Every year the top Oscar nominees receive swag bags that have included gifts from luxury holidays to sweat-absorbing patches, worth upwards of $100,000. This year, they can calm their nerves ahead of the awards on Sunday with a range of cannabis-infused products that will be included in the goody bags. Chocolates infused with 10mg tetrahydrocannabinol […]
When California voters legalized marijuana, they were promised that part of the tax revenue from pot sales and cultivation would be devoted to programs to teach youth how to avoid substance abuse. But more than a year after the start of sales, there’s no money for those programs and questions are looming about how they […]
Many have called 2018 the Year of the Woman. And the cannabis industry was no exception. According to a new report by Eaze, an online market place and technology platform for legal cannabis, the number of women buying cannabis in California doubled in 2018 from the year before. "We see a strong majority of women are […]
The vape pen category has shown enormous growth in the cannabis industry, but not all vapes are created equal. Consumers are also beginning to show a preference in their purchasing habits when it comes to vapes as well. Kurvana has kept an eye on these trends and has managed to make a product to satisfy multiple […]
The police didn’t want it. Neither did local officials. But the public demanded it. And now, pot companies in California can deliver marijuana directly to your home. Think of it as a kind of Uber Eats for the cannabis consumer. “The public spoke loud and clear in favor of statewide delivery,” said Alex Traverso, spokesman […]
Barneys New York is entering the cannabis industry with the opening of a head shop called The High End in its Beverly Hills store, according to The New York Times. The High End will offer luxe cannabis products, marijuana-inspired jewelry, CBD infused beauty products, and paraphernalia, including a $1,475 pot grinder. The move caters to Barneys' customers who have made […]
On a nondescript San Jose street corner, two tough, young men stand guard, semi-automatic pistols at the ready, as a black box of cash is quickly moved from one unmarked vehicle to another. Welcome to the brave new world of drug deals, where cannabis profits are licensed, well-regulated and taxed — but shunned by most […]
This year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will culminate the weekend of April 20th—a.k.a. 420. But today, the city of Coachella is celebrating breaking ground on a massive new cannabis facility. The more than 40-acre facility will house cultivation, manufacturing and distribution operations. With a plan to finish all construction early 2020, city […]
Canndescent is looking to redefine vaping with the launch of the company’s Stylus series, a family of vape accessories and ultra-pure oils. The first launch—which took place Jan. 28, 2019—debuted a rechargeable accessory and its matching cartridges in the company’s five signature effects: Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect and Charge, notes a statement from Canndescent, a […]
The University of California at Berkeley has announced the creation of a research center that will study the effects of the cannabis industry on the state. The new center will analyze the impact that cannabis production has on the environment and society, including communities that grow cannabis. The policies and regulations enacted to control those […]
On Tuesday, San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman announced that the city would soon be accepting applications for city permits to allow legal cannabis sales and consumption at public events. That means parades, festivals, concerts, fairs, farmers markets and more could all soon have legal weed available for attendees. And the best part is, those attendees […]
Lawmakers in the state of California have announced a bill that would eliminate or reduce some taxes on cannabis in a bid to help the legal industry compete with black market producers. The proposed Bill 286 (aka Temporary Cannabis Tax Reduction bill) would eliminate a cultivation tax for legal growers through 2022 (currently $9.25 USD […]
High Style Brewing Company’s recently launched non-alcohol, cannabis-infused, pale ale-inspired craft brew is scheduled to soon be available in licensed dispensaries across California, with rapid expansion to all legal markets. First launched at the March and Ash dispensary in San Diego on Dec. 31, 2018, each 12-oz. (about 355 ml) bottle of Coastal Haze […]
Dr. William Eidelman has been issuing medical cannabis recommendations in California since 1997, just a year after the state became the first in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana. Now, however, Dr. Eidelman is facing a revocation of his license to practice medicine. According to the California Medical Board, Eidelman improperly recommended medical cannabis treatments […]
