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Can recreational pot raise the value of houses?

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Recreational cannabis has had massive economic effects for states who have opted for it, not only that but the access to marijuana has done wonders for social issues and generally helped boost states generally. However, one unforeseen effect may be the boost it could potentially give to real estate prices. Whether this is good or [...]

Cannabis sales set to quadruple by 2021 in North America

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis sales are set to be in excess of $18 billion by 2021. This is an astonishing figure. With such growth in an industry, it is unavoidable that there will be a huge rush of people and companies looking for a slice of the action. There is pretty much an ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) for [...]

Oregon family of doctors making medical cannabis innovations

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The medical cannabis revolution is well under way, the race towards unlocking the full potential which we all know is within marijuana is on. It seems that every day we hear of new studies and insights into the medical applications of cannabis, and I for one welcome this. This is the first time I have [...]

69 Members of Congress sign letter to leadership in opposition to cannabis crackdown

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Yesterday we posted an article about how state representatives were attempting to stop Jeff Sessions' cannabis crackdown, you can see that article here . Now it is with great happiness that we can inform you that 69 members of congress have already signed their name on this bill, coming out in support of state legalised [...]

Some Trump supporters are feeling betrayed by cannabis crackdown

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Donald Trump is a very polarising figure, cannabis reform has also endured some serious controversy and back lash, so it seemed all the more bizarre when Trump seemed somewhat pro-cannabis, or more so not anti-legalisation, during his bid for the presidency, after all he was never known to hold his tongue on matters if he had [...]

Vermont’s Governor announces he plans to sign the measure which will allow personal use and cultivation of cannabis

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Vermont has been tip-toeing around cannabis reform for a while now. However, now it has finally come time to put pen to paper and legalise the damn thing, sort of. presuming this all goes as planned, Vermont citizens will be able to possess, use and cultivate a certain amount of cannabis. Republican Gov. Phil Scott publicly [...]

Cannabis users forced to choose between marijuana and firearms

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Cannabis and guns are hardly Bonnie and Clyde, not exactly a notorious combination if you check the facts of the matter. Multiple studies have shown that cannabis users are, on the whole, less violent, which makes it all the more strange that the government would want us to make the choice of which is more important. [...]

Representatives attempting to stop AG Jeff Sessions cannabis crackdown

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In the wake of Jeff Sessions planned cannabis crackdown being announced last week, opposition has arisen by the masses, not just members of the public but state representatives have all stated their displeasure with this plan. While the plan has yet to have been fully put in motion, many are taking preemptive action, with cannabis [...]

Maine’s top prosecutor does not consider prosecuting cannabis users a priority

January 12th, 2018|Cannabis|

Maine’s top federal prosecutor says his office will not make prosecuting marijuana users a priority. In a statement Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank says his office will instead focus on traffickers of “hard drugs” such as opiates, cocaine and crack. Frank’s comments come after Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed an Obama-era policy not to prosecute [...]

Nationally legal cannabis could generate $132 billion in taxes for US

January 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

When you come across studies like this, it really puts into perspective how regressive Jeff Sessions' cannabis policies are and will be. Trump's presidency has been characterised by him bucking tradition in all the wrong ways while Sessions' sting as AG has consisted of him upholding tradition in all the wrong ways at the expense of [...]

Sessions’ cannabis crackdown will have little practical impact and may move us closer to the end of prohibition

January 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Now that the dust has settled around attorney general Jeff Sessions’ promise of harsher federal marijuana enforcement, advocates of legalization have largely exchanged their initial disappointment over the move for one of long-term optimism. “I think there was a knee-jerk reaction of something approaching panic, but once everyone calmed down, they’ve come to realize that practically [...]

Legal cannabis bill on the table for New Jersey

January 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Here we go guys, the revolution marches on! After California officially legalised cannabis at the beginning of the year, New Jersey looks set to potentially follow suit and render cannabis completely legal in the state. This may have come in direct response to Jeff Sessions announcing he plans to bring the full weight of federal law [...]

Will students flock to Michigan to study cannabis?

January 11th, 2018|Cannabis|

Legalised marijuana across America has proved beneficial, not only because it allows access to the long thought dangerous but now not so much cannabis, but also it has shown Americans that they aren't stuck in their ways and that the country has the capability to get past it's flaws and actually change. The latest change that [...]

