Jeff Sessions’ War on Legal Weed is Spooking Banks

The Twin City Bank in Longview, Washington has been serving cannabis dispensaries and other marijuana-related business since recreational dispensaries opened there in 2014. But in January, bank president and CEO Neil Zick started getting calls from nervous customers who were suddenly thinking about closing their accounts. “I have had a few customers who think they should take out their money and put it in a coffee can in the backyard,” he said. “I have been…
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Calgary Chef Experiments with Recipes Involving Cannabis Ahead of Legalization

While recreational marijuana will be legalized in Canada starting in July of this year, prepared edible cannabis products will not be greenlighted for at least another year but that’s not stopping one Calgary chef from getting a head start on bringing cannabis into the kitchen. John Michael MacNeil, the executive chef of The Beltliner Diner and a self-described longtime cannabis advocate, is a champion of the health benefits and culinary uses of marijuana. “When you…
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The Unbearable Lightness of the Egyptian Sinai (Part 1 of 3)

CANNABIS CULTURE - (Part 1 of 3) Hi-Tech Israel’s Low-Tech Cannabis Oasis. The Sinai has long been a place out of place, a peninsula bridging Africa and Asia, straddling the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the south. Throughout history, it has been a battleground between regional powers to its west and east, regularly alternating between Egyptian administrations and Levantine rulers. A sparsely populated desert at the intersection of kingdoms and…
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Colorado Girl Scouts are Now Allowed to Sell Their Cookies in Front of Weed Dispensaries

Colorado Girl Scouts have made a U-turn on their decision to stop Girl Scouts from selling cookies outside of marijuana dispensaries. Previous regulations meant that Scouts were only allowed to sell outside ‘family-oriented’ businesses but the rules have been updated for the 2018 season to include ‘adult-oriented’ businesses – like dispensaries, tattoo parlours and liquor stores/bars – under the same umbrella as all the others. However, all proposals for sales at any site must be…
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Sale of Recreation Marijuana in Canada Delayed Until August

If you've been waiting for July first to legally buy recreational marijuana, there's bad news. The Trudeau government won't be able to deliver on its promise to make pot legal by Canada day. David Akin reports. Canadians will have to wait until at least early August – and maybe as late as early September – to legally purchase recreational marijuana. That’s the bottom line now that senators have struck a deal to hold a final…
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A Dinner Date With Cannabis

Whether you’re ready or not, cannabis is coming to the neighbhourhood – and across Canada. As debate over the legalization of marijuana continues, there are plenty of companies waiting in the wings to get in on the ground floor of this rapidly evolving industry. And why not? Consumers will need help to make enlightened choices, and just figure out the green landscape. One such company is the Toronto-based Hempster, which bills itself as a cannabis…
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Boy With Rare Form of Epilepsy Denied Cannabis Oil Treatment

Government refuses to issue licence for medication that reduces six-year-old’s seizures. The government has refused to issue a licence for a six-year-old boy with a rare form of epilepsy to be treated with cannabis oil, despite evidence that it has eased his symptoms and support from MPs. Alfie Dingley, from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, can suffer up to 30 seizures a day. His mother said they had decreased dramatically in number and severity while he was in…
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Disjointed: Cast and Crew Comment on Netflix Cancellation

As we reported earlier, Netflix has cancelled Disjointed. Now, the cast and crew are sharing their thoughts on the TV series’ cancellation. From Chuck Lorre, the comedy centers on Ruth (Kathy Bates), the proud proprietor of a Los Angeles-area marijuana dispensary. The cast also includes Dougie Baldwin, Elizabeth Ho, Chris Redd, Tone Bell, Aaron Moten, Elizabeth Alderfer, Betsy Sodero, Nicole Sullivan, Michael Trucco, and Mae Harrington. On social media, Disjointed star Michael Trucco as well…
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San Diego Pop-Up Dinners Pair Cannabis With Food

Marijuana supper clubs arrive on the local dining scene. January 1, 2018 brought an entire new industry to San Diego’s doorstep: legalized cannabis. And, considering marijuana and food have been bedfellows since the beginning of time (munchies, anyone?), it’s no surprise that San Diego’s chefs and epicureans are eager to get in the game, and have done so mainly by launching dinners that pair cannabis consumption with high-end dishes. One dinner event, which recently celebrated…
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Bend Company Whips Up Cannabis-Infused Nut Butter

Mix a money guy, a cannabis dispensary owner, an inventor and a diet writer and the result is a recipe for a marijuana-infused nut butter that claims to have healthful properties — and that packs a longer, smoother high. For the past six months, Bend-based Lux Edibles has been selling a cinnamon bun-flavored almond nut butter infused with a cannabis distillate in 150 dispensaries around the state and has hopes for expanding that to 360…
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