Colorado Marijuana Sales Continued Hot Streak in August

Colorado marijuana sales continued their hot streak in August, according to the state Department of Revenue, reaching the highest monthly total ever.

Medical and recreational dispensaries accounted for over $ 173.2 million in sales in August, DOR data shows. That number is easily the highest for monthly sales since recreational pot stores opened in January 2014, passing July 2019’s previous high mark (approximately $ 166.3 million) by about 4 percent. This is the third straight month that dispensary sales have broken Colorado’s monthly record.

Recreational sales on their own also set another record, hitting nearly $ 141.87 million in August. Medical sales, while still hovering in the $ 30 million range, saw a slight bump, increasing just under $ 1 million from the previous month to hit $ 31.3 million.

August is one of three months in 2019 to have five Fridays and five Saturdays on the calendar, and weekends are extremely important to dispensary sales, according to marijuana-industry sales trackers. With cooler weather and fewer weekend days in September, don’t be surprised if the next monthly sales figure drops.

Through the first eight months of 2019, Colorado has already seen over $ 1.15 billion in dispensary sales, and it’s on a clear path to breaking last year’s overall sales of $ 1.55 billion.

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Ask a Stoner: Is Weed Considered Kosher?

Dear Stoner: I was recently celebrating Jewish New Year, and my family and I began wondering if cannabis can be kosher? What about edibles?
Joe

Dear Joe: Happy New Year! If you want to celebrate your next Rosh Hashanah with reefer and feel strongly about respecting your religion, there do appear to be some safety nets or loopholes. Keeping kosher means that no products or ingredients from non-kosher animals or other substances proscribed by Jewish law are used. In a vacuum, cannabis is just vegetation and so appears to qualify. But if you consider growing nutrients and cannabis product additives, then things might not be so kosher.

Smoking cannabis could find a gray area in the Jewish faith, but eating has more challenges.

Smoking cannabis could find a gray area in the Jewish faith, but eating has more challenges.

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The answer also depends on the rabbi you ask. Although some rabbis still consider cannabis a forbidden substance, an influential rabbi once told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that smoking cannabis “isn’t not kosher,” while the Times of Israel reported that a rabbi proclaimed marijuana okay for medical reasons. Edibles, obviously, are another story, as they can contain cooking and diary products from animals that may not be kosher. There are several cannabis edible companies that claim to have kosher certification, but we’re not aware of any in Colorado. Easy answer: Make your own and keep things kosher.

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Why Colorado Tokers Love Chem De La Chem

Once you reach a certain level of regular cannabis consumption, your tolerance doesn’t always allow your body to react to strains as sensitively as less frequent users might. So a hit of Super Lemon Haze won’t make my mind race like it once did, nor does a small bowl of Banana Kush knock me out with the same efficiency. I can still experience the intended effects from particular strains, though I usually have to consume more.

But any little bite of Chemdog will shoot up my spine and zap my brain no matter how big my tolerance and ego get. Whatever it is about Chemdog and the family of chemical-smelling, brain-dicking strains that it has produced over the years, my mind sure can’t handle them.

Such an unproductive bliss isn’t as welcome as it once was now that I have more big-boy responsibilities, but it’s certainly fun for a night or a solo Saturday morning full of cartoons. So when I came across Chem De La Chem, I prepared myself for a session with the head of the class — the Chem of the crop, if you will — and the strain’s forest-inspired funk, gasoline influence and halfwit high didn’t disappoint. Sessions with Chem De La Chem consistently produced a short-lived energy with a long-lasting euphoria, leaving me incapable of giving a shit about answering emails and texts or taking the trash to the curb. Such a vacation from life can be detrimental if taken all the time, but every once in a while, it enables helpful self-help retreats at home over the weekend.

Chem De La Chem hasn’t risen to the top of Denver’s pot hierarchy yet, but a lineage of Chemdog, a northeastern classic, and I-95, a strain named after the East Coast’s main interstate highway, points to roots at the far end of the country. We’ve seen the strain around town at the Giving Tree of Denver, Good Chemistry, Kind Love, Lightshade and Seed & Smith, with wholesale flower further distributed by Willie’s Reserve, and concentrate made by Green Dot Labs. My favorites so far have come from Kind Love and Green Dot, both of which might as well have had gas fumes rising from their bottles.

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Looks: Chem De La Chem typically grows chunky, oblong-shaped buds made up of spiky, dense calyxes. Those buds range from bright green to wintergreen, with above-average trichome coverage.

Smell: Like twisting a lime over an old carpet in a forest cabin and shoving your nose in it. Chem De La Chem is a great balance of Chemdog and OG qualities, with dank, earthy whiffs of sandalwood and pine leaves layered with funky, sour notes of rubber and gas.

