Gorilla Glue Co. Is Suing the Makers of GG#4 Strain

The well-known strain of marijuana called “Gorilla Glue” is being dragged to court because the brand bares the same name as a popular adhesive company, reports Cincinnati.com.

It was recently revealed that the Ohio-based Gorilla Glue Co. has filed a lawsuit against GG Strains, the producer of a highly potent, hybrid pot strain known as Gorilla Glue #4, over trademark infringement. The complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, is calling for the makers of the weed strain to stop marketing the product under a moniker that took the Gorilla Glue Co. decades to establish.

“Gorilla Glue has been using this trademark for about two decades and has invested a lot in building the brand,” Thomas Hankinson, the attorney representing the plaintiff,” said in a statement.

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Private Sector Banks Putting the Squeeze on Uruguay’s Legal Marijuana Industry

On July 19, Uruguay started selling legal weed in pharmacies—making it the world’s first state-run marijuana marketplace with the government involved in the entire chain of movement from cultivation to purchase.

The problem however is that, at $1.30 per gram, the country has already run out of weed and it’s program has only been operating for less than a month.

From the very first day when sales started, there were shortages; some pharmacies were cleaned out before closing time.

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California Businessman Believes the Smell of Marijuana Hurts Wine Grapes

Robert “Pat” Patrick is the CEO of the local chamber of commerce in Lodi, California, a stretch of the state’s agricultural heartland that, in recent years, has made a name for itself as a nascent winemaking region.

It’ll never be Napa or Sonoma, but brother, if you’ve ever taken a sip of red wine and been greeted by a bold flavor explosion—like drinking a jam sandwich, made by an overcompensating Guy Fieri, borrowing Sam Elliott’s boots right after a 100-mile horseback ride through a tobacco juice swamp—you know the pleasures of a Lodi Zinfandel.

Grapes are a big deal here—in 2015, Lodi was Wine Enthusiast magazine’s “Wine Region of the Year”!—so Patrick will predictably take unkindly to anything threatening the area’s 110,000 acres of vineyards. Like marijuana fields, the smell of which, according to Patrick, can permeate the skin of a wine grape and render it less valuable.

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Hawaii Braces for Surge in Medical Marijuana Patients

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health is preparing for a surge of patients signing up for the state’s medical cannabis registry, as two medical marijuana dispensaries in the state are officially open for business.

Hawaii News Now reports more than 18,000 patients have joined the state’s medical cannabis registry.

About 38 percent of the patients reside on the Big Island, while 29 percent live on Oahu.

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Growers Say Ohio’s Tight Timeline Could Delay 1st Pot Crop

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Ohio say they don’t expect to issue the state’s first medical marijuana cultivator licenses until around November, at least a month later than growers expected.

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced the timetable Thursday.

It drew immediate concern from the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio. The association had anticipated growers having about a year before the September 2018 deadline to ramp up their operations and produce their first crop.

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Rural California Sheriff, Auditor Spar on Pot Money Spending

BY PAUL ELIAS

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California county auditor is accusing a sheriff of improperly spending some of the $1 million his department received in fees from legal pot growers to go after illegal operators.

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Nevada Pot Emergency Shows The Real Size Of America’s Demand For Cannabis

Photo by Javier Hasse. 

This article was originally published on Benzinga, and adapted exclusively for HIGH TIMES.

Nevada started selling cannabis for adult use just a few of weeks ago. Just a few days into legalization, dispensaries were already running low on (or even out of) product. Almost every major media outlet in the U.S. has reported on this event, explaining the shortage was caused by distribution problems and inefficiencies, rather than by a scarcity of weed in the state.

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Is the Weed Industry Too Lucrative to Be Illegal?

Photo by Vortex Farmacy.

CBS recently did a story about a California man who was selling off his huge retail store. The first offer to buy it came from someone who wants to turn the vast space in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains into an indoor weed farm.

The realtor, a conservative churchgoer, initially balked at the deal; the store-owner jumped at it.

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2 More Medical Marijuana Licenses Awarded in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Department of Health has licensed two additional medical marijuana treatment centers.

Spokeswoman Mara Gambineri said Wednesday that Treadwell Nursey in Eustis and the Arcadia-based Sun Bulb Nurseries have received letters of approval. Plants of Ruskin and 3 Boys Farm, both in Ruskin, received their approvals last week.

The five new licenses in the first round are going to applicants from 2015 who scored within a point of the top applicant or those who have been in legal or administrative challenges.

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