Cannabis Pot – Remedii http://remedii.net/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 20:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://remedii.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Cannabis Pot – Remedii http://remedii.net/ 32 32 $2 million bail for man charged with dealing pot https://remedii.net/2-million-bail-for-man-charged-with-dealing-pot/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 20:00:36 +0000 https://remedii.net/2-million-bail-for-man-charged-with-dealing-pot/ A man is being held on $2 million bond after prosecutors say he trafficked hundreds of pounds of cannabis into McHenry County and laundered the money. Police found him with $800,000 in cash. Matthew D. Lilla, 36, of the 4300 block of North Sawyer Avenue in Chicago, was charged with Cannabis Trafficking, Unlawful Possession of […]]]>

A man is being held on $2 million bond after prosecutors say he trafficked hundreds of pounds of cannabis into McHenry County and laundered the money. Police found him with $800,000 in cash.

Matthew D. Lilla, 36, of the 4300 block of North Sawyer Avenue in Chicago, was charged with Cannabis Trafficking, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, Attempt to Traffic Cannabis, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis , four counts of money laundering and calculated crime. conspiracy.

A motion filed by prosecutors said the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating a cannabis trafficking organization in McHenry County for the past two years.

Police learned Lilla was smuggling large amounts of cannabis into Illinois, prosecutors said.

Lilla allegedly used various storage units, industrial warehouses and houses to store drugs and the proceeds of the operation.

An unnamed co-defendant and “associate” of Lilla were arrested by police in October in North Dakota.

The two men were driving a van containing 583 pounds of cannabis, prosecutors said.

The associate and co-defendant were on their way to McHenry County when they were arrested.

The co-defendant had been in communication with Lilla, prosecutors said.

A search of a residence owned by Lilla in McHenry County on the same day revealed “numerous books” of cannabis, cash, medication records and other packaging materials.

A few days before this search warrant, the police executed search warrants on storage units rented by Lilla.

Law enforcement located nearly $800,000 in cash in three separate storage units.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office seized assets worth “well over” $1 million to Lilla, prosecutors said.

The sheriff’s office was unable to locate a legitimate source of income for Lilla, who signed a mortgage application in June in which he said his income was $8,683 per month, according to the petition. .

This mortgage application was for a $400,000 home purchased by Lilla in the 11600 block of Hawthorne Way in Huntley.

A criminal complaint said Lilla wired more than $92,000 to complete the sale of the home, which was “used to further his criminal drug activity.”

The complaint also said Lilla laundered between $100,000 and $500,000 and sent $50,000 to another man to “advance his criminal drug activity.”

An arrest warrant was issued earlier this month and Lilla was taken into custody on Tuesday.

Lilla is being held in McHenry County Jail on $2 million bond.

He would have to deposit $200,000 in cash to be released, which the poster would have to prove was won legitimately, according to court records.

A motion hearing is scheduled for Monday.


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Illegal cannabis store raided in Brooklyn https://remedii.net/illegal-cannabis-store-raided-in-brooklyn/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 03:16:27 +0000 https://remedii.net/illegal-cannabis-store-raided-in-brooklyn/ Illegal cannabis store raided in Brooklyn The New York Sheriff’s Department arrested two people and seized bags of marijuana as evidence after a raid on a store selling illegal marijuana in Brooklyn. NEW YORK – The New York Sheriff’s Department raided a Brooklyn smokehouse accused of illegally selling marijuana. FOX 5 NY visited the store […]]]>

The New York Sheriff’s Department raided a Brooklyn smokehouse accused of illegally selling marijuana.

FOX 5 NY visited the store less than a month ago, where workers said they had nothing to hide.

Big Chief, which was located at 4th Avenue and 74th Street in Bay Ridge, was raided by the New York Sheriff’s Department, which made two arrests and seized boxes and bags of evidence.

“It’s a danger to the community,” New York Sheriff Anthony Miranda said. “When you start selling these products, selling around kids and other people, nobody wants that in their neighborhood.”

A year ago, New York decriminalized recreational marijuana and put licensing rules in place for retail, but around this time, despite warnings, weed shops like Big Chief popped up all over town, jumping the gun on retail sales.

RELATED: A judge suspends pot dispensary licenses in parts of New York

Brooklyn City Councilman Justin Brennan said while he supports legalization, stores like Big Chief that sell untested and illegal products without a license should be shut down.

Last month, the state’s Office of Cannabis Management told FOX 5 NY that smokehouses and weed shops that skip retail marijuana sales won’t get licenses.

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Police shoot man in East Garfield Park, 2 held for possession of pot https://remedii.net/police-shoot-man-in-east-garfield-park-2-held-for-possession-of-pot/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 03:23:00 +0000 https://remedii.net/police-shoot-man-in-east-garfield-park-2-held-for-possession-of-pot/ Two men have been charged in connection with an incident on Saturday when a man was shot by Chicago police in East Garfield Park. Kavon Waddell, 19, and Elijah Mendez, 21, each face one count of unlawful possession of cannabis, according to Chicago police. Wadell and Mendez were arrested around 5 p.m. in the 600 […]]]>

Two men have been charged in connection with an incident on Saturday when a man was shot by Chicago police in East Garfield Park.

Kavon Waddell, 19, and Elijah Mendez, 21, each face one count of unlawful possession of cannabis, according to Chicago police.

Wadell and Mendez were arrested around 5 p.m. in the 600 block of North Central Park Avenue along with three other people, including the man who was shot by officers, police said.

