Markets https://www.benzinga.com/views/taxonomy/term/2 en These 15 Famous Weed Quotes Tell A Compelling Story https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/05/20897802/these-15-famous-weed-quotes-tell-a-compelling-story <p>This article was originally published on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thebluntness.com/posts/cannabis-quotes">The Bluntness</a>&nbsp;and appears here with permission.</p> <p>Do you have a favorite cannabis quote? A quick Google search will yield a lot of results. Some cannabis quotes are inspiring, some shocking, and others downright silly.</p> <p>The initial idea behind this article was to gather some of the most interesting or compelling cannabis quotes in one place.</p> <p>However, while sorting through hundreds of potential entries, The Bluntness editorial team quickly saw an opportunity to arrange a selection of these cannabis quotes into a narrative &ndash; where the quotes themselves do the storytelling.</p> <p>The final result is a cultural cannabis cognitive rollercoaster, which inspires a lot of ideas and questions about our favorite plant.</p> <h3><strong>Bob Marley, Musician</strong></h3> <blockquote><p>When you smoke herb, herb reveal yourself to you. All the wickedness you do, the herb reveal itself to yourself, your conscience, show up yourself clear, because herb make you meditate. Is only a natural t&#39;ing and it grow like a tree.</p> <p>-&nbsp;Bob Marley, as reported by Martin Booth</p></blockquote> <h3><strong>Carl Sagan, Astrophysicist and Author</strong></h3> <blockquote><p>&ldquo;The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.&rdquo;</p> <p>-&nbsp;Carl Sagan, Marihuana Reconsidered</p></blockquote> <h3><strong>Harry Anslinger, The Father of Cannabis Prohibition</strong></h3> <blockquote><p>Reefer makes darkies think they&#39;re as good as white men.</p> <p>-&nbsp;Harry Anslinger (Racist Bureaucrat)</p></blockquote> <h3><strong>Morgan Freeman, Actor</strong></h3> <blockquote><p>&ldquo;I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana. They&rsquo;re talking ...</p></blockquote><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/05/20897802/these-15-famous-weed-quotes-tell-a-compelling-story alt=These 15 Famous Weed Quotes Tell A Compelling Story>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cannabis Cannabis Celebrities Cannabis Contributors Markets Cannabis Markets Benzinga Sun, 09 May 2021 18:59:33 +0000 The Bluntness 20897802 at https://www.benzinga.com Canadian Farmers Markets Want To Sell Cannabis https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/05/20976608/canadian-farmers-markets-want-to-sell-cannabis <p>This article by Johnny Green&nbsp;was originally published on<a href="https://cannatechtoday.com/">&nbsp;Cannabis &amp; Tech Today</a>, and appears here with permission.</p> <p><a href="https://cannatechtoday.com/bankruptcy-protection-from-canada/">Canada</a>&nbsp;is currently home to the largest adult-use cannabis market on earth after legalizing cannabis for adult use in late 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>The only other country where cannabis is legal for adult use is in Uruguay. However, Uruguay&rsquo;s model differs greatly from Canada, in addition to Uruguay having a considerably smaller population.</p> <p>Whereas Canada&rsquo;s adult-use cannabis industry is open to all customers of legal age, Uruguay&rsquo;s market is only open to residents.</p> <p>Canada is a top international cannabis tourist destination, which was true even before legalization.&nbsp;</p> <p>If farmer&rsquo;s markets in Canada have their way, Canada could become an even greater attraction for international cannabis enthusiasts.</p> <h3><strong>Cannabis in a Farmer&rsquo;s Market?</strong></h3> <p>The farmers&rsquo; markets in Canada are a lot like ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/05/20976608/canadian-farmers-markets-want-to-sell-cannabis alt=Canadian Farmers Markets Want To Sell Cannabis>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Canada Cannabis Cannabis Contributors Markets Cannabis Markets Benzinga Sun, 09 May 2021 18:59:08 +0000 Cannabis and Tech Today 20976608 at https://www.benzinga.com Canadian Company Says It's Sending Satellite To Moon On SpaceX Rocket, In Dogecoin-Fueled Deal https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21026703/canadian-company-says-its-sending-satellite-to-moon-on-spacex-rocket-in-dogecoin-fueled-de <p>A Canadian company today issued a press release saying it is sending a satellite into space on a mission paid using&nbsp;<strong>Dogecoin</strong> (CRYPTO: DOGE).