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Lloyd Covens

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Dr. Lloyd Covens is publisher of West420 NewsWeekly a leading information source for the cannabis and hemp arena since early 2014. Writing his doctorate on diffusion of innovations, Covens has been an expert journalist/researcher for 20 years chronicling new technology, global television and renewable energy advancements.

Historic Trump/Gardner Agreement Advanced by Industry War Chest NFF and NCIA DC Lobby Days

As the potential impact of the historic April 13th Trump-Gardner “states-rights’ cannabis” deal sunk in, primary drivers at a “multi-million dollar” industry lobby group confirmed they are “ready to bring adequate resources” to shepherd...
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Cannabiz News Briefs – April 18, 2018

Fast-tracking his industrial hemp legalization bill, Senate president (and sponsor) Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) will push the bill past a committee hearing (using rule 14) to a potential direct vote on the Senate later this...

Sessions Suing California Over Sanctuary Cities. Is It a Dry Run for Cannabis Attacks?

Filing a federal suit against the governor and attorney general of California, AG Jeff Sessions journeyed to Sacramento on March 7, telling officials that federal rules are the “supreme law” and signaling an ominous...

VA Head, MJ Advocate Shulkin Leaving Behind Anti-Pot Cabinet

Facing a full federal agency assault on most cannabis policy, VA head Dr. David Shulkin seems to be the only Trump cabinet member with an open mind on medical cannabis treatment options. As an...
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Cannabiz News Briefs – March 3, 2018

Nevada's first six months of recreational marijuana sales have brought in $195.5 million in consumer sales, setting up a rough 2018 projection for sales surpassing $500 million in the Silver State. For December, cannabis sales...

How Much Is a Gram of Marijuana? That Depends On Where In the World...

A new global study has scanned pricing, consumption and government policy for adult-use cannabis (regulated and illicit), finding that nations of the Asian region have the highest prices in the world, while remaining home...

Spirits Makers Pernod, Alliance 1 Looking At MJ Industry Entrance Options

First it was Constellation Brands with a major investment into Canada's marijuana grow giant Canopy Growth for $200 million. Then a tobacco-concern dipped its toe in the water, buying a stake in two Canadian...

Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska Last Holdouts Against CBD, MMJ Legal Access

Just as legislatures and pending 2018 citizen ballot issues are set to expand likely MMJ access by 6 to 11 states, the final three holdouts – Nebraska, Kansas, and Idaho – seem determined to...
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Cannabiz News Briefs – February 14, 2018

Having enraged fellow Republican Senator Corey Gardner of Colorado, AG Jeff Sessions received a tongue-lashing from Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley last week. Grassley is chair of the Judiciary committee and supporter of the committee-passed...

Federal Reserve grants system access to Fourth Corner Credit Union

The Federal Reserve of Kansas City has given approval for system access account for Colorado’s Fourth Corner Credit Union. Organizers will move ahead to acquire deposit insurance, further refine their business plans to serve...
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Cannabiz News Briefs – February 9, 2018

Medical marijuana protections under Rohrabacher-Blumenauer have been extended to March 23, the new deadline for Congress to pass an omnibus spending bill. Industry lobbyists are still hoping to extend state-legal prohibitions on federal enforcement...
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Cannabiz News Briefs – February 3, 2018

As the February 9th deadline nears for the US budget to be passed in Congress, industry planners are asking for help in persuading Senate members to support Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy's push to include...