How Cannabis And LGBTQ Rights Reform Have Intertwined Through The Decades

The cannabis and LGBTQ rights movements have been connected from the beginning, as they mutually supported reform throughout the decades.

“Arguably, neither would exist as they do today if not for the other,” said Tyme Ferris, founder and CEO of cannabis brand Pantheon Collective.

The decades have been tumultuous for each effort. Both movements saw positive progress in the 1960s. Some states decriminalized homosexual activity, and various favorable Kennedy and Johnson-era reports on the plant were submitted.

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Since recreational marijuana became legal in NJ, the Phillipsburg dispensary has had thousands of customers – 69News WFMZ-TV

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. – The first month of legal marijuana sales in New Jersey exceeded $24 million.

“Our top performing item, for sure, is our soft lozenges,” said Carlos Gamez, the general manager at The Apothecarium.

On any given day, The Apothecarium in Phillipsburg is packed, yet efficient.

“There’s long lines, little wait time,” said Gamez. “We will always prioritize our patients first.”

“When we were in a medical market, we saw about 100 patients, on a good day,” said Chantelle Elsner, a senior vice president of retail at TerrAscend, which owns The Apothecarium. “So we’re seeing five to ten times plus our usual patient base.”

That foot traffic, and New Jersey’s entire marijuana industry, continues to grow.

The state Cannabis Regulatory Commission recently approved more cultivators and manufacturers, and five new store locations.

But as of now, The Apothecarium remains the only one selling recreational products within an hour of P-burg.

“Right now, you’re looking at about a 60% out-of-state ratio with 40% locals,” said Gamez about sales at the Phillipsburg store.

It’s no secret that not everyone was on board with adult use being legalized, for a variety of reasons. 69 News checked in with the Mayor of Phillipsburg to see if there have been any issues,

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The Cannabis Supper Club Elevates Weed-Infused Fine Dining

Sipping smoke out of a champagne glass, our server too-casually offers up seven courses of mind-blowing culinary creations infused with weed. The decadent Cannabis Supper Club strikes again.

Chefs of Amiga Amore cooked their unique Italian-meets-Spanish fusion for the crowd this evening at The 91 Club, a cannabis-friendly event space in the heart of downtown LA. The Cannabis Supper Club has been popping up around the city, showcasing the talent of different chefs, cannabis brands, and selling out dinners twice monthly since its founding in 2017. The formula works because it orbits Angelenos’ two favorite things: food and cannabis.

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Can Cannabis Provide Relief For Arthritis?

Although the process may take some time, the relief that comes from cannabis therapy can lead to a greatly improved quality of life.

According to the Global RA Network, more than 350 million people around the world are impacted by arthritis. This makes arthritis one of the most common conditions on the planet. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the country, affecting about 1 in every four Americans.

As common as arthritis may be, there is still no quick fix to the pain that accompanies it. Those who struggle with arthritic pain seem to be in a constant search for relief. Fortunately, proper treatment can help manage symptoms and prevent the disease’s progression. But finding what helps can be a challenge.

– Read the entire article at The Fresh Toast.

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Essex PZC Researching Cannabis Dispensary Regulations –

By By Aaron Rubin • 05/31/2022 01:15 p.m. EST

The Essex Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) is currently deliberating on the local regulations that will govern the potential opening of cannabis dispensaries in town.

The PZC began conversations on regulations when the state began discussing the eventual legalization of marijuana in Connecticut last year, according to Carey Duques, land use official for the PZC. The first action taken by the PZC was the implementation of a moratorium on accepting applications for opening cannabis dispensaries for medical and recreational use. The moratorium went into effect after a town meeting on Dec. 7, 2021, and will expire on Dec. 31, 2022.

According to Duques, the PZC implemented a moratorium on applications to perform research on the best actions to take for regulating the sale and zoning of cannabis in town, following the lead of the state and the research and regulatory actions of towns across the state.

