Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Using Cannabis For Sleep

Cannabis has been a known sedative for centuries, thanks to its relaxing properties.

Sleep. It’s so vital for health and wellness, yet so many of us struggle with it.

Getting a good night’s rest isn’t as easy as you think, at least for a great deal of the population. If you’re between the age of 18 to 64, you need 7 up to 9 hours of good sleep each night. Yet, a surprising 35.2% of American adults sleep less than 7 hours a night while 10-30% of adults report that they struggle with chronic insomnia.

– Read the entire article at The Fresh Toast.

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Cannabis Dispensaries and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (“HIPAA”) – Part I

Clients have often as asked whether HIPAA applies to the cannabis industry. As with anything else in healthcare, the answer can be complex. HIPAA was enacted in 1996 to help protect a patient’s healthcare information. While HIPAA is expansive, to the extent state law is more restrictive or protective, then state law will control in those instances. 45 CFR § 160.201 et. seq. But the first question is whether HIPAA applies to the cannabis industry.

Are Cannabis Dispensaries Covered Entities?

For information to be protected under HIPAA, there are several aspects to analyze. Boiled down to its basics, HIPAA will apply when a “Covered Entity” has “Protected Health Information”. As with any other statutory regime, the first place to start with the analysis are the definitions. A “covered entity” includes a health plan (e.g., a third-party payor), a health care clearinghouse (e.g., a third-party system that interprets claims data between healthcare provider systems and third-party payers), and a health care provider. 45 CFR § 160.103. So, is a dispensary a “health care provider”? For adult use or recreational dispensaries, the answer is no. However, for medical marijuana dispensaries, a deeper dive into the HIPAA regulations is essential.

A health care

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Cannabis company opens its flagship dispensary in N.J. It’s the 17th in the state. – NJ.com

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A cannabis company has opened its flagship medical marijuana dispensary in North Jersey, becoming the 17th in the state as buzz continues to grow around legal weed sales.

The Apothecarium, owned by the Canadian company TerrAscend, opened in Maplewood Friday afternoon. It’s the company’s second medical dispensary to open in New Jersey (the first opened in Phillipsburg in November), but TerrAscend hopes it will also serve the 21 and older market once legal weed sales begin.

“We think that this is going to be one of the best supplied dispensaries in the state,” said Greg Rochlin, head of TerrAscend’s northeast operations.

Gov. Phil Murphy in February signed a law that makes cannabis use legal for those 21 and older. But the Cannabis Regulatory Commission must still develop rules and regulations for the industry and license new dispensaries — a process that could take months.

The new Apothecarium dispensary is the company’s largest East Coast store. Rochlin expects it to see a high demand from patients in densely populated Essex County —

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33rd pot facility in Arkansas now open – Arkansas Online

Arkansas’ 33rd medical marijuana dispensary opened in Little Rock this week.

Native Green Wellness at 3720 Cantrell Road was first awarded a license in the state’s capital in June 2020. The business started serving customers Thursday and had a grand opening Friday.

It’s the seventh dispensary in Central Arkansas, joining two others in Little Rock and one each in Alexander, Sherwood, Conway and Hensley.

Doralee Chandler, state Alcoholic Beverage Control director, informed the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission that the new Little Rock location had recently passed final inspection. The commission grants licenses to dispensaries and cultivators while Alcoholic Beverage Control oversees regulation of medical-marijuana businesses.

Kattie Hansen is CEO and owner of Native Green Wellness in Little Rock. Her father, Walter Koon, is a co-owner.

Hansen previously owned the Native Green Wellness dispensary in Hensley, a small community southeast of Little Rock, but divested her interest in the business to her husband, Fredrik Hansen, and four other business partners in the spring of 2020, she said. State law bars an individual from owning an interest in more than one medical-marijuana business.

Hansen said Friday afternoon that the Little Rock location had already seen a lot of medical-marijuana patients who were

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Deputies Arrest 15, Seize Marijuana, Guns, $70K Cash, in Shutdown of Spring Valley Dispensary – Times of San Diego

The interior of an illegal Olive Drive dispensary that deputies shut down Friday. Photo credit: Courtesy, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

Deputies arrested 15 people in a raid on an illegal marijuana dispensary in Spring Valley Friday.

