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Nug News – Weekly Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Weekly Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Former NBA Player Larry Hughes to Open Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in St. Louis

Larry Hughes, a St. Louis native is teaming up with fellow NBA player Al Harrington to bring two medical marijuana dispensaries and a cultivation and processing center to St. Louis.  The Viola Brands, named after Harrington’s grandmother who has found relief in cannabis for her medical conditions including glaucoma and diabetes will be called VMO and one of the two locations will be a drive-thru dispensary, although both will adhere to Covid social distancing guidelines when they open in April of 2021.  Larry Hughes has spent much of his free time off the court devoting himself to causes that better his local community and is especially concerned with those that have mental health issues, including PTSD, which cannabis has been shown to be especially helpful in treating. St. Louis Alderwoman Cara Spencer gave her congratulations to Hughes and Harrington on their important business partnership and stressed that these two dispensaries as well as the cultivation and processing center marked the first black-owned cannabis businesses in Missouri. In 2018 Missouri became the 33rd US state to legalize medical cannabis.  The legislation passed easily with 66% voting for the Amendment to 34% voting against.  You can read more here.

Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

UK Doctors Need Cannabis Education

Despite the change in the status of cannabis in the UK in 2018 from a Schedule I drug, which means it is seen as having no medical value to a Schedule II drug, allowing for specialist doctors to prescribe cannabis to their patients, only two people have actually been prescribed cannabis since 2018.  The reasons for that are somewhat complex however one of the main reasons is the lack of education medical professionals in the UK have received regarding the benefits and methods of using cannabis to treat a vast number of medical conditions.  Despite the fact that over 80,000 doctors in the UK are allowed to prescribe cannabis, none are doing so in part due to lack of education and confidence in the efficacy of cannabis in the treatment of patients.  The lack of training is at least partly due to the policies of the National Health Service (NHS) which has made it clear they prefer to rely solely on studies conducted within the UK.  The problem is there are very few studies regarding cannabis taking place in the UK.  One promising study, Project Twenty21, plans to provide cannabis to approximately 20,000 patients by 2021 which will hopefully open the door for UK doctors to have access to additional information regarding the benefits of medical cannabis for their patients.  Check out more here.

 

Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Cannabis Officials from 19 US States to Work Together

This group of cannabis officials have decided to move forward with plans to create a 19 state non-partisan coalition to provide and share expertise when it comes to all things cannabis and hemp related.  The initial members include regulators from Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah and Washington State.  Norman Birenbaum, who is currently the director of Cannabis programs for New York state after serving as the top cannabis industry regulator in Rhode Island will be the first president of the newly formed association.  The group has quite a few goals including establishing best practice standards within the industry, creating more of an open exchange of information, including cannabis and hemp research, between states as well as with appropriate federal agencies. The group has made it clear they will not be taking an official position regarding the legalization of cannabis, rather they will facilitate communication and information exchange regarding all things cannabis.  Read more on this Topic here.

Be sure to check out: MORE Act Vote Date Set for December

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Nug News – Weekly Cannabis News Update November 8, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 8, 2020

Weekly Cannabis News Update November 8, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 8

Minnesota Eyes Neighbor South Dakota’s New Cannabis Legalization

Most Minnesotans, especially those living in towns and cities that border South Dakota were surprised at the outcome of their neighbors vote to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana.  It seems there are red politics, blue politics and now green politics and for those living in Minnesota it is frustrating to see changes happening close by that they are not a part of.  In 2014 Minnesota voted to legalize medical marijuana however the restrictions were and have remained some of the toughest in the nation in terms of dispensary availability and conditions that the state considers to be qualifying for medical marijuana use for citizens of the state.

Each year since 2014 these restrictions have eased, little by little, with new dispensaries opening and more medical conditions qualifying for inclusion in the state’s medical marijuana program.  Next month the state will decide whether anxiety should be a qualifying condition.  With the passage of legalization in South Dakota, there may be increased pressure for Minnesota to pass more expansive legislation sooner rather than later.  In the meantime, law enforcement will not ease up on punishing those in possession of marijuana, especially concentrates, which it considers more dangerous than flower.  Read more here.

Cannabis News Update November 8

Aurora Cannabis and other Cannabis Stocks Seeing Records Gains 

With the green wave of cannabis legislation that was approved by voters, the stock market has finally given cannabis stocks some attention, and some support.  Starting with Aurora Cannabis, that saw a 100% gain since Election Day with over 56% of that gain coming before the closing bell on Friday.  All states that has cannabis legalization, either medical, recreational or in the case of South Dakota, both, on the ballot saw success.  This clearly took Wall Street by surprise but now that surprise has turned into financial support.  Other cannabis companies Tilray and Canopy Growth saw their stock surge on Friday as well by 23% and 11% respectively.

Traders will also be ready for more movement in the cannabis industry as Joe Biden was named the projected winner on Saturday and will be the 46th president of the United Sates.  President elect Biden has made it clear that he supports broad legislation that would decriminalize cannabis but has not made his position clear yet regarding his support for full legalization at the federal level.  Smart traders will be keeping an eye out for hints of how the newly elected president will address the issue come January. Check out additional information here.

Cannabis News Update November 8

Medical Experts Looking at CBD to Help Repair Lung Damage Caused by Covid

As we enter what will likely be a long winter and an increase in Covid cases, the medical community has continued to learn a lot about this mysterious virus.  As part of the treatment protocols, medical experts are looking at the benefits of CBD to help repair the damaged lungs of many Covid patients.  Scientists from the Dental College of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia have determined how CBD can be useful in reducing the lung inflammation seen in so many Covid patients.

CBD helps to regulate apelin levels, which is a  natural peptide made by blood cells, brain, lung, heart and fat tissue in the body.  It regulates blood pressure and is essential to reducing inflammation.  The study looked at patients who were suffering from ARDS and saw this peptide plummet to zero and then with the use of CBD increase approximately 20 times.  Additionally, CBD was found to aid the normalization of oxygen levels, swelling, immune responses and lung scarring.  Similar studies have been conducted in Israel regarding the efficacy of CBD with very promising results.  Read more details here.

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The Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego California

Best Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego

Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego

Best Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego

Goldn Bloom 

Goldn Bloom began as solely a medical cannabis dispensary however now they serve both medical and recreational customers in and around San Diego.  They are open from 7 am until 9 pm seven days a week.  Currently Goldn Bloom offers in store shopping and pickup is available but you will need to place your order through Weedmaps for their pickup service.  This dispensary has a fantastic website which showcases not just their cannabis but their very cool merch as well as special deals each day of the week plus a daily happy hour between 7 am and 9 am and then again from 4:20 pm to 5:20 pm on weekdays.  Clearly being an early riser is beneficial to you cannabis budget.  In addition to all of that they have loyalty program that you can sign up for when you visit their dispensary.  Which you should do as it’s definitely one of the best marijuana dispensaries in San Diego.

