California’s legal cannabis industry continues to impress investors, and many are looking for investment opportunities levered to this burgeoning market. Demand for legal marijuana in California has exceeded expectations and many distributors are out of product. What we are seeing is something similar to what we have seen in Nevada, but on a much larger […]
Golden State cops are still operating without a viable roadside test for cannabis intoxication, but that hasn’t stopped State Senator Jerry Hill from proposing legislation to target teen drivers. A recently introduced piece of legislation in California's State Senate is targeting Golden State teenagers and young adults as a way to combat wider concerns about […]
Nearly two months after recreational marijuana became legal in California, less than 1 percent of the state’s known growers have been licensed, according to a report released by a pot industry group. The 38-page report from the California Growers Association says 0.78 percent, or 534, of an estimated 68,150 marijuana growers were licensed by the […]
Legalizing medical marijuana has not increased recreational use of the substance among U.S. adolescents, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published online in the journal Addiction. "For now, there appears to be no basis for the argument that legalizing medical marijuana has increased teens' […]
Across the United States, there’s a seemingly unstoppable movement gaining ground. The legalization of cannabis for adult use – first passed in the states of Washington and Colorado in 2012 – is now approved in a total of nine states and the District of Columbia. By the end of the year, that total could be […]
California state cannabis regulators fired a warning shot this week, sending out hundreds of warning letters to businesses suspected of engaging in commercial cannabis activity without a state license. Most of the letters, which threaten civil and criminal penalties, have gone out to retail storefronts and delivery services believed to be operating illegally, according to […]
The city of Los Angeles has raked in nearly $2.2 million in cannabis-related revenue since adult-use sales began last month, but the city’s Department of Cannabis Regulation is still strapped for resources, with just three full-time staffers scrambling to address a glut of licensing and regulatory issues. “We’re at the point where we have many […]
More than a month after California’s regulation of marijuana, only a small share of the tens of thousands of cannabis growers have joined the system — threatening the state’s shift to a regulated market and the promise of a billion-dollar tax windfall. Fewer than one percent of the state’s 68,120 cannabis cultivators have been licensed, […]
California’s recreational marijuana customers would gain a measure of privacy under a new bill introduced at the state Capitol. Assembly Bill 2402 would ban retail marijuana shops from selling customer data to third-party vendors without the customer’s consent. Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Silicon Valley, said the bill would block employers from obtaining information about an employee who buys marijuana. […]
On 1 January, Proposition 64 was welcomed with open arms and Happy New Year blunts by many Californians. To bring in the new year, the state had become the latest in the US to legalise the drug for recreational use, following years of partial legalisation for medical purposes. Even before full legalisation kicked in, California was already […]
The 'Tonight Show' tweaked the lyrics to Dylan's 1964 song "The Times They Are a-Changin' " to criticize the president's frequent accusations of "fake news" and his comments about NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem. Jimmy Fallon took on President Donald Trump on Sunday night in his post-Super Bowl episode ofNBC's The […]
When it comes to projections, no sector of the economy currently has a rosier outlook than the marijuana industry. The latest report from ArcView Market Research demonstrates how big the numbers are getting. The name of the report neatly sums up the optimism of its findings: “U.S. Legal Cannabis: Driving $40 Billion Economic Output.” No one is […]
Six weeks after the state began licensing marijuana farming and sales, officials have received a flood of complaints about illegal pot operations and demands for a start to tough enforcement. Many of the 304 complaints received in recent weeks are from newly licensed businesses that say they are being harmed financially by the continuing illegal […]
A bill to let kids bring medical marijuana to school has been introduced by a California state senator. In California, a lawmaker just introduced a bill to let kids bring medical marijuana to school. Although there are some stipulations, the proposed bill would give students in the public school system to have access to their […]
Los Angeles has issued licenses to nearly 100 marijuana retailers but police estimate there are at least two times that number operating illegally in the city and undercutting those who are playing by the rules. Police have shut down eight illegal marijuana shops since Jan. 1, a pace that is unlikely to intensify as the […]
Widespread banking access would transform the Golden State’s legal marijuana market, but launching a state-run bank will likely require negotiation with the federal government. After California voters passed Proposition 64 to legalize adult-use cannabis, state treasurer John Chiang convened a working group to address to the shortcomings of mainstream financial institutions to serve the cannabis industry. In […]
Here’s what you need to know to become a ganja-preneur in the Golden State. This January, California opened the doors on the country's largest retail cannabis market, and while that means that adults can finally purchase and responsibly enjoy their favorite herb legally, it also means that savvy ganja-preneurs have a chance to make bank […]
The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to declare the city a sanctuary for recreational marijuana, a move that may be the first of its kind. The resolution, adopted Tuesday, prohibits Berkeley's agencies and employees from using city resources to assist in enforcing federal marijuana laws or providing information on legal cannabis activities. "The city of […]
Adherence Compliance today announced the release of its 2017 Cannabis Operations and Compliance Data Spotlight, which features operational cannabis compliance data and statistics from hundreds of regulatory and financial inspections. Cannabis banking data and statistics are featured as a new section to the 2017 report. Bulldog Federal Credit Union in Maryland is the latest financial […]
In what looks like a scene straight out of ‘Supertroopers,’ a group of California volunteers smokes weed to aid police training. Despite California legalizing recreational marijuana on the dawn of the New Year, the state’s policies and regulations remain somewhat in a ‘trial and error’ phase. And so the state is having volunteers smoke weed to […]
Two papers published today look at the current evidence of the effects of medical marijuana laws and conclude there is little support that such laws increase recreational marijuana use among adolescents or reduce opioid overdose deaths.
A new study found cannabis therapy is safe and efficacious for elderly patients who are seeking to address cancer symptoms, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other medical issues. After six months, more than 18 percent of patients surveyed had stopped using opioid analgesics or had reduced their dosage.
