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Supplements, CBD Pet Products Gain Boost from COVID-19 – Pet Age

The recently released 2021-2022 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, which was conducted by The Engine Group and included a total of 9.206 responses from pet owners across the United States, reports that 70 percent of U.S. households own a pet, which is up from 67 percent reported in its previous survey. While the forecast is strong across every pet product category, the health segment is seeing a significant amount of growth.

Pet health and wellness has taken a giant leap over the past couple of years, with several factors playing a role in this change. With people treating their pets like family members, the pet industry continues to see a rise in premium products and services. An example of this is the popularity of the bSerene collection from Scientia Pet. The line includes a calming diffuser and spray designed to improve the lives of cats by offering drug-free stress relief through calming pheromones that mimic the feel-good signals cats naturally produce to feel safe.

According to Scientia Pet, research shows the feline facial pheromone can also reduce tension in multi-cat households. In addition, consumers are reporting that the diffuser and spray improve a cat’s mood and alleviate anxious behaviors, including furniture scratching and urinating outside the litter box.

Pet parents are growing increasingly concerned about the health of their pets, and they’re willing to spend money to maximize the health of their companion animals. As pet ownership continues to increase, we can expect the health sector of the pet industry to grow with it.

The global pet supplement industry is set to reach $1 billion by 2027, according to an analysis by Grand View Research, a market research and consulting company headquartered in San Francisco. Grand View Research points to growing awareness regarding the daily maintenance of pet health as one of the key factors driving the market, with such brands as Nestle Purina, VetriScience, Ark Naturals, Zoetis and Bayer as being key players in the global market.

In analyzing the brands and products that play a major role in the pet health sector, it becomes obvious that it is as complex as the health issues being targeted. Among popular supplements are those designed to manage anxiety, improve the immune system, reduce the risk of digestion problems and enhance the skin and coat health.

“Overall, pet supplements are following the trend in human health and the desire to live healthier lives,” said Derek Archambault, vice president of marketing for FoodScience Corporation, the Vermont-based company responsible for several brands, including VetriScience, which last year launched its Golden Years line. “Humans see their pets as part of the family and want to see them live healthier and longer lives too. In particular, ASPCA says that 50 percent of all companion animals suffer from some behavioral issues. And we know that 70 percent of pet owners are going online to self-diagnose and looking for solutions to their pets’ behaviors.”

Archambault points to a June 2021 article from Auburn University that has coined the term “Generation P” for dogs adopted during the pandemic. With dog owners talking to their veterinarian or dog trainer about helping their Generation P dog adjust to being home alone and avoid potential behavior issues, FoodScience recommends Composure Long Lasting as a product that retailers should be getting in front of customers who suspect their dog may have separation anxiety when the home routine changes.

“The pandemic has had an impact on pet behavior as many pet parents have been working from home with their new dog or cat that they got since the start of the pandemic,” he explained. “These pets have only known their owners to be around all of the time. As things reopen and pet owners begin to leave their dogs when they return to the office they will be looking for solutions like supplements that address separation anxiety so their pup can feel at ease and relaxed throughout the day.”

Wapiti Labs, a Minnesota-based producer of elk velvet antler supplements, says that elk has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The company describes elk velvet antler as “nature’s perfect supplement.”

“Our Elk Velvet Antler supplements are a whole-body supplement for dogs and cats with several options to choose from,” said Bridget Titterud, marketing director at Wapiti Labs. “All of our products are NASC [National Animal Supplement Council] certified for quality and assurance. Benefits of our Mobility supplements include support of the hips, joints, liver, kidneys and the immune system. We use a proprietary process that ensures key organic compounds and elements from the elk velvet antler and herbal ingredients remain intact, making our supplements the most innovative you will find on the market. We also offer Chest, GI Tract, Recuperate, Strength and antler chews options.”

The company is proud to have earned certification from the NASC, and it ensures retailers and customers that Wapiti Labs doesn’t “put anything in there that doesn’t have a reason.” In addition, Wapiti Labs’ natural pet supplements are endorsed, recommended and distributed by veterinarians practicing both Eastern and Western herbal medicine.

Since launching in 2009, the Vetericyn brand has become a household name thanks to its wound care products for pets and livestock. Its team has been passionate about using innovation and cutting-edge technology to produce the safest, most effective products in animal health and wellness. The pet wellness brand introduced ALL-IN, a complete dog supplement powered by one-of-a-kind absorption technology. Vetericyn partnered with A.S. Narain Naidu, PhD, FACN, FLS, a medical microbiologist/ immunologist with more than 35 years of research expertise, to advance the area of dog supplements utilizing his breakthrough technology and background on bioactive molecules.

Backed by eight patents, Vetericyn’s ALL-IN is a clinically proven, life-stage dog supplement that combines a proprietary delivery system that gets ingredients absorbed into the cells. According to Vetericyn, ALL-IN is the only supplement for dogs that combines age-specific, patented complexes with a protein-based system to transport its vital ingredients throughout the body. Packed with vitamins, minerals, omegas and prebiotics, ALL-IN contains the essential building blocks dogs need at their particular life stage to promote digestive, cellular, bone, mental and immune health.

Halle Berry HappyBond Pet Dog SupplementHuman health and wellness platform rē•spin, founded by Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, recently partnered with pet wellness brand HAPPYBOND to create a line of elixirs for dogs. Berry says she shares a deep love for wellness and pets with Anja Skodda, CEO of HAPPYBOND, which led the two female entrepreneurs to collaborate on the pet products line, which is called HAPPYBOND x rē•spin.

“This line really is the joint vision between both brands and our parallel missions, so it’s only fitting that it’s called the HAPPYBOND x rē•spin collection,” Berry said. “We were able to seamlessly align our belief systems to create a line of high-quality elixirs that help to tackle some common issues faced by our pets. I believe that our pets are members of our families, and we provide love and care for our families – whether it’s our children, siblings or parents — without a second thought. The market is full of health and wellness products for humans, but our pets are often left out of the conversation. I wanted to find a way to bring them back in. As extensions of our families, their well-being deserves to be prioritized so that they can live long, happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.”

