On Thursday, one biotechnology company in the San Francisco Bay Area announced that it had just completed a massive fundraising round and secured $50 million, thanks to the fact the company has genetically modified brewer’s yeast so that it can ferment sugar into cannabinoids. We first covered the early goings of the California company Demetrix […]
As we all know, Prop 64 legalized cannabis for adult use in California. Voters gave it the green light in November 2016, paving the way for legal, licensed dispensaries to open their doors beginning in January 2018. Many Californians celebrated by flocking to dispensary doors and soon afterward consuming their first taste of legal, adult […]
California is on the brink of legalizing hemp-derived cannabidiol (“Hemp CBD”) in many products—well, sort of. The law at issue is Assembly Bill 228 (“AB-228”), and I’ve been writing about it since it was introduced in January 2019 (for my posts on it, see here, here, and here). As of today, it’s made its way through the California Assembly and […]
Jay-Z is heading into the legal marijuana industry as a chief brand strategist in partnership with a California cannabis product company. The rapper said in a statement Tuesday that he entered a multiyear deal with San Jose, California-based Caliva. His role will consist of driving creative direction, outreach efforts and strategy for the brand. Jay-Z […]
California cannabis manufacturer Apex Extractions announced on Tuesday that it is launching a new subscription program that will deliver top-quality cannabis concentrates directly to California consumers. The Apex Fresh Club, as the program is known, will send a selection of three concentrates with cannabis sourced from some of California’s finest cultivators to a discerning clientele. […]
Two years ago, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 64, which legalized adult cannabis use. Fast forward two years later, and the illicit market is “getting worse, not better.” The legal cannabis market has yet to achieve its desired impact for a number of reasons. More than three-quarters of California’s city and county governments still ban […]
California cannabis regulators launched a new campaign on Friday that aims to combat the illicit marijuana market by educating consumers about the risks of unlicensed operators. Lori Ajax, the Chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), said in a press release that the statewide “Get #weedwise” public information program will encourage consumers to only […]
As cannabis and CBD legalization sweeps across North America, one problematic area to date has been food, drinks, and cosmetics that contain CBD. California just made a groundbreaking decision in the right direction. As long as the food or beverage contains CBD (Cannabidiol) that is derived from hemp and not from cannabis, it will soon […]
California cannabis farmers facing a potential “extinction event” could see help in the state budget package with measures that would allow nascent businesses to continue operating with provisional licenses and open opportunities for new growers. The fixes would give the state and local governments more time to decide whether to grant annual licenses to marijuana […]
Any investment in the cannabis industry is considered a high-risk. Why? Cannabis is still pretty much the wild west. While marijuana is not yet federally legal, cannapreneurs struggle with balancing enticing opportunities in the industry with the limiting legislation. Many entrepreneurs commit to loans with high interest rates that are difficult to pay off in […]
Despite legalization continuing to spread, and efforts advocating towards federal legalization of cannabis, the black market in the U.S. for cannabis continues to thrive across the nation. Simply put, despite access and legal product being available, people are still as or more likely to purchase their cannabis from black market sources, with this trend not […]
We already know that inordinate amounts of people are in jail for small-time marijuana possession across the country — even in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, but are behind the times when it comes to the expungement of past criminal records. Compounding this issue is the prisoners who are caught with cannabis when they […]
In the spring of 2017, students at the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, a charter school surrounded by strip malls in Pacoima, a working-class area of Los Angeles boxed in by freeways northeast of downtown, were under siege. The hostile force, school founder Yvonne Chan told the Los Angeles Daily News, was in one of those […]
Marijuana has been legal now in some parts of the United States for around two decades. It all began with the legalization of a reasonably liberal medical marijuana program in California back in 1996 and progressed into a scene where adult residents in 10 states now have the freedom to purchase cannabis in the same […]
Veterinarians in California may soon be able to recommend medical marijuana for sick pets, writes Calvin Hughes. Last year, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill allowing vets in the state to discuss medical marijuana with pet owners, but they couldn't formally recommend cannabis. That could soon change, however. On Thursday, the state Senate […]
In my opinion, there’s no better way to learn something new on the topic that you’re already passionate about than by watching documentaries. Since you’re here and reading this article, it’s safe to say that we both share a passion for cannabis. When you Google weed-related things to watch, you’ll notice there’s a huge number […]
