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Pesticide in your pot?

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Cannabis contamination concerns raised by Okanagan collective

The owner of a Vernon cannabis shop and spokesperson for a group of licensed retailers says concern is growing about contamination of unlicensed product from the illicit market.

Sarah Ballantyne of SpiritLeaf is spokesperson for the Okanagan Cannabis Collective, which represents 20-plus legal cannabis stores.

The organization has been campaigning for "a level playing field" with unlicensed dispensaries, which don't pay licence fees, PST or the vape tax.

But, on top of financial considerations, the collective is raising the alarm about pesticide contamination of unlicensed product, along with cross-contamination with other substances in potentially dangerous combinations.


CDC Warns Of Stoned Driving Risks, Offers Workplace Cannabis Policy Advice

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CDC calls on businesses to educate drivers on the effects of marijuana on cognitive abilities and recognizes the importance of providing support for employees struggling with addiction.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is giving advice to businesses on how to develop marijuana policies, reported Marijuana Moment.The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health, issued a report that warns about the inherent risks of driving while under the influence of THC.


You can smoke but you won't smell with odourless pot products by this Canadian company

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Recent testing shows cannabis strain with 35 per cent THC virtually stink-free.

Canadian company CannabCo. Pharmaceutical Corp. (CannabCo.) has high hopes for the future with Tuesday announcement that it has used its proprietary technology to slash the smell of a high-THC strain.

Recent testing has shown that the 41 per cent Purecann strain — boasting a 40.6 per cent cannabinoid content and a 35 per cent THC rating — is virtually odourless when smoked or stored, notes a press release from CannabCo., based west of Toronto in Brampton, Ontario.


High Times Retail Holiday Gift Guide 2021

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The holiday season is here, and that means it’s time to get stoned and cozy with some of our favorite products and flower available for sale through High Times retail locations and delivery service.

For better or for worse, it’s holiday time again, but good news! That means it’s also time to splurge on your favorite cannabis products in honor of this wonderful and chaotic time of year.


Drake takes bull by the horns with new dispensary, but not in his hometown of T.O.

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Nearby Brampton gets the nod for singer and co-owner’s first Bullrider Cannabis store.

Drake, the multi-Grammy-winning rapper known for his love of “The 6ix,” opted to go west a bit, young man, when opening his first Canadian weed store.

Brampton, about 45 kilometres from Toronto, proved the winning location for the first Bullrider Cannabis store.

“At the heart of Bullrider is the convergence of street art, hip-hop and limited premium cannabis product offering,” notes the website of the Toronto-based company. That includes merchandise, retail and premium cannabis products.


Canadian company develops novel methods for screening psychedelic mushroom compounds

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“Working with regulators, we look forward to establishing tools to create a stronger foundation of analytical methods for psychedelic compounds and products.”

Vancouver-based Numinus Wellness has announced the development of proprietary methods for testing and screening psychedelic mushroom compounds.

The testing methods will be available for third-party clients and be used for evidence-based conversations with the regulators, the company noted in a statement.An arm of the company, Numinus Bioscience, is focused on novel research and the development of analytical testing methods for the psychedelics industry.


B.C. budtender headed back to work after he was allegedly fired for unionizing bid

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Before being let go, there had been months of back-and-forth on issues such as scheduling, health benefits and pay, resulting in the move to unionize.

A budtender in Victoria, B.C. is back on the job after being fired three weeks ago, which the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) argues was the employer’s response to unionization efforts at the retail store.

The firing follows months of back-and-forth with the employer on issues relating to scheduling, a lack of health benefits and inconsistent and low pay at Burnside Buds, the union claims in a press release.


It’s not just discarded joints. Human feces might also be getting dogs high and sick


“It is possible that weed in feces increases its attractiveness for ingestion by altering its scent, texture and/or taste."

Dogs’ noses are remarkable things, with their sense of smell said to be about 40 times greater than that of humans. But those blue ribbon noses can lead pooches down the wrong path and, sometimes, nose-deep in human waste that contains cannabis and its psychoactive compound, THC.

The Los Angeles Times reported one such incident this past September. Taking her sluggish Chihuahua-terrier mix to the vet, the owner was told her dog was stoned after apparently sniffing out a chocolate edible near a softball field.


Cannabis Tech Gift Guide: These Are Some Of The Gadgets To Grab This Holiday Season


The holiday shopping season is always a busy time for consumers and brands alike. Holiday shopping looks strong across the board in 2021. Management firm McKinsey projects a 7% increase from the previous year, up 9% from 2019, (read article at Benzinga). A 2020 report from cannabis data firm Headset found that cannabis shoppers appear more focused on the right product than the best deal. No matter the individual's approach, cannabis consumers turned out in droves in recent years, reporting a 15% week-over-week growth during Christmastime.


Red Eyes? Here’s Why It Happens When You Smoke Weed



Bloodshot eyes are a pretty good indicator that someone is high. Here’s why this happens, and what you can do to prevent it.

One of the most distinguishing aspects of a marijuana high is those glaringly red eyes. Despite putting on perfume, washing your hands, and acting your heart out to look as normal and sober as possible, red eyes can easily break your cover. Fortunately, they are temporary and painless — they just make you look high as hell. Why does this happen?


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