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ZIGGY MARLEY CHAMPIONS CLEANER CANNABIS
NEVADA CREDITS SUCCESS TO BETTER RULES CARSON CITY – REVENUE FROM NEVADA’S recreational cannabis program has exceeded the state’s initial expectations, and participants credit its strict regulations. Armen Yemenidjian, founder of Essence Cannabis, a Las Vegas dispensary and producer, said the state was able to build upon a history of tight regulations for gambling, liquor and medical marijuana. During the state’s first year of recreational sales, sales tax revenue exceeded $70 million, which was 140 percent higher than anticipated. Official adult-use sales also started six months earlier than expected by issuing temporary licenses to medical dispensaries. There are now more than 20 dispensaries in Clark County and 60 statewide. Data for 2018 show it was responsible for 80 percent of all state sales. Washoe County was responsible for 16 percent. “Las Vegas was a town that was built on regulation and compliance,” Yemenidjian said. “Nevada was able to take that model of understanding how to roll out programs, regulate and enforce them and translate this directly to cannabis.” License applications not only have to undergo criminal background checks but high license and permitting fees. Although public consumption of cannabis is illegal, including along the Las Vegas Strip, the Legislature recently approved cannabis lounges, which will allow for people to consume in places outside of private homes.
Carl’s Jr. tests CBD burgers in Colorado
DENVER – FAST FOOD CHAIN CARL’S JR. announced April 17 that it was testing a CBD burger at a single location on April 20. The promotion in Denver, Colo., attracted approximately 30 people in line and 10 cars in the drive-thru upon opening at 6 a.m. The restaurant was equipped with ingredients to sell 1,000 Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delights, which featured two charbroiled beef patties, Carl’s Jr. signature “Santa Fe Sauce” infused with locally-sourced hemp-based CBD oil, pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, and Crisscut Source: Forbes fries on a premium bun.
Priced at $4.20 with a limit of two per customer, the burger received positive reviews from a few tasters. One patron complimented the “nice big chunks” of juicy jalapenos. Another noted that the CBD sauce had “a very subtle hint of earth,” declaring it “a decent, solid burger.’’ Carl’s Jr. has not announced if the CBD burger will be sold beyond the single-day promotion or in other markets. A company’s executive told Bloomberg that other franchises have expressed interest in testing out the CBD burger at their locations. Source: Leafly
WASHINGTON D.C. – ZIGGY MARLEY RECENTLY shared that consumers must drive a shift in the cannabis industry to make products “cleaner” and free of chemicals. The son of Bob Marley, a musician and advocate for cannabis, wrote an essay in Rolling Stone that consumers must take the lead role in pushing growers, stores and brands to make sure all health and safety concerns are addressed. “As marijuana becomes industrialized we need to stay vigilant about the way companies use harmful pesticides to maximize and safeguard their financial investments,” Marley wrote. “We must be careful both as consumers and businesses to not allow the industry to put profits above the health and well-being of the people.” Marley pointed out that other growing industries have put aside customer safety in the rush for profits, and doesn’t want this to happen to cannabis. He personally doesn’t use products or brands unless he knows that no harmful pesticides or artificial enhancements were used. He encourages customers to either demand honesty and transparency about pesticides and the growing process or grow their own using safe conditions. “We cannot wait until it becomes more established, because by that time, it will be too late,” he said. “It is up to us, the people, to make sure the people’s plant doesn’t actually cause people pain.”
Source: Rolling Stone
Guide to marijuana in Washington State.