WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 1, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe opens today, officially marking the end of cannabis prohibition in California. Lowell Cafe is the first restaurant in America where guests can openly consume cannabis. It is a farm-to-table restaurant designed to reflect the complementary relationship between cannabis and cuisine.
Lowell Cafe is a welcoming space for the canna-curious and cannabis connoisseurs alike. This first of its kind restaurant includes Tableside Flower Service (akin to a sommelier), where a Lowell Farms' Flower Host will educate guests on cannabis and provide recommendations for enjoyment. The decor is a modern, lush indoor/outdoor oasis with artisanal touches and a thoughtful use of natural materials, including upcycled street lights and vintage railing.
The kitchen is helmed by Chef Andrea Drummer, who designed a menu to enrich your cannabis high. The restaurant's cuisine will feature dishes curated towards the heightened effects of THC. An advocate for the legalization of cannabis, Chef Drummer has gained a wealth of knowledge working with local activists and allies, while innovating cuisine around the cannabis plant.
"I'm humbled to be part of the team paving the way for this dining experience, and creating a menu unlike anything guests have encountered before. You'll find fresh seasonal dishes and beloved comfort foods - there's something for all dietary preferences too. Flavors and senses will be enhanced by offerings from our flower menu," said Chef Drummer.
Helping to bring the experience and aesthetic to life are brothers Mark and Jonnie Houston of Houston Hospitality. As pillars of nightlife, they are transforming Lowell Cafe into a highly curated destination filled with unexpected surprises.
"We focus on design to create ambiance because we want guests to immerse themselves. To elevate our concepts, we also integrate entertainment and/or art at our venues for a multi-sensory and -dimensional experience," said Mark and Jonnie Houston.
Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe is the first business in America granted a fully legal cannabis consumption license. The restaurant was awarded its license first out of over 300 applicants who applied for eight licenses from the City of West Hollywood. There hasn't been anything like this in existence for over 100 years. Through this trailblazing journey, Lowell Cafe honors the revolutionary minds that came before it, and looks forward to the ongoing end of cannabis prohibition.
SEATTLE, Sept. 17, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Hemp and cannabis growers can now verify that the products they order from seed producers are both certified and authentic and not inferior substitutes.
Tag-it Tech Inc. and TruTag Technologies Inc. have co-developed an "on product" tracking system for use by seed producers and growers called the Natural Tracking System® (NTS®). The revolutionary seed tracking system applies invisible organic coded micro-taggants mixed with a coating directly to the surface of seeds. Once applied, these tags can easily be read using a cell phone that verifies the authentic origin of seeds in seconds. No sample preparation or lab analyses is required.
"Illegal products are a serious and growing problem facing the hemp, and cannabis industry," says Karl Colder, Retired DEA Special Agent. "Legitimate licensed companies are suffering millions of dollars in losses and State sales tax revenues are impacted negatively as well," says Colder.
States implementing licensed hemp and cannabis programs are currently utilizing tracking systems that rely on antiquated technologies. Barcodes and RFIDs on product packaging effectively track inventory and sales but fail to prevent many illegal activities because they can easily be copied, altered, disabled or separated from hemp and cannabis products.
"Our NTS® system is next generation technology and the industry needs it now," says Tag-it Tech CEO, Paul Schutt. "Micro-taggants are impossible to remove from the products they track and using physical and digital anchors is revolutionary. Our technology is invisible to the naked eye, can't be copied, and anyone can read it with a cell phone in seconds, making it superior in every way to all other tracking systems."
Tag-It Tech's proprietary Natural Tracking System® (NTS®) utilizes current model cell phones to read the coded micro-taggants applied to seeds. The NTS® is built on Google Trillian, a secure ledger-based relational data platform that utilizes GPS mapping and attaches real time digital anchors each time products are scanned for authenticity. The platform is user friendly and fully expandable, allowing the addition of other products, such as concentrates, isolates, capsules, edibles, vape canisters and packaging. The NTS® provides extreme functionality, allowing any amount of data to be captured and relayed to product exporters and importers, as well as law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the NTS® can be fully tailored for each use, securely integrating customer ERPs, state track & trace systems, and provincial, federal and international databases.
Tag-it Tech's NTS® provides instantaneous authentication of product origin and ownership enabling product quality control, protection against IP and brand identity theft, and transparent access to product information.
