Illinois Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Reach Almost $40 Million in January

Illinois Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Reach Almost $40 Million in January

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Illinois Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Reach Almost $40 Million in January

[Canniseur: $40 million is a surprising number mostly because of the incredibly high taxes (over 40%) in Illinois. I’d bet that of that $40 million, over $35 million of that came from Chicago and the suburbs. The article states that $8 million was from out-of-state sales, but I’d also bet that it was much higher than that, if for no other reason that Indiana is right next to Illinois and Indiana has the most regressive legislature in the U.S.]

Cannabis dispensaries in Illinois sold more than $1 million in sales per day in January, to a total of almost $40 million in the first month. Adult-use sales of cannabis took effect on New Year’s Day this year after Illinois became the 11th U.S. state to legalize recreational cannabis last June. And the first month of sales totaled $39,247,840.83, with over $8 million of those sales coming from out of state customers, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The near $40 million in sales is despite the fact that Illinois has the second-highest tax rate among the 11 states with legal adult-use cannabis. Additionally, Illinois has been dubbed the least tax-friendly state in the nation. Consumers in Chicago pay a tax of over 40%, which doesn’t even include a 7% state wholesale tax. Even though taxes are sky-high and experts have been predicting that the black market would thrive because of that, Illinois lawmakers think that the cannabis market will only continue to grow.

“The successful launch of the Illinois legal cannabis industry represents new opportunities for entrepreneurs and the very communities that have historically been harmed by the failed war on drugs,” Toi Hutchinson, Gov. J. B. Pritzker’s senior advisor for cannabis control, said in a press release.

Customers waited in line outside of dispensaries in Chicago for hours at the beginning of the year for their chance to purchase legal cannabis. Cannabis sales for January would have likely surpassed $40 million, had it not been for the fact that retail locations were running out of product after only a week of sales.

The lull in recreational sales is also due to the fact that dispensaries are required by law to maintain a 30-day supply in order to meet the needs of medical patients. In order to comply with the state law, dispensaries temporarily suspended sales to recreational customers so that patients could have proper access to the medicine they need.

But, even the limits placed on recreational sales were not enough to avoid product shortages. This is because cultivators had to wait until they got the confirmation that the governor would sign the bill to start growing at the level that would satisfy customer demand. Even as 2019 was a significant downturn for many publicly-traded cannabis stocks, this high demand in a market that is taxed at an extremely high rate should serve as proof that the cannabis industry as a whole will only continue to turn profits at record highs.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Illinois Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Reach Almost $40 Million in January

Strain Review: Game Changer

Strain Review: Game Changer

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Strain Review: Game Changer

[Canniseur: Too bad something this nice isn’t available everywhere. All that is stopped by the federal marijuana laws. They need to change. Obviously.]

With its sweet, grape flavors, the elusive Game Changer strain is widely thought to be one of the best-tasting strains on the legal cannabis market today. Game Changer is a 60/40 indica-dominant hybrid. Its lineage is California’s Purple Dragon and a landrace sativa strain from Thailand called Green Thai. Adding to its exclusivity and allure, this strain is only available by clone and usually found in California. Game Changer also clocks in at an impressive 21.2 percent THC and 0.63 percent CBD.

Appearance/ Aroma/ Taste

Game Changer’s buds are a mixture of bright green and dark purple. The intact buds delight the nostrils with scents of tropical fruit and grape. Crystals and trichomes cover the flowers of this strain, with some hints of red hairs. When put through a grinder, floral aromas become more apparent from this hybrid’s complex terpene profile.

Medical patients and legal recreational users report that the strain has a taste reminiscent of sweet tropical fruit and grape. Some users even seem to think that Game Changer tastes a bit like sour grape-flavored Big League Chew or grape-flavored candy.

Medicating Effects

Users report that the effects of this strain are extremely relaxing, putting them in an upbeat, talkative mood, with some feelings of euphoria added in as well. The indica dominance is evident with this hybrid, as some users report slight feelings of dizziness. Game Changer seems to be hit or miss when it comes to feelings of drowsiness, as some users get sleepy with this strain, while others don’t. It probably won’t knock you out like a pure, sleep-inducing indica would. To be sure though, you should definitely try it before you use it as a daytime strain.

Its solid CBD content makes Game Changer an excellent option for patients treating chronic pain, cancer, fibromyalgia or seizures. The sativa influence and well-balanced hybrid mix also makes this strain a good choice to relieve stress, treat depression, or stimulate appetite. Users of the Game Changer strain have reported minimal harshness when smoked, with feelings of anxiety and paranoia also kept in check. These factors make Game Changer a good strain for newbies and connoisseurs alike. That is, if you can find it, of course.

Have you tried Game Changer? Is it your favorite strain? If not, what is? Let us know in the comments section and maybe we’ll do a review on it!

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Strain Review: Game Changer

Will the NFL Finally Allow Players to Manage Pain with Cannabis?