Legal cannabis in Vermont approved by lawmakers

January 11th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Today, the Vermont state Senate approved a measure that would legalize the possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana. Under this legislation, H. 511, individuals 21 years of age or older would be able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate a limited amount for personal use. “While prohibitionists like Attorney General [...]

If passed, this California bill could rid people of past cannabis convictions

January 11th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Democratic lawmaker wants to make it easier for Californians with marijuana convictions to reduce or erase their records as the state moves into the next phase of legalized pot. Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require county courts to automatically expunge eligible records. It’s one of several efforts to build [...]

In a letter to the Attorney General Colorado representatives insist Sessions’ reinstate Cole Memo

January 10th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Colorado congressional legislators fired off a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking that he reconsider last week’s rescission of the Cole Memo and related marijuana guidance. Democratic representatives Jared Polis, Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter, and Republican Rep. Mike Coffman signed the letter to Sessions. In it, they “strongly urge” the Department of [...]

New Hampshire decides in favour of legalising cannabis possession and cultivation

January 10th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

UPDATE 01/09/18 1:30 PM Eastern: New Hampshire House Leadership, instead of sending the approved bill directly to the state Senate, has referred the legislation back to the House Ways and Means Committee. Now, either the committee declines to take action and sends the bill to the state Senate or holds hearings on the bill before [...]

Canada’s cannabis industry going full steam ahead in 2018 with corporate deals on the table

January 9th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Canada is scheduled to legalize recreational cannabis in 2018 and dealmaking in the corporate sector is already off to a busy start. First, we have The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD), a licensed producer with 970,000 ft.² of available growing space in Ontario and Quebec. On Friday, mega-grower Aurora Cannabis announced plans to purchase an almost 18 percent [...]

An interview with some cannabis industry innovators

January 9th, 2018|Cannabis|

This interview is very interesting, not only do this group of innovators have great plans for the cannabis industry but they also have plans to implement them. This is especially relevant given AG Sessions statement the other day. This article was conducted originally on FastCompany. The legal cannabis industry generated nearly $7 billion in revenue [...]

Massachusetts federal prosecutor says cannabis entrepreneurs face ‘great uncertainty’

January 9th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

America's cannabis industry is reeling after Jeff Sessions revealed he plans to use all power at his disposal to prohibit cannabis from being sold. This regressive tactic could potentially undo all the work that was done to legalise and decriminalise cannabis in a multitude of states across America this past year. Perhaps even more importantly [...]

Kansas representative makes racist speech defending prohibition

January 9th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

When we think of prohibition times, we think of the 'speakeasy' and other such illicit drinking establishments which came about through sales of alcohol being, well, prohibited. This is what we call 'Prohibition Times', a fond memory generally due to how far we perceive our society to have progressed since then. This makes it all [...]

Is cannabis this year’s hottest cosmetic secret?

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

It may seem strange, especially for people in Birtain, for us to continue reposting and reporting on things which find their origins in tabloid newspapers, however, articles like the one you are about to read really show the progress that the British people, and the world at large, have made in terms of how cannabis [...]

California marijuana will put the state’s supply line to the test

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Most Californians with an urge to smoke a joint will enter the state’s legal marijuana marketplace through a single doorway — at a retail shop. But out of view of those day-to-day sales, the state is ushering in a sprawling, untested system to move pot from place to place that will also serve as a [...]

Here’s what the experts have to say about Jeff Sessions’ cannabis policy

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

Days after California became the largest U.S. state to initiate regulated sales of cannabis to adults, a wave of uncertainty has crashed over America’s cannabis industry with the Justice Department’s elimination of Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move Thursday to rescind the Cole Memo and related guidance on marijuana has the potential to upend cannabis [...]

Will Oklahoma voters agree with new medical cannabis ballot initiative?

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Oklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 — a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients. Oklahomans will vote on the issue on June 26 during the primary election. Republican Mary Fallin set the date via an executive proclamation, issued yesterday. State Question 788 permits physicians to recommend cannabis [...]

Sessions empowers attorneys to enforce Federal Law

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states’ top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers. When he rescinded the Justice Department’s previous guidance on marijuana, Attorney [...]

