Legal dried pot sales decline in January from prior month: Health Canada
Sales of legal dried cannabis in January were down from December, the first such monthly decrease since recreational use of marijuana was legalized last year, Health Canada said. The country’s pot regulator said late Wednesday that 7,115 kilograms of dried flower cannabis was sold in Canada in January, down 3.7 per cent from December, according to its monthly Cannabis tracking system. Overall sales of legal dried cannabis were up 10.9 per cent since October. While Health Canada didn’t disclose why sales of cannabis declined in January, the marijuana industry has been hit by a number of issues which have plagued the launch of legal pot, including logistical issues, a mixed retail rollout, and a robust illicit market.
O’Rourke urges full legalization of marijuana in the U.S. on first day of presidential campaigning
Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who recently announced he’s running for U.S. President in 2020, said he supports full legalization of marijuana in the U.S., while also calling for stigmatizing the drug like tobacco to discourage children from using it. The former Texas congressman said at a campaign event in Iowa Thursday that as marijuana use has increased, tobacco use has “plummeted” in the last 40 years as it has been treated as a public health issue and marketed as “not cool,” Bloomberg reported. A key reason to legalize pot would be to reduce the number of people of colour jailed on drug offences, O’Rourke said.
Iron Mike inks deal with Planet 13 as exclusive Nevada launch partner for pot products
Former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and Planet 13 are partnering up to launch Tyson Ranch products in Nevada. Tyson will make marketing appearances at the company’s cannabis “superstore” – the biggest pot dispensary in the world