Chris Kudialis

Chris Kudialis

CBD and Cannabis Reporter

Personal

  • Name: Chris Kudialis
  • Author with Leafreport since: April 2021

Education And Work Information

  • School(s) Attended: B.A in Spanish and Communications from University of Michigan (2013), MBA from University of Florida (Expected graduation in 2022)
  • Honors and distinctions: Nevada Journalist of Merit, 2017
  • Job Title: CBD and Cannabis Reporter
  • Former Jobs: Las Vegas Sun
  • Published on: Leafly , TheGrowthOp, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Associated Press, Las Vegas Sun

Expertise

  • Area of Expertise: CBD policy, business, tax revenue, stocks, nutrition, dispensaries, cultivation and production facilities

About the author

Chris Kudialis is the mainstream media’s authority on marijuana and CBD news coverage in Las Vegas. Chris began covering the beat as a reporter with the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2015, when cannabis had been medical-only for almost two years and the first dispensaries were just opening. In 2016, Chris moved over to the Las Vegas Sun. When Nevada legalized rec in 2016 and started rec sales in 2017, the national media began coming to him for insight and coverage. He also contributes to Leafly News—the world’s most-read marijuana news website—and other major outlets in North America, including The GrowthOp—the cannabis and CBD reporting arm of the National Post in Canada—and Prohbtd, a Los Angeles-based site covering drug policy.

Recent Activity

Mississippi Bill Would Make State The 37th To Legalize Medical Cannabis

Republican-led legislature to send proposal to Gov. Tate Reeves in the coming days

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Cannabis Industry In U.S. Laments Lack Of Federal Progress

Optimism following 2020 elections has waned after more than a full year without meaningful legislation

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Ohio Governor Comes Out Against Potential Recreational Cannabis Bill

Gov. Mike DeWine said he wouldn’t sign any adult-use legislation sent to his desk, but voters might still have the final say

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Lawmakers In Kansas Considering Legalizing Medical and Recreational Cannabis

Call to action comes after poll shows nearly 70 percent of state residents support making the plant legal

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New Study Shows Cannabis Compounds Can Help Prevent COVID-19 Infections

Researchers at Oregon State University say a pair of cannabinoid acids prevent infection by blocking the virus from entering cells

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Ban On CBD Flower Sales In France Draws Sharp Criticism

European country’s government enacted the sanction to start 2022 after failing to prohibit all CBD products in recent years

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Adult-Use States Notch Over $10 Billion In Tax Revenue, Leading Policy Group Says

Marijuana Policy Project, an influential retail cannabis lobbying organization, finds states have combined to raise $10.4 billion since 2014

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Adult-Use In Ohio Suffers Major Setback As Advocates Fail To Collect Enough Signatures

Petition falls 13,000 signatures short after state officials reject more than 74,000 endorsements for potential ballot question

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‘Green Counties’ In Montana See Skyrocketing Business On First Day Of Adult-Use Sales

Thousands of customers endured below-zero temperatures while waiting in line at dispensaries

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New Mexico Cleans Up Cannabis Regulations Ahead Of Adult-Use Launch

State is one of at least six that plan to begin recreational marijuana sales during the next several months

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Montana Readies For Recreational Cannabis On January 1

State budget office predicts $130 million in sales for 2022 and $195.5 million for 2023

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Adult-Use Cannabis Takes Major Step Toward Legalization In Maryland

Lawmaker files referendum, meaning initiative could be on its way to 2022 ballot

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Oregon Authorities To Spend $25 Million On Shutting Down Illegal Cannabis Farms

Announcement comes two months after multiple counties sent emergency declaration letters to Gov. Kate Brown’s office

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Leading COVID-19 Vaccine Producer Pfizer Foraying Into Medical Cannabis

$6.7 billion acquisition of biotech company Arena Pharmaceuticals adds cannabis therapeutics to Pfizer’s portfolio

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Cannabis Leaders In California Tell Governor That Industry Is On The Brink Of Collapse

A letter co-signed by 29 executives and activists say drastic change is quickly needed

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Federal Survey Shows Steep Decline In Youth Cannabis Use

University of Michigan researchers find significant reductions across polled 8th, 10th and 12th graders in annual study

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Malta, Not Germany, Set To Become First European Country To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

Bill scheduled to go before parliament on Tuesday is expected to be passed by the end of the week

