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Startup Creates App Using Artificial Intelligence to Find Your Perfect Cannabis Strain

Getty Technological advancements have the capability to improve the quality of the customer experience in just about any industry – and the cannabis niche is certainly no different. Specifically, artificial intelligence (AI) has increased the efficiency of operations in banking financial services, marketing and sales, and sports and entertainment. Now, a startup called PotBot is utilizing AI to help select the perfect medical cannabis strain for patients. The PotBot app starts off by asking the user/ patient to provide it with their specific condition and symptoms. Within seconds, the app searches through peer-reviewed medical journals in order to give...

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California Bill Would Ban Advertising and Branding by Cannabis Businesses

Getty One of the most controversial subjects in states that are preparing to implement a newly legalized cannabis industry is how to handle restrictions on advertising. The idea is to restrict the potential of inadvertently advertising to minors, while still allowing businesses reasonable ways to market their products and brands. In California, a bill was introduced last month that would severely restrict small cannabis businesses’ ability to advertise or brand themselves at all. The bill was introduced by Senator Ben Allen, and has unfortunately received complete support from lawmakers so far. Senate Bill 162 has already received a unanimous...

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Medical Marijuana Regulations Bill Signed by Florida Governor, Yet Problems Remain

Getty Last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott finally signed a bill that puts regulations in place for Amendment 2, the measure voters in the state approved last November; a measure that greatly expanded the state’s small medical marijuana program. The path to those regulations was a long and contentious one. And the battle is far from over. “This is a good day for sick and suffering Floridians. The signing of this law provides a framework for the future of our state’s medical marijuana system and while it is far from perfect, it will begin providing access to patients,” said...

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Canada Could See a Shortage of Legal Cannabis

Getty It’s been a little over a year since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his plan to legalize the recreational use of cannabis nationwide. Now, they have unveiled legislation that would do so, but they are running into another potential problem – a shortage of cannabis to sell. With the growing medical marijuana industry – and the rapid growth of the patient base in the last year since the announcement about legalizing recreational marijuana – the limited suppliers are having a hard time keeping up. This could end up being a big problem for the country who hopes...

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New Poll Finds Most Americans Want Legal Marijuana Left Alone

Getty A new survey commissioned by the cannabis law reform advocacy organization Marijuana Majority and conducted by Survey USA shows that a clear majority of Americans support letting states decide their own marijuana policies, free from federal government interference. Some 76% of respondents said they want to see states that pass marijuana law reform measures left alone by the feds, while only 14% think the Trump Administration should intervene. These are numbers that are sure to be quite surprising to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. That large majority holds up across all races, age groups and party affiliations, including those...

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ICCI Offers Warning To European CBD Consumers

Image Courtesy of Bill Griffin Oils with a high CBD (cannabidiol) content have enjoyed a rise in popularity in the European market lately. As long as the THC content is no higher than 0.2% in most (but sadly, not all) European member states, CBD oil is perfectly legal. Consumers are more aware of the medicinal properties of CBD and its non-psychotropic effect when ingested or inhaled. This surge in awareness and demand has created a large – and unregulated – industry. Thanks to Europe’s free market, consumers are able to buy from another EU state with ease. In Prague,...

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