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Federal Government To Fund Research On the Use of Cannabis to Treat Cancer, Temporary Marijuana “Pop-up” Venues Making a Comeback, and Lawmakers in NC May Consider Medical Marijuana Legalization

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Federal Government To Fund Research On the Use of Cannabis to Treat Cancer

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Notice of Special Interest regarding cancer patients and cannabis use. In the notice, the federal agency said that approximately one in four cancer patients have reported using cannabis to manage pain, nausea, or anorexia – all common side effects of cancer and its treatments. But, NIH said, “research about their health effects, including potential harms and benefits, remain limited.” Because of this, the agency is promoting funding opportunities for scientific research on the risks and benefits of the use of cannabis products for cancer patients. The NIH also specified eight areas that they are hoping researchers will investigate. 

Temporary Marijuana “Pop-up” Venues Making a Comeback

“Pop-ups” have been an integral part of cannabis marketing efforts. These are temporary events or venues that cannabis brands (i.e. producers or edibles makers) utilize to promote their products. They typically “pop up” at dispensaries and have been a way for some brands to set themselves apart from competitors. After all, a wrestling match is certainly more memorable than someone passing out flyers. However, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many brands did away with this marketing strategy because of masking mandates and social distancing requirements. With the worst of the pandemic seemingly behind us, these pop-up venues are making a comeback – many of them bigger and better, both inside and outside cannabis dispensary locations. 

Lawmakers in NC May Consider Medical Marijuana Legalization 

North Carolina lawmakers are holding a short session that will run from May 18th to June 30th, and there is a good chance that medical marijuana will be reviewed. Senate Bill 711, also known as the North Carolina Compassionate Care Act, stalled last year as legislators focused their attention on critical state budget issues. But many industry experts think that the measure stands a good chance of passing this year. The legislation is not without its opposition, however, with some in the hemp industry expressing concern that the bill would allow large multi-state operators to monopolize the industry.