Following important cannabis news articles every day can be a real burn-out, we know. That’s why the Emerald rolls up a chronicle of the headiest news hits, and passes them to you at the end of each week. We Bring You: The Dime.
Maine’s Adult-use Market Reports Record-Breaking Sales, Again
It’s been just under a year since Maine’s adult-use market launched in October 2020. However, the statewide recreational industry just surpassed $10 million in sales in August alone, reports Marijuana Moment. According to The Portland Press Herald, “the August sales jump was a more moderate than July’s 45 percent increase from June sales, but it marks the first time the industry has reported monthly sales of at least $10 million since the adult-use market launched last fall,” the Press Herald added.
Washington Will Launch State-run Seed-to-Sale System
This week, Washington officials announced that they are ending their contract with Akerna’s Leaf Data Systems, reports Marijuana Business Daily. Cannabis operators report that the system costs time and money, is inaccurate, and experience outages, hacks, and crashes. They will instead replace the system with the state-created Cannabis Central Reporting System, which many expect will be more simplified, Ganjapreneur further reports. While some remain hesitant about government software, others are hopeful. “Jeremy Moberg, cannabis grower, tells Marijuana Business Daily, “we’re excited for a simpler system that saves us money. We’re wasting so much money on this broken system.”
Cannabis Consumers at Higher Risk of Heart Attack, Finds Canadian Study
A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, published on September 7th, found that those who used cannabis at least once within the last 30 days are more likely to experience a heart attack. The study included more than 33,000 adults between ages 18-44 who completed phone surveys. Their primary method of consumption was smoking, which itself is known to affect the heart. Additionally, researchers found cannabis use was highest among males, tobacco users and heavy alcohol drinkers. “Of the 17% of adults who reported using cannabis within the previous month, 1.3% later had a heart attack while only 0.8% of non-cannabis users reported the same,” reports CNN.