A Pot-Smoking Candidate Reminds Us How Far We Have To Go On Cannabis

Every underdog candidate for office looks for a way to make a splash with an unusual move that gets everyone repeating your name, if only for a moment. Republicans often do it by putting up ads in which they fire some guns, but after a dozen other candidates do that, it loses its edge.

So hats off to Gary Chambers of Louisiana, who did something in a new campaign ad in his bid for U.S. Senate that I don’t think any candidate has done before: Smoke marijuana. In the ad.

And not some elegantly subtle vape pen either, but a big fat blunt, which Chambers smokes as his voice-over describes the toll of the war on drugs.

– Read the entire article at The Washington Post.

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Chinese Tomb Reveals Ancient Staple Taste For Cannabis: Study

Cannabis was a staple part of the diet in the ancient Chinese Tang dynasty (618-907), according to a new archaeological study in central China.

It is widely known that ancient Chinese cultivated and also consumed cannabis seeds in a kind of porridge. Many Chinese historical texts suggested that the plant was an important source of food, but archaeological evidence supporting the written accounts was scant.

The discovery confirmed that in a period when the Chinese civilisation reached its peak, cannabis was a source of not only mental stimulus, clothing and medicine, but also nutrition, according to the researchers.

– Read the entire article at South China Morning Post.

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U-Haul driver accidentally hits cannabis dispensary | News | news-gazette.com – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

URBANA — A cannabis dispensary in Urbana closed about noon for the day Wednesday to make repairs after a U-Haul hit the front of its business.

Urbana police Sgt. Andy Hewkin said the male driver of a U-Haul truck pulled off University Avenue into the parking lot at nuEra Cannabis, 105 E. University Ave., U, about 11:45 a.m.

“He hit a parked vehicle unknowingly and witnesses saw it slow down like it was going to park but all of the sudden it drove into the building,” Hewkin said.

The rental truck broke the dispensary’s window and bent its frame, Hewkin said, but did not actually go inside the building. Hewkin said there was nothing to suggest the driver intended anything sinister.

No one was injured and no tickets were issued since the accident happened on private property.

Hewkin said the car the man hit with the U-Haul was not seriously damaged.

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Franny's Farmacy Opens South Slope Location – Smoky Mountain News

Franny’s Farmacy is celebrating the Grand Opening of its newest CBD Dispensary in Asheville’s South Slope District  on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with an Asheville Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 4:20 p.m. Open to the public, all are invited to stop by to tour the new dispensary, corporate headquarters, and multi-use venue and future Canna-Cafe, and enjoy samples of CBD and hemp infused foods, teas, coffees, mocktails and more.

“We are so excited to celebrate our new  South Slope  Dispensary and corporate headquarters and training facility, cafe and event space, all adding to our presence in the Asheville community. Our mission is to continue to offer the best, most trusted hemp and CBD products   in addition to offering wellness education, yoga sessions,  and so much more like a dinner theatre to launch new foods,” says Franny Tacy, CEO of Franny’s Farmacy


From 4:20-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, Franny Tacy, contributing author to Amazon #1 Best Seller, Courage in Cannabis, along with Dr. Bridget Williams, MD, will be conducting a book signing and Q&A. 

Saturday, Feb. 5, there will be a panel discussion with Franny

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Getting Second Pitch In Braintree – Patch.com

BRAINTREE, MA — A marijuana company will make a second pitch to Braintree residents to open a medical dispensary in town.

Native Sun Wellness proposed opening the dispensary at 120 Granite St., where Pier 1 Imports used to be. The company also operates a recreational cannabis dispensary in Hudson and another that will open in North Attleboro. Representatives from the company met presented their plans to town officials and residents last month. On Wednesday, they’ll hold another public forum at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Town Hall.

At the last meeting, representatives from Native Sun Wellness told residents half the building will be used for retail, while the other half is for cannabis cultivation. Company officials also said the dispensary will pay Braintree 3 percent of its gross revenues.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the company will also discuss the dispensary’s security, how minors will be protected and ensuring the store won’t be a nuisance to the neighborhood. Company officials said they’ll also present how the dispensary will make a positive impact on the Braintree community.

Representatives will also answer questions from residents. They can be submitted to info@nativesuncannabis.com.

For those that can’t make the meeting, there will be a virtual forum. Residents can register for the virtual

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This Black Woman Will Open Missouri's First Black-Owned Cannabis Dispensary – Black Enterprise

On Election Day 2018, Missourians voted for medical marijuana use, and the decision was officially enshrined in the state’s constitution.

