California is one the latest states to legalize recreational marijuana. With Proposition 64 going into full effect on Jan. 1, 2018, we could be one step closer to new federal regulations, which would make investment opportunities in the marijuana industry more accessible to everyone. Cannabis-related businesses constitute one of the fastest growing industries in the […]
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 […]
In Australia it's seen as taboo, but many American states have embraced legal use of cannabis. This weekend, California, a state weeks away from legalisation, is hosting the US's largest pot festival. Known as the Emerald Cup, the two-day festival in Sonoma is for users, those wishing to learn more about marijuana, and those in […]
The state is accepting applications for temporary licenses to operate a cannabis business in California. The first applications came into the California Secretary of State’s office on Friday and thousands more are expected to follow between now and the end of the year, as the state prepares to issue the licenses to legal cannabis enterprises […]
Marijuana stocks powered to new highs on Tuesday, as investors rallied behind the planned legalization of recreational cannabis in California next month. Marijuana Index Rises Again The closely watched North American Marijuana Index rose 5.5% on Tuesday to close at 189.58, which was enough for a new all-time high. The index has been on an […]
California regulators began accepting applications for state cannabis licenses on Friday, releasing necessary forms and launching an online licensing portal just weeks before legal sales in some parts of the state begin on Jan. 1. Officials say they’ll start reviewing the applications immediately. The California Bureau of Cannabis Control officially launched an online system that allows applicants […]
Los Angeles is well on its way to legalizing recreational marijuana after the City Council unanimously approved Wednesday a framework to regulate sales of the drug. Once signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the new rules will make LA the largest city in the nation to allow the growth and sale of recreational marijuana—something […]
Just weeks before California begins issuing licenses to businesses to sell marijuana for recreational and medical use, the state on Friday began accepting applications electronically through a new online system. The state Bureau of Cannabis Control is accepting applications for commercial marijuana licenses for retailers, distributors, micro-businesses, testing laboratories and cannabis events, according to Lori Ajax, […]
California on Friday began accepting applications from businesses that want to operate in the state's legal marijuana industry next year, a milestone for the emerging market. After months in development, an online system launched and will allow retailers, distributors and testing labs to seek state licenses, which are required to conduct business. Recreational pot sales […]
This week we’ve got hysteria over “scromiting,” yet another debunking of the gateway drug theory, the continued fight for 280E exemption, disturbing allegations of white supremacy, support for legal cannabis in Ireland, fatigue from the persistent wildfires in California, and reciprocity hypocrisy. Here’s a roundup of quotes from the past week. “CHS [cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome] […]
Twenty years after becoming the first state to legalize medical cannabis with Proposition 215, California passed an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use. With the passing of Proposition 64, you may be wondering, “should I still get a medical cannabis card near me in 2018?” You’re probably also wondering where and when you can now […]
If you'll be spending time in the Golden State sometime after New Year's Eve, you might be curious about how old you'll have to be to smoke weed in California in 2018, writes Melissa Sherrard. California residents voted to pass the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) in November of 2016 to make it legal for any adult […]
This Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a set of ordinances to license and regulate sales of recreational cannabis within their city. Both proponents and opponents of legalization have criticized elements of these regulations, but the Council has less than a month to put a framework in place before recreational sales begin on January 1st. "This is a […]
The Los Angeles City Council approved a series of regulations for the cannabis industry Wednesday, capping months of meetings aimed at getting the city's laws in order ahead of the drug becoming legal for recreational sale and use on Jan. 1. The set of rules were approved with a 12-0 vote and outline who will […]
MANY marijuana growers in northern California, America’s biggest source of the stuff, had expected this autumn’s harvest to be the largest ever. After all, recreational marijuana becomes legal in the state in January. Instead, wildfires in October—spreading so fast they killed 43 people—burned up half the marijuana growing in the area’s tri-county “Emerald Triangle” alone. […]
Marijuana, also known as Cannabis, is a new and emerging market for companies working in both the medical and recreational fields. The uniqueness of the product can cause undue challenges for those companies and their insurance needs. S2S Insurance Specialists has worked for over 30 years in “hard to place” industries, providing a myriad of […]
Consumer spending on legal cannabis in North America is outpacing previous estimates, according to a new report out today from Arcview Market Research. According to the just released Mid-Year Update to The State of Legal Marijuana Markets 5th Edition, retail cannabis sales will grow 33% from 2016 to nearly $10 billion this year. By 2021 […]
News that recreational marijuana sales could begin in Los Angeles as early as next month was greeted warmly by leaders in Nevada’s weed industry on Wednesday. Legal recreational sales in L.A. would more likely benefit the pot industry here than hurt it, advocates said. “It’s mostly positive. We’ve heard from a lot of people […]
Smart Cannabis Corp (OTC PINK: SCNA) and SinglePoint, Inc. (OTC: SING) have signed a letter of intent to formalize a multi-faceted joint venture and co-marketing relationship for the cannabis market bringing cyber currency payment solutions together with our SMARTAPP automation software product, and soon-to-be-released "Track and Trace Software System," which will be a natural add-on […]
Besides employing countless growers and budtenders, the cannabis industry is creating scores of jobs in other sectors. Case in point: Courtney Zalewski, a 31-year-old designer based in Los Angeles. After starting her career as creative director of the SuicideGirls brand, Zalewski’s branched out into the cannabis industry, working with Lowell Herb Company, 1906 chocolate edibles, […]
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.
