Skip to Content

MAP Drugnews

TOP: Locations of Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries - Chicago Tribune

Drug News Bot - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 00:01
chicagotribune.com (US) Locations of Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries - Chicago Tribune Where are Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries? (interactive map) Nearly 30 dispensaries across Illinois have been cleared by the state to dispense medical marijuana. (Thu Oct 11 14:01:40 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $compassion_club(100%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $cannabis(100%)]
Categories: News Feeds

So you want to grow your own cannabis? Here's the gear you'll need to start - Vancouver Sun

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 18:04

Vancouver Sun

So you want to grow your own cannabis? Here's the gear you'll need to start
Vancouver Sun
Canadians like to think of themselves as good neighbours and an activated carbon filter is a good way to maintain that reputation while growing cannabis. A fan and filter rig should costs about $250 and keep the dank, sweet smell from the plants at bay.

Categories: News Feeds

Sundial hopes to turn Olds area into 'Silicon Valley of cannabis' as flagship facility opens - Calgary Herald

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 16:43

Sundial hopes to turn Olds area into 'Silicon Valley of cannabis' as flagship facility opens
Calgary Herald
“We believe cannabis is a consumer-goods industry just like any other, and it doesn't feel like that yet and it very quickly will be that,” said Kuenzlen, who hopes Sundial will have product hit Alberta shelves in December. “When you look at the ...

and more »
Categories: News Feeds

Officials say it's up to federal workplaces to decide if their cannabis rules need updating - National Post

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 15:25

National Post

Officials say it's up to federal workplaces to decide if their cannabis rules need updating
National Post
OTTAWA — With recreational cannabis one week away from becoming legal, federal officials say it's up to each workplace to decide if their rules around employee cannabis use need updating. The government did not change federal labour code ...
Liberals eyed rules for cannabis use by workers, drug testing: documentsThe Globe and Mail
No tweaks to federal labour laws ahead of next week's marijuana legislationCBC.ca

all 43 news articles »
Categories: News Feeds

Low-THC Marijuana Products Could Be A Big Hit in Canada - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 15:07

Forbes

Low-THC Marijuana Products Could Be A Big Hit in Canada
Forbes
When Canada launches its fully recreational marijuana market in the next week, the cannabis industry is expected to not only serve those die-hard customers who have dedicated years, maybe even decades to the black market but also those curious people ...
THC amounts identical in most cannabis strains, study findsPhys.Org
UBC Okanagan study: THC amounts identical in most cannabis strainsGlobalnews.ca
Cannabis Oil vs. CBD Oil: Health Benefits and Legal ConsiderationsEcoWatch
Macleans.ca -The Globe and Mail
all 77 news articles »
Categories: News Feeds

Huge turnout underlines Kingsville concerns over flood of marijuana growing applications - Windsor Star

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:46

Windsor Star

Huge turnout underlines Kingsville concerns over flood of marijuana growing applications
Windsor Star
The conflict seemingly boiled over Tuesday night when well over 500 residents showed up for a council meeting where the five rezoning proposals — to convert greenhouses and agricultural lands for medical marijuana use — were on the table.

Categories: News Feeds

Marijuana legalization may go more smoothly than you think: Washington governor - Financial Post

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:18

The Globe and Mail

Marijuana legalization may go more smoothly than you think: Washington governor
Financial Post
Washington and Colorado became the first U.S. states to broadly legalize recreational marijuana in 2012 and Inslee says few of the concerns expressed at the time became a reality. “The decriminalization of marijuana by all ways of judging it, I believe ...
Washington State Governor foresees ease of border regulations governing cannabis after midtermsThe Globe and Mail

all 14 news articles »
Categories: News Feeds

Here Are 10 Economic Sectors Impacted by Legal Marijuana

Alternet - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:36
The spread of legalization is sending ripples through the economy.

Marijuana legalization continues to spread. It's already legal for adults in nine states (including California, the nation's most populous), and medical marijuana is legal in 30. Canada goes legal next Wednesday, and we could see two more medical marijuana states, Utah and Missouri, and two more legalization states, Michigan and North Dakota, on Election Day. And New Jersey is on the path to legalizing it via this legislature by year's end—if all goes well.