Democrats and Republicans unite in opposition to Jeff Sessions recent actions against cannabis

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Following yesterday’s announcement by the DOJ that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memo, an Obama-era memorandum issued by Attorney General James Cole in 2013, federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle quickly denounced the decision. In addition to taking to the floor of the Senate to express his frustrations, Senator Cory [...]

Colorado Attorney General urges people to remain calm after Sessions’ renewed vendetta against state-legal marijuana

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy announcement Thursday giving federal prosecutors more leeway to crack down on legal marijuana set off a political firestorm in Colorado, with some of the state’s fellow Republicans charging the Trump administration with trampling on the will of voters and even over-reach. But the immediate impact of Sessions’ unraveling of several Obama-era policy memos — which set [...]

Here’s what Warrior’s coach Steve Kerr thinks of cannabis being legal in California

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

On Monday, California became the nation’s sixth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana through the passage of 2016’s Proposition 64. On Tuesday afternoon, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed support for the drug. “I’m a proponent of it,” Kerr said after Tuesday’s practice. “I do feel strongly that (marijuana) is a much [...]

Vermont House rules in favour of legal cannabis, Senate will vote on the matter next week

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Lawmakers in the Vermont House passed a proposal that would make the Green Mountain State the latest to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. House lawmakers spent much of the day Thursday, with a break during Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s State of the State speech, debating a proposal that was passed by the state Senate last [...]

Jeff Sessions looks to demolish the Department of Justice’s hands-off approach to state-legal marijuana

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded the Department of Justice’s hands-off policy towards state-legal marijuana. “By rescinding the Cole Memo, Jeff Sessions is acting on his warped desire to return America to the failed beliefs of the ‘Just Say No’ and Reefer Madness eras. This action flies in the face of sensible public policy and broad public opinion. The American people [...]

Scientists rush to unlock the secrets of cannabis as Vets demand marijuana for PTSD

January 4th, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

Elvis Alonzo began smoking cannabis as a last resort. Three years as a Marine Corps officer and 13 years with the Glendale Police Department in Arizona—where he was exposed to murders, suicides and people dying in his arms—had left him emotionally crippled. Toward the end of his police service, doctors diagnosed Alonzo with post-traumatic stress [...]

Cannabis is legal in California, so why can’t Britain follow suit?

January 4th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

When I returned from Los Angeles last summer, I said goodbye to two dear friends with a heavy heart. One was a small jar of Mondo powder, a cannabinoid-infused coconut oil product I had acquired at a cannabis tupperware party. My wife liked sprinkling it on her toast. The other was a chic sativa vaporiser made by [...]

Export approval gives Australia the opportunity to be the world’s largest supplier of medicinal marijuana

January 4th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Australia’s budding medicinal cannabis sector is set for a major windfall after winning approval to begin exports. The health minister, Greg Hunt, said allowing medicinal cannabis product exports will help the developing domestic market to grow. “By helping the domestic manufacturers to expand, this, in turn, helps to ensure an ongoing supply of medicinal cannabis products [...]

This Maryland bank could solve the cannabis industry’s cash conundrum

January 4th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Most banks refuse to open accounts for cannabis-related businesses even in states where pot is legal, citing federal laws that outlaw the drug and consider it on par with cocaine and heroin. In Maryland, however, at least one community bank is working with the state’s newly launched medical marijuana industry, offering growers and stores a [...]

Aurora Cannabis, Canada’s premier medical marijuana producer, posts staggering November revenue

January 3rd, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

Canadian medical marijuana maker Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Tuesday it sold cannabis worth C$3.1 million ($2.5 million) in November, its highest ever, helped by strong demand for its products. Aurora said it sold 354 kilograms of cannabis in Canada and Germany in the month. Canada is set to legalize the production, sale and consumption [...]

Britain’s unwillingness to seriously discuss cannabis reform defies logic

January 3rd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

There was great hilarity in the Johnston household on Christmas Day when the oldest member of our festive family gathering received an unlikely present: cannabis. Before the Met Police send their drugs squad round to confiscate the spliffs, I hasten to add that this was in the form of something called CBD oil, a compound [...]

Recreational cannabis sales begin in Nevada’s capital

January 3rd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Sales of recreational marijuana have begun in Nevada’s capital. The Nevada Appeal reports recreational marijuana purchases in Carson City kicked off Monday, six months after retail cannabis sales began in other parts of the state. Tyler Brennan is the manager of Rise dispensary in Carson City. He says the company saw less than anticipated demand Monday, but [...]

