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Aria Diana Biswas is head of experiential marketing at Meadow, Y Combinator’s first startup to operate in the cannabis space. Since 2014, Meadow has been building a complete suite of connected software tools for cannabis dispensary sales, marketing, inventory management, compliance and more.

Aria produces the annual four-day, 500-person cannabis industry retreat Meadowlands, held in the redwoods of Mendocino, designed to build a more connected, collaborative and equitable industry. Tickets for Meadowlands, happening Oct. 1-3, are on sale now.

In collaboration with nonprofits like Our Academy and Success Centers, Aria produces workforce development curriculum to help social equity applicants thrive in the cannabis industry. She also organizes with Allies Creating Equity, an activist community working to increase diversity in Silicon Valley tech startup culture.

As a certified reiki and breathwork practitioner, she also leads private and group meditation and healing sessions at cannabis retreats like Humble Bloom’s Field Trip and MJ Lifestyle’s Visualize & Thrive.

We spoke with Aria for our Higher Calling series, where we chat with leaders in the cannabis space.

Aria, tell us…

Where you grew up, and where you live now.

I grew up working in my family’s bagel shop and cafe on Main Street in Klamath

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Verano Opens Dispensary In Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania’s First Drive-Through

Verano Holdings Corp. (CSE:VRNO) (OTCQX:VRNOF) kicked off sales of medical cannabis at The Healing Research Center located at 6300 Robinson Centre Drive in Pittsburgh, PA near the intersection of I-376 and Lincoln Highway.

The new affiliate storefront. which opened on Friday July 30, is the first dispensary in Western Pennsylvania with a four-lane drive-through.

It is also the 80th dispensary nationwide that Verano has launched in collaboration with its affiliates and it’s the 12th in the state.

“With this flagship dispensary and the unique partnership with Drexel, we have the opportunity to help enhance the medical cannabis program in Pennsylvania, a core market for Verano and one of the largest in the country,” said George Archos, founder and CEO of Verano. “Research supports our vision of driving continuous improvement in patient care and experience.”

Based in Chicago, the company confirmed its intention to open an additional seven dispensaries across 11 states where it operates, including new shops in Florida and Nevada and two retail locations in the Keystone State via its associate Agronomed Biologics by the year-end.

In April, Verano acquired all of the issued and outstanding equity interests in Agronomed Holdings Inc. and Agri-Kind, LLC for $66 million in cash, $49.5 million

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As much as we love dogs, the strays are often seen as nothing less than nuisance with left to fend for themselves. And while practically it may not be possible to do much for them apart from giving out the occasional leftover food or feeding biscuits, there are some who go out of their way to care for these dogs. A similar example is the Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary who have been a support to these animals since years. And now, in the face of the parvovirus outbreak, they have taken it upon themselves to vaccinate the animals too, The New Indian Express reported.

This parvovirus is highly contagious and usually spreads through direct contact with an infected dog or by indirect contact with a contaminated object. A dog is exposed to the virus if it sniffs, licks or comes in contact with infected feces. Indirect transmission can also happen through someone who might have been near an infected animal and then comes in contact with a disease-free dog. The virus mostly affects the stomach and small intestines as it destroys cells, impairs absorption, and disrupts the gut barrier. Treatment is available as vaccination but non-vaccinated or treated cases can

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By unanimous vote, the Busti Town Board has opted out of allowing cannabis dispensaries and consumption sites in the town.

Todd Hanson, Busti Town Board member, said the local law to opt out was passed after a public hearing was held Monday. He said about a dozen people spoke to the board about the proposed law and they were all against allowing pot dispensaries and consumption sites in the town.

“About 12 people spoke out in favor of passing a local law to prohibit sales and onsite dispensaries,” he said.

Hanson said the local law will be for the section of the town outside of the village of Lakewood. He said the Lakewood Village Board will make its own decision on the opt out law. The village will be hosting a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, at the Lakewood Village Hall, located at 20 W. Summit St., on the possibility of passing its own opt out law.

Hanson said the Busti Town Board discussion on the local law included the fact that if they were going to opt out, they had to by the end of the

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SPRING VALLEY, Calif. (CNS) – Deputies raided an illegal marijuana dispensary in Spring Valley Wednesday, seizing hundreds of pounds of cannabis products and arresting six people.

The personnel, including a SWAT team, served a search warrant at the illicit business in the 9800 block of Campo Road about 7 a.m., sheriff’s Sgt. Kamon Harris said.

During the enforcement operation, deputies impounded 150 pounds of processed marijuana; 100 pounds of edible items spiked with tetrahydrocannabinol, the intoxicating substance in cannabis; 100 pounds of THC- infused vape products and concentrated marijuana; a small amount of cocaine; and about $2,700 worth of U.S. currency.