California Based Lifestyle & Cannabis Brand, Cookies, To Launch Exclusive "Gary Payton" Strain Named After Hall Of Fame Basketball Player
"Gary Payton" - produced as part of a joint venture with Powerzzz Genetics - is available now at Cookies retail locations
SAN FRANCISCO, July 11, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Cookies, the leading lifestyle and cannabis brand in North America, is pleased to announce the launch of "Gary Payton," a unique strain of cannabis named after the legendary Seattle SuperSonics and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame player, Gary Payton. The exclusive deal, which includes the licensing of Gary Payton's name and image, is part of a joint venture with Powerzzz Genetics, creator of this particular strain.
"Kenny & J just finished a pheno hunt with some of our new favorite crosses. We all sat down, as usual, and started to smoke through the new flower. The #20 stood out big time and naturally Kenny called it 'That Gary Payton,'" says Berner, Cookies founder and CEO. "Lots of people have been waiting on the Snowman and the Y, so the cross was instantly hyped. We spread the #20 out with our friends and everyone shared it on social media tagging 'Gary Payton'. Oddly enough, Gary and I had mutual friends who set up a meeting in Oakland. The vibe was right and we both decided to change the game together. Think about it: this is like the Wheaties box for the weed game and we were the first to pop it off. What makes it best is the bag behind it is so fire."
"Cookies and Gary Payton both having roots in Seattle make this collaboration special," says Gary Vaynerchuk, Partner at Green Street. "It's a first for someone like Gary (Payton) with such an accomplished athletic career to have their own cannabis strain and this really shows how open he is to completely new business and branding opportunities. Marketing for a cannabis brand has so much regulation, and connecting a leading brand with someone who is culturally relevant is a smart move for them both."
"Gary Payton" is now available at Cookies retail locations throughout California and Cookies retailers in Michigan will release "Gary Payton" in August.
Cookies was founded in 2012 by Berner, the prolific Bay Area rapper and entrepreneur, and his partner Jigga, Bay Areacultivator and breeder. The combination of new genetics, the internet, music and being one of the first companies to establish an identity and streetwear company based on the brand represents a priceless time that may never come back. With the music industry backing Cookies and social media and YouTube vlogs documenting the growth of Cookies and breeding projects, the community was able to take that ride with the brand which build a grassroots cult following.
Today, Cookies is one of the most respected and top-selling cannabis brands in California and is globally recognized, amassing a stable of over 50 cannabis varieties and product lines including indoor, outdoor and sungrown flower, pre-rolls, gel caps and vape carts. With two flagship Cookies stores in Los Angeles on Melrose and Maywood and a third location in Redding, Cookies' overall vertical integration and seed to sale business allows for complete quality control at every step from cultivation and production to retail experience.
In 2015, the brand's hip-hop credibility effortlessly expanded Cookies into streetwear and today offers a range of products for both men and women in the apparel and accessories categories as well as a curated selection of smoking supplies.
To learn more, please visit www.cookiescalifornia.com.
MOORESVILLE, N.C., July 17, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Lack of on-site testing makes arrests for possession of legal CBD inevitable when police confuse it with marijuana. Buying from a reputable CBD source could help consumers.
The recent arrest of a North Carolina high school student for misdemeanor drug possession, for what turned out to be CBD and not marijuana, highlights the tendency for confusion on the part of members of the general public and, unfortunately, members of law enforcement agencies as well. The fact that the officer making the arrest appeared to be unaware of the differences between CBD and marijuana, and that the local prosecutor thought the girl's family should bear the cost of a laboratory analysis to prove the substance was CBD, makes this story even more troubling. The charges were ultimately dismissed by the prosecutor, but the confusion over whether a substance is legal CBD or illegal marijuana is an ongoing problem.
The General Public and Law Enforcement Continue to Link Hemp with Marijuana
Confusion over distinguishing the difference between CBD and marijuana is certainly not new. Although hemp production dates back thousands of years and was a staple of colonial farmers (including the nation's first president, George Washington), it was classified as a Schedule I dangerous substance along with marijuana and heroin by the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970. It was not until the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, which reclassified hemp from a controlled substance to an agricultural commodity, that states could grant permission to farmers, researchers, and others to legally grow the plant.
