Mountain View, Santa Clara and Morgan Hill residents will vote on cannabis business taxes on Election Day in preparation for city legislation that could legalize the sale and cultivation of marijuana. The proposed tax varies slightly in each city, but all three would direct the revenue into public services like police, emergency services and infrastructure repair. […]
The pungent smell of cannabis planted on this west-facing hillside in the Sonoma Valley mixed with the odors of damp volcanic soil, aromatic pine and cattle musk from a herd watching over a calf crying for its mother. A five-person farm crew cut down the plastic trellis holding up marijuana stalks laden with dense colas […]
Palm Desert’s Measure Q creates a three-tier taxation plan for cannabis sales that could result in an additional $6 million. That money will go towards city services including the police and other local agencies that assist in enforcing marijuana laws and regulations “Just recognize that Prop 64 has passed and that recreational cannabis is legal in the […]
FinCanna Capital Corp. (“FinCanna”) (CSE: CALI) (OTCQB: FNNZF) a royalty company for the U.S. licensed medical cannabis industry, announces that its investee company ezGreen Compliance (“ezGreen”) which provides a state-of-the-art enterprise compliance and point-of-sale (POS) software solution for licensed medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivators, has expanded its proprietary Business Intelligence Dashboard (BID) with the addition […]
What's in a name? For champagne, it’s the expectation of excellence and at the very least, bubbles. It’s even protected by law: To call a liquid champagne, you have to grow it in a certain part of France under certain rules of planting, pressing and even packaging. All the fuss means champagne makers can charge a premium […]
Just five months ago, High Times organizers pulled off the first California marijuana festival where recreational marijuana was legally purchased on-site. And it almost didn't happen. Organizers needed a permit from the city and didn't realize it until a few weeks leading up to the event. They got the permit just a few days before. […]
Where else but Coachella would a massive, 500,0000 square foot, $54 million multi-functioning marijuana facility begin to break ground? Technically speaking, Cathedral City in the Coachella Valley, but it's all sort of the same, writes Civilized. Outside of the wealth in places like Palm Springs and Palm Desert. The Valley itself is an area long associated with […]
First came pizza and Chinese food. Then came organic groceries and gourmet restaurant meals. Now cannabis is the latest indulgence you can order and receive quickly, conveniently and discreetly — and legally, to boot. New permanent regulations adopted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control in July allow deliveries to consumers anywhere in California. Even if […]
Garden Grove, USA-based cannabis firm C3 International has launched a new product, Idrasil, in the US state of California. The firm says Idrasil is “the first standardized form of medical cannabis,” offering “all of the medicinal analgesic and therapeutic benefits” of the plant. In the context of the ongoing opioid epidemic in the USA, the firm hopes […]
Humboldt County, California is world renowned for producing some of the top tier cannabis strains. Socially conscious cannabis company Papa and Barkley, based in Eureka, is stimulating the local economy while utilizing locally grown strains in their product line. The population of Humboldt is approximately 300,000, with about 28,000 people in Eureka. The town and the […]
The bill would have allowed parents to bring their children medical cannabis at school. On Friday (Sep. 28), California Governor Jerry Brown blocked the passage of a bill that would have allowed parents to bring their children medical cannabis at school. The aim of this legislation, called Jojo’s Act, was to give children with severe health […]
Advocates for safe and affordable medical cannabis access are condemning Gov. Brown’s veto and calling on lawmakers for more solutions. A California Senate bill aimed at restoring California dispensaries’ ability to give away cannabis for free was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown last Friday. Gov. Brown cited conflicts between the “Compassionate Access” medical marijuana bill […]
Legal recreational marijuana must now be tested in California. Just like any other consumer product to make sure it's safe before you smoke it or eat it. The state says it's all about consumer protection. But as Phil Shuman found out a high percentage of weed is not passing the contamination test. It seems a […]
Marginalized groups that championed legalization struggle to compete with corporate refugees jumping on the bandwagon. Two hours north of San Francisco, in Mendocino county, orderly roadside vineyards give way to the rugged forests and misty coast of the Emerald Triangle, America’s most celebrated marijuana growing region. In June, more than 300 cannabis industry insiders gathered […]
