Seed Vault of California is a domestic cannabis seed bank that is providing the genetics for home growers to save money and harvest premium cannabis. Under Prop 64, all adults 21 and older in California are allowed to grow six cannabis plants, and Seed Vault of California encourages Californians to take advantage of that freedom. […]

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that a search of a medical marijuana patient’s car based on the scent of cannabis is illegal. In the opinion in the case filed by Lehigh County Judge Maria Dantos , the judge wrote that it was “illogical, impractical and unreasonable” for the troopers to suspect that a crime had […]

State contortions to legalize hemp in Ohio got so complicated that it now looks like misdemeanor marijuana charges won’t be prosecuted — in effect legalizing pot for the time being. That’s pretty much the conclusion of legal experts and the state attorney general. Columbus officials have already declared they’re dropping prosecution of pot misdemeanors. See […]

In a study published this week in the journal Economic Inquiry, researchers found that the legalization of adult-use cannabis reduced opioid overdose deaths by 21%. “Our principal finding is that recreational marijuana access significantly decreases opioid mortality, with the most pronounced effects for synthetic opioids,” the researchers concluded. The effect “stems primarily from access via dispensaries […]

CBDV, or cannabidivarin, is one of many molecules derived from cannabis and hemp plants. Like CBD, CBDV is not intoxicating when isolated, so it won’t cause the euphoric high associated with high-THC cannabis. Much of the research around CBDV has centered around its effect on seizures. GW Pharmaceuticals, which developed the first FDA-approved CBD drug […]

Company scores perfect 5.0 on Google for custom cannabis labels Denver-based Lightning Labels has sold cannabis companies state-of-the-art affordable, full-color custom labels and custom stickers of all shapes and sizes for more than a decade. A pioneer when medical marijuana became legal in Colorado, Lightning Labels consistently has met the needs of this rapidly-evolving industry—fast […]

Regulators won’t punish credit unions simply for working with marijuana businesses that are operating in compliance with state laws, the head of the federal agency that oversees the financial services providers said in a new interview. While the comments don’t signify a new shift in policy, and don’t take into account the fact that the […]

Up to 30 percent of veterans develop the symptoms of PTSD throughout their lifetime. That’s roughly 11 to 20 returning veterans out of every 100 from the Gulf War, and up to 30 out of every 100 from the Vietnam war. There is no cure for PTSD. But recently scientists have made breakthroughs in understanding how PTSD can […]

A new study found that “adolescent cannabis use is not associated with structural brain differences in adulthood.” The researchers added: “Even boys with the highest level of cannabis exposure in adolescence showed subcortical brain volumes and cortical brain volumes and thickness in adulthood that were similar to boys with almost no exposure to cannabis throughout […]

A section of the 2018 Farm Bill stipulates that anyone wanting to grow industrial hemp in the U.S. must provide the GPS coordinates to their farms during the application process. There are industry representatives who believe that while hemp farmers are entitled to just as much privacy as any other farmer, a list of licensed participants should […]

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio signed a bill that legalizes hemp agriculture and sales of products made from the crop, including CBD. The measure, Senate Bill Number 57, decriminalizes hemp cultivation and establishes a system to license growers and processors. S.B. 57 also requires that CBD oil previously confiscated be returned to the seller, […]

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a historic bill on Monday to decriminalize the possession of cannabis. In 30 days, New Yorkers will no longer need to worry about getting picked up on the street for small time pot possession. Even better; an estimated 600,000 state residents could now be eligible for the expungement of […]

America’s booming CBD market received a dose of reality this week when the FDA issued a letter to Curaleaf, a major US cannabis and CBD brand, warning that some of its product marketing violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA has made one thing clear: if you claim your product will heal […]

Mixed martial arts league Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced the details of their partnership with Aurora Cannabis for clinical trials to study the efficacy of CBD on wound care, recovery, injury, pain, and inflammation. Dr. Duncan French, UFC vice president of performance, said the collaboration with Aurora “is the best way to educate ourselves and […]

When cannabis advocates in California began selling the idea of establishing a taxed and regulated pot market one of the critical points was throwing a chunk of the tax revenue at after school programs. In fact, the language on the ballot specifically showed that the state’s publicly funded After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs […]

The Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana (CLAIM) Act would extend insurance protections to the cannabis industry, allowing state-legal cannabis companies to obtain insurance coverage just like any other legal business. Nearly two million acres of the state went up in flames in 2018, killing more than a hundred people and destroying about 18,000 structures. […]