The outside is fairly typical of the area but inside is all wood and glass and is extremely spacious, allowing for plenty of social distancing.  There is something that is reminiscent of a high end cosmetics store meets cannabis dispensary vibe but it works. As Goldn Bloom was previously solely a medical dispensary, they have chosen to keep the standards high, pun intended, for their budtenders. You can expect professional and extremely knowledgeable budtenders who seem to really enjoy their job.  Who can blame them? One of the most recommended strains was a pricy hybrid flower called Cereal Milk.  It is super potent at a little over 30% THC and yes does smell and taste like a bowl of cereal.  Well worth the extra money as this is a truly premium strain and should be on everyone’s list to try, as it will easily become a favorite.  If you are an edibles fan the Smokiez Sour Watermelon Fruit Chews are amazing, just don’t forget they actually contain THC!

Urbn Leaf 

Urbn Leaf is a small chain of dispensaries in the southern California area with the newest location in La Mesa.  This review will focus on the San Diego location. This dispensary is open from 7 am to 9 pm every day and has specials galore.  Keep in mind in order to qualify for the daily deals you must be a California or Tijuana resident or a medical marijuana cardholder.  All early risers can take advantage of the early bird specials from 7 am to 9 am and if you are a veteran be sure to visit their dispensary on Veteran’s Day as they have some spectacular deals. Urbn Leaf is currently offering in store shipping and store pickup plus delivery for a small fee. Their website is very cool and easy to navigate and in addition to offering some superior cannabis, you can pick up some really great shirts, hoodies, jackets, hats and other items that will keep you connected to that stoner vibe.

Speaking of vibe, this dispensary has a very special vibe, inside and out, which makes it one of the best marijuana dispensaries in San Diego.  All beautiful glass on the outside and the inside is all glass and wood with beautiful marble like floors that will remind you of an old school pharmacy but much bigger and with better lighting.  The budtenders are friendly, ask good questions and give very specific information that not only answers the question you asked but the next potential question as well.  Translation, they are so good at their jobs they can anticipate the next question.  The Vanilla Frosting hybrid flower was so sweet and dank that it’s hard to believe how reasonable the prices were.  The recommended Banjo Shake Sativa flower was much better than even the budtender promised.  Excellent prices for some absolutely outstanding cannabis.

Klover San Diego Dispensary 

Klover is not just a dispensary with amazing cannabis products, it’s an artistic space that is visually distinctive not just in the San Diego area but in the dispensary realm in general.  Klover is open from 9 am to 9 pm every day and offers early bird specials for the not so early risers from 9 am to 11 am and a nice long happy hour during the week from 3 pm to 6 pm.  Klover also offers veteran and senior discounts plus a great loyalty program.  All that plus one more very unique discount.  If you take a selfie in front of the stunning mural in the parking lot, post it to your Instagram and show it to the budtenders, you will get a 10% discount.  They take their art and cannabis pretty seriously at Klover.  They are currently offering in store shopping, curbside pickup as well as delivery.  Their website is well done and easy to use, offers a great look at what you can expect and be sure to check out their FAQ section before you go.

The dispensary itself is light bright and massive as well as an art lovers dream come true.  There is plenty of space to make the rounds and check out the artwork done by local artists like Panca.  The vibe in this dispensary is chilled, relaxed and beautiful.  A great place to talk about cannabis with the budtenders who are pretty reflective of the vibe themselves.  Knowledgeable, relaxed, never pushy and know their cannabis inside and out.  What more could you ask for?  The recommended King Louie OG was a perfect hybrid and exactly as described, plus more. The Mango AF Sativa did provide that happy creative energy that all Sativas should plus it was tasty AF! If you are a chocolate lover and even if you’re not, don’t leave without getting some Coda Burnt Caramel Truffles, the best of any dispensary in terms of high quality beautiful chocolate that gets you stoned!

Be sure to check out: 5 Qualities of a Great Marijuana Dispensary

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The Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas Nevada

Recreational Dispensaries in Las Vegas

The Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas

Recreational Dispensaries in Las Vegas

Planet 13 Las Vegas 

There is a lot to love about Planet 13, besides the cannabis.  Of course the cannabis itself is the star but coming in next is the overall environment, there is a restaurant and café so if you want to grab some food to satisfy your inevitable munchies, they’ve got you covered.  This dispensary is open from 9 am-1am Sunday –Wednesday and from 9 am to 3 am Thursday through Saturday.  These are reduced hours as they are normally open 24 hours a day.  Located just off the strip, they offer shuttle services from a variety of hotels and other locations throughout Las Vegas and you can call to check and reserve a place on their shuttle easily.  Currently they have limited Orb shows, as they draw too many people but if you are lucky enough to catch one of these shows, it is unforgettable and the perfect thing to do after you are nice and baked.

Planet 13 has daily discounts which you can check out on their website as well as an excellent loyalty program.  They are one of the recreational dispensaries in Las Vegas that have curbside pickup, in store shopping with good social distancing in place and offer free delivery with a $50 purchase.  The dispensary itself is massive and is a bit like visiting a planetarium but with lots of cannabis and some beautiful glassware.  The budtenders here know their cannabis and seem to really enjoy talking strain knowledge so feel free to ask any questions when you visit.  The budtenders recommended Irene, a top shelf Indica that was even more potent and delicious than promised.  Exceeding expectations is always a good thing!  The Chem 91 Sativa was an out of body experience and not to be missed.  Also check out their edibles, their Salted Carmel Macarons are worth the trip all by themselves.

Essence Cannabis Dispensary 

One of the best recreational dispensaries in Las Vegas located right on the Vegas Strip and is one of 5 in the state as well as two in Southern California. The company obviously knows what they are doing in terms of making the cannabis customer feel welcome and special.  Plus it’s Las Vegas, a city known for some of the best customer service on the planet.  They offer in store pickup from 8 am to 10 pm, curbside pickup from 8 am to 5 pm and delivery from 9 am to 8 pm. Essence has a super user friendly website and if you can’t find a product or have a question that can’t be answered on their site, you can always give them a call.  They offer plenty of discounts including ones for veterans, seniors and locals.  They are giving deep discounts to all veterans in the month of November so if you are in the area make sure to take advantage of the deals.

They have a good loyalty program called High Risers you should also join if you plan to frequent this dispensary.  The outside of the dispensary glows a cool green so you can’t miss it and the inside is all white and clean lines that really serves to showcase the products that you came for, namely cannabis.  Also whoever did the inside lighting is a creative genius but in a city like Las Vegas, good lights is probably the norm. The budtenders are friendly and knowledgeable and are not trying to upsell you, which is always appreciated.  The recommended Banana Treez hybrid flower was tropical, delicious and an excellent balanced high. The Latte hybrid was super potent despite it having 19% THC.  A great daytime hybrid just as the budtender said.  The Orange Betty Eddies were great but at 10 mg THC per candy, if you have a high tolerance, you may need to eat the entire pack, also it would be fantastic if they offered a mixed flavor pack of these edibles so people can try the Grape and Strawberry ones as well.

Jenny’s Dispensary North Las Vegas 

This dispensary is a little off the beaten path in terms of it not being right on the strip but it is well worth a trip, or ten.  Located in North Las Vegas with two other locations, one in Henderson and other marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, Jenny’s Dispensary strikes the perfect balance between large chain advantages and small dispensary personalized attention to their cannabis customers. They are open from 9 am to 9 pm every day except Sunday and their Sunday hours are 10 am to 6 pm.  Jenny’s is currently open for in store shopping and curbside pickup.  If possible you are going to want to visit the store, it’s stunning!  Their website is easy to navigate and with a special section for first time dispensary customers, there is no need to feel intimidated. Jenny’s Dispensary cares about the environment which is an obvious plus and customers can add that to the list of pros for this dispensary.