</p> <p><strong>What Happened</strong>: Geometric Energy Corporation announced its &quot;DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon&quot; to launch a lunar satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.</p> <p>The company claims the mission will be &quot;the first-ever commercial lunar payload in history paid entirely with DOGE.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Geometric Energy Corporation and SpaceX have solidified DOGE as a unit of account for lunar business in the space sector,&quot; the company&#39;s CEO Samuel Reid said in the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/05/n21026364/spacex-to-launch-doge-1-to-the-moon">release</a>.</p> <p>Geometric Energy Corporation ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21026703/canadian-company-says-its-sending-satellite-to-moon-on-spacex-rocket-in-dogecoin-fueled-de alt=Canadian Company Says It&#039;s Sending Satellite To Moon On SpaceX Rocket, In Dogecoin-Fueled Deal>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cryptocurrency Elon Musk News SpaceX Markets General News Cryptocurrency Markets General Benzinga Sun, 09 May 2021 18:09:26 +0000 Gary Anglebrandt 21026703 at https://www.benzinga.com Colonial Pipeline Hackers Stole Data on Thursday, Ahead Of Shutdown: Bloomberg https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/05/21026280/colonial-pipeline-hackers-stole-data-on-thursday-ahead-of-shutdown-bloomberg <p>Investigators are looking at a group of hackers called DarkSide, who seem&nbsp;to be behind the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline, which temporarily halted its pipeline operations on Friday.</p> <p><strong>What Happened:&nbsp;</strong>The cyberattack that led to the shutdown began on Thursday. The attackers stole a large amount of data from Colonial Pipeline before locking computers with ransomware and demanding payment,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-09/colonial-hackers-stole-data-thursday-ahead-of-pipeline-shutdown?sref=TBDibEcD" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>&nbsp;reports, citing people familiar with the matter.</p> <p>Ransomware is a type of malware designed to lock down systems by encrypting data, with the attackers then demanding payment to regain access.</p> <p>According to the investigators, the hackers took nearly 100 gigabytes of data from the Alpharetta, a Georgia-based company&#39;s network&nbsp;in two hours on Thursday.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bloomberg quoted people familiar with the investigation saying that the move was part of a double-extortion scheme. Besides threatening to keep the company&rsquo;s information locked, hackers also threatened to ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/05/21026280/colonial-pipeline-hackers-stole-data-on-thursday-ahead-of-shutdown-bloomberg alt=Colonial Pipeline Hackers Stole Data on Thursday, Ahead Of Shutdown: Bloomberg>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Colonial Pipeline cyberattack energy KKR News RYDAF Sector ETFs Futures Commodities Markets ETFs KKR US48248M1027 RYDAF GB00B03MLX29 Sector ETFs News Futures Commodities Markets ETFs Benzinga Sun, 09 May 2021 16:09:12 +0000 Bibhu Pattnaik 21026280 at https://www.benzinga.com Here's The Elon Musk Dogecoin Bit On 'SNL' Everyone Is Talking About https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21026043/heres-the-elon-musk-dogecoin-bit-on-snl-everyone-is-talking-about <p><strong>Dogecoin </strong>(CRYPTO: DOGE) was not as mentioned as much as some had expected during <strong>Tesla Inc</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/tsla#NASDAQ">TSLA</a>) CEO Elon Musk&#39;s guest host appearance on &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot; last night.</p> <p>But it did come up and is generating some buzz because Musk admits Dogecoin is &quot;a hustle&quot; at one point.</p> <p><strong>What Happened</strong>: Musk appeared as Lloyd Ostertag, financial expert, on the &quot;Weekend Update&quot; portion of the show to speak about cryptocurrencies with SNL&#39;s Michael Che.</p> <p>After first asking to be called the &quot;Dogefather&quot; (a moniker he has used on social media), Ostertag and Che begin a discussion when Che asks what cryptocurrencies are.