• Nevada Pot Shops To Remain Open During Coronavirus Closures
    Nevada officials have deemed cannabis dispensaries essential businesses amid the coronavirus outbreak. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-19
  • UCLA Awarded $3.9 Million Grant For Cannabis Research
    Research Director Ziva Cooper will use the funds to research terpenes and pain management. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-19
  • WM Strains Madness: Let’s take a look at the Dank Sixteen
    The 1st round has come to an end and WOW have the mighty fallen. Only one 1st seed (OG Kush) made it out of the first round, the rest were upset by the 8th seeds, including both wild card write-ins. Here's a look at how all the matches ended: The field now looks like this:  Before we jump into the second round matchups, we want to give a big thank you to everyone who voted. Nearly 62,000 votes were submitted in total through Weedmaps' Instagram stories.  Quick thing: don't forget to vote on Weedmaps' Instagram stories. Polls will stay open until Thursday 4:20 p.m. PST.  And with that, let's dive into the 8 second-round matchups and the 16 strains competing.   Shelf 1 (8) Purple Punch v. (2) Sour Diesel In a surprising upset, the wild card Purple Punch pummelled 1st seed Biscotti, taking in 64% of the votes. Purple Punch is going up against Sour Diesel, a classic strain that easily dismissed Kush Mints in round one. I think this is where Purple Punch's luck ends and expect to see Sour Diesel advance, but we could have another upset in the making.  Winner: TBD (3) Green Crack v. (5) Gelato Green Crack and AK-47 tied the on the first vote before Green Crack took the match in a shortened second vote. Gelato came up victorious in its much-publicized first-round matchup with Blue Dream. Green Crack is a utility strain going up against Gelato's higher profile. The winner should be a good indicator of what kind of weed you all favor.  Winner: TBD Shelf 2 (1) OG Kush v. (7) Northern Lights The most dominant performance in the first round went to OG Kush, which crushed Pink Panties. OG Kush was one of only two strains to get more than 3,000 votes, so it's safe to assume it should handle 7th seed Northern Lights with ease. But we'll have to see.  Winner: TBD (6) GG4 v. (4) Wedding Cake GG4 escaped a fairly close skirmish with Forbidden Fruit winning by just 281 votes, the closest contest (besides the tie). It will face Wedding Cake, which had ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Weed & Coronavirus: Guide to Saving Money While Stocking up on Weed
    Since social distancing and quarantine have been widely enacted, many have been advised to work from home in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). But because so many other places are closing down that don't offer any kind of work from home options — such as restaurants, gyms, and retail shops — many aren't seeing paychecks coming in as the government figures out a plan to ease the burden. And as some wait it out, others have stocked up on more than just toilet paper and hand sanitizer: according to Headset, a data analytics service for the cannabis industry, last week, “sales of Adult Use cannabis in Washington State were up 23% on Friday, 14% on Saturday, and 33% on Sunday.” Additionally, “average baskets on Sunday were $33.70 before taxes, up 22% over the prior week and 28% compared to baskets in January and February of this year.” So whether you've bulked up your stash this past couple of weeks in preparation, or you're just planning on stretching whatever nugs and buds you have left, follow our guide to making your dollars last without completely depleting your favorite cannabis products. What do quarantine and social distancing mean? What's the difference between quarantine and social distancing? Vox recently reported on the coronavirus outbreak and the utilization of social distancing to help quell the spread of the virus: Quarantine: to separate individuals completely from the public if it is believed that they have been exposed, but aren't yet showing, symptoms of sickness.Social distancing: requires the public to refrain from social gatherings and maintain a conservative and clear radius around oneself and others when out and about. Including these practices in your plan to help fight the virus will greatly and positively affect your community. Protecting those who are immunocompromised or most susceptible to the virus is the number one priority throughout this pandemic.   Even if you are symptom-free, you can still be a carrier of coronavirus. According to various experts interviewed by The Atlantic, you should be avoiding social interaction as much as possible at this time. This includes skirting the gym, canceling non-essential appointments such as beauty treatments, stepping away from birthday parties and large family or friend gatherings, and keeping a healthy separation between you and the public when grocery ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Medical Marijuana Sales Pass $50 Million Mark In Arkansas
    Despite delays, Arkansas' medical cannabis program is proving to be successful. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Some Illinois Pot Shops Closing Up Voluntarily During Coronavirus Pandemic
    At least eight recreational shops are taking a beat in the wake of the pandemic. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-18
  • San Francisco Pot Shops Deemed Essential Businesses, Reopen Amid Outbreak