Flavor: Expect a more piney, floral taste than the traditional gasoline flavor of Chemdog, but the classic chemical taste undoubtedly makes an appearance. Those earthy, fuel-like flavors are covered in subtle, spicy notes of wood.

Effects: The powerful, disorienting head high also leaks into the body, calming anxious limbs and, in my case, relaxing the stomach to the point of insatiability. I don’t recommend any important social interactions or complex chores after a session, but Chem De La Chem is a prime candidate for anyone seeking relaxation or stress relief.

Home grower’s take: “That Triangle Kush influence in I-95 is likely behind that musty OG scent, but Chem De La Chem smells like straight fuel in the grow. Took about eight or nine weeks to cut down once it started blooming, I think, but I did have to grow this one from seed. Not sure if it’s available in clones out there, but it’s worth a try if you find it. Those Chem-y flavors and the happy head high are worth the time; I don’t care what the yield is.”

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Ways To Celebrate Halloween Responsibly With Cannabis

Halloween is a spooky fun time of year, filled with fun events, themed parties, and CANDY. But the fog machine doesn’t have to be the only thing clouding up your living room this season. Cannabis, when used responsibly, can be the perfect addition to this year’s festivities.

This guide, brought to you by Hemper and their Halloween Inspired Smoking Box, will help you get your creative juices flowing with ideas for incorporating cannabis into All Hallows Eve.

1. Host A Costume Party

The best parties are always those that have an underlying theme for guests to follow. Whether it’s a black and white required theme, a masquerade, or even a get together inspired by Disney, themed parties are extra fun when it comes to showing off your creativity.

So this Halloween, why not try hosting a costume party? But not just any costume party… a cannabis inspired themed party! Tell your friends to come dressed as anything or anyone that involves cannabis, and see what kind of cool ideas stop by! Whether they show up as Snoop Dog or a giant pumpkin bong, a cannabis inspired costume party will be the highlight of your year!

Alternatively, you could host a non-cannabis inspired party and simply incorporate cannabis into the festivities. For example, make “Trick or Treats” such as cookies or brownies, with a twist.

Label them as “Trick” (weed-infused), or Treat (regular non-cannabis treat for non-users and designated drivers).

2. Movie Night

Halloween is a great night for a movie marathon! From comedic Halloween themed movies to traditional slasher films. Especially if you’re not typically a fan of scary movies, cannabis can ease fears and let you enjoy movies that you wouldn’t typically have the guts to watch.

Mellow out this season and toke up with your favorite strains guaranteed to help you enjoy, responsibly from the comfort of your own home…just don’t forget the snacks. Want to spice things up even more? Consider checking out Hemper’s October Hemper Box, filled with Halloween themed smoking tools and accessories, including a “Jack the Ripper Bong”!

3. Cannabis Arts And Crafts Night

It’s always more fun to smoke out of something that you made yourself. Well, maybe not always, but Halloween is the perfect time to challenge your creative skills and see who can make the best DIY bong or pipe!

Not into making a bong? Take this opportunity to make decorations for the season to hang up around the house or outdoors. From plastic milk carton skeletons to scary props, you’ll find countless “how to” videos online…just don’t use sharp tools or powered devices when high ok? Remember, fake blood is fun and creepy, real blood is downright scary. The last thing you want is to spend the night in the Emergency Room. Enjoy responsibly.

4. Halloween Game Night

Who doesn’t like a good game night? Many of us grew up playing games with friends and siblings, only to have graduated to drinking games in college and beyond.

But what about cannabis games?

Think of it as drinking games, but with a twist. Replace the shots of alcohol with hits of your favorite herb, and challenge your friends to a game of Never Have I Ever, Poker, Weed Jenga, Rock Band, or even an old school game like Pin The Tail On The Donkey! Cannabis will make any Halloween game into a burst of giggles and fun.

Just remember, moderation is still key and advised. So plan accordingly and make sure participants are staying within limits they are comfortable.

5. Cannabis Dice

Speaking of games, why not try a game of cannabis dice? The best part is, you don’t need to use any special kind of dice! Although, the more sides it has, the more fun the game will be. Split a piece of paper into 2 columns.

In the left column, make a numbered list of spooky dares, and in the right column, make a list of things you have to do while performing the dare. For example, scare a friend in the tune of a song. The loser has to take a hit until the winner says stop!

6. Nature’s Candy Cooking

If you like to bake, why not have a nature’s candy Halloween themed party? You can either invite your friends for a giant cannabis cook-off, or simply tell them to bring their own Halloween cannabis infused desserts, and see which one you like best!

Consider setting up blind taste tests, voting, and awards for the most unique, best tasting, best decorated, and other categories. The only limit is your creativity.

