The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a setback requirement governing cannabis operations near county bike and pedestrian trails, further limiting areas where marijuana can be cultivated. The move came before an overflow crowd amid opposition from a proposed west county cannabis business and advocates who say it creates additional confusion and excessive […]
The completion of an acquisition in Emeryville, CA, will help MedMen make strides in expansion in 2019. The closing on a dispensary license in Emeryville means MedMen will have one of the only two adult-use licenses for that area. The dispensary is set to open in the commercial focal point of East Bay in 2019. […]
At a recent Wednesday evening in a bare-bones basement classroom on the UCLA campus, students filled chairs, perched on table tops, and stood in the corners to learn about one thing: cannabis. Despite the beginnings of a rare L.A. rain, the 6 p.m. start time, and the fact that students receive no credits for being there, this […]
California regulators on Friday said marijuana deliveries can be made anywhere in the state, even in locales that ban cannabis. Law enforcement groups and the California League of Cities opposed the move, arguing that pot deliveries to places that ban cannabis erodes local government control and will increase crime in those areas. The matter has […]
Cannabis retailer MedMen is facing a class action lawsuit from former employees who say the company has committed multiple violations of labor laws. The suit was filed on November 16 in California Superior Court in Los Angeles against two MedMen subsidiaries, Manlin I and DT Fund II Group, according to a report from Marijuana Business Daily. The suit alleges that […]
While much of the attention on cannabinoids is devoted to THC and CBD, a group of researchers say they've made a major breakthrough on a compound that may be more effective at producing marijuana's medical benefits, writes Joseph Misulonas. A group of researchers in California say they've made a major breakthrough on how to ramp up production of tetrahydrocannabivarin, […]
A cannabis testing lab in Sacramento has lost its license to operate after management admitted the facility had falsified test results during an inspection by state regulators. Sequoia Analytical Labs has admitted that its lab director had been falsifying results for 22 of 66 required pesticide tests and has said that it will take full responsibility for the fiasco, […]
A prominent California cannabis investor and two associates have been arrested in connection with a plot to kidnap and murder a business partner. Salam Razuki, Sylvia Gonzales, and Elizabeth Juarez were arrested by federal agents earlier this month and conspiracy charges were filed against the defendants on Nov. 19, according to a release from federal prosecutors. According to a complaint obtained by […]
It’s that magical time of year when The Emerald Cup is upon us again, with attendance predicted to be even higher than last year’s 20,000. On Saturday and Sunday, December 15–16, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds will be rife with musicians, speakers, and vendors (oh, my!) packing out the weekend with food, libations, cannabis, and the […]
With only two months until the January 1 implementation of the final State Cannabis Regulations, the California agencies given licensing authority under the Medicinal and Adult-use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act posted last minute changes that are causing quite a buzz in the cannabis community. The announcement was made by the Bureau of Cannabis Control […]
Flow Kana, the premier sustainable sungrown cannabis provider embracing Northern California’s independent craft farm ecosystem, has commanded the number one selling cannabis flower brand position for three quarters in a row in California, according to data by BDS Analytics. In September alone, estimates by BDS Analytics showed that Flow Kana’s retail sales outpaced the competition […]
The newly-legal cannabis industry spent more than a decade incubating in the San Francisco Bay Area following the passage of Proposition 215, when a handful of cannabis revolutionaries (largely based around SF) passed a medical marijuana law in 1996. Hence, the dispensaries in this region are a direct testament to the skills Bay Area cannabis […]
Ever since recreational cannabis went legal in California, cannabis tourism companies started popping up around the state. They offer travelers a chance to smoke and sip wine, paint and puff, and learn cannabis factoids while lighting it up. Emerald Farm Tours is one such marijuana tourism company. The cannabis tour bus is nothing like the […]
