A bill before the California Senate would seek to create limited-service banks and credit unions for the cannabis industry, which is largely banned from using the regular banking system. Senate Bill 930, which would allow marijuana businesses to write special checks to pay some of their businesses expenses, was approved on a unanimous vote by […]
Software will monitor every plant, assuring officials it isn’t being shipped out of state. With a fruity fragrance derived from generations of careful breeding, the tall and voluptuous cannabis plant at Utopia Farms is worthy of its strain name: “C. Banana.” But to state regulators, it’s #S0411180010-01. From birth to death — and beyond, when […]
Tucked off Sunset Boulevard in LA’s uber-hip Silver Lake neighborhood is the upscale yet endlessly ethereal juice bar Moon Juice. Inside the sunlit space, past a row of leafy plants and a wall of shelves stacked with crystals, body creams, and beauty elixirs, sits a rainbow array of beverages. Most carry price tags in double-digits. […]
Months after California legalized the marijuana business, pot growers and manufacturers lament that they are still locked out of the legal industry in Los Angeles. More than 100 shops have already gotten city approval in Los Angeles, but not the companies that have historically furnished them with cannabis, which were supposed to be second in […]
Although California legalized medical marijuana use in 1996 and recreational use in 2016, California employers have always been free to maintain zero-tolerance policies against all users. That could change soon as a result of Assembly Bill 2069 (“AB 2069”), which would amend the California Fair Employment and Housing Act to create a new class of […]
Managing the billions of dollars generated by California’a cannabis industry has been one of the industry’s main problems. Now the state is one step closer to getting that money into banks. Since marijuana sales are still illegal under federal law, banks cannot work with dispensaries. “[Dispensaries] want to pay their taxes,” said state Sen. Scott […]
California’s first legal 4/20 festivities kick off on Friday, but do you really know what you’re smoking? A Bay Area lab is testing for dangerous chemicals that could be lingering in your pot. EVIO Labs in Berkeley is a new facility that opened to do analytical testing for cannabis products in all forms. Since recreational […]
Green Bits, the nation's leading retail management and automated compliance platform that helps cannabis dispensaries and retailers efficiently and legally run their businesses, today announced it completed a $17 million Series A round of financing. Tiger Global, a New York-based investment firm focused on investing in growth oriented Internet and Software companies, led the round with participation from […]
Four months after California become the ninth US stateto allow for recreational cannabis consumption, cities are viewing consumption lounges as a way to increase cannabis tourism. At present, California is the only state that allows recreational consumption outside of private homes, although not openly in public, and its cities are looking at ways to capitalise on this advantage. As landlords were […]
The recent debut of recreational marijuana sales in California appears to be making the state’s cannabis users more comfortable about openly discussing their lifestyle, says a large new survey by Eaze, a San Francisco company that markets legal weed online. Eaze surveyed 4,852 of its customers on March 27-28, asking questions that focused on how […]
As Louisiana's pharmacy board Tuesday started awarding the licenses to dispense medical marijuana, a handful of state lawmakers slammed the process as unfair to small, locally-owned pharmacists. Three Democrats on the House health committee — Reps. Marcus Hunter, Katrina Jackson and Dustin Miller — raised concerns that the application and evaluation method used to award […]
It’s only been a few months since marijuana for recreational use became legal in California. While sales have been good, there could be a speed bump ahead; the possibility of a marijuana shortage. In San Diego County, there are just four licensed marijuana cultivators. One of the licensees is Outco, located in a 15,000 square […]
In a bright warehouse in the heart of Northern California’s cannabis country, a metal gate slowly peels up. “Also Sprach Zarathustra”—the iconic music from 2001: A Space Odyssey—blares as the room behind is revealed. A mob of marijuana farmers and local politicians and activists and venture capitalists shuffle through into the Willy Wonka factory of weed. To the […]
The Santa Ana, Calif.-based company Kush Bottles made $18 million in 2017. That's twice what it earned the year before. Executives there expect to double revenue again in 2018. The company, which makes marijuana packaging products, is in an industry already worth more than $7 billion globally and one that's just scratching the surface. By 2021, the Brightfield Group has […]
