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Growing Your Own Cannabis is Therapeutic in Itself

When it comes to the treatment of a multitude of different medical illnesses cannabis is making waves throughout the medical community.Marijuana is proven to help control many symptoms that are associated with diseases of all types. From cancers and epilepsy to PTSD and autism marijuana is showing great success in treating and helping individuals to manage their symptoms. Cannabis oil along with whole plant therapy are proving to work wonders in many ways.

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Cannabis is giving young children the ability to walk, talk, breathe, and live a normal life for the first time as well as giving parents the joy and relief of not watching their child suffer on a daily basis. That alone is priceless if you have ever been in those parent’s shoes. With PTSD, it is helping our soldiers as well as other individuals who live with this disorder on a daily basis. Cannabis helps to soothe the minds of these individuals and ease the pain that they are suffering from for many.

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Growing marijuana is proving to be as therapeutic as consuming it. For example, individuals who suffer from PTSD are finding great therapeutic relief in the gardening aspects that are associated with growing cannabis. They also, tend like anyone, to benefit from the nurturing process involved with growing a plant. Not only do they get the benefits and therapy from gardening they also get the benefits of growing their own medicine and the peace of mind that comes with it.

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This is often a very crucial and essential thing that allows for a calm, peaceful environment for those who suffer from PTSD. So if you’re considering growing your own cannabis for the therapeutic aspects and attributes associated with it, there is one thing to know. That is most likely you’re going to love it! Grow it for fun, grow it for medicine, grow it just to see if you can. Who knows you may find a new hobby that becomes a passion that stems from a deep connection to a diversity of cultures from around the globe.

 

Story by JamesP of  Marijuana Writers

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Vireo Health of New York’s Medical Cannabis Products Now Certified by OU Kosher

Vireo Health of New York (“Vireo”), one of only five companies licensed by the New York State Department of Health to produce and sell medical cannabis, announced today that all of the company’s products produced in New York have been certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU), the world’s largest and most widely recognized kosher certification agency.

The trademarked OU symbol  will appear for the first time ever on medical cannabis products, including the Company’s vaporization cartridges, oils and capsules. These products will be made available for purchase to qualifying patients in Vireo’s four New York State retail dispensaries. The dispensaries are located in White Plains, Queens, Binghamton and Albany and are scheduled to begin opening during the first week of January.

“Being certified kosher by the OU will not only help us serve the dietary needs of the largest Jewish community in the United States, but also combat unfortunate stigmas associated with medical cannabis,” said Ari Hoffnung, Chief Executive Officer of Vireo Health of New York. “Today’s announcement sends an important message to New Yorkers of all faiths and backgrounds that using medical cannabis to alleviate pain and suffering does not in any way represent an embrace of ‘pot’ culture. Patients should never feel guilty or ashamed for using a product recommended by their physicians.”

“We are pleased to grant kosher certification to Vireo Health of New York’s medical cannabis products which were developed to alleviate pain and suffering in accordance with the New York State Compassionate Care Act,” said Rabbi Menachem Genack, Chief Executive Officer of OU Kosher. “Judaism prioritizes health and encourages the use of medicine designed to improve one’s health or reduce pain. Using medical cannabis products recommended by a physician should not be regarded as a chet, a sinful act, but rather as a mitzvah, an imperative, a commandment.”

“We are thrilled to be the first medical cannabis company in the world to join companies like Novartis and Pfizer that choose the OU for their kosher certification,” said Dr. Kyle Kingsley, Chief Executive Officer of Vireo Health, the parent company of Vireo Health of New York and Minnesota Medical Solutions. “Vireo and the OU both share a deep commitment to rigorous quality standards, and we look forward to broadening our relationship as we expand our operations into other states.”

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Registered organizations may only manufacture medical cannabis products in forms approved by the Commissioner. Approved forms currently include liquid or oil preparations for metered oromucosal or sublingual administration or administration per tube, metered liquid or oil preparations for vaporization, and capsules for oral administration. The Compassionate Care Act expressly provides that a certified medical use of cannabis does not include smoking. For more information, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/.

