NY stock exchange allows new electronic trading fund for cannabis

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

For the first time ever, an exchange traded fund (ETF) with exposure to the marijuana industry has received approval to join the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The new ETF will provide investors with a simple way to access a burgeoning cannabis industry that some say is the biggest market opportunity of a generation. NYSE [...]

Confirmed: Colorado is better off after legalising cannabis!

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

While the supporters of Amendment 64 have been celebrating the fifth anniversary of the 2012 vote that legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, other groups are continuing to campaign against cannabis, including the Marijuana Accountability Coalition, which paid for an anti-pot billboard downtown this month that asked this question: Are you better off than you were five years ago? Answers Jeremy: [...]

What is the truth behind the child who’s death was linked to cannabis?

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

For the doctors at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the 11-month-old’s deathwas a puzzle. He had been largely healthy for most of his young life, but his autopsy revealed that he died of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle that is rare in a child so young. Making the condition even more puzzling, [...]

Wyoming looking towards stricter cannabis laws

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A legislative committee has advanced proposals that seek to close loopholes in Wyoming’s marijuana laws. The Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance two draft bills to the 2018 budget session relating to the possession of marijuana and other products infused with its intoxicating agent. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that state courts have faced challenges in interpreting [...]

Weeks ahead of recreational sales, California releases it’s cannabis rules

November 17th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The largest legal marijuana marketplace in the U.S. is taking shape — at least on paper. California regulators released long-awaited rules Thursday that will govern the state’s emerging cannabis economy, from fields to retail sales. The regulations have been in development for many months and in some cases covered familiar ground: At first, the state [...]

Connecticut debate to include questions on cannabis reform

November 17th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The Connecticut state chapter of NORML and the Yale University branch of the group Students for Sensible Drug Policy will co-host the inaugural gubernatorial candidate debate of the 2018 governor’s race. Candidates will be asked to weigh in on questions specific to adult use marijuana legalization, criminal justice reform, hemp production, and the state’s current medical marijuana program, among [...]

NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns calls upon the NBA to lift cannabis ban

November 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns believes the NBA should permit the use of medicinal marijuana. In an interview with ESPN published Wednesday, the 22-year-old Towns said he agrees with former NBA Commissioner David Stern’s stance that the drug should be removed from the league’s banned substance list. Towns raised the issue when asked by an ESPN reporter what change [...]

$3 million compensation for students who suffered invasive drug search

November 16th, 2017|Cannabis|

A southwest Georgia sheriff’s order to conduct an invasive drug search of hundreds of students at Worth County High School will cost $3 million under a proposed settlement announced Tuesday in a federal civil rights lawsuit. The settlement will go to approximately 850 students who were at the school on April 14 and subjected to the search [...]

Racial imbalance with minor cannabis arrests in New York

November 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

African Americans in the city of Buffalo (population 257,000) are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana possession offenses, according to an analysis of arrest data by the advocacy group Partnership for the Public Good. Researchers evaluated marijuana arrest data for Erie County, New York for the years 2012 to 2016. Countywide, blacks comprised 71 percent of all low-level marijuana [...]

Wisconsin democratic candidate Matt Flynn comes out in favour of cannabis

November 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Democratic candidate for governor Matt Flynn says if Wisconsin voters want to legalize marijuana, he’s all for it. Flynn on Tuesday called for the Republican-controlled Legislature to put a non-binding referendum on the November 2018 ballot asking if there’s support for the legalization and sale of marijuana. If it would pass, Flynn says as governor [...]

Colorado ski town on course to surpass $10m in cannabis sales this year

November 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Steamboat Springs marijuana sales are still on track to surpass $10 million this year, but for the first time there have been two consecutive months that have only shown single-digit increases over the previous year. Sales were up 9 percent in August and 5 percent in September over the same months in 2016. Steamboat marijuana [...]

Protect medical cannabis patients from Jeff Sessions!

November 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted his Department of Justice would be required to abide by budget amendments that restrict their use of funding to go after state-legal medical marijuana programs. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) grilled Sessions on a number of his Reefer Madness talking points including his comments stating marijuana consumers [...]

Will Arkansas see a decline in opioid deaths if they implement medical cannabis?

November 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Will implementation of medical cannabis in Arkansas reduce the use of potentially deadly opioid painkillers? Several medical studies indicate it will, but the conclusion of a recent study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information concludes it will take a one-two punch of medical cannabis and prescription drug monitoring programs to decrease opioid-related mortality. That same [...]