Charges were still pending against two of those in custody, while a third was released without being charged, police said.

The incident unfolded when officers on patrol spotted a vehicle wanted to have escaped a previous traffic stop. They followed the vehicle to the North Central Park address, where the driver parked in a garage and then walked to the back porch of a house while holding a gun, it said. the police.

Officers confronted the man and said he refused repeated commands to drop the weapon, which led them to open fire, police say. He was taken to hospital for treatment, but was expected to survive.

None of the officers were injured, but they were taken to hospital for observation, police said.

The officers involved will be placed in administrative duties for 30 days while the shooting is investigated by the Civilian Police Accountability Office.

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Will 2023 be the year Minnesota legalizes weed? The odds are higher than ever – Duluth News Tribune https://remedii.net/will-2023-be-the-year-minnesota-legalizes-weed-the-odds-are-higher-than-ever-duluth-news-tribune/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 00:39:00 +0000 https://remedii.net/will-2023-be-the-year-minnesota-legalizes-weed-the-odds-are-higher-than-ever-duluth-news-tribune/ ST. PAUL — With Democrats in complete control of Minnesota’s government, the odds of the state legalizing recreational marijuana seem the strongest they’ve ever been. For the past six years, St. Paul’s divided government has stood in the way of any effort to bring legal marijuana to Minnesota. Republicans took control of the Senate in […]]]>

ST. PAUL — With Democrats in complete control of Minnesota’s government, the odds of the state legalizing recreational marijuana seem the strongest they’ve ever been.

For the past six years, St. Paul’s divided government has stood in the way of any effort to bring legal marijuana to Minnesota. Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015 and were unwilling to budge on the issue. But now that the Democratic-Farmer-Labour Party holds the House and the governorship and has won a 34-33 majority in the Senate, things could change quickly.

“The odds have never been better,” said Kurtis Hanna, a lobbyist for adult cannabis use and co-founder of NORML Minnesota, a legalization advocacy group.

While Democrats in the House and Senate have yet to unveil their priorities for the 2023 legislative session, Gov. Tim Walz and prominent DFL lawmakers have already expressed support for legalization. During a live stream this week, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said Walz told him that legalization was one of the first things he hopes to do when the Legislature meets in new on January 3. A spokesperson for Walz confirmed the comments to WCCO-TV on Thursday.

Walz called for the legalization of recreational marijuana in his supplemental budget recommendations earlier this year. And when he took office in 2019, he ordered state agencies to start preparing for possible legalization. He is the first governor to support the policy.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz presents his administration’s supplemental budget recommendations Jan. 26 to reporters during a news conference at the Department of Revenue in St. Paul.

Alex Derosier / Dossier / Forum News Service

What could legalization look like in Minnesota? The governor recommended funding for a new cannabis management office to regulate the industry, grants for business owners seeking to enter the legal market, and education programs on the potential harmful effects of use. of marijuana. He also called for a marijuana tax and the expungement of nonviolent offenses involving marijuana.

Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said the marijuana ban hasn’t worked for Minnesota and that the state should instead seek to exploit its economic advantages and allow law enforcement to focus on violent crimes.

The Minnesota House in 2021 approved a bill legalizing recreational marijuana and overturning previous convictions for low-level possession, but it was never heard in the Senate. Hanna said Senate Republicans had drawn a clear line in the sand in the early months of Walz’s first term and he didn’t expect that position to change if they gained another four years of control. .

At a press conference Thursday, new Senate Minority Leader Mark Johnson, R-East Grand Forks, wouldn’t say whether fellow Republicans would change on the issue. The Senate DFLs were also evasive on Wednesday.

Historically, opponents of legalization have included the Minnesota Insurance Federation, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, and the state’s trucking and police associations. Concerns include road safety issues and potential negative impacts on mental health.

Minnesota already took a big step toward legalizing recreational marijuana for adults earlier this year. A law that took effect on July 1 allowed the sale of foods and beverages containing THC in the state.

People 21 and older can buy products with up to 5 milligrams of THC. A single package of edibles — or drinks — cannot contain more than 50 milligrams. Products must be derived from legally certified hemp, which contains no more than 0.3% THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive part of cannabis.

“The fact that half of the toothpaste is already out of the tube due to last session’s passing of the Hemp-Derived THC Act means that this policy proposal is not as radical a change for Minnesotans, who have been able to buy THC drinks in bars and restaurants since the summer,” Hanna said.

The move surprised many, including some of the lawmakers who voted in favor.

Some holes remain after Minnesota legalized THC edibles and drink products, namely enforcement and regulation. THC edibles may be legal under the new law, but the issue of enforcement is not addressed. While the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy is responsible for regulating cannabis-containing products, enforcement falls to cities and counties. Full legalization will likely come with tougher national regulations and taxes.

Legal recreational marijuana could potentially generate large amounts of revenue for the state. A University of Minnesota Duluth study released in August found the state was missing out on up to $46 million in revenue from legal edibles alone, which are currently untaxed.

On Tuesday, voters in Maryland and Missouri approved legal recreational marijuana. A ballot measure in North Dakota failed.