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Local Governments In Over 400 Towns And Villages Across New York State Ban Recreational Marijuana Sales

Municipalities have the final say in implementing the state’s adult-use legislation measure passed earlier this year

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Cannabis-Infused Mega-Brownie In Massachusetts Breaks Record For Largest Edible

Licensed bakery MariMed unveils 850-pound baked good in celebration of niche U.S. holiday

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New Study Of Over 21,700 Adults Suggests Marijuana Use Can Compromise Sleep Quality

Negative effects impact more frequent users, while occasional users may still experience some benefits

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Cannabis Activists In Missouri Collect Signatures To Put Adult-Use On 2022 Ballot

State needs about 172,000 people to sign off on measure before it can go up for a vote in November

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Proposed New Law Threatens Future Of Delta-8 THC In Florida

Bipartisan reform bill would restrict popular hemp-derived cannabinoid and increase age requirement

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Groundbreaking University Of Colorado Study To Examine The Effects Of Cannabis On Running

Ultramarathoners among 50 paid athletes being studied

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Massive Cannabis Recall In Michigan Prompts High-Stakes Lawsuit

Regulators ordered 64,000 pounds of product, worth $229 million, to be disposed of and destroyed

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New Leadership In Germany Plans To Legalize Marijuana Next Month

Three-party coalition, headed by new chancellor Olaf Scholz, announces regulations aiming to stymie the black market

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Uber Forays Into Canada’s Cannabis Market With Dispensary Partnership In Ontario

Popular ride-sharing app will offer cannabis orders on its Uber Eats platform through dispensary chain Tokyo Smoke

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Oregon Police Seize $500 Million Worth Of Illegal Marijuana During Warehouse Raid

Authorities discover a half-million pounds of processed marijuana across five facilities

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Oregon Scientists Exploring The Use Of CBD Byproducts As Feed For Farm Animals

Project to help utilize excess hemp biomass shows promising early results

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New Study Finds Pregnant Women Who Smoke High-THC Marijuana Risk Health Problems For Their Children

Report did not find any significant adverse side effects for children of pregnant mothers who used non-smokeable CBD products

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Delta-8 THC Is Allowed Again In Texas As State Court Halts Ban

Store owners rush to restock shelves as judge in Austin temporarily opens door for sales again

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Las Vegas Judge Rules In Favor Of Former Cop Forced Out of Department For Using Cannabis

District court authority says police ban on employees imbibing in their personal time is unrealistic

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Republican-Led Bill Offers New Hope For Relaxed U.S. Cannabis Laws

Proposal comes as marijuana sales level off in established adult-use states and stocks continue to tumble

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Investors Respond To Lack Of Federal Movement On Cannabis Legalization

Marijuana stocks have plummeted since February as Americans wait for Democrats to reschedule or legalize the plant

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New Jersey Police Say Child Was Given Package Of Delta-8 Candy While Trick-Or-Treating

Finding reinforces message that parents should check through kids’ Halloween bags this week

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New Federal Study Shows More U.S. Seniors Than Ever Are Using Cannabis

Just-released results for 2020 say 6 percent of adults aged 65 and over reported using CBD or marijuana in previous seven days

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Majority Of Delta-8 THC Products In The U.S. Are Mislabeled, Report Finds

Review of over 50 different products, sent to a licensed California testing lab, showed actual compounds and potency levels often differed from printed figures

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States Issue Collaborative Halloween Warning About Cannabis Candy Look-Alikes

Authorities in marijuana-legal states advise parents and children to be vigilant of infused treats

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Cannabis Vaping Has Soared 123 Percent Among Teens In U.S. And Canada Over Past Seven Years

A study of over 198,000 adolescents suggest shifts in taste from dried cannabis herb to oil products

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Another Oregon County Declares Emergency For Help With Illegal Cannabis Grows

Douglas county official says over 300,000 illegal plants have been confiscated so far in 2021, more than three times the annual number for the entire state a decade ago

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CBD Industry Dealt Blow In U.S. After Federal Postal Service Bans Shipment of Hemp Vapes

New policy aims to slow online e-cigarette sales to minors, and also included THC marijuana vapes

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British Woman Uses CBD To Shrink Cancerous Lung Tumor By 76 Percent