Netflix has picked up Murder Mountain, a true-crime murder-mystery documentary series from the team behind Man on Wire and LA 92. The six-part series examines a series of murders that took place in a remote California community. The Lightbox-produced series bowed on U.S. cable net Fuse earlier this year. Netflix has will launch it globally, including […]
San Francisco announced last month that it will provide free legal services to cannabis equity applicants through a partnership with the Bar Association of San Francisco. This initiative seeks to help applicants who lack the financial or professional resources to navigate today’s often challenging cannabis regulatory requirements. This new initiative, however, has faced criticism. Notably, […]
Officials gave the green light to South San Francisco’s first commercial cannabis company by allowing The Loaded Bowl to begin marijuana delivery services to the community. The South San Francisco Planning Commission approved during a meeting Thursday, Nov. 15, the small, family business’ application to begin serving city residents. Dalvin Martin, 23, who will run […]
The city of San Diego has made more than $3.6 million in revenue from the Cannabis Business Tax (CBT) through the first three quarters of 2018, NBC 7 has learned. The CBT was implemented in January after recreational marijuana use became legal. The CBT currently taxes recreational marijuana sales at 5 percent and it will […]
The highway into Coalinga, California, passes a large white billboard with a brightly colored rainbow and the words “Jesus is Lord of Coalinga.” The road briefly becomes the main street as it runs through the triangle-shaped town. Off this main street sits the First Presbyterian Church, which is a block or so away from the […]
California's medical marijuana market has been up and running since the 1990s, but its adult-use marijuana market only opened for business in January. Initially, the state's adult-use market got off to a slow start, but third-quarter data suggests that perhaps the state is overcoming its growing pains. If so, it could be great news for […]
Thursday is supposed to be all about turkey, but Wednesday is apparently all about THC. Cannabis industry insiders are predicting a sales high as pot smokers stock up on supplies before the Thanksgiving holiday. Shiran Shiravi, the director of consumer communications at Eaze, a company that delivers cannabis products in California, expects to handle nearly double […]
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.
New research finds that cannabis use among teens doesn't appear to lead to greater conduct problems or greater affiliation with other teens who smoke cannabis. Instead, it's adolescents with conduct problems or whose friends use cannabis who are more likely to gravitate toward cannabis use.
Research released today underscores both the dangers and the therapeutic promise of marijuana, revealing different effects across the lifespan. Marijuana exposure in the womb or during adolescence may disrupt learning and memory, damage communication between brain regions, and disturb levels of key neurotransmitters and metabolites in the brain. In Alzheimer's disease, however, compounds found in […]
Researchers have seen cognitive changes in the offspring of rats exposed to heavy amounts of cannabis. Their work is one of the rare studies to look at the effects of cannabis during pregnancy. The drug is the most commonly used illicit substance among pregnant women.
Getting behind the wheel after cannabis use is on the rise in the US, and THC, not alcohol, is now the most commonly detected intoxicant in US drivers. Detecting levels of THC, however, is challenging and the methods used so far cannot accurately determine a person's level of impairment.
In the wake of cannabis legalization, a team of scientists have delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol (CBD) for safe pain relief without the typical 'high' or euphoria produced by the THC.
As the number of Americans who regularly use cannabis has climbed, so too has the number of those experiencing cannabis withdrawal symptoms. A new study finds that 12 percent of frequent marijuana smokers experienced Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome (CWS), which includes emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms.
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.