New study debunks the myth that cannabis makes you less motivated

January 3rd, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

Neither the occasional nor the heavy use of marijuana by adolescents is associated with decreased motivation, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the journal Substance Use & Misuse. A team of Florida International University researchers assessed the relationship between cannabis use and motivation in 79 adolescent subjects. Participants consisted of both long-term regular consumers [...]

Scotland set to reap millions from new cannabis industry

January 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

SCOTLAND is set for a multi-million pound boon from the cannabis industry after a worldwide health agency confirmed that the drug provides medicinal relief for a range of ailments. Researchers have examined the health properties of Cannabidiol (CBD) – which is the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – and ruled that there is now evidence to [...]

Mike Tyson plans on entering the cannabis industry in a big way after California legalisation

January 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Mike Tyson plans to open a cannabis ranch after the drug was legalised for recreational use in California. The former undisputed heavyweight world champion , along with his two business partners, will open the property on a 40-acre plot 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park. Tyson Ranch will allow growers to cultivate their crop [...]

The Guardian launches it’s own cannabis column, check out the first one here

January 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Today, California becomes the world’s largest legal marijuana market. It’s not the first American state to go fully legal, but with its outsized cultural influence and economy larger than France, it’s about to do for cannabis what Hollywood did for celluloid and Silicon Valley did for the semi-conductor. Already, 30 US states have legalized medical marijuana (Med). [...]

Cannabis is now completely legal in California: Happy New Year!

January 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The arrival of the new year in California brought with it broad legalization of marijuana, a much-anticipated change that comes two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical use. The nation’s most populous state joins a growing list of other states, and the nation’s capital, where so-called recreational marijuana is [...]

More pregnant women are smoking cannabis, but to what risk?

December 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

More women – especially younger women – are testing positive for marijuana use during pregnancy in northern California, according to a new study. The research letter, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed the results of urine tests administered during standard prenatal care of 280,000 women enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente Northern [...]

New study reveals the parts of cannabis which will be useful in treating psychosis

December 29th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

Psychiatric patients treated with a substance found in cannabis, cannabidiol, showed a significant reduction in psychotic symptoms and were also more likely to be rated as “improved” by their psychiatrist, our latest study shows. Psychotic disorders affect two to three per cent of the population. They usually begin in early adulthood and the symptoms can be lifelong. Patients typically experience [...]

California legal cannabis starts on Monday – here’s what’s going down

December 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Live music. Free T-shirts. A “Fweedom” celebration with mystery prize boxes worth up to $500, and a shot at a behind-the-scenes tour. Marijuana legalization arrives Monday in California with lots of hoopla, but only a handful of cities will initially have retail outlets ready to sell recreational pot. By Thursday afternoon, California had issued only [...]

China’s Drug Czar blames America’s lax views towards drug use for opioid crisis

December 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The United States should look within to cut down demand for opioids which are fueling its deadly drug crisis rather than stressing unsubstantiated claims that China is the major source of these chemicals, a top Chinese drug enforcement official said Thursday. China and the U.S. have worked to build a close working relationship to fight [...]

Former California AG has formed his own marijuana company

December 28th, 2017|Cannabis|

Former California Attorney General Gen. Bill Lockyer is going from enforcing laws against marijuana to legally distributing it under the state’s new rules that allow the sale and possession of the drug for recreational use. With state-licensed sales of marijuana starting Jan. 1, Lockyer has co-founded a firm, C4 Distro, that will distribute packaged marijuana [...]

British Grandmother says that CBD has almost rid her of cancer

December 28th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A grandmother who had a malignant tumour in her breast which measured 33mm says it has now almost gone after taking cannabis oil. Now Lin Coxon, of Willington, is sharing her story with the Government to see if they will fund a medical trial testing cannabis oil on patients while they are waiting for cancer [...]

Canadian’s cannabis spending almost equals the money they spend on wine

December 28th, 2017|Cannabis|

Canadians spent $6.2bn (£3.5bn) on marijuana in 2015, almost as much as they did on wine, a report has shown. A study of marijuana consumption between 1960 and 2015 carried out by Canada's bureau of statistics estimated there were 4.9 million cannabis consumers aged 15 and older in 2015. The agency is preparing to track weed's effect on economy and society [...]