During the development of the pet line, Berry was intent on making sure that the products align with two of rē•spin’s core pillars: nourish and strengthen. Berry notes that her own dogs were inspirational on her entering the pet product market. In fact, they played a large role in the formation of the product line, which tackles the issues of digestion (Tum Tamer), immune support (Be Well) and skin/coat (Shine On).

“I thought about my dogs throughout the entire process,” she explained. “I wanted to ensure that there were products available that got to the root of their issues. As humans, we have endless options available to us when facing health woes… yet when our animals go through discomfort, they do so without access to all the medicines and treatments we benefit from. It’s great to know that we can find solutions for our pets when they’re suffering through common issues without them having to just soldier on without relief.”

Best known for its Brushless Toothpaste dental chews, Ark Naturals has been a leader in pet supplements, health and wellness products. The brand designs a variety of natural remedies that protect dogs and cats from tooth to tail, including oral care, joint relief, skin and coat remedies, cognitive function, calming, digestion, and overall wellness.

Since being founded in 1996 by Jay and Susan Weiss, the company’s mission has been to provide natural products to care for pets between vet visits. Ark Naturals boasts of an advisory board that includes Dr. Nancy Scanlan, DVM, a leading holistic veterinarian, and Dr. C. Leigh Broadhurst, Ph.D, a scientific advisor and nutrition expert to help formulate its products.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) released its COVID-19 Pulse Study: Pet Ownership During the Pandemic during Global Pet Expo Digital Access. The market research report revealed some insights into consumer attitudes during the pandemic, including data that shows 35 percent of dog owners and 31 percent of cat owners purchased some type of CBD product for their pet during the past 12 months.

Without question, the fastest-growing pet supplement category is CBD. According to data found on Exploding Topics, searches for “CBD for dogs” are up 42 percent just over the last 2 years (July 31, 2019 to July 19, 2021). To further support the notion that pet CBD continues to grow in popularity, “The Pet Trends to Watch for 2021,” a December 2020 blog post on the Martha Stewart website, included the following comment from Phillip Cooper, president of Pet Industry Expert: “CBD use for pets is still a very fast-growing trend. Many CBD firms are now launching CBD treats touted as a treatment for many ailments.”

Indeed, this growing popularity has the pet CBD sector resembling sardines in a can. Brands are doing what they can to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

Earlier this year, Canopy Growth launched SurityPro, a portfolio of science-backed, broad-spectrum CBD products that carry the NASC Quality Seal. SurityPro is scientifically formulated to deliver carefully controlled CBD content for customized daily use in dogs of all sizes. Canopy Growth calls SurityPro the “new generation of advanced pet specialty CBD product for dogs to support calm behavior, joint health and flexibility, healthy aging and an enhanced overall mental well-being.”

In addition to SurityPro, Canopy Growth recently partnered with Martha Stewart to launch another line of CBD products for pets that includes CBD oil drops and savory soft-baked chews for dogs formulated with premium hemp-derived, broad-spectrum CBD. The flavors, created by Martha Stewart, include chicken and cranberry, chicken and blueberry and chicken and blueberry + anise, as well as chicken-flavored wellness drops.

To ensure all products meet the highest quality standards, Canopy Growth continues to work closely with the veterinary and academic community, regulatory authorities and leading scientists. The company’s research team conducted two recent studies that signify important research on the topic of CBD use in pets.

According to Canopy Growth, its 28-day study in dogs is a step towards better understanding the long-term impact of daily CBD use and how it interacts in the canine body, while a feline study is just the beginning of Canopy Growth’s work in understanding CBD use in cats. The completion of these studies demonstrates Canopy Growth’s continued commitment to CBD science and industry-leading investment into research.

“While cannabinoids, particularly CBD, are of growing veterinary research interest, there is a lack of data, especially in cats,” said Dr. Justyna Kulpa, PhD, senior scientist at Canopy Growth, of the objective and importance of the two studies. “We sought to address relevant research gaps through well-designed blinded and placebo-controlled studies. The results lend to our continued exploration of the potential therapeutic applications of CBD in companion animals.”

“Both of the most recently completed studies are trailblazing in the field of veterinary CBD research,” said Robert Menardi, DVM, director of veterinary educational and technical services at Canopy Growth. “We are confident this and subsequent research will provide valuable knowledge for the veterinary community and consumers.”

Another brand dedicating its efforts on cats is Treatibles, a pioneer in creating full-spectrum CBD products for pets since 2013. The brand recently launched its Treatibles Soft Chewables to benefit senior cats and those felines that prefer a softer consistency.  According to Treatibles, hemp-derived CBD can improve the life of cats experiencing anxiety, joint discomfort, mobility issues, digestive upset and other issues.

Offering specific formulas for dogs, cats and horses, the company third-party lab tests its products for cannabinoid content and to rule out pesticides, heavy metals and biocontaminants. Additionally, final products are tested to ensure consistency and potency.

Kadenwood, a leading consumer seed-to-shelf CBD company and the largest vertically integrated supplier of CBD in the country, last October launched Purity Preferred, which was created with canine and feline well-being at the forefront of the development process.

Purity Preferred owns and operates hemp farms and greenhouses in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Maryland and West Virginia. This allows the company to research new farming techniques and technologies without jeopardizing quality and reliability. The brand’s first two benefit-focused products, Purity Preferred Calming CBD oil drops and Purity Preferred Hip & Joint CBD oil drops, are formulated using a blend of Kadenwood’s proprietary broad-spectrum CBD oil along with krill oil and moringa oil, both which are active anti-inflammatory ingredients. In addition, Krill oil can improve short- and long-term cognitive ability for further support, while moringa oil has been shown to reduce oxidative stress to help promote optimal health.

