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Cannabis News: How (+ Why) to Stay Informed

Staying on top of state cannabis news is crucial for anyone who uses recreational marijuana. The cannabis industry is young and vital, with new products and ways of enjoying weed available practically every time you visit your favorite dispensary. 

On top of that, our understanding of marijuana’s impact on human health seems to change just as quickly as ever-shifting state laws, thanks to the ongoing research of doctors and science. Partaking marijuana in ways that are lawful, healthy, and fun means keeping up with the latest trends, newest innovations, and most current legal regulations.  

Knowing how to stay informed and where to turn for accurate and up-to-date cannabis news is an important first step, but it isn’t the only thing you should be doing. Recreational weed is both a commercial market and a thriving community. By connecting with industry professionals and other users through events and discussions, you can contribute to the conversation, stay informed, and spark relationships — and more — with others who share your interest in cannabis.

Why You Should Be Keeping Up With Cannabis News

Why stay informed on cannabis news? There are several answers to that question, but they can all be summed up like this: the world of weed is always changing. 

The marijuana landscape is in a near-constant state of flux in terms of the kinds of products that are available, the popularity of those products, and new, exciting ways to use marijuana. Likewise, the industry itself is always expanding as growers experiment with new cultivation methods and equipment, new businesses get in on the game, and veteran businesses alter their approaches. And it all happens in response to changing laws at both the state and federal levels. 

Knowing how to stay informed on the latest cannabis news is the best way to ensure you have up-to-the-minute information on important aspects of the industry, like: 

Product innovation

There are numerous ways to use marijuana — from edibles, concentrates, tinctures, and topicals to any of the classic options for smoking traditional flower. If you’re an adventurous smoker who likes to mix things up, you owe it to yourself to stay informed on the newest products coming down the pike. That includes new methods, new strains, and an array of mechanisms for smoking, vaping, dabbing, and more.

Industry trends and opportunities

Although marijuana users are an ambitious group that loves to try new things, they’re also loyal to the products that have already won them over. And the industry responds by putting out new products while keeping the market well-stocked with proven favorites. 

On the business side, the weed industry achieved a global market value of over $43 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach at least $444 billion by 2030. This indicates that the cannabis industry is full of potentially lucrative opportunities for anyone interested in investing, growing, or taking advantage of career opportunities in the industry, which creates about 280 new jobs every day. 

State laws and regulations

At this point, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, even though 31 states have fully legalized marijuana and a handful have legalized it for medical use only. Why keep informed of the laws in your state and all around the country? Because even in the states where it’s legal, marijuana remains heavily regulated. By keeping up with cannabis news, you stay cued into changes regarding how much pot you can buy at a time, where you can and can’t consume it, and where to get it when you travel. 

Health and safety information 

At the end of 2022, President Biden signed the Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act, making it much easier for researchers to launch projects involving the scientific study of weed. This is expected to have a huge impact on what we know about marijuana and how we approach weed education. It’s also likely to breed new developments for safer ways of consuming it.  

Another reason why staying informed of cannabis news is so important is because it enables you to participate in the ongoing national conversation. Joining the discussion is an opportunity to have your voice heard by lawmakers in your state and in Washington. When you do, you can help influence laws and policies that affect marijuana laws, weed education and research, and more. It’s also the opportunity to support those who work tirelessly to make marijuana an equitable, positively impactful industry.

How to Stay Informed on Cannabis News 

Knowing why staying informed matters is one thing. It’s equally important that you know how to stay informed. Fortunately, finding sources you can trust to deliver accurate, relevant, and current cannabis news doesn’t have to be an endurance exercise. There are many virtual and real-world sources you can turn to for information, including:

  • Online resources, like DDM’s informative blog and team of experts who are committed to answering all of your cannabis news questions
  • Leading industry publications like High Times, Freedom Leaf, and Cannabis Now
  • Industry events, including conferences, expos, and job fairs
  • Government websites for state-specific legal information
  • Holistic medical professionals for guidance on the latest information on marijuana and your health

Connecting with the marijuana community is another great option for keeping up with cannabis news. Attending festivals, conventions, and networking events puts you in touch with members of the community so you can ask questions, share ideas, and more. 

Lastly, the budtenders at your favorite marijuana dispensary are an invaluable resource when it comes to how to stay informed on cannabis news. Many people who work with cannabis are drawn to the industry because of a deep interest in marijuana. That means it isn’t just their job to stay informed on everything cannabis, it’s also their passion.

For Top-Shelf Products and Cannabis News, Turn to DDM

DDM Cannabis is Blackstone, Massachusett’s premier minority-owned marijuana dispensary. Whether you’re a recent convert to recreational weed or a long-time member of the marijuana community, our shelves are stocked with an incredible selection of products and supplies for elevating your marijuana enjoyment to the next level. Connect with us today. 

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