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The UK Reschedules Cannabis To A Schedule II Drug

August 3rd, 2018 - Marguerite Arnold

It has been a long fought “Battle of Britain,” and it’s not over yet. However, change on the cannabis front has finally come to the UK. In late July, after an escalation by medical access campaignersand the press over the summer, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced that cannabis would officially now, be rescheduled in […]

What Are the Largest Cannabis Markets in the United States?

August 3rd, 2018 - Bethan Jenkins

The United States’ legal cannabis industry is gearing up for immense growth. A total of 30 U.S. states have now legalized the plant for medicinal use and many more expected to follow suit. Let’s not forget about the nine states that have permitted the plant for adult-use, too. Home to some 325 million people, the […]

What Are Cannabis Essential Oils?

July 30th, 2018 - Bethan Jenkins

The medical community’s attention is shifting towards the green spectrum of whole-plant medicines; a category that cannabis essential oils (CEOs) slot nicely into. Cannabis is by no means a new discovery for the pharmaceutical world. Back in the 1840s, the cannabis plant was welcomed into Western medicine by a surgeon called W.B. O’Shaughnessy. According to […]

European Cannabis Market To Hit €115 Billion By 2028

July 25th, 2018 - Rachelle Gordon

Europe is officially on the forefront of the global cannabis industry, according to new data released by analyst group Prohibition Partners. The 3rd Edition of The European Cannabis Report™ finds that the marijuana market is projected to be worth over €115 billion by 2028. The news comes during a watershed moment for legal marijuana around the […]

The (German) Bid Is Back In Town

July 24th, 2018 - Marguerite Arnold

For those who missed the notification via the European online bid portal on the 19th, or even the headline on Friday, July 20, the German Bid is back!  15 months after the more or less quiet issuance of the bid the first time (although this announcement turned the first ICBC in Berlin, held just days […]

Canadian Legalization Delayed Until October 17

July 23rd, 2018 - Marguerite Arnold

It’s official and “weed” if not the people have clearly won. The voters have spoken, the government has finally voted, and now the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has been allowed to set a date – even if later than initially promised or hoped.  Legal cannabis sales will begin across Canada just shy of two weeks […]

New Agreements Will Ensure Quality Cannabis in British Columbia

July 16th, 2018 - Ryan Allway

British Columbia’s sole legal wholesaler of non-medical cannabis has entered into agreements with licensed producers to ensure a retail supply for when non-medical cannabis is legalized. The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has signed memorandums of understanding with 31 licensed producers of non-medical cannabis to form an extensive and competitive wholesale product assortment. The initial product […]

Ultra-High Net Worth Investors Gather in LA for Exclusive Pre-Espys Cannabis Event

July 16th, 2018 - Ryan Allway

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, dozens of athletes, entrepreneurs, and ultra-high net worth accredited investors will gather in Beverly Hills, California for the Unofficial Pre-ESPYs Dinner, hosted exclusively by Green Table.  Entrepreneurs and investors participating in the event will benefit from the firsthand knowledge of some of the world’s most premiere cannabis experts and thought […]

CFN Media Interviews Guy Setton of GemmaCert

July 11th, 2018 - Rachelle Gordon

Laboratory testing is already a critical component of the legal cannabis market. Producers are expected to maintain rigorous standards in order to prevent sub-standard products from reaching the end consumer. GemmaCert is a table-top testing device that analyzes cannabis flowers in a smart way in order to achieve an accurate potency reading – without the […]

Cannabis Reforms Sweep the United States

July 11th, 2018 - Ryan Allway

Cannabis reform is finally coming to the United States this year, in the form of legalized adult-use cannabis in California and progress towards medical cannabis legalization nationwide. Investors may want to keep a close eye on these trends as the market could reach over $50 billion in size by 2026, according to Cowen & Co. […]

Alberta Will Be Ready to Roll Come October 17

July 9th, 2018 - Ryan Allway

The AGLC has been diligently working for months to select the right partners to bring legal cannabis to Alberta, in a safe and responsible manner while continuing to offer choices Albertans can trust. The following federally licensed producers (LPs) were selected from 31 proponents that responded to the “Expression of Interest” that closed in February. […]

How to Invest in Australia’s Medical Cannabis Market

June 28th, 2018 - Ryan Allway

Canada and the United States may be the two most well-known cannabis markets, but Australia’s changing laws could pave the way toward becoming an industry leader. After legalizing the export of medical cannabis, the country could become one of just three countries that are exporting high-quality product en masse. The domestic market could also break […]

FDA Approves Cannabis-Derived Drug for First Time

June 25th, 2018 - Rachelle Gordon

In a move destined to potentially change the face of medical cannabis, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a cannabinoid-derived drug for the first time. Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution is meant to treat people ages two years and up who suffer from severe seizure disorders Dravet syndrome or Lennox-Gastaut […]

Industry Power Women Paves the Way for Female Cannabis Entrepreneurs

June 25th, 2018 - Rachelle Gordon

The budding legal cannabis industry is a competitive place – and rightly so. According to analysts, domestic marijuana sales could exceed a staggering $57 billion by 2027, making it no surprise that lots of people want to get in while the getting’s good while establishing their dominance in a newly emerging market. One group, Industry […]

Arcadian Fund Provides Exposure to Cannabis

June 20th, 2018 - Ryan Allway

The cannabis industry is projected to exceed $50 billion by 2026, according to Cowen & Co., driven by the legalization of medical and adult-use cannabis across a growing number of states. Despite the enormous market opportunity, many professionally-managed Wall Street funds have stayed away from the market due to the stigma and regulatory risks. But, […]

Gardner, Warren, Joyce and Blumenauer Unveil Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation to Protect State Marijuana Policies

