Just as it does with stone fruits, almonds, and most vegetables found on dinner tables in America, California supplies the United States with most of its marijuana. There are some 68,000 cannabis farms throughout the state, according to the California Growers Association, the pot-farmers’ main lobby at the state Capitol. This figure is an estimate because grows vary in […]
Though many medical marijuana advocates claim that the plant can help encourage neurogenesis, or brain cell regrowth, new research suggests humans cannot tap into this Wolverine-like ability. Cannabis can regrow brain cells, so the argument goes. It's become a favorite claim for supporters of medical weed, but there's a catch. It may be a myth. According to […]
The Georgia House of Representatives’ feelings on medical cannabis can be summed up by the comment made by Health and Human Services Committee Chairwoman Sharon Cooper (R), who says it’s time for Congress to “get off their duffs and act” on marijuana reform, writes Calvin Hughes. On March 15 the House passed a resolution asking Congress to […]
Decades of marijuana prohibition in California are coming to an end thanks to ballot initiative Proposition 64, or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Approved by a majority of voters in November 2016, Prop 64 reduces criminal penalties for various marijuana-related offenses for adults and juveniles and allows marijuana entrepreneurs to participate in the recreational sale of […]
The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary‘s marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors. “There’s nothing like this in Jersey,” said grinning Atlantic City resident Rick Thompson, getting high with his […]
As California cannabis businesses rush to get in line with new recreational rules, state lawmakers have proposed a measure that could give them some extra green to make it happen. A bipartisan pair of California lawmakers have annouced a bill which would drop the state excise tax on cannabis to 11% from the current 15% […]
An Arizona Court of Appeals ruling says a man's medical marijuana recommendation letter obtained from a physician under California's medical marijuana law provides the same legal immunity as registry cards issued by Arizona authorities. The three-judge panel's decision Thursday upholds a La Paz County Superior Court judge's dismissal of drug possession charges stemming from a […]
A Hollywood office building is being converted into the city’s first coworking space exclusively for startups and freelancers working in the cannabis industry. The Paragon Space, which is located at 1452 Tamarind Avenue is being funded by Paragon, which calls itself the “leading blockchain technology platform for the cannabis industry.” In fact, the building is […]
More than 25 million Californians — plus millions more visitors — can enter California’s 250-plus recreational cannabis dispensaries now that commercial sales have begun in 2018. But how many shoppers actually know how to read a product label and take marijuana safely? With legalization has come detailed labeling standards, introduced Jan. 1 by the California […]
Cannabis farming dates back 10,000+ years, to the very dawn of human society—at least according to famed astronomer (and enthusiastic cannabis consumer) Carl Sagan, who once hypothesized that the plant may also have been the first species ever purposely cultivated. In his book The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence, Sagan went […]
Weedmaps has responded to a cease-and-desist letter sent by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) last week. As we reported, the BCC sent approximately 900 letters to dispensaries operating without a state license. They also sent a letter to Weedmaps threatening possible criminal and civil penalties if they do not remove advertisements from unlicensed […]
While Californians have enjoyed access to legal medical cannabis for two decades, the opening of the state’s adult-use market on Jan. 1 makes the state much more attractive to operators and their investors. In 2014, when the doors opened for legal cannabis sales in Colorado, investors weren’t able to participate directly in that market, as […]
Middle-class Mexicans and Americans living in Tijuana are buying legal pot in California and taking it back to Mexico. The culture of legalization, slowly but surely, may be spreading south of the border now, too. California’s legal weed experiment is having an impact in an unexpected place: Mexico. Cannabis culture and advocacy from California is […]
