As recreational marijuana sales ramp up throughout the Bay Area, could the newly legal drug end up creating an unexpected type of high — in our real estate market? Researchers looking at the impact of legalized recreational marijuana on Denver’s home prices found a surprising trend: dispensaries that began selling recreational marijuana had a “large […]
He was dressed in a three-piece suit. But Chris Coogan nearly went unnoticed when he dropped by a San Diego city councilor’s office last year to do some lobbying on marijuana laws. “An aide came to reception and asked, ‘Where’s the pot guy?,’ said Coogan, co-founder of Therapy Tonics & Provisions, a La Jolla cannabis […]
California’s Proposition 64 did more than legalize recreational weed. The voter-approved measure also stipulated that researchers combat stoned driving by finding marijuana’s equivalent to the breathalyser with a grant from California Highway Patrol. Responsible for those studies is a team of psychiatrists at the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR), a publicly-funded […]
As the Trump administration begins to crack down on states that legalized marijuana, advocates for legalization hope Democrats will take their side. But many Democrats are still squeamish about fully embracing the drug. Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department would reverse the policy from the Obama administration that restricted federal prosecution of marijuana offenses in states where it was legalized. When asked, Democratic […]
California's burgeoning cannabis industry, already heavily reliant on cash and detached from banks, could face even more barriers to the mainstream after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama era guidelines, known as the Cole memo, which eased federal regulation of marijuana. Sessions' decision has left California's state government and the legal pot industry […]
In the wake of Jeff Sessions' decision to rescind the Cole Memo, many politicians have come out of the woodwork to criticize the Attorney General's new policies, writes Joseph Misulonas. But at least one of these politicians is being accused of being disingenuous. Kamala Harris is a Democratic senator representing the state of California. After Sessions' […]
A chemical used at illegal marijuana farms in California is the reason why owls are suddenly dying. In a study by Aviation Conservation and Ecology, scientists said rodenticides is a chemical used at illegal marijuana farms aimed at killing rats, which are then eaten by owls. The owls, including the northern spotted owl, are dying […]
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had cannabis in his crosshairs since even before he took office, but his first formal shot at legalization—the decision last week to rescind the Cole memo—looks more and more like it could backfire. On Friday, a California congresswoman introduced a US House bill that would protect state-legal cannabis from “excessive […]
One school of thought is that cannabis, or marijuana, is relatively benign and ought to be legalized, regulated and taxed to spur economic growth and end the harm caused by criminalization. An opposing viewpoint is that it’s a dangerous drug that needs to re-main unavailable legally, with criminal punishment of those who break the law. […]
CANNABIS-related stocks are flying on the share market but potential investors are being warned to be careful their money doesn’t disappear in a puff of smoke. The Federal Government’s announcement on January 4 to allow companies to export medicinal marijuana has propelled little-known companies’ share prices to record highs. Share analysts say an extra boost has […]
Legalized marijuana is emerging as a huge growth sector in the U.S. economy, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent turned venture capitalist told CNBC on Thursday. "Regulated cannabis works," said Patrick Moen, managing director and general counsel at Seattle-based Privateer Holdings, which specializing in seed money for businesses that "lead, legitimize, and define the future […]
SACRAMENTO — Before California voters passed a ballot measure legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) warned of the dangers of importing Colorado's "Rocky Mountain high." But as Brown prepares to leave office, his constituents apparently had no such qualms. The state Department of Finance expects Californians to purchase nearly 1 million pounds […]
Forget ‘puff, puff, pass.’ Weed lovers are forgoing joints and bongs for weed manicures, lotions and other cannabis-infused products. An LA nail salon is getting buzz for offering “Canna-Cures,” or manicures in which customers soak their hands in a cannabidiol (CBD)-infused bath, reports Fashionista. The solution won’t get you high— it’s made of the legal, nonpsychoactive […]
State law has made it legal since New Year’s Day for Californians to buy marijuana to get high — not just to treat their medical ills. Full legalization of the drug has been a blockbuster hit for many of the 134 businesses licensed as of Wednesday for "recreational" sales, with sales up nearly three-fold in […]
Biochemist Jahan Marcu has found “a very rewarding career” working to assure the safety of medicines. “It is really touching to see patients using our products and leaving opioids behind,” says Adam Kavalier, a phytochemist who works in the same industry. The fast-growing field where these scientists work provides not only these satisfactions, but also, […]
This state has long been dubbed America’s salad bowl, because of the ability of California’s industrial-scale farms to produce food in mass quantities. Beginning this year, it will also begin widespread legal production of a very different crop. The grower of more than one-third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts […]
Last week was a roller coaster for the California cannabis industry. After the excitement of adult use cannabis becoming legal Jan. 1, on Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw the industry into a cold sweat by announcing the Department of Justice would no longer follow the Cole Memo, a set of guidelines that deprioritized […]
A Democratic lawmaker wants to make it easier for Californians with marijuana convictions to reduce or erase their records as the state moves into the next phase of legalized cannabis. Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require county courts to automatically expunge eligible records. It’s one of several efforts to build […]
Lots of recreational shoppers in California are trying cannabis over-the-counter for medical and wellness purposes. So, we’ve explained how you can save a bundle on California cannabis by obtaining a state Medical Marijuana Identification Card, but you still have questions. No problem. Here are the most frequently asked ones: All I need is a doctor’s note […]
California Governor Jerry Brown will propose his final state budget on Wednesday, setting out a spending blueprint that last year topped $125 billion and marking the first time the state's coffers will be bolstered from sales taxes on marijuana. Brown, a Democrat who is leaving office next January after four non-consecutive terms, has positioned the […]
While cigarette smoking has declined in the US for the past several decades, since 2002 the prevalence of smoking has increased significantly among people with an illicit substance use disorder, according to a new study. Researchers found more than half of individuals with a substance use disorder (56 percent) reported cigarette use in the past […]
A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new study.