    San Francisco is under a shelter-in-place order, but cannabis dispensaries are now allowed to operate. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Illinois Allowing Curbside Medical Marijuana Sales Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
    Illinois is trying to reduce the amount of the new virus transmissions in dispensaries. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Maine Issues First Conditional Licenses For Cannabis Businesses
    Maine is finally making headway with their legal cannabis market. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Weed & Coronavirus: Guide to Cleaning Your Cannabis Gear
    As our nation proceeds to navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you're probably sanitizing everything around you in order to mitigate carrying or catching the virus. The Center for Disease Control even includes step-by-step guidelines to disinfecting and cleaning all surfaces on its website. And in the midst of the deep clean, your pile of cannabis accessories should not be overlooked. Because unlike a water glass or dish which gets washed after every use, pipes, bongs, and other products may get a once-over every few weeks – though they touch your lips, hands, and mouth constantly. So keep that bucket of cleaning supplies nearby and follow our guide to cleaning your cannabis gear. You probably have the time now that you're social distancing. What do quarantine and social distancing mean? What's the difference between quarantine and social distancing? Vox recently reported on coronavirus and the utilization of social distancing to help quell the spread of the virus: Quarantine: to separate individuals completely from the public if it is believed that they have been exposed, but aren't yet showing, symptoms of sickness.Social distancing: requires the public to refrain from social gatherings and maintain a conservative and clear radius around oneself and others when out and about. Including these practices in your plan to help fight the virus will greatly and positively affect your community. Protecting those who are immunocompromised or most susceptible to the virus is the number one priority throughout this pandemic.   Even if you are symptom-free, you can still be a carrier of coronavirus. According to various experts interviewed by The Atlantic, you should be avoiding social interaction as much as possible at this time. This includes skirting the gym, canceling non-essential appointments such as beauty treatments, stepping away from birthday parties and large family or friend gatherings, and keeping a healthy separation between you and the public when grocery shopping or running errands.  Deep clean your grinder Though you may be washing your hands often and thoroughly, you most likely touch cannabis nugs with your bare hands when breaking up and shoving them into a grinder. And can you remember if you washed your hands before each and every time you used your favorite grinder this past year? Be extra safe during this time and do a deep clean on your grinder collection.   Not only will you feel peace of mind ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-17
  • Michigan Allows Curbside Cannabis Pickup Over Coronavirus Fears
    Michigan officials are making concessions in light of the pandemic. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-17
  • Medical cannabis advocates to governors: protect patient access amid coronavirus
    As state and local governments across the U.S. shutter businesses and prohibit gatherings in an attempt to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical marijuana patients and advocates are urging policymakers not to close down cannabis dispensaries completely. Such a move, they warn, would leave hundreds of thousands of patients stranded without access to medicine, and many would have no choice but to turn to the illicit market. In an “emergency call to action” sent Monday to governors of legal medical marijuana states, Americans for Safe Access, a leading nonprofit medical cannabis advocacy group, asked the officials to take immediate steps to ensure that patients have access to products during a period of social distancing that has no clear end in sight.
    Yesterday, we sent a letter to governors and directors of state medical cannabis programs asking them to take immediate action to ensure that patients continue to have access to medical cannabis and that the supply chain is not interrupted. #SafeAccesshttps://t.co/MjhTK4pkN1— Americans4SafeAccess (@SafeAccess) March 17, 2020 The letter came the same day that San Francisco's Department of Public Health ordered all dispensaries in the city closed, announcing that both storefront dispensaries and delivery services “are not considered an 'essential business'” and will need to close as of Tuesday.
    San Francisco cannabis dispensaries, briefly beneficiaries of coronavirus-induced buying panic, are now shuttered. Ordered closed starting tomorrow by order of city Department of Public Health, joining bars and restaurants. Delivery also banned. No medicine for patients. pic.twitter.com/IYknfvvZ9A— Chris Roberts (@cbloggy) March 17, 2020 Other jurisdictions are taking more proactive approaches to meeting patient needs. In Pennsylvania, dispensaries are expected to remain open because they fall into the same classification as pharmacies. In Michigan and Illinois, officials have temporarily allowed curbside pickups at cannabis retail stores in order to allow medical patients and consumers access to marijuana while limiting the spread of the virus from person to person.