7. Carve A Cannabis Pumpkin

Step up your pumpkin carving skills and make your own pumpkin dab rig! Choose a nice, round pumpkin, and start by carving it out like you normally would do when carving a pumpkin. Next, scoop out the seeds, push the pumpkin stem through 2 opposite sides of the pumpkin, pour in some water, and kick off your Halloween with a pumpkin dab!

The best part about carving a cannabis pumpkin is that your October Hemper Box comes with all the things you need to complete your pumpkin rig! You can also check out their head shop to find many more smoking accessories.

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We hope you enjoyed this Halloween guide on how to incorporate cannabis responsibly into your holiday festivities. Don’t be shy about sharing any ideas you have with us, we’d love to hear what you have in mind.

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Marijuana Stocks Get Absolutely Crushed

While I’m not quite the savviest of investors, I do have a keen eye for stocks in emerging markets, and for many years, I’ve considered “pot stocks” to be an emerging market as legalization grows across the USA and Canada.  With marijuana becoming more mainstream, there are no shortage of stocks that allow the average armchair investor to get some skin in this lucrative game.

However, yesterday provided a massive speed bump to all of us who do indeed have skin in the game.  I’ve surfed many investment sites and financial portals, and have a lot of stuff to say about what happened.

Note:  I don’t offer financial advice.  Invest at your own risk.

Again, I read a lot about this, as I have a few companies I’m invested in.  This report on Market Watch was a good read.

This sort of gut punch that happened yesterday was explained in great detail, and according to Market Watch’s article, the average investor has lost 75% of it’s value over time in the marijuana space.

A big catalyst for this was an announcement by marijuana company Hexo, which goes by HEXO on the ticker.  Net revenue for the fourth quarter will be about $ 14.5 – $ 16.5 million, and net revenues will be between $ 46.5 and $ 48.5 million for the year.  These are both below expectations.

  • HEXO alone fell over 20% yesterday.

Other news that has not been so helpful is that MedMen decided NOT to purchase Pharmacann, which would have been a $ 600 million deal.

  • The vaping crisis is NOT helping the cause either.   Consumers are jumping ship on buying vape pens and devices that were otherwise strong sellers.

The article continues to go on and suggest that you pick points when the selling of marijuana stocks is at a high, and buy stocks that have concepts that will work long term.  Trends, (which could be vaping related) are not a reason to buy a stock.  If there are spikes off these lows, it’s best to sell.  It’s going to be a rocky road coming up, which is entirely my take and not related to the article’s articulation of the sell off yesterday.

Strap up, it’s going to be wild for anyone who has money in this space.

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 How Long Does CBD Stay In Your Body?

If you are a CBD user, you should know that a lot of factors can affect the way your body processes CBD. There is only one clear thing – it will not stay in your body for longer than one week. At the moment, scientists are still conducting studies to learn more about it. 

CBD may remain longer in your body in case you have a slow metabolism. Factors such as frequency of use, dosage, method of administration can also influence the presence of CBD in your body.

If you are about to pass a drug test, you should start flushing out the drug toxins as soon as possible. There are a lot of home remedies that can help you pass the test. First of all, you should drink plenty of water, tea, and cranberry juice to urinate as often as possible. 

Secondly, start eating high-fibre foods, including vegetables and fruits. Besides that, you should do some aerobic exercises, try hiking, jogging, or biking. Some experts also recommend going to the sauna in order to start sweating. 

If you are not sure whether you still have CBD in your body, consider using synthetic urine for the test. 

Quick fix 6.2 can help you avoid undesired consequences. The best thing is that it comes with heating pads inside of the package – it makes the product warm and authentic. 

To learn more about how long marijuana stays in the human body, check out the infographic below:

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Need a Celebrity to Promote Your Weed Brand? There’s an Athlete for That.

Society has a complicated and sometimes conflicted relationship with professional athletes, but if there’s anything about jocks that we all want to emulate, it’s those hot, chiseled bods.

Our opportunities to gain those physiques traditionally have started with buying shoes or training equipment endorsed by current all-stars, but now retired athletes have entered the fray, pushing everything from oddly shaped sneakers to copper-infused bracelets. I grew up knowing Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas as the Big Hurt, a mountain of a man who yawned while jacking dingers across Lake Michigan. Today younger generations know him more for his big dick, jacking wives from their husbands in a Nugenix commercial.

Retired athletes recently found one more honey hole for their spokesperson services, as hemp and marijuana become more mainstream. Ex-NBA or NFL players opening weed dispensaries or starting infused products brands are actually nothing new — Cliff Robertson, Floyd Landis, LenDale White and Al Harrington have all founded cannabis companies or dabbled in partnerships with the industry, and lesser-known retired players have made a career out of advocating cannabis use, hitting the talk-show and conference circuit for speaking gigs — but those opportunities pale in comparison with what the CBD industry is offering right now.

