WARWICK — The Summit Medical Compassion Center, one of only three medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island, has reportedly been sold to a Chicago-based company with marijuana interests across the country.
Green Thumb Industries Inc. announced in a statement Monday that it had acquired Mobley Pain Management and Wellness Center (DE) LLC and Canwell Processing LLC, both of which hold ownership interests in Summit.
“Entry into the Rhode Island cannabis market further strengthens Green Thumb’s position on the East Coast, a region that has embraced the freedom for adults 21 [and over] to choose cannabis,” Ben Kovler, Green Thumb’s founder and chief executive officer, said in the statement.
Steve Harrington, the principal owner of Canwell, said, “The expanded reach of Green Thumb’s quality branded products and extraordinary retail experience is a big win for the state of Rhode Island and its patients.”
The acquisition comes as Rhode Island is planning for six additional medical marijuana dispensaries and lawmakers are expected to renew discussions this fall on legalizing recreational use of the drug.
Sativex, the cannabis oral spray, has been chosen to be used in an upcoming study in treating an aggressive type of cancer known as glioblastoma.
The Brain Tumour Charity, an organization that seeks to increase research to find cures for brain tumors, is asking to raise £450,000 to fund the Sativex trial, which will be led by Professor Susan Short of Leeds University.
“We think that Sativex may kill glioblastoma tumour cells, and that it may be particularly effective when given with temozolomide chemotherapy,” she said. “…so it may enhance the effects of chemotherapy treatment in stopping these tumours growing, allowing patients to live longer. That is what we want to test in the study.”
The study will include the recruitment of 232 patients in early 2022 chosen from approximately 15 different hospitals and cancer centers in the United Kingdom. To study Sativex’s effectiveness, researchers will administer two-thirds of the patients with Sativex, and the remaining one-third with a placebo.
Approved by the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) in 2009, Sativex contains both THC and CBD, and, using the entourage effect, has proven to be a potent medicine. It is already used for patients with multiple sclerosis. The medicine is known for its ability
Barcelona is still fighting to try and keep their legacy cannabis clubs open, despite a recent blow from the Supreme court.
The battle over recreational cannabis is entering a new phase in Spain right now. Last week, the Supreme Court closed the loophole in federal law created by municipal officials in Barcelona, which allows the cannabis clubs a legal space in which to operate.
Namely, the judges ruled that city officials, who have supported the clubs so far, are not competent to legislate on such matters. Since most cannabis clubs in Spain are in Barcelona, this decision is a gauntlet thrown, and from a high level, on the entire discussion.
If this happened in the United States, it would essentially be like the city of Denver facing down the federal government on, say, selling cannabis without the protection of a state vote to change the constitution and a Cole memo, albeit with a few less SWAT teams.
The fact is that Catalonia, the Spanish state in which Barcelona is located, has a longstanding separatist tendency, which is why the city has long given a pass to the existence of the clubs.
Creve Coeur, a city best known for its beautiful parks, lovely homes, and high-tech offices, is about to welcome its first medical cannabis dispensary.
The new facility at 11062 Olive Blvd. is owned and operated by Terrabis, which will celebrate its official Creve Coeur grand opening on Friday and Saturday, August 6-7, from 12-6 p.m. Medical marijuana cardholders can take advantage of specials, while those interested in holistic medicine are invited to explore the process of becoming a registered cannabis patient. Vendors will be on hand to help educate the public, with ongoing festivities throughout both days of the celebration.
“Missouri has surpassed expectations with more than 132,000 patients and caregivers, and the need to serve communities continues to grow exponentially,” observed Dan Ambrosino, Terrabis CEO. “Creve Coeur is an important artery in St. Louis County, and we’ve strived to maintain the same high-level community profile with our latest store on Olive Boulevard. We’re proud to be Creve Coeur’s first dispensary and we’re especially pleased to partner with the city, the Chamber, and the Creve Coeur Police Department while we continue educating the population and serving the needs of patients.”
Ambrosino added, “We continue to focus our outreach throughout
Women, Veteran, and Minority-Owned Riverside Wellness Expands Signature Patient-Centered Offerings
Riverside Wellness LLC is expanding patient access to medical marijuana in the Kansas City area to offer home delivery service starting Monday.
“Delivery is incredibly important for our disabled and homebound patients, as well as busy parents and those who work from home,” says Mary Ann Denzer, co-owner and chief operating officer at Riverside Wellness. “And we’re thrilled to provide a more convenient way for anyone in the Kansas City area to access safe, legal, high-quality cannabis.”
Denzer, a Kansas City native who has a background in both hospitality and business operations, has prioritized education and accessibility at Riverside Wellness since it opened in in May, offering in-store shopping and consultations as well as online ordering with drive-thru pickup.