The biggest impact of marijuana legalization has to be in the criminal justice system, where hundreds of thousands of people who would have been arrested for pot possession were not arrested, and will not be arrested. But marijuana is also now a big legal business, with recent research reports estimating the industry will reach the $20 billion mark by 2025.

And legal marijuana is having a disruptive impact on any number of economic sectors, from advertising to farming to booze, and more. Public and private investment in new forms of ingestible marijuana is up, marijuana startups are popping up everywhere, and financing for pot companies more than doubled last year. Meanwhile, more traditional industries, including medicine, banking, agriculture, and others, are beginning to incorporate marijuana into their products and business strategies.

There’s also been a large uptick in public and private investment in new, safer forms of ingestible marijuana, while cannabis startups—focused on everything from therapeutic applications to cultivation techniques—are also cropping up. Financing to cannabis companies more than doubled in 2017.

The good folks at the market analysis and intelligence firm CB Insights have taken a close look at where the impact of marijuana legalization is most likely to be felt. Below are 10 economic sectors CB Insights identifies as being altered by legal weed.

1. Health Care. Marijuana is revolutionizing the way some ailments are treated, from forms of epilepsy to chronic pain—and beyond. The FDA recently approved the use of CBD to treat two forms of epilepsy. States that have legalized medical marijuana report falling rates of opioid prescriptions. Marijuana's cannabinoids, CBD in particular, are drawing increasing attention from researchers, as they examine its potential for treating other conditions, including neuropsychiatric disorders, anxiety, and cancer. And CBD is just one of more than a hundred cannabinoids contained in the plant, leaving plenty more exploring to do for researchers seeking medical applications for the plant.

2. Pharmaceuticals. With the spread of legal medical marijuana and its use to treat pain, anxiety, sleep disorders, and other medical conditions, the pharmaceutical industry is likely to take a big hit—as much as $4 billion a year, according to a University of Georgia study. That's why a number of pharmaceutical companies are moving to incorporate marijuana into their strategies. Just in the past month, Sandoz Canada became the first major pharmaceutical company to affiliate with a marijuana producer. And then there are firms such as GW Pharmaceutical, which recently made history when the FDA approved its full-plant prescription drug Epidiolex.

3. Wellness & Beauty. With the spread of legalization, marijuana is becoming more openly integrated into consumer products, especially those focused on health and beauty, with CBD oil in particular attracting a lot of attention. Its proponents claim it offers relief from pain, anxiety, and depression, as well as possessing anti-inflammatory and anti-acne properties. It's making its way into beauty and makeup products as well, including mascara and lip balms. CBD oil also has potential applications for athletes and people looking to boost workout performance. Lord Jones, for example, makes a popular body lotion to soothe "sore muscles, joint pain, and skin conditions."

4. Packaging. Who knew? Marijuana legalization has been big business for the packaging industry. Packaging for pot products is highly regulated, typically with requirements for tamper-proofing, resealable odor-resistant bags, and opacity. The multitude of different marijuana products, with differing packaging requirements for different products, has also contributed to the rush of new companies entering the market, including manufacturers of innovative packaging products, such as tins, slide boxes, joint tubes, tamper-proof tincture bottles, and more.

5. Banking. Because marijuana remains federally illegal, the big nationwide banks that dominate the industry won't touch pot industry money. That's creating an opportunity for smaller, localized banks and credit unions to bridge the gap, and more than 400 local banks and credit unions have taken on marijuana-related clients—a number that has more than tripled since 2014. California even toyed with the idea of creating its own state-chartered bank to handle pot cash. That bill died, but if legalization spreads further without the federal government making room for pot banking, a state marijuana bank could become a reality.

6. Agriculture. The non-psychoactive variety of marijuana known as hemp is threatening to alter the landscape of the agriculture industry. It only requires half as much land as cotton to produce a ton of finished textiles, and hemp's applications are seemingly endless. It can be used for clothing, durable textiles, rope, side panels in automobiles, building, and much, much more. Right now, the biggest market for hemp growers is CBD oil products, but that is going to change.

