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There are seven Welland cannabis dispensaries in queue awaiting final approval from the provincial government so that they may open.

Their applications are listed as “in progress” on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s website.

In Niagara, there six dispensaries authorized to sell THC products — Niagara Herbalist and Corner Cannabis in St. Catharines, as well as Choom, Canna Cabana and SPDR Cannabis in Niagara Falls, along with Cannabis Supply Co. in Fort Erie.

– Read the entire article at Welland Tribune.

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CANNABIS CULTURE –  Older adults are using cannabis as a preventative measure. Case in point,  Mark Burnett (62), strongman from Akron, Ohio, prefers to use CBD for an extra kick to go with his morning vitamins.

CBD is subtle in its effects, but Mr. Burnett notices it on days that he has forgotten to take it. “If I’m on a call with my coach and I run up on something unexpected, he says, ‘did you forget to take your CBD today?’” he chuckled. “It helps me express my strength more efficiently.”

As cannabis becomes legal, stigma drops, freeing Baby Boomers to seek out relief they have known since the 60s. Reports indicate that use is up, but that may be because judgement is down.

Baby Boomers are one of the fastest-growing markets for legal recreational and medical marijuana. This generation ushered in a new era of drug experimentation. Many never gave up marijuana; and others are revisiting it with a new, more open attitude.

“They grew up in an era where MJ [marijuana]was a popular recreational drug, so they have some familiarity and are interested in its medicinal qualities,” said Doctor Julianne Moy, D.O., of Ohio Green Team. “Many are

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Legalizing cannabis in Texas could bring the state more than half a billion dollars in new tax revenue each year, according to a report released last week by a leading cannabis policy and law firm. The economic analysis from Vicente Sederberg LLP also found that legal pot would result in more than $300 million in savings from reduced law enforcement costs annually and could create up to 40,000 jobs.

“A regulated cannabis market would be an economic boon for the Lonestar State,” Shawn Hauser, a partner at Vicente Sederberg who heads the firm’s Austin office, said in a press release. “Hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue and tens of thousands of new jobs would be especially helpful in overcoming the losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas is leaving an enormous amount of money on the table by keeping cannabis illegal.”

According to the report, there are more than 1.5 million adults 21 or older in Texas who use cannabis on a monthly basis, a market that could generate up to $2.7 billion in regulated sales if marijuana is legalized for adult use. If those legal sales were taxed at a rate similar to Colorado’s, more than

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A new study reveals that almost half of those who currently use cannabis in North America are over 40, a surprising number given the narrative that most cannabis users are in younger demographics. This insight came alongside many other interesting data points about the industry. 

This information comes from Akerna, a group in the industry that works with software, compliance technology, seed-to-sale research planning, and enterprise software for the cannabis companies across North America. It dug into North American cannabis consumer habits to reveal deep insights about the industry and how it operates, in order to shed light on what businesses can expect in the coming months. 

“Akerna is an enterprise software company focused on compliantly serving the cannabis, hemp, and CBD industry,” their biography states. “First launched in 2010, Akerna has tracked more than $20 billion in cannabis sales to date and is the first cannabis software company listed on Nasdaq. The company’s cornerstone technology, MJ Platform, the world’s leading infrastructure as a service platform powers retailers, manufacturers, brands, distributors, and cultivators.”

According to the breakdown from the Akerna study, which looked at type of cannabis consumption method, as well as age and gender of cannabis users, flower is

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*Disclaimer: This piece should not be considered an endorsement of any of the mentioned candidates by the author or by High Times. While we believe Brock Pierce has interesting policies, and has ideas that both major party candidates should consider, we’re not ignorant to the Democratic process and the importance of this election, and therefore can not endorse a third party candidate at this time. However, we encourage our readers to educate themselves on the benefits of voting third party in the future, and how dismantling the two-party system could solve many of the issues we face today.*

You’ve heard a lot about Donald Trump and Joe Biden these past few months, but there’s another lesser-known candidate running this cycle with some big ideas that might be of interest to our readers. A major departure from the typical major party candidates, allow us to introduce you to Brock Pierce

Aiming to be something like the Psychedelic J.F.K. of the Independence Party, the former child-star gone media-mogul turned tech entrepreneur, innovator & VC has lived many lives, and while he’s survived torment and accusations, one thing is clear: this guy can take a punch, and come back swinging.