Eighteen months after California voters enthusiastically endorsed legal marijuana, just one in seven cities in the state allow recreational cannabis stores, according to a first-of-its-kind study by this news organization and its California partners. And only one in three allow any kind of cannabis business at all. Proposition 64, approved by 57 percent of state […]
One in seven California cities requires residents to get a permit to grow marijuana at home for their personal use. To get that permit, some of those same cities want residents to submit to background checks and in-home police inspections. Other cities want personal-use cannabis growers to submit notarized forms and scaled site plan drawings. […]
Pesticides from black market cannabis grows are poisoning public lands, but federal agents are failing to properly rehabilitate these sites after busting them. A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has found that federal agents tasked with busting illegal cannabis grows have been failing to properly clean up these sites, as reported by Marijuana […]
With the Golden State’s temporary canna-business licenses set to expire at the end of the month, high taxes and limited local access have created a slow transition out of the black market. It's only been four months since California opened its doors to what is expected to be the world's largest legal adult-use cannabis market, […]
The Golden State is cracking down. And now, almost 1,000 California cannabis businesses could be forced to close. Almost 1,000 California cannabis businesses could be forced to close after receiving warnings from state regulators. The state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) has sent cease and desist letters or emails to 954 firms as of April 4, according to […]
Over a third of the state is a “pot desert” where locals must drive at least 60 miles to find a legal cannabis store. In November 2016, 57% of California voters said yes to Proposition 64, a ballot measure legalizing the recreational use and sale of cannabis throughout the Golden State. But Prop 64 also […]
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.
Few older adults use medical marijuana, a new national poll finds, but the majority support its use if a doctor recommends it, and might talk to their own doctor about it if they developed a serious health condition. And two-thirds say the government should do more to study the drug's health effects.
Alternative methods of pain management have been a topic of discussion as the United States grapples with the opioid and heroin epidemic. New research finds that medical and adult-use cannabis laws were associated with lower opioid prescribing rates.
While cigarette smoking is declining, marijuana use is rising and, disproportionately, marijuana users also smoke cigarettes. Our new study reports that cannabis use was associated with an increased initiation of cigarette smoking among non-cigarette smokers, and that adults who smoke cigarettes and use cannabis are less likely to quit smoking cigarettes than those who do […]
A preclinical study in rats has shown that there might be value in using a non-psychoactive and non-addictive ingredient of the Cannabis sativa plant to reduce the risk of relapse among recovering drug and alcohol addicts. The study's findings inform the ongoing debate about the possible medical benefits of non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
Researchers found marijuana shopping searches nearly tripled in the United States from 2005 to 2017, peaking between 1.4 and 2.4 million searches each month. Mail-order marijuana retailers occupied half of the first-page results, and three out of every four searches resulted in a mail-order marijuana retailer as the very first suggested link.
Coffee affects your metabolism in dozens of other ways besides waking you up, including your metabolism of neurotransmitters typically linked to cannabis, a study reports. The neurotransmitters related to the endocannabinoid system -- the same ones affected by cannabis -- decreased after drinking four to eight cups of coffee in a day. That's the opposite […]
Individuals who report having resolved a problem with cannabis use appear to have done so at younger ages than those who resolved problems with alcohol or other drugs and were less likely to use any formal sources of assistance or support, report investigators.
Two papers published today look at the current evidence of the effects of medical marijuana laws and conclude there is little support that such laws increase recreational marijuana use among adolescents or reduce opioid overdose deaths.
A new study found cannabis therapy is safe and efficacious for elderly patients who are seeking to address cancer symptoms, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other medical issues. After six months, more than 18 percent of patients surveyed had stopped using opioid analgesics or had reduced their dosage.
With states rapidly legalizing cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, physicians will be increasingly pressed to counsel patients on their frequency of use and dosage, as well as associated risks.
