Michigan’s Demand for Adult Use Pot Is So High it’s Catching Dispensaries Off Guard

Reports are coming in that Michigan’s fledgling recreational cannabis industry is seeing unexpectedly high sales. One dispensary located in the town of Evart saw so many customers that it had run out of marijuana flower within two days of opening. 

Northern Michigan’s first recreational dispensary, Lit Provisioning Centers, a property of Lume Cannabis Company, sold some $75,000 of recreational cannabis shortly after beginning to welcome customers only last Friday. 

“People traveled from across the state, braved the cold and stood in line for hours to be among the first to purchase recreational marijuana in northern Michigan,” said Lume Cannabis president and COO Doug Hellyar. “In under two days, we saw over 750 customers and did more than $75,000 in recreational sales, with the average customer spending $103.”

Lume runs a 12,000-plant growing facility in Evart, and plans to open nine new dispensary locations to add to the two that it already operates in Evart and Kalamanzoo. 

But for the moment, it’s working on supply issues. Hellyar said the company has 2,000 pounds of cannabis currently waiting to pass inspection. Customers at Lit Provisioning Centers will have to wait until next week to get their cannabis from the location. 

“We will

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Don’t Miss The Best VIP Celebrity Party at MjBizCon!

If you’re attending the massive MjBizCon cannabis conference in Las Vegas, an epic, culinary culmination awaits at a private mansion filled with celebrities, cannabis business VIPs, investors, and best of all, Chef Matt. There’s simply no better way to close out your conference experience. The best VIP celebrity party at MJBizCon is happening at the “Marijuana Mansion” which is normally the Las Vegas home of Kevin Bell, the COO of Tyson Ranch, Mike Tyson’s cannabis company. Kevin and Matt are expecting more than a hundred guests at the Marijuana Mansion and it’s the only MJBizCon event at a cannabis-friendly venue in Las Vegas. You read that right; consumption is allowed in the mansion so there’s no need to shiver outside in the chilly ‘Vegas evening. 

“I’m so pleased to do my Chef Matt events and let people know what it is that I do and what I have to offer the cannabis and the CBD community. I want people to know that I’m more than just the food guy or the chef so they can learn about my knowledge and passion for people and how cannabis plays a role in their health and wellness.” ⎼ Chef Matt


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High Times Brings Cannabis Cup to Las Vegas For State’s Only Legal Consumption Event

Over a year ago, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe created a safe and legal space to buy and enjoy cannabis. In fact, the Vegas Tasting Room is the only legal space to publicly consume cannabis within Las Vegas city limits. And from December 11 – 14, the Tasting Room will serve as the venue for the state’s only legal consumption event: the High Times Cannabis Cup — Nevada 2019.

Global cannabis brand High Times, in partnership with NuWu Cannabis Marketplace and the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, is bringing the famous Cannabis Cup back to Las Vegas. And because this year’s event will take place in a legal public consumption venue, attendees will be able to purchase and consume cannabis as they hang out with professional athletes, celebrities, industry legends and more. Even better? Entry is totally free.

High Times to Host Cannabis Cup at Nevada’s Only Legal Consumption Venue

Recreational cannabis is legal in Nevada. But consuming cannabis is still illegal in every hotel and venue in the state. Except, that is, for the Vegas Tasting Room. The NuWu Cannabis Marketplace, owned by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, recently opened the Vegas Tasting Room for adult consumers 21 and over.

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Mississippi May Have Medical Marijuana Question on November 2020 Ballot

Mississippi voters may see an initiative to legalize medical marijuana on the ballot in November 2020, pending a review of petition signatures that could qualify the measure for the general election. Recently, a group supporting the initiative constitutional amendment, Mississippians for Compassionate Care, delivered petitions with more than 105,000 signatures from voters to the office of the secretary of state. More than 86,000 signatures of registered voters will have to be certified for the initiative to appear on the ballot.

“The medical marijuana petition, No. 65, was filed yesterday,” a spokeswoman from the secretary of state’s office said in a statement in September. “At this time, we do not know whether the signature requirement has been fulfilled. We are in the process of reviewing and determining the number of signatures so as to file with the Legislature on the first day of the 2020 session in accordance with (state law).”

