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Newsletter #191

Is there lead in your vape cartridge? Spoiler alert: Yes, there is probably lead in your vape cartridge. In California, new lab testing requirements for marijuana products went into effect at the beginning of 2019. This includes testing for heavy metals. Unfortunately, it seems that nearly every vape cartridge on the market is testing positive for lead. The majority of cartridges are shipped in from China, which has more lax restrictions on lead than the U.S. does. Lead in cartridges can leach into the cannabis oil, and consumers certainly don’t want to be vaping lead. Scary stuff. Israel approves cannabis exports Israel’s cabinet

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Newsletter #190

Canopy Growth sprouts into the U.S. Canopy Growth Corporation, a massive Canadian cannabis company, is entering the U.S. market. Specifically, Canopy Growth announced that it had acquired a license to produce hemp in New York. The company plans to use hemp sourced from American farmers to manufacture various cannabinoid products. Is this the start of a beautiful international partnership, or is this a sign of corporations taking over the hemp market? Perhaps both? Joe Montana’s marijuana investment Joe Montana, celebrated Hall of Fame quarterback, is investing heavily in the marijuana industry. First, Montana took part in a $4.1 million investment in

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Newsletter #189

Recreational marijuana on the East Coast Fully legal cannabis is on the horizon for two East Coast states. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to legalize adult-use marijuana statewide. Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island plans to do the same, although she’s pretty hesitant about it. Both governors have been opposed to recreational cannabis in the past, which makes their announcements rather unexpected. It’s always refreshing to see politicians adapt to changing times. UConn’s cannabis class In just a few days, students attending the University of Connecticut will be able to learn all about growing cannabis. UConn is offering a new

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Newsletter #188

Racial disparities in Philadelphia’s marijuana arrests Even though cannabis possession was decriminalized four years ago in Philadelphia, hundreds of people are still arrested each year for purchasing marijuana. Additionally, as is the unfortunate case in many cities, black residents are much more likely to be arrested for buying cannabis than white residents are. Quick reminder: Data shows that black and white populations consume marijuana at roughly the same rate. The racial disparity in cannabis-related arrests is glaring. CARERS Act introduced…again A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, a bill that

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Newsletter #187

Marijuana gifts in Michigan Recreational marijuana became legal in Michigan on December 6th, but legal sales won’t start for at least another year. Enterprising businesses don’t want to wait, so many are using a loophole in the new law that allows people to give cannabis as gifts. These companies are selling overpriced goods and adding in marijuana as a present. For example, you can order a small amount of chocolate and receive a “free” cannabis gift. Sneaky and smart. THC and CBD take on chronic pain Researchers seeking to examine how THC and CBD impact chronic pain recently completed a study

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Newsletter #186

California’s mediocre cannabis industry When California legalized recreational marijuana at the start of 2018, state officials and cannabis industry enthusiasts had high hopes for the market. With the first year of legal cannabis coming to a close, many are disappointed with the results. Complicated regulations and high taxes have hindered marijuana businesses. Additionally, many cities decided to ban cannabis dispensaries. As a result of these strains, California is raking in much less tax revenue than experts estimated. Overall, it’s not a good look. The infamous blunt of the Oakland Raiders The Oakland Raiders may have played their last game at the Oakland Coliseum

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