The PZC formed the Cannabis Subcommittee with three PZC members, Duques, and PZC Attorney Larry Shipman. The subcommittee has held multiple meetings since Dec. 21 to discuss what should be the best route to take for the regulation of cannabis sales.

“We’ve met to have conversations on

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Cova Software Announces Free Social Equity Seminar on How to Open a Dispensary in New Jersey and New York – GlobeNewswire

Cova will lead the in-person seminar to encourage and support social equity license applicants preparing to launch cannabis dispensaries in New Jersey or New York

FORT LEE, N.J. , May 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cova Software, an award-winning cannabis Point of Sale (POS) software company powering dispensaries across North America, announced the company is hosting a free seminar for social equity licensee applicants in New Jersey and New York on navigating the process of opening an adult-use cannabis dispensary.

Joining Gary Cohen, CEO of Cova Software, on stage to offer expertise will be Dr. Lucas McCann, Co-Founder of CannDelta, and Naomi Granger, Founder of the National Association of Cannabis Accounting and Tax Professionals. The group will share valuable lessons from years of success helping cannabis entrepreneurs across the country open dispensaries.

Topics covered by the seminar include eligibility criteria and how to get a cannabis retail license, critical compliance tips, operational best practices, key financial considerations, and how to budget for a profitable cannabis business, along with an optional demo of Cova’s user-friendly and compliance-focused dispensary software solutions.

How to Open a Dispensary in New York / New Jersey: Learn the Steps as a Social Equity License Applicant

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Entries Now Open For Best Cannabis Companies To Work For 2023 – Cannabis Business Times

Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary have launched the Best Cannabis Companies To Work For—2023. The awards program will identify and recognize the best employers in cannabis cultivation and dispensary markets, continuing the recognition the media brand debuted three years ago.

Registration and recognition is free. Visit to apply. The registration deadline is Sept. 2.

Rankings are determined primarily from the results of an employee questionnaire, where employees rate statements such as, “I feel I am valued in this organization,” and “I have confidence in the leadership of this organization” from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.” Companies have the option to purchase these insights (which are confidential and reported only in aggregate), which provides a glimpse at the overall morale of their teams and company cultures. 

A ranking of the “Best Cannabis Companies To Work For – 2023” in cultivation and retail will be revealed in Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary in early 2023.

The survey is organized and managed by the Best Companies Group (BCG), an independent research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work.

“We are thrilled to continue this project for the fourth year and to not only recognize great cannabis companies, but also learn more about what makes certain cannabis companies so successful in creating positive

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Judge Ends Court Order, Allows Illinois to Issue 185 New Cannabis Dispensary Licenses – Cannabis Business Times

TORONTO, May 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –PRESS RELEASE– The Flowr Corporation (TSX.V: FLWR; OTC: FLWPF) herein announces its financial and operational results for the first quarter results for the period ended March 31, 2022.   All financial information in this news release is reported in thousands of Canadian dollars and represents results from continuing operations, unless otherwise indicated.

Tom Flow, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Flowr, commented:

“The first quarter of 2022 showed that we remain on track with our objective on maintaining our status as a premium cannabis producer. Also, our continued focus on cost reductions is showing in our bottom-line improvements.”


The following table summarizes the company’s key financial and operational results:

In thousands of CAD dollars,  Three months ended  (except loss per share and grams harvested)  March 31,    2022   2021  Grams harvested – K1  1,232,654   669,307  Grams sold  1,179,735   672,566  Gross revenue  3,878   4,403  Net revenue  3,463   3,622  Cost of sales  3,678   2,730  Impairment of inventory  683   749  Gross profit/(loss) before fair value adjustments  (898 )  143  Selling and marketing and G&A  2,852   3,999  Share-based compensation  (225 )  421  Impairment of assets  29     Loss/(gain) from disposal of subsidiary  —   (54 ) Net loss  (5,762 )  (7,081 ) Basic

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