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CannaCritic: Cannabis and Cognition

This article was first seen in print, as part of our Canna Critic Column. About this column: The purpose of this column is to highlight important and sometimes challenging issues regarding cannabis. While we remain bullish on the industry, we hope to bring adequate attention to and spark discussion...
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FLWR CITY CUP 2022

The FLWR CITY CUP is an annual New York State flower competition curated to build community and raise funds for reinvestment in community development initiatives. This year’s Harvest Cup flower competition showcases both CBD and THC varieties grown locally in New York state. Over 60 plus submi...
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Headshop Highlight: O’s Smokeshop is Taking Over

Omar Ali has been quietly building his headshop empire in Niagara County since 2019. Starting on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls, he has steadily grown his brick-and-mortar business into a third location that just opened in June. Located on Military Road in the Town of Niagara, the third O’s Smo...
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The First Cannabis Dispensary License in Upstate NY: Who Got it?

Loretto Health and Rehabilitation, a large nursing home and senior health care services provider based in Syracuse, NY, is the first organization in Upstate New York to be awarded a cannabis dispensary license.  Loretto applied to New York’s Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary Progra...
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Could Cannabis have a Role in the Fight against COVID-19?

A recent study suggests that cannabis strains high in cannabidiol (CBD) may reduce the expression of a key protein that the SARS-CoV2 virus, which causes COVID-19, uses to enter our cells.  Researchers from the University of Lethbridge, a public college in Alberta Canada, have developed more t...
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Deciphering THC/CBD Ratios

By Melissa Moore  There are over 400 compounds in the Cannabis Sativa plant. The two most prominent compounds are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). When purchasing medical cannabis products, you will notice that they have an assigned THC to CBD ratio. A variety of ratios are av...
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Cannabis Businesses Face Many Challenges

This article was first seen in print in our second issue published in the Fall of 2019.  Legislative changes in the cannabis industry are hard to keep up with. Since December of last year, the Agricultural improvement act i.e. farm bill and numerous decriminalization measures have been passed....
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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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Decriminalization Passes

This article was first seen in print as part of our 2nd issue which was published in the Fall of 2019.  New York State has finally decriminalized possession of marijuana. The law took effect late last month and downgrades the possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a fine. “For to...
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