MLB to stop testing minor leaguers for marijuana as part of new policy agreement, report says

MLB and the MLB Players Association are negotiating changes to the drug agreement that would introduce opioid testing. As part of the new drug agreement, MLB would also remove marijuana from the league's list of banned substances for minor-league players, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Players on the 40-man roster are not tested for marijuana, but non-40-man roster minor leaguers are, and several are suspended for marijuana use each season. There were 13 such suspensions in 2019.

Rapper Lil Wayne Enters the Cannabis Business With GKUA Ultra Premium

Authored by: Emily Price, Forbes

Lil Wayne just launched his own cannabis line: GKUA Ultra Premium. The line of high-potency cannabis products is “designed to provide consumers with the best high of their lives.”

Flower for the products is sourced from experienced growers, and the brand selects strands with the highest amount of THC available, allowing it to offer exceptionally potent products.

Michigan celebrates first legal cannabis purchases

Despite a frigid, rainy morning, three Michigan cannabis stores were open for the state’s first legal adult-use sales beginning at 10:00 a.m. this morning.

All three were in Ann Arbor, a hot spot for dispensaries in the state, and also the city where the annual Hash Bash is held. 

At Exclusive Brands an estimated 2,000 people waited in a line that circled around the block and into nearby parking lots, even two hours after opening.

CANADA | Cannabis sales could jump with edibles, but industry should be prepared

Edibles, extracts and topicals could bring in millions of consumers, many of them ‘canna-curious,’ but Canadian producers will face challenges.

Canadian Cannabis 2.0 is here! It’s been over a year since recreational cannabis was legalized for adult use in Canada, and with the edibles, extracts and topicals category recently legalized, the market is shifting into what many envision as a new wave of consumption. How will the introduction of these new products impact the market?

Let’s start with Cannabis 1.0.

Cannabis Leaders On The State Of Social Equity: 'Doing Nothing Won't Be An Option For Much Longer'

Six of the 18 states that have legalized legalize adult use or medicinal cannabis since 2016 have made diversity measures part of their program. 

Data released in August 2019 by Marijuana Business Daily found that states are warming to social equity measures in cannabis.

With less than half of the states to legalize cannabis in the last three years to enact social equity measures, the concern is warranted.

EXCLUSIVE | Toronto Cannabis Business & Consumer Expo Fiasco, with a Silver Lining

The Cannabis Business & Consumer Expo in Toronto this weekend was more than a little bumpy for both guests and exhibitors. Wrought with confusion from the moment the first exhibitor arrived to set up on Thursday morning. One exhibitor told High Green News, upon arrival there was no one at the building, no lights on and the doors were all locked. As more exhibitors showed up for set up they all became increasingly worried that they were part of a scam. They began calling the various numbers provided on the expo's website and Eventbrite listing, none of which were answered.

The Unique Cyber Risks Facing the Cannabis Industry

All companies face cybersecurity threats, but the legalized cannabis industry’s storage of personally identifiable information and reliance on seed-to-sale tracking software can place it firmly within hackers’ crosshairs.

To be sure, despite currently being prohibited from storing cash in banks, some cannabis entities do process valuable personally identifiable information (PII).

To Be Blunt: Cinema lacks accurate cannabis representation

Image: Seanna Latiff | Daily Trojan

In A24’s slick coming-of-age crime drama “Hot Summer Nights,” awkward and angsty teen Daniel (Timothée Chalamet) gets caught up with dealing weed in Cape Cod, Mass., in 1991. The film depicts the beginnings of his infatuation with cannabis and details the story of his fleeting business.