 

Read more: ou.org

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Here’s how cannabis can help your bones!

It’s true – the natural cannabis-like compounds produced by the body, which are known as endocannabinoids, are fundamentally involved with maintaining the health of the skeleton. So if something goes wrong with your naturally-produced cannabinoids, using cannabis-based medicine could actually help a great deal.

The current understanding is that, basically, cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors are produced by certain key types of bone cells – cells known as osteoclasts and osteoblasts.

The osteoblasts produce new bone, while the osteoclasts break down and absorb old bone. (An easy way to remember the difference is to think of osteoblasts as blasting out new bone material.)

 

Read the entire article at Green Flower Media.

The Top Ten Ways To Destroy Your Marijuana Business

We are always writing about how to succeed in the emerging marijuana industry while navigating its many legal pitfalls. We rarely though visit how to most effectively fail. But given that it’s the end of the year and that 2016 looks to be a big year for marijuana with potentially multiple state legalization ballot initiatives on the table, we want to write about how to best and most quickly fail in the marijuana industry (so, you know when you’re stepping in it in the future).

Recreational Marijuana1. Go all in and ask no questions. Those with a “gold-rush” mentality are best suited to avoid the cannabis industry. Though enthusiasm for a new enterprise is a great thing, anyone who believes they will get rich quick in the cannabis industry is sorely mistaken. Increasingly, cannabis businesses are behaving and being treated much like any other business venture, so any new entrant or even industry veteran needs to constantly be examining their bottom-line, their financial strategy, their ability to market, their market share and how to compete. The concept of the “Green Rush” is slowly fading along with the opportunists with no real industry plans or sustainability.

2. Lie to your bank. Cannabis businesses are still deceiving their banks into giving them bank accounts. We hate that folks feel the need to do that to avoid the public safety crisis created by an all-cash business, but we equally hate to see anyone violate federal and/or state law by lying to their bank. You should not be “omitting” what you are really doing when you apply to a bank, nor should you camouflage your business with a personal account or a shell management company, all of which can create personal liability by causing you to lose your corporate protection. Even worse they can (and sometimes do) invite federal agency scrutiny. If at all possible in your state, you should stick with banking with a financial institution that follows FinCEN guidelines. The best plan is to just tell the truth about your operation and make the rounds of financial institutions until you find one willing to bear the risk of taking on your account

3. License IP you don’t have. One of the fastest ways to invite bank-breaking litigation is to license intellectual property you don’t actually own and can’t actually use. For whatever reason, much of the cannabis industry is in denial about IP rights generally. Industry players seem never to tire of coming up with ornate and lengthy licensing agreements that sound nice and official, but that don’t really provide any IP rights or protections to anyone. Though there are definitely legal solutions for navigating the very hairy IP issues from state to state, you should not make the mistake of entering into hardcore negotiations for a licensing agreement when there’s really nothing there to license in the first place. Do your IP due diligence because many of these licensing agreements are going to be tested and you want to be sure yours can withstand the scrutiny.

4. Ignore local laws. Too many marijuana businesses have tunnel vision when it comes to knowing and navigating their local marijuana laws. Marijuana businesses easily forget that though their state is the arbiter of their operational license, their city and/or county also has plenty of say in whether they actually get to operate. Failing to acknowledge and abide by local laws, like zoning, land use, additional permitting or licensing, or time, place, and manner restrictions, leads to costly disputes with the marijuana business usually on the losing end due to local police powers. Don’t make the rookie mistake of thinking your city or county doesn’t matter.

5. Rush your due diligence. Marijuana entrepreneurs are notorious for jumping into bed together without having performed any due diligence regarding their putative partner company and its members. The cannabis industry is a new industry and that means you should take extra care in conducting due diligence on those with whom you will be doing business. On top of this, because the laws relevant to the cannabis industry are changing so frequently and because the regulatory stakes are so high, no business deal should be rushed. You do not want to enter into a deal only to find out that for whatever reason your new partner or the deal itself is illegal because of some new law. The faster you go the more susceptible you are to these sorts of mistakes.

