First legal marijuana dispensary planned for west side of Great Falls – The Electric

The city planning office is currently reviewing an application for the first marijuana dispensary in the city limits.

Top Shelf Botanicals, which operates dispensaries throughout the state, submitted an application for a minor renovation to a space in The Wheat Building at 750 6th St. S.W. opposite Howard’s Pizza.

The site is zoned heavy industrial, which meets the existing city requirements for marijuana dispensaries in the city limits.

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Earlier this year, City Commissioners adopted an ordinance that make:

dispensaries, testing laboratories would be allowed as a permitted use in either light or heavy industrial districts; cultivation would be a conditional use in light industrial districts and a permitted use in heavy industrial districts; manufacturing would be a permitted use only in the heavy industrial districts.

Those rules went into effect in October, after a district court judge ruled that the city could not prohibit marijuana operations outright, but the judge did state the city could regulate their operations by ordinance.

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Two other dispensary operators have attempted to open in the city limits, but chose property in zoning districts that do not

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The Best Dispensaries In Florida – Herb.co

In this dispensary, you will find a team of doctors, pharmacists, medical experts, and visionaries of the sector who are available to solve all the doubts you can think of about the use of medical cannabis.

Curaleaf has created a therapeutic offer based on first-quality cannabis.

In this dispensary, which is not only aesthetically pleasing, medical cannabis patients are cared for and supported to improve the quality of their health and well-being. 

At Curaleaf, they are also creators and innovators, they know that in the wide world of cannabis, there are as many preferences as there are people. Therefore, they have developed products in different formats for all tastes. Always with the best quality, tested in laboratories, and with all the support of a great team.

At Curaleaf, the focus is on each customer’s relationship with cannabis. This is a very personal journey for each one, and Curalef wants to be that map for you to find your way. 

This is how it’s done. Quality products with the best staff in the market. A medical dispensary where they are ready to answer any questions you may have. 

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Michigan dispensary chain pulls hemp products after illicit marijuana found at future store – MLive.com

ANN ARBOR, MI — A Michigan marijuana chain has pulled hemp products from its shelves after an administrative law judge ruled to uphold the license suspension of a Flint-based provisioning center.

JARS Cannabis announced in early December that it had removed all hemp products from its stores in response to a continued sanction on Green Culture, a provisioning center in Flint.

JARS Cannabis is in the process of purchasing Green Culture and maintains that the license suspension is an “overzealous” response by the Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency to improperly labeled hemp products. The Michigan CRA is seeking to suspend Green Culture’s license for up to two years, said Josh Hovey, a spokesperson for JARS Cannabis.

“If the CRA moves forward with the suspension of their license for two years, then the business is essentially worthless,” Hovey wrote in an email to MLive/The Ann Arbor News.

The Ann Arbor location of Jars Cannabis, 3005 Packard St., confirmed that it had pulled its hemp products from shelves as a precautionary measure.

The Michigan CRA temporarily suspended both the medical and recreational licenses for Green Culture after an investigation revealed the company had been selling improperly labeled hemp products that contained THC over the legal threshold. The investigation

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Biden Signs Medical Marijuana Research Bill

President Joe Biden turns the Medical Marijuana Research Bill into law, changing how American scientists can do research on marijuana.

As anticipated by Marijuana Moment last week, the White House announced on Friday that President Biden signed the Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act, “which establishes a new registration process for conducting research on marijuana and for manufacturing marijuana products for research purposes and drug development.”

The bipartisan bill was introduced in July, quickly passed in the House in the same month, and unanimously approved by the Senate in November.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Children With Autism Show Improvement After Being Treated With Cannabidiol-Rich Medicinal Cannabis

A study of children with autism spectrum disorders in Israel reported significant improvements in their social communication abilities after six months of treatment with cannabidiol-rich cannabis oil. Additionally, parents reported a reduction in restrictive and repetitive behaviors of children. Children’s cognitive scores were not changed. The study was published in Translational Psychiatry.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) symptoms include persistent deficits in social communication and restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior or interests. At the moment, there are no approved medications for treating the core symptoms of these disorders. Patients suffering from ASD are often prescribed medications to treat symptoms related to ASD, but not ASD itself. Due to this, research into novel ways to treat autism spectrum disorders is of great significance for science.

– Read the entire article at PsyPost.

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Marijuana dispensary one step closer to opening at former Mickey’s Dairy Twist in Saline – MLive.com

SALINE, MI — The dispensary being built at the site of a former ice cream shop, Mickey’s Dairy Twist, is closer to selling both medical and recreational marijuana following final site plan approval.

Saline City Council approved a special land use for an adult use marijuana retailer at 751 W. Michigan Ave with three conditions on Dec. 5.

These conditions involve the applicant confirming and providing some additional information along with taking down an existing nonconforming sign.

