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Vars-based apollogreen has received the Health Canada licences it needs to starting using industrial-scale tissue culture to produce millions of starter plants for cannabis growers, the firm announced Thursday.

The company will start work on a 5,000-square-foot facility and begin securing financing for a 70,000-square-foot building.

It’s “open for investment” with “one of the largest cannabis genetic catalogues in the world” totalling more than 350 varieties, the firm says in a release announcing that it has received licences for cultivation, processing and medical sales.

– Read the entire article at Ottawa Citizen.

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A trio of top officials overseeing the fledgling medical cannabis program in Missouri have been subject to questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that the three officials, all members of Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s administration, described the interviews, which took place over the last several months, as “not investigative in nature,” but rather “routine meet-and-greets the FBI requested to get to know the people in charge of the new — and potentially lucrative — industry.”

Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 last November to legalize medical marijuana by a massive 66%-34% margin, joining more than 30 other states that have legalized the treatment. Under the new law, physicians can prescribe cannabis to patients suffering from 10 different medical conditions, which include cancer, epilepsy and glaucoma, among other debilitating illnesses. Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began accepting applications for such prescriptions late last month. Qualifying patients will receive an identification card, which will enable them to purchase up to four ounces of marijuana per month.

Although the interviews between the FBI and the Missouri officials were routine in nature, they do underscore the unique status of marijuana in the country. While cannabis

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When you embark on researching about health effects of products like Kratom and CBD, most likely you are wondering what the difference between them is. This post sets the record straight by revealing in a clear manner the difference between these two plant-based products.

Their Origins

CBD oil is derived from a hemp plant, which is usually abundantly found in countries like Central China and several parts across Mediterranean Europe. On the other hand, Kratom is extracted from a tropical tree that belongs to the coffee family. The tree is most commonly found in South East Asia and especially in countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Myanmar.

Active Ingredients

CBD (or cannabidiol) is a health-promoting substance commonly present in the hemp plant, and it’s the main active ingredient in the CBD oil products. It works primarily to create a perfect equilibrium in our body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. The good majority of CBD oil products are full-spectrum, which simply means that they are composed of all compounds present in the hemp plant. All these compounds work synergistically in enhancing their effects. They include the following:

CBDA (or cannabidiol acid): Turns to CBD when

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Kratom, scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa, is not a new herb. Native to Southeast Asia, Kratom is suggested to bring relaxation and motivation effects in the body. In the recent past, the popularity of Kratom has spread to the West. Majorly, the popularity is associated with the emergence of so many online vendors who are willing to supply the herb at pocket-friendly prices.

However, we understand that not every cheap vendor is reliable and can qualify as one of the best. So, we’ve taken up the task of researching the vendors to help you know where you can buy Kratom.

How Did We Come Up with the Top Online Vendors?

We understand that there are several top Kratom retailers today who are quite reputable. But to ensure we only recommend the top, we consider two important factors; transparency and quality of service. About brand transparency, we believe that a top Kratom vendor needs to be honest with its customers. This is concerning the identity of the ingredients, possible effects, and potential side effects.

For the quality of service, we decided to place orders on a number of the top sites to assess the general customer experience. This allowed

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The University of Sciences in Philadelphia announced Tuesday the launch of a Master of Business Administration option for students looking for opportunities in the cannabis industry.

“We’ve seen rapid growth in an industry that needs business leaders,” said Andrew Peterson, executive director of the USciences Substance Use Disorders Institute. “Our MBA is concentrated on the pharmaceutical and health care industries, where medical cannabis fits very nicely.”

Though many schools across the nation offer courses that touch on the burgeoning marijuana trade, USciences’ MBA is believed to be the first of its kind with a focus is on the commerce of cannabis, hemp, and dispensary operations.

– Read the entire article at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the notorious drug kingpin known as El Chapo, was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for his convictions on federal drug, murder, and money laundering charges earlier this year. The sentence marks the end of a 30-year drug trafficking career that saw Guzmán rise to the top of Mexico’s infamous Sinaloa drug cartel.

Addressing the court at his sentencing hearing at the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, New York, Guzmán said he had not been given a fair trial and complained about being held in solitary confinement at Manhattan’s federal correctional facility before and during his three-month trial. He characterized his incarceration there as “psychological, emotional and mental torture 24 hours a day.”