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Former Denver Broncos great Terrell Davis, a pitchman for a CBD-infused sports drink, has said that he thinks his injury-shortened career might have lasted longer had he taken CBD during his playing days. Last month, lovable meathead and Super Bowl champion tight end Rob Gronkowski said that CBD had “fixed” symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (also known as CTE, a condition considered untreatable) brought on by concussions from football, a claim that drew a lot of criticism for its lack of scientific backing.

In June, retired NBA star Paul Pierce announced that he was launching his own CBD line, following in the footsteps of ex-NBA players Lamar Odom and Matt Barnes, ex-NFLers Ricky Williams and Kyle Turley, and former Colorado Avalanche enforcer Scott Parker. Even the guy who played Squints in The Sandlot has a CBD brand.

Former Denver Bronco Terrell Davis announced his partnership with a CBD drink earlier this year.

Former Denver Bronco Terrell Davis announced his partnership with a CBD drink earlier this year.

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Having an athlete with a household name isn’t necessarily the point, explains Cannabis Marketing Association founder Lisa Buffo. It’s about the credentials that come with that name.

“The analogy I can best think of is a Nike shoe: It’s a performance-enhancing product. When I see an ad for an athlete using Nike shoes, I think that if it works for them on court, then it’ll work for me. It works the same for CBD,” she says. “Athletes are known for pushing their bodies to extreme limits. They’re known for pain, and they’re known for recovery.”

But starting a cannabis brand with a famous face doesn’t always guarantee success in such a fragmented market that is still largely based on commodities rather than brands, according to a recent VICE article.

“It seems everyone wants to start a weed brand now,” Buffo says. “That fame could help initially, in terms of publicity, connections and starting wealth, but it usually only works if the product is related to what made them famous.”

Pushed mainly in the wellness community, CBD has shown the potential to help with pain, anxiety and inflammation — all of which professional athletes deal with on a much greater basis than us regular folk. Despite the lack of federal regulation (and legality), CBD wellness products are now embraced by the supplement community, and a stroll through any GNC store will show you how much dietary and wellness supplement companies love athletes.

It goes without saying that currently employed professional athletes can’t partner with dispensaries or THC brands, but CBD and hemp are also virtually off limits for players in the big four American leagues (the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL) because of their close relation to marijuana. However, individual athletes such as golfers, martial artists, endurance and extreme sports competitors are now a target, as are sports media personalities.

CBDistillery, a Denver-based CBD company, employs professional MMA athletes, surfers and power lifters, but it hasn’t stopped there. Earlier this year, CBDistillery sent products to ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt in hopes of a shout-out, which is exactly what Van Pelt gave during one of his podcasts. As the company’s public-relations coordinator, Eli Rice, points out, CBD companies are still limited by advertising laws and media policies regarding cannabis, so they get creative with marketing.

“We have a number of sponsored athletes and brand ambassadors, and are always on the lookout for new partnership opportunities. We heard on TV that Scott was interested in CBD, and jumped at the opportunity to send him product,” Rice says. “We were excited to hear him talk about our products on his podcast, as well, and are continuing to send him additional items in hopes that we can establish some type of relationship with him and potentially other ESPN personalities in the future.”

So CBD can not only give me a hot bod, but it’ll also make me a better journalist? Game on!


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At Sustainability Symposium, Cannabis Regulations Collide and Cooperate

“Sustainability is important in every sector of every type of economy, and we are proud that Colorado set a good bar for the cannabis industry,” said Governor Jared Polis during a visit to the 2019 Cannabis Sustainability Symposium.

But the symposium’s organizer, the Cannabis Certification Council, is always looking for ways to shrink the new industry’s environmental impact. Held Friday, October 4, the annual conference hosted industry executives, sustainability advocates and business owners to learn more about what they can do to create a sustainable future for cannabis, and how to start planning for the future today.

Polis, who’s no stranger to the cannabis industry, said he’s looking forward to seeing how new state social consumption licenses, which will be legal in 2020, will further shape the cannabis industry’s role in sustainable pot use. According to the governor, one way to cut down on public consumption and its environmental impact is to make sure cannabis users can consume safely in a social sphere with proper devices, ventilation and waste receptacles.

“We have to set the standard for sustainability in every industry, including cannabis,” he told the crowd.

Although this was the fourth rendition of the symposium, it featured a new award ceremony for sustainable cannabis businesses. Two Colorado brands came out on top, with Smokey’s 420 and Native Roots dispensary chains taking first and second, respectively, for “holistic method with resource management,” according to the symposium. Oregon cannabis cultivator Siskiyou Sungrown won third place.

