Joan Oleck is a freelance writer currently specializing in the cannabis industry and cannabis tech. She has been an editor and reporter on staff for such publications as Forbes.com, Business Week, Newsday and The Detroit News, covering such topics as the tobacco industry, southern agriculture, business, movies, books and parenting. She won the Jesse Neal Award for best feature series in a trade publication, Restaurant Business, and a GLAAD Award for a Salon story about discrimination in adoption against single and gay parents.
Cannabis companies want their customers to know they’re serious about ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) practices.
You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s real Jewish rye – to cite those beloved 1960s and ’70 ads. Nor do you need to be Jewish to love cannabis. Jews, though, happen to have a rich — some would say surprising — and sometimes comical relationship with the cannabis plant.
According to the report, the legal cannabis market was estimated to be $26.5 billion in 2021 and is expected to rise to $32 billion by late 2022
The Council wrote- “removing cannabis from schedule 1 & 2 will solve many serious issues facing Americans”
Sleep. Many Americans can’t get enough of it, certainly not the recommended seven to eight hours out of each 24-hour day.
“Over the short term, you will see a significant focus on the development of brands and product offerings for consumers, both in the recreational market and some in the medicinal market,” the leader of Flora Growth Corp, a public CBD company predicted.
When Scott Martin tested positive for cannabis on December 15, 2020, this long-time Buffalo, NY firefighter and Iraq/Afghanistan veteran had a seemingly “easy out” to any penalties: He was (and is) a medical marijuana certified patient.
cannabis CEO Luis Merchan plans to nurture the new cannabis coffee brand he’s launching in U.S. retail outlets early next year in partnership with the car company’s luxury goods brand, Tonino Lamborghini
The nations that so far have legalized recreational marijuana – Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Malta, and Georgia, plus 19 U.S. states – have for some time been a small, exclusive group. But now, this unique club is poised to admit a new member, Germany, which by far will be the largest European company to legalize sales above and beyond regulated medicinal CBD.
Now that the holidays are done – dried-out Christmas trees recycled, menorahs stored, New Year’s Eve confetti discarded – cannabis entrepreneurs, who enjoyed good sales for 2021 the holiday season, may want to start planning for the next one.
The smash and grab trend is now spreading to smaller, less affluent retail outlets; and cannabis shops are particular targets
Soon, cannabis will join that product list nationwide, pending federal legalization. By the year’s end, Costco plans to sell THC products in the already fully legal states of Colorado and California. But federal legalization?
“Price. It’s complicated,” a new report on the cannabis industry begins and then offers multiple insights on how factors like legalization, enormous market growth and the state-by-state patchwork of regulations have created that complication.
There are few things Democrats and Republicans agree on these days but certainly, legalization of cannabis is one of them.
Two towering Black women inspired two modern-day cannabis entrepreneurs to name their new South Los Angeles dispensary “Josephine & Billie’s
Anyone seeking what cannabis/hemp placement exec David Belsky calls “six-figure jobs” should ignore that old adage to “Go West, young man [or woman].” Reason: The biggest cannabis boomtowns are now in the East
The intent of the organizers of “The Stone Age,” a new exhibition in New York City where cannabis is the unabashed star.
California, the largest cannabis market in the world, is poised to legalize the sale of industrial hemp and hemp-derived consumer products, subject to requirements that will help ensure those products’ safety and accurate labelling. AB-45, which passed both houses of the state legislature in early September, is expected to be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom early this month.
“What a long, strange trip it’s been,” musician Jerry Garcia once declared. And those words by the Grateful Dead singer-songwriter certainly ring true about the dizzying transition THC cannabis has made from illegal street drug to global – and legal — $23.7 billion powerhouse.
Delta-8 is a cannabinoid that technically appears to be legal because it’s derived from hemp, which itself is legal. But because delta-8 is also psychoactive like its chemical cousin delta-9 (marijuana), use of the hemp-based THC molecule has been banned by at least 12 states and is under review in at least four more.
Two years after the legalization of hemp via the 2018 Farm Bill, a feeling of antsiness prevails among companies manufacturing products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, the active ingredient in hemp
New Frontier compiled a list of what it called the 10 consumer “archetypes” of cannabis use, Along with the archetypes New Frontier included findings about changes that cannabis businesses have seen as a result of changing consumer behaviors
Plasma physics, quantum dots and lasers for Mars are just some of the impressive scientific research projects happening at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. But now, technology developed at that same national security facility has an unexpected beneficiary: cannabis.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., unveiled a draft of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act on July 14. Minutes later, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about President Joe Biden’s position on legalization. “Nothing has changed,” she said of the president’s opposition.
As the cannabis industry waits impatiently for the FDA to finally pass CBD regulations, states are filling that void themselves, not only passing new cannabidiol testing criteria for over-the-counter products but strengthening the ones they’ve got.
