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What has the Alan Aldous team been up to lately? This is where we share our latest initiatives, accomplishments, and news from our clients.

Pronto! Italy’s Bold Push to End Cannabis Prohibition Speeds Up

Pronto! Italy’s Bold Push to End Cannabis Prohibition Speeds Up

Italy's pro-cannabis organizations and political parties are in a race to collect 500,000 signatures in record time.Update—it only took one week for Italy to collect enough signatures.In a referendum to decriminalize cannabis cultivation and remove penalties for cannabis possession, around 100,000 Italian citizens have already joined the ballot campaign, but proponents need to collect at least 400,000 more verified electronic signatures by September 30 to proceed with the ballot campaign. The announcement of the referendum comes three …

Mary AG Is Featured as Authority on Topics of Food Deserts and China’s CBD Ban

Mary AG Is Featured as Authority on Topics of Food Deserts and China’s CBD Ban

What exactly is a food desert? What causes a food desert? What are the secondary and tertiary problems that are created by a food desert? How can this problem be solved? Who are the leaders helping to address this crisis? In many parts of the world, there is a crisis caused by people having limited access to healthy & affordable food options. This in turn is creating a host of health and social problems.  In Authority Magazine's interview …

Cannabis Genetics Complete Flight from Saskatchewan to South Africa in Mother Labs, Rascal Seed Deal

Cannabis Genetics Complete Flight from Saskatchewan to South Africa in Mother Labs, Rascal Seed Deal

For Immediate Release—Mother Lab's Cannabis Genetics Complete Flight in Groundbreaking Deal SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Aug. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mother Labs Inc. (“Mother Labs”) and Rascal Seed Research Laboratories Pty. Ltd. (“Rascal Seed”) are happy to announce a shipment of tissue culture germplasm has been successfully received in South Africa with Health Canada’s approval granted earlier this year. The companies have entered a long-term multi-year partnership whereby Mother Labs will supply contractual genetics, including more than …

Top 5 SEO Mistakes a Cannabis or Psychedelics Company Can Start Correcting Today

Top 5 SEO Mistakes a Cannabis or Psychedelics Company Can Start Correcting Today

How many of these top 5 SEO mistakes are you unknowingly making? Search Engine Optimization can do wonders for companies small and large. Being at the top of search engine results can give your business a boost both from a social proof perspective and drive more traffic to your website, where you can impress them. It’s even more critical in regulated industries where promotional prospects are limited. Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is a digital marketing tactic that …

Canada’s Fight for the Medical Use of Psilocybin Could Move to Court, Reminiscent of Cannabis

Canada’s Fight for the Medical Use of Psilocybin Could Move to Court, Reminiscent of Cannabis

Canada's officials are facing a possible lawsuit over the right of dying patients to access psilocybin therapy.Before “magic mushrooms” became synonymous with hippies and flower power, scientists used them for cutting-edge medical research and treatments. But, unfortunately, prohibition quickly drove common usage of mushrooms and other psychedelics to the fringes and all but cancelled all studies into these entheogens. Now, in stark contrast to this recent history, researchers worldwide are ramping up the testing of …

Mary AG, Maker of Canada’s Best-Performing Grow Box Featured in Postmedia’s The GrowthOp

Mary AG, Maker of Canada’s Best-Performing Grow Box Featured in Postmedia’s The GrowthOp

Journalist, Sam Riches, of Postmedia recently spoke to Frank Qin and David Byer of Mary Agrotechnologies for Weekend Dispensary and The GrowthOp. In the article, Riches highlighted some of the newest developments in the Mary AG story. The data-driven agri-tech company is now developing systems for both at-home consumers and commercial operators. The company is developing a 150,000-sq-ft facility in Yunnan, and it will be China’s only facility with European Union Good Manufacturing Practices (EU-GMP) certification. The …

How Does ESG in Cannabis Work? Featuring Mika Unterman of Apical Ethical Cannabis Collective

How Does ESG in Cannabis Work? Featuring Mika Unterman of Apical Ethical Cannabis Collective

What does it take to commit to ESG? Environmental, social and governance (ESG) is an actionable commitment that companies can invest in to make the world a better place. ESG investing relies on independent ratings that assess what a company says and does for the environment, social justice and governance issues.Here’s a closer look at the three criteria used to evaluate companies for ESG impact.Environment. What kind of impact does a company have on the environment? This …

Business of Cannabis Live Connects with Frank Qin, CEO of Mary Agrotechnologies

Business of Cannabis Live Connects with Frank Qin, CEO of Mary Agrotechnologies

Jay Rosenthal recently spoke to Frank Qin of Mary Agrotechnologies for Business of Cannabis Live.The data-driven agri-tech company is now developing systems for both at-home consumers and commercial operators. The company is developing a 150,000-sq-ft facility in Yunnan, and it will be China’s only facility with European Union Good Manufacturing Practices (EU-GMP) certification.The company is ramping up production and distribution of its signature Model Z grow box, an enclosed system for growing plants indoors or in small areas. Watch the …

