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The DARE Program Makes a Comeback

DARE is back, this time with a curriculum called "Keepin' It REAL". REAL stands for refuse, explain, avoid, leave. DARE is pushing the curriculum as a prevention program for middle school students as part of its mission to "teach students good decision making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives."

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Gorilla Glue Settles in Trademark Suit vs. Cannabis Strain

In what may be a sign of things to come, the adhesive brand Gorilla Glue Co. has reached a settlement with the Las Vegas-based cannabis company behind Gorilla Glue #4 (as well as #1 and #5). The Gorilla Glue Co. filed a trademark infringement suit against GG Strains back in March of this year. The glue company said that the cannabis company was infringing and diluting its "famous, valuable brand." The settlement comes after months of negotiations. According to The Cannabist, under the agreement GG Strains will have to transition away from the Gorilla Glue name, imagery and any other similarities to Gorilla Glue Co.'s trademarks by September 19, 2018. The cannabis company will also ...

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California: A Testing Ground for E-commerce Weed Delivery

California is uniquely placed to become the testing ground for e-commerce weed delivery when recreational marijuana sales begin in 2018...

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Coloradoans Increasingly Turn to Marijuana for Relief

Consumer Research compiled data from Denver and Colorado Springs, the state's two largest cannabis markets. More than 40% of respondents said that they used marijuana to help them sleep, followed closely by those who use it to treat chronic and recurring pain...

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Hawaii the First State to Require Debit-Only Cannabis Sales

Beginning Oct. 1, Hawaii will be the first state in the U.S. to require cashless-only cannabis sales using a debit app called CanPay...

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Alaska’s Expanding Cannabis Market Sets New Sales Record

The Alaska Department of Revenue reported that they collected nearly $600,000 in marijuana tax revenue during July--which equals about a third of the total marijuana tax revenue brought in last fiscal year. The figures are the highest to date in Alaska since recreational sales began last October...

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Denver to Issue Cannabis Social Use Licenses

The city of Denver is ready to become the first in the nation to launch a program allowing businesses to set up social marijuana consumption areas...

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The FDA Wants Your Feedback on CBD!

The FDA is asking for input from patients who have experience using Cannabidiol (CBD) to treat medical conditions. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis that's proven therapeutic for treating pain, seizures and epilepsy...

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Justice Department Blocks DEA Cannabis Research

A year after the US DEA began accepting applications to grow cannabis for research it appears that the Department of Justice are blocking researchers...

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Hawaii Opens First Medical Marijuana Dispensary After 17-Year Wait

After a 17-year wait, Hawaii's 18,000 medical marijuana patients will finally have a place to shop. Maui Grown Therapies dispensary is set to open next week...

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New Jersey Senator Introduces Bill to End Cannabis Prohibition

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act this week, a bill that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana, as well as begin to address social justice issues that have resulted from the war on drugs. "I believe the federal government should get out of the illegal marijuana business,” Booker said. "You see what’s happening around this country right now. Eights states and the District of Columbia have moved to legalize marijuana. And these states are seeing decreases in violent crime in their states. They’re seeing increases in revenue to their states. They’re seeing their police forces being able to focus on serious crime. They’re seeing positive things come out of ...

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Colorado’s $100 Million/Month of Cannabis Sales the “New Norm”

Another month, another record-breaking amount of cannabis sales in Colorado. The cannabis industry achieved a milestone in May, with $100 million in pot sales for the 12th consecutive month. "I think that $100 million a month (in sales) are the new norm," said Bethany Gomez, director of research for Brightfield Group, a cannabis market research firm. Over 12 months, Colorado saw monthly sales reach $1.4 billion the state collected nearly $223 million in taxes and license fees. Since recreational marijuana was legalized four years ago, recreational sales have consistently counted for two-thirds of the monthly pot sales totals. In May, recreational-use sales accounted for about $90.1 million and those from medical marijuana contributed just ...

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Massachusetts Court: Employees Can’t be Fired for Medical Cannabis

In a first of its kind ruling, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided on Monday that employers in the state cannot fire employees for medical cannabis use. The employee claims that her termination violated state anti-discrimination laws...

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Nevada Runs Low in Weed, Gov. Declares State of Emergency

There's a first for everything, especially when it comes to the cannabis industry, so perhaps it's not surprising that a lack of weed has led the governor of Nevada to declare a state of emergency. Less than two weeks after recreational marijuana sales began, dispensaries report that they're running out of product to sell...

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A Small Win for Cannabis Industry Banking

Since the beginning, banking has always been an issue for cannabis businesses since cannabis is still federally illegal, but Denver-based credit union, Fourth Corner, has another shot at bringing banking to the cannabis industry...

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