California-based MJIC, Inc. successfully closed a private round of financing resulting in gross proceeds of U.S. $15 million. The company said it is planning on becoming a publicly traded company in 2019 and recently entered into a financial advisory agreement with Haywood Securities. “This financing will significantly accelerate our growth strategy as we continue to build […]
California has too many marijuana farms — growing too much product — and if nothing is done it will devastate the industry, according to a 2019 cannabis harvest projection. Vessel Logistics, a San Francisco-based cannabis distribution company, found that more than 1,142 acres of cannabis farms hold state permits. They can produce up to 9 […]
Sheriff Jon Lopey was startled when the mysterious stranger offered him $1 million if he would keep deputies away from certain illegal cannabis farms in Siskiyou County. Lopey called in the FBI, and, later, deliveries of envelopes stuffed with thousands of dollars in cash were recorded by cameras and microphones hidden on the sheriff's cluttered, […]
Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states as of November 2018. Yet the federal government still insists marijuana has no legal use and is easy to abuse. In the meantime, medical marijuana dispensaries have an increasing array of products available for pain, anxiety, sex and more. The glass counters and their jars of products in […]
To the extent the battle over hoop houses is, in reality, a showdown between wine growers and a new wave of outdoor cannabis growers just now discovering the sublime virtues of the Santa Ynez Valley, Sara Rotman should be regarded as a warrior queen for Santa Barbara’s newest yet oldest industry — marijuana. In previous incarnations, Rotman […]
Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACRG.U) (OTCQX: ACRGF) delivered fourth-quarter revenue of $10.5 million for an increase of 380% over the previous year’s $2.1 million. Acreage reported a whopping fourth-quarter net loss of $217.6 million. The pro forma revenue* for the fourth quarter was $22.9 million and the pro forma adjusted net loss*, which excludes certain […]
The Cannabis Regulations Commission met on March 5th and presented their recommendations to the City Attorney that would establish policies for processing phase 3 applications. Phase 3 would begin with a 60-day pre-vetting process of social equity applicants to verify Tier 1 or Tier 2 qualification. Verified Tier 1 or 2 applicants will then be […]
The state-licensed cannabis industry gained over 64,000 new employees in 2018, and now employs over 200,000 full-time workers, according to data compiled by Whitney Economics and the online content provider Leafly.com. Commenting on the new findings, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said, “The federal government needs to deschedule marijuana to allow states to better and more […]
The popular party drug, MDMA, also known as ecstasy, has officially been approved in Israel as a treatment for Post-traumatic stress disorder. An Israeli government representative learned about the benefits of using MDMA to treat PTSD from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a California-based organization. Following their research, Israel has approved using MDMA […]
While Humboldt State University is located in the heart of cannabis country, undergrad students who want to study the county’s biggest cash crop say they aren’t allowed to touch the stuff or even get near it in a research setting. The policy is drawing concerns from both university students and local researchers, including those at […]
Lawmakers in the United States state of California have introduced a bill to allow cannabis-related business to pay fees and taxes in stablecoins. The bill was introduced by the California State Assembly on Feb. 21. Assembly Bill 953 would allow the state, city and county tax offices in California to accept stablecoins — cryptocurrency pegged to a physical asset or a fiat […]
You might expect California, America’s biggest consumer marketplace, to be bursting with cannabis stores since recreational weed became legalized in 2018. You would be wrong. Less than 20 percent of California’s cities currently allow cannabis sales, according to the California Cannabis Industry Association. Even population centers such as San Diego and Los Angeles have only […]
A massive licensing problem in California's cannabis industry could see the state run out of legal marijuana by this summer, writes Calvin Hughes. Right now, most of California's legal cannabis farms are operating under temporary licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Come July, a staggering 6,924 of those temporary licenses […]
A television news investigation revealed that unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles are selling products contaminated with pesticides that have been banned by state regulators. The report from KNBC in Los Angeles purchased vape cartridges and cannabis flower from 24 dispensaries and delivery services in the area and found nearly 30 percent had traces of prohibited […]
The city of San Francisco has announced that it has expunged more than 9,300 cannabis related convictions from as far back as 1975. “This makes San Francisco the first county in the country to complete the automated marijuana record clearance process,” according to a statement released by the office of San Francisco District Attorney George […]
