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Top 8 Must-Have Cannabis Apps

July 21st, 2017 - Kelly Weimert

It’s no surprise that increasing access to cannabis in the United States is catching the eyes of app developers looking to capitalize on the expanding market. And that’s great news for us as consumers because it means we have thousands of marijuana-related apps to choose from and potentially enjoy. But just because there are a […]

Top 6 MMJ News Sources to Follow

July 18th, 2017 - Kelly Weimert

Given that medical marijuana (mmj) has become legal only recently, a lot of medical marijuana patients—many of whom haven’t used the drug prior to it becoming legal—are looking for trusted sources from where they can get mmj news and information. As it turns out, there are quite a few credible blogs and websites providing extensive, […]

What Does the FDA Say About Vape Advertising?

July 18th, 2017 - Bethan Jenkins

Just a few years ago, tobacco users would have been inhaling and exhaling fumes from a regular cigarette, cigar, or joint. Nowadays, the act of vaping has taken the smoking community by storm, with some of the electric devices (commonly known as vaporizers or e-cigarettes), containing water vapor that is free from both tobacco and […]

International Cannabis Industry Creating New Business Models

July 14th, 2017 - Marguerite Arnold

For all the excitement about California and Nevada stateside, the reality is that the lack of a change in the federal scheduling of cannabis still presents a major headache for the domestic U.S. industry. The fact is that one (or many) well-timed and strategic RICO actions by Jeff Sessions could go a long way in […]

The National Cannabis Industry Association – Paving a Path for the Marijuana Market

July 14th, 2017 - Rachelle Gordon

Advocacy. Education. Community. All three things are vital to advance cannabis legalization efforts and thus, the future of the emerging legal market. The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is striving to bring these key elements to marijuana businesses and organizations across the country. As mentioned on their website, “This is the only trade association advancing […]

What You Missed at the NCIA in Oakland

July 13th, 2017 - Rachelle Gordon

The cannabis industry is growing at a rapid pace, with more and more people looking to get in on the ground floor. On June 12th-14th, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) held the 4th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo in Oakland, CA. Thousands of entrepreneurs, activists, and thought leaders attended educational workshops, speeches, networking […]

Recreational Cannabis Hits Las Vegas

July 13th, 2017 - Lukas Barfield

Perhaps foreshadowing the glitz and glimmer of the Vegas strip, the Nevada Constitution was the most expensive document ever sent by telegraph at the time it was sent on October 31, 1864. Its arrival made Nevada the 36th state, and assured its votes would be counted in the 1864 election. Since it became a state, […]

How to Sell to a Dispensary

July 12th, 2017 - Kelly Weimert

With Nevada just recently legalizing recreational marijuana and a growing number of states looking to legalize it in the future, more and more people are wondering how to capitalize on this growing industry. And while there are a lot of options for doing so, there might be no better way to than to sell cannabis […]

CFN Media Interviews Sensible MN

July 11th, 2017 - Rachelle Gordon

The legal cannabis market in the Midwest is pretty far behind other parts of the United States. Only four states – Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, and Michigan have some sort of medical marijuana program. On June 2nd, 2017, dozens of legalization proponents gathered for the First Annual Sensible Minnesota Summit in the state’s capitol, Saint […]

Best Marijuana Strains of 2017

July 11th, 2017 - Rachelle Gordon

The amount of cannabis strains on the market today is dizzying. It seems as though every week there is a new hot-ticket item showing up in dispensaries, often selling out as soon as it’s on the shelves. The majority of strains nowadays are hybrids of sativa and indica plants, although finding a strain that has […]

CFN Media Interviews Marco Alfonsi of Canbiola (CANB)

July 11th, 2017 - Ryan Allway

CFN Media recently interviewed Canbiola Inc. (OTC Pink: CANB) CEO Marco Alfonsi at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition. In the interview, Mr. Alfonsi discusses the company’s focus on cannabidiol (CBD), recently introduced product lines, and the reception that these products have received among its early customers. He also talks about the company’s longer-term […]

CFN Media Interviews GreenSpoon Marder

July 10th, 2017 - Rachelle Gordon

As the number of states legalizing cannabis for medical and/or adult-use continues to climb, so does the need for experts in navigating the complex laws being passed. Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm that retains a variety of attorneys dedicated to the emerging cannabis market. From compliance to intellectual property (IP), Greenspoon Marder provides […]

Why is Jeff Sessions So Opposed to Marijuana?

July 3rd, 2017 - Lukas Barfield

After the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the Marijuana Stamp Act in Leary v. United States in 1969, the US, for a short time, had no Federal marijuana law.  The reprieve was brief as the Controlled Substances Act was signed in 1972 by Richard Nixon. The Act categorized illegal drugs into 3 “Schedules’ according to their […]

The State of Europe’s Cannabis Industry

June 27th, 2017 - Marguerite Arnold

The cannabis industry in Europe is entering an interesting time. In some respects it is similar to the U.S. state market circa 2010. In other ways, however, the market is already different. Political plus market forces are already creating different hybrids here. There is no EU-wide reform. For now, as a result, then, individual states […]

Private Investment is on the Rise in Cannabis Industry

June 26th, 2017 - Jason Mueller

Federal prohibition of cannabis since 1938 has had profoundly negative effects on the ability to re-establish a functioning cannabis industry today: an industry that is expected to be worth about $30 billion by 2021.  Due to its longstanding black market ties, much of the cannabis industry has been financed with private funding.  Though bank restrictions […]

Is CBD Oil Legal in the U.S. and Canada?