Vice Magazine Talks to Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy in Latest Article On Buying Drugs from Drug Dealers

Vice Magazine Talks to Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy in Latest Article On Buying Drugs from Drug Dealers

This week, Suzannah Weiss of Vice Magazine spoke to a student representative from Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Use in an effort to answer a very important question in drug safety: How do people find drug dealers? And then, what are some of the risks of buying drugs on the underground market, especially from an unfamiliar seller?The Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy have developed the Sensible Cannabis Education Toolkit to support adults in having …

New York Legalizes Cannabis and YouTube Finally Eases Its Cannabis Restrictions

New York Legalizes Cannabis and YouTube Finally Eases Its Cannabis Restrictions

In short, adults can now carry and consume cannabis in the state of New York; they can also now monetize YouTube content that "focuses on the purchase, fabrication, or distribution of drugs" in an educational or "non-glorified" way.  NYC legalizes cannabis and ties in issues of racial equity. After years of stalled attempts, New York became the 15th state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and older. While legalization has been on the horizon …

3 PR Packages for Cannabis Retail, Growers and Processors & Accessories Brands That Fit Today’s Budgets

3 PR Packages for Cannabis Retail, Growers and Processors & Accessories Brands That Fit Today’s Budgets

PR and marketing tend to overlap and intertwine in today's world, making it necessary to work together. Our three packages for cannabis retail, growing and processing, and accessories fit existing marketing and communications infrastructures in the spirit of collaboration and efficiency. As a cannabis public relations firm, Alan Aldous handles all aspects of a company's PR strategy, from building brand awareness to tracking any brand or campaign's sentiment. Do you want to ensure your cannabis company is …

Road Trip, November 2020—Alan Aldous Goes to Agripharm to See Where the Rosin is Pressed

Road Trip, November 2020—Alan Aldous Goes to Agripharm to See Where the Rosin is Pressed

Before we get into the road trip, we have a serious question.Is Canada about to decriminalize drugs?  Opioid Poisoning Crisis in Toronto - Update [NOVEMBER 5, 2020]While there has been a decrease in calls to Toronto Paramedic Services during the pandemic, there has been an overall increase in calls resulting in fatalities. Paramedic data reveals that 132 people died of suspected opioid overdoses between April 1 and September 30, 2020, a near doubling of deaths compared …

29 Quotes about Living and Loving on MDMA from the Book, “Listening to Ecstasy”

29 Quotes about Living and Loving on MDMA from the Book, “Listening to Ecstasy”

From what it feels like to what it does for one’s mental state, author and psychotherapist Charley Wininger gives some compelling reasons to try MDMA. Here are some of our favourite quotes from his book, “Listening to Ecstasy: The Transformative Power of MDMA.” Purchase the book from Amazon or Simon & Schuster. On November 13th, come to the virtual book launch—it's free and it's going to be fun and illuminating. Attend the Listening to Ecstasy Zoom Book Launch featuring …

Bleak New World, Report Confirms COVID-19 Restrictions Are to Blame for Canada’s Increasing Depression

Bleak New World, Report Confirms COVID-19 Restrictions Are to Blame for Canada’s Increasing Depression

Actions to control the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and shutdowns did the job to help flatten the curve of rising caseloads. However, those same measures have led to the deterioration of the population's overall mental health, according to a new study recently released by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) that confirms that the pandemic's health consequences wouldn't end at the virus. The detailed PHAC report paints a gloomy picture of a …

Will Psychedelics be Affected by the Upcoming 2020 US Election?

Will Psychedelics be Affected by the Upcoming 2020 US Election?

These past two weeks Alan Aldoua has been grateful to share some positive news while attempting to shout above the negative din of the US election. Most pressingly, we are eager to get lovers of psychedelics, as well as the psychedelic-curious, to register for Charley Wininger's virtual interactive zoom book launch, November 13. Did you read Amanda Siebert's Charley's profile for Forbes, where he calls the drug MDMA the glue of his marriage? We loved it. If you …

A lead scientist tells us why the psychedelic compound in toad venom (5-MeO-DMT) could help with the inner turmoil of substance use disorders

A lead scientist tells us why the psychedelic compound in toad venom (5-MeO-DMT) could help with the inner turmoil of substance use disorders

Psychedelic compound 5-MeO-DMT garners attention for potential use in substance use disorders No, it isn’t the name of Elon Musk’s second child, 5-MeO-DMT is the short acting psychedelic compound found in the secretions of certain toads and plant species. Less researched than psilocybin, 5-MeO-DMT is a relatively unexplored substance that appears to have similar therapeutic potential on substance use disorder and mood disorders. Entheon Biomedical, a research and biotechnology company, is looking to understand further how …

How could establishing “connection” via psychedelic medicine help four Canadian cancer patients?