With states rapidly legalizing cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, physicians will be increasingly pressed to counsel patients on their frequency of use and dosage, as well as associated risks.
US drivers are more likely to be in a fatal traffic crash during the annual April 20 cannabis celebration. Twenty-five years' worth of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes after 4:20 pm on April 20 is higher compared to the same time intervals on […]
Several studies have shown an association between legalizing medical marijuana and lower death rates from opioids. A new study finds that link is more complex than previously described and appears to be changing as both medical marijuana laws and the opioid crisis evolve.
As marijuana legalization gains momentum in the United States, researchers worry about keeping the public safe, particularly on the roads. Recent studies have identified new biomarkers that can be used to estimate a person's recent cannabinoid intake. But, using those markers to judge cognitive and behavioral impairment is complex, say toxicologists.
While cigarette smoking has declined in the US for the past several decades, since 2002 the prevalence of smoking has increased significantly among people with an illicit substance use disorder, according to a new study. Researchers found more than half of individuals with a substance use disorder (56 percent) reported cigarette use in the past […]
A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new study.
Daily use of marijuana as well as past month rates rose for both men and women aged 26 and older in states with medical marijuana laws in effect. Marijuana use among those younger than 26 years old was generally unaffected by changes in the law.
Kentucky House Votes to Ask Congress to Remove Hemp from Controlled Substances Act | Press Release FRANKFORT, KY — The Kentucky House voted Wednesday to ask Congress to remove hemp from the definition of marijuana in the federal Controlled Substances Act. The request would be made under House Concurrent Resolution 35, sponsored by Rep. DJ […]
Medical Marijuana Sales Begin in Pennsylvania | Marijuana Policy Project HARRISBURG, PA — Medical marijuana sales began in Pennsylvania on Thursday, allowing certified patients to obtain their medicine legally for the first time. Six out of the 10 dispensaries that have been approved to operate were set to open their doors, and up to 81 […]
Federal Judge Hears Legal Arguments In Lawsuit Challenging Marijuana’s Schedule I Status | NORML NEW YORK, NY — A judge for the Federal District Court in Manhattan heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of federal cannabis prohibition. The 98-page complaint contends that the federal government “does not believe, and upon information and belief never has believed” that […]
Fox News Poll Finds Record Support in Favor of Marijuana Legalization | NORML NEW YORK, NY — Fifty-nine percent of voters believe the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by Fox News. The percentage marks an eight-point percentage increase since 2015, and is the highest level of support ever reported by […]
Marijuana Use Not Significantly Associated With Increased Traffic Accident Risk, According to New Study | NORML BUCHAREST, ROMANIA — Cannabis exposure is not strongly associated with an increased risk of motor vehicle accident, according to a meta-analysis of 24 epidemiological studies published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology. Investigators at the University of Bucharest, Department of Medicine and […]
Sessions vs. Grassley: Sentencing Reform Sparks Fight on the Conservative Right | Phillip Smith Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out against a painstakingly cobbled-together Senate sentencing reform bill Wednesday, sparking a public food fight with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the very face of dour Corn Belt conservatism. […]
Seattle City Officials Back Plan to Vacate Past Marijuana Convictions | NORML SEATTLE, WA — Seattle city officials have announced their intentions to vacate the criminal convictions of minor marijuana possession offenders. The city’s mayor and city attorney announced the plan last Thursday. “This action is a necessary first step in righting the wrongs of the past […]
New Federal Bill Aims to Protect Legal Marijuana States and Businesses | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) has introduced the Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act which would essentially codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo. “To date, eight states have legalized recreational cannabis, and twenty-nine states and the District of […]
Federal Judge Reserves Decision After Hearing Arguments in Washington v. Sessions | Justin Strekal NEW YORK, NY — On Wednesday, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York heard oral arguments on the motion to dismiss Washington, et.al v. Sessions, et.al, a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of […]
Jackson City Council Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana, Heads to Mayor’s Desk | Drug Policy Alliance JACKSON, MS — The City Council of Jackson, Mississippi voted unanimously on Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana, amending Chapter 86, Article III in the City of Jackson Code of Ordinances to effectively limit the maximum penalty for possession of 30 […]
Travel Writer and Television Host Rick Steves Briefs Congress on Marijuana Policy | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — Tuesday on Capitol Hill, bestselling guidebook author and travel host Rick Steves held two briefings to address marijuana prohibition to a gathering of members of Congress and their staff. Inspired by Europe’s pragmatic approach to drug policy, with […]
Trump’s Drug Budget Doubles Down on the War on Drugs | Phillip Smith The Trump Administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget Monday, and it looks like a return to last century’s failed law-and-order drug war policies. While paying lip service to the nation’s opioid crisis, the administration shows its priorities by asking for […]
In Trump and Sessions’ Drug War, It’s Bad Cop/Bad Cop | Phillip Smith The omens are not good. In a pair of speeches last week, the president and his attorney general made some very menacing comments about drug policy. While their last-century drug warrior rhetoric has not, for the most part, translated into regressive, repressive […]
Raids on CBD Businesses in Tennessee Leave Patients without Access; Underline Need for Change in Federal Marijuana Laws | Beth Collins RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN — Monday morning, DEA agents, detectives from the local sheriff’s office, and Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and LaVergne police raided 23 Rutherford County businesses accused of selling candy products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating compound […]
Federal Judge to Hear Arguments Wednesday in Legal Fight Challenging the Constitutionality of Marijuana Prohibition | Paul Armentano NEW YORK, NY — A judge for the Federal District Court in Manhattan will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of federal cannabis prohibition. Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the case include NORML Legal Committee member Joseph Bondy […]