There are daily specials and a rewards program that you can sign up for that offers further deals. The interior of Jenny’s Dispensary is so inviting you may not want to leave, from the herringbone wood floors to the museum quality display cases to the eclectic lighting, there was clearly a lot of thought not to mention talent that went into the design of this dispensary.  The budtenders are kind, knowledgeable and have great senses of humor.  Anna in particular was a true professional and made the experience way more fun than expected. The recommended Desert Unicorn hybrid flower is some of the greenest dankest bud around and the potency hits perfectly for day or evening.  The Kosher Haze Indica Badder sends you right into a happy place and how you choose to spend your time in that happy place is entirely up to you. Overall Jenny’s Dispensary is just like their cannabis, topshelf.

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Gorilla Glue 4 Strain Review

Gorilla Glue 4 Strain Review

Gorilla Glue 4 Strain Review

Gorilla Glue 4 Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Panda Farms/Dispensary Oregon Weedery

Sativa Hybrid THC 30.7% CBD 0.10%

Terpenes- Caryophyllene and Limonene

Bud Buzz:  Peppery Lemon right off the jump, this cannabis strain is super potent.  A true head high with feelings of euphoria and a slightly spacy happiness.  Gorilla Glue 4 strain can make you pretty talkative so hanging with like-minded friends is a good way to spend the day.  This high evolves into a kind of sleepy period so if you want to wake and bake you might need a pick me up a few hours later.  The first hour or so is intense so hold on and enjoy!  Great for stress and depression.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– A good approach would be some water to start with and a caffeinated beverage later into your buzz.  Dry mouth is not a huge issue with this strain but nobody likes dry mouth while trying to enjoy their buzz.

Munchables– Gorilla Glue 4 either makes you ravenous for really any random food combination so plan accordingly or you are not really hungry at all.  It depends on how you are ingesting.  Vaporizing tends to make you a bit less hungry and bong hits can tend to make you pretty hungry, so if you have a choice you can help control this.

Doables– Again with Gorilla Glue 4 each high is a little different, even with the exact same batch.  There are times when games are a first choice or just talking away the hours followed by sometimes out of control laughter and other highs are so intense it takes about an hour before you really feel like doing much.  Drawing or just doodling is great for this time period.

Be sure to check out: Ghost Train Haze Strain Review and Death Star Strain Review

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Welcome Arizona, New Jersey, Montana, South Dakota & Mississippi

States with Legal Weed

States with Legal Weed

We are thrilled to welcome you to the recreational cannabis club.  It’s not easy getting into this club, but you guys did it. A special welcome to Mississippi as well for getting medical cannabis legislation passed in your state.  You can all now proudly say your are now one of the growing number of states with legal weed. Depending on your state’s certification process and the timeline for passing cannabis decriminalization legislation, the road to the day when dispensaries open in each state differs considerable from the first of 2021 all the way until January of 2022.  It seems like a long time for some states, especially Montana but it will pass quicker than you think and before you know it dispensaries will be popping up in your city or town.  No doubt cultivation licenses as well dispensary licenses and permits have been applied for or soon will be in all four recreational states.  Once dispensaries start to open there will be a period of time when the industry in your area experiences some growing pains.  It’s normal and will settle down usually within six months but there are certain things you can expect to encounter.

Limitation on Cannabis

Each state has their own laws regarding how much cannabis an individual can purchase within a 24 hour period.  Your state’s laws may be slightly different but generally speaking you can purchase up to one ounce of flower, 7 grams of concentrates, 18 ounces of edibles or 72 ounces of liquids.  As many people purchase multiple types of cannabis in one dispensary trip, it is up to the dispensary to make sure you don’t exceed the legal limits.  So expect a little confusion about how this all works but remember you can’t go from one dispensary to another and buy up to the limit in one or more types of cannabis because when you show your ID to get in the door, your purchase will be tracked and most dispensaries require you to show your ID a second time as you are making your purchase.  So no gaming the system please.  Also prepare for there to be cannabis shortages and additional limits placed on the amount of cannabis you can buy in the first few weeks or months of dispensaries opening their doors.  This seems to happen in all states with legal weed so you would think the industry would be prepared for the demand, they never seem to be but fear not as this problem is always short-lived.

Give Your Budtenders a Break

The requirements for budtenders are different depending on the state but all budtenders are required to know or learn about not just the different strains of cannabis and various cannabis delivery methods but the entire cannabis industry as well as have good sales and people skills.  For cannabis consumers, a job as a budtender may seem like a dream come true but it’s not as easy as you might imagine to be a great budtender.  When dispensaries begin to open in the newly legal states, don’t expect your budtenders to know everything on day one.  It takes time, and even additional training for budtenders to grow into their roles and shine.  If you have specific knowledge about a product and feel like sharing it with your budtender, they usually appreciate this, especially when things are still so new.  Anecdotal information is normally welcome by most budtenders.  Above all, be nice and patient, they are new at their jobs and the learning curve can be steep.

Prepare to Wait

Once the dispensaries open, unless there has been some citywide coordination there will be one dispensary that opens first, and then week by week others will open.  Imagine being the only dispensary open in a city that has been waiting years, well decades really, for cannabis to become legally available.  To say it will be crowded is a vast understatement.  Expect long lines at those first few recreational marijuana dispensaries for a few weeks. Be super chill and patient because if the security personnel sense any trouble you will likely be asked to leave.  No weed for you which would be tragic after such a long wait. The other issue that will increase wait times is that dispensaries will be practicing social distancing so that will drastically limit the number of people allowed into a dispensary at a time.  Dispensaries don’t like to rush their customers so they allow plenty of time for questions and menu browsing, which adds additional wait time for others.  Of course it’s all worth it when it’s your turn and hopefully you made good use of the wait time by checking out the dispensary’s online menu so you have a general idea of what you want to buy or at least what questions to ask.  It’s all part of the dispensary experience in states with legal weed, coming to your state soon!

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Oregon Decriminalizes Possession of All Drugs

Oregon decriminalizes possession of all drugs

Oregon Decriminalizes Possession of All Drugs

Oregon decriminalizes possession of all drugs, becoming the first state in the U.S. to fully support the movement. The move to decriminalize hard drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine in Oregon, as well as legalizing the use of psilocybin mushrooms, was passed by two big margins on Tuesday’s vote.

Measure 110 was the measure on the ballot and it will completely change how Oregon’s justice system treats those that are found with personal-use quantities of the hard drugs.

Kassandra Frederique, executive director of  the Drug Policy Alliance stated, “Today’s victory is a landmark declaration that the time has come to stop criminalizing people for drug use, measure 110 is arguably the biggest blow to the war on drugs so far.”

Under the new measures, rather than going to trial and facing potential jail time, an individual found with the possession of hard drugs could have the choice of paying a $100 fine or attending “addiction recovery centers”.

The addiction recovery centers would be financed by millions of dollars of tax revenue generated from the legalized, regulated marijuana industry in Oregon, which was the nation’s first state to decriminalize cannabis possession.