Florida’s marijuana friendly bank announces it is closing business accounts

December 28th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

When Florida’s medical marijuana industry was starting a few years ago, business owners had a big problem: Where could they find a bank to take their millions? For marijuana distributors, opening bank accounts isn’t easy. The federal government still considers cannabis an illegal substance without medicinal value, so most banks haven’t been willing to take their [...]

Looking toward 2018, which states are likely to legalise cannabis?

December 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

After four of five statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiatives were approved by voters in 2016, no additional states ended cannabis prohibition in 2017 (though New Hampshire did decriminalize possession of the drug and West Virginia allowed its medical use). Now, a number of states are poised to legalize marijuana and approve other far-reaching cannabis measures in 2018. If marijuana policy [...]

Can medical cannabis benefit dogs?

December 27th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Alison Ettel, MBA, has never got high for fun, but she'd like to feed your dog cannabis. Why? Alison is the CEO of TreatWell Health, a Californian firm making medical marijuana products for people - and their canines. Her rivals include Treatibles, which sells a hemp oil "for animals of all kinds", and Pet Releaf, [...]

Dutch councils looking to cement legal means of cannabis production

December 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

At least 30 companies want to get into the legal mass production of cannabis in the Netherlands, according to the mayor of the southern city of Breda, whose council is among two dozen vying to take part in government-backed trials designed to cut criminals out of supplying cannabis-selling coffee shops. Dutch coffee shops are allowed to [...]

Will California’s cannabis workers unionise?

December 27th, 2017|Cannabis|

Unions have caught a whiff of a rare opportunity to organize a whole new set of workers as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California. The United Farm Workers, Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers are looking to unionize the tens of thousands of potential workers involved in the legal weed game, from planters to [...]

Cannabis activist of over 50 years now facing marijuana-related charges

December 22nd, 2017|Cannabis|

A marijuana activist whose advocacy dates to the 1960s counterculture has been arrested in California toting 22 pounds of illegal marijuana, prosecutors said Wednesday. Irvin Dana Beal, 70, of New York, was arrested Saturday in far Northern California after prosecutors said his rental car was spotted weaving across the road and driving 20 miles below [...]

High-quality medical cannabis readily available from state to state

December 22nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Around a third of all Florida residents, or some 6 million people, could qualify to use medical cannabis, so there’s good reason for the Sunshine State to be the initial focus for Liberty Health Sciences (CSE:LHS). “Florida is one of the most populated states in the U.S., but it also offers quite a diverse amount of chronic [...]

100% of Oregon cannabis dispensaries safe after sting operation

December 22nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A major hurdle to marijuana legalization nationwide has been claims that the end of prohibition would lead to an increase in use among young Americans due to greater availability. However, results from a string of undercover operations in two Oregon cities throw doubt on those claims. “I think the concern was that by legalizing marijuana, we [...]

Nevada recreational cannabis sales are consistently exceeding expectations

December 22nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Three months after they became legal, sales of recreational marijuana in Nevada are continuing to outpace projections. The Nevada Department of Taxation says the $27.7 million in sales reported for September was down from the $33 million reported in August, but $5 million more than the state had anticipated. The first full month of legal [...]

How marijuana-related businesses can stay above the board

December 21st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis entrepreneurs in California are projected to make $5.2 billion in 2018 – and the state will reap the benefits to the tune of nearly $1 billion in marijuana-related taxes – but according to a recent article by Forbes, there are “almost no banks to put it in.” With banking options severely hindered, marijuana-related businesses [...]

Meet the 70 year-old woman who claims cannabis is the key to feeling well

December 21st, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

Ever sat and wondered what the secret to a long and healthy life is? Well wonder no more, because one grandmother reckons that she has the answer… cannabis.   Yes, Carol Francey, 70, said she has been smoking weed for five decades and ‘feels as fit as a fiddle’. In fact, she loves the plant so [...]

Advocates of cannabis for veterans aren’t convinced Department of Veteran’s Affairs are doing enough

December 21st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs earlier this month issued a new directive for clinical programs that frees its doctors and pharmacists to discuss marijuana with military vets taking part in state-approved medical marijuana programs. The directive, dated Dec. 8 and first reported by Forbes, changes policy to support “the Veteran – (health) provider relationship when [...]

