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Inside Cannabis (Aug 26th, 2019)

2. The Drug Enforcement Agency has announced it will finally begin approving cultivators for cannabis medical research projects. Precisely zero applications have been approved since the DEA announced in 2016 that it would grant certain growers permission to cultivate medical cannabis, but the agency said Monday morning it was developing a new set of regulations to consider more candidates. Thus far, 33 cultivators had applied under the old rules, which will now be revised. The applications will not be approved in the immediate future, though, as a public comment period is required before the rules can take effect. — MARIJUANA MOMENT

3. Researchers say that all infused chocolates may have inaccurate potency testing. At the American Chemical Society conference opening today, a team from Oakland’s CW Analytical Laboratories is presenting findings that THC-infused chocolate with the same potency is producing different results based on the chocolate’s other ingredients. They say a “matrix effect” with certain cocoas or sugar products affects the solubility of the THC, resulting in both weaker and stronger samples. The researchers will hold a live press conference Tuesday on the conference’s YouTube channel. — EUREKA ALERT 

4. The CBD wonder drug treatment Epidiolex has been deemed too expensive by the U.K.’s National Health Service. Even though GW Pharma’s Epidiolex has been shown as effective in limiting seizures in children, the United Kingdom’s medical advisory board ruled that its price is cost-prohibitive for the national program. Surprisingly, the board also questioned the “validity of the economic model” of GW Pharma, which is odd since that company has been an industry success story. — iNEWS UK 

5. Popular California pot brand Cookies has inked a deal with Michigan's Gage Cannabis, hinting at nationwide aspirations. California’s Cookies, credited with inventing the Girl Scout Cookies strain (a name it can no longer use) has entered a deal with Michigan-based dispensary chain Gage Cannabis. Gage has stores in multiple states, but this deal only puts Cookies on the shelves of Gage’s Michigan stores. — TIMES OF CBD

6. Tilt Holdings is being sued for excessive spam texts. A class-action lawsuit alleges that marketing tech company Tilt Holdings violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending individual customers more than 100 “delivery deal” texts in a five-month span. — MJ BIZ DAILY  

7. Michigan’s Native American tribes are being shut out of the cannabis industry. The federal illegality of cannabis means that Native American tribes who enter the cannabis industry would lose their federal grants, but they’re looking at other states’ models for a solution. — METRO TIMES 

8. Regulatory bumps are creating uncertainty for Illinois’ impending recreational market. Four months out from full legalization, some Illinois dispensaries are finding they will have to change locations to comply with local laws, and others could lose their permits entirely. — THE SOUTHERN ILLINOISIAN 

9. New Mexico has reduced how many plants a licensed cultivator can grow by 30 percent. Effective today, New Mexico growers can only have 1,750 plants, down from the previous 2,500, which means plenty of pot is being destroyed in that state as you read this. — ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL  

10. A Canadian company has released a “make your own gummies” kit. It won’t be legal to sell edibles in Canada until December, but you can make your own, and a new kit called Zen Zingers lets you do that with cannabis oil that is not included in the gummie kit. — BLOOMBERG 

Joe Kukura has been the cannabis writer for SF Weekly since 2016, and his work has appeared in Thrillist, the Daily Dot, and NBC Bay Area. You can follow him on Twitter at @ExercisingDrunk.

Edited by: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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