6. Do everything on a hand shake. The marijuana businesses with the toughest (often irreversible) issues are those with nothing in writing. Though the legal enforceability of marijuana contracts from state to state is going to vary (there are some legal workarounds even for this), our cannabis business lawyers still encourage all marijuana businesses to memorialize all of their deals and transactions in a written contract. Indeed certain transactions must be in writing to be enforceable at all. You are a real business now and real businesses have written contracts.

7. Don’t pay your taxes. Even writing this makes me roll my eyes. Anyone at this point who thinks they can successfully evade the IRS or their own state and local taxes is just wrong. The IRS is not flexible regarding how it treats marijuana businesses and unless Congress reforms the tax code, that isn’t going to change. If I had to name one thing that has led to the ruin of more cannabis businesses than anything else, it would be failing to pay taxes.

8. Don’t worry about your neighbors. Woe to those marijuana businesses that think they can snub their neighbors without consequence. Many marijuana NIMBYs (“Not in My Back Yard” neighbors) have the ability to derail the establishment and success of a marijuana business. The best way to deal with an angry neighbor is by doing all that you can early on to work with your neighbors to prevent any escalation. For more on this, check out “How to Handle a Neighbor Who Wants to Shut Down Your Cannabis Business.”

9. Take advantage of every loophole. We recognize that sometimes in this industry it can be better to ask for forgiveness instead of permission, but cutting corners can lead to business-ending state or local law violations. Not every loophole in state or local rule making is going to be worth the risk and you need to engage in high-level risk analysis when figuring out when you should step on the gas and when you should yield to allow the state to catch up.

10. Don’t have an exit strategy. The failure rate in the cannabis industry is and will no doubt continue to be high, especially as states and local governments continue to constantly tinker with their laws in an effort to get everything just so. And if you are thinking that failure is no big deal because you can just file for bankruptcy, you are probably wrong on that as well since bankruptcy isn’t an option and even state receiverships are of dubious legality. Successful marijuana businesses plan for their end.

 

Read more: cannalawblog.com

Written By Hilary Bricken

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CCPR Board Members Endorse Rival California Legalization Measure

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Last month Marijuana.com broke the news that a key board member of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR), a group that has been working for years to build a consensus marijuana legalization for California’s 2016 ballot, had decided to endorse a separate group’s initiative.

“It’s important that we all get together to support one initiative,” the board member, Richard Lee, said in an interview at the time.

On Tuesday that rival group, backed by billionaire tech investor Sean Parker, announced in a press release that a majority of CCPR’s 14 board members have formally agreed to withdraw the measure they’d been working on under the banner of Reform California, as Lee predicted would happen last month.

Despite holding a series of forums across the state to build support for their measure, CCPR has struggled to raise the money it would take to collect enough signatures to qualify it for the ballot and mount a campaign to pass it.

Six of CCPR’s board members have agreed to endorse the better-funded measure, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), according to the group’s press release.

Besides Lee, who is the founder of Oaksterdam University and was the chief funder of Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization initiative that Golden State voters narrowly defeated in 2010, the board members backing AUMA are:

· David Bronner, CEO of hemp soap company Dr. Bronner’s

· Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association

· Stacia Cosner, deputy director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy

· Neill Franklin, executive director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

· Antonio Gonzalez, president of the Latino Voters League and the William C. Velasquez Institute in Los Angeles

CCPR board members Don Duncan of Americans for Safe Access and Dale Gieringer of California NORML also pledged to vote to withdraw CCPR’s initiative but did not immediately endorse AUMA, a source who was part of the discussions told Marijuana.com.

Additionally, Dr. Larry Bedard, former President of the American College of Emergency Physicians, has agreed to withdraw as an official co-proponent of the Reform California measure and instead throw his support behind AUMA, according to the release.

A CCPR board member, who did not want to be named, told Marijuana.com on Tuesday that the organization has a board meeting scheduled for December 18 at which it is expected the vote to formally withdraw the Reform California initiative will take place.

