Campaign donations from the cannabis industry are starting to pop up in campaign disclosure forms in California, as the race to replace Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018 heats up. One candidate continues to separate himself, as current Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has received over $320,000 in campaign donations from people associated with the cannabis industry. […]
Any private U.S. bank that is insured by the federal government is forbidden by law from knowingly handling money from cannabis businesses. That leaves people in the rapidly growing industry with few options when it comes to dealing with business basics like payroll, taxes, and finances. That is a particular problem in California, the country's […]
In 2013, MassRoots was formed as a technology platform for the medical cannabis community and the app now has over a million cannabis consumers. The last year has been a ride for shareholders and we are favorable on the recent moves by the company. MassRoots recently pivoted its business model and the technology platform is […]
On the steps of L.A. City Hall on Tuesday, dozens of cannabis industry activists gathered to fight for local licensing. At face value, the question at hand is simple, so simple some wonder why it's even a question: in November, California citizens passed Proposition 64 to legalize marijuana — and an overwhelming majority of Angelenos voted […]
Napa’s largest law firm, Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty, has made a name for itself serving the legal needs of the wine industry. Now it plans to do the same with another controlled substance – cannabis. Earlier this month, DP&F announced the official launch of its cannabis practice group, based in Santa Rosa. This group now […]
Marijuana is already a multibillion-dollar-a-year business in California, and with recreational sales to adults coming online next year, it’s about to get even bigger. Now, the legal pot industry is beginning to throw its weight around in state office-level politics, and it’s doing it the old-fashioned way: with a checkbook. Fundraising for the 2018 gubernatorial […]
With Cannabis growing in popularity and employing hundreds of thousands of people, any perceptive investor would notice that this industry is not going away anytime soon. For many people, the cannabis industry is the next “Dot Com” boom, and they wouldn’t be wrong. The industry currently is worth close to $7 Billion annually and expected […]
Marijuana has helped countless people around the world cope with various diseases, and yet it remains a controversial drug. Millions have been pushing for its legalization for many years now, and those who believe in the plant have collected a few victories, and there are now a number of states in America where recreational or […]
With four months left until full legalization, the apparatus to regulate commercial cannabis sales in California is being built on the fly. Up to 82 people must be hired. Software must be written to accept applications of thousands of entrepreneurs hoping to legally sell marijuana. Regulations governing sales aren’t fully cooked. Welcome to Lori Ajax’s […]
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday backed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s picks to oversee City Hall’s new Department of Cannabis Regulation, a vote that comes as officials prepare for legalization of recreational marijuana in California. Cat Packer, the former California coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, will run the new city division. A five-member Cannabis Commission will […]
Katie Partlow’s cannabis parties have been called the best in California—and with California home to the deepest-seated cannabis culture in the world, these just may be the best cannabis events on Earth. Through her events company LITTLE FACE, Partlow focuses on full, curated immersion of all five senses and a true search for exactly what makes […]
The city of Salinas is almost doubling the maximum number of cannabis business permits it will issue. At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, city council members voted unanimously for an amended cannabis ordinance that increases the maximum number of permits in the cultivation, delivery, manufacturing and dispensary categories from three to five. Distribution was added […]
Once a month, staff members at the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance(SCVA) fill more than 100 brown paper bags with high-quality medical cannabis and pass them out for free at a local community center. For the military veterans who receive it—many of whom struggle with PTSD—the medical cannabis acts as a lifeline to health. The SCVA, which […]
California’s organics-loving, go-green mentality is what makes the state a hub for environmental progress, but in the case of the cannabis industry, some say it could be its downfall. Pesticide regulations released earlier this year by the California Bureau of Medical Cannabis are some of the strictest requirements in the country — possibly the strictest — and have […]