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Olivette weighs an order to restrict marijuana grow operations https://remedii.net/olivette-weighs-an-order-to-restrict-marijuana-grow-operations/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 10:30:00 +0000 https://remedii.net/olivette-weighs-an-order-to-restrict-marijuana-grow-operations/ OLIVETTE — Olivette City Council could vote Tuesday to ban medical pot grow facilities within 750 feet of homes and require all odors to be “minimally detectable” outside doors. The proposed ordinance comes months after dozens of residents successfully shut down Proper Cannabis’ plans to grow pot in a warehouse near homes, complaining that the […]]]>

OLIVETTE — Olivette City Council could vote Tuesday to ban medical pot grow facilities within 750 feet of homes and require all odors to be “minimally detectable” outside doors.

The proposed ordinance comes months after dozens of residents successfully shut down Proper Cannabis’ plans to grow pot in a warehouse near homes, complaining that the farm would fill their air with funky smells that would drive the value down. of their properties and threaten the health of residents. The proposed buffer zone would maintain pot farms in two corners zoned for light industry in the 2.77 square mile town of about 8,450 people.

But some locals like Nina Miller want the city to go one step further: force pot farms to stop any smell leaks.

“If they can’t guarantee no smell will escape the building, they can’t have a facility,” said Miller, who lives near the light industrial area where the pot farms are expected to go. . “If the smell is escaping the building, then it has escaped…and on a windy day it will be in my garden and I don’t want it.”

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Proper Cannabis CEO John Pennington, who has since suspended the search for a second farm location, said a zero-odor law sets an “impossible standard”.

“That would be like requiring a barbecue restaurant to remove barbecue odors, period,” he said. “The key is to make sure that all omitted air is safe, compliant, and non-hazardous to anyone. And that’s how we run our business.

Debate over how much to smell is too big as Missouri voters consider Amendment 3 to legalize recreational use of marijuana, a change that could lead to greater demand for weed, more pot farms to grow it and more decisions for residents and city planners if pot growers want to move in.

Cities would have the additional option of banning pot retail businesses through a public vote every four years, although it’s unclear whether any cities would choose this option.

But if Olivette’s bill passes, it would make the city the third local government in the area to establish a residential buffer for pot farms, ordinances that would likely remain in place if recreational marijuana becomes legal. University City has a residential buffer zone of 1,000 feet. In St. Charles County, Lake Saint Louis has a residential buffer zone of 500 feet.

John Payne, campaign director for Legal Missouri 2022, the leading group campaigning for passage of Amendment 3, said residential tampons and zero-odor regulations could violate state law by calling them restrictions “unduly heavy”.

The ballot initiative that legalized medical pot in 2018 prevented local governments from banning it outright, but allowed cities to set certain conditions on where and when businesses could operate.

The state banned odors from reaching the level of a nuisance and set a default maximum buffer zone of 1,000 feet for schools, daycare centers and places of worship, but banned cities from being more restrictive.

“You have to strike a balance,” Payne said, “that respects people’s right not to have an overwhelming smell, but also that a business has the right to locate in an area that’s properly zoned for it. “

Olivette Mayor Maxine Weil declined to comment on whether the city would pass tougher odor regulations ahead of Tuesday’s meeting.

In an emailed statement, Weil said the order before council “serves to ensure and protect the health, safety, welfare and property values ​​of the city and its residents and businesses, while simultaneously following the letter and intent of Article XIV Section 1 of the Missouri Constitution.

For now, local governments don’t see any zoning issues coming up if marijuana is legalized, said Pat Kelly, a former Brentwood mayor who now heads the Municipal League of Metropolitan St. Louis, which represents the county’s 88 municipalities. of St. Louis.

“Like any other business, sometimes you have a problem, like with zoning a new gas station,” Kelly said. “But I think generally cities are prepared for it.”

Olivette is at least the second suburb where residents and existing businesses have opposed a new pot company wanting to move there, raising concerns about odors and public safety. Residents of Des Peres, for example, have spent weeks trying unsuccessfully to fight a new dispensary.

But overall, medical marijuana businesses have sprung up in the St. Louis area without strong opposition since Missouri voters legalized medical marijuana in 2018.

If there was a major concern, it was the smell of pot farms, Kelly said.

But most of the commercial growers serving St. Louis-area dispensaries are in rural or industrial areas and have so far moved far enough from neighborhoods to avoid any problems.

There are at least 16 commercial pot farms in St. Louis, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County. The exact locations are unclear as most commercial growers hide their exact addresses for security reasons.

Several pot farms are found north and south of Saint-Louis, in industrial areas along the river. Earth City, part of unincorporated St. Louis County, is home to BeLeaf, which has turned a former CBD factory in a business park into a medical pot farm. O’Fallon and St. Ann each have a pot farm. Maryland Heights will soon be: City Council in September unanimously approved a permit for an indoor medical cannabis farm in a building formerly used by an Anheuser-Busch distributor.

Two St. Ann aldermen contacted this week said they had heard no concerns about odors from the town factory. A spokesperson for O’Fallon said the city hasn’t heard any complaints about its facilities either.

But in Olivette, residents like Kate Pichon-Hellmann say they can still smell the smell of the Proper Cannabis farm in nearby Rock Hill, despite an order ‘that marijuana odors cannot be detected. from outside the structure.

Rock Hill Mayor Edward Mahan did not respond to several recent requests for comment.

Pennington said the plant uses air and carbon filtration systems, conducts regular air quality testing, and follows federal and state standards, “just like any other manufacturing company.”

Pichon-Hellmann said the residents of Olivette want to clarify that “no smell” is allowed to make it easier to enforce. And the bill could be modified to fit the retail jar.

“If its minimal odor, what does minimal odor mean?” she says. “No smell is clear enough.”

