U.S. Congress Pushes Cannabis Protections For Athletes In New Spending Bills

Cannabis has never been more accessible. With its popularity skyrocketing, many professional athletes have been outspoken regarding their use of marijuana.

Megan Rapinoe, an Olympic gold medalist, two-time Women’s World Cup soccer champion and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year told Benzinga earlier that she ventured into cannabis in a search of a “healthier, more natural option for pain management, sleep aid, relaxation while flying, and general recovery.”

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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How CBD Can Help Treat Your Migraines

Unlike headaches, migraines can be hard to treat. The common consensus is usually to lie in a dark room with an ice pack as your only companion. Still, even then, that’s not guaranteed to work. Everybody reacts differently to the variety of remedies used to treat migraines — especially since this type of headache is categorized into two types — a “classical migraine,” where you experience the sensation of an aura before it comes on, and the “common migraine” which doesn’t produce that symptom, according to Web MD.

In recent years, one solution has quickly become a popular remedy for all types of aches, pains, and other disorders (via the New York Times) — including migraines.

– Read the entire article at The List.

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New York’s Conditional Adult Use Processor License

On the morning of the Cannabis Control Board’s (CCB) June 23, 2022 meeting, the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) uploaded the meeting agenda, which included this important tidbit: a resolution approving a conditional adult-use processor license and opening an application window for said license. This is obviously big news, in that it provides the link between the already issued conditional cannabis cultivation licenses and conditional retail dispensary licenses.

In introducing the conditional process license resolution, CCB Chairwoman Tremaine Wright dropped another huge piece of news: the OCM expects adult-use sales to begin through conditional retail dispensary licensees in the fall of 2022. Adult use cannabis sales taking place in just a few months seems exceedingly optimistic, given that: (i) no conditional retail dispensary licenses have been awarded, (ii) DASNY just announced a management team for the Social Equity Cannabis Investment Program (more on that later); (iii) design-build contractors who submitted bids based on the conditional retail dispensary RFP have not been selected; (iv) the conditional retail dispensary locations have not yet been lease (as per CCB member Adam Perry during the meeting); and (v) retail store buildouts typically take more than a few weeks (especially in New York City).

With that said, more

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Flying High with TSA: The Rules for Traveling This Summer with Pot

If you are traveling by air this summer and thinking about bringing your favorite cannabis products along for the flight, you’ll probably want to check with U.S. Transportation Security Administration to see if it will allow cannabis through airport security. Unfortunately, TSA’s website is not entirely clear on its marijuana policy.

“Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law,” the TSA’s website states. “TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law to local, state or federal authorities.

The website adds: “TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.”

– Read the entire article at Phoenix New Times.

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California Will Allow Large Cultivation Licenses

On January 1, 2023, California’s Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) will begin accepting applications for large cultivation licenses for the first time ever. California law authorized large cultivation licenses years ago. But, the law caveat was that applicants could not apply for large cultivation licenses until 2023. And on June 17, the DCC announced it was proposing regulations to start the large cultivation license application process next year. Today I’ll explore some of the key highlights of large cultivation licenses.

What sizes of cultivation licenses does California allow?

California divides licenses into three categories: outdoor, indoor, and mixed-light. For each different type, there are multiple different licenses based generally on canopy size. The smallest are specialty, followed by small, then medium. The state assigned each license a type number. For example, Type 1B is a Specialty Mixed-Light license and type 3A is a Medium Indoor license. Medium licenses are the biggest, and can include up to 22,000 square feet of canopy (area where mature plants grow) for indoor and mixed-light, or up to 1 acre of canopy for outdoor. There is also a nursery license (Type 4) for applicants that produce propagative materials.

Up until now, an applicant could not

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Switzerland Removes Medical Marijuana Access Limitations As Demand Rises

The Swiss government confirmed that it will remove limitations on medical marijuana use, starting August 1st, 2022.

Medical marijuana patients are required to seek exceptional authorization from the health ministry to get medical cannabis prescriptions, which causes needless delays. Starting in August, the decision to use a cannabis-based medicine for therapeutic purposes will be taken by the physician in consultation with the patient, reported Leafie.

The country’s parliament previously agreed on an amendment to the law in March 2021 to enhance access to medical marijuana, aiming to “facilitate access to cannabis for medical use for patients.” According to the Federal Office of Public Health, new rules should benefit thousands of patients, some suffering from cancer or multiple sclerosis, who deal with chronic pain daily. It turns out that the demand for medical marijuana treatments has boomed in Switzerland recently. In 2019 alone, the health ministry issued 3,000 exceptional permissions.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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New Outdoor Space To Smoke Cannabis Opens On Exhibition Place Grounds

Space for cannabis users to smoke outdoors at Grand Bizarre for the rest of summer.

At Grand Bizarre, customers can swim, eat, drink, mingle and now, if they fancy, stroll around the corner and smoke cannabis in a restricted area.

Cannabis Carnival is being touted as one of the first of its kind in Ontario — a dedicated place to smoke cannabis that its president, Zlatko Starkovski, says is in line with the Smoke Free Ontario Act.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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WSBA Webinar: Counseling Your First Cannabis Client

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Hosted by the Washington State Bar Association, this presentation will provide attorneys with an overview of some key, current topics related to cannabis law. The presentation is designed to help lawyers identify issues during the course of representing clients in the cannabis industry.

The first session will offer an introduction to the legal framework of cannabis regulation, with particular emphasis on federal-state tension, and will delve into the intellectual property issues faced by cannabis companies.

In the second session, we will consider how cannabis considerations impact corporate transactional work, including M&A, traditional lending, and venture capital.

The final session will cover the international dimensions of cannabis law, including import and immigration restrictions. Please find the schedule below:

Schedule

8:10 a.m. Webcast Lobby Opens
8:25 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:30 a.m. Introduction to Key Cannabis Legal Issues

What is the substance of the significant tension among
state and federal laws surrounding marijuana as a controlled
substance? How has hemp changed the cannabis business
landscape? What is the legal status of cannabinoids like THC,
CBD, and other emerging variants? What is the current state of
Washington’s marijuana and hemp industries?

9:30 a.m. Financing, Transaction Structures, and Intellectual Property

What are the challenges inherent

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Mother-Daughter Duo Are Innovative Yet Old-School With Cannabis Edibles

What would you do after winning a cash prize from a prestigious baking contest? For Karin Lazarus, the answer was clear: create a cannabis-infused edibles company.

As medical marijuana commercialization took hold in Colorado over fourteen years ago, Lazarus was fascinated with cannabis but hadn’t been much of a consumer since her college days.

“I just always loved the idea of it, and after I won that cooking contest, I had some money, and I knew that cannabis was legal here,” she recalls. “I knew that I had a better chance of doing something in the cannabis industry than taking this money and using it for a regular bakery.”

– Read the entire article at Westword.

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Louisiana Gov. Edwards Signs A Bundle Of Cannabis Bills

The office of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards confirmed Tuesday he has approved nearly 100 bills Tuesday, including several aimed at protecting medical marijuana patients, as well as measures to protect hurricane victims.

Among cannabis-related bills signed into law is House Bill 135, sponsored by Rep. Joe Marina, (I-Gretna), which enables the state’s dispensaries to sell medical cannabis products to non-Louisiana residents with medical marijuana cards from another state.

One of the most welcomed by the medical marijuana industry is HB 697 which reforms the state systems for regulating the production of medical cannabis and for dispensing these products.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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