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The ancillary companies that provide goods and services to the cannabis industry are legion. From equipment, real estate, legal services, and technology to packaging, labeling, intellectual property, hardware, and apparel, the list is basically endless for the opportunities that abound in the cannabis ancillary sector. One of the cooler ancillary areas that hasn’t gotten a ton of play is the cross section of telehealth and medical cannabis, especially where medical cannabis has overwhelmingly been deemed an essential service during COVID.

Just like state cannabis regulations, telehealth regulations vary by state. Telehealth (also known as telemedicine) is “. . . the distribution of  health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.” The use of telehealth has seen a considerable uptick during the pandemic. And securing cannabis recommendations from physicians via telehealth apps or platforms is no exception. Of course, giving and securing a recommendation in this manner comes with some caveats. In this post, I focus specifically on California’s current relationship with telehealth and cannabis, which has thankfully evolved.

Telehealth compliance in California is governed by, among other things, Business & Professions Code, Section 2290.5. The Medical Board of California (“MBC”) also provides comprehensive guidance regarding telehealth as well

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Pets are family, and their humans want to do everything they can to help them. So, as more people find relief from various physical and mental ailments through cannabidiol (CBD), it’s only natural that they’d want to allow their pets the same healing.

A number of CBD brands, such as Elixinol, Extract Labs, and Nature’s Script are now offering pet CBD oil and edibles. Some companies, such as Pet Relief and MediPets are dedicated to CBD for animals.

One of the latter brands is VetCBD, a California-based company founded by veterinarian Dr. Tim Shu. A graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Shu practiced emergency, critical care, and general veterinary medicine before founding the company in 2015. We asked him what pet owners should know about animal CBD before giving it to their pets.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Despite promises that cannabis legalization in Illinois would fund more minority business participation and neighborhood improvements, the state has yet to spend $62 million collected for those purposes.

Part of the delay in awarding the money is due to problems with the state’s system to award new cannabis business licenses. The other reason for the holdup, officials say, is because of an outpouring of requests for funding.

The lack of help for communities and entrepreneurs who need it badly is another reason for state officials to issue new licenses as soon as they can, said state Sen. Heather Steans, co-sponsor of the law that legalized marijuana and taxed it to help people in the state’s most desperate areas.

– Read the entire article at Chicago Tribune.

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CANNABIS CULTURE –   “I’m so blessed to be released but there are still a lot (of cannabis prisoners) that are still there,” says Andy Cox — now reunited with his mother, two children, and extended family in Florida after 13 years in federal lock-up.

In 2004, Cox began growing cannabis plants in the Chattahoochee National Forest of Georgia where his father owned land. After complaints from neighbors, National Forest Service agents followed ATV tracks to the property where Cox had his operation. “It wasn’t really about the money,” Cox said. To him, growing was more about being a connoisseur. 

Cox was indicted in 2005 for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

To avoid jail time, Cox lived as a fugitive for three years continuing to work in the cannabis black market. Cox said it was not easy. The sacrifices were huge, “I had to give my children.”

He was captured in 2008. Since this was his third strike, Cox was sentenced to a life sentence without parole, despite having no history of violence. “I would’ve never grown marijuana if I knew I would get a life sentence. It’s just unbelievable,” said the former Firefighter.

On December 21, 2020, The Goodwin Law firm,

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On January 14th, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) issued an announcement of proposed regulations pursuant to AB 1525, which was approved by the Governor in September 2020. The purpose of AB 1525 was to:

provide that an entity, as defined, that receives deposits, extends credit, conducts fund transfers, transports cash or financial instruments, or provides other financial services, including public accounting, as provided, does not commit a crime under any California law solely by virtue of the fact that the person receiving the benefit of any of those services engages in commercial cannabis activity as a licensee.

The bill would also:

authorize a person licensed to engage in commercial cannabis activity to request, in writing, that a state or local licensing authority, state or local agency, or joint powers authority share the person’s application, license, and other regulatory and financial information, as specified, with a financial institution of the person’s designation and would require the request to include a waiver authorizing the transfer of that information and waiving any confidentiality or privilege that applies to that information [and would] authorize a state or local licensing authority, state or local agency, or joint powers authority upon receipt of a

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Cannabis sales in Michigan spiked during December, bringing the total to $984.6 million for 2020.

Medical cannabis sales accounted for $474 million for the year, while adult-use sales reached $510.7 million, according to New Cannabis Ventures citing data from the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency.

Combined cannabis sales, including medical and adult-use, for December amounted to $101 million.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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“Giggling bread” and “joyfully dancing salad” aren’t the usual dishes on a menu in Thailand, but one eatery is hoping its cannabis-infused cuisine can lure foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalized leaf.

The restaurant at the Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri started serving its own happy meals this month, after Thailand de-listed cannabis as a narcotic, allowing state-authorized firms to cultivate the plant.

“Cannabis leaves, when put in the food or even a small amount … it will help the patient to recover faster from the illness,” said Pakakrong Kwankao, the project leader at the hospital.

– Read the entire article at News.

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California has a rocky history when it comes to hemp-derived CBD. Despite the fact that the state adopted a robust medical and recreational cannabis program, for years it has taken the mystifying position that many kinds of hemp-derived products simply can’t be sold. Essentially, foods, beverages, and dietary supplements are a no-go according to the CA Department of Public Health (you can read an older analysis of mine on the CDPH’s position here).

For some history, in 2019, the state legislature tried to pass AB-228, which would have cleared the pathway for many new kinds of CBD ingestible products in California. That bill made it pretty far through the state legislature but ultimately died close to the end of the process given intense opposition, among other things.

Last year, at the very end of the legislative session, the legislature tried to quickly draft and pass a bill, AB-2028 (you can read about it briefly here) which didn’t get enough support to pass. A large part of the reason that AB-2028 failed was that it was introduced so late in the session, due mainly to COVID-19 delays and the state’s shifting of resources.

The 2021 legislative session recently kicked off, and

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Opinion: 1 in 7 Canadians use cannabis for medicinal purposes, yet they are labelled as irresponsible ‘potheads.’

Health Canada just released the results of its 2020 Canadian Cannabis Survey, noting that a whopping 27 per cent of Canadians had used cannabis in the last year. Approximately half of those surveyed stated that they used cannabis for medical purposes, with rates of usage particularly high among people reporting poor or fair mental health.

These findings overlap with the existing research which indicates that a substantial number of people with mental illness use cannabis therapeutically to manage symptoms such as anxiety, sleep issues and chronic pain. Such medicinal usage can reduce suffering, as cannabis contains analgesic properties that are generally effective and safe when used in moderation.

– Read the entire article at Vancouver Sun.

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The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy.

The world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion confirmed Thursday that it will no longer worry about positive tests for carboxy-THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, unless it believes a fighter used it intentionally to enhance performance.

All other cannabinoids derived naturally from marijuana are no longer prohibited substances, said Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s senior vice-president of athlete health and performance.

– Read the entire article at SportsNet.

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