A California-based marijuana mapping company has invested in digital and physical advertising in three Michigan cities to tout the benefits of legalized marijuana. Weedmaps, a mapping and technology service for dispensaries and other marijuana services nationwide, recently started a public education campaign called WEEDFACTS to "provide communities with credible, verifiable facts about the benefits of […]
On a warm summer evening at a vineyard in Sonoma, California, a group of well-heeled guests gathered at a local Sonoma vineyard sipping rose, feasting on food... and smoking cannabis. The event was hosted by marijuana entrepreneurs looking to build bridges with longtime winemakers. "I think that as we see it become more socially acceptable, […]
Humboldt’s homegrown heritage marched through the streets of Arcata yesterday afternoon to show support for the cannabis community. The Yes We Cann Parade & Hullabaloo event was the first of its kind but most likely not the last. From old to young, from traditional farmers in plaid shirts to glitter and balloon wearing festy types, the many […]
During last year's elections, voters passed Prop 64, making adult use of recreational marijuana legal in California. Since Nov. 9, California residents over the age of 21 have been allowed to legally use marijuana without a medicinal card, as long as it's not in a public place, according to California National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws […]
In November 2016, Dan Osborne voted "no" to Proposition 64 in California, the measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use. He smoked pot in high school, but that was a long time ago, and his perspectives have changed. "I'm a dad and a grandpa. So we've got a responsibility," says Osborne to Marcus Lemonis in CNBC's special […]
Proceeds to accelerate sales, customer support and product development as the company expands into new geographic markets, including California, Maryland and Nevada. Green Bits, Inc., the leading retail management platform for the legal cannabis industry, announced today that the company has passed $1.5 billion in annual sales processed through its point-of-sale (POS) system. The company […]
A new study reveals a dampened physiological response to stress in chronic cannabis users. This is the first study to examine the effects of acute stress on salivary cortisol levels in chronic cannabis users compared to non-users.
Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions that convert omega-3 […]
Young people with chronic or severe forms of depression were at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, found a study looking at the cumulative effects of depression in youth.
An important step has been taken toward a reliable marijuana breathalyzer by measuring the vapor pressure of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -- a measurement that, due to the compound's chemical structure, is very difficult and has not been accomplished before.
A new study has found that adolescents living in medical marijuana states with a plethora of dispensaries are more likely to have tried new methods of cannabis use, such as edibles and vaping, at a younger age than those living in states with fewer dispensaries.
Adult marijuana use rose significantly in states that passed loosely regulated medical marijuana laws (MMLs) according to a new study. The highest increases were reported among adults ages 26 and over. Little change was found in past-month marijuana use among adolescents or young adults between the ages 18 and 25.
College students attending an Oregon university are using more marijuana now that the drug is legal for recreational use, but the increase is largely among students who also report recent heavy use of alcohol, a new study has found.
Use of marijuana in combination with alcohol by drivers is especially dangerous, according to a study. Drivers who used alcohol, marijuana, or both were significantly more likely to be responsible for causing fatal two-vehicle crashes compared to drivers who were involved in the same crashes but used neither of the substances.
New research looked at diverging trajectories of cannabis and tobacco policies in the US and attempts to explain some of the reasoning behind the different paths, while discussing possible implications.
Researchers have found regular and occasional cannabis use as a teen is associated with a greater risk of other illicit drug taking in early adulthood. The study also found cannabis use was associated with harmful drinking and smoking.
Adults who smoke marijuana often cut back after becoming parents -- but they don't necessarily quit. The influence of a significant other and positive attitudes toward the drug overall, in addition to the onset of parenthood, also are factors in whether someone uses marijuana.
Children with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, had fewer seizures after taking a daily oral solution of the cannabis compound called cannabidiol, which does not have the psychoactive properties of marijuana, results from a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial reveal.