500 cannabis plants robbed by 6 people dressed in police uniform

November 13th, 2017|Cannabis|

One of at least six people who allegedly posed as law enforcement to tie up and rob victims at a California marijuana grow last month was arrested after a day day-long standoff with SWAT on Wednesday. The robbery occurred Oct. 13 at a Calaveras County grow site on Skull Flat Road in West Point. The [...]

We may not bear the fruits until 2018 but the work towards cannabis tax revenue starts now

November 13th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

The day after Election Day, Chris Lindley was smiling as he picked up campaign signs. It’ll be his easiest task for the foreseeable future, after helping pass Eagle County’s new marijuana tax. Ballot Measure 1A passed with 8,151 votes, 74 percent of the 11,056 ballots cast in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, election. “This is the [...]

Colorado maintains whopping revenue stream for third month in a row

November 10th, 2017|Cannabis|

Colorado marijuana sales are holding steady. Cannabis shops across the state sold a little more than $136.6 million in flower, edibles, concentrates and accessories for September 2017, according to The Cannabist’s calculations on tax statistics released Thursday by the state Department of Revenue. It’s the third month in a row that combined recreational and medical cannabis sales [...]

Israel reveals plans to become third largest exporter of medicinal cannabis

November 10th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Israel is set to become the world’s third biggest exporter of medical cannabis, as the global market is set to reach $33 billion in the next seven years. Its government has estimated sales abroad would rake in $1.1 billion a year for the Middle Eastern country. Bio-tech companies based there are preparing to expand production of the [...]

Wisconsin may join other states in legalising cannabis

November 10th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Wisconsin would join a majority of other states in allowing the farming of industrial hemp under a bill sent to Gov. Scott Walker. The Wisconsin Assembly passed the bill unanimously Thursday. It cleared the Senate unanimously Tuesday and now goes to Walker. His spokesman Tom Evenson said Walker would review the bill but did not [...]

The journey to legal cannabis in California

November 9th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

I was deep into my second or third joint of the afternoon, lounging on a green leather Moroccan pouf in the shade, when an elegant older blonde in a bright floral dress rushed up to declare that I was urgently needed on stage. It was Susan Soares, the beloved marijuana advocate and ringmaster of the [...]

How Europe contributes to the cannabis industry

November 9th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Poland has just legalised medical cannabis. Germany is considering selling it in pharmacies and dispensaries. Several African nations also are mulling it over. Even the United Kingdom seems to be considering the prospect (though the Prime Minister’s government is opposed, so one should not be surprised if it comes to nought). US Market Hits Speed [...]

Florida’s Matt Gaetz says the bad treatment of cannabusiness must end

November 9th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In 1981, a Tax Court judge ruled on tax deductions taken by Mr. Jeff Edmonson, a man with a unique business: the large-scale distribution of drugs. For the tax year in question, he had sold over a million tablets of amphetamine, a hundred pounds of marijuana, and nearly a pound of cocaine. Mr. Edmonson was [...]

Longmont, Colorado, votes in favour of cannabis taxation

November 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A proposal to increase Longmont’s municipal sales tax for public safety spending, as well as a measure that would impose a new sales tax on purchases of marijuana, were on their way toward easy victory Wednesday morning based on unofficial but still partial vote totals. Issue 2I would impose a special 3 percent sales tax [...]

Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s pro-cannabis candidate, claims victory as governor

November 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

After making the legalization of marijuana a core issue in both his primary and general election campaigns, Democratic candidate Phil Murphy has claimed victory in the New Jersey gubernatorial election over Republican Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. In fact, in his primary victory speech, Phil Murphy proclaimed his desire to sign a marijuana legalization bill within his [...]

Athens, Ohio removes all penalties for cannabis

November 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The Athens Cannabis Ordinance – better known as “TACO” – to completely remove all penalties for possessing, cultivating, and gifting of up to 200 grams of marijuana was approved by voters on election day by a vote of 77 percent to 23 percent. In November 2016, four Ohio municipalities – Newark, Logan, Roseville, and Bellaire – passed similar [...]

Interview with stoner comic Doug Benson

November 7th, 2017|Cannabis|

Besides Cheech & Chong, the comedian most associated with marijuana is Doug Benson. He’s made a living off his laid-back stoner persona for over a decade, on stage with “The Marijuana-Logues,” on film in Super High Me and on the small screen with his most recent venture, The High Court. But Benson is also known as a comedy [...]

