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By A.J. Herrington

The Coca-Cola Company is in “serious talks” with Aurora Cannabis to develop a CBD-infused beverage, according to a report from BNN Bloomberg Television. The news sent shares of Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis up as much as 23 percent to $8 in early trading on Monday. The stock had settled to a gain of about 14 percent by noon Eastern time.

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Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage maker, and Aurora Cannabis are “pretty advanced down the path” of coming to an agreement, according to an unnamed source familiar with the negotiations between the two companies.

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By Pat Beggan

An analysis completed by The Brightfield Group has determined that the non-psychoactive, hemp-based CBD market will hit $22 billion by 2022, according to a Rolling Stone report.

The CBD market is already expected to top $591 million in 2018. While the early CBD market was often written off as businesses trying to capitalize on the cannabis hype, an uptick of states with required cannabis testing and other regulations have caused a boom in veritably potent and effective CBD products.

CBD is one of the most medicinal compounds in the cannabis plant, helping with everything from arthritis and bug bites to epilepsy and cancer.

The Brightfield Group sees the most opportunity for growth in Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2018 Farm Bill...

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By Bart Schaneman

One year after a hurricane devastated the island of Puerto Rico, medical cannabis businesses are reporting a remarkable turnaround from a storm that is believed to have left nearly 3,000 people dead.

The U.S. territory’s medical marijuana patient pool is increasing and prices for cannabis flower are leveling off after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico’s MMJ businesses and crop.

MMJ cultivation, manufacturing and retail facilities were destroyed, and companies racked up millions of dollars in damages.

Many of the island’s cannabis businesses lie in the potential path of hurricanes, and that’s a good reason to pay attention to what occurred in Puerto Rico – especially because a giant storm is ...

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By Pat Beggan

Reps. David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) said at the Cannabis Law Institute in Washington, D.C. that public support backs the legalization of cannabis across the country and they expect the bill that makes it happen will be introduced in the 2019 Congress, according to a report by Leafly.

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By John Schroyer

The regulatory whirlwind that swept through California’s marijuana industry since the newly regulated market launched in January continues to fan many companies’ anxieties – especially those smaller farmers that are more focused on cultivation than mainstream business savvy.

In particular, the state requirement that all growers use licensed distributors as middlemen to get their product to market has resulted in a bottleneck in many rural marijuana farming areas, especially Trinity County, which is famously remote and therefore was a perfect stomping ground for illicit cannabis growers for decades.

But now, that remoteness has become a liability instead of an advantage.

Trinity, which often plays third fid...

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By Matt Lamers

Altria Group, one of the largest tobacco companies in North America, is assessing its market opportunities in the cannabis industry.

The entry of Altria – owner of Marlboro maker Philip Morris USA and an investor in alcohol giant Anheuser-Busch InBev – would be another major milestone for the marijuana sector, coming on the heels of Constellation Brands’ bombshell investment in Canopy Growth last month.

“Cannabis remains illegal under federal law, and we intend to continue to comply with federal law,” Murray Garnick, executive vice president at Altria, said during a fireside chat at the Barclays 2018 Global Consumer Staples Conference.

But the company is also “mindful of the possibility” that cannabis’ legal status may change, he noted. “We’re studying and evaluating market opportunities,” Garnick said.

Robert Fagan, an analyst with GMP Securities in Montreal, says tobacco companies are taking their time ...

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By Pat Beggan

Non-psychoactive CBD-infused products are making their way into restaurants and hotel mini-bars in cities across America, reports Moneyish.

Several high-end hotels in New York have begun offering room service from a menu of CBD-infused comfort foods and others are stocking CBD gummies in the minibar. Restaurants and hotels both in Los Angeles and New York have also begun offering CBD-spiked cocktails, ice cream sundaes, and multiple-course CBD dinners.

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By Nick Lindsey


Emerging cannabis research often ends up disproving stereotypes about who consumes weed. Now, a new study seems to undermine the assumption that weed is primarily consumed by young people. In fact, new data shows that the number of senior citizens smoking weed has seen a rapid increase in recent years.

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By Graham Abbott

The numbers are in for Nevada’s first fiscal year of adult-use cannabis sales: marijuana tax collections totaled $69.8 million, according to a news release from Nevada’s Department of Taxation. The state earned about 140% more cannabis tax revenue than was predicted.

Adult-use sales totaled $424.9 million for the year; $42.5 million was collected through a 10 percent retail tax and $27.3 million was collected via a 15 percent wholesale tax. According to the release — and in keeping with the trend that these markets build up over time — the final four months of the fiscal year were the most successful.

The wholesale tax dollars, along with the program’s application and licensing fees, will go p...

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By Bart Schaneman

Cannabis companies that want to go beyond THC and CBD content can focus on a part of the plant that consumers are increasingly spending money on – terpenes.

These plant-based chemicals are the molecules in marijuana that give marijuana its smell, taste and, some argue, added effects beyond just getting users high.

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For example, if you’ve ever smelled or tasted pine, lemon or pepper in your cannabis, you’ve experienced some of the many different terpenes known to exist in marijuana.

Cannabis companies are becoming more aware of the revenue potential offered by terpenes.Vape cartridge companies, in particular, are incorporating the cannabis compound into their products to add flavor and natural aromas. Maker...

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