Video by : TRICHOMES – August 3, 2020

Happy Monday everyone, today’s top stories include a renewed push for recreational cannabis in Rhode Island, the House has voted to continue financial protections for recreational cannabis programs, and our last story may have the ladies listening increasing their cannabis use…for science. You won’t want to miss it.

The Morning Buzz presented by TRICHOMES brings you late-breaking news that tells you what’s happening within the cannabis industry.


First up today, The Governor of Rhode Island is Renewing Her Push for Adult-Use Legalization

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo will continue trying to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state. She sees legal recreational sales as a possible revenue generator, she told Cranston TV station WJAR on Friday morning.

The Democratic governor floated the idea of adult-use legalization in late 2018, arguing that the state is losing business opportunities and revenue to neighboring states such as Massachusetts.

Rhode Island legalized medical cannabis in 2006 and has three licensed dispensaries. Regulators started taking applications for six new dispensary licenses earlier this month.

Existing medical cannabis sales in the state could be worth between $60 million and $75 million this year, according to projections from industry insiders.

**Next, The House has Approved a Bill that Protects State-Legal Cannabis Programs from Federal Interference

According to MJ Biz Daily, The U.S. House of Representatives, for the second year in a row, passed an amendment that would prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with state-legal recreational and medical cannabis programs.

The provision reflects bipartisan support in the Democrat-controlled House for protecting programs that are legal under state laws.

After approval by a voice vote earlier in the day, the measure passed 254-163, with 31 Republicans in favor.

Since 2014, Congress has passed spending bills that have included language preventing the Justice Department from using funds to crack down on state-legal medical cannabis businesses, but last year was the first time the House extended those protections to recreational cannabis programs.

Protections in annual spending bills are temporary, so what cannabis businesses really want to see is permanent reform at the federal level.

Last fall, in a historic vote, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed a sweeping federal legalization bill. The measure, called the MORE Act, would remove cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Legalization advocates hope the MORE Act will be considered by the full House later this year.

** Let’s end the day with a new study suggesting Women who Use Cannabis More Often Have Better Sex

According to Marijuana Moment, while researchers are still trying to decipher the relationship between cannabis and sex, a growing body of evidence indicates the connection itself is very real. The latest study, which asked women who use cannabis about their sexual experiences, found that more frequent cannabis use was associated with heightened arousal, stronger orgasms, and greater sexual satisfaction in general.

To reach their conclusions, the team analyzed online survey results from 452 women who responded to an invitation distributed at a chain of cannabis retail stores. Researchers asked respondents about their cannabis use and had each fill out a Female Sexual Function Index survey, a questionnaire designed to assess sexual function over the past four weeks. The survey scores six specific domains including desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain.

“To our knowledge,” the authors wrote, “this study is the first to use a validated questionnaire to assess the association between female sexual function and aspects of cannabis use.”

Researchers said a number of mechanisms could explain the overall results, noting that prior studies have postulated that the body’s endocannabinoid system is directly involved in female sexual function. It’s also possible, the authors wrote, that cannabis could be improving sex by reducing anxiety.

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