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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 [...]

The cannabis oil boom needs to be recognised

December 7th, 2017|Cannabis|

It has become the trendy new supplement discussed quietly over dinner parties. So what’s the big deal with CBD - otherwise known as cannabis oil? There’s no denying the cannabis oil market has expanded massively in the last 12 months. Where once it was for the select few, it’s now reaching more people than ever. [...]

Los Angeles sets rigid rules for cannabis

December 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Los Angeles is in line to become the nation’s largest city with legal recreational marijuana after the City Council voted Wednesday to license sales and cultivation next year. The landmark vote came after a hearing in which council members characterized the rules as a work in progress, almost certain to see revisions next year after [...]

Medical marijuana is helping suffering epilepsy patients

December 6th, 2017|Cannabis|

Medically refractory epilepsy (MRE) patients in New York state who regularly used medical cannabis reported improvements in their health, according to a pilot survey presented here this week at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting. Researchers with Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group identified 33 patients in their "large, multi-site, regional epilepsy program" who had signed up for New York's [...]

Before you eat your edibles, make sure you read this!

December 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Edibles|

ill you be having a bit of marijuana with your bacon? Or a pinch of it in your coffee? Or a dab in the syrup you’ll pour on your pancakes? The choice is yours. To the joy and alarm of many, cannabis is being infused in virtually every type of food and drink, from ravioli [...]

Oregon pot shops switch to recreational as medical cannabis sales drop

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

A medical marijuana card used to be the key to buying and possessing pot in Oregon. But the rise of recreational marijuana is making the cards primarily valuable only as a discount card, and not a necessity to buy, said Sam Elkington, owner of Track Town Collective in Glenwood. The card exempts the buyer from [...]

Cannabis to aid with weight loss

December 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

If you’ve heard rumors about “skinny pot” or “the marijuana diet,” you may be wondering if weed can help in personal weight management or dieting. Cannabis has long been associated with stimulating the appetite, but as we learn more about the many compounds marijuana plants produce (like tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) – a cannabinoid known to curb [...]

LAPD captain maintains innocence despite being on paid leave after cannabis grow scandal

December 5th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Los Angeles police captain who is on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal department probe involving an illegal marijuana grow in Sun Valley says he has done nothing wrong, his attorney said this weekend. Capt. Phillip Smith, commanding officer of LAPD’s Rampart Patrol Division, was told to stay at home as internal [...]

Shoppers Drug Mart to begin stocking medical cannabis, pending Health Canada’s approval

December 5th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Canadian medical marijuana company Aphria announced on Monday it will supply Shoppers Drug Mart with medical cannabis to be sold online. If Health Canada approves the pharmacy’s application to become a licensed producer, the deal will be one of the first of its kind ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis by next summer. The [...]

Could plunging cannabis prices in Colorado be bad news?

December 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Few industries are growing as quickly and consistently as legal marijuana, which is a big reason investors haven't been able to get enough of marijuana stocks in recent years. According to investment firm Cowen & Co., the legal U.S. cannabis market is expected to reach $50 billion in annual sales by 2026. On a more [...]

Pam St Clement now uses cannabis every day to cope with her arthritis

December 4th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

Pam St. Clement as revealed that she uses medicinal cannabis every day. The former EastEnders star, who played Pat Butcher on the soap, uses cannabis-infused oil to soothe aches and pains. The 75-year-old actress suffers from Polymyalgia rheumatica, a form of arthritis which causes pain and stiffness in the shoulders and thighs.   It is common [...]

Maryland MMJ patients relieved as first dispensary opens

December 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Maryland began the sale of medical marijuana to residents in pain on Friday, ending years of delays by embarking on a program that features some of the most liberal policies in the nation on who can qualify for cannabis products. Dozens of people stood outside a licensed dispensary, Potomac Holistics, where owners began making sales [...]

Legal cannabis has seen alcohol sales decline

December 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Sales of alcoholic beverages decline following the enactment of medical marijuana access laws, according to a working paperauthored by a team of researchers from the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University. Authors evaluated the relationship between medical marijuana laws and retail alcohol sales for more than 2,000 US counties for the years 2006 to 2015. Alcohol sales [...]