Utah Lawmakers Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Marijuana Law | Paul Armentano Lawmakers voted in a special legislative session on Monday to replace the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis access program. The former law, Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act – was approved by 53 percent of voters on November 6. NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri criticized lawmakers’ decision. “Lawmakers should […]
Utah Legislature Passes Compromise Medical Marijuana Law | Marijuana Policy Project SALT LAKE CITY — In a special session today, the Utah Legislature enacted a compromise medical marijuana law that will replace the ballot initiative approved by voters on Election Day. The compromise bill is more restrictive than the law established by Proposition 2, which […]
Utah Lawmakers Seek to Replace Voter-Initiated Medical Marijuana Law | Paul Armentano Utah lawmakers convened a special legislative session Monday to debate proposed replacement legislation to the state’s newly approved voter-initiated medical cannabis access law. A majority of voters in November decided ‘yes’ on Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act. Legislators are now seeking to significantly […]
Marijuana Possession Becomes Legal in Michigan This Week | NORML LANSING, MI — Key provisions of the state’s voter-approved marijuana measure will take effect next week. Members of the Board of State Canvassers certified the midterm election results on November 26, and Proposition 1: The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act becomes law on Thursday, December 6. Provisions […]
Several Marijuana Reform Bills Advance in New Jersey | NORML TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey state lawmakers last week advanced a series of bills to regulate the adult use and medical cannabis markets, and to vacate past marijuana-related convictions. On Monday, members of a 26-person joint committee moved Senate Bill 2703/Assembly Bill 4497 to the floor. The […]
New Jersey Governor Signs Hemp Cultivation Bill Into Law | Justin Strekal TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation into law permitting the state to establish a pilot program to assess and promote the cultivation of industrial hemp. Assembly Bill 1330/Senate Bill 3145 authorizes the Department of Agriculture to partner with Rutgers University […]
Study: Marijuana Dispensaries Associated With Localized Reductions in Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths | Paul Armentano CLAREMONT, CA — Counties that permit the operation of medical cannabis dispensaries possess reduced rates of opioid-related mortality, according to the findings of an academic research paper published on the SSRN online network. Researchers from Claremont McKenna College in California, the University of Georgia, […]
Connecticut Governor-Elect Reaffirms Support for Adult Use Marijuana Legalization | NORML HARTFORD, CT — Governor-elect Ned Lamont reaffirmed his support for regulating the adult use cannabis market in Connecticut. Lamont is one of four gubernatorial candidates to be elected in November after campaigning on a platform that included legalizing marijuana. Speaking with reporters last week, Lamont said that he […]
Reconciled Farm Bill Includes Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to a reconciled version of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill), which includes provisions lifting the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. “For the first time in nearly a hundred years, commercial hemp […]
Utah: Make Your Voice Heard; Make Your Vote Count | NORML Lawmakers are planning to convene a special session beginning on Monday, December 3 to debate replacing Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act. Yet, the reason a majority of Utah voters decided in favor of Prop. 2 was precisely because many of these same […]
New Jersey Lawmakers Advance Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bill | NORML TRENTON, NJ — On Monday, November 26, New Jersey Senate and Assembly lawmakers voted in favor of legislation that seeks to regulate the adult use marijuana market. Members of a 26-member joint committee decided to move forward the legislation: Senate Bill 2703 and Assembly Bill 4497: […]
Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances in New Jersey Legislature | Marijuana Policy Project TRENTON, N.J. — A proposal to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older advanced in the New Jersey Legislature Monday. The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved S2703, sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari, (7-2-4), and the Assembly Appropriations Committee approved A4497, sponsored […]
Case Reports: Cannabis Extracts Improve Painful Skin Condition | NORML GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS — The oral administration of cannabis extracts containing THC and CBD is associated with pain reduction in patients suffering from the skin disease epidermolysis bullosa (EB), according to three case reports published in The British Journal of Dermatology. Epidermolysis bullosa is a rare genetic condition that […]
US Senate: Leading Marijuana Prohibitionist Out As Judiciary Committee Chair | NORML One of the US Senate’s leading marijuana prohibitionists, Iowa Republican Charles “Chuck” Grassley, will no longer be heading the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 116th Congress. Senator Grassley announced last week that he is stepping down as Chair of the Committee. As Chair, Grassley refused to hold […]
Study: Cannabis Use Doesn’t Negatively Impact Organ Transplants | NORML LOMA LINDA, CA — A history of cannabis use is not associated with an increased likelihood of adverse outcomes among either those donating or receiving kidney organ transplants, according to data published in the Clinical Kidney Journal. A team of California researchers assessed whether cannabis use detrimentally impacts the […]