A pre-clinical study reports that the use of the positive allosteric modulator GAT211 enhances the effect of pain-relief chemicals produced by the body in response to stress or injury. The research is a promising step forward in the search for pain relief methods without the addictive side effects of opioids.
A systematic review of published studies on the use of medical cannabis in children and adolescents finds a notable lack of studies and a minimal number of the randomized, controlled trials needed to confirm the effectiveness of a treatment.
Cellular-level changes to a part of the brain's reward system induced by chronic exposure to the psychoactive component of marijuana may contribute to the drug's pleasurable and potentially addictive qualities, suggests a study in young mice.
A new study on cannabis use that involved 1,136 patients (from 18 to 40 years of age) with mental illnesses who had been seen five times during the year after discharge from a psychiatric hospital demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is associated with an increase in violent behavior in young people. Moreover, the association […]
A new study conducted in a cancer center in a state with legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana found that approximately one-quarter of surveyed patients used marijuana in the past year, mostly for physical and psychological symptoms.
Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the world, and the advent of synthetic cannabinoids creates additional challenges to the society because of their higher potency and ability to escape drug detection screenings. Scientists have a warning about a new danger coming from cannabinoid abuse.
More than half of the states in the US now allow some type of legal marijuana use, primarily medical marijuana. But, in a survey of medical residents and deans at the nation's medical schools, researchers have found that the majority of schools are not teaching their students about medical marijuana, and the majority of students […]
Hartford City Council Unanimously Endorses Marijuana Legalization | Marijuana Policy Project HARTFORD, CT — At a meeting Monday evening, the Hartford Court of Common Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution in support of making cannabis legal and regulated for adults in Connecticut. The resolution specifically recommends that the Hartford Delegation of elected representatives […]
WHO Report: No Public Health Problems Attributable to CBD | Paul Armentano 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 report compiled by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Authors of the report declare […]
Teen Marijuana Use Drops in Colorado, Now Lower Than Before Legalization | Marijuana Policy Project DENVER, CO — The federal government published survey data Monday that shows the rate of current marijuana use among Colorado teens decreased significantly last year and is now lower than it was prior to the state’s legalization of marijuana for […]
Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | Justin Strekal 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 […]
Improving Medical Marijuana Programs Will Help Combat Opioid Crisis | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — Americans for Safe Access has released “Medical Cannabis as a Tool to Combat Pain and the Opioid Crisis: A Blueprint for State Policy.” Released Thursday, the blueprint outlines legislative and regulatory solutions related to medical cannabis that states […]
Minnesota Officials Expand Medical Marijuana Program | NORML ST. PAUL, MN — State health regulators in Minnesota have decided to expand the state’s medical cannabis program to include patients diagnosed with autism and sleep apnea. Advocates petitioned health officials to add the two new qualifications, as well as several other diagnoses – such as anxiety – that regulators ultimately rejected. Health officials […]
Study Finds Gelatin CBD Capsules “Safe and Efficient” | NORML TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The oral administration of gelatin capsules containing purified cannabidiol (CBD) is safe and efficient in human subjects, according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the journal Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development. Israeli investigators evaluated the safety and tolerability of 10mg and […]
Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program Signed Into Law | NORML MADISON, WI — Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed legislation into law to establish a state-sponsored pilot program to “study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp” in Wisconsin. Members of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate had unanimously approved the measure earlier this year. Senate Bill 119 defines […]
Florida Lawsuit Challenges Regulators’ Failure to Fully Implement Medical Marijuana Law | NORML TALLAHASSEE, FL — Florida patients and growers have filed a lawsuit over regulators’ failure to meet deadlines associated with the state’s 2016 voter-approved medical cannabis law. Plaintiffs argue that the state Department of Health has failed to issue licenses for additional dispensaries despite an October […]
Minnesota Adds Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | Guest Author MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger has announced that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and obstructive sleep apnea have been added to the list of qualifying conditions approved for treatment with medical marijuana in Minnesota. “Any policy decisions about cannabis are […]
Weed Themed Ugly Sweaters for Every Holiday Pot Party | The Daily Chronic Staff If you’d like to put a stoner twist on your next ugly sweater party, check out these marijuana themed ugly sweaters. Weed Themed Ugly Sweaters for Every Holiday Pot Party | The Daily Chronic
Alcohol Sales Fall Following Marijuana Legalization, Study Finds | Paul Armentano Sales of alcoholic beverages decline following the enactment of medical marijuana access laws, according to a working paper authored 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 […]
December’s Dank Deals: Sales and Savings on Gifts for Every Stoner | The Daily Chronic Staff Looking for discounts on gifts for every stoner on your list? Check out these dank deals and stoner savings for the month of December. December’s Dank Deals: Sales and Savings on Gifts for Every Stoner | The Daily Chronic
Michigan Legalization Coalition Turns In 360,000 Signatures To Place Issue On 2018 Ballot | NORML LANSING, MI — Proponents of a voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the personal use and retail sale of cannabis in Michigan have turned in more than 360,000 signatures in an effort to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot. Advocates […]
Study: Marijuana Use History Not Independently Associated With Atherosclerosis | NORML SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The cumulative use of marijuana is not independently associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the journal Addiction. An international team of investigators from the United States and Switzerland assessed […]