</p> <p>&quot;They&#39;re a type of digital money but instead of being controlled by a central government, they&#39;re decentralized using blockchain technology. And lately, ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21026043/heres-the-elon-musk-dogecoin-bit-on-snl-everyone-is-talking-about alt=Here&#039;s The Elon Musk Dogecoin Bit On &#039;SNL&#039; Everyone Is Talking About>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cryptocurrency Elon Musk News Saturday Night Live SNL TSLA Markets TSLA US88160R1014 News Cryptocurrency Markets Benzinga Sun, 09 May 2021 13:33:09 +0000 Gary Anglebrandt 21026043 at https://www.benzinga.com Fintech Focus Roundup For May 9, 2021 https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21026020/fintech-focus-roundup-for-may-9-2021 <p><img alt="Fintech Header" src="https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/2786381/hubfs/Fintech%20Header.png?upscale=true&amp;width=800&amp;upscale=true&amp;name=Fintech%20Header.png" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/21/05/20828254/founder-at-miami-based-accelerator-theventurecity-talks-returnly-exit-miamitech-and-more?utm_campaign=Fintech%20-%20BZ%20Fintech%20Daily%20Beat&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-83ryu0mS8uju7KdSh3BUTsbEWU0D_AbZYuHStHVkeIaPexV3GCwExT9c7Tpm6650HNPqWL"><strong>Founder At Miami-Based Accelerator TheVentureCity Talks Returnly Exit, #MiamiTech And More</strong></a><br /> Affirm, a leader in payments, recently announced it would acquire Returnly, a return and post-purchase payments solution, for $300 million.</p> <p>Benzinga spoke with Laura Gonz&aacute;lez-Est&eacute;fani, the founder and CEO of Miami-based TheVentureCity, on her firm&rsquo;s role in bolstering Returnly growth initiatives and steps going forward.</p> <p><img src="https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/2786381/hubfs/giphy-May-09-2021-01-09-42-13-PM.gif?upscale=true&amp;width=800&amp;upscale=true&amp;name=giphy-May-09-2021-01-09-42-13-PM.gif" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/20978844/cme-group-ends-in-person-trade-successfully-launches-micro-bitcoin-futures?utm_campaign=Fintech%20-%20BZ%20Fintech%20Daily%20Beat&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-83ryu0mS8uju7KdSh3BUTsbEWU0D_AbZYuHStHVkeIaPexV3GCwExT9c7Tpm6650HNPqWL"><strong>CME Group Ends In-Person Trade, Successfully Launches Micro Bitcoin Futures</strong></a><br /> <strong>What Happened:</strong> Founded in 1848, CME Group is an exchange that builds markets around derivatives like futures, or agreements to buy and sell assets at a particular price and time in the future.</p> <p>The company has a long-standing history, offering global benchmark products based on interest rates, equity indices, foreign exchange, and commodities. In addition to building products, CME also facilitates and clears trades through its clearinghouse, CME Clearing.</p> <p>The organization&rsquo;s move to end in-person trade for most products accelerated around 2015, after open outcry fell to just 1% of total volume. Now, only CME&rsquo;s Eurodollar options pit will continue to operate.</p> <p><strong>Takeaway:</strong> ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21026020/fintech-focus-roundup-for-may-9-2021 alt=Fintech Focus Roundup For May 9, 2021>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> #MiamiTech Affirm Bitcoin CME Group Confluence Cryptocurrency Eurodollar Fintech Griffin Johnson JPMorgan Laura González-Estéfani Lynk Metromile miami Micro Bitcoin Futures Returnly TheVentureCity TikTok UBS Markets Cryptocurrency Fintech Markets Benzinga Sun, 09 May 2021 13:16:44 +0000 Renato Capelj 21026020 at https://www.benzinga.com Dogecoin Plummets Over 30% After Elon Musk's SNL Appearance https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21025787/dogecoin-plummets-over-30-after-elon-musks-snl-appearance <p>The price of the meme-based cryptocurrency Dogecoin collapsed after<strong>&nbsp;Tesla Inc&nbsp;</strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/tsla#NASDAQ">TSLA</a>) CEO Elon Musk&rsquo;s appearance on &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot; yesterday.</p> <p><strong>What Happened:&nbsp;</strong>Elon Musk was a guest host on NBC&#39;s Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy show, joined by his mother Maye Musk and his&nbsp;partner and musician, Grimes.</p> <p>Despite all the speculation around whether Musk is going to joke about Dogecoin, he only mentioned it briefly during his monologue.