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CANNABIS CULTURE – Cannabis America, a product described on the company’s website as “the world’s safest, cleanest, and most effective cannabis Sativa L genetics.” The company is Bazelet Oglesby and their 0.00% THC Hemp does not qualify as a Schedule 1 drug. 

Michael Elzufon is a director for Bazelet Oglesby and has worked for years in development. “We have a strong background in the genetics and the study of the molecular structure of cannabis Sativa L, and so that backdrop, that foundation that is rooted in science, helps develop this kind of an outcome.” He said in a recent interview with Cannabis Culture Magazine. 

Michael Elzufon – Bazelet Oglesby

According to Elzufon, in a regulatory sense Cannabis America is “the concord grape versus the Bordeaux grape.  They are both grapes, but one of them is sold in a grocery store and bought and sold on the commodity market, whereas the other is very strongly regulated, and for due reason as this is alcohol.  So similarly, Cannabis America introduces us to a whole new paradigm, a whole new way to look at cannabis, or a new way to utilize science-based outcomes

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A new bill has been introduced to Congress by a team of Democratic senators who think it’s unfair that cannabis businesses in legal states are excluded from federal aid while other businesses in the state are able to get a leg up with government-funded help.

Like all other businesses, they have been hit by the COVID pandemic, as business practices have been disrupted and sales have been affected. Now, they are being hit again by wildfires, which have harmed some outdoor grows. 

“Cannabis businesses in Oregon hurt by the blazing wildfires or any other disaster shouldn’t be shut out from federal relief simply because the federal government is stuck in yesteryear,” said Senator Ron Wyden, according to a press release sent out about the newly introduced bill. “These legal small businesses employ thousands of workers and support our struggling economy. If they need federal support, they should get it. Full stop.”

The Small Business Disaster Relief Equity Act

The bill, backed by Senators Wyden, D-Ore., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., is known as the Small Business Disaster Relief Equity Act.

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Florida is seeing a surge in sales of medical marijuana and CBD hemp products as more people turn to them to treat their anxiety, insomnia and pain during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Voters in 2016 approved the state’s new medical marijuana industry, and sales have been rising ever since. With patients limiting their trips out of their homes, some have been buying more each time they go to FL Dispensaries.

With the rise in demand, wait times at dispensaries in some instances rose from what used to take only 10 to 15 minutes — even without an appointment — to backlogs of dozens of patients at any given time, potentially lasting hours.

Sales have risen significantly when compared with last year. From Sept. 11 to Sept. 17, dispensaries sold about 134 million milligrams of medical marijuana statewide, a 47% increase since mid-March. Over the same six-month period last year, the state saw about a 13.1% increase.

Cannabidiol, often called CBD, saw a more dramatic increase. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not result in the same euphoric effects as marijuana. It’s marketed as a way to treat anxiety and depression. From mid-March to mid-September last year, CBD sales….

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On August 21, the Drug Enforcement Agency (the “DEA”) released an Interim Final Rule (the “Rule”), which, in part, suggests that in-process hemp extract shall be treated as a schedule I controlled substance during any point at which its THC concentration exceeds 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. “Any point” includes even fleetingly during the processing phase and includes situations where the THC percentage is brought back into legal compliance for the finished product.

In response to this threat, close to 2,500 hemp stakeholders have already expressed their opposition to the Rule by submitting comments via the federal public docket. But some have taken their opposition one step further by suing the DEA. On Friday, September 18, the Hemp Industries Association (“HIA”) and RE Botanicals, a South Carolina hemp CBD manufacturer, filed a petition against the DEA and its acting administrator, Timothy Shea, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The petitioners claim that the Rule is unlawful because it exceeds the DEA’s authority and violates the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”). Specifically, the Rule contradicts the plain language and the intent of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp,

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The COVID-19 pandemic can’t keep the Cannabis Cup down! For our People’s Choice Edition tour, we made a stop in Illinois, where folks thriving in the cannabis space stepped up to compete. Here are the winners of the Cannabis Cup Illinois: People’s Choice Edition 2020!

Courtesy of Revolution Cannabis Indica Flower

First Place: Florida Orange by Revolution Cannabis
Second Place: Velvet Glove by Columbia Care
Third Place: Private Stock Mag Landrace by Verano

The Winners of The Cannabis Cup Illinois: People's Choice Edition 2020

Courtesy of Revolution Cannabis Hybrid Flower

First Place: Gorilla’d Cheese by Revolution Cannabis
Second Place: Grape Sugar Cookies by Bedford Grow
Third Place: Jenny Kush by Aeriz

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We’ve been monitoring and reporting on the growing trend of investment and securities fraud litigation in the cannabis industry, and this week brings yet another case.

In Murray v. Camp, et al., Murray is suing three Washington entities and their principals for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraud, and violation of the Securities Act of Washington. Murray alleges that in 2016, he traveled from his home state of Texas to Washington to meet with the defendants about investing in their marijuana businesses. At that meeting, the parties orally agreed Murray would provide a $50,000 loan to facilitate development of the defendants’ operations, and in return, Murray would be paid “above and beyond” that amount. The parties then executed two operating agreements – with one company assigning a 25% interest to Murray, and another company assigning a 6% interest. Based on those agreements, Murray provided the $50,000.

Of course, Murray claims everything then went sideways for him. In addition to the typically alleged facts that he was never actually added as a member of either company or given distributions at any time, he discovered two other key facts of fraud that most of our readership probably already recognized when I

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In recent years, an uptick in wildfires and the severity of hurricanes have heightened the risk cannabis cultivators face. As a result, growers are doing what they can to prepare for potentially devastating circumstances.

“Farming can be a high-risk endeavor wherever you are, and no location is void from natural disasters,” said Natural Order Supply CEO and harvesting expert Dan Ramsay. “Understanding your growing zone, geographical region, and weather patterns is the first step in creating risk management and response plan for farmers.”

How Operations Are Affected
Risks are always present in the cultivation space, but the autumn season is especially rough.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Making your own vegan cannabis butter is easy; this recipe is made using CBD-dominant flower, and any dairy-free butter.

As the world moves closer to universal cannabis legalization, chefs and foodies are finding new and exciting ways to add cannabis flower, cannabis oil, or CBD oil to foods. If you’re new to culinary chemistry and looking to dip your toe into cannabis cuisine, a great place to start is by making vegan CBD butter.

What Is CBD Butter?
Contrary to internet rumors, vegan butter is not hard to make—we’re not talking about churning dairy here. The most important step in the process of making vegan CBD butter—or any foods that contain cannabis flower—is to decarboxylate the cannabis flower. This process involves applying low heat over an extended period of time to transform the non-intoxicating THCA cannabinoid into THC, the compound that causes psychoactive effects. You don’t have to be a chemist to do this, either. You can use your oven, a baking sheet, or even a mason jar.

– Read the entire article at Live Kindly.

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Thirty per cent of U.S. app users have turned to cannabis for relief.

Almost a third of polled migraine sufferers in the U.S. have turned to medical marijuana for relief and the vast majority of those who did report that cannabis and cannabinoids have helped to reduce related pain levels.

The findings reflect data gathered from the Migraine Buddy app — a global app that allows users to record data about migraine duration, frequency and intensity, medication use and details about sleep, dietary and weather-related triggers — and is produced by U.S.-based Healint. In all, information is based on 9,885 app users in the U.S. and Canada.

– Read the entire article at The London Free Press.

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