After several successful

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As we have reported in this blog, new legislation to regulate cannabis is in the works here in Mexico. A draft “Law for the Regulation of Cannabis” (the “Cannabis Law”) is under discussion by the Mexican Congress as we write. The Cannabis Law will be accompanied by “Regulations on Sanitary Control for the Production, Research and Medical Use of Cannabis and Its Pharmacological Derivatives” (the “Medical Regulations”), which are also a much-awaited breakthrough for the cannabis industry in Mexico. It has been publicized, however, that neither the Cannabis Law nor the Medical Regulations will provide for regulation of hemp.

We are not surprised. In recent years, much of the debate on cannabis legalization in Mexico has focused on the plant’s recreational and medical uses, but we have not seen the same amount of debate as in other Latin American countries on hemp. To us that seems shortsighted, as the global market for hemp is expected to grow from $4.6 billion last year, to $26.6 billion in 2025. Hemp products span multiple applications and could very well mean the surest way for cannabis to contribute to the reactivation of the Mexican economy post-COVID.

Hemp was prohibited in Mexico due to

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The backers of a medical marijuana initiative on the November ballot in Mississippi have received a cease-and-desist letter from President Trump’s reelection campaign ordering the group to stop using the president’s name in literature backing the measure. The letter was sent to Mississippians for Compassionate Care, the group backing Initiative 65, in response to a campaign mailer sent to Republican voters.

“Join President Trump and 3 out of 4 Mississippi Republicans who support medical marijuana,” read a message on the outside envelope of the campaign mail, according to a report from NBC News.

Inside the envelope, a letter said that “President Trump Supports Medical Marijuana … and allowing states to decide on that issue.”

The mailing drew the attention of Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign’s chief operating officer, who sent a cease-and-desist letter to Missippians for Compassionate Care on October 12. The letter was then released to the press on Tuesday by opponents of Initiative 65.

“This unauthorized use of the President’s name in support of your group’s cause is unfair to Mississippi voters who may be led to vote ‘Yes’ on Initiative 65 on the false belief that President Trump supports the measure,” Glassner wrote. “Therefore, let us be

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A big thing happened over the weekend: A dispensary started selling legal weed in St. Louis County. Medical marijuana patients will no longer have to go to Illinois to get their medicine, they’ll just hop on over to Manchester.

N’Bliss (1266 Old Orchard Center, Manchester; 314-627-2499) became the first dispensary to serve a medical marijuana patient in Missouri. Sales started at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and there was a line out the door. (And not just because of social distancing, either.)

Visitors reported up to a three-hour wait to make their purchases, but that was just the last stretch of what has been a very long wait to buy medical marijuana in Missouri.

– Read the entire article at River Front Times.

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Since 1996, Placentia, California-based rap pioneers Kottonmouth Kings beat the drum of the recreational cannabis movement, chanting “Legalize It!” long before everyone else joined the bandwagon. 

Remembering Saint Dog

Founding member Steven “Saint Dog” Thronson tragically passed away on October 13, and today would have been his 45th birthday. Thronson co-founded Kottonmouth Kings with Dustin “D-Loc” Miller and Timothy “Johnny Richter” McNutt. With EP and album titles like Stoners Reeking Havoc, Royal Highness, and Hidden Stash, Kottonmouth Kings put their career on the line to loudly proclaim their unwavering devotion to cannabis. Saint Dog blessed us with one final album last year, Bozo, with the help of Suburban Noize Records and Donny Polinske, who put the record together. 

“We’re hopeful for all of us, especially the family,” says acclaimed music and film producer, Kevin Zinger, who has known Thronson since 1995. Zinger co-founded Suburban Noize Records in 1997, and the popular SRH clothing and accessory brand, before expanding into film.

“Back then, there weren’t many of us that were saying [legalize cannabis],” explains Zinger. “High Times obviously came way before, but back then it was just Kottonmouth Kings and Cypress Hill [who] were really pushing it. I don’t think that

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Earlier this year, House Bill 2050 was introduced – a measure to allow for the legal sale of adult-use cannabis through a permitting structure for growers, processors, and dispensaries.

There are several great components contained in this bill, including provisions to help our youth, support affordable housing, and provide resources to help minority and women-owned businesses. In addition, it would provide a much-needed influx of revenue to our state at a time when we face significant economic challenges.

Unfortunately, one component of the bill that got lost in the media attention following its introduction is the Cannabis Clean Slate initiative, which would provide for the expungement of cannabis-related offenses for non-violent drug offenders.

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