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Beyond THC & CBD: A Look at the Other Cannabinoids

February 10th, 2017 - Jeremy Martin
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With recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries now numbering in the thousands nationwide, consumers and patients alike are finding themselves inundated with strain and brand options at a rate never before seen. Plants are being selected and bred to treat a range of symptoms from the daily inconvenience of headaches or lethargy up to the life-altering […]

4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition in New York City Opens Registration

February 10th, 2017 - Ryan Allway
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Registration is now open for the only trade show and conference in New York focused on the business of cannabis, the 4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) will take place June 14-16, 2017 at the Javits Convention Center in New York, NY. Serving the East Coast, CWCBExpo NY will create a dynamic […]

How Profitable is Cannabis for Canada’s Licensed Producers?

February 8th, 2017 - Kelly Weimert
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In recent months, the Canadian stance on marijuana reform—both medically and recreationally— has become more crystalline as Health Minister Jane Philpott stated to the UN Special Session on Drugs that the country would introduce new legislation for legalization this spring. These developments bode well for Canada’s economy as studies project marijuana sales, even at the […]

Accounting Challenges for Cannabis Businesses

February 6th, 2017 - Jackie Tortello
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Running a cannabis business presents a number of benefits like helping patients in need and participating in a critical turning point in American history. Despite the ways the retail sale of recreational marijuana has shaped and developed a new market, it’s still not recognized under federal law and poses a number of challenges to those […]

How Cannabis Helps Athletes Manage Pain & Boost Performance

February 3rd, 2017 - Rachelle Gordon
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Marijuana is now legal for medical or recreational use in 29 states and the District of Columbia – 60% of Americans live where they can obtain cannabis legitimately. Most people who use marijuana do so to treat a specific ailment, or to catch a nice buzz. But there are emerging sectors of this growing industry […]

How Much Did States Make from Cannabis in 2016?

February 2nd, 2017 - Jackie Tortello
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There’s no doubt that cannabis tax revenue has drawn many startups into the business, leaving major corporations left out in the cold. With the accessibility and growing number of products, the main questions are, how much did states make from cannabis in 2016 and where will the market head in the future? Which States Have […]

Israel Moves to Decriminalize Cannabis for Personal Use

January 27th, 2017 - Spencer Schredder
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Israeli officials unveiled plans to decriminalize cannabis for personal use to redirect resources away from personal use and focus on dangerous drugs. According to the United Nations, nearly 10% of Israelis use marijuana while about 10,000 individuals have a license to use the drug for medical purposes. The new policy, developed by Public Security Minister […]

Best Cannabis Products of 2017

January 27th, 2017 - Bethan Jenkins
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Companies that specialize in the sale of cannabis tech products and cannabis strains might be shifting their plans since the presidential election of Donald Trump, however, the growth of the marijuana industry is not decelerating. Decriminalized in some states and legalized for recreational use and/or cultivation in 29 states, including Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, […]

6 Must-Have Apps for Cannabis Professionals

January 25th, 2017 - Rachelle Gordon
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The legal cannabis industry is exploding with nearly 60% of Americans now living where they can legally obtain marijuana in some way. Financial analysts believe that cannabis will be a multi-billion dollar industry in a few short years, potentially creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. In Colorado, where both recreational and medical cannabis are legal, […]

How Jeff Sessions & Tom Price Could Derail the Cannabis Industry

January 24th, 2017 - Lukas Barfield
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California was the first state to pass medical cannabis in 1996. Two short years later Alaska, Colorado and Washington passed their own form of medical cannabis in 1998. Since that time 28 states and DC have legalized some form of full plant medical cannabis with the large majority now allowing limited CBD use with in […]

Germany Opens Up Medical Marijuana Market with Rx Changes

January 23rd, 2017 - Ryan Allway
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Germany’s parliament voted unanimously to legalize the use of medical marijuana in a move that could signal big changes in Europe. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, individuals with multiple sclerosis and other severe illnesses will have access to medical marijuana that’s covered by health insurance with a prescription. The new law, which was […]

Tips for Landing a Job in the Cannabis Industry

January 19th, 2017 - Kelly Weimert
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As marijuana’s legalization begins to expand nationwide—both medically and recreationally—it’s no overstatement to say that the revenue its generating is booming. In fact, analysis by the Tax Foundation found that nationwide legalization could generate up to $28 billion in tax revenues for federal, state, and local governments. Vast economic growth is happening wherever marijuana legalization […]

How 280E is Killing the Cannabis Industry

January 19th, 2017 - Rachelle Gordon
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The legal cannabis industry is growing rapidly, with many analysts believing it could soon be a multi-billion dollar business. A recent report from The Arcview Group stated that the United States canna-business could be worth $22 billion annually by 2020. However, there is a big problem looming over cannabis companies – Section 280E of the […]

What the DEA’s Letter Means for CBD Oil Companies

January 12th, 2017 - Bethan Jenkins
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On December 14, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Agency made an update to the Federal Register item (21 CFR Part 1308) that has since sent shockwaves across the marijuana industry. The DEA CBD oil Rule confirms that as of January 17, 2017, a harsher cannabis law will be put into place to wipe out CBD oil […]

How the Canadian Cannabis Task Force Memo Could Affect the Market

January 11th, 2017 - Jackie Tortello
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A recent report from the Canadian Cannabis Task Force announced how the Canada recreational legalization could impact society, shape Canadian economy and influence the views of parents, children and medical researchers. The Canadian Cannabis Task Force made 80 recommendations to the government. Some of those recommendations suggested that marijuana should be sold in public spaces […]

How Has Recreational Legalization Affected MMJ Patients?

