Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise? The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began | THE NEW YORK TIMES

Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise? The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began   |   THE NEW YORK TIMES

WLM Synopsis:

  • This article focuses on Colorado five years after its first-in-the-nation legalization of cannabis.

  • Legalization is viewed to have changed‎ health, politics, rural culture, and criminal justice in surprising ways.

  • The reporter summarizes the changes are somewhere between the fears of critics and hopes of the industry and offer a vision of the future for other states as they legalize.

  • As an example, teenage use has actually fallen slightly since medical marijuana ramped up in 2009 and flat since full legalization.

  • On the other hand, twice as many Colorado residents smoke compared to the rest of the country (we wonder how sampling bias in states where it is still illegal are accounted for‎).

  • A lot is also made of increased hospital visits related to cannab‎is use but also acknowledges that "none" of these resulted in death.

  • The article also delves into the other social and economic impacts of cannabis, positive and negative.

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Pot Advocates Blame Cuomo for Demise of Legalization in New York | BLOOMBERG NEWS

Pot Advocates Blame Cuomo for Demise of Legalization in New York   |   BLOOMBERG NEWS

WLM Synopsis:

  • NY lawmakers failed to legalize marijuana on the last scheduled day of the legislative session.

  • Many people from different sides of the debate placed the blame on Gov. Cuomo and his inconsistent approach to the process.

  • The failure left the legislature divided over whether to try to advance a more narrow decriminilization bill.

  • NY would have been just the 3rd state to legalize through legislation rather than the ballot process and would have created an estimated $3.1 billion + market.

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A Golfer's Introductory Guide to CBD | GOLF DIGEST

A Golfer's Introductory Guide to CBD   |   GOLF DIGEST

WLM Synopsis

  • This article provides an introduction to CBD for golfers – frequent readers of our White Label Report will be familiar with many of the suggestions.

  • One piece of advice is that users should thoroughly research the products they are using (we agree and have covered previously including here).

  • Another piece of advice concerns dosing with an emphasis on personal trial. We have also discussed this here.

  • The article concludes by discussing different forms of ingestion: topical, sublingual, edible, and vape (you can shop by these categories and more at our market).

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Martha Stewart Developing Cannabis Pet Care, Cosmetics and Food | BLOOMBERG NEWS

Martha Stewart Developing Cannabis Pet Care, Cosmetics and Food   |   BLOOMBERG NEWS

Martha Stewart is working with pot giant Canopy Growth Corp. to develop cannabis-related animal care, cosmetic and food products, the lifestyle guru said Tuesday.

Canopy announced in February that Stewart, 77, was taking on an advisory role at the cannabis company and would help develop a “broad new line” of products, including some for animals.

Stewart revealed some details of…

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How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants

How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants

WLM SYNOPSIS:

  • The article covers the emergence of cooking with cannabis.

  • The National Restaurant Association found that 77% of chefs believe food and drinks infused with cannabis are the top 2 trends in 2019. The article covers the current federal and state legal and regulatory environment, pointing out the many uncertainties.

  • The story also reviews both the flavor and health benefits of both terpenes and cannabinoids.

  • A number of quotes are included from the food & beverage and cannabis industries.

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Earliest evidence for cannabis smoking discovered in ancient tombs | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Earliest evidence for cannabis smoking discovered in ancient tombs   |   NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Traces of potent pot were identified in 2,500-year-old wooden artifacts buried with people who lived along the Silk Road in China.

The earliest direct evidence for human consumption of cannabis as a drug has been discovered in a 2,500-year-old cemetery in Central Asia, according to a research paper published today in in the journal Science Advances.

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Paul Pierce says CBD helped him kick NyQuil addiction | YAHOO FINANCE

Paul Pierce says CBD helped him kick NyQuil addiction   |   YAHOO FINANCE

Another former pro athlete is jumping onto the CBD bandwagon.

Paul Pierce, the NBA champion and 10-time All-Star who retired in 2017, launched a line of cannabidiol-derived products on Tuesday with online seller Eaze Wellness branded with his nickname, “The Truth.” The line, aimed at athletes, includes his Vesper vaporizer.

