Entries by Brian Wong

Entrepreneurs of color make way for racial equity in cannabis industry

The legalization of recreational cannabis opened doors for people around the country to get their foot into the growing industry, but still faces issues with accessibility. Since the March shelter-in-place order in California, cannabis has been declared an essential business by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Not just brick and mortars, but farmers, cultivators, distributors and manufacturers […]

California Tees Up Privacy Clash With DEA Over Cannabis License Records

The case appears to be one of the first clashes between the California cannabis agency and federal agents over access to license-related records.     California pushed back in court Wednesday against a federal subpoena seeking state records tied to marijuana licenses and shipping manifests. In a response filed in the U.S. District Court for […]

Ease Up on Cannabis Research Restrictions, Heart Group Urges

Scientific statement calls for lifting marijuana’s Schedule 1 status Cannabis should be removed from Schedule 1 of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act so that it can be better researched, according to a statement by the American Heart Association (AHA). Regulators should also start standardizing concentrations of THC and CBD content in recreational and medicinal marijuana, […]

This is now the biggest cannabis company in the world

San Francisco (CNN Business)The pandemic has dealt a blow to corporate dealmaking, but one company that you’ve probably never heard of has been on a buying binge. ​​Curaleaf Holdings (CURLF), a Massachusetts company that grows, processes and sells cannabis through dispensaries in 18 states, last week bought the Chicago cannabis cultivator and retailer Grassroots for […]

Success Centers Helps Fill Dispensary Jobs in the Bay Area with a Focus on Social Equity

California-based Success Centers launched roughly 40 years ago to assist youth released from detention centers with life skills and employment. Now, the organization has expanded to the cannabis industry, where it helps connect employers with qualified job seekers in the Bay Area with a focus on social equity. Success Centers assists job seekers in multiple […]

10 Best CBD Lube and Lubricants for Sale in 2020

Need a little spark in the bedroom? Before your fantasies get away from you, what about a new twist on an old favorite? We’re talking about CBD lube! CBD’s popularity has hit an all-time high. It’s everywhere, including the boudoir. There are plenty of user reviews that say weed lube may be the secret to […]

Problems Beset San Francisco Cannabis Equity Initiative, COVID-19 Aside

Righting the wrongs caused by the proverbial “War on Drugs” has been the catalyst behind numerous equity initiatives that have popped up in myriad legal markets in recent years. An excellent example is the San Francisco Bay Area-based Success Centers’ Equity for Industry Training workshop, which helps those on the margins enter the legal cannabis […]

Why more states could legalize cannabis in 2021

By Alicia Wallace, CNN Business San Francisco (CNN Business)Amid recession and social unrest, the cannabis industry sees its moment.   Actions by states to reduce criminal penalties for marijuana use and possession are fueling momentum for the broader movement to legalize cannabis and have it serve as an economic engine for cash-strapped coffers, industry members […]

Cannabis May Reduce Deadly COVID-19 Lung Inflammation: Researchers Explain Why

Emily Earlenbaugh As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, researchers have started to look for solutions in an unlikely place – the cannabis plant. Cannabis’ active compounds have a number of properties that make it appealing as a potential adjunct treatment for infections from the novel coronavirus, and recently scientists have begun looking at its potential […]