Purity Preferred Hip & Joint CBD oils also feature copaiba, an essential oil that has proven beneficial as an anti-inflammatory agent to help reduce symptoms of arthritis. The brand is driven by the belief that, when it comes to CBD, potency is key. The two benefit-focused formulations are available in a range of potencies, allowing pet owners to select a product to suit their needs based on the size of the pet. According to Kadenwood, the company supports its products with industry-leading investments, including national television, and drives retailer traffic through unparalleled trade and retailer support.

CBD Living is an international, world-class company that was formed by a team of global scientists, business minds and thought leaders. With a portfolio of more than 100 CBD products, CBD Living utilizes three different delivery systems for the absorption of CBD. In addition to CBD, the brand’s products also include important nutrients needed to promote an overall healthy pet in its mission to target the reason why a pet may be anxious or in pain.

According to Bill Disegna, founder and CEO of CBD Living Pet, the company sources its raw ingredients from reputable dietary suppliers locally in the United States. To guarantee product safety, all materials and finished products are tested by third-party labs for potency, microbiological contaminants, pesticides, heavy metals and residual solvents.

Heading into its seventh year, Seattle-based Austin and Kat is relaunching their flagship classic CBD chews and tincture collection. As one of the first-to-market in 2014, Austin and Kat is continuing to set the standard for innovative pet wellness products with their relaunch of their classic collection using an evolved ingredient profile based on the latest science and natural remedies.

The classic chews are still made with Kat’s original recipe developed in 2014, but now are produced in a softer format scored for easy portioning. The biggest step forward has been to formulate the products with CBD-rich hemp from Treehouse Biotech for a more effective, contaminant-free product.

“Treehouse has allowed me to improve the quality to something unattainable even a few years ago,” said Kat Donatello, Austin and Kat’s founder. “They are the first NASC-approved and USDA-organic certified hemp extractor and provide premium CBD with over 11 different detectable cannabinoids, such as CBG, CBN and CBC and terpenes. It’s amazing to see the difference.

Austin and Kat’s classic tinctures now feature the powerful antioxidant CoQ10 from Kaneka combined with a full-spectrum black pepper extract to prolong the effects of CBD and encourage the entourage effect. Additionally, all strengths of tinctures now include optimized carrier oils like hempseed as the Omega-3 fatty acids are key to unlocking the long-term benefits of CBD.

Pet Releaf, the market-leading CBD hemp health brand for pets, controls its entire manufacturing process from seed to sale, from plant to pet. The first pet brand to receive program certifications from the three most trusted organizations in their respective industries – NASC, U.S. Hemp Authority, and USDA Organic – Pet Releaf is involved in every step when it comes to the organic farming process to the CO2 extraction and production facilities. Its hemp is sourced from USDA Certified Organic Hemp Farms in the United States. Pet Releaf also goes through third-party laboratory testing monthly to ensure product quality and potency.

“As we’ve pursued our mission to change what healthy means for pets, we’re proud of the recognition, awards and certifications our products have earned throughout the industry,” said Stephen Smith, co-founder and president at Pet Releaf. “These credentials further validate the Pet Releaf difference and enables consumers to make safe and empowered purchasing decisions for their beloved pets.”

While dogs and cats are atop the list of pets that can benefit from CBD products, brands are not limiting themselves to those two sectors. Pet Releaf recently debuted its first CBD product line designed specifically for horses suffering from joint pain and other ailments. Equine Releaf was designed specifically for horses because of the added complications they often endure given their larger size and heavy weight.

“With [Equine Releaf], we are expanding our mission to change what healthy means for pets by extending our effort into the farm and feed market,” said Steve Smith, co-founder and president of Pet Releaf.

Founded in 2014, NuLeaf Naturals has been committed to creating the world’s highest quality CBD products in their most pure and potent form. With over 1600+ retail partners across the United States, NuLeaf Naturals is a market leader in the production and distribution of premium cannabinoid wellness products. Its organic hemp plants are grown in Colorado with pristine Rocky Mountain water and harvested at peak perfection. NuLeaf Naturals controls the entire farming and production process from seed to shelf to guarantee its full-spectrum cannabinoid extracts contain no additives and the only ingredient is organic hemp.

“At NuLeaf Naturals, we believe pets are members of the family and deserve the same premium quality CBD products,” said Christian Chambers, sales director of NuLeaf Naturals. “As a natural alternative, CBD may help keep your pet calm and relaxed, promote healthy hips and joints, and skin and coat health. When you give your pets NuLeaf Naturals CBD oil, you can rest assured it is safe, consistent and effective.”

Washington-based Holistic Hound is known for its acclaimed line of organic, full-spectrum hemp and mushroom supplements with CBD. Since Heidi Hill launched Holistic Hound in 2003, the brand has taken pride in the quality of its supplements, as evidenced in its adherence to NASC’s strict quality control guidelines and third-party testing for purity and potency.

Holistic Hound’s premium line of CBD and CBG oils, bites and chews, mushroom powder and balms are designed to provide holistic health and therapeutic wellness throughout all life stages for both cats and dogs. Its U.S.-made products are distributed via wholesale to neighborhood pet stores nationwide.

Built and run by pharmacists and scientists, Farmer and Chemist was founded by Dr. Doug Burgoyne, PharmD, FAMCP, and Jeffrey D. Dunn, PharmD, MBA, to provide a high-quality product and experience for patients using CBD. Known for such human products as Problem Salved and Lickety Split to treat inflamed muscles, joint pain, chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety, the brand can trace its products back to the source plants it was derived from.

In the pet CBD sector, Farmer & Chemist produces RUFF DAYZ, beef-flavored chews that have shown to help relieve anxiety, pain and even nausea. The brand’s extraction process utilizes the entire plant for a broad-spectrum oil, containing all phytocannabinoids and terpenes naturally found in hemp.