New Jersey Governor Moves Forward with Medical Marijuana Reforms | NORML TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced a package of reforms to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis products. Among the reforms taking immediate effect: Patients diagnosed with the following conditions – anxiety, migraine, Tourette’s syndrome, and chronic and/or visceral pain – are now […]
Study: Marijuana Use Associated With Decreased Mortality Among Patients Undergoing Orthopedic Surgeries | NORML BOSTON, MA — A history of marijuana use is associated with decreased in-hospital mortality among patients undergoing certain orthopedic surgeries, according to data published in the journal Substance Abuse. Investigators from Tufts University in Boston and the University of Alabama at Birmingham assessed the relationship […]
Study: Traffic Fatalities Have Not Increased as a Consequence of Legalization | NORML EUGENE, OR — The enactment of adult use marijuana regulations in Colorado and Washington is not independently linked to an increase in traffic fatalities, according to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Investigators at the University of Oregon compared traffic accident […]
Poll: Supermajority of Likely Voters Support Legal Medical Marijuana | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — More than two-thirds of self-identified Democrats, Republicans, and Independents are in favor of medical cannabis legalization, according to nationwide survey data compiled by the polling firm Fabrizio, Lee, and Associates. The poll reported that 77 percent of likely 2018 voters held favorable opinions […]
New Jersey Governor Expands Medical Marijuana Program | Justin Strekal TRENTON, NJ — In his ongoing effort to expand the Garden State’s medical marijuana program to be more patient-oriented, Governor Phil Murphy (D-NJ) has made dramatic changes to the state’s regulatory program. We will begin the elimination of the requirement that doctors prescribing medical marijuana appear […]
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Announces Expansion of State Medicinal Marijuana Program | Drug Policy Alliance TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced steps to expand New Jersey’s long-stalled Medicinal Marijuana Program. The Governor acted quickly after taking office, issuing an executive order mandating the Department of Health to review the program and […]
More California Counties Move to Expunge Past Marijuana Convictions | NORML SACRAMENTO, CA — Officials in two additional California counties, Sonoma County (population 502,000) and Yolo County (population 213,000), have announced that they will proactively review and vacate thousands of past marijuana convictions. Sonoma county officials estimate that some 3,000 cases are eligible for either a sentence […]
Study: Marijuana Decriminalization Leads to Decreased Arrests, No Increase in Youth Use | NORML ST. LOUIS, MO — State laws reducing minor marijuana possession offenses from criminal to civil violations (aka decriminalization) are associated with dramatic reductions in drug-related arrests, and are not linked to any uptick in youth cannabis use, according to data published by researchers affiliated […]
Study: No Link Between Cumulative Cannabis Use and Kidney Disease | NORML BOSTON, MA — The cumulative use of cannabis is not associated with adverse effects on kidney function, according to clinical data published in The American Journal of Medicine. Harvard investigators assessed the relationship between marijuana use and renal function in a cohort of 13,995 adults between the […]
Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — In a blow to Attorney General Jeff Sessions anti-marijuana agenda, Congressional leadership included in the omnibus spending package language that was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), to prohibit the Department of Justice and its affiliated agencies from prosecuting state-lawful and compliant medical marijuana systems, businesses, […]
St Louis: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses Reduced to $25 Fine | NORML ST. LOUIS, MO — City lawmakers in St. Louis have approved municipal legislation reducing minor marijuana possession offenses to a $25 fine-only violation. The new policy took effect immediately after being signed into law by Mayor Lyda Krewson. Under the policy, cannabis possession offenses involving up […]
Illinois: Cook County Voters Approve Non-Binding Marijuana Legalization Initiative | NORML CHICAGO, IL — Voters in Cook County, IL (population 5.23 million) have approved a non-binding ballot measure in support of legalizing the adult use of marijuana. The advisory measure posed to voters the question of whether the state should legalize “the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale […]
Congress Approves Spending Bill Protecting Medical Marijuana States from Federal Interference | Marijuana Policy Project WASHINGTON, DC — A spending bill passed by Congress early Friday contains language that renews restrictions on the use of federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana programs. If approved by the president, the legislation will continue to prevent the Department […]
New Hampshire House Narrowly Votes to Study, Not Pass, Marijuana Bill | Marijuana Policy Project CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire House of Representatives punted a marijuana legalization bill to “interim study” on Thursday, moments after a vote to keep the measure alive fell short in a 135-153 roll call vote. The bill is effectively dead for […]
House Passes Budget with Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — after months of debate and continuing resolutions, the House of Representatives has passed its Appropriations package for the fiscal year of 2018. Unlike previous short term measures, this bill will fully fund the government through September 30, 2018. At […]