The web series Bong Appetit, which is produced by Vice’s food video channel Munchies, explores creative uses of marijuana in food and drink, and the first episode features the leading authority in combining marijuana with authentic Italian dishes. The 91-year-old California grandmother known as Nonna Marijuana reveals a series of innovative techniques to make weed […]

It looks like investors have gotten a serious case of the munchies. During the last two fiscal years, investors spent $104.5 million to gobble up stakes in cannabis and cannabis-related companies, according to research firm CB Insights. In 2014, funding in the industry grew a whopping 941.5 percent. The biggest news in the space hit […]

Alcohol dependence (i.e. alcoholism) may result from alcohol abuse (i.e. use of alcohol in a way that negatively impacts one’s actions/life), and is characterized by a feeling that one needs to consume alcohol in order to function normally, with a decreased ability to stop drinking even if the desire to do so exists. Those with […]

2014 was a big year for cannabis. It saw the birth of Washington’s recreational market, new legislation that legalized cannabis in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C., and even the first national consumer cannabis advertisement, run in The New York Times. The industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, with innovative new products and businesses […]

I have an American Eskimo Dog who LOVES to eat sticks. I’ve tried all sorts of things to discourage this behavior, but it continues nonetheless. The removal of some dead trees this fall left behind some tasty morsels which we did our best to rake up, but whenever the wind blows or the squirrels get […]

Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands, even in states that ban the practice. The new guidance, released in a memorandum, will […]

Congress passed a federal spending measure over the weekend that includes a provision that will end the federal government’s medical marijuana ban. The measure precludes the Department of Justice and the DEA from preventing states from passing laws that authorize medical marijuana use, distribution, possession or cultivation. The L.A. Times reports that the prospective law […]

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Hundreds of thousands of Americans are using medical marijuana to treat symptoms of depression each day, but the search for the right strain is often a very personal one. Cell and animal studies, as well as limited human studies and countless anecdotal reports, show the molecules in cannabis can interact with the human nervous system […]

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 […]

Over the past few years, research has revealed that marijuana can both destroy certain cancer cells and reduce the growth of others. Now, a new study in mice has found that when combined with radiation treatment, cannabis can effectively shrink one of the most aggressive types of brain tumors. In a paper published Friday in […]

At least 14 shops in Butte, Montana are licensed to openly sell medicinal marijuana under names like Montana Buds, Mining City Medical, and Blunts, despite a 2011 law banning commercial dispensaries anywhere in Montana. While the courts grapple with a lawsuit challenging some of the 2011 law’s most restrictive provisions, the marijuana business is budding […]

In a few months, Nevada will set a new bar for the medical marijuana industry with a provision in the law state legislators passed last year allowing dispensaries to set up shop and allow any legally registered medical marijuana patient from anywhere in the world to purchase marijuana in any of those dispensaries. It’s called “reciprocity,” and […]

The Health Ministry in Israel announced plans to expand who can prescribe medical marijuana and will temporarily allow family doctors to provide their patients with prescriptions for medical marijuana. The ministry is trying to deal with the heavy load on pain clinics, the medical units that are allowed today to grant the prescriptions. The new regulations will […]

Local Hawaii medical marijuana advocates are ready for a Sept. 10 public hearing in Hilo. The Medical Marijuana Dispensary Task Force will take public comments from 5 to 8 p.m. in Aupuni Center. The Hilo hearing is the only neighbor island hearing planned by the task force so far. Almost half the state’s 13,115 registered medical […]

The Medical Cannabis Institute website helps educate a growing global community of healthcare professionals, caregivers, and patients who want and need to learn about the science behind and clinical application of medical cannabis.  The Medical Cannabis Institute’s charter group of content providers includes Patients Out of Time, the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, and Healthy Choices Unlimited, and comprises […]

Nearly 60 percent of Americans support regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol, according to an analysis of over 450,000 online responses collected by the online polling data company CivicScience over a nearly two-year period. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said that they would support “a law in [their] state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana […]

In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver will study the genes of those with a kind of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome who have been treated with a strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web. While anecdotal evidence suggests Charlotte’s Web can be […]

Medical marijuana sales could begin as early as 2015 in Delaware. The state has finalized negotiations with First State Compassion Center to run Delaware’s first medical marijuana dispensary, and Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) officials will monitor customer demand over the first year and possibly recommend licensing further dispensaries. But how does […]

Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists shows. Researchers from the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute showed that extremely low doses of THC reduce the production of amyloid beta, found in a soluble form in […]

Todd Mitchem of Todd Mitchem Cannabis Consulting and CannaSearch LLC is on a mission to help doctors understand that they must learn about the benefits of cannabis in the body as a wellness medicine. When Todd’s mother was diagnosed with cancer a second time her doctor told her that she had only six months remaining to put her affairs in order.  “That […]

If Florida’s Amendment 2 is approved on November 4, 2014, the initiative  will pre-empt Florida’s “bong ban,” which forbids the sale of pipes used to smoke the plant. Ben Pollara, campaign manager of United for Care, pointed out that the amendment’s definition of marijuana’s “medical use” includes “related supplies.” Anything now outlawed as drug paraphernalia, including […]

Overdose deaths from pharmaceutical opioids in America have approximately tripled since 1991, and every day 46 people die of such overdoses in the United States. However, a new study suggests that medical marijuana could provide some relief from the national epidemic of prescription painkiller overdoses. The 13 states that passed laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana between […]

SmallCannabis.org is the new grassroots member organization designed to help cannabis patients in need get travel grants to cannabis-friendly destinations. SmallCannabis.org also supports individuals moving cannabis technology and commerce forward. “For most Americans, legally enjoying cannabis is now only a few hours away”, said SmallCannabis.org founderPeter Johnson, CEO of Connoisseur Excursions Inc. “Every day I speak to […]

Haleh Amini, 47, a Surrey nursing instructor, has been awarded $6,500 to pay for costs of a medical marijuana program to deal with injuries she suffered in a motor vehicle accident. A specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation strongly recommended she be put on the medical marijuana program to treat her neck, shoulder, upper back, and […]

Manatee County is now considered part of the Southwest Florida Region in the lottery that will determine which company can grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in limited form under a new law, the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, that Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed in June. The change of location from the Central […]

Floridians have yet to vote on Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana and allow doctors to recommend it as a treatment option. But former biotech executives Michael Smullen and David Wright have already established AltMed LLC., a new company to grow and process medical marijuana. The company, which already has 16 employees, a Lakewood Ranch address […]

Managing partner, David Lipton, of Advanced Grow Labs LLC — one of Connecticut’s four medical marijuana growing companies that survived the process of competing for a state license  and secured local zoning approvals, and outfitting a building to state regulations that are as a tough as those at any pharmaceutical manufacturer—knows his West Haven company is getting close to opening. Lipton […]

The state has finalized negotiations with First State Compassion Center to run Delaware’s first medical marijuana dispensary, despite an ongoing lawsuit against the company. In a letter to Sen. Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington East), a sponsor of the original legislation, and New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, DHSS officials say the growing operation is expected […]

Patient applications and other documents for Illinois’ medical cannabis program are now available online. While they are available now, the department will not accept patient applications until later this year. Applicants whose last names begin with the letters A through L may apply between September 2 and October 31. Applicants with last names that start with M through Z may apply between November […]

Although a majority of Pennsylvanians support the legalization of marijuana, it remains a controversial issue, according to a survey released by Keystone Analytics®. Sixty-nine percent of voters would like to see the legalization of marijuana, with 47 percent in favor of use for medicinal purposes only and 22 percent for any purpose. Twenty-seven percent believe […]

Update (8/21/14): Bedrocan Set To Go Public On Monday, August 25 Private Health Canada’s medical marijuana license holder, Bedrocan, is expected to go public this month, making the company the second licensed MMJ producer to do so in Canada after Tweed entered the market in early April. Experts are wondering if market leader Tweed will keep its number one […]

Leafly, also know as, the “Yelp” for medical marijuana ran a full-page ad in the New York Times just a week after the magazine’s editorial board endorsed the repeal of federal law banning marijuana use with the article “Repeal Prohibition, Again” The ad promotes Leafly’s app which connects patients to the right strains and matching dispensaries in states with effective recreational or […]

Under new zoning rules, Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries are coming to busy shopping areas despite the city’s initial attempt to hide them away at the edges of the city. That means a medical marijuana dispensary could potentially open next door to a tony restaurant on Randolph Street or in River North near touristy fast food […]