The latest newcomer to the pet CBD market is Cooper & Cosmo, which launched this past June.  According to founder Natascha Verhaert, after 23 million American households acquired a pet during the COVID-19 pandemic, cases of pet fear and anxiety are now up 25 percent with approximately 60 percent of pet owners concerned about pet separation anxiety once their new work schedules begin. In response to this, Cooper & Cosmo offers pet parents the solution of premium-quality CBD and other functional ingredients to support their pets’ emotional balance and help them cope with fear and anxiety.

What sets Cooper & Cosmo apart is its focus on animals as individuals and as a whole. The brand’s products are recommended by veterinarians and other experts as part of a holistic approach to pet care that includes such things as nutrition, lifestyle and emotional well-being. They are also designed to address the specific needs of cats and dogs in different circumstances and at different stages of their lives. Supporting calmness and emotional balance in puppies and kittens, for example, while helping to strengthen mobility, digestion and immune system in their senior years. The product line is also backed by a range of fun training exercises, practical health tips and tailored advice that empowers pet parents to adopt an integrated approach to caring for their pets.

“The pet industry is evolving from a more functional product approach to a lifestyle approach to pet well-being, where brands have a new role to fulfill as health coach instead of a label on a product,” she said. “As a female entrepreneur, immigrant, marketer, dog mom and passionate pet lover dedicated to support pet parents who adopted a pet during pandemic and coping with pet separation anxiety, I hope my story inspires others too.”

The IOC shouldn’t test for cannabis — or ban those who test positive – Los Angeles Times

I must have been too busy in the winter of 1998 to pay attention to the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. I missed the story of the first snowboarder to win a gold medal, and the craziness that ensued after a drug test found a vanishingly small amount of THC in his urine.

But Thursday, that snowboarder, Ross Rebagliati of Canada, recounted his strange tale on a podcast called “Great Moments in Weed History,” hosted by cannabis writers David Bienenstock and Abdullah Saeed.

It was a timely interview, since the sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, one of the fastest women in the world, was suspended in June from the U.S. Olympic track and field team for a month after testing positive for THC. She was subsequently not chosen for the 400-meter relay team, so she will not be competing in the Olympics.

Richardson’s punishment raised for the umpteenth time questions about why cannabis should even be on a list that includes anabolic steroids, stimulants and masking agents like diuretics, which make it harder to detect banned substances. Even a statement from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency dripped with regret: “While the rules are clear, it is a terrible situation.”

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On the podcast, Rebagliati said Richardson’s suspension “made me remember … the weight of the decision coming down on me, feeling shocked, and embarrassed and disgraced, the whole gamut of emotions that I’m sure [she] is feeling as well.”

Fortunately, Richardson seems to be handling the disappointment well.

In an interview with NBC’s “Today” show in early July, she apologized to her fans, family and sponsors. She explained that she’d used cannabis after a reporter told her that her biological mother had died. (Richardson was raised by her grandmother.)

“To hear that information coming from a complete stranger, it was definitely triggering, it was definitely nerve-shocking.” But, she added, she was now going to focus on taking care of herself. “I’m young,” she said. “I’ve got plenty of Games left in me.”

If Richardson had gotten falling-down drunk instead of ingesting weed, she’d probably have competed Saturday in the women’s 100-meter final.

After all, drinking is a celebrated pastime in Olympic villages. This year, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, Tokyo Olympics officials banned alcohol in the village and other venues. Instead, as SKY News reported, “Athletes who might want a drink to celebrate have been told by organizers to ‘drink alone’ in their rooms.”

Drink alone? Yeah, great advice. Alcohol is far more dangerous a substance than cannabis. As cannabis proponents often say, while alcohol kills thousands of Americans directly and indirectly each year, no one has died of a cannabis overdose. (You might get so high you think you are going to die; that is a different issue.)

“I understand that the Olympics have the ability to sanction players based on conduct and for using performance-enhancing drugs, but there’s no evidence that cannabis is performance-enhancing,” marijuana researcher and physician Sue Sisley told the Washington Post. “This seems genuinely unfair that we continue to punish athletes based on a test that should not even be done. Why do the Olympics continue to test for THC at all?”

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No kidding.

Rebagliati, who grew up in the weed-friendly British Columbia town of Whistler, said on the podcast he had just assumed pot was a banned substance, and had stopped smoking it nearly a year before the competition. But, he said, he had been around plenty of pot smoke at parties before he left for Japan. He believed secondhand smoke was the culprit.

Still, when his post-race drug test turned up positive, his medal was stripped away. Unbeknownst to him, the Olympic physicians took his urine results to the police, and he ended up spending five hours being interrogated by Japanese police, who considered charging him with importing a controlled substance into Japan. (Via his bladder.)

They opted to let him go, and his medal was returned to him after it became clear that cannabis was not even on the official list of banned substances at that point. Not only that, but the threshold for a positive test in 1998 was only 15 nanograms per milliliter of urine. Rebagliati had 17.8 ng/ml. In 2013, the threshold for a positive test was raised to 150 ng.ml.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency, which has published a list of prohibited substances sine 2004, declared a substance would be banned if it met two out of three criteria: It has the potential to enhance, or enhances, sport performance; it represents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete; or it violates the spirit of sport.

Athletes who use cannabis, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says, “potentially endanger themselves and others because of increased risk taking, slower reaction times and poor executive function or decision making.”

In 2011, WADA claimed in a journal article that because marijuana can help reduce anxiety, it could help athletes “better perform under pressure and to alleviate stress experienced before and during competition.” It also noted that pot seemed to have a beneficial effect on athletes who “experienced traumatic events in their sports career.”

Six years later, in 2017, the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport published a review of 15 studies that examined the effect of cannabis on exercise performance. No one, it concluded, showed any improvement in aerobic performance. In some subjects, the ability to complete an exercise protocol was impaired.

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So cannabis can help put you in a good state of mind to compete, but it probably has no positive effect on your physical performance.

But here is the rub: We just witnessed the effect that not being in the right mental state can have on athletic performance. With the glare of the world upon them, G.O.A.T. gymnast Simone Biles and tennis great Naomi Osaka both withdrew from competition for reasons that seemed to have nothing to do with their physical conditions and everything to do with their states of mind.