Doctors say Octogenarian’s healing after she rejected radiation and chemotherapy in favor of CBD offers promise for natural cannabis compound

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California City Known For Its Wine Is Preparing To Launch Adult-Use Cannabis

Councilmembers in Napa have drafted a final ordinance to be presented for a vote in the coming weeks

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Oregon County Declares State Of Emergency For Help With Skyrocketing Illegal Cannabis Farms

Jackson County, in the southwest part of the state, implores Oregon governor and Legislature to help crack down

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Influential Republicans In Pennsylvania Legislature Now In Favor Of Recreational Cannabis

Senators Mike Regan and Dan Laughlin both abandon anti-marijuana stance as state accumulates bipartisan momentum

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California Passes Sweeping Legislation To Expand CBD Offerings

AB45, which state lawmakers had been crafting for three years, officially allows for hemp sales as well as CBD-infused foods and beverages

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NBA To Forego Marijuana Testing For Upcoming Season

U.S.-based basketball league will continue to test for other substances but not discipline players for cannabis use

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Hollywood Icon Clint Eastwood Wins $6.1 Million Lawsuit Against CBD Company

Court rules Lithuania-based Mediatonas UAB falsely claimed the award-winning actor and director endorsed their gummy products

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Finalizing Of $2.1 Billion Acquisition Makes Trulieve Largest Cannabis Retailer In U.S.

Florida-based marijuana giant overtakes Curaleaf at the top after completing buyout of former competitor.

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Los Angeles To Dismiss Nearly 58,000 Cannabis Convictions, Bringing Total Expungements Over 123,000

Move comes in response to state legislation that called for the scouring of records to pardon people whose possession or use crimes were equal to quantities that are now legal in California

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CBD Makes Headways Into Sports As Industry Brands Partner With Pro Golfers, Car Racers

PGA Tour and NASCAR are widely seen as most accepting of the plant among U.S. sports leagues

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Uruguay Wants To Include Tourists In Its Federally Legal Cannabis Industry

Officials in the South American country say the move is targeted at taking marijuana sales off the streets

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Cannabis Use Among U.S. College Students Reaches Largest Tally In Nearly Four Decades

Annual survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows marijuana’s popularity is soaring at universities

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Pharma Company Completes CBD Testing In Large Animals, Aims For Humans Next

Alberta-based Innocan says effectiveness of hemp-based cannabinoid mirrored that of earlier tests with smaller animals

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New Cannabis Consumption Lounges In Illinois Offer Encouraging Blueprint For Rest Of U.S.

Two venues recently opened for business and several more are slated to come online in the coming weeks

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Relaxed Cannabis Laws Coming to Texas on Wednesday

State known for its stringent marijuana policy to allow non-smokeable product with up to 1% THC for medical patients

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CBD Industry Set to Make Full Rebound From COVID by 2022

Brightfield’s lead researcher says increasing acceptance and use a positive sign for both buyers and sellers

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Leading CBD Investor In London Developing Cannabis Genetics For Healthcare With Swiss Grower

Swiss Life Sciences and Bio Zu Farm creating CBD strains designed to treat a variety of ailments, including COVID-19

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Ohio Takes Major Step Toward Legalizing Retail Cannabis

State attorney general approves language in petition to regulate marijuana like alcohol

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New Fitness Study Shows Increase In CBD, THC Consumption Among Americans Who Exercise

Report from review site FitRated shows nearly 42 percent of all cannabis users are consuming the plant more than ever for their workouts

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Nasdaq-Listed Canadian Cultivator Enters U.S. CBD Market In $75M Deal

British Columbia-based Village Farms takes over Denver-based and privately owned Balanced Health Botanicals

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U.S. Agency Rejects Leading Company’s Application For CBD As Dietary Supplement

New controversy raises questions on where federal officials stand on hemp

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Millennials And Gen Xers Account For Over Two-Thirds Of U.S. CBD Users, Data Firm Says

Research from Chicago-based Brightfield Group claims Baby Boomers are largely interested, but don’t feel informed enough to use products

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Cannabis Firm Based In The U.S. and Canada Inks Deal With Caribbean Island Nation

Partnership is believed to be world’s first between a cannabis company and a federal government

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Cannabis Companies Entice Alcohol Drinkers To Leave Booze For Weed