If the measure passes, doctors in Mississippi would be permitted to recommend medical marijuana for patients with one or more serious medical conditions including, including cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and others. The amendment would also task the Mississippi Department of Health with implementing rules to implement the

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U of a Lights Up Medical Cannabis Research Through $300,000 Donation

A new donation is fuelling research at the University of Alberta into the use of medical cannabis to treat some incurable diseases.

The $300,000 in funding from Atlas Biotechnologies, an Edmonton-based medical cannabis producer, will back studies into the effectiveness of using weed to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease.

Many people already use cannabis to cope with these diseases, but researchers hope to find some scientific backing for the anecdotal success stories.

“There isn’t solid scientific evidence for most of what people are saying about cannabis,” said Ross Tsuyuki, who is supervising the research in his role as the chair of the U of A’s department of pharmacology.

– Read the entire article at Edmonton Journal.

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Data Shows Three American Metro Areas Where Pot is More Popular Than Tobacco

If you’re out and about in Seattle, Portland, or San Francisco, you’ll probably have more luck scoring a toke than bumming a smoke. 

That’s according to fresh market research data from Nielsen, which measured the ubiquity of marijuana and nicotine in various United States metropolitan areas. 

The data, which was detailed in a story published last week by the Seattle Times, showed that in those three aforementioned cities, cannabis is actually more popular than nicotine use. That may not come as much of a surprise, given the cultural makeup of those areas, as well as the laws in the states where they are located. In 2012, Washington (along with Colorado) became the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Voters in Oregon and California followed suit by passing legalization measures of their own in 2014 and 2016, respectively. 

The Nielsen research found that 20 percent of adults in Portland said they had consumed cannabis in the last 30 days, compared with 19 percent who reported using nicotine in the same time frame. In Seattle, 17 percent said they used cannabis, compared with 16 percent who used nicotine, while in San Francisco 16 percent consumed cannabis and 13 percent used

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B.C. Cannabis Shop Covers Window with Photo of Frontier Mountie. RCMP Wants it Removed

‘I saw it as a tribute to the RCMP, to be honest,’ says operator of Cranbrook store

Jeff Weaver has been jumping through the legal hoops required to set up Jimmy’s Cannabis shop in Cranbrook, B.C., but now an image of a famous Mountie Weaver used to cover one of the shop’s windows has caught the attention of law enforcement.

Cannabis stores in B.C. are required to cover their windows so the interior can’t be seen from the street.

Many shops use plain, frosted white coverings, but Weaver opted for a collection of black and white historical images representative of the Cranbrook area.

Read the full story at CBC News. 

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Struggle to Open Tecumseh, Ont. Hemp Shop Due to ‘Massive Confusion’ in Cannabis Industry

‘Everybody’s scared’: Owners say it was hard to find insurance, landlord and bank support.

Opening a hemp-based business for two moms in Tecumseh, Ont. has involved more than a year of red tape and roadblocks, largely because of the connection to cannabis.

Finding a bank, insurance and a landlord wasn’t easy, according to Melissa Boow and Tiffany Rizok, and nearly forced them to give up trying. The owners constantly had to explain that both hemp and marijuana are cultivated from the cannabis sativa plant family, but that hemp contains virtually none of the elements of the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compound found in marijuana that makes people high.

“Everybody’s scared and not realizing that there’s a difference,” said Boow. “For every step you take forward, you take two steps back fighting. It’s not fair. It shouldn’t be like this.”

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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High Times Female 50 Honoree Jamie Pearson Named President and CEO of Bhang Inc.

Cannabis edibles company Bhang announced on Wednesday that interim president Jamie Pearson has been promoted to president and CEO of the company. In her new role, Pearson will oversee the firm’s day-to-day management and strategic initiatives. She is replacing CEO Scott Van Rixel, who has stepped down from the position.

“I am pleased to announce Jamie’s promotion to both president and CEO of Bhang,” Van Rixel said in a press release. “Jamie has shown considerable strength in her role as President and her work to develop a vision for Bhang’s future. I am confident that Jamie has the necessary skills to lead Bhang and execute our business objectives.”

In a letter to shareholders, Pearson, who was honored last month as one of the High Times Female Top 50, said that she would “be laser-focused on generating value for our consumers and shareholders, while putting Bhang on a solid path to profitability and positioning the company as a leader in the cannabis [consumer packaged goods] space.”

Pearson said that the road to profitability would include scaling back the company’s product offerings and reductions in staff to increase efficiency. She also reported that Bhang’s board of directors had approved the relocation of

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