But for now, she’s happy with the bill, which could be changed if recreational marijuana is legalized.

“All you would have to do is drop the word medical,” she said.

Payne said the marijuana industry isn’t too worried after all. Other cities are more open for business.

“The advantage of having over 80 municipalities is that if you don’t like it, you probably like it, and you can try to figure that out and find one that will work with you,” he said. .

Missourians will vote on November 8 to fully legalize marijuana. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, announced that the campaign had received enough signatures to present to Missouri voters.




In smoke?  The Olivette plan could choke off a medical marijuana farm


Olivette delays the decision of the pot farm.


Olivette City Council is taking the pot proposal tonight.  Some say it will stink.


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2000 Cannabis Customers Come From Pacific Grove In One Store – KION546 https://remedii.net/2000-cannabis-customers-come-from-pacific-grove-in-one-store-kion546/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 06:48:00 +0000 https://remedii.net/2000-cannabis-customers-come-from-pacific-grove-in-one-store-kion546/ A cannabis company may be able to operate in Pacific Grove if November voters vote to pass Measure M. Voting “yes” on Measure M means voters are giving the council the go-ahead to go from forward and change the city’s municipal code to allow the sale of cannabis with geographic restrictions. However, the measure is […]]]>

A cannabis company may be able to operate in Pacific Grove if November voters vote to pass Measure M. Voting “yes” on Measure M means voters are giving the council the go-ahead to go from forward and change the city’s municipal code to allow the sale of cannabis with geographic restrictions.

However, the measure is non-binding.

Council members Chaps Poduri and Tina Rau argue for approval of Measure M. They believe that Pacific Grove is missing a source of income when Pacific Grove residents visit dispensaries on the peninsula. They estimate that having a cannabis business within the city limits could bring in $300,000 a year.

Big Sur Canna + Botanicals in Carmel attracts customers from all over the region and is able to track the dollars that have been left behind in Pacific Grove.

“Over the past five years, it’s almost 2,000 people. So that’s quite a few members,” said Executive Director Lorielle Wright.

With people spending an average of nearly $90 per purchase, that’s about $180,000 for a five-year-old. Yet it is only a store.

However, people like Kevin Hanley think the city has a lot to lose for a minimal increase in revenue. Hanley worries about the integrity of the council, which he believes could be manipulated by a cannabis monopoly.

“I’m just worried that if we open a monopoly pot store in town it will hurt business. Sixty-two percent of cities and counties in California don’t allow pottery stores in their city and they do for a reason. Because if you visit towns with pottery shops, you will find a lot of plagues around them. No other business wants to be next to a high-security potty store,” Hanley said.

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Expert Interview: The Billion-Dollar Boon in Marijuana Drugs https://remedii.net/expert-interview-the-billion-dollar-boon-in-marijuana-drugs/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 10:07:48 +0000 https://remedii.net/expert-interview-the-billion-dollar-boon-in-marijuana-drugs/ Welcome to my interview with Scott Chan, chief analyst for Investing in the real world and The complete investor. Scott is an expert at identifying emerging global “megatrends” in investing, and just days before the U.S. midterm elections, I decided it was time to get a sense of … marijuana. Yes, marijuana. Cannabis mainstreaming is […]]]>

Welcome to my interview with Scott Chan, chief analyst for Investing in the real world and The complete investor. Scott is an expert at identifying emerging global “megatrends” in investing, and just days before the U.S. midterm elections, I decided it was time to get a sense of … marijuana.

Yes, marijuana. Cannabis mainstreaming is one of the most profitable investment trends you will see in your lifetime. On November 8, proposals to legalize weed will be on five state ballots.

First, a quick word about my colleague Scott (photo).

Scott Chan moved to the United States from China with his family when he was 10 years old. He received undergraduate degrees from New York University, followed by an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. Scott reads and speaks Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese fluently. My questions are in bold.

Scott, from your perspective, how popular is marijuana legalization with the American public?

Who said Americans can’t agree on anything? According to the latest polls, public support in the United States for marijuana legalization has reached almost 70%, including the majority of Republicans and Democrats.

Given the political divisions in this country, support north of 60% is quite broad. In the United States, the use of cannabis for medical purposes is legal in 38 states. When the November 8 midterm elections are over, we will see legal pot in a few more states, due to ballot initiatives.

Efforts to legalize marijuana federally for medical and recreational use have stalled in Congress. What are the short-term chances of federal legalization?

Hope is not lost. The Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives is sympathetic to the cause. The roadblock, the 50-50 Senate, is currently working on several bills to lift restrictions against pot at the federal level.

Of course, if the GOP takes one or both chambers in the election, pot legalization will face a more difficult road. But states are not waiting for Uncle Sam to act. And in the long term, I would say federal legalization of weed is inevitable.

Regardless of your opinion on recreational use, cannabis has been clinically shown to have medical benefits. There is a lot of money to be made in the field of pharmaceutical cannabinoids, which are drugs derived from marijuana ingredients. Can you suggest a case study along these lines?

Yes I can. GW Pharmaceuticals made history in 2018 when its epilepsy drug Epidiolex became the first cannabinoid to be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

GW Pharmaceuticals was acquired by Jazz Pharmaceutical (NSDQ: JAZZ) last year for $7.2 billion, a pivotal deal that sent shockwaves throughout the marijuana industry and sparked a wave of consolidation among cannabis companies.

Epidiolex generated over $460 million in sales in 2021. It treats epileptic seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), Dravet Syndrome (DS), and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC).