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While there have been strides in advocating for sustainability across the cannabis industry, keynote speaker Dr. Rachel Knox of the American Cannabinoid Clinic noted in her speech that the industry still has a long way to go.

According to Knox, the plant’s stigma and aggressive capitalism can affect how consumers view the plant, leading to a narrow view of the cannabis industry. That narrow view can also extend to regulators, she added.

“If you don’t understand what you’re regulating, you have a high chance of over-regulating,” she says. “Over-regulation is rooted in fear that cannabis is a vice, and has prohibited advancement in science and research. But there are many health effects THC can actually boost.”

Knox went on to say that the solution is looking at the big picture when building for sustainability, starting with science first. Focusing on the four pillars of sustainability — humanity, society, economy and environment — can lead to an ecosystem that focuses on a balance of consumer health and capitalism, she said.

However, regulators must first establish more accountability within the industry, which carries varying laws and rules from state to state, she added.

“Anyone with any authority about cannabis must develop cannabis competency,” Knox explained. “We must humble ourselves, trust one another, advocate and understand the four pillars of total sustainability.”

But the onus is not all on the regulators. Energy and water use, waste management and building plans can all seriously affect a business’s carbon footprint. According to Emu Systems co-founder Mariana Pickering, the entire production process needs to be viewed as a whole.

“We talked about this before the panel, and we all said it needs to be holistic,” Pickering said during a panel discussion about sustainable design. “We have to break it down into steps that are achievable.”

However, panel members agreed that cannabis sustainability standards still need time to grow, as there are no definite or universal guidelines yet. But that can also sprout innovation, added Nicole Delmage, owner of cannabis business architecture firm MerJ Architecture.

“If an owner has a set idea, everything begins to target toward something achievable,” she said.


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Ask a Stoner: Smoking Hemp Buds

Dear Stoner: Are hemp cigarettes or joints a thing? Like, all hemp?
Justine

Dear Justine: Smoking hemp is turning into very much of a thing, as well as a headache for law enforcement. Since the feds legalized hemp late last year, state and local prosecutors have had to drop hundreds, if not thousands, of low-level marijuana cases because of how hard it is to tell the two plants apart. (Hemp is supposed to have under 0.3 percent THC, but that measurement takes weeks and resources to verify.) And police are getting pissed off about the similarity, because it’s forcing them to back off marijuana enforcement, even in states where pot is still illegal, like Texas.

Checking out the plants at Veritas Farms, a hemp cultivation in southern Colorado.EXPAND

Checking out the plants at Veritas Farms, a hemp cultivation in southern Colorado.

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But are people actually smoking lots of hemp flower? Not as much as the concentrate, but the short answer is yes. High-CBD hemp buds, which look strikingly similar to pot, and hemp cigarettes are now sold in smoke shops, CBD stores and even online, while rolling papers and blunt wraps made of hemp leaves are sold by the bagful at dispensaries. Hemp-marijuana spliffs are even a thing, too. Welcome to 2019.

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Ask a Stoner: Marijuana-Friendly Retirement Homes

Dear Stoner: Are there any cannabis-friendly nursing or retirement homes in Colorado? I’m going to need one sooner than later.
Joe

Dear Joe: Colorado isn’t devoid of nursing homes or senior facilities that are lightening up regarding cannabis use and medical marijuana, but don’t expect to magically land in a retirement home with a toking room, either. We couldn’t find any facilities in Colorado advertising themselves as cannabis-friendly, and most nursing homes won’t even allow nurses to apply medical marijuana products to patients (some allow CBD).

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While finding a retirement home that explicitly endorses cannabis use is unlikely, don’t give up. Some retirement homes allow vaping outdoors or in private rooms — or they at least look the other way, and edible use is largely accepted or ignored by most Colorado senior living communities. After all, you are an adult — but I still wouldn’t ask any nurses or employees to feed you.

Balfour Senior Living allows edibles at its four metro-area facilities, and even occasionally holds educational talks for seniors about medical and recreational cannabis. But even Balfour doesn’t allow smoking.

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Fresh Off a House Victory, Perlmutter Bullish on Pot Banking Bill

Days before Congressman Ed Perlmutter was scheduled to speak at a cannabis management conference in Denver this week, he had a defining moment in Washington, D.C. His bill that would allow banking institutions to serve legal cannabis companies became not only the first pot-related proposal to be considered by the full House of Representatives in over fifty years, but it actually passed.

“Had we not passed that bill last week, I did not want to talk to you people at all,” Perlmutter jokingly told a room full of cannabis regulators and business owners during the City of Denver’s Marijuana Management Symposium on Thursday, October 3. “The banking piece really is the thing that is the icebreaker in all of this.”

