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Cannabis Friday News Express: UK Athletes to Face Shorter Bans for Cannabis and Cocaine Use

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UK Athletes to Face Shorter Bans for Cannabis and Cocaine Use

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) announced that athletes who fail drug tests for cannabis and cocaine use are set to face shorter bans. The new rules will come into force from January 2021 in line with the new World Anti-Doping Agency Code. 

Monterey revisiting legalizing cannabis dispensaries

MONTEREY — Elected officials in Monterey will revisit the debate over joining most of the rest of the Peninsula in allowing cannabis dispensaries in the city. Citing sales-tax revenue being siphoned off to other cities, council members this week voted 4-1 to place it on a meeting agenda as soon as September.

Arizona College to Begin Developing New Cannabis Therapies


Construction has begun on Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine’s (SCNM) Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research, a 4,285 square-foot Biosafety Level 2 Lab (BSL-2), a compound isolation laboratory, and a compound identification and quantification facility in Tempe, Arizona.

The Institute will focus on the development of new antimicrobial therapies so critical in this age of novel viruses and antibiotic resistance, Cannabis sativa (marijuana) therapies, FDA-approved botanical drug products and more.

This Cannabis Industry Lender Plans to Deploy $200M by the End of 2021

Strategic capital provider Chicago Atlantic Group is working to create a successful debt brand in the cannabis space. Since inception 18 months ago, the direct lender has committed more than $60 million in loans. Principal John Mazarakis spoke with New Cannabis Ventures about the Chicago Atlantic portfolio and investment approach. The audio of the entire conversation is available at the end of this written summary.

Switzerland returns $35.6 million to cannabis light producers

Swiss companies producing light cannabis products have received $35.6 million (€30 million) from the customs authorities for illegal taxes previously imposed. Suppliers of hemp flowers who had paid the tax and who had not been contacted by the agency were encouraged to complete a form on its website to recover the tobacco tax paid on the cannabis flowers.

South Africa Cabinet Advances Cannabis Legalization Bill

South Africa Cabinet officials have approved a draft bill allowing for personal cannabis use and sent the measure to Parliament, according to a BusinessTech report.

Cannabis Retail Storefront Business License Application Update and Neighborhood Compatibility Survey

The County of Santa Barbara hosted six virtual community meetings in July to receive feedback and answer questions about the amended Cannabis Business License (Chapter 50) regulating cannabis retail storefront licensing. 

Before the Board of Supervisors meets on August 18, County staff is seeking additional feedback via a survey with an interactive map about what might constitute community benefit and compatibility for the Neighborhood Compatibility scoresheet.  

Smoker Farms of Beaverdell BC Receives Micro Cultivation Licence for Cannabis

Smoker Farms, a small-batch craft cannabis cultivator, has received a Micro-Cultivation License from Health Canada. The licence gives Smokers farms the ability to start cultivating cannabis at its proprietary location in Beaverdell, BC. They filed this license application with the help of dicentra Cannabis Consulting (dCC), based out of Toronto, Ontario.

Cannabis certificate program now offered at Mount Aloysius college

Mount Aloysius college is now offering a certificate program for an industry that’s seen a lot of growth during the pandemic; cannabis.

The cannabis certificate program is offered through a partnership with Green Flower, which works to educate people in the cannabis industry.

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