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Q&A with Amman Weaver from Castetter Cannabis Group

Kaelan Castetter is one of the leading voices in NYS cannabis policy. We sat down with Amman Weaver, from Kaelan’s advisory firm, the Castetter Cannabis group, to learn more about their new corporate advisory services.  Q: How can cannabis companies avoid the pitfalls of other cannabis c...
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Founder of Charlotte’s Web launches Psychedelic & Botanical Drug Company

Joel Stanley, the founder and former CEO and chairman of Charlotte’s Web (TSX: CWEB) has entered the psychedelic space through a new company, Ajna BioSciences. Ajna, is a botanical drug development company focused on full-spectrum cannabidiol and natural psychedelic options for mental health a...
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Empire State Cannabis Update: A Look Back & A Look Ahead

2022 was a landmark year for adult-use cannabis in New York State. Due to the creation and rollout of the conditional market, the state’s adult-use supply chain began to take shape as the first licensed cultivation, processing and distribution is underway, with retail stores just around t...
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RIV Capital takes Big Hit on Etain Acquisition

In our last issue, we reported on RIV Capital, an investment firm backed by Scotts Miracle-Gro that planned to help Brad Termini build a cannabis campus in Buffalo. RIV entered the NY market by paying $247 million to acquire Etain LLC, NY’s only women-owned and operated medical cannabis compan...
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Buffalo Police Union Seeks Clarity on Medical Cannabis and Drug Testing

The Buffalo Police Union is requesting clarity on the department’s drug testing policy and how the Department will handle medical cannabis. The current contract states that a positive drug test for cannabis is grounds for immediate termination of employment. Therein lies the confusion, what if...
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Cannabis Tourism

This article was first seen in print and was made in collaboration with Welcome 716. Check out their version of this article on their website. As the Cannabis industry grows in this country and abroad, so does the number of pot-curious travelers roaming our region. While it is not fully-legal in Ne...
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Smokers Corner: Cannabis Quality

With the sudden influx of new, unlicensed dispensaries, pop-up weed shops, and “gifting” being done across the state, we have to wonder, where is this weed coming from? Who’s growing it and how? But most importantly, is this a quality product that is safe for me to consume? There...
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Vangst: A Cannabis Recruiting Platform Founded by WNY Native Karson Humiston

East Aurora-native Karson Humiston has made a name for herself as the founder and CEO of Vangst. If you haven’t heard of it, Vangst is a cannabis industry recruiting platform that links employers with job candidates, from executives to entry-level positions (think Indeed for the cannabis indus...
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SLA Solutions is Helping NY Entrepreneurs Win Cannabis Licenses

SLA Solutions has been actively preparing to offer its clients cannabis licensing services for years, even prior to the legalization of cannabis in NY in 2021. SLA founder, Robert Heil, along with his team, have been serving clients in Western NY with state licensing needs for almost two decades. SL...
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