    Medical marijuana dispensaries deemed "essential" and won't be told to close, according to PA Health Department. They're akin to pharmacies, said health spokesman. All bars, liquor stores and eat-in restaurants, however, have been asked to go dark for at least two weeks.— sam wood (@SamWoodIII) read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-17
  • Weed & Coronavirus: Guide to Staying In and Social Distancing
    As the nation tries to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19), you've likely found yourself in a state of isolation. Working from home, staying in, and avoiding large crowds have become the status quo for the foreseeable future. So what does this all mean for those of who use cannabis? How can you avoid transmitting the virus, and what should you do if you become so bored that watching paint dry sounds like top-notch entertainment? Learn about what it means to isolate, stop the spread of germs, and follow our guide to making the most out of social distancing to break up the blasé days to come. What do quarantine and social distancing mean? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you have an elderly loved one or know someone who is immunocompromised, it's in your (and everyone else's) best interest to practice social distancing. We must gather as a community and protect our most vulnerable from the coronavirus, which has an unprecedented high mortality rate for those susceptible. But what's the difference between quarantine and social distancing? Vox recently reported on coronavirus and the utilization of social distancing to help quell the spread of the virus. To quarantine is to separate individuals completely from the public if it is believed that they have been exposed, yet aren't yet showing symptoms, of sickness. Social distancing, on the other hand, requires the public to refrain from social gatherings and maintain a conservative and clear radius around oneself and others when out and about. Even if you are symptom-free, you can still be a carrier of COVID-19. According to various experts interviewed by The Atlantic, you should be avoiding social interaction as much as possible at this time. This includes skirting the gym, canceling non-essential appointments such as beauty treatments, stepping away from birthday parties and large family or friend gatherings, and keeping a healthy separation between you and the public when grocery shopping or running errands.   Avoiding germs and getting sick Should you give up getting elevated during the coronavirus outbreak to avoid germs? Not necessarily. Per the CDC, as long as you keep clean, wash your hands, use sanitizer, and shine up your living spaces, you should be good to carry on with your usual habits. Bonus obvious tip: don't share your cannabis accessories with any friends or family at this time. (Illustration by Sergei Dragunov/Shutterstock) It's also ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-17
  • Amid COVID-19 Self-Quarantines, Reports Indicate Spike in Cannabis Sales in Canada
    Self-isolation isn't keeping Canadians from buying pot. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-17
  • Coronavirus Pandemic Closes Amsterdam’s Cannabis Cafes
    The pandemic is affecting the legal pot industry in Amsterdam. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-17
 
  • Nevada Pot Shops To Remain Open During Coronavirus Closures
    Nevada officials have deemed cannabis dispensaries essential businesses amid the coronavirus outbreak. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-19
  • UCLA Awarded $3.9 Million Grant For Cannabis Research
    Research Director Ziva Cooper will use the funds to research terpenes and pain management. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-19
  • WM Strains Madness: Let’s take a look at the Dank Sixteen
    The 1st round has come to an end and WOW have the mighty fallen. Only one 1st seed (OG Kush) made it out of the first round, the rest were upset by the 8th seeds, including both wild card write-ins. Here's a look at how all the matches ended: The field now looks like this:  Before we jump into the second round matchups, we want to give a big thank you to everyone who voted. Nearly 62,000 votes were submitted in total through Weedmaps' Instagram stories.  Quick thing: don't forget to vote on Weedmaps' Instagram stories. Polls will stay open until Thursday 4:20 p.m. PST.  And with that, let's dive into the 8 second-round matchups and the 16 strains competing.   Shelf 1 (8) Purple Punch v. (2) Sour Diesel In a surprising upset, the wild card Purple Punch pummelled 1st seed Biscotti, taking in 64% of the votes. Purple Punch is going up against Sour Diesel, a classic strain that easily dismissed Kush Mints in round one. I think this is where Purple Punch's luck ends and expect to see Sour Diesel advance, but we could have another upset in the making.  Winner: TBD (3) Green Crack v. (5) Gelato Green Crack and AK-47 tied the on the first vote before Green Crack took the match in a shortened second vote. Gelato came up victorious in its much-publicized first-round matchup with Blue Dream. Green Crack is a utility strain going up against Gelato's higher profile. The winner should be a good indicator of what kind of weed you all favor.  Winner: TBD Shelf 2 (1) OG Kush v. (7) Northern Lights The most dominant performance in the first round went to OG Kush, which crushed Pink Panties. OG Kush was one of only two strains to get more than 3,000 votes, so it's safe to assume it should handle 7th seed Northern Lights with ease. But we'll have to see.  Winner: TBD (6) GG4 v. (4) Wedding Cake GG4 escaped a fairly close skirmish with Forbidden Fruit winning by just 281 votes, the closest contest (besides the tie). It will face Wedding Cake, which had ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Weed & Coronavirus: Guide to Saving Money While Stocking up on Weed