The drug contains cannabidiol (CBD), which is a purified substance extracted from marijuana, and it has been deemed safe enough by the FDA to be used by even toddlers.

Both LGS and DS are genetic disorders causing epilepsy that usually start showing symptoms in early childhood. They are very difficult to treat, but the use of Epidiolex turns out to significantly reduce the frequency of seizures.

TSC is another genetic disease. It causes non-malignant tumors to grow on the brain or other vital organs, which can lead to seizures, intellectual and behavioral problems, and other serious health problems. Epidiolex helps manage seizure symptoms.

What other major marijuana-related drugs are occupying the pipeline?

Jazz is currently working on treating other disorders with cannabinoids, including schizophrenia and autism. For the price it paid, Jazz will certainly be looking to squeeze more money from GW’s assets.

So far, Epidiolex is the only FDA-approved drug that contains marijuana-derived ingredients, but with ongoing research, there will likely be more such drugs on the market in the years to come.

Additionally, there are two FDA-approved synthetic cannabinoid drugs on the market. This means that they are man-made chemical drugs designed to mimic the effects of real cannabis.

There is Cesamet, owned by Bausch Health (NYSE: BHC), which treats nausea and vomiting in cancer patients caused by chemotherapy.

The second drug, Marinol, is owned by an Indian company Alkem Laboratories, also treats nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. Additionally, it is approved to treat anorexia and weight loss in HIV patients.

It seems that lucrative opportunities in marijuana investing await us.

Oh yes. As Epidiolex shows, cannabinoids derived directly from the plant can be lucrative. It’s almost halfway to $1 billion in sales per year and could very well become a blockbuster (i.e. $1 billion or more).

There are around 30 late-stage clinical trials looking at cannabinoids, so over the next few years we could see an explosion in the market. Note that the most common medical use of marijuana is to manage pain, and so far there is no approved marijuana medicine for pain yet.

So, the marijuana market is not just about planting and supplying the plant. Derivative products, including drugs, are also poised to become billion-dollar opportunities. The time has come for investors to embark on the “green rush”.

Editor’s note: My colleague Scott Chan has just provided you with valuable information on the earning potential of marijuana.

On November 1, I’m hosting a special investment town hall called “The Marijuana Millionaire Countdown.”

As the U.S. midterm elections loom on the calendar, I’ll explain why federal legalization of marijuana is inevitable…and why so many states are on the verge of creating new legal markets.

The state’s new legal markets equal new growth for well-positioned marijuana companies. Now is the time to invest in marijuana stocks, before political catalysts propel them higher.

During my online Town Hall, I will reveal the one simple marijuana trade that could dump tons of money into your brokerage account, before midterm votes are even counted.

There’s still time to jump on board for this event, which after November 1st will be archived for easy 24-hour access. Click here to get your free spot!

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Berner is in the top five highest earners in music, and it’s thanks to legal weed https://remedii.net/berner-is-in-the-top-five-highest-earners-in-music-and-its-thanks-to-legal-weed/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 03:27:03 +0000 https://remedii.net/berner-is-in-the-top-five-highest-earners-in-music-and-its-thanks-to-legal-weed/ How did an indie rapper from The Bay end up among the kings of hip-hop like JAY-Z and Dr. Dre? Legal cannabis, and lots of fuss. This week, former Forbes entertainment editor Zack O’Malley Greenberg crowned Hip Hop’s Money Kings of 2022, an annual list of top earners that began in 2006. The very first […]]]>

This week, former Forbes entertainment editor Zack O’Malley Greenberg crowned Hip Hop’s Money Kings of 2022, an annual list of top earners that began in 2006. The very first list was topped by JAY-Z, who reportedly made $34 million at the time. This year it reclaimed the top spot with a much higher figure ($1.5 billion), alongside devices from Forbes Diddy and Dr. Dre.

But one name on the 2022 list sticks out like a green thumb: cannabis mogul Cookies Berner, who rarely charts on Billboard, and said he wasn’t aiming for radio. That’s because Berner doesn’t owe his fortune to streams or stadium shows. He earned most of his legal bud half billy.

According to O’Malley Greenberg’s new report on hip-hop’s richest artists, rap’s top five earners are worth a combined $3.8 billion. Berner’s net worth is estimated at $410 million (just $10 million less than that magic number). The Cookies CEO said he once turned down an $800 million offer when the company started. Now, his estimated 30% stake in Cookies and combined with shares in dozens of other cannabis entities puts him among his musical idols when it comes to net worth.

“Wow! Extremely honored to be recognized by @rollingstone on this level. Passion, patience, perseverance and purpose got me to where I am today. Feels good to inspire Latino entrepreneurs out there- top 5 richest hip hop artists in 2022 1. Jay Z, 2. Diddy, 3. YE, 4. Berner, 5. Dr Dre…. Go slap that new album 💿💿 cause it’s full of GAME 💪 🏽

– @Berner415 via Instagram

How did Berner rise to the top of the weed industry?

