Cannabis Briefs for October 1, 2019October 1, 2019
•San Diego, California-based Cannabiniers is launching a line of cannabis infused sparkling waters. Called Creative Waters, the drinks come in Berry-Lemon, Cucumber-Lime, and Passionfruit-Tangerine-Coconut flavors, all of which contain 25-mg. of CBD. Each flavor also has a THC variant. Berry-Lemon contains an even 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC and is dubbed Balance; Passionfruit-Tangerine-
•The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission approved the creation of two new types of business licenses, voting 4-1 to allow on-site, social consumption spaces as well as home delivery. Both license types will be exclusively available to social equity and economic empowerment applicants for the first two years. Delivery trucks will be required to employ extensive security including GPS monitoring and camera systems; drivers will be required to wear body cameras and record all transactions, a provision that has raised concerns with privacy advocates. Delivery permits may be considered before year-end, but social spaces will take longer, as the state legislature still needs to amend the law to allow them.
•Massachusetts has also banned the sale of all vaping products—both cannabis and tobacco—through January 25, 2020. The move comes amid a health scare that continues to worsen, with over 800 cases of severe respiratory illness and 13 deaths. The ban stands to have a sizeable impact on cannabis sales in the state, which sold $4.1 million worth of vaporizer products in August. One estimate predicts that cannabis retailers could see a 40% drop in overall sales as a result of the ban. Washington Governor Jay Inslee also ordered a similar 4-month ban, to take effect October 9. Recent testing in California found black market vape cartridges to contain pesticides and myclobutanil, a fungicide that converts to hydrogen cyanide when burned.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning. You will also receive the Cannabis edition as part of your subscription.