Co-chief petitioner of Measure 110, Janie Gullickson stated, ‘This is such a huge step in moving into a health-based approach rather than criminal punishment, and we are devoting significant new tools to assist Oregonians who want it.”

Measure 110 received 59% yes votes and 41% no votes, with approximately 1.9 million votes counted, based on unofficial partial results from the secretary of state, which is enough for Oregon decriminalizes possession of all drugs.

The Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon chapter of the American College of Physicians were major supporters of Measure 110 and had a significant impact in pushing the the positive vote.

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife donated $500,000 to support Measure 110, showing their support for a health-based approach to drug addiction instead of criminalizing those affected.

Measure 109 was also passed in Oregon, which legalizes the controlled therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms.

To bolster tax revenue support, a tax increase of $2 was passed in Oregon on cigarettes. This measure would raise Oregon’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack, from $1.33 to $3.33, also a bump up on the cap on cigar taxes to $1 per cigar and include a 65% tax on vaping products and electronic cigarettes, which haven’t been taxed.

The capital from the tax increase will be used for public health programs such as smoking cessation and prevention programs. $130 million is the projected new yearly revenue that should be generated from this tax increase. These are all critical measures supporting Oregon decriminalizes possession of all drugs.

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More Amazing Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland Oregon

Best Dispensaries in Portland

Best Dispensaries in Portland

Chalice Farms – Best Dispensaries in Portland

With six locations around the Portland metro area including one at the airport, which is, interesting to say the least, this cannabis dispensary chain does it all.  If you are in Portland, you are never far from a Chalice dispensary.  The dispensary being reviewed is near the waterfront on Naito Parkway.  There is not much signage out front so make sure you know where you’re going or you will easily walk right past it.  The first room you walk into looks and kind of feels like a dentist’s waiting room, with a few outdated magazines on a table.  Once you show your ID and wait, you will be ushered back to a beautiful space with lots of space and light wood, a bit like a cabin of cannabis!  The budtenders here know their stuff but as this location always seems busy, you might feel a little pressure to make a selection or five and be on your way.  They have some of the best topshelf cannabis in the area and their prices reflect this.  That being said, if you want to treat yourself, this is the place to do it!  If you are a newbie and have a lot of questions, they are very responsive to texts so it might be helpful to ask a few questions before you go.  Chalice Farms offers delivery, pickup and instore shopping plus if you are part of their rewards program you will get plenty of opportunities for some seriously good cannabis discounts.

Oregon’s Finest – Best Dispensaries in Portland

This small two store dispensary chain was the first in Oregon and it shows.  With an eastside and westside location, both dispensaries are convenient to get to.  The westside location is by far the most beautiful dispensary around.  It is spacious and full of great product displays and has a very extensive and varied menu.  Looking for a hard to find cannabis strain?  Odds are Oregon’s Finest has it or can tell you when to expect it to be available.  The budtenders here are qualified, knowledgeable and always friendly.  Sadly this amazing location is currently only doing pickup or delivery but the eastside location still has instore service.  The eastside location is of course spectacular but it doesn’t have that old school charm like the one on the westside does.  Oregon’s finest, in addition to some fine cannabis products, has a very interactive website with a good loyalty program. Their topshelf products have the highest THC percentages in town.  33% THC for some of the hybrid strains with Emerald Apricot the clear winner from this dispensary.  If you participate in their loyalty program, the fairly high prices won’t hurt quite as much.

Broadway Cannabis Market – Best Dispensaries in Portland

This very hip dispensary is not what it appears to be from the outside.  The neighborhood is a little rough so it’s best visited during the day but there is plenty of security around so you will not feel uncomfortable at all.  From the sidewalk, as you cue up on your socially distanced spot to get in, you will feel a bit like you’re about to enter a nightclub.  You’re not, it’s a bright and airy dispensary with the best deals on some seriously good weed.  There is a lot of glass in this large space, not that kind of glass, although you can pick up a bong or pipe to be sure.  With wide open display cases, and plenty of space to move around, take the time to look up while you’re there.  There is some amazing art on the walls and it adds to the overall vibe of this dispensary.  The budtenders are professional and go out of their way to make sure you are getting the right products for your cannabis needs.  If you seem unsure, they ask questions, which is a unique experience.  Most budtenders don’t ask questions, they answer them and you can tell they know the right questions to ask to make even a newbie feel like a qualified cannabis connoisseur.  The prices are the best around for flower, carts and concentrates.  The edibles are a little pricy but worth it!  With a rewards program and discounts for veterans, seniors and students, Broadway Cannabis Market does it right with pickup and instore shopping available.

Jayne – Best Dispensaries in Portland

Located on Portland’s inner eastside, Jayne is a cannabis lover’s dream come true.  A dispensary that not only has excellent cannabis options but is a beautiful and cool place to buy your bud.  Their hours are 10 am to 9 pm seven days a week and currently they are open for in-store shopping, pickup and even offer delivery.  In-store shopping is limited to only a few people in the budroom at a time to ensure social distancing but you won’t mind waiting as this dispensary is a true eclectic mix of décor that is quintessentially Portland! The outside of the building is decidedly modern but once inside , where you show your ID and wait to be ushered into the budroom is a mix of modern and old-school décor.  Very inviting.  The budroom itself is cool grey tones which serves to highlight why you came, for the cannabis.  Jayne’s website is extremely easy to navigate and showcases how truly involved they are in the Portland community and the charitable causes that matter to the area. Budtender Ryan, who is super friendly but possesses ninja like flower analysis can help you make the best cannabis selections for your needs. Both the Platinum OGKB and Royal Wedding were exactly as he described in terms of what to expect and the benefits for both.  This dispensary is more than worth the trip but if you prefer to pickup or have your cannabis delivered, Jayne’s got you covered there too.

Be sure to check out more Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon.

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Nug News – Weekly Cannabis Update November 1, 2020

cannabis news update November 21, 2020

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.

Read additional study details here.

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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Ghost Train Haze Strain Review

Ghost Train Haze Strain Review

Ghost Train Haze Strain Review

Ghost Train Haze Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Orgo Farms/ Dispensary-Happy Leaf Dispensary

Sativa THC 20.78% CBD 0.33%

Terpenes- Terpinolene, Myrcene and Limonene

Bud Buzz: One of the most perfect daytime cannabis strains out there.  Or if you prefer your Sativa in the evening it would work well, just not right before you want to sleep.  Ghost Train Haze strain is everything a Sativa should be and very few live up to.  First of all the smell is sublime, super fruity but stops just short of being overly tropical.  The taste is similar to the smell, just deliciousness.

You will feel that head buzz instantly and what a buzz!  The dominant feelings after two bong hits are euphoric, energetic and a relaxed focus.  That last one is a bit strange but try this strain out and you will experience what it’s like to be both relaxed and focused at the same time.  Super cannabis strain for creative types and those who want to really spend time exploring their creative side but feel intimated about doing so.  You will feel inspired and ready to conquer just about anything.

Ghost Train Haze is also an excellent cannabis strain for all things social, at a distance of course so those Zoom sessions will no longer be weirdly awkward.  The high lasts about three hours and this strain of cannabis is excellent for depression, stress and anxiety. There is some dry mouth and just a little bit of dry eyes associated with this strain.

