I can't wait to interview the Shadowbox Farms breeding and genetics team who is working with Phylos Bioscience to develop an intensive breeding program at the Licensed farm in Williams, Oregon.
+ WUSA 9 — Major changes are coming in Virginia's medical marijuana laws. Lawmakers unanimously approved legislation to allow all doctors to prescribe an oil extracted from weed for anyone who needs it. The change came about from a grassroots struggle. It's been an emotional fight by Virginia families desperate to help their children. They brought their pain and suffering—including a child's seizure—straight to the state capital.
+ Here we go again, Can the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Get anything Right?February 6, 2018 by Rob Meagher
Five days into the implementation of the new Leaf Data System Seed to Sale system in Washington State, things are progressing slowly and causing major business disruption for licensees in the state. On the I502 Google user group, licensees and their techs have shared information and potential solutions to implement the new solution as they have scrambled over the last 5 days to execute the new new system with few successes causing a shut down in business for many. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has extended a 15 day window to complete implementation for all licensees.
+ Oregon’s 2017 Saw Edibles Boom, Flower Flatline
February 5, 2018 by Doug Brown 0 Comments
Beaver State cannabis industry stores, growers and brands enjoyed a booming 2017 marketplace, with solid growth in most categories. Big picture: Consumers dropped $507.95 million on cannabis products in Oregon during 2017, pushing growth to 26.5 percent over sales in 2016 according to cannabis market research firm BDS Analytics. The main takeaway from the broad-picture data? Market share for concentrates and edibles continues to expand, at the expense of flower. The trend is unlikely to cease during 2018. In December, flower’s share fell to 43 percent, while concentrates rose to 27 percent and edibles 17 percent. And growth for concentrates (60.5 percent) and edibles (141.5 percent) during December remained strong, while flower’s growth fell by 5 percent.
+ Law enforcement from around country convened in downtown Portland, Oregon, last week with one goal in mind: figure out how to regulate cannabis during the Trump administration. U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams hosted the meeting. It included the leaders of state agencies, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and seven U.S. attorneys from states such as Washington, Colorado, Idaho, California and Montana. Williams opened the meeting by stating that there’s more cannabis being produced in Oregon than can be legally consumed. “And make no mistake about it, we’re going to do something about it,” he said, during the summit’s opening remarks.
+ Prior to recreational cannabis legalization in California, unlicensed cannabis companies proliferated under a system that didn’t require state licenses to operate medical cannabis businesses; however, the opportunity for those operating under the guise of legality is over in California and a popular cannabis dispensary and strain review website is erring on the side of caution when it comes to advertising unlicensed cannabis companies. On Feb. 7, 2018, Leafly announced that it will no longer permit California’s unlicensed cannabis companies to have listings or advertisements on its website or smartphone app, with the policy change going into effect March 1.
+ There are some things that no amount of money can buy—like the well-being of a young child. On Jan. 26, six-year-old EJ Francis began his first round of chemotherapy. Florida-based Green Roads, a cannabidiol (CBD) supplier, pledged on Feb. 1 to match donations for Francis’ medical costs up to $10,000. In order to cover the astronomical medical costs, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the young boy, who was first diagnosed with the tumor on Dec. 13, 2015.
+ In February 2017, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a brief article detailing the adverse effects that consuming cannabis can have on a person’s teeth. “A limited number of studies have linked a correlation between marijuana use and the risk of periodontal disease,” the article reads. “As far as a link to the development of oral cancer, the high intraoral temperature from marijuana smoking can cause changes in oral tissues and cellular disruption. Although these changes likely could lead to oral cancer, the link has not been established.” The ADA also published a more recent portion of its website dedicated to understanding how cannabis can affect oral health. Other dental organizations are beginning to look more closely at increased cannabis use and how further studies can provide multiple benefits. However, this is difficult to do when the plant’s federally illegal status prevents studies from taking place.
NEWS for the WEEK:
International: German Police Want Cannabis Legal
National: Jim Carrol to Take Over as Drug Czar
Regional: MJ Freeway is HACKED in Washington
State: Oregon is Overproducing according to State Attorney General
Local: Growers in S. Oregon Produced “Huge” Outdoor Harvest, Flooding Market w/ Outdoor Cannabis Causing Wholesale Prices to Dive
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