Perlmutter’s SAFE Banking Act, which he’d been pushing for six years, would provide federal protection to banks and financial institutions that want to provide loans, lines of credit, bank accounts and other services to cannabis businesses in states where they’re legal. His measure would also clarify that any banks that serve hemp businesses, which became federally legal in 2018, are safe from federal prosecution.

Although hemp is legal nationwide and 47 states have legalized some form of medical or recreational marijuana, the vast majority of banks and financial institutions won’t serve pot businesses out of fear of being hit with federal trafficking charges, because the plant and its derivatives are still considered Schedule I substances. As a result, many licensed pot businesses operate on a cash-only basis.

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The Colorado Sun recently reported that as many as 35 banks and credit unions offer services to Colorado’s cannabis industry, but do so “effectively, anonymously,” with limited clients and nondisclosure agreements, according to a spokesperson for the Colorado Bankers Association.

During his talk at the symposium, Perlmutter said that providing transparency and clearer regulations for the money involved would spur further cannabis reform in Congress, and possibly even lead to federal legalization or descheduling of cannabis.

But first, his banking bill needs to clear the other half of Congress, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t been keen on advancing cannabis-related measures during his time on the Hill. But McConnell, a senator from Kentucky, has been championing industrial hemp since he helped pass the Farm Bill in 2018 — and while that act legalized hemp, it wasn’t clear enough about hemp banking.

That’s where Perlmutter’s bill could help, according to the Colorado representative.

“There have been good signs coming out of the Senate indicating that they’re interested in moving this bill forward,” he told the crowd. “We think the Majority Leader in the Senate — Senator McConnell — will move this forward.”

Perlmutter said that he expects the Senate to vote on the bill “over the next two to three months,” and has hopes that the SAFE Banking Act will become law within the next three to six months. But with a presidential impeachment inquiry hanging over the Senate, there could be some distractions in Congress.

However, Perlmutter pointed out that the Ukraine controversy had already engulfed D.C. by the time his bill made it to the House floor, but “even amidst all the impeachment stuff last week, we were able to pass it.”

Adding to Perlmutter’s optimism are recent statements from Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, who’s announced plans to take up cannabis banking legislation this fall


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6 Ways How Legal Marijuana Has Affected Nevada

To say that there has been a lot of controversies as regards the legalization of marijuana in many states within the US is an understatement. 

That is not to say that the debate is no longer in play, especially for a sate like Nevada with so many dispensaries in las vegas.

As if the city that is already famed for it’s extravagant casinos and luxurious hotels that are styled with a theme of class and unapologetic splendour, doesn’t have enough on her plate to deal with.

But what are all these rouses really about? There is no straight answer to that, but we do know is that hard facts are leaning to more advantages for the government and the people of Nevada. And here are the reasons why……!

Lesser Consumption of Cannabis by Kids and Adolescents

The use of psychoactive drugs has been a tradition that has been practised since the earliest recorded history, both for medicinal and recreational purposes and it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 

But when it comes to kids and teenagers using any type of psychoactive substance, it can be a danger, as their brains are not fully developed and as a result, might suffer detrimental impacts arising from consistent use.

That is where the legalization of cannabis plays a huge role. How? Well just let’s take a look at the facts from just one county in Nevada—Washoe county.

In the years 2015 and 2016, about 514 students were outrightly suspended or expelled from school (mind you, these were high-school kids). 

Coming further up to 2016 through 2017 (when marijuana was legalized in Nevada), 397 students within the same county were also either suspended or kicked out of school for the illegal possession of cannabis.

From those statistics above we can see a decline in the number of students that had issues because of cannabis.

Sales Prospects

Going by the financial estimate of sales as regards the retail cannabis market in Nevada in the year 2017, in which over one hundred million dollars was estimated to be made, in sales alone.

But surprisingly, the actual data of sales attained in the year 2017 in the state of Nevada was in the range of two to two hundred and fifty million dollars.  

So judging by the actual sales figure in 2017, it was estimated that sales are going to reach a record high of one billion dollars by 2025.

We all know the benefit of that much sales and what it is going to do for the state’s Gross Domestic Product earnings and her economy.

Tourist Attraction

Like we said earlier, Nevada already has a lot of side attractions (such as the las vegas strip, museums, easy marriages,—-just to name a few—-) which makes her a huge tourist attraction.

But with all these already existing tourist attractions in place, and with the introduction of cannabis as a legal drug and with so many marijuana dispensaries, the number of people trooping in there on a daily basis has tripled, thereby creating not only employment for citizens on Nevada but also a substantial income for them.