This California cannabis church suing police over raids makes us ponder the extent of religious freedom in the United States. In California, a showdown is underway between a church that sees cannabis as sacred and law enforcement. The battle began when law enforcement raided the church’s weed supply. And now, the church is fighting back. With this […]
When Eaze, a cannabis delivery app, first began its battle in 2014 to win over the hearts and minds of California lawmakers, executives at the young startup didn't know they sat on a powerful secret weapon: grandma and grandpa. Traditional marijuana delivery usually involves searching for a nearby dispensary, ascertaining its delivery policies, texting in […]
Tenants of live-work lofts in the city's “Green Zone” are facing eviction as wealthy out-of-state canna-businesses rush to grab up all available real estate. This week, the Oakland City Council held a special hearing to debate new rules that would protect the city's residents from being evicted by new cannabis companies. In 2016, the city council […]
California’s cannabis czar issued a cease and desist order to Weedmaps, directing the Irvine internet company that maps marijuana dispensaries to immediately stop promoting businesses that don’t have state licenses. “You are aiding and abetting in violation of state cannabis laws,” states the letter from Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control. If […]
California’s legal cannabis market is an infinitely complex map of regulations, priorities, business, and politics. As the layout of the industry continues to take shape, one area that has yet to receive much clarity is the law with regard to driving under the influence of marijuana. The latest figure to weigh in is Sen. Jerry […]
California, Massachusetts, and Alaska are moving to protect state-legal marijuana businesses from the long arm of Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department. Since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked Obama-era federal protections for state-legal cannabis businesses in January of this year, the country’s legal weed industry has been waiting for the other shoe to finally drop. However, more than […]
Months after Los Angeles announced a potentially game-changing program designed to boost minority ownership of the city’s cannabis industry, officials have agreed to scale up the city’s cannabis staff eightfold in order to speed what some critics are calling a slow rollout. The Los Angeles City Council last week approved 21 new positions at the city’s Department […]
Coffee affects your metabolism in dozens of other ways besides waking you up, including your metabolism of neurotransmitters typically linked to cannabis, a study reports. The neurotransmitters related to the endocannabinoid system -- the same ones affected by cannabis -- decreased after drinking four to eight cups of coffee in a day. That's the opposite […]
Individuals who report having resolved a problem with cannabis use appear to have done so at younger ages than those who resolved problems with alcohol or other drugs and were less likely to use any formal sources of assistance or support, report investigators.
Two papers published today look at the current evidence of the effects of medical marijuana laws and conclude there is little support that such laws increase recreational marijuana use among adolescents or reduce opioid overdose deaths.
A new study found cannabis therapy is safe and efficacious for elderly patients who are seeking to address cancer symptoms, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other medical issues. After six months, more than 18 percent of patients surveyed had stopped using opioid analgesics or had reduced their dosage.
With states rapidly legalizing cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, physicians will be increasingly pressed to counsel patients on their frequency of use and dosage, as well as associated risks.
US drivers are more likely to be in a fatal traffic crash during the annual April 20 cannabis celebration. Twenty-five years' worth of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes after 4:20 pm on April 20 is higher compared to the same time intervals on […]
Several studies have shown an association between legalizing medical marijuana and lower death rates from opioids. A new study finds that link is more complex than previously described and appears to be changing as both medical marijuana laws and the opioid crisis evolve.
As marijuana legalization gains momentum in the United States, researchers worry about keeping the public safe, particularly on the roads. Recent studies have identified new biomarkers that can be used to estimate a person's recent cannabinoid intake. But, using those markers to judge cognitive and behavioral impairment is complex, say toxicologists.
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.