June 8th, 2018 - Ryan Allway

U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representatives David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) today introduced the bicameral, bipartisan Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) to ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders. The […]

California Cannabiz Expo Wrap-Up

May 30th, 2018 - Rachelle Gordon

The legal cannabis market in California is poised to be a multi-billion dollar industry, mere months after the beginning of adult-use sales. Nowhere was this more evident than at the California Cannabiz Expo at The Magic Box in Downtown Los Angeles. The innovative event, presented by California Weed Blog and Canna Newswire, featured dozens of […]

Google and Facebook Can’t Stop the Digital Marketing of Cannabis

May 29th, 2018 - Christian Valdez

As much as the cannabis industry doesn’t agree, the world sees recreational of marijuana as a vice. This puts it in the same category of other vices like tobacco, alcohol and pornography when it comes to public perception and governmental oversight. This negative impression, justified or not, along with the ambiguity of federal laws has […]

MJBizConNEXT Wrap-Up: Emerging Innovations, Celebrity Appearances & More

May 29th, 2018 - Rachelle Gordon

On May 11th-13th, 3,200 cannabis business owners, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders gathered in The Big Easy for MJBizConNEXT. Focused on emerging innovations within the cannabis space, the conference drew celebrities, seasoned industry veterans, and those looking to begin their own foray into the fast-growing legal marijuana market. “There has been so much excitement about this […]

The Definitive Guide to Cannabis Weight Charts & Conversions

May 18th, 2018 - Kelly Weimert

From grams to ounces to halves to eighths, there are a lot of metrics thrown around in the weed industry. And, if you’re new to marijuana, you might find yourself a little baffled by what the heck it all means. While you probably still get by just fine with telling your budtender that you want to […]

Why the Hemp Business Isn’t Slowing Down Anytime Soon

May 14th, 2018 - Bethan Jenkins

There has never been a better time to launch a cannabis hemp business, what with the industry seeing expeditious growth over the last few years. Hemp is usually cultivated in in the northern hemisphere. Closely related to the Cannabis sativa plant species, hemp was originally spun into fiber some 10,000 years ago, according to Hemp, […]

House Committee Approves Historic Medical Cannabis Research Bill

May 14th, 2018 - Ryan Allway

There is no doubt that public support for cannabis legalization has been gaining momentum. According to Gallup, support for legalization has risen from less than 50 percent prior to 2010 to more than 64 percent by early 2018. The rise of Republican support to more than 50 percent in 2017 marked a key turning point […]

Get a Sneak Peak of the NCIA’s 5th Annual Cannabis Business Summit and Expo

May 3rd, 2018 - Ryan Allway

We are excited to partner with the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) on the 5th Annual Cannabis Business Summit and Expo. The influential cannabis event returns to celebrate five years of bringing together the best and brightest minds in the industry. Join us and more than 7,500 cannabis professionals on July 25 through 27 for […]

Cannabis On The Rhine: The Berlin ICBC Comes Into Its Own In Sophomore Year

April 27th, 2018 - Marguerite Arnold

It’s not like the first edition of the Berlin International Cannabis Business Conference – or ICBC, helmed by the ever affable, professional and esoteric Alex Rogers and a professional team of organizers, lacked polish, cred or drama. Set against the backdrop of the announcement of Germany’s first legal medical cultivation bid last year, the ICBC […]

Where Are the Marijuana Index Funds?

April 26th, 2018 - Jason Mueller

Most people are at least vaguely familiar with mutual funds: they know them as conservative investments that allow the common investor to diversify their money within the market simply by buying into the fund instead of purchasing a single security such as Treasury bonds or individual stocks.  One thing that many folks don’t know, however, […]

What’s Holding Up THC Breathalyzers?

April 25th, 2018 - Bethan Jenkins

Driving under the influence of something that impairs reactions is a serious offence. While there are alcohol breathalyzers to detect when a motorist has been knocking back the booze before taking to the open roads, what about drivers who use cannabis prior to getting behind the wheel? Well, it might have taken a while, but […]

Senators Rally Behind (U.S.) Cannabis Legalization

April 23rd, 2018 - Ryan Allway

President Trump’s unexpected support for state-level cannabis legalization has spurred Democrats to rally behind new legislation for federal legalization over the past weeks. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Marijuana Justice Act last year to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, incentivize states to mitigate racial disparities in marijuana arrests, and expunge federal convictions […]

How to Extract THC

April 23rd, 2018 - Kelly Weimert

As both recreational and medicinal marijuana become increasingly legal across the United States, the way people ingest cannabis is becoming increasingly creative. No longer are cannabis enthusiasts confined to consuming the flower alone. These days, there’s wax, shatter, sugar, budder, and an ever-growing range of other cannabis concentrates that can be consumed in lieu of smoking […]

Why The German Market Is Now Destination Number 1 For GMP Certified Medical Cannabis

April 16th, 2018 - Marguerite Arnold

In breaking news out of Germany, the Higher Regional Court (OLG) in Dusseldorf handed down a stunning but increasingly rumored decision on March 28 on the pending domestic cannabis cultivation bid. The impact of this decision will certainly affect the date on which the country begins producing domestically sourced medical cannabis. It also creates an […]

CBD vs. CBDA: What’s the Difference?

April 16th, 2018 - Lukas Barfield

The cannabis industry is fraught with acronyms – such as THC to CBD – and technical vocabulary – such as phytocannabinoids. While these terms may be difficult to understand, it’s important for consumers and physicians to know about them to make the best decisions. CBD vs. CBDA Cannabidiolic acid, abbreviated CBDa, is one of the primary cannabinoids produced […]


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