June 26th, 2017 - Bethan Jenkins

The cannabis plant is quite amazing. More than just a naturally growing herb that people choose to smoke for recreational and medical purposes, marijuana has recently risen to the surface as a potential cancer cure. Claimed to reduce pain, improve digestion and aid sleep (among many other things), ganja is said to have therapeutic benefits, of […]

Cannabis, CBD Oil, and Autism: What Do We Know So Far?

June 22nd, 2017 - Kelly Weimert

With medical marijuana becoming increasingly legal and accessible across the United States, more and more research is being done to learn its potential benefits when it comes to treatment for myriad illnesses and disorders. Prominent among the disorders being looked at are Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). ASD are brain-based disorders that pose social-communication challenges as […]

Can Marijuana Help Lower Blood Pressure?

June 6th, 2017 - Jason Mueller

“Medical marijuana” is often debated, but most opponents don’t realize marijuana has a distinct effect on the cardio-vascular system.  Since the late ‘70’s, correlations between marijuana and blood pressure have been s­­pecifically documented in medical publications.1  In the early 80’s, effects of cannabis specifically on hypertension and glaucoma were published2, and since then, many recent publications establish […]

A Brief History of The DEA’s Battle Against Cannabis Rescheduling

June 5th, 2017 - Marguerite Arnold

There is another bill in Congress to reschedule marijuana. The bill, introduced in the House of Representatives in April by two Florida representatives Matt Gaetz (R) and Darren Soto (D) would reschedule cannabis as a Schedule III drug. It would do so by amending the Controlled Substances Act. Similar bills have been introduced and even […]

Europe’s Cannabis Industry Could Exceed €18 Billion

May 23rd, 2017 - Ryan Allway

North America has been leading the charge when it comes to legalizing cannabis. The highly-fragmented United States’ cannabis industry is expected to grow from $7 billion in 2016 revenue to more than $50 billion in annual revenue over the next decade. In Canada, Deloitte projects that the industry will reach C$20 billion within a year […]

How Swiss Reform Might Lead To Full Cannabis Legalization In Europe

May 19th, 2017 - Marguerite Arnold

To those who think the U.S. or even Canada leads the way, cannabis legalization is a hot topic in Europe this spring. Here the stakes are also very different if not in some ways higher. “Reform” here always means of the federal variety. And with it, are coming some intriguing proposals particularly this year. Hot […]

Israel Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

May 18th, 2017 - Lukas Barfield

While the United States on a Federal level seems to be going backwards at times with its marijuana policy, other countries are taking new approaches to marijuana enforcement. Portugal has famously decriminalized all drugs. Chile legalized medical cannabis in 2015, and is starting to dispense it this year. Their South American neighbor, Uruguay, legalized recreational […]

Health Canada Mandates Cannabis Testing for Pesticides

May 18th, 2017 - Kelly Weimert

Given the cloud of uncertainty that surrounds the legality of cannabis in the United States, if investors and entrepreneurs are looking for more clarity to inform their decisions, then a great place to start is with Canada. As Canada-wide legalization of recreational marijuana is about to be put into place, an increasing number of measures […]

CFN Media at Cannabis Private Investment Summit West

May 17th, 2017 - Ryan Allway

The second annual Cannabis Private Investment Summit West took place on May 3, 2017 at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The event brought together the best and brightest industry thought leaders, private investors, family funds, along with aspiring entrepreneurs and companies. CFN Media filmed the event and interviewed key industry leaders and presenting companies with exclusive interviews and footage […]

What is the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment?

May 11th, 2017 - Kelly Weimert

Given marijuana’s mixed legality across the United States — with some states legalizing it medicinally, some recreationally, a few across the board, and some not legalizing it at all — there exists a lot of uncertainty among cannabis businesses and individual users as to which practices they can utilize without the risk of prosecution. To […]

Can You Buy Marijuana at Online Dispensaries?

May 9th, 2017 - Rachelle Gordon

With the advent of legal cannabis, many people are wondering if online dispensaries are a good option for purchasing their products. There are several websites out there selling different marijuana products, from Cinex bud to CBD capsules. But are these online dispensaries legit – and more importantly, are they legal? Online Marijuana Dispensaries – a […]

What’s the Best Cannabis Strain Database?

May 8th, 2017 - Bethan Jenkins

Today, we have more choice when it comes to selecting a cannabis strain than ever before. Pot lovers are as excited as a kid in a candy shop, what with the variety of dabs, edibles, oils, and buds flourishing by the day. Understanding which strains and varieties of cannabis you should consume, whether it is […]

What Are the Strongest Cannabis Strains?

May 5th, 2017 - Lukas Barfield

The cannabis plant and man’s relationship with it goes back thousands of years. It is widely believed the first cannabis plants evolved in Eurasia, and spread from this general area to all parts of the world. Overtime, humans began to bread cannabis for its fiber, seed and cannabanoid potency. Although cannabis is made up of […]

Top 8 Marijuana Business Ideas

May 3rd, 2017 - Kelly Weimert

With recreational and medicinal cannabis becoming increasingly legal in the United States, the marijuana industry is growing at an unprecedented rate. In addition to this growth being good news for cannabis investors and enthusiasts, it’s providing a vast range of opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to tap into the pot business. But with so much uncharted […]

Germany’s Most Promising Cannabis Companies

May 3rd, 2017 - Marguerite Arnold

The Green Machine is about to take off in Germany and foreign investors and other companies are paying attention. The German government has now not only made medical use legal and covered under health insurance here, but has put establishment of a domestic regulated industry on the fast track. Many Americans in particular at the […]


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