MedMen Enterprises Inc. (“MedMen” or the “Company”) (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQB: MMNFF) (FSE: A2JM6N) announced today that based on tax revenue numbers reported recently by the State of California, MedMen stores accounted for roughly six percent of all legal retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products in the second quarter. According to the California Bureau of […]
California lawmakers killed a plan Thursday to create a state-backed banking system for the recreational marijuana market, meaning the industry must keep operating in cash for now. Most banks refuse to do business with marijuana growers, distributors and sellers because the drug is still illegal under federal law. Democratic Sen. Bob Hertzberg, who suggested the […]
When it comes to the taxman, California’s legal pot market is off to a sluggish start. Marijuana cultivation and excise tax collections hit $48 million between April and June, state officials announced Wednesday. That’s a jump from the prior three months but well below the windfall envisioned by the state. Finance officials had estimated California […]
MedMen Enterprises Inc. (“MedMen” or the “Company”) (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQB: MMNFF) (FSE: A2JM6N) announced today unaudited systemwide retail revenue for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter ended June 30, 2018. Across the Company’s operations in California, Nevada and New York, systemwide retail revenue was US$19.2 million (CA$25.2 million). The Company is expected to post its audited […]
A group of cities in California have objected to a proposed change in state laws that would allow unchecked home cannabis deliveries in communities that have banned local marijuana sales. The League of California Cities, a group of California city officials who work to influence policy within their communities, wrote a letter to state regulators […]
California law allows adults to buy marijuana. It allows licensed businesses to deliver marijuana to customers, and it says specifically that cities and counties cannot prevent delivery services from traveling on public roads. Yet even though cities can’t stop deliveries traveling through their jurisdiction, many cities currently ban deliveries to their jurisdiction. That means that unlike deliveries of virtually […]
A Santa Rosa Family is celebrating the first day of school Monday because, thanks to a judge’s order, their five-year-old child will be able to attend her first day of kindergarten and bring her medical marijuana on campus. When Brooke Adams walks onto campus Monday morning she will be setting a legal precedent. Brooke will […]
Two years ago, Californians voted overwhelmingly to make recreational marijuana legal statewide, and drinking-age adults in the state have been able to legally buy the drug since January. Now, several cities are moving to make the legal cannabis industry more equitable to people who've been largely excluded from it: Black and Latino Americans. It's part of a […]
In a play to aid those disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs, the city of Sacramento has announced new plans to help non-violent offenders break into the marijuana industry, writes Calvin Hughes. Sacramento City Council announced their new Cannabis Opportunity Reinvestment and Equity (CORE) program on Thursday. Those involved with its development say CORE […]
The North American Marijuana Index rose again on Wednesday, with pot stocks gaining on both sides of the North American border despite news of more tax woes out of California. According to reports, California’s burdensome regulatory system is forcing more than half of cannabis consumers back to the black market, costing the state more than three-quarters of […]
Less than a year after a series of wildfires in California destroyed more than 1.3 million acres, the Golden State has gone up in flames again, and is burning faster and bigger than ever before. That’s devastating news for residents, many of whom were forced to evacuate their homes for the second year in a row, not […]
Two of the first states to broadly legalize marijuana took different approaches to regulation that left Oregon with a vast oversupply and Colorado with a well-balanced market. But in both states prices for bud have plummeted. A new Oregon report by law enforcement found nearly 70 percent of the legal recreational marijuana grown goes unsold, […]
Despite the overwhelming majority of Californians being happy with the legal cannabis market, there is still a significant percentage of residents who buy marijuana illegally, due in large part to high taxes on the substance. A new report from Eaze Insights shows that 84 percent of Californians are “satisfied” with the legal marijuana market, but approximately 20 […]
As part of its new laws legalizing recreational marijuana, California also instituted mandatory testing of cannabis products. But now those mandatory tests are becoming somewhat problematic, writes Joseph Misulonas. Cannabis businesses in California are complaining about a major backlog for marijuana product testing. Under new state laws, all cannabis products, from flower to edibles to oils, must undergo testing to […]
Delays could drive sales back to illegal market, industry experts say. With peanut butter, white chocolate chips and about 1,000 milligrams of THC, “The Elvis” was quite the delicious and powerful marijuana treat for some. The 400-calorie cookie came with a warning: “This is a high potency medical product for experienced consumers only. If you […]
California’s statewide safety requirements for cannabis which were enacted on July 1 have already resulted in ample amounts of product being pulled from dispensary shelves. As of last week, 20 percent of the marijuana in California failed to meet state standards, though cannabis investors remain optimistic that numbers will improve. In California, cannabis is now scrutinized similarly […]
Every day at noon, Karina Garcia drives to her son’s South San Francisco high school to give him a dose of cannabis oil to prevent potentially life-threatening seizures. But she can’t do it on campus. She has to take Jojo, a 19-year-old with severe epilepsy, off school grounds to squirt the drug into his mouth, […]
A California company said it has created the first marijuana breathalyzer test, which has the potential to be used by police to detect whether drivers have used the drug. As more states legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use, law enforcement officials have grown increasingly concerned about individuals driving while high. Until now, police officers in the U.S. did not […]
