Tyler Kearns, owner of the cannabis cultivation company Seven Leaves, stood in one of his half-dozen temperature-controlled grow rooms on a recent day, surveying a crop derived from the same mother plant. “We have really tried to educate the general public through talks, tours, communication and presentations,” Kearns said, “to bring a better understanding of […]
With new California cannabis product testing and packaging regulations scheduled to take effect on July 1, legal cannabis manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are feeling increased growing pains as they struggle to fall into compliance. As mandated in 2016, when cannabis was legalized in California under Proposition 64, after July 1, cannabis flower growers will have to […]
CROP Infrastructure Corp. (CSE:CROP) (OTCMKTS:CRXPF) announces its tenant grower “HEMPIRE COMPANY LLC” has received final approval for an additional twenty thousand (20,000) square feet of recreationally licensed canopy space from CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for the Humboldt California Campus as announced on May 9th 2018. The Humboldt Campus consists of […]
A big shake-up is coming in the marijuana business, and that means big discounts on weed here in the Bay Area. But it also might soon lead to a shortfall in product availability. Customers are already seeing discounts of 30-50 percent on some marijuana items in the Bay Area, and that's likely to last a […]
A ban on commercial cannabis remains in place in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday opting not to take any action on the issue, even as new legal dispensaries open with state and local licenses in other parts of the county. The county's Department of Consumer and Business Affairs […]
LA’s cannabis market is one of the most competitive in the nation, and its relationship with the city government has at times been strained. But with the launch of California’s state-regulated market, City Councilman Herb Wesson sees an opportunity for the city to lead by example. While he’s hardly a cannabis evangelist, Wesson recognizes the […]
Buckle up, California consumers: It’s going to be a wild summer. Industry watchers are expecting to see statewide bargain blowout sales over the next two weeks, followed by immediate product shortages and price spikes. The cause of the turmoil is the state’s fast-approaching testing and packaging deadline. As of July 1, 2018, all licensed medical […]
Consumers are going back to the black market amid high taxes. Licensed cannabis businesses in California who are complying with the state’s regulations are growing increasingly frustrated with the thriving black market. As a result, some licensed dispensaries have filed complaints with the California Bureau of Cannabis Control to try and eradicate their illegal competitors. The competition […]
California is expected to become the largest weed industry in the United States, but unlike other legalized states, it has no laws in place to protect cannabis consumer data. In the days before the marijuana legalization movement, the relationship between a pot dealer and their customers was a sacred one. Both were at risk of […]
Enlighten, a multifaceted cannabis technology company, has quickly emerged as a premiere technology company in the industry, announcing today that it has formed a joint venture with multiple undisclosed technology companies, better known outside of the cannabis space, in order to bring cannabis related businesses an array of enterprise level solutions. As part of its […]
At a high-end dispensary in San Francisco, the self-proclaimed center of all things disruptive, staffers are debating if the time is right to unleash onto the market something never before seen, something they believe could revolutionize California’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry. They’re wondering whether they can charge $90 for an eighth of an ounce of cannabis—and […]
In the marijuana industry, insurance can be a high demand. Most insurers that do offer coverage are small-scale outfits not regulated by the state that are hesitant to enter the budding business. In hopes to shift that mentality, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones approved a program to provide California’s marijuana dispensaries, warehouses, processors, manufacturers, distributors and other […]
With 61 percent of Americans now in support of cannabis legalization, it should come as little surprise that pot-positive candidates swept to victory in Tuesday’s Primary Election in the progressive bastion of California. In every important race, winning politicians knew which way the cannabis smoke was blowing. California’s June 5 primary vote determines which two top candidates face […]
The majority of the plants, 72 percent, were eradicated in California. Law enforcement seized almost 40 percent fewer cannabis plants in the U.S. in 2017 than the previous year, according to new numbers from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The annual data, published in the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Statistical Report, shows that the feds and their law […]
Previously, getting your record cleared was a tiring and complicated process. When California voters legalized recreational marijuana in November 2016, they also passed a measure which permits people with cannabis offenses to either clear their records completely or downgrade their offenses. The measure, in theory, stands to benefit hundreds of thousands in the state, but […]