The board member also said that the effort to convince a majority CCPR’s board to agree to withdraw its initiative was primarily orchestrated by Bronner and Graham Boyd, an advisor to the estate of late Progressive auto insurance chairman Peter B. Lewis. “They worked as a team on this one,” the board member said.

On Monday, the AUMA campaign filed a number of amendments to its initial draft, some of which were negotiated with CCPR board members to win their support. The changes include raising the legal possession limit for cannabis concentrates from 4 grams to 8 grams, protecting child custody for medical marijuana patients, exempting patients’ use of vaporizers from smoking bans and allowing consumption of and open containers of marijuana on boats and vessels where licensed for use in a passenger compartment.

Boyd apparently had a series of conversations with CCPR board members in recent days in which they agreed in principle to support withdrawing their own initiative if the changes were made to AUMA. Then, in an email on Saturday, he detailed the amendments and asked CCPR board members to reply with “I agree” if they wanted to move ahead with the plan.

A majority of the CCPR board did so, prompting AUMA’s Tuesday press release.

“We have carefully reviewed amendments submitted by the proponents of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, and we’re convinced it’s time to endorse that initiative and unite everyone behind a single, consensus measure to achieve a legal, regulated system, which a majority of voters have consistently said they want,” Bronner said in the press release.

Franklin added, “This amended measure strikes a thoughtful balance between civil liberties and protecting public safety and the safety and health of our children. “I’m pleased to endorse it and have every confidence it will pass in November.”

The AUMA measure is also supported by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, as well major reform organizations like the Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project.

Proponents will need to collect at least 365,880 valid signatures from registered voters to qualify it for the November 2016 ballot.

Read More: marijuana.com

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Marijuana Could Soon Net Ticket, Not Arrest in Dallas

More than a thousand people in Dallas every year are arrested and thrown in jail for carrying small amounts of marijuana.

Now, Dallas Police Chief David Brown wants to stop that, saying his officers are stretched thin and their time is better spent elsewhere.

Brown’s department is floating a “cite and release” policy that will direct officers to issue a citation only, but not lead to an arrest record.

Still, after hours of debate on Tuesday, the Dallas city council’s Public Safety Committee decided to not recommend the policy. They voted to bring the issue before the full city council soon for a debate, although a date has not been set.

The National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws reports 17 states and Washington, DC have decriminalized some pot possession, meaning first time offenses for small amounts are treated like a traffic ticket, handled in court.

That is not the case in Texas. Even if Dallas moves forward with the cite and release plan, a judge can still issue hefty fines of up to $2,000 and also possible jail time. However, an officer who stops a person carrying less than four ounces of pot for recreational use will be directed to not arrest the person.

Brown supports this policy from a practical standpoint, but he says he has mixed-feelings on the impact from a crime-fighting standpoint.

Dallas police arrest about 120 people every month for low-level pot possession, that’s about 1,200 misdemeanor marijuana arrests a year.

In every case, an officer must call a supervisor, generally a sergeant, to join him in the field to help monitor the field drug test. Then, the individual is arrested and taken to jail.

The whole process, according to Deputy Chief Gary Tittle, “takes about an hour. Sometimes more than that, depending on how far the shift supervisor has to drive to get to the scene.”

Tittle says cite and release would cut the time in half, since there’s no driving to jail or booking process.

That allows officers to get back on the streets faster to help respond to other 911 calls.

“We believe it’ll shave 30 minutes off all of those low-level drug calls,” Tittle said. “So those officers will be back in the 911 pool responding to other issues faster.”

More than any other reason, Brown says this is strongest argument in favor of the policy.

“Thirty minutes is important. To save that time and get the officers back on the beat so they can handle more important issues,” he said. “There’s no victim when someone has a little bit of marijuana, it’s not the best use of the resources we have.”

Councilman Philip Kingston, who serves on the Public Safety Committee, agreed.

“We just heard from David Brown that he’s stretched to the limit, and response times are suffering,” said Kingston. “And so when I see the number of arrests for marijuana-only, I think [DPD] is wasting those resources. That is contributing and compounding the problem of low response times.”