Young woman with a brain tumour wants medical cannabis on NHS

November 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

A young woman who is using cannabis to treat her brain tumour is calling for the drug to be made available to patients on the NHS. Kate Munford, 21, had four major surgeries and gruelling courses of chemo and radiotherapy – but was left devastated when her incurable cancerous tumour began to grow back. Her family began looking at [...]

The plethora of taxes which will soon hit California’s cannabis market

November 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

California’s legal marijuana marketplace is coming with a kaleidoscope of new taxes and fees that could influence where it’s grown, how pot cookies and other munchies are produced and the price tag on just about everything. Be ready for sticker shock. On a retail level, it costs about $35 to buy a small bag of [...]

Poland green lights medical cannabis

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Polish pharmacists will be allowed to treat people with cannabis after the drug was legalised for medicinal purposes. Under new regulations that came into force on Wednesday cannabis from imported plants can be processed at Polish pharmacies - as long as it has been logged with the country's Office for Registration of Medical Products. Pharmacists are [...]

Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug looking for FDA approval

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

A CBD-based pharmaceutical drug in development is one more step closer to potential FDA approval. Earlier this week, London-based GW Pharmaceuticals plc, which operates in the United States as Greenwich Biosciences, wrapped up its New Drug Application for Epidiolex, a formulation of the cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of seizures associated with two specific [...]

Paul LePage vetoes Maine’s cannabis bill

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill passed by the Maine legislature 11 days ago to regulate the retail sale of marijuana. The Maine Legislature is set to return Monday to deal with any vetoes by LePage. The bill that sets rules for sales and taxes on marijuana passed with a two-thirds majority in the [...]

The need for a stable market outweighs merely legalising cannabis, but it’s a start

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In March of this year, Oakland City Council implemented the Equity Permit Program for aspiring marijuana entrepreneurs in the new green economy. This program is designed to address the past disparities in the cannabis industry by giving priority to the victims of the war on drugs and minimizing barriers to entry into the industry; ultimately [...]

Is cannabis good for your health?

November 3rd, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania's health department unveiled a landmark registry for its residents who use medical marijuana. The new website will serve as a one-stop hub connecting patients and caregivers to growers, dispensaries, labs and physicians. More than 100 doctors are already linked to the program, with another 200 currently in training. By May of 2018, applicants should be able [...]

Over 64% of Americans now in favour of legalised cannabis

November 3rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Sixty-four percent of US adults, including majorities of self-identified Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, saythat the adult use of marijuana ought to be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by Gallup. The percentage is the highest level of support ever reported by Gallup, which has polled the question since 1969. It is also the first time that a [...]

Could legal cannabis help the heavily underfunded NHS?

November 3rd, 2017|Cannabis|

f there existed a lucrative industry, with proven success, that helps people get better and could save money for the NHS, shouldn’t we be talking about it? After attending a cannabis conference in Denver, Colorado, it struck me that here was a real solution to some of the difficulties our health services is facing. Cannabis has [...]

Both veterans and congress are looking for cannabis reform it would seem

November 3rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Veterans are adding their voices to the growing chorus calling for changes in marijuana research and legalization. A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives, along with several combat veterans and the mother of a Marine who died by suicide after struggling with prescribed pharmaceuticals, came together in Washington on Thursday and urged Congress to advance efforts for [...]

California councilman goes on rant against cannabis advocates

November 2nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Colfax, California Mayor pro tem Tony Hesch cursed out a resident last week during a City Council meeting for interrupting him during a debate on keeping some marijuana policies under local control in Colfax, California. Hesch referred to pro-marijuana advocates as “people who have wasted our freaking time” over the last three years. He and [...]

How long does it take for cannabis to leave your system?

November 2nd, 2017|Cannabis|

From a certain perspective, humans appear hard-wired for cannabis. We have an endocannabinoid system throughout our body with receptors that perfectly fit the cannabinoids we ingest when we consume weed. And our bodies process those cannabinoids in a variety of ways, producing byproducts that can linger for a long time. So how long does weed [...]

California airports introduce first cannabis ads

November 2nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A cannabis company has an important announcement for travelers departing one of California’s busiest airports. “Cannabis is legal. Traveling with it is not. Leave it in California,” reads an advertisement placed in the bottom of trays used by travelers to move items through security checkpoints. Denver-based Organa Brands International, which makes vaporizers, edibles and other products, [...]