Those differing state regulations have long caused cannabis companies massive headaches even as they wrestled with the illegality of interstate commerce
The news remains dismal on many fronts: the raging pandemic, America’s deep political divisions and the continuing fallout from the violence at the Capitol fomented both by Donald Trump’s presidency and potential impeachment conviction.
So, is cannabis coming soon to a supermarket, gas station or newsstand near you?
Although eight million Americans are out of work, employers are still begging for bodies. A National Federation of Independent Business survey showed that 42 percent of small businesses had jobs they couldn’t fill.
Democrats and Republicans rarely agree on anything anymore, but last week they found common ground on something the cannabis industry has been calling for at least three years: a legal pathway to give cannabidiol (CBD) food and supplements equal billing before the FDA.
When devotees of CrossFit, the intensive workout chain, compete July 27 to August 1 at the NOBULL CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, TV cameras will be ubiquitous.
The cannabis industry is growing by leaps and bounds: Headset projects (headset.io) U.S. growth this year of $22 billion. But those cannabis companies themselves? They’re not yet satisfied.
Clubhouse, the buzzworthy audio-based social media app (and semi-exclusive club –you have to be invited in by an existing user) has moved into cannabis.
Growers and manufacturers are anxiously awaiting the release of the Food and Drug Administration’s regulations for legal CBD THC. Cannabis (THC) may also be legalized at the federal level sometime soon.
A few years back, a then-widely accepted figure said that the typical cannabis plant needed 22 literes (about 6 gallons) of water daily to thrive. Newspaper headlines – particularly in California, which legalized marijuana in 2016 — declared that cannabis crops were “sucking California dry.”
The U.S. Senate majority leader recently schmoozed about cannabis legalization with a successful CEO from that industry.
For entrepreneurs involved with the booming U.S. CBD industry, recent messages about what’s legitimate and what’s not have certainly been mixed
It’s Women’s Small Business Month. And in the cannabis business, women entrepreneurs need help to prime their startups. That’s where accelerators come in
Delta-9, the THC Cannabinoid, Has Gotten All the Buzz for Years Now Its Cousin, Is in the center of attention
Companies seeking to innovate have been strapped for funds this difficult pandemic year, and startups in the cannabis category are no exception.
Talk about happy holidays! The global CBD industry received two welcome gifts at the start of December: On Dec. 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 228-164 to support the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act), which aims to legalize cannabis at the federal level.
A U.S. House bill which would decriminalize cannabis and end its prohibition at the federal level will come before the House membership this week, likely some time between Wednesday and Friday.
The 2020 election exacerbated America’s already bitter political divisions. But one thing on which voters seemed to agree was … cannabis.
The 2020 election season is loudly, sometimes alarmingly, in play. But whom and what to support? Biden/Harris? Trump/Pence? The Democrats or Republicans running for Congress in your state (with 35 seats Senate seats being contested and 435 in the U.S. House)?
With the arrival of September, America’s approximately 17,000 hemp farmers are getting ready to harvest their half-million-acre 2020 crop. And in so doing, they’re besieged by multiple problems: the pandemic, of course, but also extreme weather, natural disasters … and politics.
Boomers (born 1946-64) and Millennials (born 1981-96) have long engaged in an off-and-on culture clash, each airing generational complaints against the other for two decades now: Which group comes across as more entitled? Which takes work (especially attire) more seriously? Which is hopelessly inept at technology?
The European Commission about to kill the hemp sector: preliminary view states natural hemp extracts are a drug, against all reason, the latest scientific literature and the EU green ambitions. Catherine Wilson, EIHA vice president refer to those matters on Leafreport’s interview
For any Americans looking north these days to Canada to learn how cannabis startups in the Land of Maple Leaf are faring there two years into national legalization, a data-rich new report offers insight.Turns out that Canadians, in several important respects, are … just like us.
Actor-Comedian-Writer Seth Rogen shared support for expungement of criminal records for cannabis crimes in a recent panel discussion ‘Reimagining Justice’
The evolution of the cannabis industry from stoners tending clandestine backyard plots to multimillion companies operating legal, industrial-size operations has grown the need for professionals steeped in supply-chain, financial, management and agricultural skills
While George Floyd’s murder put the spotlight on police brutality and racism, What people may not know, however, is the related issue of police and justice-system discrimination against those same minorities, especially black Americans, for minor offenses involving cannabis.
For many Americans, today, Memorial Day, is a time to honor our nation’s fallen military personnel. But for George Sadler and Brian Buckley, both leaders of Southern California-based cannabis companies, the day holds something more: a close partnership aimed at helping returning veterans with the difficult transition to civilian life.
While many Americans still feel skittish about using THC-infused marijuana because of legality issue, the sky’s seemingly the limit for companies offering hemp-derived CBD products. That’s the message of a new study from New Frontier Data study.
Even as Democrats and Republicans in Congress spar over whether cannabis businesses should be eligible for COVID-19 federal loans, most Americans in adult-use legal states already view legalization as successful.