Maybe a little THC could have helped them both.

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Inaugural 'Niles Cannabis Festival' hopes to remove stigma around marijuana – WNDU-TV

NILES, Mich. (WNDU) – Music, games and weed were all key ingredients in making the first ever Niles Cannabis Festival a success.

“It’s the first of its kind,” Emily Milner, head of marketing for the festival, said. “It’s actually one of the only events where we have multiple dispensaries, twenty-five plus vendors, food trucks, a stage, live music all day and two comedians.”

Milner says there’s something here for all cannabis lovers.

“There’s snow cones,” she said. “There’s lemonade, there’s CBD and THC. So, even if you’re not into the THC side of things, you can still relax with some nice CBD.”

Local dispensaries were thrilled to participate and say the City of Niles is the perfect location.

“It’s just such a great place,” president of operations at Mother Nutures marijuana dispensary said. “Niles has been so welcoming for the education and just the cannabis plant itself. Our team really loves the plant and all the medicinal therapeutic values it delivers to everybody out here in the state of Michigan.”

In addition to celebrating, dispensaries also wanted to educate customers.

“Glad to try to remove the stigma of cannabis,” Green Stem Provisioning director of operations Michael Lynch said. “And really show that we’re responsible and people can have fun and enjoy it just as much as any other substance out there.”

Many feel normalizing marijuana use is long overdue.

“It’s a good thing for the community, I think,” William Haas, owner of Native Michigan Remedies, said. “We just got to keep doing things right and I think it’s going to be a really good thing.”

And what did Haas look forward to most about today’s festival?

“Relaxing,” he said. “Enjoying the cannabis and enjoying the people.”

Organizers of the Niles Cannabis Festival are looking to host a similar event on September 25th. More information will be available as that date approaches.

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This California City Rejected Marijuana. Now Cannabis Is An Official Tourism Draw. – Forbes

Marijuana legalization came slowly to Modesto, California, a city of about 212,000 in the state’s Central Valley, a vast, flat expanse full of farms intersected by freeways, new tract homes—and values hard to the right of the state’s coastal cities.

For years, medical marijuana dispensaries were banned in Stanislaus County, of which Modesto is the seat. A 2006 Drug Enforcement Administration raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in city limits—that was obeying state law and paying state sales taxes—that landed both co-owners in federal prison set the tone. (One of the former owners, Luke Scarmazzo, is still in prison—one of the last federal pot prisoners in the state.) This was not weed country.

Though California voted to legalize recreational cannabis in 2016, the first legal commercial cannabis dispensaries in Modesto did not open until 2019, and then only after the local city council voted to ban them from the city’s downtown.

But now marijuana makes more money for Modesto than hotels and tourism, city officials have reconsidered—and are now doing more to promote their city’s weed business to visitors than Amsterdam.

In what’s believed to be the first sanctioned “citywide cannabis tourism program” in the United States, Modesto’s official convention and visitors bureau is now officially promoting Modesto’s cannabis dispensaries as tourism draws, with what they call a “cannabis passport.”

As the Modesto Bee reported, Modesto’s tourism board started kicking around ideas to draw visitors to the area—awkwardly located sort of near the Interstate-5 freeway connecting Los Angeles to the Bay Area as well as the main route from the Bay Area to Yosemite National Park, but not directly on either—about a year ago, after tourism dried up during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Judging by the city’s books, promoting weed was the smartest move. About 40 percent of the customer base at the city’s roughly two dozen cannabis dispensaries are from out of town, according to the Bee.

And in 2020, they spent enough to generate $3.2 million in cannabis business taxes for the city, according to budget documents—more than the city’s hotel tax, and one-sixth of the city’s draw from property taxes.

With more cannabis stores coming to the area, that total will likely increase again. And with travel resuming now that vaccines for the novel coronavirus are available—and with tourism data suggesting 30 percent of all travelers, everywhere, are into weed—Modesto’s status as a byway in between destinations might work in its favor

Stop in for gas, a trip to the In-N-Out—and a trip to the weed store? Why not?

“In this postpandemic world that we’re moving into, travelers are driving around a lot. They’re looking for new experiences. And we’ve been promoting Modesto, everything from the almond blossom cruise to Modesto Loves Dogs to Graffiti Summer,” as Todd Aaronson, CEO of Visit Modesto, told the newspaper. “And if 30% of all travelers are interested in cannabis in one way, shape or another, well then why don’t we help them find easy access and enjoy the process?

Modeled on similar promotion schemes seen around the country for local beer, wine, or coffee industries, Modesto’s “MoTown CannaPass” stops a little short of offering deals at local dispensaries, in the same way a town might promote a winery.

Instead, for now, it’s more “educational,” city officials said—which, in a city that’s relatively recently embraced its legal cannabis industry, is probably a smart move. In addition to official encouragement to patronize Modesto’s legal cannabis stores rather than unlicensed sources, anyone who signed up for a CannaPass could pick up some stickers, a grinder, and a lighter from the local Cookies dispensary.

Modest, maybe, but a deliberate slow start. And compared to where Modesto was a decade ago, it’s progress.

Cannabis ordinances introduced at Clovis meeting – The Eastern New Mexico News – easternnewmexiconews.com

CLOVIS — Two ordinances in preparation for legalized recreational cannabis were introduced Tuesday at a special meeting of the Curry County Commission.

One ordinance would restrict indoor areas where marijuana and cannabis products can be smoked in unincorporated areas of Curry County, and the other sets conditions for cannabis businesses in unincorporated county areas.

The commission also approved a final budget totaling $49.3 million in all county funds for fiscal 2022, which began July 1 and will end on June 30. The projection for fiscal 2022 is more than $11 million, or 29%, higher than the $38.2 million budget for fiscal 2021, according to a PowerPoint slides presented by County Manager Lance Pyle and Finance Director Carol Pipes.