Like cryptocurrency and GOOP, three-dimensional printing has adherents so passionate they border on the fanatic. But unlike the cults of digital currency (the value of which is inextricably linked to the for-real money tied to the central banks it’s supposed to replace) and bunk wellness cures repackaged and sold with Hollywood star power, there’s at […]
California officially legalized recreational marijuana at the beginning of the year, and the state is still learning how exactly to handle the industry. But one thing is clear is they're trying to avoid some of the mistakes made up in Oregon, writes Joseph Misulonas. When Oregon launched their legal marijuana market, they wanted to end the black market cannabis […]
California cannabis consumers and industry operators could enjoy a safer, more regulated legalized industry in the future, thanks to the passage of a bill to create the world’s first marijuana-focused bank. Senate Bill 930 to set up a state charter bank for the cannabis industry survived a crucial floor vote in the California Senate Thursday. Friday […]
The first-ever cannabis cooking show is coming to Netflix next month. After Netflix’s weed-themed sitcom Disjointed was abruptly canceled, the streaming service needed to find a replacement for its pot-leaf shaped hole. With marijuana’s ever-increasing prevalence in pop-culture, finding a niche show should be as easy as 1,2,3. Luckily, the streaming service, was, in fact, able to find […]
After five months of legal commercial cannabis sales in LA, local law enforcement and elected officials announced at a press conference Wednesday that they are cracking down on cannabis businesses operating without a license. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said that his office has so far filed 36 criminal cases against a total of […]
Cannabis use may be decreasing among teens, but a new study showed that American adults have increasingly used cannabis daily since 2007. The study found that nondaily cannabis use decreased among those aged 12 to 25 and 35 to 49 before 2007, and increased among all adults after 2007, particularly among adults 26 to 34.
Researchers have found that individuals who regularly attend church and report that religion is very important in their daily decision making are less likely to use marijuana recreationally and medically.
Researchers have found there is no significant association between cannabis use and suicidal behavior in people with psychiatric disorders. The study findings contrast with pre-existing data that shows the drug is linked to an increased chance of suicidal behavior in the general population.
More young people are turning to marijuana as their first substance of choice, rather than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, an expert says. He says that young people who start off on marijuana before alcohol or tobacco are more likely to become heavy users and have cannabis-related problems later in life.
Researchers have developed a new method of measuring phytocannabinoids -- the primary bioactive molecules in cannabis -- that will lead to faster, safer and more accurate information for producers, regulators and consumers alike.
As prohibitions on the sale and use of marijuana ease, one result is more advertising about cannabis. A new study suggests that may have consequences on adolescents, with those who view more advertising for medical marijuana being more likely to use marijuana, express intentions to use the drug and have more-positive expectations about the substance.
Cannabis use increased among parents who smoke cigarettes, as well as among non-smoking parents, according to a new study. Cannabis use was nearly four times more common among cigarette smokers compared with non-smokers. Until now, little had been known about current trends in the use of cannabis among parents with children in the home, the prevalence of […]
While a wide majority of oncologists do not feel informed enough about medical marijuana's utility to make clinical recommendations, most do in fact conduct discussions on medical marijuana in the clinic and nearly half recommend it to their patients, say researchers who surveyed a population-based sample of medical oncologists.
Smoking during pregnancy has well-documented negative effects on birth weight in infants and is linked to several childhood health problems. Now, researchers have found that prenatal marijuana use also can have consequences on infants' weight and can influence behavior problems, especially when combined with tobacco use.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the US. Secondhand marijuana smoke (SHMS) exposure and its subsequent impact on child health have not been studied. The objective of this study was to determine association between SHMS exposure and rates of emergency department visitation, and rates of tobacco sensitive conditions (asthma, otitis media and […]
Results from some of the first studies to examine hemp's ability to fight cancer show that it might one day be useful as plant-based treatment for ovarian cancer. Hemp is part of the same cannabis family as marijuana but doesn't have any psychoactive properties or cause addiction.
With marijuana use during pregnancy on the rise, a new study shows that prenatal cannabis use was associated with a 50 percent increased likelihood of low birth weight, setting the stage for serious future health problems including infection and time spent in neonatal intensive care units.
Managing symptoms such as pain, nausea, and psychiatric illness can be challenging as people age. A new review highlights what's currently known about the indications and risks of medical marijuana use for older adults.
Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use -- including pain relievers.
