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Just like the U.S., Europe will also have to figure out how to deal with the growing trend of Delta-8 cannabis products, and it’s clear that the controversy is only just beginning. 

There is a new cannabinoid in town on the U.S. side of the cannabis conversation these days. If you haven’t heard about Delta-8 at this point, you are probably living under a rock. The cannabinoid is being marketed as the “lighter” if not “less paranoid” version of Delta-9 THC. Even better, at least initially to intrepid entrepreneurs determined to beat the odds if not jump the shark into multi-state distribution, Delta-8 can be chemically extracted from hemp. 

There is only one problem with all of this, of course, and that is where this argument bumps into science. Delta-8 can be created by merely oxidizing (exposing to air) good old Delta-9 THC, and from any kind of plant. The delta between the deltas, in other words, is very small. Just because Delta-8 (like Delta-9) can also be extracted from hemp, the cannabinoid has been reported to give consumers similar psychoactive effects of Delta-9, while existing in a legal grey area.

In the middle of the hoopla, American states have begun to take

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Germany will hold parliamentary elections on September 26 of this year. While the ruling Union is expected to win the largest number of seats in the Bundestag, the majority of polls show the Greens (officially Alliance 90/The Greens) taking the second-highest number of seats. In fact, as recently as May, some polls had die Grünen coming in first.

If their numbers hold up, there is a good chance the Greens will be called in as a minority partner in a coalition government. Under such a scenario, the Greens’ leader, Annalena Baerbock, would be expected to become vice-chancellor.

Why does this all matter to readers of this blog? Well, check out what the Green’s platform has to say on cannabis:

“We want to dry up the black market for cannabis and drive back organized crime. To do this, we will introduce a cannabis control law. It enables the legal and controlled distribution of cannabis in licensed specialty shops. At the same time, we want to create a regulated and monitored system for the cultivation, trade and distribution of cannabis. In this way, real consumer and youth protection as well as addiction prevention should finally come into play.”

As discussed above, the Greens’

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Pack your bowls, stay hydrated and prepare yourselves—Nevada’s first-ever public Cannabis Cup event is just around the corner, and you’re invited. There are several reasons why Nevada is a big player in the national cannabis industry, including the state’s claim of being home to some of the largest dispensaries in the world, and its focus on cannabis tourism through expanding provisions such as consumption lounges.

The High Times Cannabis Cup Nevada: People’s Choice Edition 2021 aims to identify and award the best cannabis products—across a wide range of different categories, all to be judged by the great people of Nevada.

This event will be the first-ever competition that is open to the Nevada public and will see the largest pool of judges in its history. This is a sampling dream for leading cannabis companies to get their best cannabis products into the hands of hundreds of new customers, who will provide feedback on your entries, plus thousands of impressions. 

May the best products win!

Intake for product submissions begins on October 18 and runs through October 20. The Judge Kit goes on-sale across Nevada beginning on October 29. Also on October 29, judging begins—running through December 12. Finally, the Awards Show will take place

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Allen Iverson and Viola Brands are teaming up to release exclusive strains and merchandise across various markets, and we’re excited. 

As a Black-owned brand, Viola is dedicated to building equity and improving the status of human rights in the cannabis space. With the help of NBA Hall of Fame legend Allen Iverson, they are going to be able to get the word out through the partnership that legal cannabis is for everyone, and prisoners, notably people of color, should not be behind bars while others freely profit from cannabis legalization.  

Founded by CEO Al Harrington, the purpose behind Viola is to create “an industry leading and scalable collaboration across product lines and markets,” according to the brand’s press release. As an NBA legend himself, Harrington is plugged into how star power in the basketball world can help influence policy and Black advocacy in the cannabis world and other spaces. Partnering with Iverson is the next natural step for the strong and inclusive brand. 

Photo courtesy of Viola

For this historic pairing, Iverson and Harrington got together in the Viola grow operation in Detroit to tour the facility. Despite his CEO status and clout in the industry, Harrington is still Viola’s head grower. He made

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Looking for a gluten free cookie recipe? Look no further. This one is amazing.

Prep Time          Cook Time          Total Time
15 mins               10 mins               25 mins

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
2 mL (or 200mg) Medterra CBD oil 3000mg – can adjust dosage to your desire
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 ¼ cups GF all-purpose flour
9 oz chocolate chips

– Read the entire article at Gluten Free Follow Me.

