California’s massive marijuana industry is a multibillion-dollar game, and as of last Thursday, it is at last a game with some rules. With less than six weeks to go before the advent of the recreational marijuana era, the multiple state agencies responsible for regulating legal cannabis sales at last released a set of emergency regulations. These rules […]
Surprisingly, the medical potential of cannabis has been widely misunderstood for years. On a brighter note, the cannabis plant is constantly undergoing intense scientific research that indicates its ability to fuel brain cell growth, ease the pain, reduce the symptoms of autism and even cure cancer. Furthermore, medical marijuana has been linked to a reduction […]
Boutique hotel group Standard International and cannabis-infused confection maker Lord Jones have announced a partnership that includes opening a retail shop in the lobby of the Standard Hollywood early next year. There are also plans to create co-branded THC-derived products and expand to the hotel’s downtown Los Angeles location — and beyond — as regulations […]
A California judge had some blunt words for a California church that uses pot as a sacrament, giving the drug-centric congregation a week to clean up its act. Oklevueha Native American Church, in San Jose, views marijuana as a sacrament, and the use of sacred medicines like cannabis and peyote as “a mandatory part of our spiritual journey,” the […]
California released emergency regulations governing its adult-use and medical cannabis program last week, and some are worried about the possible consequences. On Thursday, California officials released 276 pages of long-awaited regulations to govern the state's cannabis industry. With less than two months before the launch of the state's new adult-use cannabis program (along with new regulations for […]
Cannabis regulations have thus far lagged behind the legalization movement; even as recreational cannabis has become legal in several states, the rules on how it's produced and sold are unclear. The nebulous nature of legality thus far—legal to possess, but not legal to grow except in very small quantities—has led to issues like cannabis farms producing Superfund-level […]
California released new regulations last week for the state’s marijuana market, less than two months before the drug becomes legal for recreational use in the state. In November 2016, California joined four other states in legalizing both medicinal and recreational marijuana, including Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. The recreational drug will become legal in California on Jan. 1, […]
Use of recreational marijuana becomes legal in California after the first of the year, and Long Beach officials are looking for ways to make that transition as safe as possible. That Marijuana Education Program received a boost last week with a $239,000 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety. The money is aimed specifically […]
October’s vicious Northern California wildfires, the deadliest and most damaging in US history, also dealt an unprecedented blow to California’s emerging legal cannabis industry—and at a crucial moment. In addition to at least 43 deaths and the destruction of more than 8,900 homes and buildings, the fires’ casualties included at least 47 legal marijuana farms, according to […]
As of Jan. 1, Palo Altans will be able to buy marijuana by delivery but it will be illegal to sell in stores. Five miles away in Mountain View, retail sales will be allowed. Just a short hop over the Santa Cruz Mountains in Half Moon Bay, farmers are preparing for the possible commercial cultivation […]
California has published the rules that will govern its legal marijuana economy in 2018, giving businesses and consumers a glimpse into the future. But there are important steps before legal recreational sales kick off on Jan. 1, and even more uncertainties about how the marketplace will function. Warning: Don't count on being able to stroll […]
California’s shift to legal sales of marijuana for recreational use hits a milestone Monday when the state begins issuing tax permits to marijuana distributors. State regulators estimate the California market could eventually generate $1 billion in taxes and fees annually. But the industry has resisted handing over its share of profits to the state treasury, […]
San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan made an interesting public statement about cannabis this week, via a spokeswoman. It was in a Union-Tribune story about a startling plea agreement in the case of James Slatic, an entrepreneur and legal marijuana pioneer. Slatic had permits for his Kearny Mesa marijuana business but law enforcement raided […]