Portable and discreet vape pens are a very profitable segment of legal recreational cannabis markets, writes Calvin Hughes. For people who don't want to deal with the unpredictability of edibles but also don't want to smell like they just smoked a joint, these pocket-sized vaporizers are very popular, but people might start going back to […]
If there are two things Los Angeles has going for it right now, it's legal weed and underground nightlife, writes Madison Margolin. So for 12 hours this past Sunday from 4:20 pm to 4:20 am (obviously), journalist Michelle Lhooq pulled together her favorite DJs and cannabis influencers for the party of the zeitgeist, aptly titled […]
In 2018, a Californian made a legal cannabis purchase every 8 seconds. Together, Californians spent around $2.5 billion on legal weed. And even though that spending was down half a billion dollars from 2017, when retailers could only legally sell to medical cardholders, it brought with it a number of important changes to the industry’s […]
California has finalized its rules governing the nation’s largest legal marijuana market, a milestone coming more than a year after the state broadly legalized cannabis sales for adults. But a dispute over home deliveries into communities that ban pot sales could end up in court. And the hundreds of pages of dense regulations are unlikely […]
A customer smokes a joint on cannabis legalization day at the Hotbox Lounge and Shop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canada became the first Group of Seven country to legalize recreational marijuana today, giving it a massive head start in global pot market some peg at $150 billion. While people can […]
Cannabis may be legal in California, but the new rules of the road are so confusing that even former California Highway Patrol officers are struggling with them. That became clear on a September morning when a pair of former CHP officers who now run a licensed cannabis distribution business found themselves arrested after a traffic […]
Seven in 10 parents think they should have a say in whether dispensaries are located near their child's school or daycare and most say they should be banned within a certain distance of those facilities.
Cannabis is the most commonly used recreational drug by teenagers worldwide. In Canada, among youth aged 15 to 19 years, the rate of past-year cannabis use is 20.6 percent, while in England, 4 percent of adolescents aged 11 to 15 years used cannabis in the last month.
With widespread legalization and increasing use, more care, education a research needed about how each marijuana formulation may affect and sometimes compromise the cardiovascular system of our aging population, according to a new article and editorial.
The legalization of marijuana in Washington state in 2012 gave parents the opportunity for a new teachable moment. Many say that as society has become more permissive, they want information and advice.
Adolescents and young adults living in states with more liberal policies reported higher average rates of past-year cannabis use than those in states with more conservative policies. However, the rates of cannabis use disorder -- abuse or dependence on the drug -- were significantly lower in states with more liberal policies compared to states with […]
At a time when several states are moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, new research shows that concerns about the drug's impact on teens may be warranted. The study shows that even a small amount of cannabis use by teenagers is linked to differences in their brains.
More than half of people who take medical cannabis for chronic pain say they've driven under the influence of cannabis within two hours of using it, at least once in the last six months, according to a new survey. One in five of them said they'd driven while 'very high' in the past six months.
New research suggests men in their child-bearing years should consider how THC could impact their sperm and possibly the children they conceive during periods when they've been using the drug. Much like previous research that has shown tobacco smoke, pesticides, flame retardants and even obesity can alter sperm, the new research shows THC also affects […]
A study has found that CBD -- a major chemical component in marijuana -- appears to increase pressure inside the eye of mice, suggesting the use of the substance in the treatment of glaucoma may actually worsen the condition.
In a study of adolescent mice with a version of a gene linked to serious human mental illnesses, researchers say they have uncovered a possible explanation for how marijuana may damage the brains of some human teens.
In a small study of infrequent cannabis users, researchers have shown that, compared with smoking cannabis, vaping it increased the rate of short-term anxiety, paranoia, memory loss and distraction when doses were the same.
Women tend to be more conservative than men on political questions related to marijuana. A recent study finds that this gender gap appears to be driven by religion and the fact that men are more likely to have used marijuana.