The ordinance regulating indoor smoking of marijuana basically adds marijuana and cannabis designations to existing laws that apply to indoor consumption of tobacco products in unincorporated areas of the county, Pyle said.

The other ordinance regulates “the time, place and manner of manufacturing and consumption of marijuana products,” according to the meeting’s agenda.

The clean indoor air ordinance would add marijuana and cannabis products to what is allowed to be smoked in areas that include private residences, enclosed areas of tobacco or cannabis stores, or both, in standalone buildings, designated hotel and motel rooms, and state-licensed gaming facilities, including casino or bingo parlors.

As with tobacco, cannabis smoking would be prohibited on property located less than 300 feet from a school or daycare building, any county property, and any indoor workplace, indoor public place, or public transportation not exempted.

The ordinance would be enforceable by fines ranging from $100 for a first offense to $200 for a second offense within a year, to $500 for third and consecutive offenses.

Pyle said language for the ordinance regulating manufacturing and consumption of cannabis products is still being developed, but will be available on the county’s website, currycounty.org, when it is finalized.

Both of the proposed ordinances are scheduled for public hearing and final commission decisions at a special meeting on Aug. 30, Pyle said.

The state of New Mexico has set a deadline of Sept. 1, the date on which the state plans to start issuing cannabis business licenses, for local laws regulating but not prohibiting recreational cannabis use to be enacted.

Budget

The fiscal 2022 budget projects gross receipts tax revenues to be 2% higher than the actual fiscal 2021 gross receipts tax revenue, due to increased economic activity, Pyle said.

Actual numbers reported for the end of fiscal year 2021 show more than $8.2 million collected in gross receipts taxes. The additional 2% projected for fiscal 2022 would bring a total of nearly $8.4 million.

Property taxes for fiscal 2022 are expected to total more than $9.1 million, Pyle said, which is $194,997 more than collected in fiscal 2021. Pyle said new construction is expected to account for the increase.

Significantly increased spending on county road projects in fiscal 2022 is expected to cut nearly in half the about $1 million reserve balance left in the county’s road fund at the end of fiscal 2021, Pyle said. The fiscal 2022 balance is expected to be $564,339.

A reduction from $625,748 at the end of fiscal 2021 to $3,501 for fiscal 2022 in the county’s environmental fund will be due mostly to the county’s payment of $450,000 to participate in a land trust agreement with the Central Curry County Soil and Water Conservancy that is designed to protect water supply purchased from landowners to meet county water needs, Pyle said.

Increased capital spending at the Curry County Fairgrounds will reduce the balance in the Fairground and Event Center fund from $624,748 to $489,524, Pyle said.

New items in the fiscal 2022 budget include pay raises and a new pay plan, a six-month transition period for a new financial specialist who will replace a senior accounting specialist who plans to retire, as well as the increased road funding and obligation for the land trust, Pyle said.

Pyle also said the closing of the county’s juvenile detention facility this year saved the county $579,185. Juvenile detainees are now sent to Lea, Bernalillo and Dona Ana county facilities.

In a year-end report for fiscal 2021 prepared by Pipes, the county had revenues of $20.5 million, $936,157 more than the $19.6 million budgeted, and spent $16.7 million, about $2.7 million less than the $14 million budgeted.

The county had $11.6 million in reserves at the end of the year, Pipes' report stated.

Pyle said county employees „all worked together and watched expenses” to produce the cash reserves available at the end of fiscal 2021.

Other action

In other action, the commission:

• Approved an appropriation to construct a building for the Curry County Cooperative Extension Service of $1.2 million in state funds through the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (DFA).

• Approved an appropriation to demolish structures and build a parking lot on county property at West Seventh Street and Mitchell Street in Clovis. The $400,000 for the project will come from state funds through the DFA.

• Approved purchase of a brush truck for the Broadview Fire Department for $405,524, using New Mexico Fire Protection Fund money.

• Asked County Attorney Stephen Doerr to prepare a revised contract between the county and Pyle.

How to look up legal hemp or cannabis grows in Oregon (corrected) – Mail Tribune

I’m trying to find out if a cannabis farm near me is legal and registered with the state. Is there a place where I can look it up before I call to report a neighbor?

— No name given, via phone message

An earlier version of this story printed Friday was wrong when we said that there’s no place to find industrial hemp grows registered in the state. We’re printing the corrected info in Sunday’s edition.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture keeps an online database of hemp grow sites — among other hemp licensees — that’s searchable by name, city, county or license type, according to the ODA Director’s Office.

You’ll find the database linked at at oda.direct/hemp and clicking “Search Issued Hemp Registrations.” We completely overlooked that link in our earlier report.

The ODA page also has complaint forms, among other resources.

We also reached out to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office — lead agency in the Jackson County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Task Force or IMET — as well as the recently renamed Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission.

OLCC spokesman Mark Pettinger said in an email that authorized recreational grows are not publicly available online because “producer, processor and wholsaler licensee locations are exempt from disclosure under Oregon’s public record laws.”

If you know the farm’s name, however, you can find a list of approved recreational marijuana licensees through a link on the state’s recreational marijuana licensing page through a link at marijuana.oregon.gov.

OLCC director Steve Marks said last week in a Mail Tribune interview that his agency is helping the ODA inspect every registered hemp grow in Southern Oregon.

If you suspect an illegal grow, JCSO spokesman Aaron Lewis recommended calling the tip line for IMET and the multi-agency Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force at 541-618-1TIP (1847)

If you suspect an OLCC violation, call the OLCC complaint line at 503-872-5218, email marijuana@oregon.gov or see oregon.gov/olcc/pages/make-a-complaint.aspx

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501 or by email to youasked@rosebudmedia.com.

Opinion Sunday: Uphold the Cannabis Buffer Map, Maintain our Integrity – WEHOville


Adult-use Retailers Association urges City Council not to re-write the rules for individual businesses

Dear Mayor Horvath and Members of the City Council,

On behalf of the Adult Use Retailers Association of West Hollywood (AURA), I urge you to protect the integrity of your City Cannabis Licensing process and reject privately-made, inappropriate revisions to the publicly-distributed Cannabis Sensitive Use Buffer Map.

