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The Joint Blog | October 19, 2018
 Colorado Sets Marijuana Sales Record With Over $140 Million Sold in August

Anthony Martinelli

There was over $140 million worth of marijuana and marijuana products sold legally in Colorado in August, setting a new monthly record.
In total there was $141,322,108 in marijuana and marijuana products purchased legally in Colorado in August, according to the states Department of Revenue. This bests the previous record set the monthly prior $138.8 million. Of the $141 million in marijuana sold in August, $28.3 million came from medical marijuana sales, with recreational marijuana sales falling barely short of $113 million. These sales helped Colorado garner over $20 million in tax revenue for the month of August. The new data brings the states total marijuana sales for 2018 to $1,022,245,511. This puts....
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Smell The Truth | October 18, 2018
 Legal marijuana in Canada: A day one recap
Thomas Cook, right, one of Canadas first cannabis consumers.
Thomas Cook, right, one of Canadas first cannabis consumers.
(image:Vince Sharpe)
Oscar Pascual
Canada has celebrated its first day of cannabis legalization, which was quite remarkable. The country on Wednesday became the first country with a major world economy to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use, the New York Times reports. The countrys new weed laws marks a historic moment for residents such as Montreals Tonino Ruggiero, who told the Washington Post, This is better than the Olympics. Not as good as the Rolling Stones, but close. A group of Newfoundland residents have the distinction of being the countrys first pot consumers, purchasing packs of Auror....
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Smell The Truth | October 11, 2018
 High Times postpones Sacramento Cannabis Cup

Oscar Pascual
High Times is postponing its trademark Cannabis Cup festival just weeks before its scheduled date in Sacramento, the Sacramento Bee reports. After multiple discussions with state and city leaders and extensive deliberations with all stakeholders, Cannabis Cup organizers have determined it is in the best interests of all parties to postpone the event, wrote High Times organizers in an email statement. The postponement comes partly due to new legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown approved AB 2020 on Sept. 26, allowing local governments to approve permits f....
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The Washington Post | October 17 | TORONTO
 Canada now worlds largest legal marijuana marketplace
Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton, left to right, poses with the receipt for the first legal cannabis for recreation use sold in Canada to Nikki Rose and Ian Power at the Tweed shop on Water Street in St. Johns N.L. at 12:01 am NDT on Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018.
Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton, left to right, poses with the receipt for the first legal cannabis for recreation use sold in Canada to Nikki Rose and Ian Power at the Tweed shop on Water Street in St. Johns N.L. at 12:01 am NDT on Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018.
(image:Paul Daly/The Canadian Press Associated Press)
Rob Gillies and Gene Johnson
Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. Power was first in line at a store in St. Johns, Newfoundland. I am going to frame it and hang it on my wall. Im not even going to smoke it. Im just going to save it forever, Power said. And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the countrys easternmost provinc....
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The Washington Post | October 16 | OTTAWA
 Marijuana becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday, but barriers remain for consumers
Employees collect cuttings from cannabis plants at Hexo Corp`s facilities in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, on Sept. 26.
Employees collect cuttings from cannabis plants at Hexo Corp`s facilities in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, on Sept. 26.
(image:Chris Wattie/Reuters)
Alan Freeman
Canada becomes the first major industrialized country to fully decriminalize cannabis for recreational use on Wednesday, fulfilling a 2015 election pledge from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a process that has proven massively complex and remains fraught with uncertainty. Concerns abound. Already there are worries about a shortage of legal cannabis for sale in the early months of legalization and a lack of retail outlets, leading to a possible boom in the illicit marijuana trade the new law is designed to thwart. Canadas 12 provinces and territories are tasked with regul....
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The Weed Blog | 10/16/2018
 Canadian Police Ready for Legalization No Major Issues But Dont Drive Stoned

Moira Feeney

Enforcing laws around legal weed will be ``a work in progress,`` but police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
With cannabis legalization happening in just one day October 17 Canadian police say no sweat, theyre ready to roll. The head of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police CACP, Adam Palmer, held a press conference on the eve of Canada`s historic cannabis legalization wherein he outlined the CACPs plans. While the legal recreational use of cannabis will be new for Canadians come Wednesday, enforcing laws around impaired driving, and the illegal production, distribution, and consumption of cannabis will not be new to police, said Palmer, who is also the chief of the Van....
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The Weed Blog | 10/13/2018
 MedMen Undertakes Largest Cannabis Acquisition In US History

