Medicine Man Opens Fourth Retail Location In Longmont, Colorado

Medicine Man, Colorado’s leading marijuana dispensary with the largest variety of cannabis, edibles, concentrates and CBD products for both medical and recreational patients, opened its newest retail dispensary in Longmont, Colorado, on February 20. The store opening comes after Medicine Man’s January announcement of entering a binding agreement that is expected to lead to the near-term acquisition of Medicine Man by Medicine Man Technologies (MDCL), a leading consulting, intellectual property licensing and products company in the cannabis industry.

Located at 500 East Rogers Road, Longmont, Colorado, the new dispensary is strategically situated on “Car Row” with auto dealerships nearby, guaranteeing higher than normal foot traffic for retail sales. Medicine Man was one of four companies that were selected for a license in a highly competitive application process.

“Medicine Man is one of the pioneering operators that helped establish the burgeoning cannabis industry over the past decade with brand recognition far beyond its immediate market,” says Andy Williams, Medicine Man Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer. “Our expansion into retail stores allows us to leverage our reputation and expertise in the market and accelerate our growth in a segment of the business that we believe is highly scalable and profitable. The opening of the fourth Medicine Man retail location in Longmont is a key asset as we enter this exciting time of transition into a vertically integrated cannabis operator.”

“As northern Colorado’s newest dispensary we know there is a built-in demand for both the Medicine Man line of products and the Medicine Man retail experience. We are positioning the Longmont store as a discreet location that will cater to first-time customers, women and men in the 50-plus age demographic and our knowledgeable consumers who appreciate our extensive line of products. This event marks the beginning of a new chapter in the successful history of the Medicine Man brand and we are honored to be a part of the Longmont community,” says Medicine Man Chief Executive Officer Sally Vander Veer.

To celebrate the opening of the Longmont store, Medicine Man is offering eight discounted retail promotions, including special pricing on cartridges, CBD products, edibles, shatter, smoking accessories, topicals and wax grams. Ongoing pricing discounts will be available for veterans, seniors and members of the service industry. The Longmont store will be 5,000 square feet and will carry the popular Medicine Man product line along with well-known brands carried at the other three Medicine Man locations, including: Canyon Cultivation, Cheeba Chews, Coda, CSC, Dutch Girl, Keef Cola, Incredibles, Mary’s Medicinals, MedPharm, Ripple, Robhots, Stratos, Sweet Grass and Wana. Medicine Man’s new Longmont location will be the closest Longmont-based dispensary to the towns of Berthoud, Dacono, Firestone, Frederick, Hygiene, Lyons, Mead, Niwotand Platteville.

Medicine Man’s menu is posted on both www.leafly.com and www.weedmaps.com. For more information about the new Longmore location, or any of the Medicine Man locations across Colorado, please visit www.medicinemandenver.com.

CBD Gifts For Mindful Mom’s This Year

Mom deserves the best this year, so treat her to one of these thoughtful, creative Mother’s Day gift ideas that will make her feel the love long after the holiday is over!

We put together the ultimate wellness Mother’s Day gift guide, whether you’re shopping for a new mom, a grandma, or your own mom or mother-in-law, these products from Kannaway give the gift of relief by helping mom restore balance while investing in the future of her health and wellness – and that’s something all of us can feel good about!

Here’s a round-up of products we think mom will love:

The answer to age prevention, what mama doesn’t love that?! Kannactiv is a three-step daily skin care line featuring synergistic CBD/Bi-Bong formulas for clear, noticeably clean, even toned, and healthy-looking skin.

Mom, I love your guts! Literally! Kannaway Pure Gold CBD Oil holds a unique composition rich in cannabinoids to prevent the body from engaging in common diseases and improves the overall quality of life through various health benefits including heart health, pain relief and more. If mom is worried about THC (the stuff that gets you high), she can rest assured that this product has none. It’s actually just been listed in the Prescribers’ Digital Reference, a reference guide that many physicians use.

For the simple and efficient mom, we made a simple and efficient product, Kannaway Salve. This product can easily be slipped into a purse or pocket and was crafted for a wide variety of topical uses including softening cuticles and chapped lips, soothing dry skin, muscle discomfort and much more!

SF Planning Commission Approves African-American Leader For First Equity Program Dispensary

History was made last night when the SF Planning Commission unanimously approved Shawn M Richard’s Haight Street Dispensary project.

Shawn, CEO of Cole Ashbury Group and a founding member of SF Equity Group (SFEG), is the first candidate under the SF Equity Program to be approved for a dispensary.  The SF Equity Program was designed to address the damage committed against communities of color through the War on Drugs.  SFEG is a grassroots organization formed to ensure the SF Equity program is working for all Equity Applicants and with the aim of rebuilding the communities damaged by the War on Drugs.

This historic ruling signals that there are paths to business ownership in the new cannabis economy for those who have been targeted by racist cannabis policies. The hope is that the SFEG model can serve as a model for other municipalities and that the Equity concept become tied to the national conversation on repeal of Cannabis Prohibition.

