cbd edibles illinoisDecember 15, 2021
The Healing Center Currently open in San Diego.
Columbia Care Virginia Open now in Portsmouth.
Cannabist Currently open in Boston and Lowell.
Research and Data.
Patient access is a cornerstone of our public policy work and we believe that financial needs should not stand in the way of life-changing medical cannabis. That’s why we created Share Well/Care Well, a program that provides financial subsidies to medical patients in need.
gLeaf Open now in Richmond and Short Pump.
Our patient-centric focus includes one-on-one consultations and follow-ups with pharmacists and experts, enabling individualized care on your personal health and wellness journey.
The Green Solution.
Cannabist Currently open in Deptford.
Cannabist Currently open in San Diego.
Columbia Care Ohio Currently open in Marietta, Dayton, Logan, and Monroe.
With a focus on clean cultivation, superior quality, and positive patient outcomes, we offer brands and products that meet high standards of potency, purity, and predictability.
Columbia Care strives to be as available as possible for our patients. We have locations all across the United States. Find out if there is a Columbia Care location in your area.
We analyze patient and research data to identify new insights, that enable innovation in patient care and treatment, leading to new IP and improved patient experiences.
Cannabist Currently open in Hermann.
With over one million patient interactions, we’re proud of the positive outcomes we’ve helped create. For powerful stories about how Columbia Care has impacted patients’ lives, click here.
Columbia Care New Jersey Currently open in Vineland.
SWC Arizona Currently open in Prescott.
Patriot Care Currently open in Greenfield.
Cannabist Currently open in Tempe.
Project Cannabis Currently open in Downtown LA, North Hollywood, San Francisco, and Studio City.
Wake-N-Bakery opened just three days after sales of recreational weed kicked off and soon became a hotspot on the heels of a viral TikTok video. Delgado said the shop has also gotten a huge boost from selling items laced with Delta-8, which he described as “CBD on crack.”
Adryan Delgado manages Wake-N-Bakery, a coffee shop and bakery that sells CBD- and Delta-8-THC-infused products in Lake View. Pat Nabong/Sun-Times.
Delgado claimed the shop has grown into “more than a half a million dollar company,” saying his team has already been offered franchising opportunities.
On top of that, he also found that some Delta-8 products have illegal levels of Delta-9 — meaning some stores are essentially selling weed.
Retailers across the city have started selling a variety of Delta-8 products in settings that resemble licensed cannabis dispensaries but aren’t subject to the same stiff regulations. Many sell everything from edibles to vaping cartridges, as well as smokable hemp flower sprayed with Delta-8 extract.
Here’s where new pot shops are expected to open in Chicago — and the location of every other dispensary in Illinois [MAP]
Jeff Trout, general manager of Botanic Alternatives, arranges products in the shop in the Logan Square neighborhood, Thursday afternoon, April 8, 2021. Pat Nabong/Sun-Times.
As Delta-8’s popularity has grown, the influential trade group that represents Illinois’ licensed pot businesses has started lobbying state and federal lawmakers for stricter regulations while raising concerns about its safety. State Rep. Bob Morgan, a pro-pot Democrat from Deerfield, has already introduced legislation that would require products containing Delta-8, CBD and other unchecked cannabinoids to be tested and labeled.
Baked goods that are infused with Delta-8-THC and CBD are for sale at Wake-N-Bakery in the Lake View neighborhood, Friday afternoon, April 9, 2021. Pat Nabong/Sun-Times.
Those spots have become extremely popular — with lines stretching down the block.
Thomas Fisher, the owner of Botanic Alternatives in Logan Square, said selling Delta-8 has also been beneficial for his business, but sales haven’t exactly been through the roof. He sells Delta-8 flower, as well as edibles, tinctures and vaping cartridges infused with the psychoactive substance. The store also stocks various hemp-derived cannabinoids — like CBD and CBG — and certain types of “adaptogenic” mushrooms.
Waits can be 30 minutes to get inside, Delgado said.
The next round of highly sought-after marijuana dispensary licenses have been mired in controversy and delays but will likely be worth millions. However, businesses like Botanic Alternatives and Wake-N-Bakery don’t need a special license to sell Delta-8.
As for a potential crackdown, Delgado said it would be devastating for Wake-N-Bakery if Delta-8 sales were relegated only to dispensaries. But Fisher and Trout seemed far less concerned.
Chicago businesses are exploiting an apparent loophole in federal law that allows the unfettered sale of a trendy hemp byproduct called Delta-8-THC, which has commonly been described as “marijuana-lite” or “diet weed.”
Share All sharing options for: An unregulated, weed-like drug dubbed ‘CBD on crack’ has spiked in popularity. Now the legal pot industry is calling for a crackdown.
Some places are even dosing food and drinks with Delta-8 and allowing customers to consume it on site. That flies in the face of a hard-fought provision in the state’s marijuana legalization law that tightly regulates public consumption, which isn’t allowed in Chicago yet.
A growing number of Chicago businesses are now exploiting a loophole in federal law that appears to allow the unfettered sale of a trendy hemp byproduct called Delta-8-THC, which has commonly been described as “marijuana-lite” or “diet weed.”
Delta-8 is similar to Delta-9-THC, the psychoactive compound in weed that gets users high, though it’s extracted from hemp and not marijuana. Those selling Delta-8 claim it has all the upsides of pot and none of the buzz-killing side effects, like anxiety and paranoia.
“Delta-8 is creating a competitive market without being subject to the same standards and regulations and rules that the cannabis industry is,” noted Althoff, who likened the Delta-8 dilemma to the deadly vaping and synthetic marijuana crises that previously roiled the nationwide cannabis industry.
The association’s pushback comes as lawmakers and regulators in Oregon consider whether to take similar action. In a news release on March 20, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission noted that Delta-8 products aren’t currently subject to testing and could potentially be bought by children — concerns shared by Althoff.
“People travel to Chicago because it’s Chicago and they make it a point to stop here because of the vibe,” said Adryan Delgado, the manager of Wake-N-Bakery, a coffee shop in Lake View that sells drinks and pastries infused with Delta-8 and CBD.
‘An important day for cannabis equity in Illinois:’ New bill aims to address flawed licensing rollout, add 115 pot shop permits.
Though Delta-8 is currently sold at some dispensaries in the state, the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois is also pushing to completely prohibit its sale outside those controlled environments.
Sukaina Jallow prepares a drink infused with Delta-8-THC at Wake-N-Bakery, a coffee shop and bakery in the Lake View neighborhood, Friday afternoon, April 9, 2021. Pat Nabong/Sun-Times.
That stark warning was echoed by the owner of a cannabis testing lab who noticed multiple “red flags” when he tested Delta-8 products bought off store shelves in Chicago. The tester, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was most concerned that one brand of vaping cartridges had high levels of residual solvents and heavy metals, namely lead and chromium.
The shops also aren’t subject to the same strict testing requirements, though Fisher and Delgado claimed they ensure their respective supplies have been screened for contaminants. Botanic Alternatives sources its Delta-8 from Florida, while Wake-N-Bakery makes its own isolate.
“Many of these products are unsafe, untested, and it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt,” Morgan said on Twitter Monday, noting the bill is slated for a House vote this week.
“We were a business before Delta-8 [and] we’re going to be a business after Delta-8,” said Fisher. “If anything changes, we just need to be ready and poised to continue on.”
Products containing Delta-8-THC are displayed at Botanic Alternatives, located at 2497 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Logan Square neighborhood, Thursday afternoon, April 8, 2021. Pat Nabong/Sun-Times.