There's a professional society for seemingly every kind of medical specialist, even cannabis clinicians. Or medical marijuana physicians. Or pot doctors, in street parlance. And just as there's a choice of what to call physicians who use the plant to treat everything from pain to multiple sclerosis, there's a choice of three different medical associations […]
LeafLink, an online commerce platform for cannabis dispensaries, raised $17 million from venture capital firms to expand its business in California as the state prepares to allow sales of recreational marijuana, according to CEO Ryan Smith. The company initially sought $10 million in the oversubscribed round and it comes on the heels of an oversubscribed $3 million […]
A new report released today shows that licensed marijuana stores are as profitable as Starbucks stores, if only they were taxed at the federal level like Starbucks, Apple, and other high-end specialty stores. Cannabis dispensaries could average a 12% after-tax profit margin, which is in line with the top profit margin specialty retail stores like […]
California is racing toward the launch of a state-regulated cannabis market, with sales set to begin Jan. 1 despite a number of unanswered questions. On Thursday, with less than a month and a half before the program is slated to be up and running, state regulators unveiled a long-awaited package of emergency rules that will […]
California's cannabis program remains up in the air less than two months before launch. The safest bet might be to remain a patient, even within a legal climate. Everyone’s anticipating the rollout of California's adult-use cannabis program in 2018, but medical marijuana patients may want to hold onto their recommendations just a little bit longer. […]
Until 2023, California cannabis farmers will not be allowed to grow more than 1 acre of marijuana, regardless of whether they are allowed to do so at the local level, according to an environmental review of proposed state regulations released this week. Some in the industry are lauding this restriction as a way to protect […]
A divided City Council asked the city attorney Tuesday to prepare an ordinance allowing the sale of marijuana for adult recreational use in Long Beach — six or seven months from now. California voters approved use of marijuana recreationally last November, and state regulations go into effect on Jan. 1. Cities can ban sale within […]
Daily use of marijuana as well as past month rates rose for both men and women aged 26 and older in states with medical marijuana laws in effect. Marijuana use among those younger than 26 years old was generally unaffected by changes in the law.
A pre-clinical study reports that the use of the positive allosteric modulator GAT211 enhances the effect of pain-relief chemicals produced by the body in response to stress or injury. The research is a promising step forward in the search for pain relief methods without the addictive side effects of opioids.
A systematic review of published studies on the use of medical cannabis in children and adolescents finds a notable lack of studies and a minimal number of the randomized, controlled trials needed to confirm the effectiveness of a treatment.
Cellular-level changes to a part of the brain's reward system induced by chronic exposure to the psychoactive component of marijuana may contribute to the drug's pleasurable and potentially addictive qualities, suggests a study in young mice.
A new study on cannabis use that involved 1,136 patients (from 18 to 40 years of age) with mental illnesses who had been seen five times during the year after discharge from a psychiatric hospital demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is associated with an increase in violent behavior in young people. Moreover, the association […]
A new study conducted in a cancer center in a state with legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana found that approximately one-quarter of surveyed patients used marijuana in the past year, mostly for physical and psychological symptoms.
Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the world, and the advent of synthetic cannabinoids creates additional challenges to the society because of their higher potency and ability to escape drug detection screenings. Scientists have a warning about a new danger coming from cannabinoid abuse.