“We want to (ensure that) those we serve know the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is listening to the community and recognizes the negative impact illegal marijuana dispensaries have on our neighborhoods.,” Harris said.

“Felony charges will be filed with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office against the six people who were arrested at the scene.”

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August 4, 2021

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

Despite local marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring having already signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors in his bribery and tax evasion case, Dayspring’s Natural Healing Center was still pursuing a cannabis dispensary permit in Santa Barbara County less than two weeks ago.

Dayspring purchased the Old Town Market building in Orcutt and several other parcels for $1.6 million in April 2020. He then sent an eviction notice to Mark and Wendy Steller, who had run the Old Town Market for 18 years.

Amid community outrage over the impending closure of the only grocery store in Orcutt’s Old Town area, the Fidel brothers bought the Old Town Market from Dayspring in Oct. 2020, with plans to continue selling groceries while also providing a food court.

The purchase, however, came with a contingency. The Fidel brothers agreed to sell the property back to Dayspring if he were to succeed in garnering a coveted retail pot shop permit for the property, said co-owner Ibrahim Abboud.

In NHC Orcutt 405 LLC’s dispensary permit application, Dayspring was not listed as an owner of the LLC. However, the applicant’s address was the same location as Dayspring’s Natural Healing

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The following article was posted on August 4th, 2021, in the Santa Maria Sun – Volume 22, Issue 23 [ Submit a Story ]

The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] – Volume 22, Issue 23

NHC loses court fight over Orcutt dispensary, founder charged with bribery By Camillia Lanham

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles announced bribery and tax evasion charges against Natural Healing Center co-founder and owner Helios Dayspring just days after a Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge denied the cannabis company’s petition against the county for the score NHC received on its application to open an Orcutt dispensary. 

NHC filed the petition in March after the company’s application didn’t score high enough to make the final list of potential storefronts in Orcutt eligible to continue the application process. In its petition, NHC asked the court to re-score its application and prohibit the county from taking any further action on Orcutt’s dispensary application process, alleging that the county didn’t follow its own cannabis application rules and procedures and ignored certain information that NHC submitted. 

The court granted the stay, pending a hearing and ruling on the matter, and denied the petition on

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Campaigner says weed he left beside garda station hasn’t been taken away.

A campaigner who has planted more than 30 cannabis plants around Cork says he’s willing to go to prison for his beliefs that the drug should be legalised.

Well-known campaigner Martin Condon has been carrying out acts of “civil disobedience” in Cork in recent weeks by planting cannabis plants at locations around the city, including City Hall and near the Bridewell Garda Station.

Full story at Sunday World. 

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Montana’s medical cannabis licensees will soon be subject to new advertising limitations and requirements.

The Montana Department of Revenue announced proposed rule changes for advertising last month and plans to hold a public hearing Aug. 13 to consider the adoption of the rules, which are slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2022—coinciding with the start of adult-use sales.

Some of the notable provisions proposed by the department include:

Licensed businesses would be limited to two outdoor signs, which must be affixed to a building or permanent structure—billboards, banners and flags would be prohibited. Each outdoor sign is limited to 1,600 square inches (or roughly 11 square feet) and must include required warning language. A licensee may use the terms “marijuana” or “cannabis” in its signage or its electronic advertising, but may not use colloquial terms (e.g., pot, reefer, ganga, weed) or contain depictions of cannabis plants or paraphernalia. All advertising must be in black font with white background and include licensing, age restriction and warning statements.Businesses would not be allowed to advertise on social media platforms, TV, radio or in print, such as newspapers or magazines. Businesses would not be allowed to sponsor a charitable, sports or similar event, nor

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Federal grant restrictions revolving around cannabis-related grant funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA) was announced earlier this week.

News broke when the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (PDDAP) made note of a change in text for organizations that are eligible to receive federal SAMHSA grants on August 2. 

“SAMHSA grant funds may not be used to purchase, prescribe, or provide marijuana or treatment using marijuana. See, e.g., 45 C.F.R. 75.300(a) (requiring HHS to ensure that Federal funding is expended in full accordance with U.S. statutory and public policy requirements); 21 U.S.C. 812(c)(10) and 841 (prohibiting the possession, manufacture, sale, purchase or distribution of marijuana),” reads the new wording

The former text was much longer and spoke about the prohibition of funds that were used “…to purchase, prescribe, or provide marijuana or treatment using marijuana.” The original clause regarding medical cannabis limitations was added in 2020 and automatically carried on to the 2021 version.

Officials from the PDDAP released a memo on June 2, 2021, warning that SAMHSA’s policy could put health funding at risk. The memo also included a SAMHSA FAQ page with five questions and answers, dated January 1, 2020, that clarified its stance on medical cannabis.

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