Pro-cannabis Democrat Jerry Nadler becomes party leader on Judiciary Committee

December 21st, 2017|Cannabis|

During a House Democrats meeting on Wednesday morning, the caucus elected marijuana reform supporter Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to be the party leader on the powerful Judiciary Committee. Rep. Nadler has earned an “A+” rating on the NORML Scorecard for his support of ending the federal prohibition of marijuana, positive votes when given the opportunity, and his co-sponsorship of legislation including [...]

California issues first licenses for state-sanctioned marijuana growers

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

Hawaii-based company just got the first temporary license to grow state-sanctioned cannabis in California starting Jan. 1. The Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis division started accepting applications for temporary licenses Monday. It issued the first license that same day to Aloha Green Harvest for a small indoor grow, which can be 5,001 to 5,000 [...]

Canada preps for $5 billion marijuana market in 2018

December 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Entrepreneurs are focused on the launch of recreational marijuana in California, but another significant market, the entire country of Canada, will also be opening to adult-use cannabis. Deloitte estimates the market will be at least $5B in sales in 2018, with an ancillary market of associated goods and services that could add another $20B. Marc Lustig, chief [...]

Colorado Springs may yet implement cannabis into it’s economy

December 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

At the two malls in town you can buy key chains and Christmas ornaments shaped like marijuana leaves. Along a downtown shopping corridor, paintings of cannabis plants grace storefront windows. Even Kmart stocks its shelves with T-shirts and mugs decorated with the signature green leaf and “Colorado est. 2012” — the year the state legalized [...]

A study gives more evidence that CBD is effective in treating psychosis

December 20th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

The daily administration of CBD (cannabidiol) as an adjunctive therapy mitigates psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Psychiatry. British researchers assessed the adjunctive use of CBD compared to placebo over a six-week period in a randomized trial of 88 schizophrenic patients. Participants ingested 1000mg of [...]

Is vaping the reason for teen cannabis use being so high?

December 19th, 2017|Cannabis|

Teen use of marijuana remains high and vaping appears to be one reason, a new U.S. survey shows. One in 10 high school seniors said they had vaped marijuana at least once in the past year. It was the first time the annual survey asked about marijuana vaping and “it’s much higher than I expected,” [...]

British teen who missed 8 years of school due to chronic fatigue is recovering thanks to cannabis

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

A teenager who missed eight years of school due to chronic fatigue has made an astonishing recovery after taking cannabis oil, his mum says. Tom Bethell's family say his life has been transformed since he started taking daily drops of cannabidiol or CBD, a legal form of cannabis. Tom, 15, from Norfolk, hasn't been to school for [...]

Canadians consumed between C$5 billion and C$6.2 billion of marijuana in 2015

December 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Canadians consumed an estimated C$5 billion to C$6.2 billion worth of cannabis in 2015, a study by Statistics Canada showed on Monday, ahead of the nationwide legalization of recreational use of the drug next year. Using existing data sources, the study estimated there were 4.9 million medical and recreational users of cannabis aged 15 and older in [...]

Massachusetts begins implementing cannabis rules

December 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

From “cannabis cafes” to “craft cooperatives,” regulators have been laying out a vision for what a potential multibillion dollar recreational marijuana industry might look like when retail sales begin next year in Massachusetts. The Cannabis Control Commission reached tentative agreement over the past week on an array of rules and regulations required to implement the [...]

Here is why cannabis businesses should have better access to banking services

December 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A series of deadly wildfires devastated California wineries, farms and small businesses in recent months. Many of these farms and businesses will be able to start rebuilding quickly, thanks, in part to insurance payouts and easy-to-access businesses loans. The same thing cannot be said of many of California’s legal cannabis cultivators who were hit by [...]

WHO deems medical marijuana totally safe for use

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

Advocates of medical marijuana in the Philippines found an unexpected ally in the World Health Organization (WHO) when it announced that the use of the substance benefits humans and animals without the risk of addiction. WHO, the international public health agency of the United Nations, officially recommended on Dec. 14 that cannabidiol (CBD), the relaxant [...]

Cannabis regulators hard at work implementing legal pot rules in Boston

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

From "cannabis cafes" to "craft cooperatives," regulators have been laying out a vision for what a potential multibillion dollar recreational marijuana industry might look like when retail sales begin next year in Massachusetts. The Cannabis Control Commission reached tentative agreement over the past week on an array of rules and regulations required to implement the [...]