Clinical Trial: Use of Herbal Cannabis Safe and Effective in Cancer Patients | NORML JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — Cannabis administration is associated with the subjective improvement of symptoms in patients with cancer, according to clinical data published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine. Israeli researchers assessed the safety and efficacy of cannabis in a cohort of over 1,200 cancer […]
Study: Cannabis Effective at Treating Symptoms of Fibromyalgia | NORML Cannabis therapy mitigates symptoms of the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia and is associated with a reduction in the use of other prescription drugs, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. An estimated 3 to 6 million Americans are afflicted by fibromyalgia, which […]
Opioid Use Declines Among Pain Patients in Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program | NORML ST. PAUL, MN — Patients with intractable pain reduce their use of prescription opioids following cannabis therapy, according to data compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health. Investigators assessed the prescription drug use patterns of 2,245 intractable pain patients participating in the state’s medical […]
Maine Lawmakers Moving Forward With Effort to Rewrite Voter-Approved Marijuana Law | NORML AUGUSTA, ME — Maine state lawmakers are moving forward with a legislative proposal to significantly amend various provisions of the state’s 2016 voter-approved cannabis law: The Marijuana Legalization Act. Members of the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee have voted 16 to 1 in favor of overhauling the law, which […]
Missouri Medical Marijuana Legalization Drive Reaches 200,000 Signatures | NORML COLUMBIA, MO — Proponents of a Missouri voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the therapeutic use and distribution of cannabis statewide have surpassed 200,000 signatures. Advocates must collect a total of 160,000 qualified signatures in six of Missouri’s eight congressional districts by May 6, 2018 in order […]
Sonoma County DA to Vacate Thousands of Past Marijuana Convictions | Paul Armentano SANTA ROSA, CA — The District Attorney’s Office for Sonoma County, California (population 502,000) is directing staff to review and vacate thousands of past marijuana convictions. County officials estimate that an estimated 3,000 cases are eligible for either a sentencing reduction or expungement. The […]
Rhode Island Marijuana Legalization Advocates Release New Report on Regulation for Adults | Marijuana Policy Project PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Marijuana Policy Project and its local partner Regulate Rhode Island have released a new report entitled, “How should Rhode Island legalize marijuana: Asking the right questions.” The 42-page document features detailed discussion of different models for regulating […]
Support for Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative Tops 60% | Paul Armentano More than six in ten Michigan voters endorse a proposed statewide ballot initiative legalizing the adult use and sale of cannabis. According to polling data compiled by the EPIC-MRA polling research firm and commissioned by Michigan NORML, 61 percent of voters say that they would vote yes […]
MPP Releases Report Card Grading Candidates for Governor in Maryland | Marijuana Policy Project ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has released a voter guide that grades Maryland gubernatorial candidates strictly on their positions and statements about cannabis policy. The report contains letter grades for each person running in Maryland’s Democratic Primary for governor […]
Albuquerque City Council Files Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession | Drug Policy Alliance ALBUQUERQUE, NM — On Monday, Albuquerque City Council members, Pat Davis and Isaac Benton, filed a new bill to remove criminal sanctions pertaining to possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia from the city’s municipal codes. The proposed ordinance makes one ounce or […]
Medical Marijuana Effective in Treating Symptoms of Fibromyalgia, Study Finds | Paul Armentano Cannabis therapy mitigates symptoms of the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia and is associated with a reduction in the use of other prescription drugs, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. An estimated 3 to 6 million Americans are afflicted […]
Baton Rouge On Brink of Decriminalizing Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance BATON ROUGE, LA — The East Baton Rouge Metropolitan City Council has voted 8-4 in favor of an ordinance to decriminalize marijuana in East Baton Rouge Parish, which includes the state capital of Baton Rouge. If Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome signs the ordinance, it […]
Study: Inhaled Cannabis Augments Analgesic Efficacy of Opiates | NORML NEW YORK, NY — The co-administration of inhaled cannabis and sub-therapeutic doses of oxycodone produces enhanced analgesic effects in human subjects, according to clinical trial data published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. A team of investigators from the United States and Australia assessed the efficacy of inhaled cannabis and low […]
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Federal Marijuana Prohibition | NORML NEW YORK, NY — A federal district court judge in Manhattan on Monday granted the government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to challenge the constitutionality of cannabis’ prohibited status under federal law. Presiding Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein opined in a 20-page ruling that the plaintiffs lacked any “fundamental […]
Medical Marijuana Access Doesn’t Encourage Teen Use, Studies Find | NORML NEW YORK, NY — The enactment of statewide laws regulating the use and distribution of cannabis for medical purposes is not associated with increased marijuana use among young people, according to a review of relevant studies published online ahead of print in the journal Addiction. Investigators from Columbia […]