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Connecticut drops 1,500 shipments of hemp

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In this week’s cannabis news report, Constitution state lawmakers ramped up their post-legislation program; an agricultural company that makes 420 paid vacations for its multi-state teams; Teachers have joined forces to further unite the sector; PAX announces a limited-edition sneaker collaboration with international artist Stan Birch, and celebrity chef Roy Choi releases delicious new snacks.

Chef Roy Choi and TSUMo Snacks create delicious new foods

Legendary chef Roy Choi I cooperated with him Sumo snacks To make two new chef-driven delicacies for the California market: Spaghetti and Meatballs and Spicy Cheesy Ramen snack bags, both of which are packed with 100 mg of THC.

“It took me a long time to get into the edible cannabis game because I wanted to pay homage to the cannabis plant that I love so much,” Choi said. “It was important to me that if I developed edible cannabis it would be authentic, holistic, thoughtful, tasty and most of all fun – the same approach I have taken with all my other food projects. It had to feel good and not be rushed. Fortunately, the timing was finally set.” And I met the team at TSUMo Snacks, who I knew were the right people with the right spirit.”

Carolyn Yeh, co-founder and CEO of TSUMo Snacks, says the partnership brings a mixed sense of humor and identity that’s respectful of Los Angeles’ food culture.

“Partnering with Choi was the perfect opportunity to experiment with new flavor profiles and expand the idea of ​​what food could be—a more satisfying snacking experience,” says Yeh. “As a diverse company and with AAPI leadership, we partnered with Choi because we share a passion for representing the underrepresented in this industry. It’s about food, culture, community, and expressing the possibility that anyone can be part of that community.”

The new products will be available at California MedMen locations starting today, before rolling out statewide on May 1.

Image courtesy of PAX

Bucks launches Collab, a limited-edition sneaker collaboration with artist Stan Birch

Calling all sneaker lovers! Popular brand of cannabis PAX announced its latest creative collaboration elevating cannabis culture with a custom, limited-edition collaboration with an artist and international sneaker designer Stan Birchl FLOU Customs.

The collection is compatible with the latest collection of PAX Plus flower vaporizers. Each pair of handcrafted Nike Dunk Low shoes features custom stitching, leather and gold-stamped foil and is meant to highlight the intersection of cannabis, design and fashion and celebrates modern cannabis culture, said Lauren Livinggood, senior director of brand marketing at PAX. launch.

“PAX supports artists, because artists have always supported us – from fashion to music to art and beyond, all of which are fundamental pillars of our brand,” said Livinggood.

Designer Birch brings a global perspective to the intersection of style, street culture, and art under his flagship brand, FLOU Customs.

“Street culture in its cosmopolitan world represents everything to me. From shapes to fabrics, to technology, the sneaker itself has been evolving ceaselessly since the creation of vulcanized rubber. Cannabis has always had an inevitable intersection with that culture,” Birch said.

“For this collaboration, I took inspiration from the coordinating PAX device colors, which coincidentally were the kind of muted colors I usually use in my creations. I wanted to add something that really made it a luxury product given the premium nature of their devices, so we embossed the PAX logo in 22k gold leaf, and added a leaf Beautiful golden hemp on the toe box.”

The limited-edition sneakers will be released on April 20, and will debut at the 420th event, the Let There Be Light fashion show at the House of Cannabis in SoHo, New York. PAX is the presenting sponsor of the event itself, which is being hosted by the Sundae School of Cannabis.

Image courtesy of Conception Nurseries

Conception Nurseries makes 420 paid leave

In a move likely to be replicated across multiple states, Conception Nurseries, a hemp tissue growing company with offices in California and Oregon, announce It makes April 20 (420) a paid day for all employees.

said Kevin Brooks, founder and CEO Conception nurseries. “Spending the day also gives us a chance to reflect on the purpose of our hard work in this industry – where we came from and where we are going.”

It’s great to see a company celebrating and acknowledging how far the industry has come, says Christian Andreessen, Vice President of Product Development for Conception Nurseries.

“For a long time, we had to hide what we were doing, talk in blades, and fly under the radar. Now we can get together and celebrate the plant in the open,” said Andreessen. “By taking this day, we celebrate the freedom we now have to grow and enjoy a plant.”

Connecticut State Capitol. Photo by Grindstone Media Grp

Connecticut prosecutors drop more than 1,500 cannabis cases in expanding legal relief

As part of the state’s post-legalization crime erasure program, Connecticut prosecutors have reviewed more than 4,000 pending drug possession cases and dropped charges on 1,562 of them, according to reports. CT post.

Case review and termination follows 2021 legislation to create a recreational market for adult use in the Constitution State. Local lawmakers are currently drafting a bill that would direct the state’s criminal justice department to stop prosecuting cannabis-only offenses.

In a report provided to members of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee on April 7, State Attorney General Patrick Griffin stated that of the 4,248 cases, 1,773 involved substances other than cannabis, while 624 cases would be amended, resulting in cannabis being dropped from charges. Total. .

In his letter, Griffin explained to the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee that his staff had to carefully assess each ongoing case because state law listed cannabis among other illegal drugs, including cocaine and heroin.

“It has been the common position of this committee and the Division that persons charged with possession of a drug substance of the type of cannabis, which has subsequently been decriminalized, should not be prosecuted for that offence,” Griffin wrote. Thus, these cannabis cases cannot be determined simply by a computerized review of pending cases. The 4,248 cases statewide including 2,139 pending and 2,109 re-arrests.”

The committee approved the legislation by a 27-10 party vote. However, co-chairman and State Representative Steve Stavstrom, a Bridgeport Democrat, predicted it would likely be changed in the following weeks before it was debated in the House.

“This removes confusion that may have arisen within the cannabis legalization process, whereby some offenses that were pending prior to the legalization of cannabis remain pending even after that legislation has been passed,” Stavstrom said.

NAMCE Founder Tyrone Russell. Image courtesy of the Cleveland School of Cannabis

Educators create coalition to advance cannabis curriculum

In a move directed toward “Enhancing the quality and standards of cannabis educators to achieve safer outcomes for consumers and support employment in the industry,” a large number of cannabis educators and institutions, including Oak Amsterdam University, Stockton University, Cleveland Cannabis School and Minority Cannabis Academy, among others, have joined forces to create National Association of Marijuana and Hemp Breeders (NAMCE).

NAMCE founder Tyrone Russell, who is president of the Cleveland School of Cannabis, has worked in higher education for more than a decade and believes the move will help boost both the industry and the broader cannabis community.

Russell stated press release.

Founded in 2022, NAMCE will focus on aligning relevant approaches, language and curricula for cannabis educators and trainers; promoting industry standards for cannabis education that lead to employment pathways; forming a community of practice for cannabis educators to improve their skills in delivering cannabis education; and building and legitimizing the industry by helping organizations develop high-quality education and partnerships.

“Steel is sharpening hard, and if one institution falls, the entire foundation of cannabis education will be called into question,” Russell said. “We as educators and coaches must understand that we cannot create these standards in a vacuum or allow opportunistic companies to emerge and call themselves cannabis gurus if we are serious about the sustainability of the industry.”

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