Cannabis lounges may be on their way to Las Vegas by spring 2018

December 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Officials want to make Las Vegas the country’s first city to allow marijuana smoking lounges, and hope to do so by March or April of 2018. “We’re still trying to work out the little details,” said Bryan Scott, the city’s deputy city attorney. “But we’re trying to get it right without the feds coming down [...]

Cannabis is helping Olivia Newton-John in her second battle with cancer

December 15th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

Olivia, 69, told The Today Show she was using medical marijuana to help her through the pain. She explained: “ I take a lot of natural herbs and healing remedies and also medicinal cannabis that's helped me a lot. “'Initially I had a lot of pain. I don't have pain now.” Olivia’s husband John Easterling [...]

American teens prefer cannabis and vaping to cigarettes

December 15th, 2017|Cannabis|

US teenagers are using marijuana and vaporisers more than they smoke cigarettes, a government study shows. Some 15% of high school students said they had used marijuana within the previous 30 days, found the report for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And 12.1% of students said they had used a vaping device. But only [...]

CBD could be a major turning point in the treatment of psychosis

December 15th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

A key component of medical marijuana could provide an “entirely new” type of treatment for mental health patients suffering with hallucinations and delusions. The first clinical trial exploring the effects of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the major psychoactive compounds in cannabis, found that it could relieve symptoms in patients with psychosis. CBD has a broadly opposite effect to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol [...]

San Diego’s DA plans to give back almost $300k to cannabis business

December 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

With California gearing up to permit the sale of recreational marijuana, San Diego County’s top prosecutor has agreed to return $290,000 seized from a cannabis business owner last year. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that District Attorney Summer Stephan has settled an asset-forfeiture case involving James Slatic. Drug agents raided Slatic’s San Diego business, Med-West Distribution, [...]

Cannabis cafes and more may be on the horizon for Massachusetts

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

The legal sale and consumption of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts came into much clearer focus this week, as state regulators said they are ready to authorize a wide variety of locations where consumers can buy and consume cannabis. Cannabis officials took preliminary votes to allow marijuana “bars” or cafes where cannabis products can be consumed [...]

British police officers are searching people due to the smell of cannabis, here is why that is wrong

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Police officers should not routinely stop and search someone simply because they smell cannabis, according to official guidance. While being caught in possession of the Class B drug can result in a five year prison sentence, police are being advised to walk away even if they strongly suspect someone may have been using the substance. The official [...]

It’s pleasure over pay for cannabis workers

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis workers appear optimistic about their future, according to a new study from PayScale, a compensation data and software company. According to the study, “68 percent of people working in the marijuana industry believe their employers have a bright future vs. 59 percent of American workers over the same time period.” Data were based on [...]

World Health Organisation finalises CBD rules

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

The use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) possesses no likely abuse potential and therefore should not be subject to international drug scheduling restrictions, according to recommendations finalized today by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Concludes WHO: “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic [...]

Bay Area’s home cannabis growers must register with the police first

December 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A law California voters approved in November 2016 allows state residents to grow up to six marijuana plants for recreational use, but Fremont residents wishing to do just that under Proposition 64 will find things a little more complicated. Besides having to comply with several local regulations, they’ll also need to add their names and [...]

Cannabis could benefit the mental health of HIV patients

December 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Cannabis could prevent mental decline in up to 50 percent of HIV sufferers, new research reveals. Patients who use marijuana have fewer inflammatory white blood cells, which are involved in the immune system, a study found. This could save infected people from mental decline, which affects up to 50 percent of sufferers due to ongoing [...]

Colorado releases sales figures for cannabis

December 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

No longer will backwards math be needed to determine marijuana sales in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Revenue on Tuesday published a mother lode of previously unreleased sales data for the state’s marijuana retailers. “We know this information is highly desired by the general public, media and researchers,” Mike Hartman, the Colorado Department of Revenue’s [...]

Poorer cannabis defendants will be protected in Kansas City amid decriminalisation

December 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

On April 4, 2017, Kansas City residents decriminalized marijuana possession with an amazing 75% of voters supporting that move. The Initiative was led by NORML KC, the Kansas City Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The Petition decriminalized marijuana possession by eliminating arrests, eliminating the possibility of jail as a [...]