The space received final site plan approval with conditions for the sale of medical marijuana at Saline’s Nov. 9 planning commission meeting. Now, the dispensary needs to receive final site plan approval for recreational marijuana sales.

The spot that once held Saline’s well-known ice cream shop plans to convert into a second location for Rush Cannabis which already has another dispensary in Hazel Park that opened in April.

Ben Harrington, Saline’s community development director, said that he anticipates the location will be able to sell recreational marijuana in the first quarter of 2023 assuming the location receives final site plan approval.

Related: No more ice cream at Mickey’s Dairy Twist, but marijuana shop planned for Saline staple

Shaun Mansour, attorney and owner of Rush Cannabis, said the dispensary plans to

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Cannabist Celebrates Grand Opening of its Williamsburg Dispensary – WYDaily

Cannabist Grand Opening (WY Daily/Jillian Appel)

WILLIAMSBURG — Columbia Care Inc., one of the largest cultivators, manufacturers, and providers of cannabis products in the United States, celebrated the opening of its new Cannabist location in Williamsburg with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Columbia Care Inc.’s Cannabist brand aims to give patients greater access to medical cannabis products. Columbia Care was awarded a license in Virginia in 2018 and was officially licensed to sell in 2020.

It opened its first location in Portsmouth, followed by Virginia Beach and now Williamsburg, with a fourth location planned for Hampton next year.

Official Cannabist Ribbon Cutting (WY Daily/Jillian Appel)

Cannabist opened its Williamsburg location on Nov. 23, and since then has been preparing its staff to help patients better understand medical cannabis and what products will best fit their needs.

In accordance with Virginia law, all of the staff at Cannabist are licensed pharmacists or pharmacy technicians. Security outside of the building also ensures patients have all the necessary documentation needed to purchase from the dispensary. Additionally, all of the product is grown locally as it is illegal to carry cannabis across state lines.

(WY Daily/Jillian Appel)

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Third medical marijuana dispensary opens in Hampton Roads region – News 3 WTKR Norfolk

WILLAMSBURG, Va. — The third medical marijuana dispensary in the Hampton Roads area opened off of Bypass Road on Wednesday morning.

Cannabist sells a variety of medical marijuana products, including vapes, flower, and edibles.

It joins two other dispensaries owned by Columbia Care to open in the area. The other two are in Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

“We’re really celebrating the moment as we’ve expanded the footprint to the Peninsula, which has been really important to us in ensuring patient access across the entire region,” said Ngiste Abebe, Vice President of Public Policy of Columbia Care.

Marijuana is expected to be a big topic in the upcoming 2023 General Assembly session once again. During the 2022 session, lawmakers failed to reach any agreement on establishing recreational sales after legalizing simple possession in 2021.

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Democrats lost control of the House of Delegates to Republicans during elections in November 2021, but still maintain a slim majority in the State Senate.

During the 2022 session, there were discussions about beginning recreational sales at medical dispensaries while the regulatory framework for sales was established, but a bill that would’ve done that failed to advance

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The Pass cannabis dispensary recognized by High Times Magazine – Berkshire Eagle

SHEFFIELD —  The Pass Berkshires recently received an award in the High Times Cannabis Cup Massachusetts competition sponsored by High Times Magazine, which has covered the cannabis industry since 1974.

The High Times Cannabis Cup Massachusetts: People’s Choice Edition was created to identify and award the best cannabis products in the commonwealth across a wide range of different categories as voted by the public. The Pass finished third in the competition’s topicals, tinctures and capsules category for its THC-infused muscle gel, which provides a relaxing, cooling sensation from organic aloe leaf juice and menthol.

The Pass was also recently selected as the No. 1 cannabis dispensary in the region by the readers of Rural Intelligence.

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Dispensaries’ Cashless ATM Transactions Get The Ax – High Times

Cannabis dispensaries in several states were left scrambling to find ways to process transactions without cash when a popular workaround to federal banking regulations known as cashless ATMs stopped working for many retailers beginning last week. Cashless ATMs, also known as “point of banking” systems, allow customers to use bank cards instead of cash at cannabis dispensaries, giving retailers and their patrons alike more flexibility when processing transactions for marijuana purchases.

But beginning last week, some of the biggest ATM transaction processors including NCR Corp.’s Columbus Data Services have shut down the ability of cashless ATM transaction processors to use their service, according to unidentified sources cited by Bloomberg. NCR declined to comment on the situation, according to the report.

“This is a pivotal point in cannabis banking,” Ryan Hamlin, chief executive officer of payment technology provider Posabit Systems Corp., told Bloomberg about the cashless ATM shutdowns.

Notice Given Last Year

Late last year, international payment processing giant Visa announced in a memo to retailers that it “was aware of a scheme where POS devices marketed as ‘Cashless ATMs’ are being deployed at merchant outlets.” 

The system worked by rounding up purchases, often to multiples of $20, to make the

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