South Carolina Marijuana News

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, a bipartisan group of sixteen state treasurers, led by Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read, sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting that the next piece of COVID-19 relief legislation include the SAFE Banking Act.

The letter prominently cites both the well-known and new safety issues that come into play when forcing so many to operate on a purely cash basis:

This provision would not only address new safety issues created by the COVID-19 crisis, but also those caused by the existing conflict between federal  and state cannabis laws. The 28,000 cannabis related legitimate businesses and their 243,700 employees, who already faced significant burdens before the pandemic, are now confronting dangerous new obstacles as they attempt to address the changed circumstances. To keep workers, patients and consumers safe, it is essential that we reduce the use of cash by creating access to financial services for these state-licensed businesses.

Those new obstacles include forcing cannabis businesses and users to continue engaging in all-cash transactions without the option of “no-contact exchanges” – which obviously gives cause for concern given CDC and WHO guidance that suggests the coronavirus can live on surfaces for extended periods of time.

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Elise McDonough, an eighteen-year veteran of the cannabis industry, is one of the first people who took the time to dig a bit deeper into my nascent background in cannabis. After all, she interviewed me for High Times back when my book Cannabis Cocktails was launched. Her ready smile and deeply journalistic skills put me at ease, and I’ll always be appreciative of her efforts on my behalf. She, too, is an author — check out her Bong Appétit cookbook from Vice, The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook and Marijuana for Everybody!. Recently, I discovered that Elise has created a new chapter in her life. She is now a Brand Manager at CannaCraft, responsible for confections marketing within California’s largest cannabis company, dipping into her knowledge base with everything she has at her disposal. She epitomizes the term class act.

Warren Bobrow: You’ve had a fame filled career in cannabis, and I see you have an important job with CannaCraft— What ambitions do you have with your new role?

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Second Cup Ltd.’s parent company has opened its first recreational cannabis dispensary.

Mississauga, Ont.-based Aegis Brands says it welcomed guests to a Hemisphere Cannabis Co. location on Avenue Road in mid-town Toronto today.

The location was previously home to a Second Cup and will be joined by six more dispensaries Aegis has planned to open in Toronto, Orleans, Ont. and Ottawa in the coming months.

Second Cup said in 2018 that it has more than 130 locations across Ontario that it plans to leverage to enter the cannabis space.

– Read the entire article at CP24 News.

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A proposal to lift penalties for marijuana possession in Kansas City has been voted into action.

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Get ready, Illinois—Cannabis Cup: People’s Choice Edition is coming your way.

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In prior blog posts (see here, here, and here), I described how we field regular inquiries regarding international cannabis, both from companies inside the U.S. looking internationally and from international companies looking to the U.S. market. This post deals with geography issues for international companies seeking to enter the U.S. market.

Where to locate your business?

If you have spent any time in the U.S., you know that it is very easy to travel from one state to another and that, except for weather, geography and regional cultural differences, the U.S. feels quite homogeneous. That means that as a business owner you will want to focus on where your customer base will be and whether you need to be near your customer base or can do your business from a nearby state.

For retail businesses, you will need to set up shop where your customer base is. For wholesale or e-commerce companies, you have more flexibility on where to set up your base of operations. Even retail businesses can set up operations in another region or state if it makes sense.

For instance, if California were a sovereign nation, its economy would be the 5th largest in the world.

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Looking For A CBD Bath Bomb? Try These Recipes For CBD Bath Bombs

Are you looking for a perfect way to spice up your regular bath routine? You might want to consider these bath products that serve as unique enhancers and proven to be way better than the norm.

With the booming popularity of cannabis-fused products, incorporating CBD bath bombs to your usual shower regimen is the perfect way to alleviate tired, sore muscles, and practice some holistic self-care. Cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound embedded in hemp, continues to emerge as a trending ingredient for personal care products of all sorts.

– Read the entire article at News Lagoon.

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Do words matter? The “Marijuana” versus “cannabis” debate.

Here’s a question to ponder this morning: should people use the word “cannabis” or “marijuana” when referring to the psychoactive plant? That sounds like a pretty left-field question for a Wednesday morning, we know. But it was sparked by a lengthy discussion in the Ars office this morning, and we figured it might be interesting to get your take on the issue, particularly since the way we use language is under the spotlight right now.
Confession time: the debate was initiated by yours truly. I find it hard not to be pedantic, and since the actual names of the plants that people smoke (or vape, or eat) are cannabis sativa and cannabis indica, I think that’s what we should use when we write about the topic at Ars. The word “marijuana” is also specific to North America, and while our audience is predominantly North American, it’s not exclusively so.

– Read the entire article at Ars Technica.

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The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is not playing games anymore when it comes to dispensaries that dodge taxes.

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Could medical psilocybin be a possibility in Oregon?

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