New Jersey Lawmakers Begin Hearings for Marijuana Legalization

New Jersey lawmakers in two legislative committees will begin hearings on Monday for a marijuana legalization deal announced by Gov. Phil Murphy last week. The Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Senate Judiciary committees are scheduled to consider the Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act when they meet on Monday. If the bill is approved by both committees, it could be up for a floor vote as soon as March 25.

Murphy said last week that legal cannabis could provide New Jersey with new economic opportunities.

“It is an industry [that] has taken root around the country. [It] has proven to generate thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity,” Murphy said.

The governor acknowledged in a radio appearance that cannabis legalization is still a controversial topic and offered a pragmatic approach to the issue.

“I don’t think any of us think it’s a no-brainer, and I don’t blame folks for not automatically getting there,” said Murphy. “But we’re not inventing marijuana. It exists. It’s in our communities. Our kids are exposed to it. The social injustices of the past exist. So if we can undo those social injustices, get the business out of the hands of the

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How to Determine if a Cannabis Company is Well-Positioned to Scale

The burgeoning cannabis industry is quickly becoming a crowded space, with new brands continually emerging. The growth is spawning enticing opportunities for those looking to join the industry and reap the benefits of incentives like equity, generous salaries and the chance to become a leader at a high-growth brand.

But when it comes to working for a cannabis company, how do you determine one from the next? How do you evaluate which companies are better positioned to be around for the long term?

At ForceBrands, we work with a variety of brands in this space, helping them to build growth-focused teams. Through this work, we have identified several qualities one should look for to determine what companies are best positioned to scale.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Former NHL Players to Be Given Cannabis for Post-Concussion Treatment

Dozens of former NHL players will be given CBD as part of a study examining whether the cannabis compound might help alleviate symptoms of brain injuries.

“We see a lot of athletes who have chronic pain and have other problems related to repetitive brain trauma,” neurosurgeon and concussion expert Dr. Charles Tator told CTV’s Your Morning Monday.

“We are reasonably optimistic that cannabis and especially the CBD part of cannabis can relieve a lot of that suffering.”

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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Edmonton Retailers Hazy on Rules Around Selling Illegal CBD Even After Five-Month Grace Period

Selling CBD without a licence is risky business, but some local stores are stocking it even as the pot police threaten jail time.

After waiting five months for purveyors of pot to get used to the new rules around selling marijuana products like CBD-infused oils, creams even dog treats, Edmonton police have a list of potential offenders that they will target. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid derived from hemp or marijuana plants, while THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive cannabinoid that creates the “high” associated with cannabis.

Edmonton police busted Kush Klatch Herbal Emporium on 150 St. and 118 Ave. on March 6, their first arrest since cannabis was legalized in October. Cannabis liaison Const. Dexx Williams promised there would be “more arrests, for sure.”

– Read the entire article at Toronto Star.

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Liberals Should Expunge Canadians’ Cannabis Records Before Fall Election, NDP Says

The NDP justice critic is urging the Liberal government to help him improve a bill to help Canadians carrying burdensome cannabis records and ensure the legislation passes before the fall election.

Murray Rankin put forward a private member’s bill last year to expunge cannabis records, to ensure past records for simple possession are wiped outright.

He says the Trudeau government’s current approach to suspend records rather than expunge them is far from enough to help an estimated 500,000 Canadians carrying past offences.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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What’s a Good CBD Strain (and Why Should You Care)?

If youknow anything about cannabis, you’ll probably know a thing or two about CBD. Ifnothing else, you’ll know that CBD is non-psychoactive and therefore isn’tgoing to get you high. Precisely why the vast majority of stoners don’t reallygive a damn about this prominent and prevalent cannabinoid.

Still,there’s a growing raft of super-premium CBD-heavystrains doing the rounds, which are earning hugeacclaim among cannabis connoisseurs worldwide. But why, realistically, shouldyou (or anyone else) care about the kinds of cannabis strains that don’t getyou high?

Ifthere’s zero likelihood of a buzz in it for you, what’s the point?

The Importance of High CBD Strains

Inorder to grasp the importance of CBD-heavy cannabis strains, you need toconsider at least the basic science of its interactions with the body. Withoutgetting into too much detail, the endocannabinoid system in the human body hastwo main receptors – CB1 and CB2. Both of which have an effect on a variety ofpsychological and physical functions.