7. Billboard Advertising. Legal pot has been a real boon to the billboard industry, in part because state laws limit signage at retail locations and in part because marijuana gets excluded from paid advertisements on social media platforms such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter. In Los Angeles, MedMen pioneered the use of mobile billboards, employing trucks wrapped in advertising to drive around the city. Billboards are old school, but they are relatively inexpensive, and they get a lot of eyeballs. The industry couldn't be happier with legal pot.

8. Food. Marijuana edibles are a big and growing business, too. Californians spent $180 million on marijuana-infused food and drinks last year, accounting for 10 percent of all pot sales in the state. That figure was up to 18 percent by early this year. It's not just California, either: in Colorado, edible sales tripled from 2014 to 2016, while in Washington state, edible sales jumped 121 percent in 2016. Companies such as Colorado-based Dixie Elixirs are leading the way with product lines that include truffles, chocolate bars, mints, juices and many more, but expect plenty of competitors for this lucrative market to emerge.

9. Alcohol. For alcohol companies, marijuana is a competitor, but it could also be a solution for declining global sales. Beer, wine, and spirits companies are looking to expand their offerings through marijuana-infused beverages. Constellation Brands (Corona Beer) just invested $4 billion in Canada's Canopy Growth Company, while British spirits maker Diageo (Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Guinness, and Baileys) has been holding talks with at least three other Canadian pot producers. Also, various cannabis beverage companies are looking to rival beer, and beer companies are taking note, partnering with pot businesses to create special brews.

10. Law. While marijuana legalization means less work for prosecutors and defense attorneys, it also means more work for attorneys who specialize in the intricacies of state marijuana laws. The National Cannabis Bar Association, founded in 2015, now has 400 members, and law firms are shifting their practices to focus on the industry. With tight, closely written regulatory regimes, state marijuana laws are fertile ground for attorneys who can help businesses navigate the hurdles.

This article was produced by Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 Related Stories
Categories: News Feeds

Altria rises on report company buying stake in marijuana producer; other pot stocks climb - CNBC

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:11

CNBC

Altria rises on report company buying stake in marijuana producer; other pot stocks climb
CNBC
The globe's major alcohol companies have also wasted no time exploring joint ventures with a handful of lucky cannabis producers. Constellation Brands recently increased its investment in Canopy Growth with a 9.9 percent stake in the company, granting ...
Robo pot: Aphria says automation key to low-cost cannabis productionCBC.ca
The maker of Marlboro cigarettes is reportedly in talks to buy a stake in Canadian cannabis producer Aphria (APH)Business Insider
Altria reported seeking stake in cannabis firm AphriaManitoba Co-operator
Bloomberg -Reuters -MarketWatch -The Globe and Mail
all 51 news articles »
Categories: News Feeds

CANNABIS MASTER LIST: What Ontario says you can and can't do with marijuana after Oct. 17 - Orangeville Banner

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 08:28

Orangeville Banner

CANNABIS MASTER LIST: What Ontario says you can and can't do with marijuana after Oct. 17
Orangeville Banner
When cannabis is legalized on Oct. 17, Ontario will have laws in place about how, where and who can buy and possess marijuana in the province. The government has introduced legislation that, if passed, would help the province move forward with a ...
Feds will spend $4.1M on Toronto cannabis public education projectsCP24 Toronto's Breaking News

all 7 news articles »
Categories: News Feeds

Cannabis' Wild Market Ride: It's Not The New Bitcoin. Here's Why - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 06:42

Forbes

Cannabis' Wild Market Ride: It's Not The New Bitcoin. Here's Why
Forbes
Because there are only a few publicly traded cannabis companies in the U.S., direct marijuana investments are limited. Making matters worse is that the company released a relatively small number of shares during its IPO. Also, with Canada set to ...
Canada to Open More Than 100 Pot Shops as It Becomes the Second Country to Legalize MarijuanaTIME
Medical marijuana industry sees boost ahead of legalization — but will it last?CBC.ca
Cannabis will be allowed in your car, must be out of reachCTV News
Financial Post -CNBC -The Globe and Mail -AP News
all 673 news articles »
Categories: News Feeds

NJ legal weed update: Lawmakers hash out marijuana bill, but can it pass? - NorthJersey.com