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris are introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and repair “the damage done by the war on drugs” as cannabis reform gains steam in Congress. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the MORE Act, would remove marijuana from […]

It’s official – cannabis use does not make you stupid. A 2012 study that found that cannabis lowers IQ has just been refuted by new research. What is notable is that the scientists involved in the original 2012 research has reversed her earlier findings. Even when the research was originally published, the same journal published […]

The University of Sciences in Philadelphia has announced the launch of a Master of Business Administration option for students looking for opportunities in the cannabis industry. Though many schools across the nation offer courses that touch on the burgeoning marijuana trade, USciences’ MBA is believed to be the first of its kind with a focus […]

A new study shows that the cannabis extraction process, as sophisticated as it may be, removes significant active ingredients from the plant-based source material — including the material that, for most consumers, determines what strain is their favorite. For the Planta Medica article, a research team led by Michelle Sexton used liquid chromatography to see […]

The Food and Drug Administration plans on expediting CBD rules and regulations, potentially by the end of summer or early fall. The previous update provided by the agency last month offered no insight into the FDA’s plans to regulate the cannabinoid but said they would apply a “rigorous and science-based approach” in crafting the rules […]

Why does marijuana cause one person to experience a pleasurable high, and another to experience paralyzing paranoia? A July 5 study out of Western University in Ontario, Canada, may bring us one step closer to an answer. Published in Scientific Reports, the study is one of the few to explore what it deems the “divergent […]

Anonymous gardeners have planted more than 30 cannabis plants in the Vermont Statehouse official gardens. Police say the plants will be removed but they will not pursue a criminal case. Vermont Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei indicated that this isn’t the first time cannabis plants have been discovered among the Statehouse flowers. See the original […]

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. Scientists have asked for weed that more closely matches what’s sold in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said in an […]

Statistics Canada has released their latest report on the state of cannabis prices in Canada, and things aren’t looking too hot for the legal market. Using data crowdsourced between April 1 and June 30, StatsCan found that the average price of a gram of legal pot rose from C$10.21 in the previous quarter to C$10.65 […]

Organigram, a Canadian licensed cannabis producer, will soon release a cannabis powder that can be dissolved in any beverage. The new powder dissolves in liquid just like Kool-Aid or Tang, but unlike those products, Organigram’s new invention is completely taste-free. See the original article at Civilized

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Today, one particularly interesting economic experiment is playing out in Illinois. The state is going to tax cannabis products based upon their THC percentage, not upon their weight, as most states with adult-use cannabis do today. Cannabis products with less than 35% THC will face a 10% excise tax. Cannabis products with more than 35% […]

Smoked cannabis and tobacco do not differ immensely from the compounds they emit when combusted, despite some folklore. Agreeably, organically grown cannabis does not contain some of the more frightening additives of cigarettes. For example, acrolein (or tear gas), is found in cigarettes to increase the availability of nicotine. The smoke of cannabis, defined as […]

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed the medical cannabis expansion bill which will increase the number of industry licenses in the state, allow for home delivery, and lowers the threshold for patients to qualify for the program. The reforms will allow patients to buy 3 ounces of cannabis per visit 18 months after the […]

After Illinois legalized recreational cannabis last month, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has doubled down on her opposition to bringing legal weed to the Hawkeye State. “I do not support recreational marijuana. I don’t,” Reynolds said. “I won’t be the governor to do that.” However, Reynolds did say she’d be open to bringing medical marijuana to the […]

The Israeli pharma-tech company Syqe Medical has unveiled the world’s first metered-dose medical marijuana inhaler. The inhaler can reportedly be tuned exactly to a patient’s individual needs allowing for “unprecedented dosing precision [which] achieves maximum relief while avoiding any undesired psychoactive effects.” See the original article at Civilized

There are currently 25 candidates running in the Democratic primaries. Their views can be broken down into two basic categories: ‘Legalize It’ or ‘Let the States Decide.’ The ‘Legalize It’ group actually contains the majority of Democrats running in the primaries, with the ‘Let the States Decide’ list comprising a much smaller number of Democratic […]

“Already vaped bud,” or AVB for short, is the brown, crispy flower that’s left over after vaping cannabis. Although much of the THC in cannabis will be vaporized, the flower isn’t turned to ash (unlike smoking) and retains some of its cannabinoid content. That said, the potency of your AVB will vary depending on not […]