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Leafly's new cannabis guide makes understanding weed easier

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Terpenes? CBN? Flavor profiles?  Choosing weed used to be as simple as texting your dealer and if they were fancy enough, deciding between an indica and a sativa. That categorization is largely now seen as arbitrary, since it only notes the difference in plant shape, not effect it has on the human body, and much more has changed in the world of weed. With marijuana legalization on the rise, the cannabis industry is bursting with detailed descriptions of weed that inform consumers of the products' terpene content, THC and CBD levels, and the amount of cannabinoids present in each strain. Leafly, the cannabis guide known for its detailed descriptions of each strain, has updated its categorization system beyond just the indica/sativa/hybrid delineations.  Read more...More about Cannabis, Weed

Black-market weed vape company linked to lung crisis is verified on Instagram

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Dank Vapes, a brand of black-market THC vaporizer cartridges whose products have been linked to the outbreak of vaping-related lung diseases, has an official verified account on Instagram — despite the fact that it may not even be a real company. The brand claims "nothing is for sale" in its Instagram bio. However, users can buy products with flavor names like "cotton candy" and "banana split" through third-party distributors advertising their services in the comments of Dank Vape's verified Instagram posts.  Image: screenshot via instagramAccording to a report the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday, a number of patients affected by the vape-related lung diseases reported they used cartridges from Dank Vapes.  Read more...More about Weed, Vape Disease, Cultur

Vape lung crisis is a wake-up call for the weed industry

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America's $11 billion legal weed industry has become pretty adept at blowing smoke. More than $880 million in venture capital was thrown at cannabis companies last year — twice the figure for the year before. Judging by the increasingly jargon-laced emails from pot companies in my inbox, touting their "cannabis lifestyle" products and services, most of that money has been shoveled into the marketing department.  But now the fledgling industry is facing its first major marketing crisis: a crash of confidence in one of its flagship products, the vape pen. And instead of leaping to its own defense, the reaction from Big Weed has been that of the proverbial stoner paralyzed on the couch.  Read more...More about Marijuana, Vapes, Vape Pen, Science, and Drugs Source: Marshable

Fox gets weed wrong again, says homeless people 'shoot up' marijuana

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A Fox News guest said that San Francisco should be focused on solving its homelessness crisis instead of trying to improve the language used in its justice system — specifically, they should focus on those on the streets who "just shot up marijuana."   San Francisco's Board of Supervisors adopted new "person first" guidelines to refer to people with criminal records. Instead of calling someone a convicted felon, for example, the city would refer to them as a "formerly incarcerated person" or a "justice-involved" person, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Repeat offenders would be called "returning residents." Minors will be referred to as "young person with justice system involvement" or "young person impacted by the juvenile justice system" instead of juvenile delinquents, and drug addi

Cannabis delivery platform Eaze sued, accused of concealing weed transactions

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Cannabis delivery platform Eaze is facing a lawsuit over accusations it has an unfair advantage by accepting credit card payments. The complaint, filed by Herban Industries in the San Francisco County Superior Court on Tuesday, claims Eaze is behind a system to conceal cannabis purchases — and increase sales. In the U.S., most credit and debit card companies prohibit the purchase of cannabis products, as per federal law. To get around this, Eaze is accused of using "seemingly innocuous" names to hide these cannabis transactions. A lawsuit filed against cannabis delivery company @Eaze alleges the company violated California's unfair competition law by accepting credit card payments.complaint: https://t.co/CSrqsBBKvY pic.twitter.com/E7aOHdH8fj — Ben Adlin (@badlin) June 5, 2019 Read more...

13 perfect places to be stoned this summer

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If there's one reward for making it through yet another long slog of a winter, it's taking a sunny day off from work or getting out of the house on a warm weekend and getting stoned.  Of course, your mileage may vary depending on several factors, including your local cannabis laws. We don't want anyone doing anything illegal, after all. But if you happen to live in one of the 10 states (and Washington, D.C.) where recreational cannabis is totally chill, or you're visiting one of those states, there are plenty of options. Whether you're finding a bright spot to lay out and embrace a sunshine daydream or a cool, dark corner to relax away from the heat, there's a range of places outside of your home that are worth the trip. Just make sure to find yourself a designated driver and be careful to

Square is starting to process payments from CBD companies

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CBD seems to be everywhere lately, appearing as an ingredient in everything from dog treatments to fast food burgers. However, at least one payment processing service hadn't caught up to the trend — until now. The financial services company Square has started a pilot program to accept payments for select CBD products, according to Forbes. A Square spokesperson called it an "invite-only beta" in a statement to Mashable, but didn't provide specifics beyond that.  Square's support website specifically calls out marijuana and "related products" as things it won't sell because they are not legal at the federal level, which should explain its previous hesitance to process CBD sales.  Read more...More about Marijuana, Square, Weed, Cbd, and Weed Legalization Source: Marshable