What do weed and wine have in common? Apparently, prestige can be based on where you grow. As the cannabis industry matures in the world’s largest legal cannabis market, California, growers will soon be borrowing from the wine world and establishing cannabis appellations. In the wine world, appellations are more or less the geographical regions […]
After a summer in which shifting state labeling and testing requirements have led to increased costs and logistical concerns, causing layoffs, shortages, and in extreme instances, business closures, North Bay cannabis cultivators, distributors and manufacturers are starting to see better times. The state first issued its initial emergency regulations of the emerging cannabis industry on […]
Here's a strange scenario from the rapidly changing world of federal and state marijuana legalization. Let's say you're running a completely-- on the state level--legal marijuana business in California. Or, by a similar token, you've purchased some completely--on the state level--marijuana in Oregon. It's still illegal to bring your legal marijuana from Oregon--where the product […]
MedMen Enterprises Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with WhiteStar Solutions LLC to acquire control of Monarch, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based licensed medical cannabis license holder with dispensary, cultivation and processing operations through the acquisition of Omaha Management Services, LLC. In addition, MedMen will acquire from WhiteStar their exclusive co-manufacturing and licensing agreements with Kiva, […]
Hailed by advocates as a chance for people to “reclaim their lives,” a new California law will soon make it easier for for people with past marijuana convictions to get their records expunged completely, or their sentences significantly reduced. Assembly Bill 1793—passed by overwhelming majority in the California state Legislature and signed into law Sunday night by […]
The California Cannabis Equity Act has officially been signed into law. Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed the California Cannabis Equity Act (SB 1294) into law on Wednesday, authorizing the expenditure of $10 million in state funds to support so-called cannabis social equity programs. The programs assist members of communities most severely impacted by the War on Drugs […]
When mothers use marijuana during the first 12 years of their child's life, their cannabis-using children are more likely to start at an earlier age than children of non-using mothers, according to a new study. This study is the first to establish a relationship between maternal cannabis use during a child's lifetime and earlier initiation […]
A new study on the quality of online responsible marijuana vendor for cannabis (RMV) training has just been released. The study used an online RMV training that was developed in consultation with state regulators, store personnel, and local law enforcement in Colorado and Washington state. The training focused on knowledge of state statutes and regulations, […]
Marijuana use is becoming more prevalent among middle-aged and older adults, with 9 percent of adults aged 50-64 and nearly 3 percent of adults 65 and older reporting marijuana use in the past year, according to a new study.
When medical marijuana is taken for chronic nerve pain, it may provide pain relief by reducing connections between the areas of the brain that process emotions and sensory signals, according to a new study.
Recent research shows that cannabis users experience increased cortical activation during the brain's resting state when compared with nonusers. The resulting 'noisy brain' might impair brain activity and disrupt cognitive processes, say researchers.
The CB1 receptor is responsible for the intoxicating effect of cannabis. However, it appears to act also as a kind of 'sensor' with which neurons measure and control the activity of certain immune cells in the brain. A recent study at least points in this direction. If the sensor fails, chronic inflammation may result -- […]
First results appeared 24h after one single dose of the marijuana component; scientists concluded that CBD activate mechanisms which repair neuronal circuitry in patients' prefrontal cortex and hippocampus.
Researchers have found that a single dose of the cannabis extract cannabidiol can help reduce brain function abnormalities seen in people with psychosis. Results provide the first evidence of how cannabidiol acts in the brain to reduce psychotic symptoms.
In the largest known brain imaging study, scientists evaluated 62,454 brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans of more than 30,000 individuals from 9 months old to 105 years of age to investigate factors that accelerate brain aging.
Researchers have identified racial disparities in the treatment of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain. Black patients who receive opioids long-term are more likely than whites to be tested for illicit drug use. Of those who test positive, blacks are more likely to have their opioid prescriptions discontinued, said the researchers.
Long-term use of either cannabis or cannabis-based drugs impairs memory, say researchers. Their study has implications for both recreational users and people who use the drug to combat epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.