In 2012, pot star Wiz Khalifa helped introduce the masses to Berner, both as a rapper and a weed icon.  At the time, Berner was a freelance artist-employee of a San Francisco slash dispensary, who charmed Wiz with his knowledge and vast network.  In 2021, O'Malley Greenberg estimated that Wiz earned $45 million (before taxes and expenses) in a similar report.
In 2012, pot star Wiz Khalifa helped introduce the masses to Berner, both as a rapper and a weed icon. At the time, Berner was a freelance artist-employee of a San Francisco slash dispensary, who charmed Wiz with his knowledge and vast network. In 2021, O’Malley Greenberg estimated that Wiz earned $45 million (before taxes and expenses) in a similar report. “Wiz Khalifa has taken advantage of the cannabis revolution with products like his Khalifa Kush,” O’Malley Greenberg wrote last year. But he also got a big boost by selling off some of his music publishing. (Cookies / Farid)

Berner still remembers the days when people only knew him as an indie rapper. Before he came up with billion-dollar deals for Cookies, he was a local artist who loved weed so much he got a day job as a budtender. Then he meets Wiz Khalifa and signs with his label.

Things have developed organically since then. And to come full circle on the spliff, Berner was instrumental in helping Wiz launch the critically acclaimed Khalifa Kush brand in 2021, and Cookies remains KK’s exclusive supplier in Nevada and California. Other major partners include rap giant Rick Ross and retired NBA star Gary Payton, whose eponymous cultivar is a bestseller to this day.

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“Cookies have passed me,” Berner said proudly when asked about his multistate operation on The Bootleg Kev Podcast last year. “People know what Cookies is and don’t know me. It’s incredible.

Without the mainstream platform of hit songs or airplay, Berner always found a way to corner the prized intersection of pot culture and pop at the highest level. Not even Curaleaf, the world’s largest cannabis company by market capitalization, can draw the lines or the hype that Cookies brings to every market it debuts in.

While Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill, and Wiz know exactly how to dominate the charts with bomb weed music, Berner has mastered the art of cultivating and distributing reviews that resonate with the most engaged users of industry.

Don’t sleep to Berner’s music, it’s more than a hustle

Berner poses with rap star Bobby Schmurda, a Brooklyn native who you may soon see on the legal cannabis scene in New York.
Berner poses with rap star Bobby Schmurda, a Brooklyn native who you may soon see on the legal cannabis scene in New York. (Instagram / @Berner415)

“I don’t want to be big. I don’t wanna be on the fucking radio, bro,” Berner explained in 2021. His success in legal weed, he said, now protects his creative freedom as an artist. Embracing the freedom, Berner added to his prolific catalog of music this week, releasing a new album titled OfSeeds for sale before Cookies’ big debut in the Mecca of Hip Hop, New York.

Last year Berner Gotti the album included previously unreleased sound from alleged New York crime boss John Gotti, courtesy of his family. It also featured rap legends like Rick Ross, Future, Jadakiss, and Styles P. Collaborations are a dream for any indie rapper, but they’re also key to Cookies’ marketing strategy. With many entertainers who consider themselves cannabis connoisseurs, the Cookies brand is both a status symbol and an impressive source.

Retired NBAer Al Harrington, Tammy the Cannabis Cutie and Berner connect during the REVOLT TV Summit in September 2022. (Instagram / @Berner415)
Retired NBAer Al Harrington, Tammy the Cannabis Cutie and Berner connect during the REVOLT TV Summit in September 2022. (Instagram / @Berner415)

“All my weed is cookies”

Lil Wayne, “You Only Live Twice”

Networking features in Berner’s final report on Spotify in 2021, with 8.2 million fans enjoying nearly 100 million streams from his prolific catalog. With over 40 independent albums and plans to drop new Cookies genetics through 2080, Berner still has a lot to teach the world about growing green on your own terms.

“I love being an underground artist. Mainstream artists, as soon as they come off the radio, they say they’ve fallen. But if you look at my music career, it only grew (steadily) every year. No, I never shot it, I never had a direct home run. But I increased every year. So, if I get a record that hits, hits… I have a catalog of 42 albums to prove it.

Fool

In the 2000s, the advent of streaming data legitimized rap’s place in popular culture, creating billionaires out of leaders like JAY-Z and Dr. Dre. Cannabis legalization now incorporates the plant in the same way, with the weed now ranking as the fifth most valuable crop in America, employing half a million people. And moguls like JAY and Diddy’s son Justin are scrambling to enter the legal weed business with their own distinctly branded products.

The Value of Cannabis Culture Legacy Platform

Luka Brazi and Berner pose at an event.  (Instagram / @Flytrap_official)
Luka Brazi and Berner pose at an event. (Instagram / @Flytrap_official)

Berner’s cannabis family tree includes Yung LB (head of marketing for Leafly 2020 Strain of the YearRuntz), Wiz Khalifa (whose Khalifa Kush brand was originally backed by Berner) and former New York operators Harlem’s Branson and Luka Brazi, both of whom work closely with Berner to get licensed in The Big Apple.

With companies like Cookies U and partnerships with incumbents across the country, Berner is planting seeds that are expected to generate huge yields for decades to come. He could have cashed in years ago, if money was his only motivation. Instead, he kept control of his operation and used it to empower others, while pushing the industry’s creative boundaries at every turn.

Counting Cookies wins in 2022

Berner, CEO of Cookies and one of rap's five richest artists, according to a new report.  (Instagram / @Berner415)
Berner, CEO of Cookies and one of rap’s five richest artists, according to a new report. (Instagram / @Berner415)

Ad Age named Cookies one of the most popular brands of 2021 across all industries, making it the first cannabis brand to receive this honor. And 2022 was arguably Cookies’ best year yet. Berner covered Forbes, as the first cannabis owner to do so. And the Clio Awards even rewarded the pioneering marketing of the company.