&nbsp;</p> <p>Appearing on the stage with his mother, Maye Musk, he admitted that Dogecoin would be his present for this Mother&rsquo;s Day. His ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21025787/dogecoin-plummets-over-30-after-elon-musks-snl-appearance alt=Dogecoin Plummets Over 30% After Elon Musk&#039;s SNL Appearance>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> $BTC cryptocurrencies Cryptocurrency dogecoin Elon Musk Grimes News SNL TSLA Entrepreneurship Markets General TSLA US88160R1014 $BTC News Cryptocurrency Entrepreneurship Markets General Benzinga Sun, 09 May 2021 11:10:43 +0000 Catherine Ross 21025787 at https://www.benzinga.com What Dogecoin Is Trading At Following Elon Musk's 'SNL' Appearance https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21025199/what-dogecoin-is-trading-at-following-elon-musks-snl-appearance <ul> <li>The price of <strong>Dogecoin </strong>(CRYPTO: DOGE) is in the $0.52 range as the &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot; show featuring <strong>Tesla Inc </strong>(NASDAQ: <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/tsla#NASDAQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TSLA</a>) CEO Elon Musk comes to a close.</li> <li>It ...</li></ul><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21025199/what-dogecoin-is-trading-at-following-elon-musks-snl-appearance alt=What Dogecoin Is Trading At Following Elon Musk&#039;s &#039;SNL&#039; Appearance>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cryptocurrency Elon Musk News SNL Markets News Cryptocurrency Markets Benzinga Sun, 09 May 2021 05:04:46 +0000 Gary Anglebrandt 21025199 at https://www.benzinga.com Watch Elon Musk Deliver Monologue on 'SNL' https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21024877/watch-elon-musk-deliver-monologue-on-snl <p>Elon Musk has given his monologue for the much anticipated appearance on &quot;Saturday Night Live.&quot;</p> <p>The&nbsp;<strong>Tesla Inc </strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/tsla#NASDAQ">TSLA</a>) CEO joked about being the &quot;first person with Asperger&#39;s&quot; to host the show, &quot;or at least the first to admit it,&quot; and how his smoking ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21024877/watch-elon-musk-deliver-monologue-on-snl alt=Watch Elon Musk Deliver Monologue on &#039;SNL&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cryptocurrency electric vehicles Elon Musk News Saturday Night Live TSLA Markets Media General TSLA US88160R1014 News Cryptocurrency Markets Media General Benzinga Sun, 09 May 2021 04:29:55 +0000 Gary Anglebrandt 21024877 at https://www.benzinga.com Shiba Inu And 9 Other Dogecoin Inspired Cryptocurrencies You Should Know About https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21007599/shiba-inu-and-9-other-dogecoin-inspired-cryptocurrencies-you-should-know-about <p>Cryptocurrency <strong>Dogecoin</strong> (DOGE) emerged in 2013 as a joke, but has shot to prominence this year, partly due to celebrity endorsements from the likes of <strong>Tesla Inc.</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/tsla#NASDAQ">TSLA</a>) CEO Elon Musk, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and rapper Snoop Dogg.</p> <p>Dogecoin is itself an &ldquo;altcoin,&rdquo; as cryptocurrencies besides Bitcoin are often referred to, but there are now several imitators that are attempting to ride on the &ldquo;tailwind&rdquo; of the frenzy surrounding the Musk-championed meme crypto. Let&rsquo;s take a look at some of the Doge clones.</p> <p><strong>DogeCash (DOGEC)</strong> - DogeCash, which launched in October 2018 and trades on StakeCube,<a href="https://dogec.io/"> says</a> its focus is to provide charitable contributions. DogeCash has a circulating supply of 14.83 million coins, but users are unable to generate it through the process of mining. The altcoin is trading 9.4% higher over the past 24 hours at $0.1313 at press time.</p> <p><strong>Shiba Inu (SHIB)</strong> - The Doge imitator, launched under the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain&rsquo;s ERC-20 standard, trades on the decentralized Uniswap (UNI) network. On its<a href="https://allhailtheshiba.medium.com/all-hail-the-shiba-an-experiment-in-decentralization-87e3792e92f2"> blog page</a>, the project calls itself the &ldquo;Dogecoin killer.