Although marijuana has been legal in California for nearly two years, black market weed is still a booming business in the state. Illegal sellers outnumber legal and regulated businesses almost 3-to-1, according to a startling analysis of California cannabis sellers released this month. Some critics blame the website Weedmaps for letting thousands of rogue stores […]
California will spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis products and step up efforts to halt the sale of illicit products amid a rise in vaping-related illnesses. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the actions Monday as part of an executive order. Many of the hundreds of nationwide […]
A dramatic rise of hemp planted this year has been seen around the world and in particular the US, with 46 states having licensed farms since the US Farm Bill was passed in December of 2018. The potential for the US market alone is astronomical ($8.5 billion USD), but there isn't enough processing equipment installed […]
It has been nearly three years since California voters overwhelmingly approved a measure legalizing recreational marijuana use, opening the door for boutique pot shops and cannabis bakeries. But a report this week found that the state’s illicit market is still plenty active in its own right.
The City of Los Angeles recently launched a massive crackdown on black market cannabis businesses, including cultivation operations, extraction labs, and delivery companies across the city. In Los Angeles, a charge of unlicensed commercial cannabis activity within the city carries a potential sentence of six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. Los Angeles’ City Attorney Mike […]
If you use cannabis on your own time in a state where it is legal, should that be grounds for terminating your employment or rejecting your application for a job? Advocates are starting to say no, and demanding action to protest workers’ rights to use cannabis without the fear of the sack and unemployment. Some […]
California’s cannabis regulations are the most business-friendly in the nation, according to an analysis conducted by the legal firm Thompson Coburn LLP. The firm recently produced a “holistic state-by-state ranking guide that breaks down how favorable each state’s cannabis regulations are to businesses,” that put California at the top of the list of all 50 states […]
The wholesale market for legal cannabis is marked by great regional variation, but the oversupply that has sent prices plummeting in Oregon and other Western states has not been able to dampen the general upswing on the national level. Amid stratospheric hopes for the industry’s growth, there have been growing fears of a market correction. An […]
On Monday, the California House of Representatives approved a bill that will let school boards decide whether parents will be allowed to give their kids medical marijuana on campus. Currently, students must leave campus to consume their meds, which critics say is a risky policy. The state assembly’s decision does not apply to smokeable cannabis. […]
When it comes to tax money from marijuana sales, California is living with diminished expectations. The state pulled in $74 million in cannabis excise taxes between April and June, after the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom sharply scaled back projected tax dollars from the shaky legal market. Government analysts once projected that California would be […]
The potential tax revenue from the legalization of cannabis has been at the center of the argument between republicans and democrats. Proponents of legalization say states who haven’t legalized cannabis should look at the revenue generated from alcohol and other sin taxes as a window into what could be. According to a May 2019 Gallup […]
Northern California’s South Bay now has its first cannabis union. Representatives from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced on Friday at San Jose City Hall that workers at the town’s MedMen dispensary location would organize. Employees at the dispensary will enjoy wages that come in at $3 above Californian minimum wage, two weeks […]
A public health official issued a warning about the dangers of unlicensed cannabis products following the hospitalization of seven Californians who fell ill after vaping. In a notice released last week, Dr. Milton Teske, health officer with the Kings County Department of Public Health, said that those stricken had been taken to the hospital in […]
California’s legal cannabis market is on pace to earn $3.1 billion this year, but the state’s decades-old underground market is nearly triple that, on pace for $8.7 billion in revenue. This is according to the newest numbers from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics’ report “California: Lessons From the World’s Largest Cannabis Market,” which was […]
This weekend festival-goers in Northern California had the opportunity to buy legal weed for the first time ever at a major music event in the United States. San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival (August 9-11) takes place at Golden Gate Park with about 200,000 visitors each year. To the delight of both music and weed […]
Over the next decade, legal cannabis is expected to be one of the fastest growing industries on the planet. After generating $10.9 billion in legal worldwide sales in 2018, various Wall Street estimates have called for between $50 billion and $200 billion in global sales in roughly a decade's time. No matter how you slice […]
Read entire article here. The last few months have been rough for the cannabis industry and this is a trend that we have seen play out on a year-over-year basis. Due to the historically weak summer trend, we are not running for the hills and have been closely watching the recent activity. TransCanna Holdings (TCAN.CN) […]
There’s something special to be said about being “one of the first” and Lowell Herb Co. has added that to their reputation with the introduction of the first cannabis cafe in America, opening up in West Hollywood, California. After making a name for themselves by becoming one of the more desirable pre-roll brands in the state of […]
When cannabis advocates in California began selling the idea of establishing a taxed and regulated pot market for adults 21 and older, one of the critical points in the plan (Proposition 64) was throwing a chunk of the tax revenue at the hundreds of thousands of low-income children involved with after school programs. It wasn’t […]
Last week, cannabis retailers in Washington State—the second state in the union to allow for legal marijuana commerce, now in its sixth full year of licensed sales—suffered through a two-day unplanned holiday. Business was going on as normal in the front of the store, but retailers were unable to acquire more product from vendors, and […]
Bisexual women had higher rates of past-year and daily marijuana use compared to heterosexual women, and gay/lesbian women were also more likely to report daily marijuana use and past year medical marijuana use than heterosexual women. While previous research has explored the association between state-level medical marijuana laws and marijuana use and MU disorder among […]
A specific gene associated with autism appears to undergo changes in the sperm of men who use marijuana, according to new research. The gene change occurs through a process called DNA methylation, and it could potentially be passed along to offspring.
A team has developed a breathalyzer device that can measure the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana, in the user's breath. The breathalyzer was developed using carbon nanotubes, tiny tubes of carbon 100,000 times smaller than a human hair. Nanotechnology sensors can detect THC at levels comparable to or better than mass […]
Nearly one in four Arizona teens have used a highly potent form of marijuana known as marijuana concentrate, according to a new study. Among nearly 50,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders from the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey, a biennial survey of Arizona secondary school students, one-third (33%) had tried some form of marijuana, and nearly […]
Using the largest database of real-time recordings of the effects of common and commercially available cannabis products in the United States, researchers found strong evidence that cannabis can significantly alleviate pain, with the average user experiencing a three-point drop in pain suffering on a 0-10 point scale immediately following cannabis consumption.
Spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine fluctuated between $120 billion and $145 billion each year from 2006 to 2016, rivaling what Americans spend each year on alcohol, according to a new study.
Compared to people who only drank alcohol, those who used alcohol and marijuana simultaneously were more likely to drink heavier and more often, according to researchers. They were also more likely to experience alcohol-related problems -- like impulsive actions they later regretted.
A new study provides the first evidence of a blunted response to stress-induced dopamine signaling in the brain's prefrontal cortex in individuals at high risk for psychosis who regularly used cannabis.
Marijuana exposure damages cells of the inner lining of blood vessels throughout the heart and vascular system. In studies with human cells and arteries from mice, a compound found in soybeans blocked the damage and may have potential in preventing cardiovascular side effects of marijuana use.
The recent wave of recreational cannabis legalization across the US could generate $22 billion in sales per year, but not everyone is happy about it. New research shows the alcohol industry could be impacted when the substance is legalized.
Sorry, marijuana moms and dads: Using pot may not make you a more relaxed parent, at least when it comes to how you discipline your children. A study of California parents found that current marijuana users administered more discipline techniques of all kinds to their children on average than did non-users. That includes everything from […]
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.
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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 […]