Item 5.B should not be used to amend the “Cannabis Regulations 600-foot Buffer Map” (Cannabis Map) after staff has determined the eligibility of specific properties for cannabis businesses in the Rainbow Entertainment District on Santa Monica Boulevard based on this map, for several years.

While the staff report suggests this Cannabis Map was “only a reference document,” the map was publicly relied upon and presented as an official City document with no disclaimers during City Hearings. City officials and cannabis applicants both used this Cannabis Map to make business decisions.

– The Map was provided to City Council when considering the language when adopting the Cannabis Ordinance and was still published by the City when the Council twice amended the ordinance in 2018 and 2020.

– The Map was provided to the Business License Commission at more than a dozen public hearings as authoritative. The Map was presented in staff reports at eight separate hearings in 2021 alone.

– The map was relied upon by 20+ Cannabis License Application winners to select a business location; twelve of which have already gone through the Business License Commission process, where the same map was displayed as a staff report exhibit.

– The “Guide to the Cannabis Regulations 600 Foot Map” published by the City in conjunction with the Cannabis Map states authoritatively that, “Properties within this buffer are highlighted in yellow and are in eligible (sic) to receive a Cannabis license,” and, “You may dispute the City’s findings by hiring a licensed surveyor to provide additional evidence.”

Based off this map, the public’s understanding, and the understanding of the City Council when they passed the ordinance, was that the entirety of West Hollywood Park, Plummer and Poinsettia Parks were considered to be sensitive uses. Were they not, the Council may have decided to designate them as such when adopting or subsequently amending the ordinance.

Indeed, when our members negotiated a binding legal settlement agreement with the City in August 2020, the possibility of amending the Cannabis Map was discussed and rejected.

As a matter of fairness, it is important that all Cannabis Business license applicants be treated equitably and under the same rules, and if those rules are to change, there needs to be a public process and all businesses should be notified of any changes immediately. This did not happen.

Rather, as staff admits in their agenda item, City PDS staff continued to issue zone clearances and publicly rely on the Cannabis Map in question for several business license hearings while at the same time privately approving a new interpretation and map amendment for Fantom Flower at 8811 Santa Monica Boulevard.

In his correspondence on this Item, Oren Bitan from Buchalter states that the applicant known as Fantom Flower received approval for the location at 8811 Santa Monica Boulevard within the Buffer Zone on the Cannabis Map prior to entering into negotiations for a lease on the property. That lease was signed on November 1, 2020, and according to local news reports, negotiations for the lease began as early as June or July 2020.

At no point between November 1, 2020 and June 28, 2021 did City Staff inform other Cannabis Business License Applicants of the Cannabis Map amendment based on a new interpretation of sensitive uses at West Hollywood Park.

In fact, City staff continued to present the Cannabis Map in whole or in part, as binding and authoritative at Business License Commission hearings for Greenwolf, Door Number 6, Zen Healing, Farmacy Collective, AHHS, LAPCG, and Budberry/Monica’s House as late as June 28, 2021. At least three of these businesses could have chosen a different location on Santa Monica Boulevard had City Staff’s private and novel interpretation of sensitive use at West Hollywood Park been properly disclosed to the public.

To apply a new interpretation and amend the Map now, after the Cannabis Map has been used as authoritative for years and a majority of cannabis licensees have chosen alternative locations based on that Map would constitute a gross injustice and potential cause for litigation.

The Council can preserve the Public’s trust and maintain the integrity of the City’s Cannabis Licensing process by rejecting any privately-made, novel, staff-level interpretations of sensitive uses at West Hollywood Park. The Council must stand for consistency and fairness by denying this amendment to a Cannabis Map that has been relied on by this City Council, the City Business License Commission and all Cannabis Business License Applicants.

Therefore, we ask the Council to reject the staff recommendation on Item 5B and instruct staff to update the Municipal Code to include the entirety of West Hollywood, Plummer and Poinsettia Parks as sensitive uses so that the Municipal Code definitively reflects the Cannabis Map in the future.

Thank you,

Erron Silverstein
Chairman of the Board
Adult Use Retailers Association of West Hollywood

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Uphold the Cannabis Buffer Map, maintain our integrity – WEHOville


Adult-use Retailers Association urges City Council not to re-write the rules for individual businesses

Dear Mayor Horvath and Members of the City Council,

On behalf of the Adult Use Retailers Association of West Hollywood (AURA), I urge you to protect the integrity of your City Cannabis Licensing process and reject privately-made, inappropriate revisions to the publicly-distributed Cannabis Sensitive Use Buffer Map.

Item 5.B should not be used to amend the “Cannabis Regulations 600-foot Buffer Map” (Cannabis Map) after staff has determined the eligibility of specific properties for cannabis businesses in the Rainbow Entertainment District on Santa Monica Boulevard based on this map, for several years.

While the staff report suggests this Cannabis Map was “only a reference document,” the map was publicly relied upon and presented as an official City document with no disclaimers during City Hearings. City officials and cannabis applicants both used this Cannabis Map to make business decisions.

– The Map was provided to City Council when considering the language when adopting the Cannabis Ordinance and was still published by the City when the Council twice amended the ordinance in 2018 and 2020.

– The Map was provided to the Business License Commission at more than a dozen public hearings as authoritative. The Map was presented in staff reports at eight separate hearings in 2021 alone.

– The map was relied upon by 20+ Cannabis License Application winners to select a business location; twelve of which have already gone through the Business License Commission process, where the same map was displayed as a staff report exhibit.

– The “Guide to the Cannabis Regulations 600 Foot Map” published by the City in conjunction with the Cannabis Map states authoritatively that, “Properties within this buffer are highlighted in yellow and are in eligible (sic) to receive a Cannabis license,” and, “You may dispute the City’s findings by hiring a licensed surveyor to provide additional evidence.”