Among perks include help with anxiety and hangover-free next mornings

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City In California Launches First U.S.-based Marijuana Tourism Campaign

Modesto’s “MoTown CannaPass” aims to encourage visitor spending in the cannabis industry

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Leader Of International Track And Field Body Considers Letting Athletes Use Marijuana

Revision of current ban comes after top U.S. sprinter loses Olympic dream for testing positive

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Green Roads bought out by Canada-based Valens
Major Payment Processing Company Disappears, Leaving CBD Operators In Limbo

Litany of court filings in Nevada and Florida allege Las Vegas-based T1 Payments withheld millions of dollars from clients before vanishing

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Sheriff In Washington D.C. Says Illegal Marijuana Behind Recent Spike In Violent Crime

U.S. Capital has seen an influx of fatal shootings during the past several weeks

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Leading Cannabis Research Firm Predicts U.S. Industry Will Surpass $30 Billion In 2022

New report from Headset says country will near Canada’s annual growth rate for the plant

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Reports Link High-Potency Cannabis To Vomiting And Psychiatric Problems For Young Users

Answer is to close loopholes that give legal access to people under 21, activists say

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Futuristic Hemp And CBD Vending Machine Launches In Suburban Miami

The Cultiva Wellness Pantry lets people order from their phone and accepts cryptocurrency in addition to credit

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Leading U.S. Hemp Organization Comes Out In Favor Of Delta-8

The Hemp Industries Association announced its support of the controversial psychedelic compound as CBD companies continue squabble with state and federal authorities

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Hemp Expo Returns To Celebrate Potential Largest CBD Market In U.S.

Recently passed law in Texas puts state in position to lead country, organizers say

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Restaurant Dedicated To CBD-Infused Food Becomes First To Open In Hong Kong

Med Chef, located in the heart of the city’s popular nightlife area, features Hong Kong’s first full menu of CBD cocktails and food

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California CBD Company Gets Federal Approval For Organic Pet Tincture

New Hemp-based oil is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and completely THC-free

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U.S. Cannabis Market Tallies $234.3 Million In Sales During Memorial Day Weekend

Report from Nasdaq-listed tech firm Akerna says holiday was third largest for marijuana consumption so far in 2021

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Cannabis Gaming Site Launches Cryptocurrency IDO

Miami-based Grow.House gaining popularity as a platform for educating cultivators

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Marijuana And CBD Consumption Lounges Looking Likely In Vegas

State Assembly approves landmark bill, Senate and governor will have final say this week

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Over 97 Percent Of Arthritis Patients Are Interested In Learning About CBD, Report Says

Research from Colorado-based ArthroCBD also indicates that only 15 percent of patients have actually tried cannabidiol

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U.S. Spirits Brand Bringing Cannabis-Infused Cocktails To The Menu

Lively Spirits’ mixable marijuana powder claims to be the first of its kind

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Largest CBD and Hemp Convention in America Announces Return After Year Off

The USA CBD Expo will take place in Atlanta from June 11 to 13

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How Delta-8 THC has opened the door to a hemp-based high

Synthetic CBD extract affects the endocannabinoid system similar to popular marijuana compound

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Cannabis report in U.S. shows demand for top talent driving up executives’ salaries

Study says shortage of qualified workers behind pay spike for industry’s high-level employees

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Cannabis Giant Trulieve Gets Even Bigger With Harvest Health Merger

Record $2.1 billion sale combines companies with over $500 million each in annual revenue

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Green Roads bought out by Canada-based Valens
Green Roads bought out by Canada-based Valens

Sale of one of the leading CBD companies in the United States worth up to $60 million

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U.S. has single-party control of the federal government. So why isn’t it decriminalizing cannabis?

Even with Democrats leading in the White House and Congress, support may still fall short

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CBD and cannabis consumption lounges approach critical make-or-break point in Las Vegas

Vegas politicians scrambling as chance to pass CBD and cannabis lounges approaches this week

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Cannabis-Legal States Working to Increase Diversity in Industry

Nevada and Colorado among jurisdictions pushing to include more minorities and women in business

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More Tribes Set to Join List of U.S. Cannabis Power Players

Number of highly profitable dispensaries run by U.S. Native Americans expected to increase again this year

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CBD Innovator to Launch World’s First Ice Cream Truck for Cannabis

The CBD Truck to hit the streets in the coming days

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