Tax Revenue

It is only natural that the government should tax the cannabis industry like every other industry. But perhaps the most shocking thing about the cannabis industry in Nevada is that it exceeded the expected tax margin by 40% within the first year it was legalized.

The tax return within the first year was seventy million dollars. And then In the early months of 2018, the tax returns exceed the whole revenue generated for tax in the year 2017. That is just an indication of the untapped potential embedded in the production, distribution, and sales of marijuana.

Community Support

With the amount of income generated within the cannabis industry and judging by how lucrative it has been. It has not only made investors and the state rich but also has put both government and large corporations involved in the marijuana business in a generous disposition.

Nye county allocated roughly about two million dollars from the cannabis industry revenue to handicapped communities.

While Clark County (which is where Las Vegas is situated), on the other hand, voted in favour of allocating one million, eight hundred thousand dollars towards combatting homelessness and treating those with critical medical conditions.

As if that is not enough, Clark county also went ahead to make arrangements for seventy-six new beds at the Shannon West Homeless Youth Centre in Southern Nevada, alongside another sixty new beds as part of a program called rapid rehousing—which is meant for persons with very critical health challenges that have just been discharged from the hospital.

Lastly – Protection of Job Applicant

It is a known fact that many organizations and companies do carry out some form of medical tests (either via blood, urine, hair, saliva) in order to ascertain the presence of any narcotics as part of their employment process.

But with the legalization of cannabis, accompanying laws have also been passed against denying any job applicant based on the fact that some traces of marijuana were found in their system.

Prior to the legalization of cannabis, workers were rejected solely for the fact that traces of marijuana were found in their system. But the reserve is the case now, not only are people more eligible to work but also there are some laws protecting an individual in the workplace with exceptions to firefighters and people operating moving vehicles or machines, or people in a role that might constitute a risk to other people’s safety.

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Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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What Are Some Good Sites Online to Get CBD Topicals?

Although seniors probably comprise the largest anti-marijuana age group, they are beginning to flock towards CBD. The non-intoxicating compound is used to treat medical conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s, and PTSD, among other things. Although studies are encouraging, further research is required to prove the efficacy of the compound.

While oils, tinctures, and edibles are flying off the shelves in Western Europe and North America, CBD topicals are gaining a more significant foothold in the industry. Normally, they come in the form of lotions and creams that you rub on a specific part of the body. Proponents of CBD topicals suggest they get to work quickly, and you could rapidly feel the positive effects. 

How Do You Use CBD Topicals?

According to a 2019 report from the Arthritis Foundation, almost 80% of surveyed arthritis patients had already used CBD or were planning to do so. Of those who used the cannabinoids for arthritis symptoms, 55% chose CBD topicals which they applied to the joints. 

The effectiveness of NSAIDs and OTC pharmaceutical drugs for such conditions is open for debate. However, it is a fact that a significant proportion of people are allergic to these forms of medication. In contrast, some seniors say they apply CBD cream, walk away, and realize that they feel no pain. 

For the most part, applying CBD topicals to the joints twice a day is often sufficient. Individuals with conditions such as psoriasis and eczema also prefer CBD lotions and creams.

Are CBD Topicals Effective?

CBD appears to have science on its side. Creams and lotions could help tackle inflammation or pain at a specific site on the body, such as your joints. They are absorbed through the skin and interact with cells near the surface. The cannabidiol doesn’t enter the bloodstream and isn’t designed to ‘cure’ a systemic problem. However, those who use it often claim a diminished level of pain and inflammation in a specific area.  

Unlike OTC pain relief products, CBD topicals don’t ‘mask’ pain or inflammation. The skin contains a high concentration of cannabinoid receptors, part of the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). These CBD receptors are located throughout the body and are associated with immune function, memory, pain sensation, appetite, and much more.

A study by Philpott, O’Brien, and McDougall, published in the journal Pain in December 2017, looked at CBD’s effectiveness on pain and inflammation in rats. The team discovered that when rats with osteoarthritis received prophylactic treatment with CBD, they experienced a cessation of pain.

As promising as some of the research into CBD’s effects on pain is, recent reviews suggest that further studies are required. With the Farm Bill of 2018 legalizing the growth of industrial hemp in the United States, scientists can finally conduct detailed research into cannabidiol. 

Best Practices for Using CBD Topicals

  • Decide Where to Apply the Cream/Lotion: The actual site of the pain is potentially different from where you think it is. For instance, is it tension in your neck that is causing your migraine, or is it emanating from your head? If you want to use a CBD topical to address general pain, apply it to ‘sore’ spots such as the shoulders, soles of the feet, joints, or temples.

  • Thorough Cleanse the Site: Unless you had a bath or shower five seconds ago, there are bacteria and contaminants on your skin. Clean, and then dry the area where you intend to apply the compound.

