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ICYMI: This week in weed news 1/20

Another week has passed and with it came many interesting cannabis news headlines. Didn’t have time to check out every new development? Don’t fret. We’ve rounded up the top headlines from this week in weed. 

Canna-tourism is alive and well. The latest update? Elevations Hotels and Resorts announced that they’re transforming the Las Vegas Artisan Hotel Boutique into The Lexi, a new, sixty-four room hotel with a designated cannabis-friendly fourth floor. It’s not Elevations’ first venture into cannabis hospitality – CEO Alex Rizk also launched the cannabis-friendly Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix. 

We’ve got another one. The US Virgin Islands passed adult-use legalization this week, bringing the total number of states and territories with legal recreational weed to twenty-five. The new legislation regulates commercial cannabis activity and expunges past cannabis offenses. 

New York’s first dispensary owned by someone previously criminalized by cannabis prohibition is set to open next week. Owned by Roland Conner, Smacked LLC will carry out a “soft opening” through mid February. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to open a business with my son and wife at my side and build generational wealth, working together, right here in New York. But this is not just about me and my family. This is about everyone who was harmed by the draconian drug laws of the past,” said Conner in a public statement

Colombia’s now offering insurance coverage for medical cannabis. The government recently ruled that starting at the beginning of this month, every Colombia insurance provider must cover the cost of medical cannabis prescriptions. Companies like Khiron Life Sciences have already begun dispensing cannabis to patients under the country’s insurance system. 

Speaking of New York…ayrloom, a brand from New York’s Beak & Skiff apple orchards, recently announced the launch of their new cannabis beverage. Beak & Skiff is the country’s largest apple orchard, and their new sparkling water joins the company’s current lineup of cannabis gummies and vape pens. Available in pink grapefruit, black cherry, and pineapple mango, the beverages contain 5 mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD. 

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