    Since social distancing and quarantine have been widely enacted, many have been advised to work from home in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). But because so many other places are closing down that don't offer any kind of work from home options — such as restaurants, gyms, and retail shops — many aren't seeing paychecks coming in as the government figures out a plan to ease the burden. And as some wait it out, others have stocked up on more than just toilet paper and hand sanitizer: according to Headset, a data analytics service for the cannabis industry, last week, “sales of Adult Use cannabis in Washington State were up 23% on Friday, 14% on Saturday, and 33% on Sunday.” Additionally, “average baskets on Sunday were $33.70 before taxes, up 22% over the prior week and 28% compared to baskets in January and February of this year.” So whether you've bulked up your stash this past couple of weeks in preparation, or you're just planning on stretching whatever nugs and buds you have left, follow our guide to making your dollars last without completely depleting your favorite cannabis products. What do quarantine and social distancing mean? What's the difference between quarantine and social distancing? Vox recently reported on the coronavirus outbreak and the utilization of social distancing to help quell the spread of the virus: Quarantine: to separate individuals completely from the public if it is believed that they have been exposed, but aren't yet showing, symptoms of sickness.Social distancing: requires the public to refrain from social gatherings and maintain a conservative and clear radius around oneself and others when out and about. Including these practices in your plan to help fight the virus will greatly and positively affect your community. Protecting those who are immunocompromised or most susceptible to the virus is the number one priority throughout this pandemic.   Even if you are symptom-free, you can still be a carrier of coronavirus. According to various experts interviewed by The Atlantic, you should be avoiding social interaction as much as possible at this time. This includes skirting the gym, canceling non-essential appointments such as beauty treatments, stepping away from birthday parties and large family or friend gatherings, and keeping a healthy separation between you and the public when grocery ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Medical Marijuana Sales Pass $50 Million Mark In Arkansas
    Despite delays, Arkansas' medical cannabis program is proving to be successful. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Some Illinois Pot Shops Closing Up Voluntarily During Coronavirus Pandemic
    At least eight recreational shops are taking a beat in the wake of the pandemic. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-18
  • San Francisco Pot Shops Deemed Essential Businesses, Reopen Amid Outbreak
    San Francisco is under a shelter-in-place order, but cannabis dispensaries are now allowed to operate. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Illinois Allowing Curbside Medical Marijuana Sales Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
    Illinois is trying to reduce the amount of the new virus transmissions in dispensaries. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Maine Issues First Conditional Licenses For Cannabis Businesses
    Maine is finally making headway with their legal cannabis market. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-18
  • Weed & Coronavirus: Guide to Cleaning Your Cannabis Gear
    As our nation proceeds to navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you're probably sanitizing everything around you in order to mitigate carrying or catching the virus. The Center for Disease Control even includes step-by-step guidelines to disinfecting and cleaning all surfaces on its website. And in the midst of the deep clean, your pile of cannabis accessories should not be overlooked. Because unlike a water glass or dish which gets washed after every use, pipes, bongs, and other products may get a once-over every few weeks – though they touch your lips, hands, and mouth constantly. So keep that bucket of cleaning supplies nearby and follow our guide to cleaning your cannabis gear. You probably have the time now that you're social distancing. What do quarantine and social distancing mean? What's the difference between quarantine and social distancing? Vox recently reported on coronavirus and the utilization of social distancing to help quell the spread of the virus: Quarantine: to separate individuals completely from the public if it is believed that they have been exposed, but aren't yet showing, symptoms of sickness.Social distancing: requires the public to refrain from social gatherings and maintain a conservative and clear radius around oneself and others when out and about. Including these practices in your plan to help fight the virus will greatly and positively affect your community. Protecting those who are immunocompromised or most susceptible to the virus is the number one priority throughout this pandemic.   Even if you are symptom-free, you can still be a carrier of coronavirus. According to various experts interviewed by The Atlantic, you should be avoiding social interaction as much as possible at this time. This includes skirting the gym, canceling non-essential appointments such as beauty treatments, stepping away from birthday parties and large family or friend gatherings, and keeping a healthy separation between you and the public when grocery shopping or running errands.  Deep clean your grinder Though you may be washing your hands often and thoroughly, you most likely touch cannabis nugs with your bare hands when breaking up and shoving them into a grinder. And can you remember if you washed your hands before each and every time you used your favorite grinder this past year? Be extra safe during this time and do a deep clean on your grinder collection.   Not only will you feel peace of mind ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-17
  • Michigan Allows Curbside Cannabis Pickup Over Coronavirus Fears
    Michigan officials are making concessions in light of the pandemic. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-17
  • Medical cannabis advocates to governors: protect patient access amid coronavirus
    As state and local governments across the U.S. shutter businesses and prohibit gatherings in an attempt to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical marijuana patients and advocates are urging policymakers not to close down cannabis dispensaries completely. Such a move, they warn, would leave hundreds of thousands of patients stranded without access to medicine, and many would have no choice but to turn to the illicit market. In an “emergency call to action” sent Monday to governors of legal medical marijuana states, Americans for Safe Access, a leading nonprofit medical cannabis advocacy group, asked the officials to take immediate steps to ensure that patients have access to products during a period of social distancing that has no clear end in sight.
