Cannabis Track-and-Trace & Data Breaches: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

California law requires licensed cannabis businesses to use a “track-and-trace” system that, as its name suggests, tracks the movement of cannabis from seed through final sale.

Largest California wildfire threatens marijuana-growing area

California’s largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana-growing enclave, and authorities said many of the locals have refused to evacuate and abandon their maturing crops even as weather forecasters predict more hot, dry and windy conditions that could fan flames.

The wildfire called the August Complex is nearing the small communities of Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, about 200 miles (322 kilometres) northwest of Sacramento, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Law enforcement officers went door to door warning of the encroaching fire danger but could not force residents to evacuate, Trinity County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Trujillo said.

“It’s mainly growers,” Trujillo said. “And a lot of them, they don’t want to leave because that is their livelihood.”


California hemp producer's Canadian head office coming to North Bay

A California based hemp producer has chosen North Bay as its Canadian headquarters. 

Apothio, will use Canadore College’s Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping (ICAMP) and the College’s DNA lab to conduct the company’s research and development projects.

The company manufactures hemp-derived cannabinoid formulations like CBD oils, and is partnered with institutions of higher education "to conduct workforce development, educational programs, and research outcomes with our patients," according to its website.

Dr. Trent Jones is the Apothio president.


Novel studies on cannabis use by young adults show interesting results

Two recently published studies from California-based non-profit research organization RAND Corporation revealed very interesting data.

The first research deals with why young adults living in Los Angeles County acquire medical cannabis cards.

The second study provides data on how the neighborhood density and storefront signage of medical cannabis dispensaries influence consumption rates and associations among the youth.


Canada inches closer to legalization without addressing pot-related arrests

A new petition is demanding the government includes criminal justice reform in its legalization plans.

As Canada gets closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, drug policy advocates are fighting to ensure that criminal justice reform doesn’t get left behind. Now, a new petition is circulating from Cannabis Amnesty, a justice reform group that wants there to be more language addressing pardons for people with weed-related criminal records.


Cannabis sales won't balance budget

Those counting on help from cannabis sales to balance the provincial budget are in for a disappointment.

As far as Statistics Canada can tell, cannabis prices in this country have been dropping for the past three years, perhaps the past dozen years. Since weed-market watchers in the United States have found roughly the same thing, it’s probably true.


Medical Marijuana, Inc. subsidiary Dixie Botanicals™ appoints new director of sales and marketing

Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA) announced today that its subsidiary Dixie Botanicals™, one of the most recognizable cannabis brands in the world, has appointed Brent Albin as Director of Sales and Marketing.


Big Pharma losing grip as study shows nearly 100% cannabis users give up Rx pain meds

‘A landmark study helps explain why Big Pharma is so afraid of the medical benefits of cannabis. The pharmaceutical and alcohol industries, both powerful influences in Washington, have long lobbied against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits.

The recent study is lending credibility to the idea that medical cannabis can be used as a natural alternative to prescription pain medications, with nearly 100 percent of respondents saying they believe cannabis is helping them decrease their use of prescription opioids to treat the pain.


California may not suffer same pitfalls as Nevada with recreational marijuana, but still plenty to learn

The line of people outside Blüm Reno extended around the building's front and partially down its side.

About 65 customers stood at 8:45 a.m. Saturday outside the South Virginia Street marijuana dispensary, waiting for the front door to open. No longer restricted to medicinal cannabis only, the dispensary had opened at midnight that day — the exact first moment it could legally sell recreational cannabis under Nevada law. It remained open for about six hours and closed briefly before again opening at 9 a.m.

Some customers, eager for the first chance to buy recreational cannabis, shouted out how many minutes remained until opening. Fifteen, then nine, then five.


Terra Tech Corp (OTCMKTS:TRTC) surviving the shakeout

Terra Tech Corp (OTCMKTS: TRTC) appears to be one company that might survive the cannabis industry shakeout. 2016 was a stellar year for companies in the fast-growing cannabis industry, but 2017 has turned out to be much tougher than originally expected. Take the case of Terra Tech Corp (OTCMKTS: TRTC), which was a microcap darling in 2016, but has fallen on harder times in 2017.


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