Texas looking to start their medical cannabis program in January

December 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Medical marijuana is due to go on sale in Texas by the beginning of 2018, but this for sure is no Green Rush. Texas' Compassionate Use Act, passed in 2015, will only allow CBD formulations to be sold exclusively to patients with intractable epilepsy. Cannabis flower is prohibited under the program, and products may contain no [...]

Ohio announces who can grow medical cannabis

December 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The tiny village of Mount Orab and the city of Akron are among diverse locations of the 12 large growers Ohio picked Thursday to participate in its medical marijuana program. In announcing the large cultivators and a final small grower, the state rounded out the list of 24 companies authorized to produce medicinal crops under [...]

Canadian cannabis advocate calls out ex-feds cashing in on the industry

December 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

One of Canada’s most prominent marijuana activists has taken aim at former police officers who have entered the country’s fledgling cannabis industry, saying it was “hard to stomach” that those who spent years sending people to jail for pot offences are now poised to profit as the country moves towards legalisation. “It’s a mix of hypocrisy [...]

5 tons of cannabis seized on Mexican border

December 1st, 2017|Cannabis|

State police and marines have seized more than 5 tons of marijuana near the Texas border in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The state security coordination group says that the packaged drugs were found in the air-conditioned basement of a home in Camargo. Authorities seized 1,181 tape-wrapped packages of the sort that are commonly [...]

UK: East Ayrshire Council member backs medical cannabis

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

A leading East Ayrshire Council member has given his backing to the legalisation of cannabis for medical use. In a remarkably frank interview, Councillor Jim Todd said tobacco and alcohol are more significant contributors to health and social ills than the class B drug. And following a vote in favour of drug policy reform by [...]

The paradoxical nature of cannabis laws as highlighted by The Netherland’s coffee shop case

November 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

With 3,000 customers a day, a restaurant, ample parking and turnover of €26m (£23m) a year, Checkpoint cafe, the largest cannabis-selling coffee shop in the Netherlands, was a fabulous commercial success. That was until it was closed down in 2009 for testing to the limits what the Dutch describe as their gedoogbeleid (tolerance policy), under which prosecutors turn [...]

Sessions claims he and his DOJ just discussed cannabis law enforcement in a big way

November 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Even as the U.S. Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration make major moves to stem the opioid crisis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has marijuana enforcement on his mind. During a press conference Wednesday announcing new grants and DEA deployments designed to address opioid trafficking, Sessions revealed that his DOJ discussed federal marijuana enforcement policies the [...]

66 members of Congress urge Senate to maintain medical cannabis protection

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

Today, sixty-six members of Congress representing both Republicans and Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Ryan, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Pelosi, and Leader Schumer urging them to maintain the federal protections for the 46 states that have implemented some form of medical cannabis programs throughout the country. This comes on the same day the [...]

Is this definitive proof that cannabis is better for you than alcohol?

November 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

If you've ever wondered which is worse, booze or weed, it appears that science finally has the answer. A comprehensive round-up of studies by the team over at IFLScience appears to show that cannabis really isn't as bad for you as alcohol is. It's also apparently much less addictive. For example, a study of the drug habits [...]

High fashion draws inspiration from cannabis

November 29th, 2017|Cannabis|

The intersection of marijuana and fashion at one time meant tie-dye shirts, beanies and Birkenstocks. And “stoner style” certainly hasn’t gone away, with no shortage of affordable T-shirts, leggings, flip-flops and more that help the masses wear their love for weed on their sleeves. But as cannabis consumption becomes fashionable, the world of high fashion is also [...]

How to market your cannabis business

November 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

There was a time when seeing the headline above was about as likely as reading a Marketing Week story about the Power Rangers. However, over recent years, the tide of opinion around cannabis has changed so dramatically, it’s becoming a subject that’s far more palatable in the UK. In the US, there are now 29 [...]

Head of cannabis trade group becomes NJ Gov. Murphy’s chief of staff

November 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The Garden State could soon become a bit more green. Proponents of legalized marijuana in New Jersey are lining up in the aftermath of Phil Murphy’s election as governor, anticipating no-questions-asked pot sales to adults by late next year with an ally in the governor’s office. Murphy has named the head of a marijuana trade [...]

Veterans are essential in the push towards marijuana for PTSD sufferers

November 28th, 2017|Cannabis|

It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation’s largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he’d sign legislation making New York the latest in a fast-rising tide of states to OK therapeutic pot as a [...]

