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Andre Bourque


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Past articles by Andre:

From Charlotte To Science: Why Now Is Prime Time For Biden To Embrace Bernie's Marijuana Legalization Plan

Politics. Marijuana. Science. COVID-19. Let’s start with the first. Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the presidential race. Though he plans to remain ... → Read More

From Charlotte To Science: Why Now Is Prime Time For Biden To Embrace Bernie's Marijuana Legalization Plan

Politics. Marijuana. Science. COVID-19.Let's start with the first. Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the presidential race. Though he plans to remain on the ballots of the remaining primary states, he's effectively suspended his campaign.Joe Biden, in response, promptly extended an impassioned → Read More

Has The Moment For Cannabis Banking Reform Finally Arrived?

The multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry in the U.S. is largely restricted to cash-only transactions. Will Congress or technology companies be the first ... → Read More

Illinois Can Be The Next Adult-Legal Cannabis State If It Can Learn From Its Medical Program

Despite its medical marijuana program restrictions, some of the countries largest cannabis multi-state operators (MSOs) have originated from Chicago. Now the state is planning to go fully adult-legal. → Read More

Marijuana Policies Will Require Big Changes To Make CBD As Accessible As Vitamin C

The demand for CBD oil and CBD-infused products is unlikely to fade as people look for natural and affordable alternatives to pharmaceuticals. By suppressing research into cannabis for decades, the FDA has now put itself in a position to try to regulate from the rearguard of the CBD movement. → Read More

How Hemp And The Farm Bill May Change Life As You Know It

The 2018 US Farm Bill has now legalized commercial production of hemp. But what is hemp, and why should you care? → Read More

If The Cannabis Industry Is Serious About Health Care, It Must Learn From The Opioid Crisis

America is in pain. Opioids, once thought to be a “wonder drug” for curing pain, are now the driving force behind America’s most pressing health concern:... → Read More

Can Cannabis Treat, Or Even Prevent Diabetes?

Cannabis may offer a potentially safer—and less expensive—way to treat and manage diabetes. The anecdotal success of cannabis as a treatment for diabetes and the promising initial scientific findings certainly warrants further, and more serious study into the correlation. → Read More

The U.S. Marijuana Movement Proves Unwavering As Voters Go Green In The 2018 Midterms

Many in the marijuana industry see the 2018 midterm election results as another step in the right direction towards federal legalization. Let’s take a look at the amendments that were on the ballot Tuesday night, and consider the implications for the national movement to legalize. → Read More

In The Cannabis Industry, Data Is 'More Valuable Than Fertilizer'

Every move you make in the cannabis industry creates data. Most of it occurs unnoticed. As a business and as a consumer, you create data every time you ... → Read More

The Opioid Crisis Is Forcing Open Minds About the Lifesaving Potential of Medical Marijuana

Steep declines in overdose deaths wherever medical marijuana is legal has increasing numbers of policy makers questioning the federal government's ban on cannabis research. → Read More

6 Things Big Companies Look for When Buying Your Startup

Buying smaller companies that thrive in their niche is a proven strategy for large companies seeking to jumpstart growth. → Read More

Researchers Recognize an International 'Tide Effect' Driving Worldwide Cannabis Reform

A UK study finds marijuana legalization in one nation encourages reform by neighboring countries. Something similar is happening between states in the US. → Read More

Why Jeff Sessions' New War on Marijuana Hasn't Frightened Investors or Cannabis Entrepreneurs

The Attorney General's new policy to resume unbridled federal enforcement of marijuana laws has inadvertently revealed just how entrenched the cannabis industry has already become. → Read More

Hawaii Sees Legalizing Adult Use Marijuana As Huge Boon to Island Economy

Legal marijuana is certain to appeal to the 9 million annual visitors but industrial hemp also could boost self-reliance in the Aloha State. → Read More

The Cannabis Industry's Largest Conference Showcases a Maturing Industry

The Marijuana Business Conference celebrated what has become a highly regulated sector devoted to pharmaceutical precision in the composition of its products. → Read More

Entrepreneurs See Opportunity Addressing Consumer Demand for Pesticide-Free Cannabis

The unique legal status of marijuana has left it outside the normal consumer protection oversight of government agencies. Entrepreneurs are filling the void. → Read More

Cannabis Industry Rallies to Overcome Unique Legal Barriers to Recovery From Northern California Fires

Growers and processors devastated by raging wildfire don't have federal crop insurance or access to disaster relief. They can't even legally crowdfund to help each other. → Read More

How Will Businesses Handle Legalized Marijuana in the Workplace?

Employers have bright lines on pot use for decades. This all gets more complicated when marijuana is legal. → Read More

10 Ways the Cannabis Industry Is Rebranding to Meet Its Biggest Challenges

For generations a guy hissing "weed" outside a concert was all the marketing marijuana needed. Selling to mainstream customers in the legal market requires more. → Read More