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Ahead of the New York store opening this Sunday, Cookies already cut the ribbon for a 10,000 square foot pharmacy in Beersheba, Israel in June. the brand also launched into new markets like Michigan, New Jersey and Florida, and continued its multinational expansion by entering Thailand.

According to O’Malley’s report, Cookies “sells 70 strains of weed and 2,000 different marijuana-related products through its 48 stores in seven countries and 20 states.” The brand is the basis of Berner’s fortune due to a unique business structure. The arrangement could one day see Berner “buy out local partners and create a unified, multi-billion dollar cannabis conglomerate,” according to O’Malley Greenberg.

Versatility is the key.  Berner poses with comedian Cheech Marin and former Detroit operator Trick Trick on the same day.  (Instagram / @Berner415)
Versatility is the key. Berner poses with comedian Cheech Marin and Detroit Legacy Ambassador Trick Trick on the same day. (Instagram / @Berner415)

“With legalization affecting more and more states — and perhaps the whole of the United States eventually — he is in a unique position,” O’Malley Greenberg said. “If it becomes federal and the market wants to see us with all these stores and this production, then we’ll roll them all,” Berner told O’Malley Greenberg earlier this year. “So we’re doing what these other companies are doing without having to raise our own capital.”

But Berner’s biggest win this year was with colon cancer. He was diagnosed last fall, but has since declared he is in remission and said he wanted to raise awareness about cancer while making medical resources more accessible.

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Raising another human is difficult. Relieve some of the stress with these discreet, manageable dosed cannabis products. https://remedii.net/raising-another-human-is-difficult-relieve-some-of-the-stress-with-these-discreet-manageable-dosed-cannabis-products/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://remedii.net/raising-another-human-is-difficult-relieve-some-of-the-stress-with-these-discreet-manageable-dosed-cannabis-products/ National Parenting Week exists because parenthood is physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually draining. Let’s face it, one gender recognition Sunday a year is a pretty paltry form of parental appreciation. We deserve a whole week of pats on the back. Facts are facts: No matter how awesome, bright, and amazing your kids are, being responsible […]]]>

National Parenting Week exists because parenthood is physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually draining. Let’s face it, one gender recognition Sunday a year is a pretty paltry form of parental appreciation. We deserve a whole week of pats on the back.

Facts are facts: No matter how awesome, bright, and amazing your kids are, being responsible for other human beings can sometimes be super dumb. Parenting takes tremendous energy, focus, and intention, and it can be easy for a caregiver to overlook their own needs, especially when it comes to self-care of the galactic brain. This is why Parenting Week should be completely co-opted by stoner parents.

Even when using cannabis as medicine, flying for sesh after sesh isn’t an option for most mums and dads, so having a storage box strewn with discreet and manageably dosed items is a crucial part of the pothead parents playbook. So while Parenthood Week may have already passed (it technically ended on October 21), it’s not too late to congratulate yourself for doing the hardest job in the world: making good people. And if you’re a childless homie, for Gawd’s sake, use this article as motivation to fill your parent friends’ storage boxes.

Hapy Kitchen Uplift and Relax Tinctures

When your child has pushed you beyond your limits and you feel like steam is starting to shoot out of your ears, the last thing he’s going to do is relax while you eat a thick bar of cannabis chocolate in front of him, as satisfying as that can be for the parent. Instead, take it easy with a microdose of one of Hapy Kitchen’s tints, which deliver a glow that can be maintained on even the toughest days. When taken sublingually, these solutions can produce effects similar to the weed you smoke. When drizzled over a bagel or bowl of oatmeal, the effects will be closer to that of an edible.

TO BUY: The Canna Shoppe, 6316 NE Halsey St., 503-660-5209.

Mellow Vibes Gourmet Jar Corn

Personally, I recommend the white cheddar jalapeño variety of this medicated popcorn not only because it’s delicious; if your child asks for it, you can always say “no, it’s too spicy” instead of “no, it’s dope”, thanks to the heat of the peppers, and you’ll be completely honest. These bags of popcorn contain 100 milligrams of THC in total, so snacking on a kernel or two every few hours can provide a very manageable mood boost without completely knocking the user out. For those longer days when extra patience and joy are needed, this spicy snack could be the key to your parenting success, or at least the key to avoiding your own crisis.

TO BUY: Cannabis Curb, 4069 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 971-255-1542, cannabiscurb.com.

Crispy Laurie Cheese Crackers + Mary Jane

Laurie + Mary Jane’s Salty Crackers are low-dose treats that deliver a super silky, chewy buzz. Each cracker contains around 3 milligrams of THC, which can easily be split in half for a stimulating microdose. All of this local company’s formulations use full-spectrum infused coconut oil, rather than solvent-based extracts or concentrates, so even at low doses, expect robust, full-body effects that linger even longer. when the more buzzy elements of the effect have evaporated.

TO BUY: Gram Central Station, 6430 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-284-6714.

Portland Baked Sauce

For any parents who keep hot sauce in their bags, consider adding a mini bottle of Pot Sauce, a vinegar-based chili condiment with 50 milligrams of THC per 10 milliliter bottle.

Available in three different heat intensities, they have the same salty-spicy complex taste of Tapatío or Crystal, while delivering a very light dose (less than 5 milligrams of THC per hit) of cannabis. Bonus: the tiny bottles of Pot Sauce look like a cross between biohazardous glue and demonic eye drops, so there’s virtually no chance of accidental confusion, unless your child likes nuclear hot sauce, in which case, perhaps avoid this product altogether.