A post from SFEG marking the occasion can be read here and below. A video replay of the hearing can be viewed here (scroll to 4 hours and 26 mins).

CBD Margaritas Are The New Cosmos

If you love margaritas, then look no further than La Vida Verde’s CBD Margarita. On February 22, grab your closest friends and toast to this popular drinking holiday.

This stimulating cannabis cocktail includes La Vida Verde’s CBD-based Restore tincture; Cointreau and lime juice mixed with crushed ice and topped off with a lime wedge for the perfect taste.

La Vida Verde’s Restore (CBD 1:1) contains 300mg of CBD and 300 mg THC. The cannabis oil enhances the synergistic effects of CBD and THC and is infused with hints of orange, Roman chamomile, lavender, and grapefruit.

This CBD Margarita is made to unwind your mind on this beloved drinking holiday. The Restore (CBD 1:1) tincture is all about balance and can assist with pain relief, inflammation, and ones overall well being. This citrusy-sweet drink features powerful ingredients that will wow guests at your next fiesta.

420 Bill: What The US Can Learn From Canada’s Weed Market

The Canadian marijuana market started off with a bang when it became legal in 2018. However, fast-forward a few months, things are looking a little different. Now, with the introduction of the U.S. 420 Bill aiming to legalize adult-use marijuana federally, there are some things Canada’s market can teach the states.

Some stores are running out of supplies so fast, they need to close shop for four days a week and most notably, the black market is thriving. In 2019, it is said the black market will control 71% of the industry in Canada. With the US making strides forward to legalize marijuana federally with the recently introduced 420 Bill, there are certain things the country can learn from Canada.

A few glaring issues are:

  • Ensuring there is enough supply for the demand
  • Have regulations for edibles set out clearly
  • Watch the black market closely – as taxes and supply can help drive it stronger
  • Have a good process for looking over licenses and applications

Colorado Cannabis Firm Names New President, Matthew Willer

STWC Holdings, Inc. (OTCPK: STWC), the nation’s foremost consulting firm in the development of cannabis-related businesses, has promoted Matthew Willer to the position as president of the company.

STWC, also known as Strainwise, made its announcement about Willer’s appointment in the company’s recent 8K filing, and he is expected to enhance the company’s business development and marketing emphasis. He is also expected to lend his financial expertise to STWC’s efforts in the area of capitalization to support growth plans.

“Matt has been intimately involved in all aspects of the company, and his analytical skills have directly led to some key opportunities for Strainwise,” said Erin Phillips, chief executive officer, who recently held the dual roles of CEO/president. “By handing him this greater authority, we will leverage his talent throughout the organization in the most efficient manner.”

He has a long history of raising capital for companies in start-up and/or growth mode, and he has extensive experience in taking companies public. As president and a director of Assure Holdings Corp., he helped lead the company into the public market and achieve a public listing. Under his direction, the company experienced a fourfold increase in market capitalization during a 12-month period. He has his bachelor’s degree in finance and management from the University of Southern California. Previously, he was president of the U.S. division of Xylitol Canada, and the company increased its revenues tenfold while he was there.

“For nearly 20 years I have focused on helping small, public or soon-to-be-public organizations in executing upon their business plans and managing their capital markets initiatives” he said. “Historically I’ve been very successful entering companies that are in an attractive, growing industry that have strong management and vision.  Strainwise is precisely this type of entity, and I’m confident that coupling my expertise with management’s vision and expertise can translate to increased shareholder value.”

Hear It Firsthand: The Controversial Story Behind The First Non-Cannabis CBD & The Pro Athletes Who Swear By It

With the FDA noting cannabidiol (CBD) shouldn’t be a controlled substance and the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, there’s still a great deal of controversy surrounding CBD.

But what if I told you there was a non-cannabis alternative?  

Discovered in the Silk Road region of northern India, Kriya brand Humulus is naturally endowed with a high concentration of CBD because the hop plants cross-pollinate with wild cannabis plants that grow nearby. The Founder and Director of Peak Health Dr. Bomi Joseph, a native to India, spent nearly a decade cross-breeding the plants (in which CBD is a recessive trait) until they’d created a dependable, high-CBD concentration variety, ultimately developing the concentrate into the revolutionary new product ImmunAG™.

Because ImmunAG™ is made from a plant other than cannabis, it offers a newfound ability to market non-cannabis CBD to regions still under the umbrella of CBD prohibition:

“I didn’t foresee how much the demand for CBD would be and how crazy it would become.”

  • Dr. Bomi Joseph

This all-natural product also gained the attention of several professional athletes, including former NBA star Cuttino Mobley, who used ImmunAG™ to help him train for the BIG3 pro-basketball league, attributing his winning shot in the last seconds of the championship to the health benefits he experienced.

Want to interview a pro athlete about their experience with non-cannabis CBD?

  • Cuttino Mobley, former NBA Hall-of-Famer and advocate for ImmunAG™
  • Junior Bryant, former NFL and advocate for ImmunAG™

Veterans Medical Marijuana Access Legislation Introduced In House And Senate

Today, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, and other serious medical conditions.

