivileged publication by writing, printing, picture, effigy or other fixed representation to the eye, which exposes any person to hatred, contempt, ridicule or obloquy, or which causes him to be shunned or avoided, or which has a tendency to injure him in his occupation.” In short, libel is written. Civil Code s. 46 defines slander as “a false and unprivileged publication, orally uttered, and also communications by radio or any mechanical or other means …” Slander is oral.

Libel and

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State cannabis office announces dispensary permit recipients, start of patient registration – West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis has announced the recipients of permits to operate medical cannabis dispensaries.

Recipients can operate retail locations within the state:

— Harvest Care Medical LLC with locations in Inwood, Kearneysville, Martinsburg, Huntington, Charles Town, Shepherdstown, Charleston, St. Albans and Fairmont.
— Yuma Way WV LLC with a location in Huntington.
— Holistic WV Farms LLC with locations in Barboursville, Martinsburg, Bridgeport, Charleston, South Charleston, logan, Bluefield, Star City, Elkins and Parkersburg.
— Organic Remedies WV Inc. in Morgantown
— Terrasana with retail locations in Beckley, Charleston, Fayetteville, Huntington, Morgantown and Princeton.
— Verano WV LLC with locations in Oak Hill, Clarksburg, Dunbar, Morgantown, Westover, Wheeling and Buckhannon.
— Curative Growth Inc. with businesses in Springfield, Fairmont and Morgantown.
— Marachem Inc. in Barboursville.
— Mountaineer Holding LLC with locations in Belle and Vienna.
— Mountaineer Integrated Care in Ravenswood.
— The Healing Center WV LLC in Weirton, Fairmont, Westover, Triadelphia and Parkersburg.
— V3 WV Vending LLC with locations in Martinsburg, Lewisburg, Bridgeport, Jefferson and Beckley.
— Capital City Health and Wellness LLC in Charleston.
— The Next Level Wellness #1 Inc. in Clarksburg, Weston and Kingwood.
— Columbia Care WV with spots in Fayetteville, St. Albans, Morgantown, Beckley and Williamstown.
— Mountaineer Remedy LLC in

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‘Let’s Talk About A CBD Remedy For Fido,’ Veterinarians In Two States May Now Legally Say To Pet Parents

Earlier this month, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation making her state the second in the nation (after California, in 2019) to legalize veterinarian consultations with pet owners “on the use of marihuana or industrial hemp” in medications.

That green light to discuss (though not recommend) CBD medications is a big deal, says Dr. Trina Hazzah, a Los Angeles veterinary oncologist and medical-cannabis activist. Reason: Until now, veterinarians have had to watch their step when talking to pet owners because THC, the psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, is illegal at the federal level. Even pet medications containing CBDs (cannabidiol) and other compounds derived from now-legal hemp, pose a risk. That’s because the FDA has yet to issue guidelines on drugs made from them

Vets, therefore, are understandably on edge. “I think that the majority of veterinarians are terrified,” Hazzah said in an interview this week. “They’re so afraid of disciplinary action from [their local]veterinary board. They’re so afraid they don’t even discuss it with their clients; and unfortunately pet parents are seriously looking to a vet for assistance. And shouldn’t they?”

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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