TO BUY: Potter friends, potmatespdx.com.

Luminous Botanicals Sun Syrup

Sun syrup is one of the most treasured medicines in my pantry. This lemony, honeyed tonic is the perfect replacement for traditional sweeteners in tea or coffee, and at 1,000 milligrams of THC per bottle, a little can go a long way. I’ve drizzled this syrupy concoction over donuts, French toast, and even apple slices. Luminous Botanicals can be trusted to deliver therapeutic-grade products, the bright flavors never feel overdone, and the company’s organic approach never wavers. That means her Medicine still feels equal parts holistic and fun, which is a vibe that many parents can draw on.

TO BUY: Gnome Grown Dispensary, 5012 NE 28th Ave., 971-346-2098, gnomegrownorganics.com.

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Thousands of pets accidentally eat marijuana. It happened to my beloved dog and cost me $700 in vet bills. https://remedii.net/thousands-of-pets-accidentally-eat-marijuana-it-happened-to-my-beloved-dog-and-cost-me-700-in-vet-bills/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 16:56:00 +0000 https://remedii.net/thousands-of-pets-accidentally-eat-marijuana-it-happened-to-my-beloved-dog-and-cost-me-700-in-vet-bills/ By Charles Passy The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reports that it treated more than 6,200 cases of potential marijuana toxicity in 2021 A few days ago I arrived home to find my beloved 12 year old dog in a semi-comatose state. She could not move her hind legs. She flinched when I touched her […]]]>

By Charles Passy

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reports that it treated more than 6,200 cases of potential marijuana toxicity in 2021

A few days ago I arrived home to find my beloved 12 year old dog in a semi-comatose state. She could not move her hind legs. She flinched when I touched her elsewhere. She was “out of it” in a way that almost suggested she might have a really bad trip.

In the end, that’s exactly what was happening. The 16-pound Lulu suffered from marijuana toxicity, as I learned after rushing her to an emergency vet.

At first I was confused: my wife and I don’t keep marijuana at home. But we take Lulu for two walks a day in our New York neighborhood. The vet suspected Lulu of finding the marijuana, either in plant or edible form, somewhere along our morning walk and then ingesting it, with the drug taking full effect a few hours later. The vet added that it’s becoming almost a daily occurrence in her practice: Dogs like to eat anything they encounter on the street – or at home – and the consequences can sometimes be medically serious.

I always knew that chocolate was dangerous for dogs. Same thing with the rat poison, which can also be found on the streets of the city. But marijuana? And did it really happen regularly?

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reports that it treated more than 6,200 cases of potential marijuana toxicity in pets in 2021, a 59.5% increase from the previous year. Similarly, a 2022 survey of 251 veterinarians in North America, published by the non-profit organization PLOS, found that cases of pet toxicity increased after 2018, with the report noting that the “Legalization of cannabis use in Canada and the United States is likely an important factor associated with the increase in cases of cannabis toxicosis.”

Indeed, the more prevalent this pot becomes – cannabis is already a $10.8 billion industry in the United States – the more likely our pets are to find it, whether on the streets or in our homes.

And marijuana can cause all sorts of problems for dogs. Problems associated with poisoning include vomiting, urinary incontinence, tremors, stupor, hypothermia and low heart rate, according to Dr. Tina Wismer, senior director of the ASPCA Animal Control Center. She adds that “although deaths are rare, we can see symptoms that require veterinary attention,” and she encourages those who suspect their pet has eaten something potentially toxic to contact their veterinarian immediately.

Part of the problem, says Jibran Khokhar, one of the researchers behind the 2022 PLOS survey, is that pets don’t ingest marijuana in the same conscious way people do. “Humans will grab a joint and smoke it at their own pace, titrating to the optimal effect level,” he says. Your dog, on the other hand, can just devour anything he finds, he adds.

Dr. Stephanie Liff, a veterinarian with a practice in New York, says she now sees up to five cases a month of pets suffering from marijuana toxicity. As recently as four years ago, she might have seen one at most. She says the problem is two-fold: Marijuana is “all over the streets” and “people underestimate what their pets will be interested in.”

Dr. Liff adds that most of the cases she sees involve dogs. The problem “is really rare in cats…they’re not likely to eat things” in the same way, she says. Still, the PLOS investigation reported a few cases of marijuana toxicity involving felines, as well as horses, ferrets, cockatoos, and iguanas.

Is there a solution to stop the overall increase in toxicity? Needless to say, veterinarians are warning pet owners to be careful not to leave marijuana out in the open where they live. And they encourage owners to keep a watchful eye when walking their pets and to train dogs to understand the “leave it” command as a way to avoid accidental ingestion of harmful substances.

Khokar also says manufacturers of cannabis products should consider warnings on their labels to keep these items out of reach of pets. “I think that would be helpful,” he says.

If there’s any good news here, it’s that most pets recover easily from problems related to marijuana toxicity. The vet we saw advised that Lulu would likely be back to her old self within a day – and she gave her fluids and anti-nausea medication to help with the process.

Sure enough, Lulu recovered in about 10 hours. I was down $700 in vet and taxi fees, but relieved it wasn’t the end of the line for our adorable pooch, as I initially feared. Naturally, we’ve started taking Lulu on her twice-daily walks again, but with our eyes ever more focused on what she’s trying to get into. Leave it, indeed.

-Charles Passy

 

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