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 02:19

NorthJersey.com

NJ legal weed update: Lawmakers hash out marijuana bill, but can it pass?
NorthJersey.com
Democratic New Jersey lawmakers spent part of Tuesday going over the fine points of a bill that their leaders say is the almost-final, soon-to-pass vehicle for allowing anyone 21 and older to buy and consume marijuana. After missing earlier, informal ...
NJ Sets Possible Date For Marijuana Legalization – And A TaxPatch.com

all 3 news articles »
Categories: News Feeds

OH: 'Oxymonster' sentenced to 20 years for drug deals on dark web - Times Herald-Record - Discussion on Topix

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:47
topix.com 'Oxymonster' sentenced to 20 years for drug deals on dark web - Times Herald-Record - Discussion on Topix 'Oxymonster' sentenced to 20 years for drug deals on dark web - Times Herald-Record - Discussion on Topix 'Oxymonster' sentenced to 20 years for drug deals on dark web 'Oxymonster' ... (Wed Oct 10 08:47:58 2018 PDT)
Categories: News Feeds

OH: Mark 'Bomber' Thompson to fight drug charges, had 'no financial incentive' to... - ABC News - Discussion on Topix

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:47
topix.com Mark 'Bomber' Thompson to fight drug charges, had 'no financial incentive' to... - ABC News - Discussion on Topix Mark 'Bomber' Thompson to fight drug charges, had 'no financial incentive' to traffic drugs The Melbourne Magistrates' Court heard that when police raided his Por... (Wed Oct 10 08:47:58 2018 PDT)
Categories: News Feeds

OH: Woman gets probation for giving marijuana to man with multiple sclerosis - The Janesville Gazette - Discussion on Topix

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:47
topix.com Woman gets probation for giving marijuana to man with multiple sclerosis - The Janesville Gazette - Discussion on Topix Woman gets probation for giving marijuana to man with multiple sclerosis A woman has been sentenced to two years' probation in a case in which prosecutors ... (Wed Oct 10 08:47:58 2018 PDT)
Categories: News Feeds

OH: Mexico president-elect says he will look at legalising some drugs - South China Morning Post - Discussion on Topix

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:47
topix.com Mexico president-elect says he will look at legalising some drugs - South China Morning Post - Discussion on Topix Mexico president-elect says he will look at legalising some drugs Andres Manuel Lopez Obradora said a proposal from the country's Defence Minister. (Wed Oct 10 08:47:58 2018 PDT)
Categories: News Feeds

OR: 'Come And Arrest Me': Former Pa. Governor Defies Justice Department On Safe Injection - Jefferson Public Radio

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:46
ijpr.org (US) Public health advocates in Philadelphia have launched a nonprofit to run a facility to allow people to use illegal drugs under medical supervision. (Wed Oct 10 21:46:48 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $use_is_abuse(100%), $propaganda_theme4(100%), $propaganda_theme6(65%), $moral_imperative(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $drug_law(80%), $harm_reduction(100%), $injection_center(100%), $syringe_exchange(100%), $prohibition(100%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $anesthetic(100%), $opioid(100%), $stimulant(100%), $narcotic(100%), $cocaine(100%), $crack(100%), $fentanyl(100%), $paraphernalia(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
Categories: News Feeds

FL: Interest in Medical Marijuana Business High Around Florida - WUSF News

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:43
wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Budding entrepreneurs across the state already have incorporated several dozen companies with such names as Cannabiz. (Wed Oct 10 19:43:48 2018 PDT)
Categories: News Feeds

FL: Casino Magnate Spending More to Defeat Pot Measure - WUSF News

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:43
wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Casino Magnate Spending More to Defeat Pot Measure ! WUSF News Casino Magnate Spending More to Defeat Pot Measure A Las Vegas casino magnate is kicking another $1 million to defeat a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. (Wed Oct 10 19:43:48 2018 PDT)
Categories: News Feeds

FL: Attorney Morgan Taking Medical Pot Issue to Tallahassee - WUSF News

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:43
wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Floridab s sheriffs were strong critics of the plan. A main concern was what he called loopholes that created b de facto legalizationb in a constitutional amendment. b We are confident that the voters of Florida have made the right decision. B Judd said in a statement through the Florida Sheriffs Association. b The people of Florida were too smart to buy into the weak language and huge loopholes into this amendment. (Wed Oct 10 19:43:48 2018 PDT)
Categories: News Feeds