Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Cannabis Reports will be re-capping the weekly events of the cannabis community and industry, so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

Politicians Write Letter to VA to Reassess Medical Cannabis for Veterans

A bipartisan group of Senators and House members released a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday. The letter calls for a restructuring of the VA’s stance on medical cannabis. Currently, veterans using medical cannabis to alleviate serious symptoms like depression and PTSD risk losing all of their VA benefits if caught using medical cannabis.


Citing the shift in the legal framework of cannabis, the letter states that medical cannabis use by veterans in states in which cannabis has been voted legal for medical use should not only be tolerated, but should be discussed openly between the veteran patient and their VA doctor.


Some of the political names involved in writing this letter are very familiar to the cannabis industry. Congresswoman Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), along with House Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), have made political headlines over the past few years for their staunch support of reasonable medical access to cannabis.

OpenVape Recall in Colorado

Colorado, one of the first two states to legalize recreational cannabis, is clearing the path for other states to journey toward legalized cannabis. However, one recurring issue that has been a nagging issue for Colorado’s cannabis program is the rash of recalls for cannabis with detectable amounts of banned pesticides.


Organa Labs announced two voluntary recalls on Wednesday after materials from three Denver cultivation facilities proved to contain amounts of imidacloprid, myclobutanil, etoxazole, avermectin and spiromesifen. The complete list of strains affected, including their batch numbers, can be found on the Denver government website.


The tainted flowers were allegedly used in the creation of over 1,000 OpenVape pen cartridges. OpenVape has operations in many states, and sources material from within the state in which the vaporizer will be sold. Several industry participants claim that the Colorado pesticide testing regimen is unfair and designed to keep the recreational market from expanding.

Dixie Brands Instagram Account Deleted

Instagram is just one of the many social media platforms that has discriminated against cannabis in recent months. Last week, Dixe Brands, one of the largest legal cannabis companies ever, woke up to find their Instagram account had been shut down, meaning a large repository of branded photos were effectively deleted with the stroke of a key.


Theoretically, the “Yes, I agree to your terms” disclaimers that social media users casually accept do have explicit rules that their platforms can never be used for the sale or promotion of illicit substances. But many in the cannabis industry feel that this is discrimination directed explicitly at cannabis, and not at illegal activity.


MassRoots, a cannabis-focused social platform, also had their Instagram account shut down last week, leaving their nearly 400 thousand followers in the dark. MassRoots does not sell or distribute any kind of medical cannabis, making the Instagram terms of cancellation all the more questionable.

Upcoming Cannabis Events


Puff, Pass, & Pottery – (Denver, CO: Jan 29)

Join established Denver potter Jessa Decker-Smith for a 2-hour Puff, Pass & Pottery session at the Puff, Pass & Paint studio location. Design your own mind-altered ashtray with personal instructions from the artist, and select the perfect vibe with your preference in color and glaze.

Firing is included, and pieces are available for pick-up/shipping no more than 10 days after the session commences. Non-local customers must pay cost of shipping. Must be 21+, BYOC/BYOB.


High Times Cannabis Cup – (San Bernardino, CA: Jan 30-31)

This two weekend event will be the largest High Times Cannabis Cup ever held, with thousands expected to attend. Due to ticketing issues from a previously cancelled cannabis cup, High Times is offering full transfers of previously purchased tickets for cancelled events.

Check out the awesome musical acts playing on January 30th: The Roots and De La Soul.


Indo Expo Trade Show & Conference – (Denver, CO: Jan 30-31)

The Indo Expo Trade Show and Conference looks to assist in building relationships between growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and the public. This show will provide a safe business environment as well as a forum for constructing business relationships and exchanging ideas and information.

In addition, the Indo Expo will support the growth of the industry both locally and nationally by bringing together industry professionals from around the country.


Alaska Cannabis Institute Business Forum – (Anchorage, AL: Jan 30-31)

ACI weekend seminars feature two intensive days of learning and are offered only 2-3 times per calendar year. If you’re looking to be one of the first marijuana business license holders in Alaska… this is the course for you. Attendees will receive 12+ hours of live instruction from 10 different industry leaders coming from Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska.

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