March 25, 2018

Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group (and prominent supporter of cannabis legalization), once said the following: “Branding demands commitment; commitment to continual reinvention; striking chords with people to stir their emotions; and commitment to imagination.” He wasn’t talking about any specific field at the time, but his words ring especially true for cannabis entrepreneurs across the country. In an industry with an explosive number of new businesses, a vast spectrum of customer expectations, and regulations that are constantly in flux, creating packaging that is both memorable and legally compliant can be a steep challenge.

Nationwide, a primary concern has been to ensure that young children cannot accidentally access cannabis products once th...

March 19, 2018

Genetically modified foods are at an inarguably integral part of the U.S. food supply. In 2014, organic manufacturer Nature’s Path reported that 80% of U.S. processed foods contained genetically modified ingredients, and that as of 2010, over 90% of the country’s soy, cotton, and canola crops were genetically modified as well. Cannabis, however, as an only recently (and incompletely) legal crop, has so far dodged involvement from any of the giants of corporate agriculture.

Cannabis’ uncertain legal status through the years has made it notoriously difficult to study, and assembling comprehensive, applicable knowledge of the genetics forming cannabis’ many strains and varieties has eluded the industry until very recently. In January of this year, Sunrise Genetics unveiled the fir...

February 11, 2018

In well over half of U.S. states today, some form of cannabis consumption has been legalized, but federal law remains unmoved. Despite the abundance of state laws encouraging and responsibly regulating the growth of the American cannabis industry, every aspect of the field is still fully and totally illegal at the federal level. This paradox has been allowed to endure in no small part because of one Department of Justice memo — and as of January 4th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially rescinded it and its tenuous protections.

The memo in question was written in 2011 and known as the Cole Memorandum. Named after its author, then-Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, it was essentially a cheat sheet outlining how the states and the cannabis enterprises within their respecti...

February 5, 2018

When it comes to cannabis business permits, Oakland is trying something different. In an attempt to both jumpstart growth and also create a more equitable cannabis industry within the city, the city has created a permitting process called the Equity Permit Program. As part of this unique program, half of Oakland’s eight medical cannabis permits are reserved for what they term “equity applicants”: residents of Oakland whose income is below a certain threshold and who have either been convicted of cannabis-related crimes sometime in the last thirty years or live in areas where anti-cannabis laws have been disproportionately enforced by Oakland police. In the end, thirty-six equity applicants were up for these spots -- and on January 31st, the first four recipients were picked by l...

December 23, 2017

Scientific research into the effects and applications of cannabis is booming, especially where serious psychiatric disorders are concerned. In the case of schizophrenia, the latest evidence indicates that cannabis may both aggravate and ease the symptoms of the disorder.

This is due largely to two factors: first, the complex causes and symptoms of schizophrenia are still not fully understood, and second, the effects of cannabis on a schizophrenic brain appear to depend heavily on exactly which cannabinoids are actually being consumed.

Modern science is still inconclusive about how and why schizophrenia takes root. It most often, though not always, appears in late adolescence, and has been found to result from both genetic and environmental factors. To complicate things further, it...

December 17, 2017

Despite the holiday season, cannabis news and legislation have not taken a break. We've been following two stories over the past week and both of them has impacted a different realm of the cannabis world. We're here to provide you a short synopsis for each of them, with recommendations for further reading for those of you who are interested.

Federal Dispensaries in Onatario 

Two weeks ago we wrote an article about the rapid legalisation efforts in Canada. Since then the province of Ontario voted and enacted the Cannabis Act, which will give the province a monopoly on recreational cannabis w