In January this year, California introduced Assembly Bill 228 under which food, beverage, and cosmetic products with hemp extracts or derivatives are no longer considered adulterated by these ingredients, and will not be subject to sales restrictions or prohibitions based on the presence of hemp. Three California committees – Assembly Business and Professions Committee, Assembly […]
On the surface, the marijuana industry looks like the greatest thing since sliced bread to hit Wall Street. We're talking about an industry that's been collecting tens of billions of dollars under the table for decades and is now stepping into the light of legality. After generating $12.2 billion in worldwide revenue in 2018, some […]
Even in the marijuana Nirvana that is adult-use California, any bars and restaurants that openly allow cannabis consumption can put their liquor licenses in jeopardy, while anyone who publicly advertises a weed dinner risks fines (or worse) for throwing an unlicensed cannabis consumption event. Still the final frontier of cannabis legalization, a weed-friendly restaurant experience has yet […]
Burdensome and irksome, arbitrary and protectionist, the many webbed network of laws governing commercial cannabis in California are there for at least one reason even hardcore libertarians should grudgingly appreciate: They are meant to prevent consumers from purchasing knock-off products that have the potential to do them harm. This is noble and good. There is […]
An Australian study has demonstrated that cannabis-based medication helps tackle dependency on cannabis, one of the most widely used drugs globally. A new article provides the first strong evidence that cannabis replacement therapy could reduce the rate of relapse. The principles are similar to nicotine replacement in that the patient is provided a safer drug […]
A new study has shown how cannabis could be an effective treatment option for both pain relief and insomnia, for those looking to avoid prescription and over the counter pain and sleep medications -- including opioids.
The development of neural circuits in youth, at a particularly important time in their lives, can be heavily influenced by external factors -- specifically the frequent and regular use of cannabis. A new study reports that alterations in cognitive control -- an ensemble of processes by which the mind governs, regulates and guides behaviors, impulses, […]
A new article reports that, based on analysis of public wastewater samples in at least one Western Washington population center, cannabis use both increased and substantially shifted from the illicit market since retail sales began in 2014.
New research shows that a specific gene is associated with an increased risk of cannabis abuse. The gene is the source of a so-called nicotine receptor in the brain, and people with low amounts of this receptor have an increased risk of cannabis abuse.
A shift from brain systems controlling reward-driven use to habit-driven use differentiates heavy cannabis users who are addicted to the drug from users who aren't, according to a new study. The findings help explain how the brain becomes dependent on cannabis, and why not all cannabis users develop an addiction, even with long-term regular use.
Cannabis use among older adults is growing faster than any other age group but many report barriers to getting medical marijuana, a lack of communication with their doctors and a lingering stigma attached to the drug, according to researchers.
Research could provide government regulators with powerful new tools for addressing a bevy of commercial claims and other concerns as non-medical marijuana, hemp and CBD products become more commonplace. The new analysis of the genetic and chemical characteristics of cannabis is believed to be the first thorough examination of its kind.
A synthetic, non-intoxicating analogue of cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in treating seizures in rats, according to research by chemists. The synthetic CBD alternative is easier to purify than a plant extract, eliminates the need to use agricultural land for hemp cultivation, and could avoid legal complications with cannabis-related products.
About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis. Neuroscientists have been researching the effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, impulsivity control and motivation, and the research presented suggests cannabis could have long-lasting, but possibly reversible effects on these.
Scientists have found in a small study that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. Nine dogs were treated with CBD, while seven in a control group were treated with a placebo.
The legalization of recreational marijuana is associated with an increase in its abuse, injury due to overdoses, and car accidents, but does not significantly change health care use overall, according to a new study.
An analysis of published studies gauging attitudes to medicinal cannabis has found that while health professionals are broadly supportive, they feel they lack clinical and legislative knowledge, and their greatest concerns are the psychiatric harm that may be caused to patients and misuse by recreational drug users.
Taking a pharmaceutical formulation of cannabidiol, a cannabis-based medicine, cut seizures nearly in half for children with a rare and severe type of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, according to a phase 3 study.
According to a roadside survey conducted in Washington State, 14.1% of drivers with children in the car -- nearly one in seven -- tested positive for THC, the principal psychoactive compound in marijuana.