New research on how cannabis use alters eating behavior could lead to treatments for appetite loss in chronic illness, according to experts. Using a new procedure to dose lab rats with cannabis vapor, the researchers found how the drug triggers hunger hormones. They also identified specific brain regions that shift to 'hungry' mode while under […]
New Mexico Health Secretary Balks at Medical Marijuana Expansion | NORML SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico’s Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher has agreed to proposed changes in the state’s medical cannabis law that would permit patients with obstructive sleep apnea to access marijuana; but she rejected calls to expand access to patients with other debilitating conditions, including Tourette’s syndrome […]
Republicans Are Playing Dirty in Their Bid to Stop North Dakota’s Legal Pot Initiative | Phillip Smith As North Dakotans prepare to head to the polls in November to vote on the Measure 3 marijuana legalization initiative, they rely on their state government to come up with an estimate of what it will cost taxpayers. It’s not […]
NORML Endorses Utah’s Medical Marijuana “Proposition 2” | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has endorsed Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act, which regulates the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis products to qualified patients who possess a physician’s recommendation. Seventy-seven percent of adults express support for the […]
MPP Endorses North Dakota Ballot Initiative to Legalize Marijuana for Adults | Marijuana Policy Project WASHINGTON, DC — The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) announced Wednesday it is endorsing Measure 3, the initiative to legalize marijuana for adults in North Dakota and expunge past marijuana-related convictions. MPP is the nation’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to marijuana policy, and […]
Will Denver Be the First Place in America to Legalize Magic Mushrooms? | Phillip Smith Denver could essentially legalize psychedelic mushrooms by next spring if a group of local activists has its way. But they have a few hurdles to overcome first. This week, members of Denver for Psilocybin handed in to city officials a pair of […]
Percentage of Adults Consuming Cannabis Rising | NORML SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Approximately one in seven US adults acknowledge having consumed cannabis within the past year, according to data published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. A team of investigators from the University of California and Columbia University in New York assessed cannabis use patterns in a nationally […]
How Much Money Can You Make Working in the Legal Marijuana Industry? | Phillip Smith Legal marijuana is a growth industry. Medical marijuana is legal in 30 states and full-on legalization in nine, with more states set to join the green revolution this fall. New Jersey could become the next legalization state sometime in the […]
Study: Consumers Willing to Pay a Premium for Legal Cannabis, Eschew Illegal Markets | NORML Consumers generally believe that cannabis sold in legal markets is “superior” to that available on the black market, and are willing to pay a premium for it, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Addiction. Investigators from Canada and […]
Study: Cannabis Inhalation Not Associated With COPD, Other Tobacco-Related Harms | NORML LONDON — Cannabis smoke exposure, even long-term, is not positively associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, or irreversible airway damage, according to a literature review published in the journal Breathe. British researchers reviewed nearly 20 observational studies assessing cannabis inhalation and lung health, involving […]
NORML Responds to US Border Policy Barring Canadians Involved in Legal Marijuana Market | NORML NORML staff today responded to reports that the US Customs and Border Protection Agency will enforce a federal policy denying entry into the United States any individual involved Canada’s burgeoning marijuana market. Under the policy, US officials are to bar entry to Canadians who acknowledge […]
Congressional Committee Approves Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana Research | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Members of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted in favor of legislation (HR 5634: The Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018) to facilitate federally-approved clinical trials assessing the efficacy of whole-plant cannabis. The vote marks the first time that lawmakers have ever decided in favor […]
NORML Endorses Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization Proposal 1 | NORML The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is pleased to endorse Proposal 1: The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, which will appear on November’s electoral ballot. The initiative permits those over the age of 21 to possess and grow personal use quantities […]
New Poll Finds Strong Support for Michigan Marijuana Legalization Proposal 1 | TJ Baker A new poll shows Michigan’s marijuana legalization campaign Proposal 1 on November’s ballot, is currently poised to pass with 56% support. Of those surveyed, 56% support the legalization proposal, while 38% were opposed. Six percent remain undecided. Age, not political affiliation, was […]
NORML Chapters Focus on Voter Registration and Education | Kevin Mahmalji As the summer months come to a close and as political campaigns around the country ramp up outreach efforts, NORML chapters are working to make sure that supporters of marijuana law reform efforts are registered to vote. Through our partnership with Rock the Vote, we’ve […]
Congressional Leadership Strips Provisions Facilitating Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans | Justin Strekal Lawmakers have removed language from pending federal legislation that sought to facilitate veterans’ access to medical cannabis in jurisdictions that regulate it. The decision to strip out the Veterans Equal Access Amendment flies in the face of the horrific medical realities that our nation’s […]