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This weekend’s Cannabis Cup in Detroit was filled with friends, fun, and flower! Here are the winners of the 2019 Detroit Cannabis Cup:

Indica Flower Jesse Faatz/ High Times

1st Place: Mattybstackers – Peanut Butter Breath
2nd Place: Ript Genetics – Stank Breath
3rd Place: Exotic Genetix – Lip Smacker

Sativa Flower Jesse Faatz/ High Times

1st Place: Oowee Farms – Tropicana Cookies
2nd Place: Covert Extracts X GhostBudsters X Midnight Roots
3rd Place: Canna Boys – Tropicana Cookies

Hybrid Flower Jesse Faatz/ High Times

1st Place: Special Blend Gardens – Melonade No.7
2nd Place: Mattybstackers – Cookies N’ Cream
3rd Place: Detroit Flower Co x High Brix Growing – Larry Bird

CBD Flower Jesse Faatz/ High Times

1st Place: ArborSide Compassion X 16th Street Botanicals – Thunderstruck
2nd Place: Light Sky Farms x ZILLA’s – Moose Cookie
3rd Place: Dabsmiths – Hurkle

Preroll Jesse Faatz/ High Times

1st Place: Kozmic Gardens X Vahalla Labs – Grease Monkey
2nd Place: Swish Dipz X Bless Farms – Live Resin Zkittlez
3rd Place: Special Blend Rolled up – Orange Zkittlez No.6

Edible Jesse Faatz/ High Times

1st Place: Higherinnovations – Blazed Cashews
2nd Place: Afternoon Delite – Cookies & Cream Cheese Cake
3rd Place: Kozmic Gardens – Coconut Mint Chocolate Chip Push Pop

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A note: don’t do this.

The “this” in question? Approaching strangers in a bar to buy blow. Maybe we didn’t have to lecture you on that particular point, but then again, maybe you’re a rather brash young state legislator from Indiana and you were planning on going out tonight. Of course, if that was the case, you probably already know about what happened to Rep. Dan Forestal of Indianapolis a few weekends ago.

On an August Saturday, Marion County Sheriff’s Office received 911 reports that a man was pretending to be a police officer. More precisely, this man was visibly drunk at a bar, brandishing a badge on a silver chain, and interrogating innocent bargoers about the location of the “people selling drugs,” ostensibly so he could go bust them. He had previously made a round inquiring after “party favors.” Neither tactic worked for him.

Little did the cops know they were dealing with an elected state official. In an announcement last Thursday, they said that they found out as soon as they could get Forestal out of his car where he had holed up, apparently to clutch the steering wheel and try to avoid arrest for a brief period

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The Board of Directors of Little Rock, Arkansas plan to vote on Tuesday on making marijuana offenses in the city a low priority for law enforcement. Under a proposed ordinance from City Director Ken Richardson of Ward 2, misdemeanor marijuana crimes would become the lowest law enforcement priority for the city.

According to the proposed ordinance, “law enforcement resources would be better spent in programs that deal with serious and violent crimes.” The proposal also notes that arrests for misdemeanor marijuana offenses “often result in the loss of employment, educational opportunities, or a combination of both.”

“For the most part, if you have more of these types of arrest, you can lose Pell grants, you can have problems with housing, employment, so there are a number of negatives effects it can have you and your family if you have these kind of arrest on your record,” Richardson told local media.

Second Time Around

Tuesday will be the second time the Little Rock Board of Directors considers Richardson’s ordinance to make misdemeanor marijuana crimes the city’s lowest law enforcement priority. He also introduced the ordinance last year, but the Board of Directors failed to approve the measure.

The ordinance was opposed

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How many people are using cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana in the United States? How much are they using? And how much are they spending? These are a few of the research questions addressed by a new RAND Corporation report on trends in the U.S. markets for several illicit substances. And according to the report, business is booming. Between 2006 and 2016, the 10 years the report examines, people consumed more and spent more on nearly every federally illicit drug. In 2016, RAND estimates total spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine grew to around $150 billion dollars.

Deaths related to illicit substance use also rose between 2006 and 2016 for every drug but one: cannabis. The RAND report, geared toward federal policymakers, includes marijuana, since it, like heroin and cocaine, are Schedule I substances under federal law. But state-legal marijuana markets provide the report with its best and most reliable data, highlighting how criminalized prohibition makes it difficult to assess drug consumption and spending. In fact, the RAND report acknowledges the inadequacies of the methodology it developed in partnership with the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. But despite its shortcomings, it also offers some crucial insights

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A new technique in THC water solubility offers improvements in the uptake of cannabis-infused liquids.

A new breakthrough in THC water solubility via a proprietary emulsification technique and ingredient management process offers improvements in the uptake in cannabis-infused liquids.