More than half of the states in the US now allow some type of legal marijuana use, primarily medical marijuana. But, in a survey of medical residents and deans at the nation's medical schools, researchers have found that the majority of schools are not teaching their students about medical marijuana, and the majority of students […]
Researchers have identified a specific mechanism in the prefrontal cortex for some of the negative mental health risks associated with adolescent marijuana use. By demonstrating that adolescent THC exposure modulates the activity of a neurotransmitter called GABA in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain, they were also able to identify a mechanism to reverse […]
The future of international drug control treaties is in doubt because of recent treaty-violating decisions to legalize cannabis use in Canada, the United States and Uruguay. A professor, whose 2014 review of 20 years of cannabis research made world headlines, thinks so. If decriminalization is the way of the future, he advocates a cautious approach […]
A study by neuroscientists finds that a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis called cannabidiol, or CBD, appears to protect against the long-term negative psychiatric effects of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
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Blacks Disproportionately Arrested for Minor Marijuana Offenses in Buffalo | NORML BUFFALO, NY — African Americans in the New York city of Buffalo (population 257,000) are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana possession offenses, according to an analysis of arrest data by the advocacy group Partnership for the Public Good. Researchers evaluated marijuana arrest data for […]
NORML Needs Your Help to Protect Medical Marijuana Patients from Jeff Sessions | Erik Altieri During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted his Department of Justice would be required to abide by budget amendments that restrict their use of funding to go after state-legal medical marijuana programs. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) grilled Sessions […]
NY: Buffalo Report Shows Stark Marijuana Arrest Disparities | Drug Policy Alliance BUFFALO, NY — On Tuesday, the Partnership for the Public Good, a Buffalo community-based think tank, introduced a report highlighting marijuana arrest disparities in Buffalo, New York. The report, Advancing Racial Equity and Public Health: Smarter Marijuana Laws in Western New York, reveals the city […]
Medical Marijuana Study: 70% of CBD Products Inaccurately Labelled | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — A new study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that nearly 70 percent of all cannabidiol (CBD) products sold online are either over or under labeled, causing potential serious harm to its consumers. The […]
New York Finally Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana | TJ Baker ALBANY, NY — On Veterans Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will finally allow patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to access medical marijuana in New York. The bill (A.7006/S.5629), which was passed by the legislature earlier […]
Survey: More Than One in Five Military Vets Uses Marijuana Medicinally | NORML INDIANAPOLIS, IN — More than one in five military veterans engage in the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes, according to nationwide survey data conducted on behalf of The American Legion. The American Legion is the largest veterans’ advocacy organization in the United States. Twenty-two percent of […]
Report: Domestic Hemp Production More Than Doubles in Past Year | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Domestic hemp production increased dramatically from 2016 to 2017, according to data compiled by the advocacy organization Vote Hemp. The group calculates that US farmers cultivated over 23,000 acres of hemp in 2017, up from fewer than 10,000 acres in 2016. Under a 2014 […]
Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Teen Use (Another) Study Finds | NORML NEW YORK, NY — The enactment of medical marijuana laws is not associated with any increase in marijuana use by those ages 12 to 25, and is not associated with any increase in problematic cannabis use by any age groups, according to data published online […]
Election 2017: Ohio City Completely Depenalizes Marijuana | NORML ATHENS, OH — The Athens Cannabis Ordinance – better known as “TACO” – to completely remove all penalties for possessing, cultivating, and gifting of up to 200 grams of marijuana was approved by voters on election day by a vote of 77 percent to 23 percent. In […]
Election 2017: Amesbury, MA Voters Reject Ban on Marijuana Stores | Marijuana Policy Project BOSTON, MA — In a local election held Tuesday, Amesbury voters rejected a proposed ban on marijuana retail stores by a margin of 2,046 to 1,133. Last November, 58% of Amesbury voters approved the 2016 ballot initiative that legalized marijuana in Massachusetts. […]
Election 2017: Pro-Legalization Phil Murphy Wins NJ Governor Race | NORML TRENTON, NJ — After making the legalization of marijuana a core issue in both his primary and general election campaigns, Democratic candidate Phil Murphy has claimed victory in the New Jersey gubernatorial election over Republican Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. In fact, in his primary […]
Election Night 2017: Marijuana Races to Watch | Erik Altieri It is once again election night in America. While 2017 doesn’t feature any statewide marijuana initiatives, there are still a number of races to watch tonight that will impact marijuana law reform efforts across the nation. Virginia Governor Lt. Governor Ralph Northam (D): Democratic candidate, […]
Massachusetts Marijuana Companies Launch Responsible Regulation Alliance | Marijuana Policy Project BOSTON, MA — A coalition of Massachusetts cannabis companies launched a nonprofit Monday that will work to advance responsible regulation of the cannabis industry in the Commonwealth. The Responsible Regulation Alliance (RRA) will work with individuals well-versed in state-based cannabis regulation to produce memos and offer insight throughout the remainder of the […]
Legalization Alone is Not Enough, How We Create A New Market Matters | Aubrie Odell In March of this year, Oakland City Council implemented the Equity Permit Program for aspiring marijuana entrepreneurs in the new green economy. This program is designed to address the past disparities in the cannabis industry by giving priority to the […]