Canada Becomes Second Country in the World – and First G-20 Nation – to Legalize Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance Last night, the Canadian Senate approved The Cannabis Act, making Canada the second country in the world to legally regulate all aspects of the marijuana market – including production, sale and consumption – following Uruguay’s historic move […]
Teen Marijuana Use in Colorado Still Has Not Increased Since Legalization: Report | Marijuana Policy Project DENVER — A new federal report shows rates of teen marijuana use in Colorado have still not increased since voters decided to end marijuana prohibition in 2012 and start regulating it similarly to alcohol for adult use. The U.S. […]
Canada Becomes Second Country to End Marijuana Prohibition; Regulated Adult Sales to Begin Later This Year | Marijuana Policy Project OTTAWA, ON — A bill to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use in Canada received final approval from lawmakers Tuesday and will now be sent to the governor general for royal assent. Prime Minister […]
Canada: Lawmakers Reconcile and Pass Historic Marijuana Legalization Legislation | Paul Armentano OTTAWA, ON — Members of the Canadian House and Senate have reconciled and given final approval to C-45, sweeping legislation amending the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so that those over the age of 18 may legally possess, purchase, and grow personal use […]
In One Week, Oklahoma Voters to Decide Fate of Medical Marijuana | NORML In just seven days, voters in Oklahoma will have the opportunity to decide in favor of providing much-needed medical marijuana access to patients. State Question 788 will appear on the June 26 ballot. Under this plan, physicians — not lawmakers — will […]
Proposed Bill Would Allow Marijuana Use in Federal Housing | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has introduced legislation to protect state-lawful marijuana users from housing discrimination. Entitled the “Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act of 2018,” the legislation includes protections for consumers in both medical and adult use states. It states, “A […]
New York State-Commissioned Report Will Recommend Legalizing Marijuana | Paul Armentano ALBANY, NY — A forthcoming report commissioned by the Governor’s office is set to recommend that lawmakers legalize and regulate the possession and sale of marijuana by adults. According to statements made Monday by New York State health commissioner Howard Zucker, the report’s authors have concluded […]
New York to Allow Opioid Patients Access to Medical Marijuana Program | Drug Policy Alliance New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has announced that patients who are prescribed opioids will have access to the state’s medical marijuana program. There is a growing body of scientific literature suggesting that legal access to marijuana can reduce the use […]
Canadian Senate Approves Historic Cannabis Regulation Measure | NORML OTTAWA, ON — Members of the Canadian Senate voted late last week in favor of Bill C-45, sweeping legislation amending the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so that those over the age of 18 may legally possess, purchase, and grow personal use quantities of cannabis. Since Senate members added […]
Case Reports: Topical Use of CBD Addresses Painful Skin Condition | NORML STANFORD, CA — The topical administration of CBD oil is associated with reduced pain and faster wound healing in patients with the skin disease epidermolysis bullosa, according to case reports published in the journal Pediatric Dermatology. Epidermolysis bullosa is a rare genetic condition that results in blistering […]
New Federal Bill Would Protect States’ Experiments with Legal Marijuana | Phillip Smith WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan group of legislators have introduced a bill in both houses of Congress that would protect state marijuana legalization, medical marijuana, and decriminalization laws from federal interference. Under the measure, the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States […]
Virginia Crime Data Shows 20% Increase in Marijuana Arrests | NORML Marijuana-related arrests increased over 20 percent between the years 2016 and 2017, according to crime data compiled by the Virginia State Police. Law enforcement officials made 27,852 arrests for marijuana violations, according to the report – up from 21,637 in 2016. At that time, Virginia ranked sixth in the nation […]
More Pennsylvania Cities Push for Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances | NORML BETHLEHEM, PA — Members of the Bethlehem city council have moved toward the enactment of a local ordinance that seeks to make first-time minor marijuana possession offenses punishable by a $25 fine. Members decided unanimously in favor of the proposal on its first reading. A final vote […]
The RESPECT Resolution Seeks Restorative Justice | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced The “RESPECT Resolution: Realizing Equitable & Sustainable Participation in Emerging Cannabis Trades” to elevate the importance of equity within the legal cannabis marketplace. The RESPECT Resolution seeks both economic and reparative justice, ensuring that disenfranchised communities will […]
House Appropriations Committee Blocks Cannabis Banking Amendment | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — The House Appropriations Committee took up and defeated language known as the Safe Banking Amendment offered by Congressman David Joyce (R-OH) on Wednesday, June 13th. If adopted, regulators would not be authorized to use federal funds to threaten sanctions against banks working with marijuana-related businesses […]