  • Apply Liberally: Don’t be afraid to use lots of CBD cream on the site if necessary. Some users add a second or even a third dose! However, we recommend trying a small amount first to see how it affects you. 

  • Clean Your Hands: Wash your hands before AND after applying the CBD topical. Some products have added ingredients such as mint or citrus, which can sting the eyes.

  • Don’t Expect Miracles: Regardless of what you have read about the healing powers of CBD, the cannabinoid affects everyone differently. If you have had crippling arthritis for 15 years, don’t expect CBD to ‘cure’ it! In most cases, users report a reduction in pain; a sensation which takes a while to appear.

Where is the Best Place to Purchase CBD Topicals?

The industry as a whole has a problem with a lack of regulation. It is wise to invest in reputable brands such as Premium Jane?? known for producing high-quality CBD topicals. The best products include organic CBD taken from the raw plant material. Make sure the brand in question has third-party lab reports and a significant online presence with a professional-looking website.

Most sellers offer tubs containing 2-4 ounces of cream or lotion. While it doesn’t seem like a lot, it is normal for a 2-oz container to last over a month! When compared to expensive pharmaceutical products with questionable benefits, CBD topicals suddenly seem like excellent value for money! 

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Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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Why Colorado Tokers Love Tang Tang

“Tang” is one of the more difficult flavor concepts for me to grasp. Is it sweet? Savory? Sour? A mix of all three? Calling something “tangy” at a family dinner table will often lead to an argument from someone who thinks tangy and tart are the same thing, thanks to powdered-drink-pushing chimpanzees. In actuality, tang is supposed be slightly sour while adding another fresh or zesty characteristic, as with plain yogurt, sourdough bread or certain tomato sauces.

Tangy cannabis strains are even harder to pinpoint, because the trait doesn’t really exist in most outside of Cannalope Haze and some peach- and apricot-leaning strains. Sour flavors in pot usually come from terpenes found in citrus fruits, which are clearly more sour than tangy — but when matched with light pine, herbal or floral notes, the tang is there.

Tang Tang (also known as Tropical Tang and just Tang) takes sweet, dank and savory notes of skunk and ripe peaches and pits them against a zesty, citrus-laden sourness, like a bottle of homemade barbecue sauce. The strain’s rare flavor and even rarer rush of energy have given Tang Tang somewhat of a cult following, with a high known for daytime euphoria and focused productivity. But to gain a cult following, there needs to be factor of under-estimation or low distribution. In my opinion, Tang Tang has to fight both.

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A phenotype of Blue Sonja, Tang Tang has deep roots that stretch back to Blueberry and Grapefruit strains, and even further back to Afghani and Thai landraces. The strain’s genetics are reportedly around 90 percent sativa, and the high is perfect for the outdoor or active user — but Tang Tang’s yield is mediocre, and it takes several weeks longer than most strains to fully bloom. Those qualities are so ugly to commercial growers that two of Tang Tang’s children, Mob Boss and Pootie Tang, eclipsed it in popularity in Colorado years ago. However, you can still find Tang Tang around town intermittently.

Looks: Tang Tang is labeled a 90 percent sativa, and its buds fit that mold, with slender, open calyxes that look like a bunch of skunky, delicious blobs. That daytime reputation is made stronger by the strain’s bright-green color.

Smell: Tang Tang’s sweet smell of apricots, citrus and pine needles is rounded out with a heavy skunk aroma, giving it that “tangy” smell, like a salad with over-ripened fruit and heavy dressing.

Flavor: This is where you learn how rare Tang Tang’s flavor profile really is, as those tart, refreshing flavors stay wound tight instead of separating into layers, as happens with most citrus-heavy strains.

Effects: Treat Tang Tang like coffee that makes you hungry instead of wanting to poop: A little is extremely blissful and productive, but too much is disorienting, and your wit drains by the second. I use it for stress, slight anxiety, neck pain and a touchy stomach.

Home grower’s take: “She’s a pretty good strain for fall or winter if you’re growing indoors, because I remember my Tropical Tang doing very well despite about 5 degrees of temperature fluctuation at night or in the morning. That will usually fuck with a strain, but she kept pushing. Those last two or three weeks seemed like they took forever, though. It’s like the buds got to 90 percent complete within six weeks, then took another three or four to finish that last 10 percent. For an average yield, that’s a lot of time.”

Commercial grower’s take: “You might not see Tang around stores as much as you once did, but you’ll definitely see traces of it. Mob Boss has been a huge strain in Denver for a couple years now, and that’s a Tang hybrid. So is Ultra Sonja and Pootie Tang, I believe. They’re all just more friendly for profitability, and the high is similar.”

Is there a strain you’d like to see profiled? Email marijuana@westword.com.


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