Water in California is a notoriously hot commodity. As a state that’s spent more time in a drought than out of it during the past five years, legalizing a new, water-intensive agricultural crop—especially when that crop has the historical baggage that cannabis does—is a complicated process. Done carelessly, cannabis grows can have profoundly negative impacts […]
Someday soon, more businesses could grow marijuana in the city of Sacramento than there are Starbucks and McDonald’s restaurants combined. More than 100 businesses are seeking special permits from the city to run indoor marijuana growing operations. From North Sacramento to South Land Park, and from downtown to the warehouse district near Power Inn Road, […]
With legalized recreational marijuana sales fast approaching, San Francisco is set to create a new Office of Cannabis to handle cannabis permits and complaints and serve as a centralized resource for the public and businesses. The new office, part of the city administrator’s office, would be responsible for developing and managing a permitting process for […]
Canopy San Diego, Southern California's premier seed-stage accelerator program for technology and business infrastructure companies that support the legal cannabis industry, is pleased to announce the graduation of its second cohort. This week, eight companies completed the 16-week cannabis-specific business accelerator program that is designed to spur business development and prepare the companies to raise […]
MJ Hybrid Solutions, an online training and educational platform for the cannabis industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its retail sales training for cannabis dispensaries. The platform, which utilizes an interactive, online training model, will be made available to train budtenders across the nation. MJ Hybrid Solutions, an online training and educational platform […]
Women have moved into the marijuana industry in impressive numbers, making up a large segment of both customers of the product and the entrepreneurs producing it. One study showed that women make up 36 percent of the executives in the marijuana industry, with the numbers especially high in cannabis testing labs, marijuana infused-products businesses and ancillary cannabis ventures. Against […]
“Michelin stars and Big Architecture have come to Oakland, California., one of America’s most storied melting pots,” Travel + Leisure. The birthplace of the Black Panther Party in 1966, today’s Oakland is home to another disruptive movement: cannabis. Some call Oakland the cannabis capital of California. Can it sustain that designation against Los Angeles, San Diego and […]
Brewbudz is a line of cannabis-infused coffee, tea and cocoa pods that are compatible with Keurig single-cup coffee machines. Want your morning coffee to come with a little extra buzz? Brewbudz just might do the trick. A company called Cannabiniers on Wednesday launched the Brewbudz, which is “the world’s first cannabis-infused coffee, tea and cocoa […]
A group of investors has purchased what they intend to be Sacramento’s first marijuana warehouse. The 8,000-square-foot building is located in Midtown Sacramento and will service marijuana delivery businesses, which are still illegal in city limits. Nick Ocampo is one of the investors who also owns marijuana delivery company Nug Run. “As we begin to […]
As your grows get bigger and yield more cannabis, the last thing you need is for crop loss to strike. That’s why you have to educate yourself about bud rot. “It’s very common, especially outdoors,” said Dan Kibbin, a Maine-based cannabis grower with 25 years of experience. “But I’ve experienced it in indoor grows, too.” […]
In the epicurean world, Northern California is famous for two intoxicants — wine and weed. With recreational marijuana about to be legal in the Golden State, some cannabis entrepreneurs are looking to the wine industry as a model. On the elegant terrace of a winery overlooking the vineyard-covered hills of Sonoma County, north of San […]
When medicinal cannabis first became legal in 1996, the persistent social stigma surrounding the plant manifested itself throughout the legal market. Some dispensaries employed a highly impersonal security screen between patients and budtenders, treating cannabis like a dangerous narcotic. Others appropriated the countercultural impulse of cannabis's underground days with a "groovy" atmosphere that often seemed […]
Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA) announced today that its subsidiary Dixie Botanicals™, one of the most recognizable cannabis brands in the world, has appointed Brent Albin as Director of Sales and Marketing. Albin brings to Dixie Botanicals® more than 10 years of experience in online advertising and social media promotion, capable of creating mass followings […]
‘A landmark study helps explain why Big Pharma is so afraid of the medical benefits of cannabis. The pharmaceutical and alcohol industries, both powerful influences in Washington, have long lobbied against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits. The recent study is lending credibility to the idea that medical cannabis can be used as […]
The line of people outside Blüm Reno extended around the building's front and partially down its side. About 65 customers stood at 8:45 a.m. Saturday outside the South Virginia Street marijuana dispensary, waiting for the front door to open. No longer restricted to medicinal cannabis only, the dispensary had opened at midnight that day — […]
Terra Tech Corp (OTCMKTS: TRTC) appears to be one company that might survive the cannabis industry shakeout. 2016 was a stellar year for companies in the fast-growing cannabis industry, but 2017 has turned out to be much tougher than originally expected. Take the case of Terra Tech Corp (OTCMKTS: TRTC), which was a microcap darling in […]
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the state’s proposals for the required lab testing of cannabis. If passed as written, all marijuana products will be examined in licensed laboratories for moisture content, pesticide presence, and other elements before it can be sold to the public. For some dispensaries across California, these regulations may significantly […]
A California company makes weed vaporizers to suit every mood—here’s what happened when I tried them. I’d been traveling for work—to Europe then to Asia then to Europe again while pinging back-and-forth from L.A. to New York. For months my carryon contained the sneakers that I didn’t use in the hotel gyms I never visited. […]
The small Leland Avenue commercial corridor in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood has two nail salons, two dry cleaners, three convenience stores and a couple of Chinese bakeries. Pretty soon it could have two medical marijuana dispensaries, as well. In a trend that is fueling land-use fights in neighborhoods across the city, working-class Visitacion Valley […]
Palo Alto’s ban on outdoor marijuana cultivation likely will be extended through 2018, or at least until city leaders sort out some policies. If Palo Alto does not prohibit commercial cultivation by Jan. 1, marijuana businesses can get a state-issued license and open here, according to deputy city attorney Tim Shimizu. California voters in November […]
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.