Buzz Enhancers 

Drinkables– Ghost Train Haze strain does cause some moderate dry mouth although it’s not overpowering right away.  If you keep a steady source of hydration around you should be fine.  This is a strain that you can also indulge in alcohol with, if you are a drinker.

It’s a super social strain and having a cocktail or a beer is a good combination but don’t overdo the alcohol or you will end your buzz before it should end, rather than enhance it.  If you are not an alcohol person, a nice tart cranberry with seltzer or cranapple is so refreshing with this strain of cannabis.  The tartness just works.

Munchables-This cannabis strain does not make you super hungry so when the munchies do come calling, and they will after about an hour, you can take time to make some healthy food choices rather than inhaling large quantities of food. Spicy works well and savory foods in general are good options.

You can make some guacamole dip with some black corn tortillas or even a spicy quesadilla.  If you need to quell a sweet tooth, go with dark chocolate, even better if you can find some with chili peppers.

Doables– Ghost Train Haze will make you want to do something and how you proceed from there is up to you.  If you want to stay home and enjoy your buzz, get creative, write a short story, paint a portrait of your weird neighbor or compose your own short symphony.

If you plan to get outside, maybe enjoy a walk with friends and check out how the autumn has changed your neighborhood.  Basically anything you do will be fun with this cannabis strain.

Be sure to check out: Violet Vixen Strain Review & Future #1 Strain Review

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Death Star Strain Review

Death Star Strain Review

Death Star Strain Review

Death Star Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Essentials/ Dispensary-Greenery Marijuana Delivery

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 22.88% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes-   Caryophyllene, Myrcene and Limonene

Bud Buzz: Death Star strain is a very relaxing Indica hybrid that smells just like cannabis of yore.  Meaning if you are concerned about your smoke spot smelling like skunky weed, prepare some way to vent the smell because this is super skunky, with a little pine and diesel thrown in for good measure.

The taste is all spicy earth with a hint of diesel.  Yes it does not sound great but it is!  Death Star does take a minute to start feeling those amazing body waves so give it at least 10 minutes before continuing to toke up or you may end up higher than you planned or want to be.  Which is not necessarily a bad thing, just worth knowing.

Once the body waves take over you will also notice some head buzz and feelings of intense happiness and relaxation.  You may feel inspired to binge watch not only the Star Wars series but really any decent space flick. This cannabis strain starts off slow but builds and lasts well past the four hour mark, if you are still awake that is so it’s perfect for a super chill afternoon or night cannabis session.

Death Star is great for mild to moderate pain relief, especially headaches.  It also works wonders for depression, anxiety and insomnia. All that greatness does come with some negatives, the dry mouth is a definite issue and dry eyes are manageable but drops should be handy.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– You are going to need plenty of liquids with this cannabis strain.  Death Star strain does cause serious dry mouth.  It’s worth it of course, you just have to manage the problem.  Have plain water around for sipping plus some juices, pineapple or if you can find it mango juice is a good way to tackle the issue.  In addition to liquids, try sucking on some hard candy from time to time as many of them, like Jolly Ranchers, kick your salivary glands into overdrive, which is exactly what you want.

Munchables– You are going to get the munchies and they will come on hard at about the hour mark so stock up because you will not feel like taking a trip outside, unless it’s to star gaze.  You did just smoke Death Star after all so it’s only fitting. You can also order delivery and if possible mix it up a little with some spicy food and some go to favorite comfort foods like mac and cheese or biscuits and gravy.  To satisfy sweet cravings, cake is the way to go.  Chocolate hits the spot but really any moist cake with lots of frosting is perfection!

Doables– This is a pretty heavily Indica dominant cannabis strain so you may not feel like a long hike but a short walk is not out of the question.  Couch lock is not really likely but if you find yourself planning a movie marathon, go with it.  Death Star strain is ideal for hanging out with a few close friends, and watching some really cool movies with special effects.  You will not regret this choice!

Be sure to check out: Banana Puddintain Strain Review

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Halloween: Stoner Style

Halloween While Stoned

Halloween While Stoned

Happy Halloween Stoners!  This year’s Halloween promises to be unique from all past Halloweens.  Little ghouls and goblins may not be knocking on your day this year as they have in years past.  If you are a parent, stealing your kid’s candy may not be as fruitful as before.  That does not mean you can’t do your best to make this Halloween a special one, stoner style. Whether you plan to stay at home and get baked solo or do a socially distant celebration, there is no reason why you can’t make this holiday something to remember, unless you get super high in which case, have someone take a video of you on Halloween while stoned!

Dress up as your Favorite Stoner

If you did not plan ahead and have your Cheech or Snoop costume ready to go, you can still find a way to dress up this Halloween.  If you have some paper, not papers they won’t work, lying around, make your own cannabis leaf with your head as that super dank bud.  Homemade costumes are the best and you can get creative with yours before you get too baked to put it together.  Not much around the house?  You can always throw on a bandana, braid your hair and go as the grandfather of cannabis, Willie Nelson.  Maybe revisit the quintessential stoner period, the summer of love and put on a tie dye shirt, hat or whatever you have lying around.  The point is not to win a best costume contest, just to have fun with it and find a new look to celebrate Halloween while stoned and in stoner style.

Halloween Dispensary Deals

If you have a favorite local marijuana dispensary and are a member of their loyalty program you should be getting emails or texts letting you know about Halloween cannabis specials.  It seems this year dispensaries are going all out in terms of price specials. For example Chalice Farms with several locations in the Portland Oregon area are offering all kinds of Halloween specials that appeal to stoners of any kind, with 30% off Top Shelf flower and 25% off of their specialty edibles, you really can’t go wrong no matter how you consume your cannabis.  If you don’t have a favorite dispensary, make a few calls or send some texts to ones in your area and see if they are offering special Halloween deals.  You might be pleasantly surprised at the responses you get as most dispensaries are trying to move products off their shelves to make way for newly harvested cannabis.

Settle in for a Cozy Spooky Night

If you want to take advantage of the whole cannabis Halloween vibe, consider checking out some spooky strains if they are available in your area.  Jack the Ripper, Phantom OG and Ghost Train Haze are all solid options.  Once you’ve got your cannabis and costume settled, plan the night’s entertainment so you can enjoy Halloween while stoned.  Carving mini pumpkins and seeing if it’s possible to use them as bongs?  Spoiler alert, it is possible but a little messy.  Planning a Zoom costume contest with stoner and non-stoner friends and family is always a good way to spend part of the evening. If you are a horror movie fan there are plenty of spine tingling choices out there but if consuming cannabis and scaring yourself is not for you, there is no reason you can’t go for another genre.  Remember this is promising to be a Halloween like no other so making your own traditions this year is part of the holiday fun.  Make sure you have plenty of candy, regular and cannabis edibles.  If this is your first time with edibles, go slow and unless you have a super high tolerance, less than 50 mg total should be plenty to ensure you stay stoned and happy this Halloween.

