Mostly, on this site we write about cannabis growing equipment and how to grow better buds…
However, we’re constantly reading, watching and listening to the latest in cannabis related news, politics, science, culture and entertainment.
So we figured why not share some of the best content we come across?
Every week, on this page, we’ll share our selection of the most interesting cannabis content we’ve found online this week.
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Now, here’s our quick roundup of what’s been happening in the great wide world of weed this week:
Table of Contents
24th – 30th January 2019 Cannabis Links Roundup
- World Health Organization (finally!) recommends reclassifying cannabis. Could lead to international medical cannabis availability… eventually… maybe… after a whole bunch of international-scale prevarication.
- Europe could become world’s largest MMJ market within 5 years, according to The European Cannabis Report™ 4th Edition.
- Cannabis events part of the World Economic Forum in Davos for the first time. (No news on whether there’ll be souvenir 4:20 cuckoo clocks.)
- What happened at the 2019 North American Cannabis Summit. (Incidentally, how high do you have to be before it’s called a summit?)
- Careful what you’re vaping—specifically, try to avoid cartridges with lead in!
- And here’s more scientific confirmation that ‘popcorn lung’ is a thing. (Short version: avoid diacetyl. Mmm, diacetyl…)
- Why canna-business is booming but investing investing could be risky: there’s a potential canna-bubble forming.
- In Super Bowl news (if you know what I mean): Joe Montana endorses cannabis use.
- However, CBS rejected a cannabis ad from showing during this year’s broadcast. Watch it below:
- HBO’s High Maintenance is back for Season 3. Check out the trailer below:
10th – 23rd January 2019 Cannabis Links Roundup
- Get some free weed with your munchies: Michigan’s cannabis gifting legal loophole.
- In California, statewide weed delivery could soon be a thing.
- Washington state considering allowing small growers to sell direct to consumers. Like vineyards and craft brewers.
- Maybe the shutdown’s not all bad: free weed for furloughed government workers.
- New study: medical cannabis helped 45% of participants quit benzodiazepines.
- What it’s like to be a pot journalist. (For one thing, maybe don’t call it ‘pot’. Or ‘weed’.)
- The tension between hobbyist grow habits and increasing automation in industrial grow ops.
- Why 2019 could be a huge year for American cannabis. (And here’s another perspective.)
- Will new Attorney General Bill Barr be good for cannabis? The jury’s still out.
- How to market legal cannabis, even with all the restrictions—highlights from Toronto’s Cannabis Marketing Summit 2019. (Social media influencers, for instance.)
- What your veterinarian probably knows about cannabis for pets.
- Top US fund managers are increasingly turning to pot stocks.
- How does a regulatory authority create a ‘cannabis department’ from scratch? LA’s head regulator Cat Packer talks to the WeedWeek podcast:
- How cannabis companies can give back to their communities. Brave New Weed podcast interviews Christina De La Rosa of The People’s Dispensary:
3rd – 9th January 2019 Cannabis Links Roundup
- A new marijuana bill actually has the number 420.
- Legalize cannabis and eliminate the black market, right? Only if you do it right, as California’s starting to find out.
- Another marijuana harvest in Oregon, another drop in price.
- Oregon now looking into exporting to other states.
- With prices falling across the industry, how else can a commercial grower compete?
- More new year predictions: Cannabis industry trends for 2019.
- A new study supports CBD as a potential treatment for anxiety-related disorders.
- Another study has found that workers processing and harvesting marijuana suffered no ill effects.
- In Canada, luxury weed tourism is on the rise.
- Why the media’s new favorite cannabis naysayer Alex Berenson is wrong.
- One of the best documentaries on the utter failure of the War On Drugs, ‘The House I Live In’:
- Are robots coming for our cannabis jobs too? CannaInsider looks at the future of robotics in the cannabis industry:
20th December 2018 – 2nd January 2019 Cannabis Links Roundup
- The states most likely to legalize in 2019, according to Marijuana Moment.
- Following the Farm Bill being signed into law, the FDA is finally beginning to draw up a framework for CBD regulation.
- Whatever strain you’re growing, you’re wrong! Apparently, we should all be talking about “chemovars” instead.