Trump administration shuns evidence that cannabis can help deter opioid abuse

November 2nd, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

Despite the growing body of scientific evidence showing that cannabis access is associated with reductions in opioid use and mortality, the Chairman of the White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis today called upon the President to reject any efforts to acknowledge marijuana’s promising role in mitigating opioid abuse and dependency. In a letter sent today [...]

Cleveland city introduces cannabis zoning

November 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

City Council voted Monday to approve new zoning requirements that will prevent the sale of medical marijuana in about 95 percent of the city. The legislation, approved 15-1, limits the location of marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, production and refining facilities and research sites. The balancing act council members are trying to perform is to tightly [...]

Cancer sufferer thanks cannabis for her cancer shrinking

November 1st, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

A grandmother has claimed a cancerous tumour in her breast has dramatically shrunk since she started taking cannabis oil. Lin Coxon was told she had a 33mm tumour that had invaded lymph nodes and muscle, and she would need eight rounds of chemotherapy followed by a lumpectomy and the removal of all the lymph nodes. [...]

Lawsuits against Arkansas regulators over cannabis license rejections

November 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Applicants seeking to open medical marijuana businesses in Arkansas are suing the commission overseeing the proposals. The lawsuits were filed last week and placed under seal in Pulaski County, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. They allege the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission wrongly assessed hundreds of applications last month when it rejected bids for failing to meet [...]

Domestic production of hemp has more than doubled in 2017

November 1st, 2017|Cannabis|

Domestic hemp production increased dramatically from 2016 to 2017, according to data compiled by the advocacy organization Vote Hemp. The group calculates that US farmers cultivated over 23,000 acres of hemp in 2017, up from fewer than 10,000 acres in 2016. Under a 2014 federal law, states may license hemp cultivation as part of a university sponsored pilot program. [...]

Owner of Corona Beers is now a percentage owner of the world’s largest cannabis producer

October 31st, 2017|Cannabis|

Long have the worlds of beer and marijuana, and their respective industries, been seen as completely opposing one another. However, with the prospect of legal cannabis further pushing marijuana towards becoming a commodity, cannabis is now becoming a viable, commercial industry which can be profited off. Now, the big businesses are looking to get a [...]

Study finds stoners are 20% more sexually active

October 31st, 2017|Cannabis|

We've all heard of how 1960's Hippy culture strongly leaned towards both free love and prolific cannabis use, however, while those stereotypes are still around today, they are a lot more niche and the modern stoner is a different animal. A new study has found that cannabis smokers have 20% more sex than non-smokers, but [...]

Is California’s medical marijuana legalisation alienating long-term patients?

October 31st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Medical cannabis dispensaries have existed within the state of California for a long time now, so much so that the Golden State is actually somewhat famous for them, but that was during the time of decriminalisation. So, this begs the question, how has everything changed in the age of legalisation? With California on the verge [...]

The demand for the VA to study medical cannabis more in-depth

October 31st, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Members of the US House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs are demanding the Department of Veterans Affairs facilitate protocols to assess the efficacy of medical cannabis in veterans suffering from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress. Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz, along with nine other Democrat members of the Committee, authored an October 26, 2017 letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin stating: “[The] VA [...]

In very 1980s fashion, Sessions claims that drug addiction begins with cannabis

October 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Speaking at separate events Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump delivered remarks on drug policy that matched messaging straight out of the 1980s. “We’ve got to re-establish first a view that you should say ‘no’ – people should say ‘no’ to drug abuse,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the Heritage Foundation, echoing [...]

Is cannabis legalisation just around the corner? Former Republican Chairman thinks so

October 30th, 2017|CBD, Legalisation|

There’s no better time than the present to discuss marijuana legalization according to Michael Steele, who helped shape national policy during his tenure as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Steele recently told Civilized that America is finally ready to take a critical look at its outdated drug policies. “Broadly speaking, the opportunity’s there now [...]

Top Colorado doc dismisses legalisation fears

October 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Contrary to the claims of many marijuana prohibitionists, regulating the adult use of cannabis in Colorado has not been associated with any significant adverse effects on public safety. So affirmed Colorado’s top doctor, Larry Wolk, Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health, in an interview Tuesday with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Specifically, Dr. Wolk said that [...]

