News Briefs: September 9, 2019

The Big Players Keep Getting Bigger

A deal could be in the works to reunite Philip Morris International and Altria more than a decade after the two companies split. Altria spun off PMI in 2008 and has remained a largely U.S.-focused company, selling Marlboro cigarettes domestically while PMI has focused on selling cigarettes overseas. Altria has also invested $12.8 billion for a 35% stake in Juul and $1.8 billion for a 45% stake in Canadian cannabis company Cronos. A Philip Morris-Altria merger would create a global tobacco powerhouse in the e-cigarettes and cannabis market.

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Don’t Vape Your vitamins

Federal health officials investigating mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping have found the same chemical in samples of marijuana products used by people sickened in different parts of the country and who used different brands of products in recent weeks. The chemical is an oil derived from vitamin E. Commonly available as a nutritional supplement and used in topical skin treatments, Vitamin E is not harmful when ingested or applied to the skin. The hazard comes when it is inhaled causing possible cough, shortness of breath and chest pain.

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Lucky You: Police Can’t Tell the Difference Between Marijuana and Hemp

After passage of the 2018 federal farm bill legalized hemp production, states scrambled to pass their own laws legalizing hemp and CBD. But in doing so, they may have inadvertently signed a death warrant for the enforcement of marijuana prohibition.

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Mass Shootings Linked to Marijuana Use

Guns don’t kill people; marijuana does. At least that’s the opinion of Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson who sees a correlation between the increase in mass shootings and increased access to marijuana across the country. “A toxicology report on the Dayton shooter,” Carlson reported, “revealed that he had several drugs in his system including cocaine and Xanax. He was also known to be a longtime user of marijuana. It turns out, in fact, that many violent individuals have been avid marijuana users.”

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Sex, Marijuana and Rock ‘N Roll

Listen up — classic rock, hip-hop, and pop top the charts of those that listen to music while getting high. That unsuprising factoid is courtesy of marketing firm Ipsos that teamed with PAX Labs to survey more than 2,700 American and Canadian adults to learn more about modern cannabis trends. Worth noting: 92 percent of people admitted that marijuana enhanced their sex lives.

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Two thirds (63%) of holiday shoppers say they are more likely to buy their loved ones a gift card/certificate rather than an actual present this year, and 41% say gift cards are the top item on their own wish lists. That’s according to a survey by Mastercard, but we already know that a gift card

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Esco Bars By Pastel Cartel

Talk about getting in on the ground floor. The year was 2011 when Darrell Suriff received a call from his college-aged son Justin, excited about a new gadget he’d seen people smoking from at a local club. Turns out Justin had just discovered vaping. “I was very skeptical, at first,” says Suriff, “but I started

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The Chill Room

Baby steps. Organic. These are just two words to describe the evolution of the Chill Room in W Palm Beach/ Worthington, Florida. Robert Cartagine opened his first vape shop in 2015 with great trepidation, but after realizing that his entire family stopped smoking and started vaping, he saw that there was a need. “In addition

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They’ve done it again! Randy’s, famous for their wired rolling papers, has been at the forefront of innovative smokeware products and defining smokeware standards for over 45 years. The Loov multi-purpose, table-top vaporiser, is the newest innovation from Randy’s. It offers a session unlike any you’ve ever experienced with its unique “Fill it up, tip

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Canna Style Smoking Accessories

You can think of Canna Style as your stoner bestie, sharing with you the smoking accessories of your wildest dreams. After years of working for major fashion brands, founder Amanda Smith, created this cute and trendy smokeware brand to fill a void in a traditionally male dominated space, bringing something uniquely different to girls, the

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