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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.
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Cannabiz News Briefs – July 13, 2018

The small North Dakota population of 755,400 allows a small number of petition signatures — just over 13,450 — to place an issue on a statewide ballot. That's the reason legalization backers in North...
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Cannabiz News Briefs – July 8, 2018

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions named Uttam Dhillon as the new acting head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Dhillon takes over for Robert Patterson who served less than seven months after the departure of Chuck...
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Cannabiz News Briefs – June 29, 2018

Over 57% of Oklahona voters approved a strong medical marijuana ballot issue, June 26th, with an immediate call from GOP Gov. Mary Fallin for legislators to "scale it back." Oklahoma's new rules would allow...
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Cannabiz News Briefs – June 22, 2018

On June 16, Denver Police undercover agents wrote $200/citations for illegal public consumption to 30 riders on two Denver cannabis tours. Both My420Tours and Colorado Cannabis Tours have operated for four years, signing people...
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Cannabiz News Briefs – June 15, 2018

Proponents of Denver's UTOPIA Wellness Spa and Cannabis Club appealed to the Denver City Council, June 11, for "regulatory relief" after the Council denied their application over being 19-feet too close to a childcare...
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Cannabiz News Briefs – June 1, 2018

West Hollywood city officials are expecting thousands of applications to flood into that city with the May 31 deadline close for eight new retailers (RMJ and MMJ), five delivery services and sixteen social consumption...
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Cannabiz News Briefs – May 24, 2018

Nevada's nine-month start to recreational marijuana sales has generated $49 million in state taxes, surpassing all expectations. A record month in March brought in $41 million, and a total of $386 million in gross sales...

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...