Cannabis oil cures woman’s sciatica within hours

October 27th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

A woman who spent 13 years in crippling pain that reduced her to tears says she has been cured thanks to cannabis oil. Brenda Davidson says she is virtually pain free since using the oil, which is legally available because it doesn’t contain THC. A day after trying her firstdrop of the oil she said: [...]

Congress calls for research into cannabis for army veterans

October 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs are urging Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin to ensure the VA’s research and development office fulfills “its stated mission,” by allowing research into the effects of marijuana on military veterans suffering from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. The letter, issued Thursday, was signed by all 10 [...]

Jeff Sessions urges to do his best to enforce the law

October 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In an interview with conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated his position against marijuana, his commitment to enforcing its prohibition, and expressed an openness to use RICO suits against businesses that handle the plant. Earlier this year Cully Stimson of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank that has a tremendous amount of influence [...]

Colorado debunks claims of cannabis prohibition

October 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Contrary to the claims of many marijuana prohibitionists, regulating the adult use of cannabis in Colorado has not been associated with any significant adverse effects on public safety. So affirmed Colorado’s top doctor, Larry Wolk, Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health, in an interview Tuesday with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Specifically, Dr. Wolk said that [...]

Concerns raised over the strength of cannabis in Britain

October 26th, 2017|Cannabis|

The study was conducted at Manchester Metropolitan University. Researchers there say it suggests most of the cannabis bought on the streets is high in the plant's most dangerous substance. Only 50 samples of cannabis were tested, all from the Manchester area. They all showed the same results. The cannabis showed high levels of THC (the [...]

The battle for Denver’s 420 Rally is on the horizon

October 26th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Colorado cannabis entrepreneur is making a play for control of the Denver 4/20 rally after its controversial aftermath this past April. Pepe Breton, co-founder of dispensary chain Euflora, regrets that his company was a title sponsor of the 2017 rally, he said Wednesday. But Breton isn’t just dropping support for the annual rally at Civic Center Park [...]

2/3 of Americans in favour of cannabis legalisation

October 26th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A record percentage of US adults, including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and for the first time ever, Republicans, believe that the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to polling data released today by Gallup. Sixty-four percent of adults believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States” — the highest percentage ever reported [...]

When technology failed one cannabis dispensary had to record sales by hand

October 25th, 2017|Cannabis|

MJ Freeway, a seed-to-sale tracking software platform, suffered an outage this weekend forcing many Pennsylvania businesses to suspend operations Washington's cannabis regulator also announced that MJ Freeway wouldn't meet an October 31 deadline, and Nevada dropped them 2 years into a 5 year contract MJ Freeway was hacked multiple times earlier this year, and some speculate [...]

A study showing the affects of marijuana across two states

October 25th, 2017|Cannabis|

A sweeping $5.5 million study of cannabis use among Colorado and Minnesota twins, both identical and fraternal, will try to discover why some people are more vulnerable to the negative impacts of marijuana, among other topics. The study of 5,000 twins, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is the first in the United [...]

Medical cannabis may be under threat

October 25th, 2017|Cannabis|

Protections for the medical marijuana markets that are now legal in 30 states are set to expire on December 8th. After that, over 2 million registered patients’ continued access to their medication will rely on the prohibitionist whims of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been lobbying aggressively for the ability to use the full force of [...]

British teen boy saved from ‘brink of death’ by his mother buying illegal cannabis

October 24th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

Deryn Blackwell, from Norfolk, was sent to a hospice shortly after his 14th birthday to live out his final few days. He was frail and in extraordinary pain after a relentless battle with a one in a billion form of cancer, Langerhans cell sarcoma. But after his parents secretly gave him cannabis oil to ease his [...]

Germany’s cannabis plans – what’s the big idea?

October 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Germany is proceeding down the path to officially grow its own medical cannabis crops. Medical use became legal this year, along with a federal mandate for cheap access. That means that public health insurance companies, which cover 90% of Germans, are now firmly on the hook if not front line of the cannabis efficacy issue. [...]

Nevada cannabis sales top a whopping $33 million in August alone

October 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Nevada is the state on everyone's lips at present in the cannabis industry. From it's struggles to it's successes, the state is very much a hot topic at the forefront of the cannabis industry, in part due to the major tourist attraction, the city of Las Vegas, being situated there. Nevada marijuana sales are sizzling. [...]

Peru legalises medical cannabis!