The CB1receptor is closely connected with the centralnervous system and the brain, influencing processes like the production ofmelatonin and serotonin.  Feelings ofcontentment and the ability to get a good night’s sleep are therefore affectedby the CB1 receptor.

Meanwhile,the CB2receptor is a more general receptor throughout

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Weed Weddings: Calgary Hosts Canada’s First Cannabis Wedding Expo

Brides and grooms looking to add a little extra greenery to their nuptials had a chance to check out the newest trends at Calgary’s first-ever cannabis wedding expo on Saturday.s

Since cannabis was legalized in Canada, wedding vendors say they’ve been inundated with couples wanting to highlight the plant throughout their special day.

Laureen Cauryn Cameron, the organizer of the Canadian Cannabis Wedding Expo, said many couples are curious about what a cannabis wedding entails.

“There are more ways of incorporating it than just smoking it,” said Cauryn Cameron. “You can do it aesthetically in the flowers, you can have it as a wedding favour.”

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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Whoopi Goldberg Talks Cannabis: ‘I Think It’s Worth Trying’

“I’ve spent the better part of my life standing up for issues that were important to me,” said actress, comedian, singer, writer, and entrepreneur Whoopi Goldberg in an OpEd about cannabis she wrote in 2018. Her latest cause, she explained, was helping women gain easy access to the therapeutic qualities of the marijuana plant.

This is a wellbeing issue, Goldberg argued, marking the difference between sheer recreation and actual medicinal need; between smoking weed in an old-fashioned joint format and consuming cannabis in ways that are not detrimental to one’s lungs. This comprehension and latter distinction were crucial to the award-winning performer’s decision to get into the cannabis industry, starting a business focused on women’s comfort, and especially on treating menstrual aches.

“I asked a friend in the cannabis industry if anyone was doing marijuana for menstrual cramps; and when he said no, I knew someone had to – and that it may as well be us,” Goldberg told me during a recent conversation. “We started working on a business plan and looking for product developers, which led us to Maya [Elisabeth].”

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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The New “Miss Marijuana” Pageant Comes With Outdated Guidelines and Transphobia

A new North American beauty pageant targeting the cannabis industry has just opened for applications—but only for “unwed” and “natural born” females between the ages 18 to 30.

According to the official site, Miss Marijuana, or Miss MJ, is “the type of girl all the guys want, and all the girls want to be friends with” and the platform “gives you the opportunity to be the activist you’ve always dreamed of.”

Up for grabs is the crown and title of Miss Marijuana, $25,000, and a car—but not the branded Jeep Rubicon posted on the site, because that’s just to show applicants what a car looks like.

If accepted, contestants will upload a profile to be digitally polled by the general public. The online voting will take place for six to seven weeks and the 53 women with the highest votes—one for each American state and one from Canada—will then proceed to the final contest in Los Vegas, Nevada. The finale will include one “personal interview question”, and two catwalks—in a swimsuit and an evening gown.

“It’ll be a fashion show, it’ll be a concert—lotta fun, I hope,” says Howard Baer, the pageant’s founder, to the Georgia Straight on the phone.

“We have so many signed up from Canada that it looks

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Indiana State Trooper Seizes $3.5 Million Worth of Cannabis, Vapes

$3.5 million worth of cannabis and THC vape cartridges are now tucked away inside an Indiana State Police evidence locker. And the two men who stand accused of transporting it are behind bars in a Hendricks County jail.

Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Multi-Million Dollar Drug Bust in Indiana

Around 11:30 am on Wednesday, March 13, an Indiana State Trooper pulled over a vehicle traveling eastbound on Interstate 70, near mile marker 66. The reason for the stop was a simple moving violation. The trooper saw that a box truck was “tailgating,” or following too closely to the vehicle in front of it. But when the trooper approached the truck, he detected a strong aroma of cannabis. In a conversation with the truck’s driver and passenger, the trooper also reported observing unspecified “criminal indicators.”

The smell and the suspicious behavior were enough probable cause to trigger a search of the truck. During that search, the trooper didn’t discover a half-smoked joint or a bowl or a dime bag. Instead, he opened the cargo area of the truck and discovered an estimated $3.5 million worth of cannabis.

Barely concealed inside a number of cardboard boxes, the trooper discovered roughly 25o pounds

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