    Yesterday, we sent a letter to governors and directors of state medical cannabis programs asking them to take immediate action to ensure that patients continue to have access to medical cannabis and that the supply chain is not interrupted. #SafeAccesshttps://t.co/MjhTK4pkN1— Americans4SafeAccess (@SafeAccess) March 17, 2020 The letter came the same day that San Francisco's Department of Public Health ordered all dispensaries in the city closed, announcing that both storefront dispensaries and delivery services “are not considered an 'essential business'” and will need to close as of Tuesday.
    San Francisco cannabis dispensaries, briefly beneficiaries of coronavirus-induced buying panic, are now shuttered. Ordered closed starting tomorrow by order of city Department of Public Health, joining bars and restaurants. Delivery also banned. No medicine for patients. pic.twitter.com/IYknfvvZ9A— Chris Roberts (@cbloggy) March 17, 2020 Other jurisdictions are taking more proactive approaches to meeting patient needs. In Pennsylvania, dispensaries are expected to remain open because they fall into the same classification as pharmacies. In Michigan and Illinois, officials have temporarily allowed curbside pickups at cannabis retail stores in order to allow medical patients and consumers access to marijuana while limiting the spread of the virus from person to person.
    Medical marijuana dispensaries deemed "essential" and won't be told to close, according to PA Health Department. They're akin to pharmacies, said health spokesman. All bars, liquor stores and eat-in restaurants, however, have been asked to go dark for at least two weeks.— sam wood (@SamWoodIII) read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-17
  • Weed & Coronavirus: Guide to Staying In and Social Distancing
    As the nation tries to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19), you've likely found yourself in a state of isolation. Working from home, staying in, and avoiding large crowds have become the status quo for the foreseeable future. So what does this all mean for those of who use cannabis? How can you avoid transmitting the virus, and what should you do if you become so bored that watching paint dry sounds like top-notch entertainment? Learn about what it means to isolate, stop the spread of germs, and follow our guide to making the most out of social distancing to break up the blasé days to come. What do quarantine and social distancing mean? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you have an elderly loved one or know someone who is immunocompromised, it's in your (and everyone else's) best interest to practice social distancing. We must gather as a community and protect our most vulnerable from the coronavirus, which has an unprecedented high mortality rate for those susceptible. But what's the difference between quarantine and social distancing? Vox recently reported on coronavirus and the utilization of social distancing to help quell the spread of the virus. To quarantine is to separate individuals completely from the public if it is believed that they have been exposed, yet aren't yet showing symptoms, of sickness. Social distancing, on the other hand, requires the public to refrain from social gatherings and maintain a conservative and clear radius around oneself and others when out and about. Even if you are symptom-free, you can still be a carrier of COVID-19. According to various experts interviewed by The Atlantic, you should be avoiding social interaction as much as possible at this time. This includes skirting the gym, canceling non-essential appointments such as beauty treatments, stepping away from birthday parties and large family or friend gatherings, and keeping a healthy separation between you and the public when grocery shopping or running errands.   Avoiding germs and getting sick Should you give up getting elevated during the coronavirus outbreak to avoid germs? Not necessarily. Per the CDC, as long as you keep clean, wash your hands, use sanitizer, and shine up your living spaces, you should be good to carry on with your usual habits. Bonus obvious tip: don't share your cannabis accessories with any friends or family at this time. (Illustration by Sergei Dragunov/Shutterstock) It's also ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-17
  • Amid COVID-19 Self-Quarantines, Reports Indicate Spike in Cannabis Sales in Canada
    Self-isolation isn't keeping Canadians from buying pot. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-17
  • Coronavirus Pandemic Closes Amsterdam’s Cannabis Cafes
    The pandemic is affecting the legal pot industry in Amsterdam. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-17