October 23rd, 2017|Cannabis|

Lawmakers in Peru have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill to legalise medical marijuana, allowing cannabis oil to be locally produced, imported and sold. With a vote of 68-5, Peru’s Congress approved the bill which will be written into law in 60 days, once regulations for producing and selling cannabis have been set out. Alberto de [...]

The full extent of the fire damages to California cannabis farmers

October 23rd, 2017|Cannabis|

The deadly wildfires that ravaged communities and wineries in Northern California also severely damaged numerous marijuana farms, just before the state is expected to fully legalize the drug, in a disaster that could have far-reaching implications for a nascent industry. At least 34 marijuana farms suffered extensive damage as the wildfires tore across wine country and [...]

Cannabis users less likely to suffer from fatty liver disease

October 23rd, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Adults with a history of cannabis use are less likely to suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than are those who have not used the substance, according to data published online in the journal PLoS One. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most prevalent form of liver disease, affecting an estimated 80 to 100 million people in [...]

Cannabis legalisation in the UK would help rid the streets of super-strength skunk

October 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

You know times are getting weird when The Mirror, or any tabloid for that matter, speaks, somewhat, fondly of the idea of legalising cannabis. No matter where the information comes from, it is true that legalising cannabis would render a large portion of the black-market cannabis trade utterly obsolete. It would rule out much of [...]

New Zealand cannabis referendum coming in the next three years

October 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Yesterday, Jacinda Ardern beat the odds and became the youngest female leader in New Zealand's history at age 37. After spending a mere three months as leader of the opposition, New Zealand's Labour Party leader looks set to form a coalition with the New Zealand First party after no parties failed to secure a majority [...]

Maine Governor looking to start legal cannabis sales a bit later than originally expected

October 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Maine’s Republican governor is proposing that lawmakers consider simply delaying recreational marijuana sales, instead of passing a legislative re-write of the voter-approved marijuana law. The Maine Legislature is set to return Monday to consider a re-write offered by a legislative committee handling marijuana implementation. Republican House Minority Leader Ken Fredette said he is sponsoring Gov. Paul LePage’s [...]

Jeff Sessions wants more competition among medical cannabis researchers

October 19th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said there should be “more competition” among growers who supply marijuana for federal research, though he said he thought the current applicant pool of 26 was too many. His statement came in response to a question from Sen. Orrin Hatch, [...]

More major Nevada cities could see recreational cannabis sales this weekend

October 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Nevada has had a bit of a slow start with it's legal, recreational cannabis industry. Since voting to legalise and subsequently attempting to implement cannabis into it's major city, Las Vegas, Nevada has been riddled with a number of problems, even those such as being able to supply cannabis in line with it's demand. A [...]

The 24-year old entrepreneur who is launching a cannabis career site

October 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

By 2026, the marijuana industry could be worth $50 billion annually, and 24-year-old Karson Humiston wants to bridge the gap between workers interested in cannabis careers and companies looking to grow their business. Humiston is the founder of online career platform Vangsters, which provides a central location for cannabis employers to find potential employees. The platform is [...]

Even MP’s have joined the cannabis tea party protest outside Parliament

October 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

MPs and activists gathered outside Parliament for a “cannabis tea party” demanding the legalisation of the drug for medicinal purposes. Organised by the United Patients Alliance, a group that hopes to legalise the drug for those suffering from chronic conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS), the Labour MPs Paul Flynn and Tonia Antoniazzi appeared alongside the [...]

Online payments companies pull out of fundraising attempts for wildfire victims due to cannabis ties

October 18th, 2017|Cannabis|

An online payment company has shut down a fundraising campaign set up to support cannabis cultivators who’ve been impacted by the deadly wildfires in Northern California, saying marijuana remains illegal under federal law. WePay, which processes payments for the crowdfunding site YouCaring.com, is refusing to pass along more than $13,000 in donations the California Growers [...]

NFL looks towards cannabis law reform

October 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The National Football League, still in political crosshairs over whether players should take a knee during the national anthem, is throwing its weight behind another cause in Washington’s debate over racial inequality: Criminal-justice reform. The NFL’s spokesman said on Monday that the league has decided to endorse a bipartisan bill to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for [...]

Humboldt County’s personal cannabis growers will now require permits

October 17th, 2017|Cannabis|

Growing cannabis for personal use may be legal in California, but it will cost you at least $160 in Humboldt County’s city of Blue Lake. The Blue Lake City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday evening that will require anyone wishing to grow for personal use in the city to pay a $160 fee and to [...]

