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Appeals court rejects lawsuit seeking to force DEA to reschedule marijuana

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals shot down the latest legal attempt to force the federal government to loosen regulations around marijuana. According to Courthouse News Service, the three-judge panel appellate court ruled against a lawsuit filed last year that asked the court to force the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to move marijuana from its …

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Munchie Mania: Stoned Appetit’s Picks for the Best Stoner Eats in Denver

Kip Wilson has a passion for two things: cannabis and food. The Mississippi native with a Southern twang moved to Denver in 2011 and was soon introduced to podcasting through a sports blog to which he contributed. Flash forward to 2018, when Wilson decided to launch his own podcast highlighting his favorite local bars and …

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South Dakota legislators seek to make changes to medical cannabis law

A Republican-dominated panel of South Dakota lawmakers recommended several changes to the medical cannabis legalization measure that voters passed in 2020, including giving local governments the ability to ban MMJ companies entirely and eliminating home-cultivation rights. According to the Rapid City Journal, a legislative subcommittee on Wednesday issued the recommendations, which must be approved by …

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Flower rules in BC, beverages fall flat as cannabis distributor ekes out CA$13.6M profit

British Columbia’s cannabis distributor posted net income of 13.6 million Canadian dollars ($10.8 million) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, rebounding from a loss of CA$5.3 million in the previous year thanks to a surge in adult-use sales, according to new government data. The newly released annual report from the BC Liquor Distribution …

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Merrill Lynch to accept more clients with marijuana-related wealth, report says

Wealth management firm Merrill Lynch is relaxing its approach to taking on new clients with at least some marijuana-related business assets. “Merrill executives unveiled plans for ‘streamlining’ and adding more ‘flexibility’ to the process of onboarding clients who own or invest in marijuana-related businesses,” AdvisorHub reported, citing an internal message from company executives to financial …

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‘Swazi Gold’: Grandmothers In Eswatini Growing Cannabis To Make Ends Meet

In the poverty-stricken kingdom, an older generation rely on growing marijuana to feed children orphaned by Aids epidemic. In Nhlangano, in the south of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), the illegal farming of the mountainous kingdom’s famous “Swazi gold” is a risk many grandmothers are ready to take. In what is known locally as the “gardens of …

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Two Women And Their Cannabis-Infused Approach To Aging Well

Lilach Mazor Power, cannabis CEO and brand builder, has always enjoyed the entrepreneurial challenge of building something new. Now, nearly a decade after securing one of Arizona’s original licenses, she’s carving out a new market niche by tackling a subject most don’t want to talk about. Lilach and her partner Stef Swiergol just launched Revelry, …

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Apple’s new cannabis app rules benefit MJ businesses, but Google a holdout

Cannabis delivery and technology companies say that Apple’s recent decision to let iPhone apps process marijuana transactions is already bringing benefits after these businesses launched new apps for Apple’s iOS smartphone operating system. Upsides of the change to Apple’s App Store rules for cannabis companies and marijuana tech platforms include: Seamless ordering and purchasing, because …

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BREAKING: New York Appoints Heads of Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management

At long last, New York has started formalizing its cannabis industry by appointing the Chairperson of the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) and the Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). Consistent with her public statements, Governor Kathy Hochul kickstarted the process by calling back New York’s legislature for an “Extraordinary Session” to consider …

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Marijuana cultivation experts expose 3 common lighting myths

Myths about lighting pervade the marijuana industry. Because the industry was underground for so many years, it led to growers doing things in ways that “make no sense,” said Marc van Iersel, horticulture professor at the University of Georgia. “Old-school cannabis growers believe it’s a special crop, different than any other plant,” van Iersel said. …

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