The breakthrough was announced Dixie Brands, which will showcase the proprietary process via the launch of a new product line of flavoured and unflavoured drink additives called FUSE later this year. In addition, Dixie will implement the new process across its existing line of beverages.

– Read the entire article at New Food Magazine.

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Fifty new retail cannabis licenses will be awarded on Tuesday as Ontario moves forward with its second lottery.

The lottery will be handing out licenses to sell legal marijuana to 42 retail stores, including 13 in Toronto and six in the rest of the GTA, while eight more will be given to First Nations Reserves through a separate, first-come first-serve basis.

Unlike the first lottery in January, which saw 25 retail licenses handed out, this one required applicants to provide confirmation they had secured a lease, along with the capital to run it.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commision of Ontario said a bank letter confirming access to $250,000 cash and another confirming the ability to get a $50,000 standby letter of credit was needed to apply.

– Read the entire article at City News.

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An increasing number of nations are legalizing marijuana for medical use due to its many benefits. According to a report by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the CBD component of cannabis may be useful in reducing inflammation and pain. CBD cream comes from mixing the cream with extracts from CBD. Since CBD is available in powder or oil, it is possible to use it to make creams that people apply topically on the skin.

The primary medical reason for using CBD cream by most of the users is to manage pain. The findings of one cannabis study show that when you treat adults suffering from chronic pain with CBD, they report a significant decrease in pain.

CBD cream for Arthritis Pain

A source indicates that approximately 350 million people all over the world have arthritis. This large number shows that it is impossible to overlook arthritis pain. Some researchers investigated the effect of CBD cream for arthritis pain using animal models. The researchers used lab rats and infected them with arthritis, then applied CBD topical cream. The findings of the study show a drop in both pain and swelling.

People who use CBD topical cream for arthritis

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6 Health Benefits of Granola Bars – The Quick Bites

Now that weed is legal throughout Canada, many cannabis products are sold for consumer use, each offering the same effects as the flower/ plant. This includes edibles. An edible is a food that contains specified milligrams of THC. Eating an edible provides a ‘high’ just as you’d get inhaling a joint or bowl of flower cannabis. Many people prefer edibles for various reasons, including easier ingesting, more discreet, and a totally new type of high.

Granola bars are one of the many edible treats THC consumers can choose from. For consumers searching for a healthy alternative to snack cakes, gummies, and brownies, granola bars offer a fun treat that provides an intense, fun high along with some pretty amazing health benefits. Of course, those health benefits are yours even when traditional; non-THC granola bars are consumed as well. What are the health benefits of granola bars?

Granola Bars are Packed With Nutritional Value

First things first. You should know that granola bars are packed with nutrients that help provide the many benefits we’ll discuss below. Nutrients in granola bars include dietary fiber, potassium, calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s has signed into law legislation that decriminalizes hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana.

Governor DeWine recently signed Senate Bill 57 into law, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). The Associated Press reports that the agency will create and administer a new hemp program in the state. The bill also legalizes the manufacture and sale of CBD products derived from the plant.

According to the department, all hemp must have 0.3% or less of THC to qualify under the new law. Any hemp with more than 0.3% THC will still remain illegal.

The Ohio Farm Bureau said industrial hemp will give farmers another crop option and a potential revenue stream that could offset “years of declining commodity prices,” The Associated Press reports.

The new law sets up a licensing structure for farmers interested in growing the crop. “Farmers must obtain a license from the ODA to grow hemp. Processors and some research facilities will also need to obtain licenses. Universities also have the opportunity to cultivate and process hemp for research purposes.”

Licenses are not yet available, but the ODA on its website says the goal is to have farmers licensed and capable

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Northern California’s South Bay now has its first cannabis union. Representatives from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced on Friday at San Jose City Hall that workers at the town’s MedMen dispensary location would organize.

Employees at the dispensary will enjoy wages that come in at $3 above Californian minimum wage, two weeks of vacation pay, 40 percent employee discounts, and time and a half overtime holiday pay, among other benefits.

As cannabis becomes legal in more and more jurisdictions, advocates and lawmakers are grappling with how to make the industry economically just, especially when it comes to individuals who were penalized under marijuana prohibition by racially biased law enforcement. Labor advocates say that unionization of the cannabis industry is one way to ensure that social equity for workers is not forgotten in the Green Rush.

“I think there’s a greater responsibility for advocates like us and others to ensure that this happens,” said UFCW strategic campaign director Jim Araby, who gave props to MedMen for its role in the process.

UFCW has been working to represent marijuana workers in California as far back as 2007 and now counts 10,000 cannabis workers union members in 14 states. The

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