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Nug News – Weekly Cannabis Update November 1, 2020

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Nugg News – Cannabis News Update November 1, 2020

Weekly Cannabis News Update November 1, 2020

Study Finds Medical Marijuana Helps to Reduce Alcohol Consumption

A Canadian study demonstrated that patients who began consuming medical marijuana had a significant reduction in their alcohol use.  More specifically of the 2102 people surveyed by the Canadian Cannabis Patient Survey 2019, 973 reported past or current alcohol use with 44 % of that group, 419 people, reporting decreased alcohol consumption during the 30 period prior to the survey.  Additionally 8%, 76 people, reported consuming no alcohol in the 30 days prior to the survey. This survey serves to illustrate, along with similar research, that medical cannabis use is associated with an overall reduction in the use of not just alcohol but of tobacco, opioids and other illicit drugs.  Adding to this body of research is an Oregon State University study published in January of this year showing that binge drinking rates are reduced in states where cannabis has been legalized.  As binge drinking represents a huge health and safety risk for college students, this study result is valuable as states contemplate whether to legalize cannabis either for medical or recreational use or ideally for both.

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Weekly Cannabis News Update November 1, 2020

New Zealand Voters Reject Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization

Following the October 17 referendum vote in New Zealand to legalize cannabis for recreational use as well as decriminalize cannabis nationwide, the votes counted so far, approximately 85%, are trending towards the referendum failing to pass.  Thus far 53% have voted for the referendum to not pass while 46% voted in favor of the referendum.  As not all the votes have been counted there is still a slim chance it may pass however it is statistically unlikely.  Many proponents of the referendum place the lack of voter support squarely on the shoulders of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  Certainly the Prime Minister has been occupied, as have all world leaders, with the global pandemic, however many advocates of the cannabis legalization referendum contend that prior to the election the Prime Minister did not say how she planned to vote, revealing only after the election that she voted to legalize cannabis.  With the numbers so close, the popular Prime Minister could have spoken out in favor, giving the legislation the needed last minute support for those voters who may have been undecided.

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Weekly Cannabis News Update November 1, 2020

NBA Legend Shawn Kemp Gets the Ball Rolling on Friday’s Grand Opening of Seattle Newest Cannabis Dispensary

Located on 1st Avenue, on Puget Sound in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood is the city’s latest cannabis dispensary.  What makes it special is twofold.  The dispensary is named after and co-owned by NBA All-star Shawn Kemp who played with the Seattle Supersonics from 1989-1997.  The dispensary, aptly named Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis  got things off to a great start with a ribbon cutting ceremony early Friday afternoon and of course Shawn Kemp was there to do the honors along with quite a large number of his fans and would be customers.  No autographs though as social distancing practices were in full force.  What makes this dispensary special is not just that it is owned by a basketball legend, it is the first black owned dispensary in Seattle.  Kemp has big plans for the future of his namesake and plans to be a role model for people of color who want to be a part of the cannabis industry.  The dispensary’s staff of just over 30 employees is diverse and Kemp plans to offer training via his dispensary to people of color and women who specifically want to become dispensary owners.  All that plus top shelf cannabis will make this new dispensary stand out among others in the area.

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