Will the NFL Finally Allow Players to Manage Pain with Cannabis?

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Will the NFL Finally Allow Players to Manage Pain with Cannabis?

[Canniseur: Up until now, the NFL has not been in favor of cannabis for pain relief. Because of this, many players have become addicted to opiates. Science now backs up what we have all known, cannabis is good at ameliorating of pain. The NFL Players Association is now going to bat for the players use of cannabis.]

Cannabis and pain management. To advocates of the plant medicine, it’s a combination that is a no-brainer. To those who are still on the fence, it’s a question of dosage, federal illegality, and a sticky, confusing grey area of not enough empirical evidence yet an overwhelming abundance of anecdotes.

For current and former players in the NFL, it’s no secret that many of them would likely be in favor of the league allowing the use of cannabis – especially in place of harmful pills. With a new collective bargaining agreement in 2021 looming between the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), the league, and team owners, the question is: Will the NFL finally recognize cannabis as a legitimate medicine for pain management?

There are some high-profile NFL analysts claiming that the stigma of the NFL being anti-cannabis is all but over. But is that really the case? Will the league and the owners really make these kinds of concessions? A seemingly straightforward, fact-driven pro-cannabis ad was blocked by CBS during this year’s Super Bowl. Of course, it was ultimately the decision of the network, but NFL league officials said nothing. Players, however, had quite a bit to say on the matter.

And this was not the first time that former and current NFL players had something to say about the league’s substance policies. The most popular sport in the U.S. seemingly has no issue with their stars being prescribed potentially harmful opiate painkillers, yet holds steadfast on its stigma against cannabis medicine as a pain reliever.

It appears that the players really aren’t having any more of it. They aren’t going to continue to sit idly by while a myriad of their peers are diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). They are ready for a pain management alternative. The Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, says he is ready to “go to war” for the players he represents.

“If we’re able to get a collective bargaining agreement done, that’s great. But all of these men went through a unilateral declared war on players in 2010 and 2011. I think it’s important for [NFL commissioner Roger Goodell] and I to have a wonderful open discussion, but he represents the owners, and we represent the players,” Smith said last year.

Will NFL players ultimately get what they deserve? Only time will tell. For employees of any kind job that takes such a toll on the human body, alternatives to harmful opioids should be made available, and it’s encouraging to see those who continue to fight for just that.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Will the NFL Finally Allow Players to Manage Pain with Cannabis?

U.S. Reportedly Issues Travel Bans on Canadian Cannabis Professionals

U.S. Reportedly Issues Travel Bans on Canadian Cannabis Professionals

Original Article: Marijuana Times: U.S. Reportedly Issues Travel Bans on Canadian Cannabis Professionals

Immigration and cannabis legalization have been two hot button issues within the U.S. political arena recently. The majority of the discussion surrounding these issues has been mainly focused on that of legalization in America and immigration from Mexico. But there has been a disturbing story regarding both travel bans and cannabis legalization involving our neighbors to the north.

Canada has recently legalized the plant medicine nationwide, becoming only the second country in the world to do so. Naturally, this brings along with it a boost to the legal industry, and Canadian cannabis professionals will understandably want to do business with some of their American counterparts. That’s what Jay Evans, CEO of Keirton Inc., and his two colleagues intended to do recently. Evans told Star Metro Vancouver that he and his colleagues planned to travel from Canada to the U.S. for a meeting to discuss a device that aids in the cannabis production process.  

“We had not yet designed the product, we had not yet marketed the product, and we’d not yet sold the product,” Evans said.

Upon telling U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents that they work in the legal cannabis industry, but not directly selling or distributing the plant in any way, they were allegedly detained and interrogated.

“During routine questioning, one of the three men mentioned their design would eventually be used in the Canadian cannabis industry, and they were immediately taken into the secondary inspection facility for further scrutiny,” the story claims.

The article again points out that even though the three men aren’t directly involved with the cannabis sales, they were labeled drug traffickers.

“Keirton is not involved with the production, distribution or sale of cannabis. But because its equipment is explicitly intended to be used by people who are, Evans and his colleagues were told after a six-hour interview they were ‘drug traffickers’ according to U.S. federal law,” the article says.

After the interrogation concluded, the three men were allegedly issued lifetime bans that forbid them from entering the U.S., according to the story.

At this time, we don’t have definitive proof that these Canadians were banned from entering the U.S. for simply intending to discuss the manufacturing of a device that would be used for producing cannabis. However, if any part of this story is true, it is rather disturbing, especially if the part where they’re banned for life turns out to be anything but hearsay. Medical cannabis is legal in 30 U.S. states and D.C., and recreational is legal in 9 states and D.C. For these men to be label drug traffickers, if true, is absurd, and highlights the ongoing issues we still face when it comes to the U.S. federal government’s antiquated stance on cannabis.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: U.S. Reportedly Issues Travel Bans on Canadian Cannabis Professionals

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