Canada’s federal cannabis bill gets through House of Commons

November 28th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

MPs passed the Liberal government's bill to legalize cannabis Monday evening, sending the legislation down the hall to the Senate for further study and debate. The legislation was largely supported along partisan lines, although it secured the support of the NDP and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. The final vote was 200 MPs in favour, [...]

Could recreational cannabis in New Jersey impact Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis industry?

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

The prospects for legal weed in New Jersey are looking better than ever after voters elected Phil Murphy to the governor’s office this month. But while the Garden State is eagerly anticipating the great financial opportunities that legal cannabis will bring, some members of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry are worried that easy access to recreational weed [...]

Another study, this time from New Mexico, finds legalising medicinal cannabis will reduce opioid use

November 28th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients. The work of associate psychology professor Jacob Miguel Vigil and assistant economics professor Sarah See Stith was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. The results indicate a strong correlation between enrollment in New [...]

Number of CBD users in UK has skyrocketed this year

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

The number of cannabis oil users across the UK has doubled in the space of one year, startling new figures reveal. Regulatory body data shows there are now 250,000 users across the home nations - up from the 125,000 recorded this time last year. Cannabis Trades Association UK also states there are now around 1,000 [...]

Plan for a Swiss cannabis farm to supply across Europe

November 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

In fields across Switzerland the harvest time for cannabis is coming to an end, and workers are distributing the crop to shops in France and Switzerland. Soon, the plants could be available across much of Europe. The man behind the operation is 31-year-old Jonas Duclos, a former banker, and what he is doing is legal. His [...]

Why Britain’s NHS should be prescribing CBD

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

With vast numbers of people taking addictive and hazardous prescription painkillers, more investment needs to be made into natural, cannabis-derived alternatives like CBD. Anyone who has suffered from chronic pain will know that the effect on your life can be extremely corrosive. Next time you see someone walking down the street looking miserable, consider this: [...]

America’s capital is full of DIY cannabis grows

November 27th, 2017|Cannabis|

In the District of Columbia, closet smokers are becoming closet growers. And basement growers. And attic growers. And on a recent Saturday, several hundred of them showed up at a specialty store in search of something to grow. It was a free “clone share” at Good Hope Hydroponics in Washington, and the line threading around [...]

Cannabis adverts no longer allowed on public transport in San Francisco

November 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

San Francisco’s public transit board has voted to ban marijuana advertising on its buses, trains and shelters, reversing its current policy. The San Francisco Examiner reports the board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted Tuesday to prohibit pot advertising in advance of Jan. 1, when recreational weed becomes legal in California. The city still [...]

Pittsburgh medical cannabis groups prepare for final push toward opening day

November 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

PurePenn CEO Gabe Perlow says construction of the group’s 21,000-square-foot medical marijuana facility on a former McKeesport mill site was going smoothly this fall — that is, until they started excavating 6 feet of ground for the foundation. “Below 3 feet, we started hitting solid concrete,” he said earlier this week. They also ran into [...]

Case against correctional officers over cannabutter thrown out by judge

November 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Michigan judge has thrown out a case against two former corrections officers who lost their jobs after being arrested and charged with possession of marijuana-infused butter. Michael Frederick and Todd VanDoorne were charged in 2014 following an early-morning, warrant-less search of their homes. Both were registered under the state’s medical marijuana law to use the [...]

San Diego’s legal growers plan to concentrate on three areas of the city

November 23rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Most of San Diego’s pot farms and marijuana manufacturing sites will be concentrated in three areas of the city: Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa and near the Mexican border. More than 85 percent of such businesses proposed last week during an initial wave of applications are in one of those three areas. That’s primarily because of [...]

Man seeking legal recompense from state of Florida over medical cannabis delays

November 23rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A Florida nursery and a man who suffers from epilepsy filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that contends that state officials are flouting the state’s new medical marijuana law. It’s the latest legal challenge against the way Florida officials and state legislators have acted since voters approved medical marijuana a year ago. [...]

Study shows medical cannabis registrants are less likely to continue using opioids

November 23rd, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical cannabis access program are significantly more likely to either reduce or cease their use of opioids as compared to non-enrolled patients suffering from similar pain conditions, according to data published online in the journal PLOS One. A team of investigators at the University of New Mexico assessed opioid prescription use [...]

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 [...]

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