- Canada announces (pretty strict) draft edibles and topicals regulations—edibles should be available by 17th October 2019, a year after cannabis legalization began.
- Thai parliament’s New Year’s gift to the people: Legal medical marijuana.
- Barbados becomes latest Caribbean nation to announce cannabis law reform plans. Trinidad and Tobago likely to follow.
- Already a leading nation in cannabis research, Israel has voted to legalize medical marijuana exports.
- Will no-one think of the dealers? A New York “care provider” talks about what legalization will mean for him and the rest of the black market.
- New report finds ‘fully legalizing marijuana likely to be a more effective curb on drug and people smuggling from Mexico than building a big, dumb wall’.
- Cannabis moves a step closer to being a tradable commodity like wheat and oil. (Our prediction: ‘Hilarious’ news reports any time the price hits $4.20.)
- Leafly rounds up its Top 10 stories of 2018.
- While The Hill looks back at the Top 10 events that shaped marijuana policy reform this year.
- Over at the Brave New Weed podcast, there’s an Ask Me Anything with a genuine world expert, cannabinologist Dr. Sunil Aggarwal (skip to around 15 mins in for the interview):
- And finally, saying goodbye to 2018, here’s the year in review episode of MJBiz Daily’s ‘This Week In…’ podcast:
13th – 19th December Cannabis Links Roundup
- The most exciting strains at last weekend’s Emerald Cup, which this year is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
- The rising number of racketeering lawsuits against MJ grow facilities—and how to avoid one.
- Rolling Stone on how blockchain is solving problems in the cannabis industry.
- Sen. Cory Gardner fails to get a cannabis reform bill added to criminal justice bill—but vows to fight on.
- New York Governor committed to legalizing cannabis within next 100 days.
- Micropropagation: What cannabis growers can learn from orchid farming.
- First US national cannabis retail price index released. (Surname of the media contact: Booze ☺️ Nice combination.)
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines latest country to pass a medical marijuana bill.
- Parent company of Philip Morris tobacco has been quietly amassing vape device patents.
- A small California desert town is looking to regenerate through cannabis.
- Federally-funded marijuana research is on the rise. (They’ve even been seeking new growers.)
- With cannabis prices falling rapidly in states like Oregon, marketing perhaps becomes even more important for cannabis companies. But with so many restrictions in place, how do you go about it? Check out these new episodes of the Cannabis Cultivation and Science Podcast for some advice and inspiration:
5th – 12th December Cannabis Links Roundup
- The parent company of Marlboro cigarettes just invested $1.8bn in a cannabis company. (In other news: Old hoax article now just reality.)
- Final version of the 2018 Farm Bill—legalizing industrial hemp—signed with a hemp pen (but written on regular paper).
- A potential side benefit of the Bill: It might help save the bees. Apparently many species of bees love hemp pollen.
- Less good news: Trump may have found someone just as bad as Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. (Yup, apparently that’s possible.)
- Researchers have discovered a strain that’s especially good for diabetes. ‘Black Beauty’, originally developed in collaboration with Ed Rosenthal, produces unusually high levels of THCV.
- Nearly a dozen Canadian colleges are set to add or expand their cannabis training courses—because Canada’s got a skilled cannabis labor shortage.
- New Zealand could be heading towards legal adult use of cannabis. Medical use law has recently been expanded.
- Meanwhile, in the UK, medical marijuana has been (just barely) legal for a month now—but it remains near impossible to get it prescribed and super-expensive.
- An attempt to have a cannabis legalization Bill considered by the British Parliament also failed this week—but by a relatively small margin.
- Counterfeit cannabis vape cartridges are becoming a problem. (If it seems too cheap… it probably is.)
- True crime series ‘Murder Mountain’ is coming to Netflix on 28th December, covering a series of murders that took place in Humboldt County in 2013.
- And finally, a couple of fascinating podcast interviews with Warren Bravo of ultra-sustainable cannabis producers Green Relief. Green Relief has perfected growing with aquaponics—a more or less self-sustaining hydroponic ecosystem in which fish provide both the nutrients and the filtration.
Check back next week for more new links!
N.B. At the moment, we plan to keep adding each week’s links to this page until a month’s worth have built up. Then we’ll remove the oldest week’s links every time we add the new batch.
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