How could establishing “connection” via psychedelic medicine help four Canadian cancer patients?

There is mounting evidence that establishing connections via psychedelic medicine like psilocybin mushrooms can help palliative care patients with end-of-life dread. Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound in multiple species of mushrooms and, although the evidence is mostly anecdotal, experts are confident in it's use for terminally-ill patients. TheraPsil, a non-profit coalition of health-care professionals, patients, and advocates who are working to gain legal access to the psychedelic medicine, psilocybin, on compassionate grounds, and they've spent the last …

More cannabis stores, but no delivery? Ontario residents are not going to be happy with how they can purchase legal weed

More cannabis stores, but no delivery? Ontario residents are not going to be happy with how they can purchase legal weed

The following content appears on LegalSender.ca, a website created by us to show our support for the cannabis stores in Ontario who wish to continue providing cannabis retail delivery and click-and-collect services, and the Ontario residents who also want their cannabis delivered. Please visit Legal Sender to show your support by sharing the message below.The Cannabis Retail Issue in Ontario.Allowing cannabis stores to provide curbside pickup and delivery of retail cannabis in Ontario has helped give consumers safe …

NORML Canada: 3 Massive Ways COVID-19 Put Canada’s Cannabis Reform Into Warp Speed

NORML Canada: 3 Massive Ways COVID-19 Put Canada’s Cannabis Reform Into Warp Speed

Written by Alex Krause for the NORML Canada newsletter. Edited for this blog. On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a global health pandemic as COVID-19 cases began to pop up in jurisdictions worldwide. On Monday, March 16th, Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would be closing our borders with the US. The very next day, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, decided to call into effect a complete province-wide lockdown in response to public concern over …

Canada Day Tripping & What Psychedelics the 5 of Us Enjoying Today

Canada Day Tripping & What Psychedelics the 5 of Us Enjoying Today

Happy Canada Day! As we emerge from the turtle shell of isolation, connection and socialization is exceptionally important and not always easy to do from 6+ feet away. Part of returning to “normalcy” requires a reframing what normal is and what we can do for ourselves to cope in a world that is, quite frankly, abnormal. Canada Day means time outdoors, with friends, and food, and maybe a seat for the fireworks show. This year, it seems …

Thanks Netflix! “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics” Is the Acid Flashback We Needed

Thanks Netflix! “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics” Is the Acid Flashback We Needed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmQygtqDLHs Netflix's celebrity-packed documentary explores the wonders of the world's preeminent psychedelics substances. If you’ve ever wanted to listen to Natasha Lyonne, Anthony Bourdain, Ben Stiller, Nick Offerman, and Sarah Silverman discuss LSD, Netflix has a new offering for you. It’s called “Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics,” and it captures moments like A$AP Rocky telling a story about the time acid made a rainbow shoot out from his penis. The documentary is available on Netflix as of …

Microdose Virtual Psychedelic Conference 2020, Day 2

Microdose Virtual Psychedelic Conference 2020, Day 2

“We’re not just changing minds, we’re changing medicine.” -Dennis McKenna Science Day 2 What’s better, legalization or decriminalization? And which model provides the widest access to patients? Our panellists João Taborda da Gama, Sam  Chapman, Aaron Genuth, Jack Lloyd, Ryan Munevar (with the moderator, Henri Sant Cassia) discussed the deep limitations of going legal and focusing singularly on the medical model, which favours white males as subjects and doesn’t do enough to establish differences in effects for female …

The Giant Virtual Psychedelic Conference That Blew Minds Wide Open In 2020

The Giant Virtual Psychedelic Conference That Blew Minds Wide Open In 2020

One week ago, Alan Aldous was deep into a two-day virtual psychedelic conference that momentarily connected scientists, advocates, caregivers, psychonauts, and people that build and invest in businesses on the topic we all want to talk about—psychedelic substances and how they will play a bigger part of our post-pandemic reality. One attendee’s account of the conference captured a lot of the scope of the event in just one sentence, writing that the “growth of the emerging …

Where to celebrate Bicycle Day (and 420) online in 2020

Where to celebrate Bicycle Day (and 420) online in 2020

LSD found to be sensational on this day in 1943 Bicycle Day—April 19 marks a global celebration of psychedelic research and education in honour of the anniversary of Albert Hofmann's first intentional use of LSD. This year brings an opportunity for a genuinely global commemoration of Bicycle Day in digital space. To mark the occasion, several organizations and well-loved psychonauts will be hosting or taking part in online "happenings" instead of the in-person kind. It might …