&rdquo; The cryptocurrency is up 383.8% during the past 24 hours at $0.00001725. SHIB has ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21007599/shiba-inu-and-9-other-dogecoin-inspired-cryptocurrencies-you-should-know-about alt=Shiba Inu And 9 Other Dogecoin Inspired Cryptocurrencies You Should Know About>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> $BTC $ETH Bitcoin Carole Baskin CAT Cryptocurrency Doge Token DogeCash dogecoin DogeFi DogeSwap Elon Musk Kishu Inu Meme Stocks monacoin News renDoge Shiba Inu TSLA UnderDog Education Markets General TSLA US88160R1014 $ETH $BTC News Cryptocurrency Education Markets General Benzinga Sun, 09 May 2021 04:01:29 +0000 Madhukumar Warrier 21007599 at https://www.benzinga.com How To Watch And Stream Elon Musk On 'SNL' https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21024609/how-to-watch-and-stream-elon-musk-on-snl <p>One of the most anticipated television events of the year is happening late Saturday with<strong> Tesla Inc </strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/tsla#NASDAQ">TSLA</a>) CEO Elon Musk appearing as the host of comedy show &quot;Saturday Night Live.&quot;</p> <p><strong>About The Episode: </strong>The May 8 episode will <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/04/20781092/tesla-ceo-elon-musk-to-host-saturday-night-live-on-may-8">feature </a>Musk as the host and Miley Cyrus as the musical act.</p> <p>The episode will air at 11:30 p.m. EST (tonight, for viewers in the U.S.) on NBC, a unit owned by<strong> Comcast Corporation</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/cmcsa#NASDAQ">CMCSA</a>).</p> <p>Musk <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/20827000/could-elon-musks-snl-hosting-cause-a-bump-in-tesla-or-dogecoin">teased </a>that he will be mentioning the meme cryptocurrency <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/money/how-to-buy-dogecoin-doge/">Dogecoin </a>during the episode, which led to a spike in the valuation throughout the week. Musk could also discuss Tesla or his other major company,&nbsp;SpaceX, during ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/05/21024609/how-to-watch-and-stream-elon-musk-on-snl alt=How To Watch And Stream Elon Musk On &#039;SNL&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> CMCSA Cryptocurrency DISH Doge dogecoin Elon Musk FUBO GOOG GOOGL how to stream Hulu Miley Cyrus News Peacock Sling TV SNL streaming stocks TSLA YouTube Management Markets CMCSA US20030N1019 DISH US25470M1099 GOOG US38259P7069 TSLA US88160R1014 GOOGL US38259P5089 FUBO News Cryptocurrency Management Markets Benzinga Sat, 08 May 2021 21:32:33 +0000 Chris Katje 21024609 at https://www.benzinga.com 17 Country Singers Who Used Cannabis For Creativity https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/05/20897799/17-country-singers-who-used-cannabis-for-creativity <p>This article by Taylor Engle was originally published on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thebluntness.com/posts/country-singers-who-used-cannabis">The Bluntness</a>&nbsp;and appears here with permission.</p> <p>Cannabis is renowned for its influence and inspiration in the music world, and we usually associate this intersection with hip hop, R&amp;B, rap and rock.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.addictions.com/explore/drugs-in-music-analyzing-drug-references-in-musical-genres/"><u>2017 study</u></a>&nbsp;actually revealed that there are more cannabis references in country music than in rap or rock, and that country stars sing more about cannabis than any other drug.</p> <p>&ldquo;Country music does have the most drug mentions, and a lot of the country songs do speak about marijuana quite a bit,&rdquo; data scientist Logan Freedman told&nbsp;<em>Rolling Stone</em>&nbsp;in an&nbsp;<a href="https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/why-country-music-sings-about-drugs-more-than-any-other-genre-121769/"><u>interview</u></a>. Freedman and his team analyzed euphemistic lyrics and overt references, concluding that quite a few country stars sing about smoking weed.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some have even gone as far as to boldly admit they&rsquo;ve tried it, liked it, and never plan on giving it up. Willie Nelson and Toby Keith are two of the most well-known country stars who are also public about their cannabis use, and singers like Blake Shelton and Hank Williams Jr. have alluded to the plant in their music, but haven&rsquo;t come out and said whether or not they indulge.</p> <p>Despite the confusion that may still surround the plant (specifically among the country music listener demographic, which tends to reside in areas where cannabis remains illegal and frowned upon), more celebrities have been opening up about their use in order to educate and erase the stigma.&nbsp;</p> <p>Country musicians have begun to follow suit, starting with these 17 country stars, who have openly admitted to smoking weed.</p> <h3>1.