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‘None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds’: 40 Years Since Marijuana Icon Bob Marley Passed Away

Bob Marley would have turned 75 in February this year.  He was 36 years old when he passed away 40 years ago from cancer on 11 May 1981.  Marley’s use of cannabis was religious rather than recreational. Like other Rastafarians, he regarded ganga as a holy sacrament to be used every day. However, today he […]

Beverages Show Strongest Growth as US Q1 Cannabis Sales Up

By Andrew Long of MJBiz Daily and Cannabiz Africa Based on this story published in MJBiz on 6 April 2021   Cannabis-infused beverage sales in the United States are up a whopping 68% in the first three months of 2021 compared to last year. And they’re picking up momentum with 14% growth on the last […]

New York City Legalization: 5 Take Out Points Why NYC Deal Will Change US Cannabis Landscape

By Jeff Smith, Marijuana Business Daily and Cannabiz Africa The legalization of adult-use cannabis in New York City will have a profound effect on the entire US cannabis landscape.  Although Governor Andrew Cuomo rapidly signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act into law on 31 March 2021, cannabis sales are only expected to start within […]

New York Legalizes: Dollars Galore and High Times Ahead

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Wednesday 31 March 2021 to legalize adult use of marijuana, making it the 15th U.S. state to allow recreational use of the drug, while Virginia moved to legalize possession of small amounts by July 2021. Cuomo said the bill, which was approved by the state Assembly […]

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Beverages Show Strongest Growth as US Q1 Cannabis Sales Up

By Andrew Long of MJBiz Daily and Cannabiz Africa Based on this story published in MJBiz on 6 April 2021   Cannabis-infused beverage sales in the United States are up a whopping 68% in the first three months of 2021 compared to last year. And they’re picking up momentum with 14% growth on the last […]

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New York Legalizes: Dollars Galore and High Times Ahead

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Wednesday 31 March 2021 to legalize adult use of marijuana, making it the 15th U.S. state to allow recreational use of the drug, while Virginia moved to legalize possession of small amounts by July 2021. Cuomo said the bill, which was approved by the state Assembly […]

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Biden’s Cannabis Stance Woefully Behind the Curve

By CNN’s Harry Enten   CNN’s Harry Enten, argues that although President Joe Biden is seen broadly as a cannabis reformist, his stance on cannabis is 10 years out of date. The President, he says, may be missing a trick by not realizing how powerful pro-cannabis  consciousness is in the United States. Earlier this month, […]

Shared Vision: ‘Big Tobacco’ and ‘Big Cannabis’ Start Seeing Eye to Eye

British American Tobacco’s acquisition of a strategic stake of Canadian cannabis company Organigram will result in a shared ‘Centre of Excellence’. The US$175,8 million deal on 10 March 2021 is a clear sign that the corporate world believes the United States will decriminalize cannabis at a federal level sooner rather than later. At the core of […]

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Tobacco Giants Invest Heavily in New Cannabis Consumer Products

The world’s two largest tobacco companies have made significant investments in Canadian cannabis multinationals that are likely to lead to a new generation of consumer products.  They will also use their expertise in operating within strict regulatory frameworks to strengthen the pro-cannabis reform lobby in the United States.     British American Tobacco (BAT) and Philip […]

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Mexican Legalization Gathers Post-Pandemic Pace

The Mexican Chamber of Deputies on 10 March 2021 approved a bill to legalize marijuana nationwide, sending it back to the Senate with amendments. The Senate approved an initial version of the cannabis legislation late last year, and the Chamber of Deputies was expected to take it up sooner—but that process was delayed, in part due […]

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Barbados Seeks Local Finance Mechanism to Keep Out Multinationals

Officials are said to be considering ways of raising funds through the Barbados Stock Exchange (BSE) to help fund development and innovation in the burgeoning medicinal cannabis industry. This could be a mechanism that Africa should explore in order to prevent being ‘canna-colonized’ by multinationals. Shantal Munro-Knight, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Medicinal Cannabis […]

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Lowest-Cost Strategy Will Hurt Africa says Leading Analyst

Africa urgently needs to co-ordinate a continental framework to regulate cannabis or it is going to miss out on massive economic opportunities. This is the view of New Frontier Data’s John Kagai, speaking from Nairobi at the Cheeba Cannabis Craft Summit on 25 February 2021.  “Africa is in danger of missing out on a seat […]