For Adrienne Scales-Williams, an advocate for alternative medicines, this was an opportunity to represent Black people in the cannabis industry. Her new company — Luxury Leaf Dispensary— contributes to meeting this demand.

According to the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, there are 192 reported dispensaries in the state, and none are Black-owned. These statistics will undoubtedly change with the upcoming soft opening of Scales-Williams’ independent, locally owned retail cannabis boutique on Jan. 21. As described on its website, Luxury Leaf is a must-see. It is located in the eclectic neighborhood of The Grove in St. Louis, featuring a “high-end, comfortable atmosphere.”

Photo Credit: Adrienne Scales-Williams

“I am an advocate for alternative medicines and want to be a part of a culture that promotes plants in healing. I want to invest in something so innovative and great for patients,” Scales-Williams told The St. Louis American. “I want patients to feel healing when they enter the dispensary space,” she added.

Throughout her venture, Scales-Williams wanted to be part of the solution in response to the many

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Oregon Cannabis: New Rules, Part 4 – Repeat Violators Beware!

This post continues our discussion of recent changes by the Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission (“OLCC”) to the rules and regulations governing marijuana in the State of Oregon. You can find our earlier articles here, here, here, and here. This post focuses on a new type of rule violation that addresses how cannabis licensees manage and operate their business called “history of a lack of institutional control.”

New rule: violation for a history of lack of institutional control

The OLCC places violations of rules in four categories with each having a different presumptive sanction / penalty. See Oregon Cannabis: What to Do If You Receive an OLCC Notice of Proposed License Cancellation or Other “Charging Document”. A Category I rule violation is the most serious as the presumptive penalty is license cancellation.

Among the many rule changes is the inclusion of a new type of Category I violation for “History of Lack of Institutional Control.” The new rule will be codified at OAR 845-025-8550, the full text of which is available here.

This new rule gives the OLCC authority to cancel, suspend, restrict or require mandatory training for any license and to impose a civil penalty if the OLCC “finds”

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Stem Holdings Granted Adult-Use License for Existing Retail Dispensary in Sacramento, California – Financial Post

Stem Holdings Granted Adult-Use License for Existing Retail Dispensary in Sacramento, California – Yahoo Finance

4,600 square foot retail storefront generated approximately $5.5 million in medicinal retail cannabis sales in 2021 with potential to double under adult-use

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Stem Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: STMH) (CSE: STEM) (the “Company” or “Stem”), a vertically integrated cannabis operator, today announced being granted an adult-use license for its existing Foothills Health & Wellness 4,600 square foot retail storefront in Sacramento, California. In 2021, this location generated approximately $5.5 million in medicinal retail cannabis sales. Management believes it possible to double annualized sales at this location under adult-use.

Steve Hubbard, Interim CEO of Stem, commented, “While most of our resources will focus on our vertically integrated operations in Oregon, our Foothills Health & Wellness retail location in Sacramento, California has been our best performing dispensary. In 2021 we generated approximately $5.5 million in medicinal sales. Now that we are approved for adult-use we will attempt to double sales at this location. Consistent with our ‘Back to Our Roots’ strategy going forward, we will focus all of our resources on operations that have historically performed well and can generate cash for the business going forward.”

About Stem Holdings, Inc.
Stem is a multi-state, vertically integrated, cannabis company that,

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WAKEFIELD, Mass., Jan. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA /OTCQX: CURLF) (“Curaleaf” or the “Company”), a leading international provider of consumer products in cannabis, today announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Bloom Dispensaries (“Bloom”), a vertically integrated, single state cannabis operator in Arizona (the “Transaction”). With the close of the Transaction, Curaleaf’s retail footprint has reached 13 dispensaries in Arizona and 121 nationwide. 

Boris Jordan, Executive Chairman of Curaleaf, stated, “Bloom is an excellent strategic fit for Curaleaf as it further expands our capacity and retail footprint in Arizona with an attractive set of assets, enabling us to better serve the state’s US$1.4 billion-plus annual market opportunity. Adding to these benefits, Bloom will be immediately accretive to our adjusted EBITDA margins. On behalf of the Board of Directors and management team, I am pleased to officially welcome Bloom to the Curaleaf family.”

Joseph Bayern, CEO of Curaleaf, stated, “We are very excited to complete our acquisition of Bloom. Bloom is an ideal asset to expand Curaleaf’s presence in Arizona having built a strong and profitable business by consistently delivering the highest quality products to the market. Arizona represents a significant market opportunity with strong

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