Moira Feeney

MedMens network now holds cannabis licenses in 12 states; the combined companies will operate 79 facilities.
Can you say MedMen Monopoly? The companys already overly large footprint in the cannabis industry just outdid Big Foot with its acquisition of Illinois-based Pharmacann in a $682 million all-stock transaction. MedMen facilities can now be accessed in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan and of course its home base California. MedMen currently has 14 high-end stores in California, Nevada, and New York. As the race to become the biggest multi-state weed industry player heats up, the Pharmacann acquisition nearly doubles the size of M....
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CANN Media Group | October 9, 2018 | OLYMPIA, Washington
 Washington State Bans Gummies, Hard Candies, Other Edibles
The sweeping reclassification of allowable cannabis-infused edibles takes effect January 1; Existing inventory can be sold until stock is depleted or by April 3, 2019.
The sweeping reclassification of allowable cannabis-infused edibles takes effect January 1; Existing inventory can be sold until stock is depleted or by April 3, 2019.
Tom Hymes
The Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board LACB has issued a sweeping reevaluation of cannabis-infused candy that includes a ban on several categories of products, starting January 1, 2019. In an announcement issued October 3, the board said the move was prompted by concerns raised by the Board, stakeholders, and the public regarding infused edible candy.Staff specifically reevaluated all approved marijuana infused candy products to ensure the products align with current and new rules prohibiting products that are especially appealing to children, said LACB. Results ind....
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The Seattle Times | October 5, 2018
 Washington to reevaluate marijuana edibles, crack down on products that might appeal to kids
Heidi Groover

Washington state regulators will reevaluate marijuana edibles and could bar production of fruit chews, colorful chocolates and other candies. The announcement sent parts of the local cannabis industry into panic.
Certain cannabis-infused candies could start disappearing from store shelves across Washington early next year. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced during a meeting Wednesday that it will reevaluate all edible marijuana products in an effort to cut back on products that may be appealing to children. Washington state, which legalized recreational pot in 2012, has long had rules barring products that are especially appealing to children. Even so, the board has received public complaints that some candies currently sold in the states pot shops could be e....
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The Oregonian | Oct 3
 Readers respond: Package pot in recyclables

(image:Beth Nakamura)
Letters to the editor
I`m disappointed in the agencies responsible for licensing marijuana sales in Oregon, angered they have not required packaging to be recyclable. We carry our own reusable shopping bags and wring our hands about acres of plastic trash islands in the Pacific. The loud new cause du jour is plastic straws and yet, Oregon licensers had some sort of brain or wallet cramp and did not require recyclable packaging for our now legal weed. Imagine the Mt. Rushmore of pop-top containers floating offshore once marijuana is legalized in more states. Oregonians made a progressive decision....
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The Joint Blog | October 3, 2018
 Jamaica Makes First-Ever Shipment of Medical Marijuana to Canada

Anthony Martinelli

Jamaica has officially made its first-ever shipment of medical marijuana to Canada.
Jamaica is uniquely positioned to be a global player and we are committed to providing the leadership and resources required for opening the international markets including Canada and Europe for our licensed and regulated Jamaican companies, says Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw, in an announcement regarding the shipment. The shipment was authorized through an import permit issued by the Government of Canada through Health Canada for Jamaica and an export permit issued by the Ministry of Health in Jamaica. The import permit from Health ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | September 17, 2018
 Coca-Cola eyes CBD functional wellness beverages as soda market cools

Kristen Nichols
The Coca-Cola Co., the worlds largest beverage maker, is looking at a line of CBD beverages, the company confirmed Monday. Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of nonpsychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world, Coca-Cola spokesman Kent Landers said in a statement. The space is evolving quickly. No decisions have been made at this time. Bloomberg reported that the company also is in talks with Aurora Cannabis to develop the line, but neither Coca-Cola nor Aurora would confirm this. Aur....
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