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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cannabinoids May Have Anti-Cancer Effects

A new study published in Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology suggests that Cannabinol (CBN) may hold promise in the fight against cancer.  According to the researchers, CBN demonstrated anti-cancer activity in a series of different laboratory experiments. CBN is a minor compound found...

Inside “The Lab,” a Cannabis Dispensary in the Cattaraugus Territory

The Lab is a legal cannabis dispensary located on the Cattaraugus Indian Territory in Irving, New York. Comprised of almost 22,000 acres in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie counties, the Cattaraugus Territory is located along the Cattaraugus Creek stretching from Gowanda to Lake Erie.  Michae...

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...

The Fight Against a Drive-thru Dispensary in Orchard Park

J.D. Properties, the owner of a 1.6-acre parcel located at the corner of Southwestern Boulevard and Taylor Road, has confirmed that a developer is seeking permission from the town to build a drive-thru for a cannabis dispensary.  The identity of the cannabis business owner remains undisclosed....
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