Home Prices Spike Following Opening of Marijuana Retailers | NORML FORT COLLINS, CO — The opening of marijuana retailers is positively associated with rising neighborhood home values, according to data published in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy. Colorado State University researchers assessed the impact of dispensary openings in Denver on home prices in the immediate vicinity. They reported: […]
Medical Marijuana is Florida Law, Let’s Act Like It | Norm Kent Two years ago, Florida citizens voted for and passed a constitutional amendment allowing our residents to use marijuana medicinally. The law passed overwhelmingly, with nearly 72 percent of the vote. No recount was required. In this hotly contested and partisan state, no candidate running […]
Study: Medical Cannabis Associated With Reduced Opioid Intake in Pain Patients | NORML ROSWELL, NM — The use of medical cannabis for a period of one-month or more is associated with reduced opioid intake in patients with cancer and/or rheumatic pain conditions, according to clinical data published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. A team of investigators from the […]
Study: Medical Cannabis Use Associated With Decreased Hospital Admissions Among Patients With Sickle Cell Disease | NORML NEW HAVEN, CT — Sickle cell disease (SCD) patients who utilize medicinal cannabis require fewer hospitalizations as compared to SCD patients who refrain from the substance, according to clinical data published in the journal Blood. Investigators from Yale University in Connecticut […]
Here Comes Hemp: Congress Votes to Unchain a Billion-Dollar Industry | Phillip Smith WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate on Tuesday and the House on Wednesday gave final approval to the massive 2018 Farm Bill, including a provision that will end an eight-decade ban on industrial hemp, that non-psychoactive but extremely useful member of the cannabis family. […]
Psychoactive Adulterants Identified In Some Liquid CBD Products | NORML RICHMOND, VA — Liquid formulations of CBD available on the commercial market have been identified to contain synthetic cannabinoids and other psychoactive constituents, according to a scientific analysis published in the journal Forensic Science International. A team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University evaluated the content of nine commercially available […]
Missouri’s Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect | NORML SPRINGFIELD, MO — Missouri’s Amendment 2, the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis access law, took effect on Thursday, December 6th. Sixty-six percent of voters approved the measure in November, while rejecting a pair of competing initiatives. State regulators have 180 days from the law’s enactment date to make available application forms to […]
Maine’s Medical Marijuana Omnibus Bill Goes Into Effect | Kate Zawidzki Today, the omnibus medical marijuana bill that was passed last spring goes into effect. The bill makes major improvements to Maine’s medical marijuana program. Among some of the changes, the legislation: removes the qualifying condition list so that any Mainer can use medical marijuana so long […]
Congress Lifts Longstanding Ban on Industrial Hemp Production | NORML House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka ‘The Farm Bill’), which for the first time includes provisions lifting the United States’ centuries-long prohibition on domestic, commercial hemp production. President Trump is anticipated to sign the bill into law […]
Nebraska Marijuana Policy Reform Advocates Establish Campaign Committee to Support 2020 Ballot Initiative | Marijuana Policy Project The group, Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws, will prioritize a medical marijuana ballot initiative and is researching additional marijuana reform opportunitiesTwo Nebraska state senators, Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, will lead a newly formed campaign committee, Nebraskans for […]
Demand Protection for Cannabis Consumers at the Canadian Border | Justin Strekal Following Canada’s decision to become the first country in North America to legalize the use and retail sale of cannabis, the US Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection Agency published a memorandum affirming that those Canadians either involved or invested […]
Alaska: Public Hearing Next Week to Discuss Allowing On-Site Cannabis Consumption | Kate Zawidzki The Marijuana Control Board will hear public testimony next Wednesday, December 19 from supporters and opponents of proposed rules allowing regulated, on-site cannabis consumption. While it is legal for adults 21 and over to purchase cannabis, it is illegal to consume […]
Congress Legalizes Industrial Hemp Through the 2018 Farm Bill | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have passed legislation that legalizes industrial hemp, the H.R. 2, Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 87-13 and the House by a […]
Take This Short Survey to Help Shape Marijuana Policy in New York | Mary Kruger How much cannabis do you consume? How much do you pay for your cannabis? How much extra would you pay for cannabis delivery? How often do you share your cannabis with friends? New York State plans to legalize cannabis for […]
Revised Criminal Justice Reform Bill to Be Reintroduced in the Senate Today | Drug Policy Alliance WASHINGTON, DC — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) intends to file a new version of criminal justice reform legislation, the Senator announced on Wednesday. The news came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced yesterday that the […]