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced the official launch of the Cannabis Business Office (CBO), which will manage multiple aspects of business owner support and social equity in the industry.

Governor Polis said in a statement on July 28 that the new office will help improve the state’s already thriving cannabis industry. “The Cannabis Business Office shows our administration’s focus on growing this thriving industry that supports jobs and our economy,” Governor Polis said. “Where the federal government has fallen behind, Colorado will lead. Colorado is, and always has been, the best place to live, work, grow and sell cannabis.” The CBO will lie under the umbrella of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and Trade.

The passing of Senate Bill 21-111 during the 2021 legislative session in March 2021 is what made the CBO a reality. The bill explains that although the state’s industry is a “$2 billion, $200 million dollar economic engine,” one that has created over 40,000 jobs, very few of cannabis business owners in the state have past cannabis convictions. “The state is at a critical juncture where it must act to ensure Colorado remains a leader in the marijuana industry and ensure equal opportunity for all Coloradans to

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“New Yorkers 21 years old and older can possess, obtain and transport up to three ounces of cannabis.”

New York is one of the latest states to legalize cannabis, pending issuance of adult-use cannabis licences.

The change comes with exciting plans for the future, and some benefits that can already be enjoyed. The way in which marijuana is handled in airports is one of them, with agents for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) no longer seizing under three ounces (85 grams) of marijuana.

– Read the entire article at Regina Leader-Post.

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Earlier this month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law HB 3000, an omnibus bill covering a wide range of hemp-related issues. Unlike other cannabis bills passed last session, HB 3000 was written to take effect on passage, so it is now law. One of the important HB 3000 terms is a restriction on the sale of specific consumable hemp items, namely “adult use cannabinoids” and “adult use cannabis items,” to anyone under the age of 21.

HB 3000 defines “adult use cannabinoids” to include, but is not limited to:

tetrahydrocannabinols, tetrahydrocannabinolic acids that are artificially or naturally derived, delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the optical isomers of delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and any artificially derived cannabinoid that is reasonably determined to have an intoxicating effect.

“Adult use cannabis item,” on the other hand, means:

A marijuana item; An industrial hemp commodity or product that meets the criteria in OAR 845-026-0300; or An industrial hemp commodity or product that exceeds the greater of: A concentration of more than 0.3 percent total delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol; or The concentration of total delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol allowed under federal law.

In addition, the new Oregon law tasked the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which will be known as the

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Congress will be voting on a proposal that would protect currently existing cannabis programs across the U.S.

A proposed, bipartisan amendment from the House Rules Committee was presented on July 28. If passed, it would create protections for existing state cannabis programs, as well as any tribal medical cannabis programs. It also specifically bars the Justice Department from meddling in medical cannabis-related affairs. Currently, only the annual renewal of limited protections for cannabis programs exists (it was originally passed in 2014 as a part of the omnibus spending bill). The exact timeframe of this discussion is currently unknown. 

The proposal is led by Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Tom McClintock, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Barbara Lee. Together, they published a joint “Dear Colleague” memo a week ago in regards to their proposed appropriations revision. In the memo, they summarized their hopes to add “language preventing the Department of Justice from using any funds appropriated by Congress to enforce federal laws regarding activities that are legal under state, territorial, or tribal law with regard to marijuana, regardless of whether the marijuana laws are recreational or medicinal.”

Blumenauer, a longtime and steadfast supporter of cannabis reform, spoke on July 26 about the changing landscape of cannabis and

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Forgive my tardiness, but these recent drops have had me moving in slow motion lately! While there was a moment there where it looked like things may be getting back to normal, we haven’t gotten that lucky yet, so here we are again with another Cop List to keep your spirits lifted. 

We’ve been at this for over a year now y’all—wild! Seems like just yesterday I was wondering if anyone would be into something like this, and the amount of you who have reached out to show your support in the time since has been insane—thank you for rocking with me, and for all the recommendations on cool shit to cop. It’s true what they say, it takes a village to get through a global pandemic of unending magnitude, but there’s no village I’d rather ride out the apocalypse with!

Without further adieu, here’s #12—complete with some of the best the industry has to offer right now, but as always, we’re not omnipresent, so let me know on Twitter @joncappetta if there’s something I missed that should be on the next one.

Ball Family Farms Pre-RollsPhoto courtesy of Ball Family Farms.

I wanted to pick one of these to talk about, but after

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