Kingston also argued that “it’s not justice” to arrest someone and bring them to jail for carrying small amounts of weed. He said this crime disproportionately impacts Dallas’ “poor and minority communities, and I don’t see the justice in starting a criminal record for someone for just this.”

Brown also argued that the policy will help alleviate overcrowding in the county jail.

“We have about 5,000 jail beds. We make 50,000 arrests each year,” he said.“

“It’s just so damn practical” to not arrest low-level drug offenders, he added.

But even the chief admits there are drawbacks. too.

It’s a well-worn crime-fighting tool, he said, to arrest someone on a low-level crime if you suspect they have knowledge or involvement in bigger crimes. The process of being booked into jail and interrogated by police can crack open much bigger cases.

Under the cite and release policy, though, if someone is detained only for marijuana, officers will be directed to let that person go.

“That marijuana-only arrest might be the only thing we have to bring someone in and interview them, but it might break open a case on a murder. Or a robbery. Or a terrorism case,” Brown said. “It may be the only reason you have at first to bring someone in. So we can see both sides of this from a law-enforcement standpoint.”

There’s also the issue of people not showing up to court, and adding to the backlog of active warrants in Dallas County.

“It’s my anticipation that if DPD officers continue to write tickets for marijuana possession, a lot people won’t show up to their court date,” Kingston said. “I hope we can agree that we’re not going to come beat you over the head for not expending valuable police resources to find somebody who had a low-level marijuana possession ticket. But I don’t know who else will make the pledge with me.”

Brown says his department isn’t suggesting carrying marijuana should go unpunished, but that it’s a bigger priority to have his officers handle more important business.

“We have a lot of debate to come,” said Brown, adding that based on what he heard at the committee meeting “you can argue both sides of this issue and win.”

Read More: nbcdfw.com

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBD OIL AND RICK SIMPSON OIL

CBD Oil vs. Rick Simpson Oil

Thanks to the highly successful documentary “Run From The Cure”, the Rick Simpson oil became a household name almost over night. While studies have long reported anti-tumor effects of cannabis, this was not mainstream knowledge until the documentary about Rick’s cancer cure let the cat out of the bag.

Ever since, a large number of people suffering from various diseases have been experimenting with the Simpson oil, and indeed many have anecdotally reported staggering results of remission. However, due to the illegal status of the oil, research on humans is very difficult to conduct, as governments are reluctant to hand out the necessary licenses and permits.

In addition to the Rick Simpson oil, the cannabinoid CBD has also received special attention. The cannabinoid shows a wide range of beneficial qualities, all while being absolutely non-psychoactive – and legal. Most famously, the anti-seizure properties of CBD cured the young girl Charlotte from her debilitating epileptic seizures, a case that was widely report in mainstream media and was also featured in Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary „Weed“.

For good reasons, CBD and Rick Simpson oil are receiving attention. There is not shortage of studies and anecdotal reports that show the beneficial aspects of cannabis. However, there is some confusion surrounding CBD oil, and how it is related to Rick Simpson oil. While they are similar in many aspects, they are still very different products.

Both oils are made from the same plant: cannabis, respectively hemp. From a botanical perspective, cannabis and hemp belong to the same plant genus – cannabis. However, due to geographical factors and through breeding, the plant has developed into different species and strains, which produce a different harvest: Hemp produces few and small flowers with low cannabinoid content, but in exchange hemp produces high amounts of fibre, which are used in many industrial applications. Cannabis, on the other hand, refers to the recreational and medical plant which produces big and potent cannabinoid-laden flowers, but only small amounts of fibre. Again, they are botanically from the same plant family – just bred into different strains that yield another product. Further, the Rick Simpson oil is almost always made particularly from Cannabis indica strains, which have been shown to be more effective for physical ailments. Sativa strains, on the other hand, are often made into Rick Simpson oil that is to be used for mental illnesses.