Marijuana Becomes a Player in California Politics and It’s Putting Its Money on Gavin Newsom | Phillip Smith Marijuana is already a multi-billion dollar a year business in California, and with recreational sales to adults coming online next year, it’s about to get even bigger. Now, the legal pot industry is beginning to throw its […]
Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Calls for Marijuana Decriminalization | NORML BOSTON, MA — Members of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators have for the first time voted in favor of a resolution in support of decriminalizing marijuana. The NHCSL is a non-partisan group that represents the interests of Hispanic state lawmakers from all fifty states. The resolution states that federal […]
Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Patients Find Relief in Medical Marijuana | NORML FORT COLLINS, CO — Patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis report that cannabis effectively mitigates many of their symptoms, according to survey data published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Five hundred and ninety-five subjects responded to an online questionnaire hosted on the Michael J. […]
Utah Advocates Launch 2018 Medical Marijuana Signature Drive | TJ Baker SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Advocates hoping to place an initiative on Utah’s midterm election ballot next year will officially launch their signature collection campaign on Thursday. The Utah Patients Coalition, backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, will kick off the signature collection campaign […]
Court: Marijuana’s Schedule I Status Does Not Justify Workplace Discrimination Against State-Qualified Patients | NORML HARTFORD, CT — A federal district court judge has determined that marijuana’s illicit status under federal law does not preempt statewide protections explicitly prohibiting qualified medical cannabis patients from facing discrimination in the workplace. The defendant in the case, Bride Brook Nursing and […]
SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress to Protect State Marijuana Laws | Justin Strekal Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) has reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534). This bill prohibits state-sanctioned marijuana consumers and businesses from being prosecuted by the federal government. By a margin of more than 6 to 1, Americans […]
No One Has Applied to Grow or Sell Medical Marijuana in Arkansas (Yet) | TJ Baker LITTLE ROCK, AR — Arkansas is halfway through the application period for medical marijuana growers and dispensaries for their fledgling medical marijuana program, and so far the total number of applications received is zero. While some naysayers could claim this […]
Herbal Cannabis Sales Still Dominate the Retail Marijuana Market | NORML SANTA MONICA, CA — Herbal cannabis is far more popular among consumers than are plant-derived edibles or extracts, according to an analysis of retail sales data in Washington state. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and from the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica reviewed data from […]
New York Medical Marijuana Program Could Expand Under DOH Proposal | Marijuana Policy Project NEW YORK, NY — The New York State Department of Health has announced the issuance of new proposed regulations that would make changes to the state’s medical marijuana program to improve access. Among other things, they would reduce some of the […]
Utah 2018 Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved for Signature Gathering | Marijuana Policy Project SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Utah Patients Coalition has received approval from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to begin gathering signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. After holding 10 public hearings across the state and meeting with various state departments and […]
Study: Marijuana Users Have Lower Mortality Rates in Intensive Care | Paul Armentano Trauma patients who test positive for marijuana upon their admission to the intensive care unit are less likely to die during hospitalization than are age-matched controls, according to data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care […]
National Conference of State Legislatures Endorses Resolution Calling for Marijuana to Be Descheduled | NORML BOSTON, MA — The National Conference of State Legislatures has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana to be removed from the US Controlled Substances Act. The plant and all of its organic constituents are classified under federal law as a schedule I […]
Texas Holds Public Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana | Marijuana Policy Project AUSTIN, TX — Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody held a public hearing to discuss reducing state marijuana possession penalties on Wednesday and to support HB 334, which was introduced by Chairman Moody in the special legislative […]
Why Are Pot Shops Mainly in Poor Neighborhoods? | Phillip Smith Recreational marijuana retail sales outlets are disproportionately located in poor neighborhoods. That’s what the industry journal Marijuana Business Daily found when it recently analyzed the their distribution in two of the first major cities to host legal pot shops. In Seattle, the Daily found […]
In Bid to Defend Marijuana Arrests, NYC Mayor de Blasio Attacks Drug Reformers | Phillip Smith Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) released a report noting that marijuana arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked by shocking racial disparities, much as they were under his predecessors, Rudy Giuliani […]