Quarterly filings with the state showed that online dispensary locator Weedmaps was again the biggest advocacy spender in the cannabis industry. Spending on marijuana lobbying in California surged past $455,000 in the second quarter, fueled by a debate over cannabis delivery services and the drafting of final adult-use and medical regulations. Quarterly filings with the state showed […]
Yesterday, President Donald Trump said he likely will support a congressional effort to end the federal ban on cannabis. I think we can all agree that this would be a major step that would reshape the pot industry and end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown. Trump made his comments to a bunch of reporters […]
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 […]
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 […]
This Surprising State Could Be the Next to Legalize Marijuana | Phillip Smith North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced Monday that a marijuana legalization initiative sponsored by the grassroots group Legalize ND has qualified for the November ballot. The group had handed in more than 17,000 raw signatures last month and needed 13,452 valid voter signatures to […]
Study: Medical Marijuana Laws Associated With Fewer Workplace Fatalities | NORML BOZEMAN, MT — Medical cannabis access programs are associated with year-over-year declines in fatal workplace accidents, according to data published online ahead of print in The International Journal of Drug Policy. Investigators with Montana State University, Colorado State University, and American University in Washington, DC assessed the […]
Study: Same Day Marijuana Use Not Associated With Intimate Partner Violence | NORML BOSTON, MA — Same day use of alcohol, but not marijuana, is predictive of dating abuse among young adults, according to data published in the journal Violence Against Women. Dating abuse is defined as “physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking.” […]
North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative Certified for November Ballot | NORML BISMARK, ND — North Dakota State officials on Monday affirmed that advocates have collected sufficient signatures to place an adult use marijuana initiative on the November ballot. The voter-initiated measure, organized by the grass-roots group Legalize North Dakota, seeks to legalize the possession, use, and sale of cannabis, […]
Study: Fewer Marijuana Consumers Meeting ‘Dependence’ Criteria | NORML SANTA MONICA, CA — The percentage of daily cannabis users who meet the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) criteria for dependence has fallen significantly over the past decade and a half, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Data compiled by a researcher […]
NORML PAC Endorses Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Blumenauer and Young | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Political Action Committee (NORML-PAC) has announced their endorsements of Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Don Young (R-AK) in their reelection campaigns. Blumenauer and Young serve as lead co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis […]
Medical Marijuana Ad Launched in Rural Texas | Jax Finkel The Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT) extends educational program dedicated to rural Texans to cable television. This continues an already successful statewide tour and social media campaign that gives voice to rural Texans. The result of the successful efforts is an expanded rural education […]
Nevada’s Opioid Task Force Continues to Explore Options | Kevin Mahmalji Due to growing concerns about the impact America’s opioid crisis is having on his state, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval along with Governors Steve Bullock of Montana, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, and Kate Brown of Oregon, recently sent a letter to federal lawmakers requesting support […]
Marijuana Policy Project Hires Steve Hawkins as Executive Director | Marijuana Policy Project WASHINGTON, DC — The nation’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to marijuana policy, the Marijuana Policy Project, announced Tuesday it has hired Steve Hawkins to serve as its next executive director. The announcement comes after a months-long candidate search that included several exceptionally […]
North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot | NORML BISMARK, ND — The North Dakota Secretary of State’s office confirmed Monday that activists have submitted more than enough signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization initiative for the November ballot. The voter-initiated measure, organized by the grass-roots group Legalize North Dakota, legalizes the possession, use, and […]
Study: Use of CBD Products for Health Becoming Widespread | NORML SAN DIEGO, CA — The use of cannabidiol (CBD) products for the treatment of either a specific health condition or for general well-being is becoming prevalent among the general public, according to survey data published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Researchers at San Diego State University […]
Legal Marijuana Sales Have Not Increased Youth Access or Use in Colorado | NORML AURORA, CO — The establishment of retail cannabis sales for adults is not associated with either increased marijuana access or use by young people, according to data published online in the journal Prevention Science. A team of investigators with the University of Colorado, School of […]
Oklahoma’s Restrictive Medical Marijuana Rules Have Been Rescinded | NORML OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation on Monday rescinding a series of restrictive amendments to the state’s voter-initiated medical marijuana access law. Many of the amendments, which were previously signed into law by the Governor just weeks prior, had been characterized as unconstitutional by the state’s Attorney General. […]
Study: Medical Cannabis Access Laws Associated With Fewer Workplace Fatalities | Paul Armentano Medical cannabis access programs are associated with year-over-year declines in fatal workplace accidents, according to data published online ahead of print in The International Journal of Drug Policy. Investigators with Montana State University, Colorado State University, and American University in Washington, DC assessed the relationship […]
NORML PAC Endorses Senator Bernie Sanders for Re-election | NORML The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Political Action Committee (NORML PAC) has endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for reelection in Vermont. “Bernie has become one of the most outspoken and visible advocates for ending marijuana prohibition,” stated NORML PAC Executive […]