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The comedian curated the mix of products for the kit with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support Cage Free Repair, a cannabis reform nonprofit.

Cannabis enthusiast Chelsea Handler has teamed up with dispensaries Sweet Flower and The Apothecarium to launch the “America is Back Kit,” a curated mix of her favorite brands and items in celebration of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Handler’s kit includes CANN beverages, Pure Beauty pre-rolls, Garden Society chocolates, a Sundae School mask, branded totes and lighters. It launched on Jan. 14 and 100 percent of proceeds will benefit Cage Free Repair, a cannabis reform nonprofit helping the cannabis industry and its consumers repair harms of the War on Drugs.

– Read the entire article at Hollywood Reporter.

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Last week, our neighbor to the South took a significant step forward in cannabis reform, when Mexico’s health ministry published rules regulating the use of medicinal cannabis. This will hopefully be the first of many major cannabis reform measures in Mexico this year.

The Mexican government issued regulations on their three-year-old medical marijuana program. This is different from the adult-use legislation currently being discussed in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies – the lower house. The April 2021 deadline for legislation legalizing recreational cannabis use still holds.

In 2017, former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a mandate to move forward with medical marijuana legalization. That legislation created a void as there were no regulations to go along with it. In 2019, the Mexican Supreme Court mandated that the Regulatory Agencies create medical marijuana rules.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Illinois has reportedly collected a total of $62 million in cannabis tax funds to support impoverished neighborhoods in the state. However, some are getting frustrated because the money has not yet been spent to give back to the community. 

This is due to delays in the state’s system to grant new cannabis licenses, as well as many requesting a piece of the pie from the cannabis funding. Like many other aspects of bureaucracy since COVID-19 hit, the pandemic is also partially to blame for the delay. Still, many are eager to see the money get spent. 

“I’m certainly hoping those dollars get out as soon as possible,”  said state Sen. Heather Steans, who backed legalizing cannabis in Illinois from the beginning. “We did a lot to make this the most equitable cannabis system in the country. … We haven’t seen the results yet we wanted in any of those areas, so we obviously need to stay on it.”

The Funds And Where They’re Meant To Go

In 2020, the state collected more than $175 million in cannabis taxes. The breakdown of that gives 35 percent of the money to a General Fund for the state, 25 percent for community development,

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Those who have undergone a liver transplant may not have to fret about using cannabis after the procedure, according to a new study published this month.

The research, published in the journal Clinical Transportation, was based on the examinations of 900 patients. Researchers examined the patients both prior to and after the liver transplantation, ultimately finding “no statistical differences in post-operative outcomes” between cannabis users and non-cannabis users, though the researchers did note “significant differences” elsewhere between the two patient cohorts.

“These findings may help guide future policies regarding marijuana use in [liver transplant] candidates, although confirmation utilizing larger cohorts is warranted,” the researchers wrote in their conclusion, as quoted by NORML.

It is not the first study to suggest that cannabis use does not impose added risks in the event of an organ transplant. All the way back in 2009, in fact, there was a study that found liver transplant patients “who did and did not use marijuana had similar survival rates.”

In 2019, another study found “[n]o significant differences in inpatient respiratory complications, reintubation” in cannabis users and non-cannabis users who had undergone a liver transplant.

“Overall, pretransplant marijuana use, past or current, does not appear to impact

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It has become an annual MLK Day tradition here at Canna Law Blog to remind our readers that, first and foremost, cannabis is a civil rights issue. We’ve explained why here, here, here and here.

The past year ushered in some promising developments, from progress with the MORE Act, to state and local developments on social equity licensing measures, to increased expungement of criminal records related to cannabis convictions. Things are looking up for 2021 as well, federally and in many states.

But it’s not enough. Regulation of cannabis–and the composition, orientation and momentum of the industry at large–is nowhere where it needs to be on civil rights issues. Not even close.

Here at Harris Bricken, we are committed to honoring MLK’s legacy this year through our continued work with the Last Prisoner Project, through reduced fees for minority-owned cannabis businesses, and through review and promotion of robust state-level social equity legislation.

Although Dr. King died 53 years ago, his legacy continues to resonate and expand. On this day honoring one of our greatest leaders, it is important to remember all of the reasons we strive to end prohibition– including the most important ones.

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Finding the right medical marijuana doctor might take some time and patience. Here are some things you should consider when looking for one.
Doctors who will prescribe you medical marijuana are just as important as primary care physicians. What works for one person may not work for another; it all depends on personality, the conditions you’re treating, the state where you live and more.

Knowing that there’s no “one size fits all” approach may help you experience less stress when looking for your ideal medical marijuana doctor, especially since it’s still such a foreign process. Here are 4 things you should consider during your search:

– Read the entire article at The Fresh Toast.

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The events of recent months – which, at no risk of ambiguity, will not be discussed here – have created something of a roadblock for nearly every industry that was, just twelve months ago, thriving in the global marketplace.

Not least among those industries is the world of travel and tourism which, on both a local, national and international level, has ground to a halt for nigh-on twelve months.

There are plenty of ideas swirling about the best ways to restart the world of travel when circumstances allow, and forecasts for how that side of life will have changed for good. The notion of harnessing the new freedom surrounding marijuana usage holds plenty of potential for the industry, and offers an exciting new normal for millions of people. Read more below.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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The ancillary companies that provide goods and services to the cannabis industry are legion. From equipment, real estate, legal services, and technology to packaging, labeling, intellectual property, hardware, and apparel, the list is basically endless for the opportunities that abound in the cannabis ancillary sector. One of the cooler ancillary areas that hasn’t gotten a ton of play is the cross section of telehealth and medical cannabis, especially where medical cannabis has overwhelmingly been deemed an essential service during COVID.

Just like state cannabis regulations, telehealth regulations vary by state. Telehealth (also known as telemedicine) is “. . . the distribution of  health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.” The use of telehealth has seen a considerable uptick during the pandemic. And securing cannabis recommendations from physicians via telehealth apps or platforms is no exception. Of course, giving and securing a recommendation in this manner comes with some caveats. In this post, I focus specifically on California’s current relationship with telehealth and cannabis, which has thankfully evolved.

Telehealth compliance in California is governed by, among other things, Business & Professions Code, Section 2290.5. The Medical Board of California (“MBC”) also provides comprehensive guidance regarding telehealth as well

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Pets are family, and their humans want to do everything they can to help them. So, as more people find relief from various physical and mental ailments through cannabidiol (CBD), it’s only natural that they’d want to allow their pets the same healing.

A number of CBD brands, such as Elixinol, Extract Labs, and Nature’s Script are now offering pet CBD oil and edibles. Some companies, such as Pet Relief and MediPets are dedicated to CBD for animals.

One of the latter brands is VetCBD, a California-based company founded by veterinarian Dr. Tim Shu. A graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Shu practiced emergency, critical care, and general veterinary medicine before founding the company in 2015. We asked him what pet owners should know about animal CBD before giving it to their pets.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Despite promises that cannabis legalization in Illinois would fund more minority business participation and neighborhood improvements, the state has yet to spend $62 million collected for those purposes.

Part of the delay in awarding the money is due to problems with the state’s system to award new cannabis business licenses. The other reason for the holdup, officials say, is because of an outpouring of requests for funding.

The lack of help for communities and entrepreneurs who need it badly is another reason for state officials to issue new licenses as soon as they can, said state Sen. Heather Steans, co-sponsor of the law that legalized marijuana and taxed it to help people in the state’s most desperate areas.

– Read the entire article at Chicago Tribune.

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