Five months after legalisation, Uruguay has sold recreational cannabis to over 16,000 users

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Five months after legalising recreational marijuana, there are more than 16,000 Uruguayans registered to buy the drug from pharmacies, up from 5,000 users in July. People in Uruguay can also grow plants at home, or become a member of a local Cannabis Club to withdraw up to 40g of marijuana per month. There are 70 [...]

Canadian provinces reach agreement on tax for recreational cannabis

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Canada's provinces will be getting the lion's share of the lucrative taxation revenues from legal cannabis. The provinces have agreed in principle to a two-year tax sharing agreement that gives them a 75% cut of those eventual revenues. Canada's governing Liberals are planning to legalise and regulate recreational marijuana by July 2018. Provinces had rejected [...]

Cannabis legalisation in Colorado has seen a decrease in teenage marijuana users

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Regular marijuana use among Colorado middle and high school students declined after the start of legal cannabis sales to adults in the state, new federal data show. The latest results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health align with data collected thus far by Colorado and, as such, seem to provide some added reassurance [...]

No health concerns arise from CBD use study finds

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

The use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD is safe, well tolerated, and is not associated with any significant adverse public health effects, according to the findings of a preliminary reportcompiled by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Authors of the report declare that CBD is “not associated with abuse potential” and that it does [...]

Cannabis users are more creative study finds

December 11th, 2017|Cannabis|

Marijuana users are more likely to have creative personality traits, a new study suggests. However, this does not necessarily mean that marijuana makes people more creative. Researchers from Washington State University conducted a study on 412 cannabis users and 309 non-users. Only sober users were assessed, rather than people who were acutely high on cannabis. All participants [...]

California’s weed and wine tours

December 11th, 2017|Cannabis|

The wine was pale garnet, with notes of smoke and blackberry giving way to a lingering, slightly tart, finish. One sip sent my head spinning. But then this particular vintage was more potent than your usual Californian red. The grenache, from Know Label wines in Arroyo Grande on the central coast, is infused with cannabis flowers. Plastic [...]

Cannabis business investment company looking to invest $50m

December 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A “blank check” company focused on acquiring ancillary businesses to the cannabis industry has filed registration documents for a future $50 million initial public offering, regulatory filings show. MTech Acquisition Corp., a newly formed firm headquartered in Orlando, Fla., plans to offer 5 million units of stock for $10 per unit, according to the filing [...]

Federal medical cannabis protection extension is only temporary

December 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Congressional leadership voted to enact a two-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through December 22, 2017. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own [...]

Humboldt officials want commercial cannabis farms to be limited to 1 acre per person

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The North Coast’s two state representatives are calling on the state to cap commercial cannabis farms to one acre per person, saying it will protect small farmers from being outcompeted by larger companies. However, some in the industry are saying reinstating the cap so close to the planned New Year’s Day rollout of the state’s [...]

Is Vancouver on course to become the new Amsterdam?

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Outside the Provincial Court of British Columbia (BC) in downtown Vancouver, a city regularly hailed as one of the best places to live in the world, there is a farmers market dedicated to marijuana – or “craft cannabis” as traders like to call it. Glass jars filled with the drug are lined up on tables [...]

Cannabis nasal spray is now a thing

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

When listing off drugs you can snort up your nose, marijuana usually doesn’t make the list. But with cannabinoid-spiked nasal sprays, that’s now possible, though it might not be any different than smoking. Homemade cannabis nasal sprays have existed on the fringes of the medical weed market for years now, but a Colorado company recently released a [...]

Medical cannabis is safe, for now

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The measure passed mostly along party lines, 235-193, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The Senate was expected to swiftly [...]

Ohio officials want to freeze license of cannabis grower

December 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A chorus of state and local officials on Wednesday called for a freeze on state-issued medical marijuana growers'  licenses after learning one of the consultants hired to grade license applications is a convicted drug dealer. "It’s possible that this just looks horrible and there's not a problem, but I wouldn’t put money on that,'' according to State [...]

San Francisco recreational cannabis waiting to be signed off by city’s mayor

December 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

San Francisco is another step closer to allowing recreational marijuana sales to start in January after city leaders approved regulations in a mandatory second vote Tuesday. Mayor Ed Lee’s office said he will sign the rules that retailers and growers need to get state permits. The regulations were surprisingly tough for San Francisco to settle [...]

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