“Since the government of the United States is going to send me to a prison where my name will never be heard again, I take advantage of this opportunity to say there was no justice here,” he said.

Judge Brian M. Cogan then imposed the life sentence, mandatory under federal law due to the nature of the “overwhelmingly evil” crimes, plus 30 years. Although Cogan did not specify where Guzmán will serve his sentence, he is expected to be incarcerated at the United

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New Jersey’s Department of Health announced on Monday that it’s expanding the state’s medical-marijuana program.

“The New Jersey Department of Health is seeking new applicants to operate up to 24 additional Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs): Up to 8 in the northern region of the state, up to 8 in the central region, up to 7 in the southern region, and up to 1 “at-large” to be determined during the award process”, says the New Jersey Department of Health. “Three types of permits/endorsements will be available for ATCs: cultivation, dispensing and vertically integrated permits. In total, the Department will seek up to 5 cultivation endorsements, up to 15 dispensary endorsements, and up to 4 vertically integrated permits.”

Vertically integrated permits include “1 cultivation endorsement, 1 manufacturing endorsement, and 1 dispensary endorsement.”  Applicants may seek up to 3 endorsements total, and may only submit one application per region.  Applicants for vertically integrated permits, because they constitute 3 endorsements, may only submit one application total.  Application forms will be posted on or before July 15th and applications will be due on August 21st (Dispensary) and August 22nd (Cultivation and Vertically Integrated).

The applications are due on August 22 and cost $20,000

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Known for its treasure troves of exclusive eyewear across four flagship boutiques in Aspen, New York, Nashville, and Kansas City, Barton Perreira’s latest launch pays homage to the pot leaf. Inspired by the recent opening of Barneys luxury cannabis store-within-a-store concept, The High End, Barton Perreira tapped Los Angeles-based artist Kenton Parker to dream up three different designs: Aerial, Kahuna, and Thurston.

The frames feature a small marijuana symbol, etched directly onto the lens, which make for an understated style statement for cannabis enthusiasts this summer. Ranging in price from $490 to $565, each pair comes with a hand-painted case, which Parker also designed, complete with a discreet pocket for your own flower supply and is intended for double usage as a stash case to store your ganja on-the-go. A branded microfiber cleaning cloth is also included.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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The medical marijuana program in New Jersey was recently expanded to accommodate more patients and allow for more dispensaries.  Assembly Bill 20, signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on July 2, significantly amended the state’s medical-marijuana program, previously considered one of the country’s most restrictive.

The Highlight Include: Adds conditions like chronic pain, epilepsy and menstrual cramps to the current list. Physicians’ assistants and nurse practitioners can prescribe medical marijuana to patients. Hospitals are allowed to obtain cannabis for patients. Patients only have to visit their doctor once a year for authorization instead of every three months. Patients can purchase three ounces a month rather than two. Hospice and terminally-ill patients have no limit on the amount they can obtain on a monthly basis. Prevents hospitals from denying patients organ transplant eligibility due to their medical cannabis use. Edibles (infused food products) will be available for adults in addition to minors, who previously had access. Patients are protected against public-housing and workplace discrimination and the state will no longer interfere in child-custody cases. Patients can designate two caregivers instead of just one, Out-of-state patients can obtain medical marijuana for up to six months after receiving approval from an in-state physician. Dispensaries

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A Senate legislative committee has scheduled a hearing on a bill that would give cannabis businesses operating legally under state law access to the U.S. banking industry. The hearing before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on “Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives” will be held on Tuesday, July 23 and will include testimony from sponsors of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 (S. 1200) and representatives of the cannabis, banking, and credit union industries.

Under federal drug and money laundering regulations, even those cannabis businesses operating legally under state laws are usually not able to obtain access to common financial services. Consequently, companies in the cannabis industry often do business only in cash, putting the firms and their employees at risk of crime. The SAFE Banking Act would prohibit federal regulators for penalizing financial institutions and their employees for providing services to legal cannabis businesses, likely making more banks willing to serve the industry.

Witnesses Set to Testify

Witnesses scheduled to testify at next week’s hearing include Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, the sponsor of the SAFE Act, and Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado who is one of

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