A new study reveals that many people with cancer use marijuana, and rates of use in the US have increased over time. The study also found that patients with cancer are more likely to use prescription opioids than adults without cancer.
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Congress to Hear Testimony Tomorrow Challenging Marijuana Criminalization | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, July 10th at 10am, members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hear expert testimony challenging the federal government’s failed policy of cannabis prohibition. The hearing, entitled “Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for […]
Delaware: Lawmakers Advance Marijuana Bill Reducing Penalties for Juvenile Offenders | NORML DOVER, DE — Lawmakers in Delaware have advanced legislation amending criminal penalties for juveniles who violate the state’s marijuana possession laws. The bill now awaits action from Democratic Gov. John Carney. Senate Bill 45 eliminates criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession offenses (up to one ounce) for […]
Study: Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations Associated With Self-Reported Declines in Youth Use | NORML The enactment of laws regulating the use of cannabis by adults is associated with short-term declines in self-reported marijuana use by young people, according to findings published today in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. “Ensuring the safety of our kids is always a top priority,” said NORML State […]
New York: Rochester District Attorney to Cease Prosecuting Low Level Marijuana Offenses | NORML ROCHESTER, NY — The District Attorney for Monroe County (population 748,000), Sandra Doorley, has announced her intent to no longer prosecute minor marijuana possession offenses. Her decision follows meetings with representatives of NORML’s Rochester affiliate. “A marijuana arrest and prosecution is a barrier for those trying […]
Study: Adults Often Substitute Cannabis for Prescription Medications | NORML NEW YORK, NY — Adults who purchase retail cannabis typically report using it to mitigate pain and to improve sleep, and often use it in place of conventional medications, according to data published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. A team of investigators from the Albert Einstein College of […]
Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Lower Mortality Among Pancreatitis Patients | NORML MIAMI, FL — Acute pancreatitis (AP) patients with a history of cannabis use have lower hospitalization costs and possess lower rates of in-patient mortality than do those without exposure to the substance, according to data published in the journal Pancreas. Researchers with the University of Miami, […]
Study: Patients Report Reduced Anxiety, Improved Sleep Following CBD Administration | NORML DENVER, CO — The administration of plant-derived CBD is associated with sustained reductions in anxiety and short-term improvements in sleep, according to clinical trial data published in The Permanente Journal. A team of investigators with the University of Colorado and Colorado State University College of Health […]
Report: More Financial Institutions Are Working with the Marijuana Industry | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — The total number of financial institutions willing to work directly with state-licensed cannabis business continues to grow, according to quarterly data provided by the US Treasury Department and first reported by MarijuanaMoment.net. Since the close of last year, the number of banks actively servicing marijuana businesses […]
Congressional Hearing Scheduled: Marijuana Laws In America | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, July 10th, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hold a hearing entitled “Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform” to discuss pathways forward as the Congress prepares for a substantial shift in public […]
Congress to Hold Hearing on ‘Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform’ | Mason Tvert WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hold a hearing next Wednesday, July 10, on “Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at […]
Maine Governor Signs Law Finalizing Rules for Retail Marijuana Sales | NORML AUGUSTA, ME — Maine Governor Janet Mills, a Democrat, has signed legislation into law finalizing regulations to oversee the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to adults. Commercial licenses will initially (until 2021) be granted only to state residents. State employees, active members […]
New Jersey Medical Marijuana Expansion Measure Signed Into Law | Paul Armentano TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey‘s Democratic Governor, Phil Murphy, signed legislation into law today significantly amending and expanding the state’s medical cannabis access program. The new law takes immediate effect. Assembly Bill 20, The Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act, institutes various changes […]
Study: Retail Marijuana Customers Frequently Substitute Cannabis for Opioids, Other Prescription Drugs | NORML Adults who purchase retail cannabis typically report using it to mitigate pain and to improve sleep, and often use it in place of conventional medications, according to data published online today in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. A team of investigators from the Albert […]
Low-Level Marijuana Possession Offenses Now Decriminalized in New Mexico | Paul Armentano SANTA FE, NM — As of today, the personal possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Mexico is no longer be classified as a criminal offense. The new law reduces first-time penalties for the possession of up to one-half ounce of cannabis from a criminal […]