It is thus becoming apparent how the CBD oil and the Rick Simpson oil are very different products. Since they are coming from different strains (hemp and cannabis), they naturally contain different amounts of cannabinoids. The Rick Simpson oil is a full spectrum plant extract of potent cannabis. It therefore contains very high levels of THC and other cannabinoids; easily in the range of 50-60% THC and 10-15% CBD, depending on the strain that was used. In addition to high levels of THC and CBD, other cannabinoids such as CBN and CBG are also present in concentrated amounts.

The CBD oil, on the other hand, contains high levels of CBD, but only very, very small trace amounts of other cannabinoids such as THC or CBN. Our CBD oil contains 2.3% CBD, and only 0.173% THC. As research has shown, THC shows promising potential for many conditions, which is why this psychoactive cannabinoid is an important part in any cannabis based approach.

Consuming simply a larger amount of the CBD oil is both expensive and a digestive challenge, since it is olive oil based. But even then it would not match the wide range of cannabinoids that are present in a full spectrum extract such as the Rick Simpson oil.

It has to be made absolutely clear that under no circumstances is the CBD oil any replacement for the Rick Simpson oil. It is a different product that cannot possibly replace the full spectrum Rick Simpson oil.

Since it is impossible to legally obtain Rick Simpson oil, patients are forced to produce it themselves. Rick’s organization (www.phoenixtears.ca) has extensively documented the process, thereby making the Simpson oil accessible for everyone.

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Cannabis Coffee Could Be The Next Big Thing

By SERA JANE GHALY on DECEMBER 3, 2015
Cannabis alcohol, cannabis edibles, cannabis weddings, cannabis lubricant – now cannabis coffee. Is it the next big thing? Well, the stoners out there who also love coffee must be plentiful, so it seems legitimate.
In fact, it sounds delicious.Adam Stites, the new cannabis coffee connoisseur, dreamed up this invention on a road trip in Washington. Although it hasn´t been an easy task for him, Sities has officially created a marijuana-infused coffee cream blend that is five-star standard.

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Adam Sitie´s dream started while he was road tripping, and admitted that his van was slow enough to allow for a lot of thinking time. So cannabis has been infused in food as well as alcohol, so why not enjoy a cannabis infused coffee? Needless to say, he gave his idea a test run, and despite having completely overestimated the dosage on the first attempt, decided to press on with the task.

His aim thereafter was to create the perfect blend of coffee and cannabis, so that the effects of the two would compliment each other. He says that a focused awareness from cannabis, as well as a bit of jitteriness from coffee would be the perfect couple. He also says that coffee is absorbed in the body almost instantly, whereas the effects of cannabis take around 45 to 90 minutes to take effect, therefore making the effects of caffeine longer lasting.

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It didn´t take him long to realize that mixing the two components was going to be difficult. Firstly, Sities wanted to make sure he chose the perfect strain to blend with coffee to achieve the desired effect. Taking into account the two main components of marijuana (THC and CBD), he found the perfect combination that allows for a smooth marriage between coffee and cannabis.

Sities encountered some difficulties binding the coffee to the cannabis cream mixture because the cannabis separates itself in the coffee when it is brewed. This is because the components of cannabis are not soluble in water. Through a long process of trial and error, Sities concocted a mixture of plant emulsifiers, which ensure that the mixture stays together even when it is brewed.

His range includes plain coffee, coffee with sugar and milk, and even fruity drinks, all that contain their own secret recipe with everyone´s favorite herb. His product is expected to be packaged in sachets for an easy brew to enjoy on a Sunday morning.

Potential profits are huge

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The writing is completely on the wall. Revenue from coffee sales in the USA are enormous, and nothing short can be said of the rapidly growing cannabis market. This year, which has almost ended, counted $9.4 billion in coffee sales around America, and millions of dollars are being spent on cannabis around the country, too. The number is only expected to increase as it becomes legal in more states.

The potential for economic success in a canna-coffee market is huge, because it is mixing two products that Americans already love. More than that, the creators of this product have dedicated time to producing a product that tastes great and offers a desired effect. It is innovation in the canna-business that targets the audience precisely.

Read More: thestonerscookbook.com

Cannabis Makes Recovery for Opioid Addiction Easier

By Cannabis Now on December 3, 2015

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