A Recent Poll Shows Most Americans Think Marijuana Is Safer than Alcohol
Last week, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Morning Consult released the results of a survey that examined how the public views the addictiveness of six different substances as well as technology. The poll also asked respondents their thoughts on the dangers of the substances and technology. According to the results, only 38 percent of those surveyed felt that marijuana is “very or somewhat unsafe”. By contrast, 84 percent of Americans view cigarettes as unsafe and 64 percent see alcohol as unsafe. Technology was the only thing that respondents thought was safer than cannabis, with only 23 percent saying that technology was “very or somewhat unsafe”. When asked about the addictive nature of the substances and technology, 64 percent said that marijuana could be addictive. However, that number was lower than any other substance or technology. Of those polled, 75 percent felt that technology can be addicting.
Aurora Cannabis is Closing Its Remaining Production Facility in Denmark
In 2018, Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis had plans to create “Europe’s largest” medical marijuana producer in Denmark. But, they now announced they are closing their remaining facility in Denmark and plan to move their operation to Canada to reduce costs. Just a year ago, in March 2022, Aurora Cannabis sold its Nordic Sky facility for approximately CA$ 7.5 million. The second facility that Aurora is closing was only a planned facility that never officially opened because of unforeseen circumstances and challenges. While several factors contributed to the decision, ultimately the company hopes to see approximately CA$40 million in annualized savings by the end of March 2024 as a result of the move.
Las Vegas Cannabis Consumption Lounges Face Setbacks
Cannabis consumers and marijuana businesses alike have been anticipating the opening of cannabis consumption lounges in Las Vegas sometime this summer. However, it appears that everyone will need to wait a little longer. Issues with funding, administrative delays, and regulatory changes will likely delay the opening of dozens of public consumption lounges by months. According to information industry experts shared with MJBizDaily, there may only be a few lounges that can open before the end of 2023. One of the most significant concerns of those in the cannabis industry is Nevada’s regulations surrounding indoor air quality. The cost of installing and maintaining the necessary air ventilation systems is substantial – sometimes as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars – and would make social consumption areas almost impossible for many marijuana business owners. The state’s cannabis regulatory body, the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB), may address the concerns at its upcoming meeting on June 20.