You can now get a degree in marijuana science and business from University of Michigan

October 17th, 2017|Cannabis|

A university in Michigan is offering an unusual degree — in marijuana. Northern Michigan University in Marquette began its medical plant chemistry program this semester, with about a dozen students in the first class, the Detroit Free Press reported. The program combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing and finance. It’s an unusual program. Other universities offer classes [...]

African Americans 8 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis posession

October 17th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

African Americans in Pennsylvania are over eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession offenses in 2014, adult [...]

An apprehensive medical cannabis doctor practising in the heart of the bible belt

October 17th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

As Dr. Joseph Parker sees it, he has little choice except to prescribe medical marijuana — even though doing so may raise some eyebrows in Texarkana, Ark. “I was reluctant initially to agree to prescribe it, because you know anytime there’s a change in policy, whichever doctors agree to consider it first, people who disagree [...]

California set to earn $2.68 billion from medical cannabis alone in 2017

October 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

To understand Californians’ favorite methods for ingesting cannabis, Joshua Hoffman likens it to the different ways of experiencing music. Think of smoking cannabis flowers like attending a live concert, he said. The second most popular method — vape pens — is like listening to a CD on high-end speakers. “The flower is the musician with [...]

In light of recent wildfires, where does Northern California’s pot industry go?

October 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

The devastating and deadly wildfires in Northern California could hardly have come at a worse time for the region’s well-established and highly respected cannabis industry. Growers in the area, famous for its world-class quality cannabis, were in the midst of their autumn harvest as the wildfires tore through Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties — leaving in their wake a rising death toll, millions [...]

No plans for legalising cannabis growth in Jersey

October 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Senator Andrew Green was asked a series of questions about the legality of cannabis in a freedom of information request following the decision to reclassify cannabis-based medicinal products to treat certain conditions. No such products have yet been identified for reclassification. In its response to the request, Health stressed that the reclassification would not make [...]

Adults access to cannabis in Colorado has seen decline in opioid deaths

October 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Retail cannabis distribution in Colorado is associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Public Health. A team of investigators from the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University compared changed in the prevalence of monthly opioid-related deaths [...]

Fortuna City Council move forward with plans for cannabis

October 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

During a joint meeting Monday evening, the Fortuna City Council and Planning Commission met to hash out the city’s proposed rules governing cannabis in the Friendly City. “Most communities, most cities in the state are wrapping up development of their ordinances now,” city manager Mark Wheetley said. “We’re trying to wrap all this up prior [...]

Federal Court sees battle over intellectual property in the cannabis industry

October 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A number of cannabis businesses have pursued federal intellectual property protection for their cannabis-related innovations, such as U.S. patents that protect novel cannabis plant varieties, growing methods, extraction methods, etc. Enforcement of such federal IP rights requires that the IP owner file suit in federal court asserting those rights against another cannabis company. However, given [...]

California growers suffering from financial woes and other stresses

October 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

“This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.” The stresses felt by cannabis farmer Ahren Osterbrink, a Redwood Valley resident evacuated since the onset of the Mendocino [...]

Progress on cannabis sales proposal in Moreno Valley

October 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Moreno Valley is moving forward with a proposal that would allow recreational and medical cannabis sales along with other related activities. At the end of a Tuesday, Oct. 10, study session, City Council members asked officials from the Inland Empire city to bring them an ordinance that would allow for the sales, cultivation, manufacturing and testing [...]

Colorado cannabis revenue tops $1 billion in merely 8 months

October 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Legal marijuana is a bona fide billion-dollar industry in Colorado. And it’s hitting the mark faster than ever. In 2017, Colorado eclipsed $1 billion in marijuana sales in eight months; in 2016, it took 10 months. Colorado’s marijuana retailers logged upward of $1.02 billion in collective medical and recreational sales through August, according to The Cannabist’s [...]

Wildfires continue to devastate California’s cannabis farms

October 12th, 2017|Cannabis|

Earlier this week, a series of wildfires began ripping through Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, causing mandatory evacuations, rampant property damage and taking the lives of at least 17 people. Extraordinarily high wind gusts up to 50 mph have swept through communities in Northern California, leaving complete destruction in its wake. According to The Washington [...]

