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The astonishing success of Oklahoma’s MED market may be best illustrated by the recent closure of the state’s largest dispensary: the Apco Med Shop in Oklahoma City. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, “the Capitol was closed down, and our store in downtown Oklahoma City lost all its foot traffic,” Dedre Galvez, who manages the company’s Tulsa location, said. In other words, the clientele for the Sooner State’s biggest dispensary came mostly from government employees. How many of them were legislators can’t be known, but

The California state Assembly has unanimously voted in favor of a bill that would slam businesses and individuals that support illegal pot sellers with fines up to $30,000 a day, and a final vote is expected in the state Senate when legislators return to Sacramento this month. The measure takes aim not at the dealers themselves, but at those who provide advertising and other aid to illicit sellers, and even landlords who knowingly rent retail space to unlicensed cannabis operations, the Los Angeles

PRNewswire  |  EUREKA, CA Papa & Barkley, the leading cannabis wellness company in California, best known for its award-winning topicals and tinctures, today announced the launch of its Releaf Gummies, a line of sugar-free, gluten-free, keto-friendly, zero-calorie, full spectrum, and solventless edibles. They come in four fruity flavors: Tart Apple and Berry Burst, which are vegan, and Juicy Orange and Wild Strawberry. Designed for health-conscious consumers, Releaf Gummies are Papa & Barkley's first line of edible wellness products. Great for stress, anxiety, relaxation,

A study by researchers at the University of California shows that cannabis may have the potential to treat the chronic pain associated with sickle cell disease. Results of the research, which was led by University of California at Irvine researcher Kalpna Gupta and Dr. Donald Abrams of U.C. San Francisco, were published last week in the journal Jama Open Network. “These trial results show that vaporized cannabis appears to be generally safe,” said Gupta, a professor of medicine on the faculty of UCI’s Center

Ronnie Bell’s prized possessions aren’t the collectible toys or bongs that clutter his ranch-style house. What the 65-year-old values most is his extensive indoor marijuana grow. Bell’s “bachelor pad” features a guest-bedroom-turned-nursery with a reflective grow-tent. There are racks of marijuana plants in the next room. This farmer, who served 21 years in the U.S. Marines and 21 years in the U.S. Postal Service, is one of many unlicensed marijuana cultivators in the unincorporated township of Anza. Over the 24 years Bell

Federal marijuana prohibition is costing state-legal cannabis companies millions of dollars, as Border Patrol units have ramped up their harassment of state-legal commerce in California this summer. “They’ve intimidated my employees and cost me a lot of money.” Josh Swider, director of Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs On July 1, officials at Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs (Infinite CAL), a state-licensed San Diego cannabis lab, went public with their complaints of federal harassment after Border Patrol agents seized the lab’s legal hemp samples at an

The Associated Press  |  LOS ANGELES The number of felony marijuana arrests in California continued to decline in 2019 in the age of legalization, but another trend remained unchanged: those arrests fell disproportionately on Hispanics and Blacks, state data showed. The California Department of Justice, in an annual snapshot of crime rates in the nation’s most populous state released earlier this month, said there were 1,181 felony cannabis arrests last year, down from 1,617 in 2018, the first year of broad legalization.

The California Assembly has approved a measure that would levy civil fines up to $30,000 per day to those who provide building space, advertising platforms, and other aid to unlicensed operators, the Los Angeles Times reports. The bill was introduced by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D) who said that as much as 80 percent of the cannabis sold in the state comes from illegal operators. The language of the proposed law would require it to be known that a cannabis business is illegal and

It’s unclear what types of cannabis companies were eligible for PPP money and the picture gets foggier in the list of recipients released by the The U.S. Treasury. Marijuana-related companies were thought to be off-limits, yet celebrity backed dispensaries appear to have received help. What's less clear is the eligibility of businesses that serve the cannabis industry, or provide services to it without actually touching the plant. Businesses that "derive revenue from marijuana-related activities or that support the end-use of marijuana" are

Long Beach, Calif.-based Moxie, the first licensed commercial cannabis business in that state, has made a move to switch from plastic packaging to paper for the bulk of it cannabis products, despite having to pay more for the materials. “The packaging is more costly than the previous packaging we had,” confirms Moxie Chief Marketing Officer Tessa Adams, “but environmental sustainability is more important than profits. “At Moxie, we feel it’s our duty to protect the earth, which provides us the life