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.
Report: Growing Number of Banks Are Providing Services to Cannabis-Related Businesses | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — A growing number of banks and credit unions are providing financial services to marijuana-related businesses, according to data released by FinCEN (the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) and first publicized by MarijuanaMoment.net. The report found that the number of financial institutions […]
Latest Pew Poll Finds Record Support in Favor of Marijuana Legalization | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — Sixty-one percent of Americans believe the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to polling data compiled by the Pew Research Center. The percentage is the highest level of support ever reported by the firm, which has polled Americans’ views regarding […]
Colorado DHS Announces Public Health Interventions Funded by Marijuana Tax Revenue | Drug Policy Alliance DENVER, CO — The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) this week announced 12 total awards to communities to support behavioral health and law enforcement partnerships in collaboration with CDHS’ Office of Behavioral Health. The awards will fund two distinct initiatives—Co-Responder Programs […]
Vermont Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Bill to Governor’s Desk | NORML MONTPELIER, VT — Members of the House and Senate have given final approval to legislation removing criminal and civil penalties for the possession and cultivation of marijuana by those age 21 and over in Vermont. House Bill 511 legalizes the possession of one ounce of cannabis by […]
Oklahoma Voters to Decide in June on Sweeping Medical Marijuana Initiative | NORML OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 – a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients. NORML has endorsed the initiative and is working with the Vote Yes on 788 campaign to build a broad […]
Iowa NORML Chapter Awarded Damages in Free Speech Victory | NORML DES MOINES, IA — Members of the Iowa State University chapter of NORML and their legal counsel were awarded a $343,000 judgment by the State Appeals Board after the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that their free speech rights had been violated by campus administrators. […]
New York Lawmakers Hold Public Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana for Adult Use | Drug Policy Alliance NEW YORK, NY — On January 11, 2018, the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Health, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse will convene a public hearing to discuss the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA, S.3040A/A.3506A), a bill that […]
NORML Endorses Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative SQ 788 | NORML OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) this week announced their endorsement of Oklahoma’s State Question 788, a statewide ballot measure that provides patients regulated access to medical cannabis. Oklahomans will go to vote on the measure on […]
Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization | Drug Policy Alliance MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Senate approved a bill Wednesday allowing adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, and to cultivate up to two mature and four immature cannabis plants. Vermont’s Republican Governor, Phil Scott, has indicated he will approve the bill. […]
Vermont Legislature Approves Noncommercial Marijuana Legalization Bill | Phillip Smith MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Senate Wednesday took a final vote on a bill that would legalize the possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana, but not taxed and regulated sales. Gov. Phil Scott has said he will sign the bill into law. If […]
Vermont Senate Passes Bill to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults; Gov. Phil Scott Has Pledged to Sign | Marijuana Policy Project MONTPELIER, VT — A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont received final approval on Wednesday from the Vermont Senate and will soon make its way to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott, who […]
Vermont Senate Approves Legalization of Marijuana Possession and Cultivation, Awaits Governor’s Signature | NORML MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would legalize the possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana. Under this legislation, H. 511, individuals 21 years of age or older would be able to possess up […]
New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation | NORML CONCORD, NH — In a direct rebuke to the bluster coming from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207 to 139 on Tuesday in favor of a measure that would legalize the possession of up to 3/4 […]
New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Policy Project CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill to make marijuana legal for adults on Tuesday by a vote of 207-139. The bill will now move to the Senate, where it will be assigned to a committee and given a public hearing before […]
Thoughts on the Next Step in the Battle vs Prohibitions | Terry Franklin The legalizing of magic mushrooms is now a real possibility, with a Proposition heading to the ballot in California for 2018. Such an effort will no doubt soon be underway in my home state of Massachusetts, as well as hopefully in many […]