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How Safe Is Your CBD? The FDA Is Asking—And You Should, Too | VOGUE

How Safe Is Your CBD? The FDA Is Asking—And You Should, Too   |   VOGUE

WLM SYNOPSIS:

  • References a consumer reports study that indicates 64 million Americans have tried CBD.

  • Recaps the recent FDA hearing and reports that it lasted more than 10 hours with over 100 speakers.

  • References a study that found that over two-thirds of CBD items mislabeled (read more about our thoughts on this study here).

  • Gives seven pieces of advice in trying CBD: (1) know the facts and dose gradually, (2) go for full-spectrum products, (3) ask for test results, (4) scrutinize CBD skincare carefully for the ingredients, (5) understand what’s in your vape products, (6) purchase goods from a place you trust, and (7) look for certifications.

  • Overall, we think good advice.

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Mike Tyson Smokes the Toad | GQ

Mike Tyson Smokes the Toad   |   GQ

WLM SYNOPSIS:

  • This story covers Mike Tyson and his cannabis company, Tyson Holistic.

  • 5-MeO-DMT, produced by the Colorado River Toad, and described as a “rocketship” compared to the “riverboat” of the DMT found in ayahuasca, is discussed (and “of course” Mike “smokes the toad”).

  • The article continues on to describe Mike Tyson’s personal evolution and the important role cannabis and other natural remedies have played for him and others around him.

  • The development of Tyson Ranch, focused on cannabis, and including a hotel, retail, glamping facilities, an amphitheater, and a university for cannabis education is reviewed in depth.

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As CBD Booms, Facebook is Quietly Cracking Down on Ads | THE VERGE

As CBD Booms, Facebook is Quietly Cracking Down on Ads   |   THE VERGE

WLM Synopsis:

  • The article points out that CBD has become ubiquitous.

  • While Facebook’s advertising policies do not mention CBD, they confirmed they do not allow users to post ads mentioning CBD or “ingestible hemp”.

  • Facebook is effectively treating CBD the same as marijuana and its other extracts.

  • As a result, Facebook currently is facing a lawsuit, which alleges that even though Facebook accepted money for ads, they didn’t show them to users.

  • The plaintiff in the case is represented by David Holland, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and the suit is open to other plaintiffs to join.

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CBD Is Already Everywhere. How Will the Government Handle It? | TIME

CBD Is Already Everywhere. How Will the Government Handle It?   |   TIME

The cannabis plant contains more than 100 compounds known as cannabinoids. Of them, one–cannabidiol, or CBD–presents the U.S. with unique potential in public health and business, as well as a good deal of political and legal confusion. That much was clear at the Silver Spring, Md., campus of the Food and Drug Administration on May 31, as over 120 people spoke to a standing-room crowd at the agency’s first public hearing for information about cannabis-derived products–a number that was whittled down by lottery from the 400 who applied to testify.

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Billed as a health product, CBD faces stiff test from skeptical regulators | YAHOO FINANCE

Billed as a health product, CBD faces stiff test from skeptical regulators   |   YAHOO FINANCE

WLM Synopsis:

  • CBD industry expected to continue to grow rapidly.

  • 65 million Americans have tried CBD with 63% finding the product effective.

  • Fall-out continues from May 31 FDA hearing that failed to resolve lingering issues.

  • Many cannabis stocks have fallen sharply since.

  • FDA acting commissioner tweeted that FDA has duty to “ensure the regulatory path is scientifically sound” (i.e., no resolution expected anytime soon).

  • In meantime certain states like California taking steps to fully legalize and bypass federal regulators.

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Everyone's Out Here Obsessing Over CBD Gummies—But Do They Actually Work? | COSMOPOLITAN

Everyone's Out Here Obsessing Over CBD Gummies—But Do They Actually Work?   |   COSMOPOLITAN

Stress eating just got slightly more legit.

Last year, “CBD gummies” was the third most-Googled food in the entire U.S. So yeah, you’ve likely heard of these little nuggets that contain cannabidiol (aka CBD), the part of weed that chills you out but not the part that inspires you to down a party-size bag of Doritos. Maybe you’ve even heard reviews—from stoner and non-stoner friends alike—about how the non-hallucinogenic bites are ideal for erasing Big Stress Energy or helping you wind down before bed. And you’ve probably still got questions. Great, ’cause we’ve got answers.

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