San Francisco’s District Attorney said Monday that his office would be expunging more than 9,300 marijuana convictions from individuals’ records. District Attorney George Gascón’s office used an advanced open-source computer algorithm to identify cases that were eligible for expungement, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The move comes less than three years after California fully […]
The ad barred from airing during last night's Academy Awards has now been published online, writes Calvin Hughes. California-based cannabis producers Lowell Herb Co had hoped their new TV ad staring the former 'Shake It Up!' star Bella Thorne would air during the Oscars on Sunday evening. Unfortunately for them, their chance to buy the […]
When California, the most populous state in America, legalized recreational marijuana last year, many had high hopes for the industry, writes Joseph Misulonas. But unfortunately, it appears initial projections for the success of the industry were a little off. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration announced that in 2018 the state collected $345.2 million from […]
Fourth-generation Oakland native Tucky Blunt grew up around weed. His grandmother used it. So did his parents and his friends. Blunt (yes, that's his real last name) started selling to friends in the neighborhood when he was 16. He was usually careful, buying in bulk from a trusted supplier and selling to customers who'd call him […]
The use of medical cannabis in pediatrics presents a bit of a double bind for physicians as well as the parents of patients, writes Brandon Hicks. On one hand, cannabis use among minors, in any capacity, is controversial due to evidence that marijuana can damage the developing brain. On the other, even staunch opponents of cannabis would find […]
Only one group of teenagers used marijuana more often after retail sales were legalized in Washington than they did before -- high school seniors who work 11 or more hours per week, according to new research led by a WSU College of Nursing professor.
Medical marijuana may bring relief to older people who have symptoms like pain, sleep disorders or anxiety due to chronic conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, neuropathy, spinal cord damage and multiple sclerosis, according to a new preliminary study.
Synthetic biologists have created an enzymatic network in yeast that turns sugar into cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, but also novel cannabinoids not found in the marijuana plant itself. The yeast factories would be more environmentally friendly and less energy intensive than growing the plant and separating out the psychoactive and non-psychoactive ingredients. They may […]
Researchers recently solved a major gap in scientific literature by using mobile software technology to measure the real-time effects of actual cannabis-based products used by millions of people every day.
A survey of marijuana and tobacco co-users investigators found that co-users with high degree of interrelatedness between their use of the two substances had greater tobacco dependence and smoked more cigarettes per day. However, the finding of a strong link between the two substances was not universal. These finding suggest that highly personalized treatments are […]
Seven in 10 parents think they should have a say in whether dispensaries are located near their child's school or daycare and most say they should be banned within a certain distance of those facilities.
Cannabis is the most commonly used recreational drug by teenagers worldwide. In Canada, among youth aged 15 to 19 years, the rate of past-year cannabis use is 20.6 percent, while in England, 4 percent of adolescents aged 11 to 15 years used cannabis in the last month.
With widespread legalization and increasing use, more care, education a research needed about how each marijuana formulation may affect and sometimes compromise the cardiovascular system of our aging population, according to a new article and editorial.
The legalization of marijuana in Washington state in 2012 gave parents the opportunity for a new teachable moment. Many say that as society has become more permissive, they want information and advice.
Adolescents and young adults living in states with more liberal policies reported higher average rates of past-year cannabis use than those in states with more conservative policies. However, the rates of cannabis use disorder -- abuse or dependence on the drug -- were significantly lower in states with more liberal policies compared to states with […]
At a time when several states are moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, new research shows that concerns about the drug's impact on teens may be warranted. The study shows that even a small amount of cannabis use by teenagers is linked to differences in their brains.
More than half of people who take medical cannabis for chronic pain say they've driven under the influence of cannabis within two hours of using it, at least once in the last six months, according to a new survey. One in five of them said they'd driven while 'very high' in the past six months.