Under existing regulations, VA doctors are not permitted to fill out the mandatory paperwork necessary to recommend cannabis therapy in those 33 states that regulate it. Passage of The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act ends this discrimination against veterans and prevents sanctions against VA doctors who wish to recommend medical cannabis treatment to their patients.

“The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act would provide crucial medical and civil protections for the men and women who put their lives on the line to serve this country. It is unconscionable that these brave individuals who protect our nation’s freedoms would be treated as criminals when they return home just for treating their medical ailments with a safe and effective option,” said Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director. “We applaud and appreciate the leadership by Senator Schatz and Rep. Lee in putting forward this legislation.”

“Historically, veteran and military communities have long been at the forefront of American social change, catalyzing the widespread acceptance of evolving cultural norms and perceptions surrounding racial, gender, and sexual equality. The therapeutic use of cannabis by veterans follows this trend and members of Congress should follow their lead and pass the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act,” Strekal concluded.

“In 33 states, doctors and their patients have the option to use medical marijuana to manage pain—unless those doctors work for the VA and their patients are veterans,” Senator Schatz said. “This bill gives VA doctors in these states the option to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans, and it also promises to shed light on how medical marijuana can help with the nation’s opioid epidemic.”

“As the daughter of a veteran, I am committed to ensuring that our veterans have access to the quality and comprehensive medical care they deserve – including medical marijuana. The current federal prohibitions on cannabis are unnecessary, harmful, and counterproductive,” said Congresswoman Lee. “The federal government should never stand between our veterans and their medicine. This critical legislation is a long overdue step to empower veterans and their doctors to make informed health care decisions, without political interference.”

You can read NORML’s Fact Sheet on Marijuana and Veterans Issues HERE.

A copy of the bill is available here.

A recent American Legion poll found that nearly one in four veterans use marijuana to alleviate a medical condition. A 2017 review of over 10,000 studies by the National Academy of Sciences concluded, “There is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis and cannabinoids are effective for the treatment for chronic pain in adults.”

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NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high-quality marijuana that is safe, convenient, and affordable.

Find out more at www.norml.org and see our factsheets at www.norml.org/marijuana/fact-sheets

R Street Welcomes Committee Efforts On Marijuana Banking

The R Street Institute welcomes today’s hearing by the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services exploring access to banking services for legitimate cannabis-related businesses.

Despite laws providing for the legal distribution of medicinal marijuana in 32 states and for decriminalization of recreational marijuana in 10 states plus the District of Columbia, the federal Controlled Substances Act and myriad banking statutes and regulations continue to make it difficult for banks and credit unions to provide financial services to those businesses that operate in accordance with state cannabis laws.

Though there has been progress in lenders’ willingness to serve the legal cannabis industry, the potential for criminal and civil liability, including money-laundering, remains a stumbling block to bringing more deposits into the traditional banking sector, according to R.J. Lehmann, R Street’s director of finance, insurance and trade policy. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crime Enforcement Network, there were 375 banks and 111 credit unions serving cannabis-related business accounts as of the fourth quarter of 2018.

“Even where lenders are providing financial services to the legal marijuana industry, the compliance processes that currently would be appropriate to service this sector effectively are daunting and beyond what many smaller lenders could manage,” Lehmann said. “We need federal law to provide guidance, clarity and a permanent safe harbor for depositories who work with state-sanctioned cannabis businesses.”

The Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., would provide exactly that. The bill would ensure that federal banking and credit union regulators could not sanction regulated lenders or limit their access to deposit insurance on grounds that they provided service to legitimate cannabis businesses. Reps. Steve Stivers and Warren Davidson, both R-Ohio, recently joined Perlmutter and Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., as sponsors of the legislation.

“We extend our thanks to Chairwoman Waters for convening this hearing and moving this topic to the top of the committee’s agenda. In an era of often fractious partisan divides, Rep. Perlmutter’s legislation offers an opportunity for bipartisan consensus and real solutions,” Lehmann said.

Cannabis Event Expert Discusses Being Gay In Marijuana Industry

Being a member of the LGBT community while making a living in the world of cannabis has been a learning curve for many, including Josh Crossney. Crossney is an advocate and entrepreneur in the industry who can speak from first-hand experience about what it’s like being gay in the cannabis world.

The Cannabis Connection

Crossney founded the Cannabis Science Conference (CSC), which is the world’s largest and most technical cannabis science expo. He recently announced the first East Coast CSC will be held in Baltimore in April 2019. For East Coast CSC keynote speakers, he has secured celebrities Montel Williams and Ricki Lake.

Crossney is also on the advisory board for CannaKids, a writer for Medical Jane and the host of Medical Cannabis Report. His experience in the industry can help educate others in the LGBT community what to expect when first getting involved, how to get their foot in the door and more.

LGBT Community in Cannabis

Crossney sees that while the cannabis industry certainly is more welcoming to the LGBT community than it was, there is still a lot that needs to be done. He is determined to be the voice of change for this through networking, being open and letting others know it’s okay to be gay in a straight-male dominated field.