As cannabis businesses compete for customers, communicating their products’ quality and value becomes key. Marijuana companies that understand the need to differentiate their business and products from those of their competitors need to know what they can do to enhance and protect their brands. To greatly simplify, the goal of branding is to efficiently communicate […]

Two new measures that would decriminalize cannabis and establish a medicinal cannabis program in the state of South Carolina have been introduced by a bipartisan group led by house minority leader James Todd Rutherford. Medical Marijuana Bill To Allow Safe Access For Patients House Bill 3140, entitled “Put Patients First Act,” would help qualifying patients […]

Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States and if the trend toward legalization spreads to all 50 states, marijuana could become larger than the organic food industry, according to a new report obtained by The Huffington Post. Researchers from The ArcView Group, a cannabis industry investment and research firm based in Oakland, […]

2015 isn’t even three weeks old, but activists throughout America have already begun planting seeds for legalization in 2016, as they envision a green future. From Nashville to Florida and all across America, activists now eye the 2016 election season–when voter turnouts are highest–to place legalization on their states’ and cities’ ballots. The latest example […]

Vermont could follow Colorado in raking in millions of tax dollars from the sale of weed, according to a new study—but only if the drug remains illegal in surrounding states. To be clear, weed is currently legal in Vermont, but only for medical purposes. A bill to make the drug legal for recreational purposes is […]

The University of Denver — founded in 1864 and one of the most prestigious private universities in the U.S. — is going green. DU’s scenic south-Denver campus is a stone’s throw from some busy recreational pot shops, and soon students at DU’s Sturm College of Law will have the opportunity to take a class on […]

Less than two months after recreational cannabis becomes legal in Washington, a cannabis-infused fizzy drink is now on sale in the Evergreen State. The drinks, called Legal, come in cherry, lemon and pomegranate flavors and are all infused with 10mg of liquid cannabis. They are being marketed as a gentler alternative to smoking that could be […]

After 20 months in the making, legal marijuana sales begin today in Washington, making it only the second state where it is legal to buy pot without a doctor’s note. Lines started forming quickly in front of the few stores that got last-minute approval to sell. At Cannabis City, where the owner isn’t planning to open […]

Jamaica’s government has approved legislation to ease a ban on the possession of small amounts of weed. Hailed as a more “enlightened approach,” the bill will also decriminalize the use of the drug for religious, medical and scientific ends. “Cabinet has approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja. These relate to the possession […]

Reflecting growing national acceptance of cannabis, a bipartisan coalition of House members voted to restrict the Drug Enforcement Administration from using funds to go after medical marijuana operations that are legal under state laws. An appropriations amendment offered by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) prohibiting the DEA from spending funds to arrest state-licensed medical marijuana patients […]

The legalization of marijuana in Washington will bring with it a variety of new products and ways to get high. One aspiring marijuana mogul is giving new meaning to the term “coffee pot.” Adam Stites of Longview, Washington has created a line of cold-brewed coffee-infused drinks he cleverly calls “Legal” beverages. “The coffee drinks give you […]

In France, cannabis has been illegal since 1970 and carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of 3,750 euros; however, that didn’t stop hundreds of protesters all over France from rallying  in favor of legalizing cannabis. In Paris, protesters gathered on Bastille Square on Saturday, after Cannabis Without Frontiers, an […]

A new group in Colorado called operation Grow4Vets  plans on providing cannabis to U.S. military vets as an alternative to using narcotics to treat physical or mental illness sustained during military service at no cost. The group intends to give away free marijuana, cannabis-infused oils and tinctures, as well as marijuana plant growing equipment, to […]

Cannabis production is about to go industrial, but you’ll have to head to Canada to take advantage of it. CEN Biotech, a nutrition company best known for an amino acid supplement, is working on opening the “largest and most advanced” legal marijuana production facility in the world. The Ontario site will be able to grow […]

Washington and Colorado have both legalized recreational marijuana use, but it’s still unclear whether employees’ jobs are protected in those states if they smoke off duty — either for recreation or medical use. In Colorado, for instance, the marijuana law allows employers to impose any drug policies they see fit. There are a lot of unanswered questions, […]

Colorado legislators have proposed the creation of local nonprofit financial-service cooperatives—the business equivalent of a credit union—for legal marijuana shops as a way to force federal authorities to finally decide whether the cannabis industry can access critical banking services. While the bill allows the creation of co-ops similar to a credit union, their access to the nation’s […]

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens made some news in an interview with NPR when Scott Simon asked him if the federal government should legalize marijuana. “Yes,” Stevens replied. “I really think that that’s another instance of public opinion [that’s] changed. And recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of […]

According to a new study at Rhode Island Hospital which compared 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical marijuana laws, legalizing the drug did not lead to increased use among adolescents. Parents and physicians concerned about an increase in adolescents’ marijuana use following the legalization of medical marijuana can breathe a […]

A lottery is being held this week for 334 recreational marijuana retail licenses in the state of Washington. The Washington State Liquor Control Board says the process will determine who gets a retail license to sell pot legally in Washington.  A list of pre-screened applicants will be chosen randomly by Washington State University’s Social and […]

Britain’s first pro-cannabis advert is sponsored by the Clear campaign group, and will be featured on the side of a van as it cruises around central London for three days. “It really is time that politicians started listening to the electorate and followed the evidence on cannabis,” leader Peter Reynolds said. “Present policy actually causes […]

Following a public debate with the parent of a 14 year old medical marijuana patient, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, reluctantly agrees to sign a bill allowing medical marijuana edibles for adults if one is presented to him. Gov. Chris Christie faced off with a registered nurse and mother about the state’s failed medical marijuana […]

Washington state issued its first legal-marijuana business license that will allow up to 21,000 square feet of cannabis to be grown in a Spokane facility. Read Full Story On http://www.bendbulletin.com