buds

I often write about the legal side of and opinions about the cannabis industry. Much of what I write about is culled from anecdotal experiences within either my personal practice or observations in regard to the industry. I recently had a trip to Portland, Oregon to spend time learning and understanding a little bit about […]

irradiation

New research looking at the effect of gamma irradiation on dried cannabis is published in the Journal: Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology. “Evaluating the effects of gamma-irradiation for decontamination of medicinal cannabis” looked at 4 separate strains of cannabis produced by Bedrocan BV in the Netherlands and tested samples before and after the irradiation process to test […]

italy

So far, there are few countries who have taken the initiative to end marijuana prohibition – but this is a year of big changes for many as Canada has already started taking action towards having marijuana legal by next Spring and now Italy’s parliament has sat down to discuss a bill which would make marijuana […]

jeffthe420chef

Edibles just got upgraded to the top of the Foodie chain and in the process are making a celebrity chef out of their innovative creator. In The 420 Gourmet The Elevated Art of Cannabis Cuisine; (Harper Wave) by JeffThe420Chef the food is the star, not the high, and Cannabis becomes just another ingredient and not […]

Marijuana in open medicine bottle

In states like California, getting access to medical marijuana is inexpensive and fast. In other states, getting qualified with a doctor could take months and cost hundreds of dollars. Worse still your doctor can’t tell you where to get it, how much you should take, or what strain of cannabis might work best for your […]

U.S. postal service trucks sit parked at the post office in Del Mar, California November 13, 2013.   REUTERS/Mike Blake  (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT SOCIETY)

“Hear ye, hear ye!” July 26th, 2016 is the 241st anniversary of the most venerable of U.S. institutions, the United States Postal Service. You’ll no doubt recognize agency members by those timeless navy blue shorts and the eagle logo on the side of their trucks. The USPS has been making deliveries for nearly two and […]

cannabis republican

Marijuana is already fully legal for recreational use in four states: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Though marijuana remains strictly prohibited according to the letter of federal law, the federal government has effectively let states determine their own policies. A number of other states, including California, are considering initiatives to legalize marijuana this year. YouGov’s […]

gastroenterology

When patients with bowel problems ask about cannabis, gastroenterologists need to be prepared with the straight dope. “We get questions from … patients all the time” about medical marijuana, said Adam Cheifetz, MD, director of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease [IBD] at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and associate professor of medicine at Harvard […]

super lemon haze

Working across Canada and the United States, we’ve seen our fair share of tracking frameworks. For the most part, tracking is a compliance requirement, so that regulators can control the production and distribution of cannabis products. Software providers should focus on suppliers of cannabis products by developing tools that streamline operations and provide business intelligence […]

trump

At the Republican National Convention this week, Donald J. Trump will be officially crowned the party’s presidential candidate. With the possibility of a Trump presidency becoming very, very real, cannabis advocates are naturally curious about just what that would mean for legalization efforts. As with many of Trump’s policies, specifics are vexingly hard to come […]

cannabis cooking

For new cannabis users there’s more ways to medicate than ever. Not that long ago, most people’s experience with cannabis was little more than asking a friend to get a nondescript bag of buds from that friend with a hookup. Now, there’s a wide range of products available from dried flower to transdermal patches to […]

The Business of Marijuana

After the first five months of the year, Colorado is on pace to reach $1 billion dollars in cannabis sales during 2016. The Colorado Department of Revenue released data Wednesday showing that Colorado cannabis shops reeled in nearly $98.6 million in sales during May, bringing the year-to-date tally for 2016 to just over $486 million. […]

budss

People who sell medical and recreational cannabis in states where it’s legal have become accustomed to seeing their social media pages go dark unexpectedly. Selling or using cannabis for any reason is still federally illegal, and companies like Facebook, Google, Instagram, and Apple remain wary of being held liable for the pot content they allow […]

passit

For over a decade, I’ve lived in New York City where weed has alway been a phone call away, where a delivery person arrives at the door wearing a suit, holding a briefcase full of plastic cube containers stickered with The Simpsons or SpongeBob or some other stoner loving cartoon. Each cube would have a […]

smoking gym

A former pro football player and a Novato advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working out. Former running back Ricky Williams, who played for the Saints, Dolphins […]

crop-hemp

Around 10,000 years ago prehistoric humans began using cannabis, a new research study has found, and not just in one small corner of the globe. The psychoactive plant, which has a multitude of other uses in addition, seems to have come into use in both Eastern Europe and Japan sometime between 11,500 and 10,200 years […]

solventless

The world of cannabis extracts is expanding rapidly with no intention of slowing down. In most legal markets, concentrate sales are increasing steadily as they continue to grab larger shares of the market year over year. Emerging trends within cannabis concentrate sales have undoubtedly fueled innovation at a staggering pace as a result of high […]

canaa

This is going to be a transformative year for the United States. Not only are we set to vote in a new president for the first time in eight years this November, but we could also see the most rapid expansion of marijuana ever, with eight states now set to vote on recreational or medical […]

trademark

Cannabis is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, and the cannabis plant is characterized by some as its most valuable asset. Some strains of cannabis stand out as superior based on a number of factors including yield of seed, fiber and cannabinoid content. Various strains are adapted for particular regions and cultivation environments. […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 11: Chris Kluwe #5 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the game against the Detroit Lions on November 11, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

A push for cannabidiol research has gained steam in recent months, with current and former NFL players backing two studies on CBD’s efficacy in alleviating football-related pain without getting them high. But another study, led by a California-based cannabis extract producer Constance Therapeutics and the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, aims to examine whether whole-plant cannabis is […]

medical cannabis

Prescription drug prices continue to climb, putting the pinch on consumers. Some older Americans appear to be seeking an alternative to mainstream medicines that has become easier to get legally in many parts of the country. Research published Wednesday found that states that legalized medical marijuana — which is sometimes recommended for symptoms like chronic […]

dea

Rumor has it that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) plans to legalize marijuana any day now. Rumor also has it that Barack Obama is secretly a foreign-born Muslim and that the CIA had a hand in the attack that brought down the World Trade Center. Unfortunately, that first claim is about as likely to be […]

bubbleman hash

Marcus Gary “Bubbleman” Richardson makes his living photographing dank nugs and hash. Though he’s been passionate about weed since he was a teenager, Bubbleman’s spent his whole adult life working in Canada’s almost-legal weed industry. After moving to British Columbia in the 90s, he began working at the medicinal dispensary The BC Compassion Club, growing […]

meditation

While often considered a method of relaxation, smoking is not traditionally considered an act of meditation. However, many meditations share a core principle that has a lot in common with the way one smokes – and it’s all about the breath. The rhythm of smoking is mostly universal – deep breath in, pause, long slow […]

bluedream

As you travel around Denver trying new dispensaries and the strains they stock, you can’t help noticing some inconsistencies in strain characteristics. One shop’s Golden Goat will smell of sweet citrus and soil (as it should), another’s will smell like hay soaked in a musty fart. Then again, while a jar may be labeled “Afghani,” […]