"People hear the word 'cannabis' and immediately think marijuana and the 'high' associated with its psychoactive properties," stated a spokesman for The Hemp Doctor, a retailer of CBD derived from phytocannabinoid-rich hemp. "Hemp and marijuana both come from the cannabis species of plants, creating the false belief that hemp and marijuana are the same. Industrial hemp, which is what can be legally grown, is valued for its seeds, fiber, and the inner portion of the stalks. It will not produce the high associated with marijuana. Unfortunately, as the North Carolina arrest proves, until law enforcement officers are updated about the legal status of CBD and get the technology to conduct on-site tests to identify the substance, anyone confronted by a situation similar to this student should seek legal representation."
THC Levels Distinguish Hemp from Marijuana
Although both come from the cannabis genus, hemp and marijuana contain very different chemical compositions. In order to be classified as hemp, neither the plant nor the CBD oils or other products produced from it can contain more than a 0.3% concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the substance that produces the intoxicating effects of marijuana. In contrast to hemp, marijuana plants could have THC concentrations as high as 20%.
The problem for people in North Carolina and other states is that police do not have test kits to use in the field to accurately measure THC levels. The substance in the high school student's possession might have looked like marijuana, but the school resource officer could not have known for certain without the ability to check the THC concentration.
How Can Consumers Know Their CBD Products Are Legal?
The best way for consumers to know the CBD products they buy do not exceed legal levels of THC, and provide the health benefits they want, is to buy from a reliable source with an established reputation within the industry. Companies like The Hemp Doctor, who control every phase of the process – from selecting and growing the strain of phytocannabinoid-rich hemp, to extracting the CBD oils, to stringently lab testing the final result – maintain the quality and consistency of their product.
The Hemp Doctor, America's premier hemp & CBD dispensary, conducts testing of all its products at its in-house lab. Samples are then sent to an independent outside lab to verify these results. Consumers can then see the test results of each CBD product sold by The Hemp Doctor on the company website.
About the Hemp Doctor
The Hemp Doctor, America's premier hemp & CBD dispensary, is committed to producing the highest quality, legal CBD products on the market and offers a 100% THC free line of products. This commitment to quality starts with growing their own strain of phytocannabinoid-rich hemp and carefully controlling each stage of the production process. This includes a solvent-free process for the extraction of its full spectrum, phytocannabinoid-rich CBD oil and removing even the most microscopic traces of THC. They offer a variety of products at their store and on their website, including the popular CBD oils and salves, soft gels, and other CBD-based products backed by a money-back guarantee. Learn more by visiting them in store or online.
GrowerIQ will assist in the development of the sensing algorithm and provide an evaluation opportunity through trial deployment across a select group of cannabis clients. Dr. Kasal-Slavik will provide plant science knowledge to identify detected compounds.
This represents the world's first cannabis organic compound sensor, creating an early warning system to prevent crop loss.
GrowerIQ COO Andrew Wilson stated, "The commercial impact of this early warning system cannot be overstated. Pest and mould or mildew infestations regularly impact crops. Waiting until the infestation is large enough to notice is too late. These crop loss events are very expensive."
According to Master Grower Shlomo Booklin, "Due to the crop's medicinal nature, we are restricted in chemical use. Early detection is critical, since this cuts pesticide use dramatically. We want to address issues before uncontrolled infestations! That's why Dr. Tina's technology is a game-changer."
For Dr. Kasal-Slavik, possible applications are endless, "This method can be applied to different plant species in very early stages of stress. It has the potential to lead to pesticide-free greenhouse plant production."
Plants under duress communicate by sending/receiving specific chemicals. These messages contain clues about both attackers and severity. Minutes after an aphid attack, a host-plant releases a multipurpose chemical message alerting other organisms that it's being fed upon. If picked up by neighbouring plants, this message is interpreted as a warning to prepare. If received by a predatory ladybug, it's interpreted as a ringing dinner bell to a nearby aphid feast.
Dr. Kasal-Slavik discovered we can decode these messages to gain insight. It's possible to evaluate plant health before any obvious visual symptoms of attack. This can be used to build an early warning system, alerting growers to infected plants.
These sensors will be integrated into GrowerIQ's platform, adding more tools to the cultivator's toolbox.
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