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Violet Vixen Strain Review

Violet Vixen Strain

Violet Vixen Strain Review

Violet Vixen Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Sol SeedsCompound Genetics/ Dispensary – Electric Lettuce

Sativa THC 24.00% CBD 0.14%

Terpenes- Caryophyllene and Pinene

Bud Buzz: This cannabis strain is perfect for daytime users.  So all you wake n’ bakers, this strain is for you!  Violet Vixen is not easy to find so if your local dispensary doesn’t carry it, ask for it.  For those who want a happy head high that inspires them to do great things with their day, this strain does that and more.  After a toke or two you will start to feel the head high, a little bit tingly as well, which passes in case that’s not a feeling you enjoy.  Once the head high is firmly established, you will start to experience the unmistakable feelings of happiness and contentment.  Not sit on the couch contentment but the kind that propels you to do stuff.

If you don’t have a plan for your day, no worries, with this cannabis strain brainstorming comes as easy as breathing.  Need to be inspired at work or just in life?  Violet Vixen is the perfect strain for creative inspiration of pretty much all varieties.  The only downsides are a little bit of jitteriness the first 10 minutes or so that goes away and some slight dry mouth but nothing overwhelming.  Perfect for depression and some low level pain management.  Also can be a super social and talkative cannabis strain with the right crowd.

Drinkables– dry mouth is not a huge problem with this strain of cannabis but you still need to drink something.  If you feel comfortable drinking alcohol with your weed, Violet Vixen is a good strain to indulge in a beer or two with.  If alcohol is not your thing then go with any type of soda or iced tea is super refreshing if it’s got a little lemon in it.

Munchables-the munchies seem to come out of nowhere after an hour or two so be prepared.  Since this cannabis strain can be super social, why not make your snack choices social as well.  Any shareable food is great but pizza is the ultimate shareable food.  If you are going solo and just need to take an inspiration break to refuel, choose something light and healthy.  Either way it’s easy to overeat with this strain so if you want to try and avoid that, plan ahead and only keep healthy options available.

Buzz Enhancers

Doables-there are so many possibilities with Violet Vixen.  You can write music, listen to music, and dance to music.  Of course if music is not your thing, why not paint of write?  Anything creative just seems to come more easily with this strain of cannabis.  If you want to do something physical, grab a friend or two and go for a walk.  While walking get into some deep conversations and solve all the world’s problems!

Be sure to check out: Blackberry Octane Strain Review

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Do Women Consume More Cannabis than Men?

Cannabis Statistics 2020

Cannabis Statistics 2020 

The short answer to this question is men do now, but women are quickly catching up when it comes to how much they spend on cannabis.  This has been a very recent trend and was observed in the first quarter of cannabis statistics 2020. If the current trend continues women may actually outspend and probably consume more cannabis than men in the US by sometime in 2021.  There are likely several reasons why this is happening and we will first take a look at the data and then explore some possible reasons why woman are stepping up their cannabis game.

The Numbers – Cannabis Statistics 2020

If we examine the month of March, women increased their spending on cannabis by approximately 50% which was in part due to lockdowns in most parts of the US however men did not see a similar increase.  Specifically women between the ages of 18-55 increased their cannabis spending across all product categories.  The majority of women spent their dollars on either flower or vape at 40% and 39% respectively.  Women did buy edibles, about 12% and a much smaller number of women spent money on concentrates, just 8%.  So clearly women prefer both smoking flower and vaping over edibles or concentrates.  These preferences are also true for men, the numbers just look a bit different.  Flower is the clear winner for men at 45% compared with vape at 35% and concentrates are at 12% with edibles coming in last place for men at 8%. The breakdown of how women spent money on cannabis products is interesting but the reasons why women have begun to spend so much more money than previously deserves some analysis.

The Dispensary Experience

Likely one of the biggest reasons women are on track to outspend men when it comes to cannabis is the existence of marijuana dispensaries.  In states where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational use dispensaries that cater to a wide range of customers and patients have opened in recent years.  This trend will continue as more and more states are predicted to legalize cannabis.  Women enjoy the process of visiting a dispensary, looking at a menu and making their selections.  Talking with a knowledgeable budtender is also part of that dispensary experience.  Even dispensaries that have moved most of their service to pickup or delivery still offer a good online experience that women really enjoy.  Not to say that men don’t enjoy dispensaries, they absolutely do but women were more put off by the idea of meeting up with a plug and as that is now changing, women are showing their appreciation by spending money at dispensaries.  As we see more niche dispensaries open in the coming months and years women will likely become more selective when it comes to what type of dispensary they prefer.  For now just the ability to purchase cannabis in a safe environment is proving the magic formula to encourage women to spend on cannabis.

Lifestyle and Education in Cannabis Statistics 2020

Women generally take pride in educating themselves about any product they buy and until recently when the cannabis industry became more easily assessable with dispensaries and websites out in the open, women have felt more comfortable to do the necessary research and then to use that knowledge to spend money.  Previously many women have felt that they could not be educated consumers but that is changing rapidly and the data supports these changes.  In terms of a cannabis lifestyle, it has become much more mainstream than ever before and that will continue to be the case.  Many women, especially mothers, had previously been hesitant to make cannabis a part of their lifestyle, until recently that is.  Now it is fast becoming not just socially acceptable for women to consume cannabis but preferable in many cases to drinking alcohol.  Everyone has been feeling their stress and anxiety levels increase in recent months and with a new normal emerging for the near future, cannabis has become the preferred method for women to manage their stress.  Certainly healthier than prescription medication or alcohol and now much easier and safer to obtain as well.

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Oh Canada, Traveling with Cannabis

Traveling with Cannabis in Canada

Traveling with Cannabis in Canada

I have always had a love hate relationship with Canada, in particular British Columbia.  What I mean by a love hate relationship is that I love Canada but they hate me.  As an American I can kind of understand why but still, it has always bothered me but never kept me from travelling to BC on a regular basis, Victoria and Vancouver are my favorite cities.  Most of my travel was done from Seattle Washington so I had many options, a slow boat, a fast boast called the Victoria Clipper or by car or bus.  I have probably travelled to Canada at least 6 or 7 times and each time when I crossed the border, it was harrowing, to say the least and I wasn’t even traveling with cannabis in Canada at the time.  Each trip I was questioned by border agents so intensely and in such depth you would think I was plotting to overthrow the government.  I saw how easily other Americans passed through customs so I felt a little offended but since I knew I had nothing to hide, I figured I just had bad luck.

Now I would never be so stupid to bring cannabis from the US to Canada and once Canada legalized cannabis in 2018 I knew I could pick up a gram or two while I was there and smoke it all by the time I left.  No worries right?  Not exactly.   I planned a trip on the Victoria Clipper to spend 2 nights in Victoria then take a large barge type boat from Victoria to Vancouver, stay there for 2 nights and then take a bus back to Seattle.  I learned the hard way that I get seasick in rough open water so I had taken a Dramamine before the boat left Seattle.  Once I arrived in Victoria I was feeling a little drugged, and not in a good way. Customs in Victoria is a sort of boat house that you que up to wait to speak with a border agent, answer questions and then you are good to go.  In theory.

