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Drones and Self-Driving Cars Can’t Legally Deliver Marijuana in This State

Drones and Self-Driving Cars Can’t Legally Deliver Marijuana in This State

Drones and Self-Driving Cars Can’t Legally Deliver Marijuana in This State

When retail outlets in California finally get permission to start selling recreational marijuana at the start of 2018, thanks to a vote last year, there’s one notable way they won’t be able to deliver the drug—by drone.

Marijuana Traceability: Washington Eyes METRC to Replace BioTrackTHC

Marijuana Traceability: Washington Eyes METRC to Replace BioTrackTHC

On May 31, 2017, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced that it had chosen Franwell as the Apparent Successful Vendor to replace BiotrackTHC, the state’s current marijuana traceability contractor. With Franwell scoring the highest out of the seven bids submitted, the state will now proceed by negotiating the contract with the company.

Marijuana's Patent Spree Puts The 'High' In High Tech

Marijuana’s Patent Spree Puts the ‘High’ In High Tech

These filings cover everything from proprietary hybrid strains of cannabis, to “clean and efficient growing systems, software-based analytics and monitoring, and packaging and distribution infrastructure.”

Teva Pharma to Market Syqe Medical's Cannabis Inhaler in Israel

Teva Pharma to Market Syqe Medical’s Cannabis Inhaler in Israel

On Nov. 28, 2016, Teva Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:TEVA) announced that it had entered into an agreement with Syqe Medical to market and distribute Syqe’s medical cannabis inhaler in Israel for pain management, signifying the first time a medical cannabis product will be marketed by an international pharmaceutical company.

UMass Professor Designs App to Test Marijuana Impairment

UMass Professor Designs App to Test Marijuana Impairment

While the prospect of an accurate marijuana breathalyzer is still far off in the distance, one of the most pressing issues facing lawmakers in states where recreational marijuana is now legal is how to test for marijuana impairment. A professor from the University of Massachusetts Boston thinks he has the answer.

Canadian Dispensary's Website Hit by Potential Security Breach

Canadian Dispensary’s Website Hit by Potential Security Breach

On Oct. 5, 2016, Vancouver Pain Management Society in Vancouver, B.C., notified patients of a potential security breach that may have made the medical data of some patients publicly available on the dispensary’s website.

This NASA Researcher Is Now Using His Skills to Grow Marijuana

This NASA Researcher Is Now Using His Skills to Grow Marijuana

Neil Yorio, formerly a researcher at NASA, has taken his expertise preparing for space flight and applied it the craft of growing cannabis and other plants. Yorio. who used to work in NASA’s Bio Regenerative Life Support Systems program, is now the vice president of LED agricultural lighting at BIOS, a company that custom engineers LED lights for both human and plant use.

Washington's Medical Marijuana Database May Miss Operational Deadline

Washington’s Medical Marijuana Database May Miss Operational Deadline

On June 28, 2016, the Washington State Department of Health announced that it may miss the operational deadline for launching the state’s medical marijuana authorization database, a voluntary registration system for medical marijuana patients, due to “software challenges.”

The First Big Company to Say It’s Serving the Legal Marijuana Trade? Microsoft.

The First Big Company to Say It’s Serving the Legal Marijuana Trade? Microsoft.

As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government.

Edibles

Scientists Develop Method to Accurately Measure Cannabinoids in Edibles

On March 15, 2016, the American Chemical Society announced that scientists have developed a new technique to more accurately measure cannabinoids in cannabis-infused edibles, including gummy bears, brownies and cookies, as well as certain topical lotions. “Producers of cannabis edibles complain that if they send off their product to three different labs for analysis, they get three different

App

Marijuana Questions? There’s an App for That.

There have been numerous regulations preventing marijuana-centric apps from making their way onto your smartphones. Now though, there is no shortage of convenient digital tools for informing purchases, finding a local shop or even growing your own digital garden.

MyDx Cannabis Data

MyDx’s Users Can Transform an Anecdotal Industry into Scientific Cannabis Data

MyDx offers a comprehensive digital ecosystem of hardware and software that enables users to track, self-quantify and record what is happening to them on a strain-by-strain basis. While such data empowers an individual cannabis consumer’s path to finding the right strain for a specific condition, MyDx believes this data can serve the greater good of the industry.

Botany

Botany & Marijuana: Shedding Some White Light

Nick Brumm is the founder of NextLight, a company created to reflect his conviction that, as his website puts it, the quest for a “perfect spectrum” by the makers of purple light emitting diodes is a “gimmick rather than a scientific dispute.”

DATIA and drug testing

Knowing the Dark Side: Hoffman-La Roche and DATIA

Advocates of freedom for adult marijuana use, sales, production, and investment should know their foes, and should know for example that DATIA was the motivating force behind passage of the Drug Testing Integrity Act of 2008.

Equio

New Frontier Embraces Data Visualization with Equio

Data is redefining what is possible in our personal and professional lives. Within that, the advent of legal medical and recreational cannabis is redefining what the legal industry’s stakeholders need from data providers.

BlazeNow

BlazeNow App Approved for Apple’s App Store

In what is surely a sign of a white flag of defeat in the world of weed-tech, BlazeNow, an app that allows its users to connect via online interface with legal medical and recreational dispensaries globally, has now obtained access to the Apple App store.

HerbFront business model

HerbFront Grows: Business Model Evolves

The marijuana industry has arisen through evolution, that is, it has taken shape through a series of ad hoc adaptations allowing for survival in often difficult circumstances—as, presumably, has the underlying botany.

Technology

Entrepreneurs Enter the Green Rush with Technology

If most of the money during the Gold Rush was made from ancillary businesses, then technology is one of the most important ancillary sectors to look at in the Green Rush. The technology panelists at the Marijuana Investor Summit in Denver had plenty of experience among them.

web

Weed’s Worldwide Web

It seems that since the start of the information age, which also roughly coincides with the release of Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” album, marijuana has been inching towards acceptance and legalization. The cultural acceptance of the plant is moving faster than legalization, but unless there is an unprecedented federal backlash, laws will further relax and legalization will become more widespread.


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