January 5th, 2017 - Jeremy Martin
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For Bill Fredericks the pain began slowly. A sports injury to his toe that wouldn’t quite heal began affecting his entire foot and then his knee. Over time he would deal with chronic lower back pain, preventing him from exercising and distracting him at work. An employee in Seattle’s booming construction industry, Fredericks needed complete […]

White Collar Cannabis Careers – the Rise of the Pot Paper Pushers

December 27th, 2016 - Rachelle Gordon
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Cannabis is now legal for medical or recreational use in 28 states and the District of Columbia – nearly 60% of Americans live where they can obtain pot legitimately. With this newly emerging multi-billion dollar industry comes not just the ability to purchase weed over-the-counter, but thousands of jobs as well. Any business, especially one […]

Who Are the Conservatives That Support Cannabis?

December 23rd, 2016 - Kelly Weimert
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No matter on which side of the political spectrum a legislator falls, cannabis legalization is a topic lawmakers on every side are now being regularly confronted with. Republicans, Democrats and everyone in between are having to come to terms with their beliefs, thoughts, and feelings about future legislation on marijuana reform as it continues to […]

Florida Residents Could Face a Long Wait for Amendment 2

December 21st, 2016 - Lukas Barfield
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The November election brought big wins for medical cannabis patients and recreational cannabis enthusiast around the country. Both medical and recreational cannabis rode the winds of change in the 2016 election. California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine all passed recreational cannabis, and North Dakota, Florida and Arkansas passed much needed medical cannabis. This brings the number […]

Scientific Review Shows Mixed Uses for Cannabis

November 17th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Most cannabis research has focused on the negative impacts that the drug has on individuals to support the War on Drugs effort. With the widespread legalization of cannabis in recent years, the research has started to shift towards the medical benefits of the drug, but the data is still very sparse. Researchers in the U.S. […]

Cannabis Legalization Sweeps the West Coast

November 9th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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More than a quarter of the U.S. population will now live in a state where medical or recreational cannabis is legal following the 2016 elections. Voters in California, Nevada, and Massachusetts endorsed the recreational use of marijuana in state-wide polls, while Arizona rejected the measure and Maine’s votes are still being counted. Meanwhile, voters in […]

CFN Media to Film Interviews at CWCBExpo in Los Angeles on September 8-9

September 6th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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CFN Media, the leading creative agency and digital media network dedicated to legal cannabis, today announced that it will be filming and interviewing exhibitors and thought leaders attending the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo) at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on September 8th and 9th, 2016. “We are excited […]

Melissa Etheridge to Moderate Sports Panel on CTE, Concussion and CBD at Cannabis World Congress in Los Angeles

September 2nd, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) is pleased to announce that Melissa Etheridge, Grammy and Academy Award Winning singer-songwriter, will return to the event as Moderator for its thought-leadership panel, “CTE, Concussion and CBD.”  Taking place on Thursday, Sept. 8th, former pro athletes, leading medical researchers and advocates for alternative medicines, will discuss […]

Ohio’s Cannabis Licensing Requirements: Racial Justice or Discrimination?

August 29th, 2016 - Avraham Cohn
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Staying true to form, Cannabis has once again proven itself to be both controversial and deeply divisive.  In June 2016, Ohio passed its Substitute House Bill 523 which legalized the cultivation, sale, and use of Cannabis by authorized companies and individuals.  The mechanics and full regulatory provisions of the licensing process have yet to be […]

Cultivation Technologies Hosts Benefit for Dr. Piomelli’s Lab at UC Irvine

August 23rd, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The ‘End of Opiates’ will be held at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA on Friday, August 26, 2016, featuring engaging discussions from scientists at the forefront of cannabinoid research. All proceeds from the event will benefit Dr. Daniele Piomelli and his team’s cannabinoid research at the University of California Irvine. […]

Health Canada OK’s Limited Home Growing of Medical Marijuana

August 22nd, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Medical marijuana patients will be permitted to grow their own cannabis or get someone to grow it for them under new, expanded rules coming into effect on August 24, according to Health Canada in a technical briefing earlier this month. The news comes after a Federal Court judged struck down the Conservative government’s 2013 law […]

High Powered Panel to Discuss California Legalization at CWCBE LA

August 19th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBE) will be taking place from September 7th through the 9th in Los Angeles, California this year. At the conference, the ‘Failure is Not An Option’ panel will discuss the upcoming Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) Prop 64 in California and how its passage in November could […]

DEA Rejects Bid to Reclassify Marijuana

August 11th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) announced that marijuana would remain a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg said that the decision is rooted in science and gave ‘enormous weight’ to conclusions reached by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) earlier this year, adding that the decision wasn’t based […]

DEA Delays Marijuana Reclassification

July 22nd, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said that it expected to issue its decision on the reclassification of marijuana during the first half of the year in a letter to U.S. senators earlier this year. Despite several senators pushing the agency to make a decision, the July 1 deadline has passed and it seems that the […]

California’s Ballot Officially Includes Prop 64 to Legalize Adult Use Marijuana

July 6th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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California’s November 2016 ballot will include Proposition 64 to legalize adult-use marijuana in what would become the country’s largest market. With recent polls showing 60% support for Prop 64, the measure is expected to pass into law and potentially push the federal government into developing more comprehensive legislation to address the drug. Proposition 64 would […]


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