&nbsp;Willie Nelson</h3> <p>Willie Nelson has definitely earned his spot as country music&rsquo;s most well-known toker &ndash; the singer even has his own line of cannabis,&nbsp;<a href="https://williesreserve.com/"><u>Willie&#39;s Reserve</u></a>. Nelson is the only person who&rsquo;s ever been able to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcVTImeEGqs"><u>out-smoke Snoop Dogg</u></a>, which is a cannabis badge of honor in itself.&nbsp;<br /> Cannabis has been his drug of choice since 1978, when Nelson&nbsp;<a href="https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/willie-nelson-weed-issue-826290/"><u>gave up cigarettes and whiskey</u></a>&nbsp;due to health complications. He&rsquo;s been toking ever since.&nbsp;<br /> Lighting up with Nelson is recognized as the rite of passage it is, bestowed upon only the worthiest in country music.</p> <h3>2.&nbsp;Toby Keith</h3> <p>Another country great known for his cannabis affinity is Toby Keith, country singer, songwriter, and actor. Keith is one of the brave souls who has faced Nelson, prompting him to write the song &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll Never Smoke Weed with Willie Again.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> The smoke session was so intense, Keith never made it to Charles Barkley&rsquo;s birthday party, which he was planning to attend that evening.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2kGEhX_s2_g" width="560"></iframe></p> <h3>3.&nbsp;Reba McEntire</h3> <p>This is perhaps one of the most surprising names on the list, but yes, you read that correctly: Reba McEntire&nbsp;<a href="https://perezhilton.com/reba-mcentire-admits-to-smoking-pot-andy-cohen-watch-what-happens-live/"><u>has admitted</u></a>&nbsp;to smoking ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/05/20897799/17-country-singers-who-used-cannabis-for-creativity alt=17 Country Singers Who Used Cannabis For Creativity>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cannabis Cannabis Celebrities Cannabis Contributors Country Music Markets Cannabis Markets Benzinga Sat, 08 May 2021 15:49:13 +0000 The Bluntness 20897799 at https://www.benzinga.com Cannabis In Mexico: Uncertainty Swirls Heading Into June Elections After Lawmakers Fail To Pass Adult-Use Laws Yet Again https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/05/20997601/cannabis-in-mexico-uncertainty-swirls-heading-into-june-elections-after-lawmakers-fail-to-pass-a <p>On April 30, Mexico&#39;s Congress&nbsp;failed to pass adult-use legalization orders that were handed down by five Supreme Court rulings. The latest development marks the fourth time the deadline has not been met.</p> <p>The decision puts the&nbsp;future of cannabis legalization into an&nbsp;uncertain area in Mexico as operators, advocates and lawmakers await the next steps.</p> <h2>Government Stalls Legislation Once Again</h2> <p>In the past, the COVID-19 pandemic and disputes over the bill derailed the various processes.</p> <p>This time around was more of the latter. Blame appears to be centered on changes in the bill between congressional chambers, the Senate and the House of Deputies.</p> <p>A primary sticking point&nbsp;focused on overseeing the licensing and rollout of the cannabis program.</p> <p>Zara Snapp, the co-founder of drug policy group <strong>Instituto RIA</strong>, believes the upcoming June 6 legislative elections also played a part.</p> <p>&quot;Obviously, there&#39;s a concern about how passing this law might affect those outcomes,&quot; Snapp said.</p> <p>With 500 deputy positions up for grabs&nbsp;in the house, most don&#39;t expect much forward movement&nbsp;before the results are determined.</p> <p>Raul Elizalde, president ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/05/20997601/cannabis-in-mexico-uncertainty-swirls-heading-into-june-elections-after-lawmakers-fail-to-pass-a alt=Cannabis In Mexico: Uncertainty Swirls Heading Into June Elections After Lawmakers Fail To Pass Adult-Use Laws Yet Again>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cannabis Government HempMeds Latin America Hoban Law Group Instituto RIA MJNA News Penny Stocks Regulations Markets Interview MJNA US58463A1051 News Penny Stocks Government Cannabis Regulations Markets Interview Benzinga Sat, 08 May 2021 15:46:59 +0000 Andrew Ward 20997601 at https://www.benzinga.com The Benefits Of Peyote: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Medicine https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/05/20796957/the-benefits-of-peyote-ancient-wisdom-modern-medicine <p>This article by Evan Lewis-Healey&nbsp;was originally published on&nbsp;<a href="https://psychedelicspotlight.com/">Psychedelic Spotlight</a>, and appears here with permission.