Once I got to the front of the line I handed my passport to the agent who at first asked the standard questions, why are you here, for how long, where are you staying and so on.  He looked from my passport picture to me several times as I was answering the questions and sure I was a sweaty mess but otherwise I look like the photo so I began to suspect it was going to be yet another weird border experience.  He then asked if I had any additional identification.  That was a first but I handed him my driver’s license and thought that should end any potential issues.  He then asked me to step aside and another agent came and took me to a very small room where I waited and waited.  I wasn’t traveling with cannabis in Canada but I was really starting to freak out a little and eventually a different agent came and asked if I had any more ID.  Really?  More than a passport and a driver’s license?  Something was definitely up but I handed him a debit card plus my library card, which was all I had.  Then came the question, have you ever used drugs?

I stammered and made a lot of um and ah type noises, not sure how honest I should be.  I eventually realized if I didn’t give him some type of answer, I would be sent back over the border so I said well yes I have smoked cannabis.  He looked at me like I said I drink coffee.  His response was “well of course you smoke weed, everyone smokes weed that’s not what I’m asking”.  Now I was puzzled again and asked if he could clarify since I was currently under the influence of Dramamine and they clearly didn’t give a shit about whether I had used cannabis, what was really going on.  After years of strange experiences at the US Canada border, I finally heard the real story.  I looked like a drug runner they had been trying to catch for years and that is why I was always given the third degree, they knew the person had been crossing into Victoria or Vancouver from Seattle.  Finally some answers and they made a notation in my passport and since then I have had no issues crossing the border.  As I was leaving the little room he wished me well and said “we have much better weed than the US does so enjoy your stay”!  Did I mention I love Canada?

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Will Cannabis Save the U.S. Economy?

Economic Impact of Cannabis

Economic Impact of Cannabis

While it’s unlikely one product has the power to prop up the entire US economy is these challenging times, the economic impact of cannabis sales can certainly go a long way towards making sure that states have a steady flow of cash as they struggle with empty coffers and so many people in need.  If we look at the recent history of cannabis sales in the US last year and the continued high demand for cannabis so far in 2020, states who have wisely chosen to legalize medical marijuana or recreational, or both, have a distinct economic advantage over states who have yet to see the benefits of cannabis, not just for the state’s residents but for the economy in general.

If we look at the data from states who have has legalized cannabis during the entire 2019 year, it is easy to see the financial advantage cannabis provided.  In 2019 nearly 2 billion dollars in tax revenue was generated with these states leading in cannabis profits; California took in $538 million, Washington state $354 million, Colorado $290 million and Oregon $155 million.  Simply put, cannabis has nearly unprecedented potential to be a top state income generator.  That is just money, what about job creation related to the cannabis industry?  As of early 2020, so looking mostly at job creation in 2019, the cannabis industry had created nearly 250,000 jobs.  These are not only dispensary jobs but in all areas of the cannabis industry including research and development, brand creation and cannabis cultivation.  As the industry continues to grow, so will the job opportunities and the overall economic impact of cannabis.

Early in 2020, when most of the US was headed into some form of lockdown, cannabis was declared an essential service and that declaration has helped the industry not just continue to operate during the pandemic but to thrive as the demand for cannabis in all legal states has hit new records.  This makes perfect sense as many people are at home and feeling the stress and anxiety that seems to be a part of the new normal we are all living, cannabis has truly been an essential service.  This is not likely to change any time soon and as more states vote to legalize the medical and/or recreational use of cannabis, the growth that the industry has seen in the last year will continue and may even increase.

The willingness of the cannabis industry to be flexible in their operations has also been a significant factor for the unparalleled success of the industry overall.  As many businesses struggled to adopt their brick and mortar storefronts to constantly changing conditions, marijuana dispensaries have been quick to make the necessary modifications to ensure a safe experience for not just customers and patients but employees as well.  Many dispensaries moved to strictly curbside pickup and made modifications to their websites to support this change.  It may be slightly disappointing for some people who enjoy the in person dispensary experience but cannabis lovers have adapted.  The cannabis delivery option seems to have uneven growth, with some states and cities offering multiple options and others not venturing down that path yet.  This is one area in particular that may continue to develop in various states.  If the demand is there and cannabis customers need delivery, the industry seems likely to respond in a positive way.

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Banana Puddintain Strain Review

banana puddintain strain review

Banana Puddintain Strain Review

Banana Puddintain Strain Factoids:  Grower-7 Points Oregon/ Dispensary-Oregon’s Finest

Indica THC 25.19% CBD 0.08%

Terpenes- Caryophyllene and Myrcene

Bud Buzz: This is a super clean and potent Indica strain of cannabis.  Clean in that the grower, 7 Points Oregon, which is an indoor cultivator near Portland Oregon uses a green growing method they describe as Veganics which utilizes only plant based nutrients and compost teas as part of the grow process.  They describe the products as clean smelling and tasting and they’re not wrong.

This delicious smelling bud is a bit like bananas but not as heavy and the buds are beautiful, dense and colorful with some brilliant shades of purple mixed in with the varying greens. This is a flexible Indica strain in that you can smoke just a little and experience a relaxing body high with a touch of head buzz but nothing too intense.  Just happy and slightly euphoric.  Smoke a little more banana puddintain strain and those feelings intensify, especially the body waves.

A great strain for managing mild to moderate pain of any kind and will definitely help with anxiety, stress and insomnia.  The THC percentage is relatively high but the numbers don’t tell the whole story.  If you really want an intense body high, this is the strain for you.  After 4 good bong hits. You will be feeling no pain.  So probably a good escapist cannabis strain in addition to its other benefits. Some dry mouth that gets worse as time passes so keep that in mind.  No other negative side effects.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– Banana Puddintain strain does leave you with some dry mouth so make sure you keep some plain or carbonated water around for sipping.  If you need something with flavor you can go with a LaCroix or a similar drink.  Stay far away from alcohol unless your only plan is to get stupid drunk.  You might even consider a bit of caffeine in your beverage selection like a cold brew if you want something cold or a hot tea.

Munchables– One of the many benefits of this cannabis strain is its ability to quell nausea so even if you are feeling a little sick to your stomach before you consume it, you won’t feel that way for long and soon enough, the munchies will come calling.  How you answer is up to you but as they are not “must eat the entire contents of the fridge” type of munchies you can afford to be selective.  Cheese and crackers are a perfect choice, add some grapes or olives into the mix and fill your sweet and savory cravings all at once.

Doables– Honestly you are not going to feel like doing too much with this particular strain.  It’s a real Indica and that means your main goal will be to achieve the perfect state of chillness, which good news, can be easily accomplished.  If you only consume a little you may be inspired to get creative and paint or draw but if you smoke a little more your couch or bed will be calling your name, loudly.

Be sure to check out: Wedding Cake Strain Review and Super Dave Strain Review

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Almost Half of Cannabis Users are Over 40 – New Study

cannabis industry demographics

A new study provides data showing that nearly half of people who currently use cannabis in North America are over 40 years of age. This comes as a bit of a surprise as the current mindset seems to be that most cannabis users are in younger demographics. This insight came alongside a number of other interesting data points about the cannabis industry demographics.

The data for this study comes from Akerna, a cannabis company that works with software, compliance technology, seed-to-sale research planning, and business applications for the cannabis industry across North America. Akerna was started in 2010 and has monitored more than $20 billion in cannabis earnings so far and is the first cannabis software company listed on Nasdaq stock exchange. MJ Platform is the provider’s cornerstone technology and is the world’s top software as a service (SAAS) infrastructure for retailers, brands, manufacturers, distributors, and cultivators.