New research suggests men in their child-bearing years should consider how THC could impact their sperm and possibly the children they conceive during periods when they've been using the drug. Much like previous research that has shown tobacco smoke, pesticides, flame retardants and even obesity can alter sperm, the new research shows THC also affects […]
Home Prices Spike Following Opening of Marijuana Retailers | NORML FORT COLLINS, CO — The opening of marijuana retailers is positively associated with rising neighborhood home values, according to data published in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy. Colorado State University researchers assessed the impact of dispensary openings in Denver on home prices in the immediate vicinity. They reported: […]
Medical Marijuana is Florida Law, Let’s Act Like It | Norm Kent Two years ago, Florida citizens voted for and passed a constitutional amendment allowing our residents to use marijuana medicinally. The law passed overwhelmingly, with nearly 72 percent of the vote. No recount was required. In this hotly contested and partisan state, no candidate running […]
Study: Medical Cannabis Associated With Reduced Opioid Intake in Pain Patients | NORML ROSWELL, NM — The use of medical cannabis for a period of one-month or more is associated with reduced opioid intake in patients with cancer and/or rheumatic pain conditions, according to clinical data published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. A team of investigators from the […]
Study: Medical Cannabis Use Associated With Decreased Hospital Admissions Among Patients With Sickle Cell Disease | NORML NEW HAVEN, CT — Sickle cell disease (SCD) patients who utilize medicinal cannabis require fewer hospitalizations as compared to SCD patients who refrain from the substance, according to clinical data published in the journal Blood. Investigators from Yale University in Connecticut […]
Here Comes Hemp: Congress Votes to Unchain a Billion-Dollar Industry | Phillip Smith WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate on Tuesday and the House on Wednesday gave final approval to the massive 2018 Farm Bill, including a provision that will end an eight-decade ban on industrial hemp, that non-psychoactive but extremely useful member of the cannabis family. […]
Psychoactive Adulterants Identified In Some Liquid CBD Products | NORML RICHMOND, VA — Liquid formulations of CBD available on the commercial market have been identified to contain synthetic cannabinoids and other psychoactive constituents, according to a scientific analysis published in the journal Forensic Science International. A team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University evaluated the content of nine commercially available […]
Missouri’s Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect | NORML SPRINGFIELD, MO — Missouri’s Amendment 2, the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis access law, took effect on Thursday, December 6th. Sixty-six percent of voters approved the measure in November, while rejecting a pair of competing initiatives. State regulators have 180 days from the law’s enactment date to make available application forms to […]
Maine’s Medical Marijuana Omnibus Bill Goes Into Effect | Kate Zawidzki Today, the omnibus medical marijuana bill that was passed last spring goes into effect. The bill makes major improvements to Maine’s medical marijuana program. Among some of the changes, the legislation: removes the qualifying condition list so that any Mainer can use medical marijuana so long […]
Congress Lifts Longstanding Ban on Industrial Hemp Production | NORML House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka ‘The Farm Bill’), which for the first time includes provisions lifting the United States’ centuries-long prohibition on domestic, commercial hemp production. President Trump is anticipated to sign the bill into law […]
Nebraska Marijuana Policy Reform Advocates Establish Campaign Committee to Support 2020 Ballot Initiative | Marijuana Policy Project The group, Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws, will prioritize a medical marijuana ballot initiative and is researching additional marijuana reform opportunitiesTwo Nebraska state senators, Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, will lead a newly formed campaign committee, Nebraskans for […]
Demand Protection for Cannabis Consumers at the Canadian Border | Justin Strekal Following Canada’s decision to become the first country in North America to legalize the use and retail sale of cannabis, the US Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection Agency published a memorandum affirming that those Canadians either involved or invested […]
Alaska: Public Hearing Next Week to Discuss Allowing On-Site Cannabis Consumption | Kate Zawidzki The Marijuana Control Board will hear public testimony next Wednesday, December 19 from supporters and opponents of proposed rules allowing regulated, on-site cannabis consumption. While it is legal for adults 21 and over to purchase cannabis, it is illegal to consume […]
Congress Legalizes Industrial Hemp Through the 2018 Farm Bill | Americans for Safe Access WASHINGTON, DC — The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have passed legislation that legalizes industrial hemp, the H.R. 2, Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 87-13 and the House by a […]
Take This Short Survey to Help Shape Marijuana Policy in New York | Mary Kruger How much cannabis do you consume? How much do you pay for your cannabis? How much extra would you pay for cannabis delivery? How often do you share your cannabis with friends? New York State plans to legalize cannabis for […]
Revised Criminal Justice Reform Bill to Be Reintroduced in the Senate Today | Drug Policy Alliance WASHINGTON, DC — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) intends to file a new version of criminal justice reform legislation, the Senator announced on Wednesday. The news came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced yesterday that the […]