With the addition of delivery, Kansas Citians now have three avenues for accessing a variety of high-quality cannabis products at the locally owned dispensary (which also offers a handful of community discounts through its Compassionate Care Program).
While the delivery radius may expand in the future, the current Riverside Wellness delivery zone is much of the North Kansas City area, and south to 75th Street between State Line and 71
Sharon Bentley is, in the lingo of her country, a “sheila” who is also on a green mission she is passionately pursuing with a dedication that has seen her not only create a company but has begun to shape the Australian domestic market. Medical Cannabis Australia, the company she founded, just obtained its cultivation and manufacture licenses from the Office of Drug Control (ODC) in April of this year.
The daughter of two immigrants to Australia (her mother is from Liverpool, and her father is from a small village north of Lebanon), Bentley grew as one of six children up in a small country village in New South Wales with a population of less than 100 people. She traveled 170 kilometers a day by bus to school and back.
After graduating from high school, she moved to Sydney and started a career in the legal industry as a paralegal. After a few years of working in the legal industry, with the original goal of becoming a lawyer, she left the industry because, in her words, “it wasn’t exciting and thrilling enough.” She moved into the television business with a major Australian network where she quickly was promoted into the position of National
A trans man who was recently denied access to the men’s bathroom in a California cannabis dispensary managed to capture the incident on video and post it to TikTok, where it went viral and provoked widespread outrage among viewers.
The TikToker, who goes by Dev on the social media platform, used an on-screen caption to explain how he was even forced to prove his gender by showing his ID to the dispensary’s clerk just moments before filming.
According to Dev’s caption, that wasn’t good enough for the clerk.
“Started filming right after I showed my ID with male gender marker, and she says it still doesn’t matter..”
In the video itself, Dev asked the clerk to repeat what she had said before he filmed. But of course, she did not repeat that on camera.
The clip did, however, capture the argument between Dev and the clerk. She accused Dev of being “aggressive toward a woman” and suggested he “try to get over whatever is bothering [him].”
Dev’s answer to that question was simple:
“The way you’re treating me is what’s bothering me.”@devroyal100
Kicked out & banned from @fourtwentybank in Palm Springs CA for trying to use the mens bathroom as
In April, we wrote about the Facebook v. Duguid ruling issued by the Supreme Court was likely going to gut a great number of TCPA cases pending across the United States, some of which involve cannabis companies. As a quick recap, the Supreme Court had narrowed the definition of the “automatic telephone dialing system” (“ATDS”) to only those devices that generate random or sequential phone numbers (which are now largely obsolete). Since most TCPA cases have been filed against companies who use a database of phone numbers instead of phone numbers that are truly randomly generated, we’ve seen the lower courts follow suit and dismiss those cases that don’t plead the proper definition of an ATDS.
Well, we also wrote this was probably not the end of TCPA litigation as a whole, and a new lawsuit filed against a California dispensary proves it. In Pettibone v. City Compassionate Caregivers (“CCC”), a class action lawsuit filed in the Central District of California, Pettibone alleges that CCC sent multiple telemarketing messages to her cell phone that included opt-out instructions (“Text STOP to unsubscribe”). On November 14, 2020, Pettibone did reply with a STOP – but CCC continued to send her messages.
Massachusetts, get ready for your very own, first-ever People’s Choice Cannabis Cup, coming this year. Known as a hotbed and safe haven for cannabis in New England, the Massachusetts industry is coming back stronger than ever after the COVID shutdown and is getting ready for this groundbreaking competition. If you want to know how to get involved, as well as why this Cup is one to mark your calendar for, look no further.
This year, to keep things safe and compliant, the competition will feature a digital awards show only. Judging is done from home, and there is no live event. And there’s good news—judging is open to everyone who is eligible to purchase cannabis in the state!
The High Times Cannabis Cup Massachusetts: People’s Choice Edition is aimed to identify and award the best cannabis products in all of Massachusetts, all across a wide range of different categories, which are to be judged by the great people of Massachusetts for the state’s premiere Cannabis Cup.
Yes, you read that right. All the selections will be made by the people, so that Massachusetts can truly claim the most worthy winners of the top cannabis across the state.
The State of Illinois is set to award 55 new adult use cannabis dispensary licenses this week, and one could possibly be coming to West Central Illinois.
The Illinois General Assembly passed a trailer bill to its landmark cannabis legislation bill this past Spring to correct ways the state fell short in awarding the licenses that represented equity.
Executive Director of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois Pamela Althoff says that local governments in the area need to publicize that they want a cannabis business in their community: “The Cannabis Business Association has developed a website page, which is visited by people interested in the industry or applicants that have applied to be included in these lotteries, of cannabis-friendly communities. I certainly would hope that [the] area has contacted us and their information is on that webpage. If not, they should do that because, we send our members as well as our potential members to this website and say ‘If you are looking for a location’ and dispensary entities have not had to designate an area, so they are still going to be looking for