It researched North American cannabis consumer data to reveal profound insights about the cannabis industry demographics and how it functions, to help companies better prepare for the coming months.

According to the breakdown in the Akerna study, which looked at the different type of cannabis consumption methods, in addition to age and sex of cannabis users, flower has become the most popular way to consume cannabis in the United States, with cannabis edibles being the least popular besides the “other group”. Results showed that more men than women are cannabis users, with men reported at 62.5% and women reported at 37.5%.

Along with studying the numbers for cannabis dispensaries sales and the different types of cannabis consumed, the study also analyzed the numbers for reported use. Typically, the amounts mirrored each other, revealing people reported correctly about what they actually consumed. James Ahrendt, Business Intelligence Architect for Akerna, stated, “Some of this confirms what we already know, that flower is the most popular consumption method, however, we also discovered some surprising data points. For example, medical consumers on average spend more and buy more things than their adult use counterparts.”

Among the most surprising things learned from the analysis that has warranted interest is the breakdown of age use demographics.

Aged under-30 – 26.7%

Aged 30 to 40 – 29.7%

Aged 40 to 50 – 19.5%

Aged 50 to 60 – 13.2%

Aged 60-plus – 10.9%

That puts just over 43% of the total reported users at 40 years of age or older. That is definitely a surprise to most industry experts when it comes to important cannabis industry demographics.

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Nug News – Weekly Cannabis Update October 25, 2020

Cannabis News Update October 25

Weekly Cannabis News Update October 25, 2020

Jay-Z is Putting the Finishing Touches on a Very Specialized Cannabis Line 

Jay-Z has been working with the California based cannabis company Caliva since last year as the brand’s chief brand strategist.  Jay-Z surely had a lot of useful insights to offer as he knows branding better than almost anyone.  In addition to that role, Jay-Z announced that he has been working hard on his own cannabis line called Monogram.  Jay-Z wants to make sure that each customer feels special and has gone to great lengths to make that happen.  Monogram wants to redefine what cannabis means to consumers and take it to a much more personalized level than ever before.  Each cannabis strain will be carefully selected and the cultivation process as well as the quality of the bud will be the best quality out there. According to the company’s website each individual cannabis plant will be given personalized attention.  Jay-Z’s announcement regarding Monogram was done in a big way with the launch of the website and Instagram account complete with a playlist on his streaming platform Tidal called Monogram: Sounds from the Grow Room featuring many artists including Bob Marley and Amy Winehouse.  Jay-Z also intends to use his considerable resources and celebrity to continue his work in social justice causes including working to ensure those who have been previously convicted of cannabis related crimes receive justice. More information can be found here.

Weekly Cannabis News Update October 25, 2020

Kansas City Area Dispensary Sold Out of Cannabis in Less than Two Days and Other Missouri Growing Pains   

The Fresh Green, a medical marijuana dispensary that opened in Lee’s Summit near Kansas City Missouri was completely sold out of cannabis in less than two days. The shop sold medical marijuana to approximately 500 patients before running out according to Bianca Sullivan who owns the cannabis dispensary with her husband.  She observed that the lines were consistent since before their doors opened for business and that the average wait time was between 90 minutes and two hours.  Ms. Sullivan also noticed something else that really surprised her, the average age of their customers was 51 years old with 18 patients being over the age of 70 and only 8 patients between 18 and 21 years old.  The dispensary is waiting for a fresh supply of cannabis from their grower in the St. Louis area within the next week so for now people in the Kansas City area will need to be patient.  Other issues that have come up as Missouri works to ensure that all medical marijuana patients have access to their medicine are high prices and some questionable product quality.  With so few dispensaries open and with a limited supply of cannabis on hand, prices are high, about $60 for an eighth of an ounce which is far higher than other states but that will change as more dispensaries open and more cannabis becomes available.  The other troubling issue came from a patient in the St. Louis area who complained they were sold moldy marijuana.  That complaint is being investigated and the findings will be announced as soon as possible.  Check out additional details here.

Weekly Cannabis News Update October 25, 2020

Cannabliss Employees Become First in Washington DC to Unionize 

Workers at Cannabliss voted unanimously to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW) Local 400.  This 5 year pact covers 13 employees in the only 100 % Black owned and operated dispensary in the DC area. The contract offers Cannabliss employees higher pay, paid time off, paid holidays, a retirement plan, additional accredited training and health care insurance.  Additionally the contract offers time off to vote, pay increases every six months as well as annual cost of living increases and protection from unjust discipline or termination.  A step in the right direction for cannabis industry workers and according to UFCW, just the beginning of a trend in the industry.  UFCW currently represents over 10, 000 cannabis industry employees nationwide and that number is growing every day.  As the cannabis industry is relatively new and expanding quickly it is important to set high standards for compensation and comprehensive benefits.  Read more here.

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Governor Cuomo Says New York Will Legalize Marijuana Soon to Help Economic Recovery from COVID

New York Legalize Marijuana to Combat COVID

Should New York legalize marijuana to combat COVID? Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, recently said that legalizing marijuana represents a realistic way that the state can recover economically from the COVID pandemic.

The governor was promoting his new book during a virtual event and was asked when New York will legalize marijuana for adult use. Cuomo stated,  “Shortly, because today we need the revenue. I have tried to do it the over the last couple of years.”, according to a recording which has been obtained by USA Today Network.

The governor also stated, “There are a whole lot of reasons to have it done, but one of the advantages is it also brings in revenue, and all sates, especially New York, need revenue and we are going to be searching the cupboards for revenue. And I believe that will place cannabis over the top.”

Andrew Cuomo supports marijuana legalization and included cannabis legalization in his past two budget proposals, but discussions between his office and the legislature dropped through each time, with sticking points being issues like how cannabis tax earnings will be allocated, preventing a deal from being negotiated. A leading adviser of his stated earlier this month that the strategy would be to attempt again to legalize cannabis in New York in early 2021.

Cuomo was likewise asked about cannabis legalization as a way to offset the budget deficit brought on by the coronavirus pandemic in May. So it is obvious he believes New York should legalize marijuana to combat COVID. While he said it is the federal government’s “obligation as part of managing this national pandemic that they will provide financial relief to state and local authorities,” he also stated that “I support legalization of cannabis passing. I’ve worked very diligently to pass it.”

Cuomo indicated in April that he believed the legislative session was “effectively over” for the year and increased doubts that lawmakers could pass marijuana reform.

Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Assembly Majority Leader, made similar remarks when asked about the reform issues in April, though she appeared to indicate that she laid partial blame for the failure to enact reform on the governor prioritizing different issues throughout the pandemic.

The New York State Association of Counties stated in a report published last month that legalizing recreational cannabis “will offer the state and counties with resources for education, public health and technical assistance” to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the state Senate has approved several small marijuana reform bills lately. The chamber passed a bill in July that broadens the pool of individuals qualified to have their low-level marijuana convictions automatically expunged.

As a result of a bill expanding cannabis decriminalization in the nation the governor signed this past year, the New York State Unified Court System made a statement last month outlining steps people can take to clear their records for prior cannabis convictions. Support continues to grow that New York should legalize marijuana to combat COVID.