Jeff Sessions may be closer to bud blackout than you think

October 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

he 85 words almost seemed an afterthought when Congress hurriedly crammed them into a massive budget bill late in the Obama administration, as if lawmakers wanted to acknowledge America’s outlook on marijuana had changed, but not make a big deal of it. Almost three years later, a multibillion-dollar industry and the freedom of millions to [...]

Los Angeles cannabusinesses live in fear of reg shutdown

October 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Like countless Californians in the last few years, Roberta Koz Wilson and her brother Jeff saw the coming revolution in cannabis and decided they wanted a piece of it. Or in their case, a bite. Using a recipe perfected by their mother, they created Dr. Norm’s Cookie Co., a Los Angeles-based edible cannabis company named [...]

Jeff Sessions is borderline ‘obsessed’ with marijuana claims Eric Holder

October 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In recent remarks at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about current Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ views on marijuana, saying “The Sessions almost obsession with marijuana I think is the thing that’s put the Justice Department in this strange place,” in regards to potential changes in current policy held [...]

Lucky’s Market begins rolling out CBD products

October 10th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles|

For a brief moment last month, it appeared Target was on track to change the course of cannabidiol sales in the United States. But it turns out plucky Lucky’s Market is the national retailer disrupting the status quo. The Colorado-based natural foods chain backed by grocery giant Kroger Co. is now selling nearly a dozen brands of [...]

LA to look at blocking appeals against cannabis licenses

October 10th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Los Angeles might restrict who can lodge appeals when marijuana businesses get city licenses, blocking challenges from people who do not live, work or own property nearby. The controversial idea was tucked into draft rules that would lay the groundwork for what is widely expected to be one of the hottest marijuana markets in the [...]

What’s going on with cannabis in Louisiana?

October 10th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

After passing a law two years ago which allows for eligible patients to be able to access cannabis freely and legally, Louisiana still seems to be stalling and perhaps even faltering on these acts. This begs the question, what exactly is Louisiana doing with it's cannabis industry? No purses or briefcases allowed. Only transparent trash [...]

Bizarre cannabis bazaar opens as a result of legal loophole in DC

October 9th, 2017|Cannabis|

It’s hard to justify $45 for an ordinary black cotton T-shirt, but the customer at a store in Washington D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood does so without question. The clerk grabs a clear plastic box containing about one gram of marijuana and drops it into the bag, reciting a practiced line: “Thank you and here’s a [...]

Massachusetts marijuana industry fears ‘Colorado money’ cannabis

October 9th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Every time he sees the cannabis cultivation and processing facility in southeastern Massachusetts, Peter Bernard says it makes his “New England blood boil.” Bernard, president of the Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council, told state regulators on Monday that’s because the 1 million square foot facility is being funded by “Colorado money,” and he fears local residents [...]

Kevin Sabet clashes with Colorado at anti-cannabis event

October 9th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Marijuana has become a religion led by the false prophet money, the president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) told a symposium at Colorado Christian University. Kevin Sabet, the leader of SAM, a nonprofit group opposed to marijuana legalization, was the keynote speaker Friday at the school’s inaugural symposium, “Marijuana’s True Impact on Colorado.” Colorado [...]

Those with past pot convictions may struggle getting a job in the cannabis industry

October 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The seeds have begun to sprout for the cannabis industry (pun intended) as we are now starting to see states begin to reap the rewards from legalisation. Cannabis has provided a significant boost in income for states such as Colorado, California and, more recently, Nevada. Whether this be from the full extent of the tax [...]

How will legal cannabis in Canada work?

October 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Canada has been deliberating on cannabis reform for quite a while now, with Justin Trudeau speaking fondly of the substance and often discussing his plans for reform publicly. But as with any places looking to implement cannabis, it can't simply be an idea or ideal, it has to be put into practice properly so it [...]

Alaska votes no on municipal cannabis bans

October 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

There has been a back and forth argument in Alaska, since it's cannabis reform, which has had some people calling for prohibition in terms of who/what/when and where cannabis can be sold and consumed. Finally, this all came to a head in a vote, and the results have been pretty favourable. Voters in Fairbanks and [...]

Gorilla Glue settles disagreement with cannabusinesses

October 5th, 2017|Cannabis|

We all know the strain Gorilla Glue, it has both recreational and medical attributes, with many claiming that it helps with insomnia. However, Gorilla Glue is also a name associated with a very different type of business,and it turns out that they have not been too pleased with cannabis companies using the same name for [...]

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