Based off this map, the public’s understanding, and the understanding of the City Council when they passed the ordinance, was that the entirety of West Hollywood Park, Plummer and Poinsettia Parks were considered to be sensitive uses. Were they not, the Council may have decided to designate them as such when adopting or subsequently amending the ordinance.

Indeed, when our members negotiated a binding legal settlement agreement with the City in August 2020, the possibility of amending the Cannabis Map was discussed and rejected.

As a matter of fairness, it is important that all Cannabis Business license applicants be treated equitably and under the same rules, and if those rules are to change, there needs to be a public process and all businesses should be notified of any changes immediately. This did not happen.

Rather, as staff admits in their agenda item, City PDS staff continued to issue zone clearances and publicly rely on the Cannabis Map in question for several business license hearings while at the same time privately approving a new interpretation and map amendment for Fantom Flower at 8811 Santa Monica Boulevard.

In his correspondence on this Item, Oren Bitan from Buchalter states that the applicant known as Fantom Flower received approval for the location at 8811 Santa Monica Boulevard within the Buffer Zone on the Cannabis Map prior to entering into negotiations for a lease on the property. That lease was signed on November 1, 2020, and according to local news reports, negotiations for the lease began as early as June or July 2020.

At no point between November 1, 2020 and June 28, 2021 did City Staff inform other Cannabis Business License Applicants of the Cannabis Map amendment based on a new interpretation of sensitive uses at West Hollywood Park.

In fact, City staff continued to present the Cannabis Map in whole or in part, as binding and authoritative at Business License Commission hearings for Greenwolf, Door Number 6, Zen Healing, Farmacy Collective, AHHS, LAPCG, and Budberry/Monica’s House as late as June 28, 2021. At least three of these businesses could have chosen a different location on Santa Monica Boulevard had City Staff’s private and novel interpretation of sensitive use at West Hollywood Park been properly disclosed to the public.

To apply a new interpretation and amend the Map now, after the Cannabis Map has been used as authoritative for years and a majority of cannabis licensees have chosen alternative locations based on that Map would constitute a gross injustice and potential cause for litigation.

The Council can preserve the Public’s trust and maintain the integrity of the City’s Cannabis Licensing process by rejecting any privately-made, novel, staff-level interpretations of sensitive uses at West Hollywood Park. The Council must stand for consistency and fairness by denying this amendment to a Cannabis Map that has been relied on by this City Council, the City Business License Commission and all Cannabis Business License Applicants.

Therefore, we ask the Council to reject the staff recommendation on Item 5B and instruct staff to update the Municipal Code to include the entirety of West Hollywood, Plummer and Poinsettia Parks as sensitive uses so that the Municipal Code definitively reflects the Cannabis Map in the future.

Thank you,

Erron Silverstein
Chairman of the Board
Adult Use Retailers Association of West Hollywood

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Best Delta-8 THC gummies online: Our top picks – Augusta Free Press

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Delta 8 THC is the latest cannabis compound that’s been making a name for itself across various sectors of the industry. Closely related to delta 9 THC – the cannabinoid notorious for its psychotropic effects – delta 8 also gets users high, albeit in a much more subtle, mild way.

So if you’re searching for a product that produces a euphoric high, like the one many associate with marijuana, but in a milder manner and without the intense buzz, delta 8 could be a great new option to try. The cannabinoid comes in many of the same forms as CBD, like tinctures, vapes, and edibles, but my favorite type by far is delta 8 gummies.

Finding high-quality, affordable, reputable brands can be challenging, though, especially since the market is still largely unregulated. Therefore, I put together this list of what I think are by far the three best delta-8 THC gummies currently available.

1. Premium Jane

For years, Premium Jane has been one of the most reputable brands in the CBD market, and now they’ve expanded their range to include delta 8 products. The company’s delta 8 gummies are number one on our list due to their high-quality, affordability, delectable flavor options, and most importantly, their wonderful effects.

The brand only uses the aerial parts of the plant to ensure the purest, most potent delta 8 extract possible. Once the initial extract has been produced, the D8 gummies are then sent to a third-party lab to test for purity and potency, and safety. If you’re looking for that authentic, subtle delta 8 high that everyone seems to be after these days, these are no doubt one of your best options. Premium Jane also offers free shipping, which is another big tick in their favor (though they are not able to ship their delta 8 products to all 50 states).

2. PureKana

PureKana is another brand that has already established a phenomenal reputation within the CBD industry. Now, the company has added delta 8 gummies to their iconic range as well.

Like Premium Jane, PureKana also uses premium-quality USA-grown hemp and extracts its delta 8 from hemp aerial parts only. This is a brand that takes the quality of its products very seriously, which is why they have developed such a rock solid following over the years.

In my experience the effects of their gummies are amazingly calming, and offer that classic delta 8 experience that is for sure noticeable, but not at all too overpowering. Definitely a product that I would highly recommend for anyone getting into the d8 world, and maybe even a little more potent than Premium Jane.

3. Exhale Wellness

Another decent option is Exhale Wellness. The company specializes in delta 8 products and, therefore, has a wider variety of products available. They refer to themselves as the “number 1 delta 8 THC brand in the world,” and while I don’t know how accurate this is, I would say they’re worth checking out if you don’t want to spend top dollar on the other two brands listed above. You might not get the same experience, but there are always going to be some folks out there that are just looking to save a few bucks.

Final thoughts on Delta 8 THC gummies

All in all, when it comes to choosing the best delta 8 THC gummies, it’s all about finding trustworthy and reputable brands that are passionate and experienced when it comes to producing top-quality products. Unfortunately, there are a lot of exploitative brands out there simply trying to make some quick money from the recent boom in the industry.

Premium Jane and PureKana are our top choices for delta 8 gummies due to the brands’ exceeding reputations, product quality, flavor options, customer service, and affordability. If you would like to read more about some of the best delta 8 products out there, as well as more detailed information about what you can actually expect to feel and experience when using delta 8, this is a great in-depth article that we highly recommend checking out.