The Sheriff’s Narcotics and Gang Division served a search warrant at the dispensary in the 9000 block of Olive Drive at about 2 p.m., according to the department’s Sgt. Mark Knierim.

Deputies seized about 150 pounds of marijuana and more than 1,000 pounds of THC products, as well as three firearms and $70,000 in cash.

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Investigators also discovered several THC-infused edibles which appeared to be legitimate name-brand chips and candies, Knierim said.

San Diego County code compliance officers also discovered several violations in the building and requested that San Diego Gas and Electric cut off power to the property, according to Knierim.

Authorities issued the warrant, part of an investigation by Narcotics and Gang Division detectives and the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station, following community concerns regarding illegal dispensaries near schools and residential areas, Knierim said.

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Illegal dispensary shut down in Spring Valley – – KUSI

SPRING VALLEY (KUSI) – Fifteen people were arrested and an illegal marijuana dispensary in Spring Valley was shut down Friday by sheriff’s deputies.

Members of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics and Gang Division served a search warrant at the dispensary in the 9000 block of Olive Drive at about 2 p.m., according to the department’s Sgt. Mark Knierim.

Deputies seized about 150 pounds of marijuana and more than 1,000 pounds of THC products, as well as three firearms and $70,000 in cash.

Investigators also discovered several THC-infused edibles which falsely appeared to be legitimate name-brand chips and candies, Knierim said.

San Diego County code compliance officers also discovered several dangerous violations in the building and requested that San Diego Gas and Electric cut off power to the property until the violations could be addressed, according to Knierim.

The warrant, which was part of an investigation by Narcotics and Gang Division detectives and the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station, was issued following community concerns regarding illegal marijuana dispensaries operating near schools and residential areas, Knierim said.

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Maplewood Welcomes its First Medical Cannabis Dispensary – TAPinto.net

The Apothecarium Dispensary at 1865 Springfield Avenue had its ribbon cutting on Friday morning. The new medical cannabis dispensary serves as Maplewood’s first and only. The facility offers its own brand of cannabis products (grown at its Boonton, NJ farm) called KindTree along with other brands. Features like a “Bud Bar,” where patients can smell the different types of cannabis flower, and the “Express Pick Up” area, make The Apothecarium a unique dispensary experience for New Jersey. 

“We are proud to collaborate with TerrAscend [The Apothecarium’s parent company] and their organization, it’s been a long time coming,” said Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee at the ribbon cutting ceremony. TerrAscend came to Maplewood in 2020 with this idea and the township had been waiting for an opportunity to work with a company that could make an idea like this possible.

Former mayor and current Committee Member of the Maplewood Township Committee, Victor De Luca, was excited to celebrate the ribbon cutting. “They’ve given us a first-rate, upscale facility and that’s what we were looking for.” De Luca added that there is a, “community benefits agreement that we worked out with them that includes making an annual contribution to our Municipal Alliance, which

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NFL’s Cannabis Policy: More Leagues Following Suit?

It is estimated that as many as 75% of the world’s population has played in sports leagues at some point during their lifetime.

Sports competitions, for better or worse, play a huge role in the everyday lives of the international community.

Prior to the pandemic, sporting events were some of the largest gatherings in the world, and that’s virtually guaranteed to be the case after the pandemic is over.

With that in mind, it’s a really, really big deal when a major sports league updates its cannabis policy, which was recently the case with the National Football League (NFL).

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Benefits Of Yoga And Cannabis As A Stress Buster Therapy

Yoga has been an age-old therapy for boosting the feel-good vibes, but do you know cannabis can do the same to some extent? Yes, you have heard it right! Cannabis and yoga together can work as wonder elements to ease your stress levels, promoting wellness.

Here are a few things that cannabis in moderation and yoga can do for you:

Refreshes your mood

Marijuana coupled with yoga is a good treat for your mood and forces you to bestow a positive mindset. Happiness and cheerfulness are two things that have gone missing in today’s hustle bustles of life, and thus yoga can help you gain control over your negative vibes and expose you towards peaceful living.

– Read the entire article at Parle Magazine.

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