</p> <h4>What did ancient cultures know about peyote&#39;s benefits?</h4> <p>Modern psychedelic research is touting the benefits of substances such as psilocybin, LSD, and ayahuasca. The former two have been integrated into Western popular culture for decades now, while more and more people are travelling to South America for ayahuasca ceremonies.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, a lesser-known psychedelic, peyote, has been used in Indigenous healing and spiritual practices for thousands of years. Many Indigenous people praise peyote for its healing effects for a myriad of mental and physical ailments.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="The Benefits of Peyote: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Medicine" src="https://psychedelicspotlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/peyote-plants-psychedelic-spotlight.jpeg" style="height:351px; width:624px" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/157786281@N07/48600152251" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow" target="_blank">Dominic Milton Trott</a>&nbsp;| Flickr</p> <h4>What is Peyote?</h4> <p>Peyote (<em>Lophophora williamsii</em>) is a small and spineless cactus found in North America. It naturally occurs in the South of Texas in the US, and all across Mexico. The word&nbsp;<em>peyote</em>&nbsp;comes from the word&nbsp;<em>peyotl</em>&nbsp;from the Aztecan language Nahuatl, meaning &ldquo;caterpillar cocoon&rdquo;, in reference to the shape of the cactus.&nbsp;</p> <p>Crucially, there are many different psychoactive compounds found within the peyote cactus. Among them is&nbsp;<a href="https://psychedelicspotlight.com/the-benefits-of-mescaline/">mescaline</a>, which is responsible for the majority of the psychedelic effects found in the cactus.&nbsp;</p> <p>The peyote cactus is considered sacred to Indigenous people within the region. A&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378874105002990?via%3Dihub" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow" target="_blank">publication&nbsp;</a>released in 2005 used radiocarbon dating to identify the age of two samples of peyote. These samples ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/05/20796957/the-benefits-of-peyote-ancient-wisdom-modern-medicine alt=The Benefits Of Peyote: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Medicine>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Ayahuasca Cannabis Cannabis Contributors peyote psychedelics Markets Cannabis Markets Benzinga Sat, 08 May 2021 15:31:54 +0000 Psychedelic Spotlight 20796957 at https://www.benzinga.com Major Energy Pipeline To US East Coast Shut Down After Cyberattack https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/05/21023854/major-energy-pipeline-to-us-east-coast-shut-down-after-cyberattack <p>A cyberattack has forced Colonial Pipeline to halt operations of its 5,500 miles of pipeline, which transports approximately 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast.</p> <p><strong>What Happened:&nbsp;</strong>Colonial Pipeline, one of the largest pipeline operators in the U.S.,&nbsp;said in a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colpipe.com/news/press-releases/media-statement-colonial-pipeline-system-disruption" target="_blank">statement</a>&nbsp;that it&nbsp;took certain systems offline on Friday and&nbsp;temporarily halted all pipeline operations, after learning that it was a victim of a cyberattack.</p> <p>Colonial has engaged a third-party cybersecurity firm to launch an investigation, and federal authorities and law enforcement have also been contacted.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline,&quot; the statement read.</p> <p>It is the biggest gasoline pipeline in the U.S., and the disruption ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/05/21023854/major-energy-pipeline-to-us-east-coast-shut-down-after-cyberattack alt=Major Energy Pipeline To US East Coast Shut Down After Cyberattack>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Colonial Pipeline cyberattack energy KKR KMI News RYDAF Sector ETFs VDE XOM Futures Commodities Markets ETFs VDE US92204A3068 XOM US30231G1022 KKR US48248M1027 KMI US49456B1017 RYDAF GB00B03MLX29 Sector ETFs News Futures Commodities Markets ETFs Benzinga Sat, 08 May 2021 14:47:30 +0000 Bibhu Pattnaik 21023854 at https://www.benzinga.com