Guam will be the second US territory, behind the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, to legalize recreational marijuana if the governor signs off on the bill. The vote in the senate came close as 8 voted “yes” and 7 voted “no”. Legalization would permit adults 21 and older to possess, consume, cultivate and purchase certain amounts of marijuana from licensed retailers. So far in 2019 bills have been put in place to end prohibition but none have reached a governor’s desk, Guam could be the first! The expansion of cannabis legalization in the US is going global with these territories.
Want to enjoy marijuana but can’t because of religious beliefs? Need not worry there’s now a market for that. Marijuana can’t be full certified as organic because of federal restrictions, but it can now be certified as kosher. For a product to be certified as kosher it can’t have bugs, pest infestation and it has to go through surprise inspections. Mitch Davis had the idea to conduct inspections and is the founder of Mission Kosher Cannabis. “You have to not have bugs, not have pest infestation; you have to go through the inspection.” Consumers want a clean product when they’re consuming and kosher puts the cleanliness standard at a high level. Until federal agencies can review products this might remain the staple for high quality cannabis products.
Everyone’s favourite cannabis connoisseur/actor, Seth Rogen, has teamed up with Canopy growth to expand the cannabis brand Houseplant. Rogen has reportedly been working on the company with his Pineapple Express screenwriter Evan Goldberg for several years. Canopy has acquired 25 percent of the company and invested working capital, but additional details of the deal have not been disclosed. Houseplant plans to launch its first strain at legal retailers in B.C. next month with more to follow.