Although cannabis had been used for many centuries for treatment of seizure disorders, medical use became prohibited in the 20th century. However, with the loosening of laws regarding medical marijuana, research and clinical use of marijuana-derived substances are increasing. This has prompted the publishing of an in-depth assessment of the potential of cannabinoids for the […]
Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession | TJ Baker YORK, PA — Another city in Pennsylvania has voted to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a fine-only offense. Earlier this week, the York City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of under 30 grams of marijuana, reducing the penalty to a maximum fine […]
New High for Gallup Poll: 45% of Americans Have Tried Marijuana | NORML According to recently released polling data from Gallup, nearly half of all Americans have tried marijuana at one point in their lives, an all time high since they began asking the question in 1969 when only 4% of Americans admitted to having […]
Colorado’s Tax Revenue From Legal Marijuana Is Over Half-Billion Dollars | NORML Revenues from Colorado’s legal cannabis industry have surpassed over a half-billion dollars since retail sales began on January 1, 2014. According to an analysis by VS Strategies, cannabis-related taxes and fees have yielded $506,143,635 in new state revenue over the past three and […]
Massachusetts Lawmakers Agree on Question 4 Implementation Measure | NORML BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts House and Senate leaders have reconciled a pair of bills seeking to amend Question 4 – a voter-approved measure regulating the licensed production and sale of marijuana. The compromise bill raises the maximum tax rate that can be imposed on commercial cannabis transactions […]
Study Linking Cannabis Use and Increased Risk of Metabolic Syndrome Is Inconsistent With Prior Data | NORML ATLANTA, GA — The findings of a recent, well-publicized study correlating long-term cannabis use with a slightly increased risk of metabolic syndrome are inconsistent with those of several prior observational studies. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a constellation of risk factors linked with an […]
Colorado Has Earned Over $500 Million in Marijuana Revenue Since Legalization | TJ Baker DENVER, CO — Since legal, regulated marijuana sales to adults began in 2014, Colorado has received more than half a billion dollars in marijuana-related revenue, including taxes and fees, according to an analysis of state data released Wednesday by Denver-based VS Strategies. […]
Uruguay, First Country in the World to Legally Regulate Marijuana, Begins Retail Sales Today | Drug Policy Alliance Today, Uruguay will begin sales of legal marijuana for adult residents, becoming the first country in the world to regulate legal marijuana sales. The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by former President José Mujica in 2012 […]
New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law | Paul Armentano CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Chris Sununu has signed legislation decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. House Bill 640, which takes effect in 60 days, eliminates criminal penalties for the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis and/or up to five […]
New Hampshire Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill into law Tuesday that will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in the Granite State. The new law will officially take effect in 60 days, making New Hampshire the 22nd state in […]
Tell AAA to Stop Lying About Marijuana Legalization | NORML Over the first six months of 2017, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has been spreading misinformation and propaganda in a lobbying effort to defeat marijuana legalization legislative efforts in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and other states. As reported by Leafly.com, AAA representatives have recently preyed upon […]
Massachusetts House and Senate Reach Compromise on Marijuana Legalization Implementation Bill | Marijuana Policy Project BOSTON, MA – After weeks of talks and missed deadlines, legislators in Massachusetts have reached an agreement on legislation that will make changes to Question 4, the law to regulate marijuana for adults that was approved by voters in November […]
Jeff Sessions Wants the Cops to Take More Money From Americans | Phillip Smith In a speech Monday, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled he is about to issue a new directive designed to boost law enforcement seizures of cash and property. The practice, known as asset forfeiture, has come under sustained criticism in recent […]
Massachusetts High Court: Patient Fired for Medical Marijuana Use Can Sue for Discrimination | Scott Gacek BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts’ highest court ruled on Monday that a medical marijuana patient could sue her former employer for discrimination after being fired for testing positive for the substance in a drug test. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court […]
Massachusetts Lawmakers Reach Marijuana Compromise; Tax Raised to 20% | TJ Baker BOSTON, MA — After weeks of closed-door negotiations, lawmakers in Massachusetts have reached a compromise on changes to the voter-approved law that legalized marijuana in the Bay State. The changes still need to be ratified by members of both chambers of the state […]
Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Patients’ Afforded Workplace Protections, High Court Rules | Paul Armentano BOSTON, MA — State-registered medical cannabis patients may sue a private employer for discrimination if they are fired for their off-the-job marijuana use, according to a first in the nation ruling issued Monday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Opining for the […]