The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will take up a pair of petitions at its meeting next month to expand the qualifying medical conditions for medical cannabis. One of the petitions calls for the state’s medical marijuana program to apply to dogs with epilepsy.  See the original article at High Times

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act a.k.a. the MORE Act has passed the House judiciary committee by a vote of 24 to 10. If it is not claimed by another committee for review, HR 3884 will go onto to a floor vote in the House of Representatives. See the original article from High Times

Total cannabis job opportunities in the U.S. rose 79 percent from 2018 to 2019 with an estimated 211,000 full-time employees in the space this year. The analysis also suggests that there will be 414,000 new jobs in the cannabis industry by 2021. According to the report, high-demand positions include budtenders, brand ambassadors, cultivation technicians and […]

A marijuana-review website is looking to hire a cannabis product reviewer and is willing to pay up to $36,000 a year in salary for the job. American Marijuana said that the job involves reviewing a wide variety of cannabis products and giving “honest and reliable insights” on the products to the website’s readers. The applicant […]

A key congressional committee plans to hold a historic vote on a bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana this week. The legislation, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and set aside funding to begin repairing the damage of the war on drugs. See […]

Two-thirds of Americans say the use of marijuana should be legal, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The share of U.S. adults who oppose legalization has fallen from 52% in 2010 to 32% today. Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (91%) say marijuana should […]

Michigan residents will be able to legally purchase marijuana from stores beginning Dec. 1, the state Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced. Any businesses seeking a recreational license to grow more than 1,000 plants, process or sell recreational marijuana must currently be licensed under the state’s medical marijuana licensing rules. See the original article at M Live

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the additive vitamin E acetate is the likely cause of the nation’s rash of lung injuries caused by vaping. Vitamin E acetate is a synthetic form of the nutrient that is commonly used in nutritional supplements, foods, and personal care products. When taken orally or applied topically, […]

The Chicago Housing Authority, which is the third largest agency of its kind in the country with over 20,000 households in its system, has released a statement confirming that residents living in public housing won’t be able to use legal cannabis in their homes. “While federal law prohibits marijuana use and possession in federally subsidized […]

California has suspended 394 cannabis business permits, affecting about 5% of the state’s legal supply chain. The move will temporarily reduce the number of legal cannabis operators in the state amid a crackdown on unlicensed operations. The suspensions apply to 63 retailers, 61 delivery services, 47 microbusinesses, 185 distributors, and 29 distributors that are transport-only. See the […]

A new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence confirms there are some careers where workers are more likely to show up under the influence of cannabis. These industries, in descending order, include installation / maintenance workers, sales people, entertainers / sports / media workers, construction workers and food service industry employees. See the original article at […]

Over the weekend, the NYPD turned to social media to brag about a weed bust. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t weed. It was hemp, federally legal hemp. Beneath the photo, the precinct posted the following caption: “Great job by Day Tour Sector E yesterday. Working with FedEx and other local law enforcement, they were able […]

Using the term ‘cannabis’ instead of ‘marijuana’ does not influence the public’s perception of or attitude toward the plant, according to research published in the journal PLOS One. However, the study did find differences in perception when the word ‘medical’ is used in conjunction with ‘marijuana’ or ‘cannabis.’ About 43 percent of respondents said that both ‘marijuana’ […]

For the past few years, “harvest season” has too quickly morphed into “fire season” in Northern California. Lots of pot is now in the most delicate and important stage of all: drying and curing. As a result of the fires and blackouts that have impacted California this year, the California Department of Tax and Fee […]

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office — with the help of the FBI and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife — executed search warrants on 11 fields in the Arvin area, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. From the 459 acres of land, authorities destroyed about 10 million marijuana plants — a value of […]

Under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s draft rules, crops testing higher than 0.3% THC due to uncertain genetics and variation in sampling and testing procedures will have a range of “measurement of uncertainty” that their crops must fall within for their test results to be considered acceptable. Farmers wouldn’t be considered in negligent violation unless their […]

New research found that binge drinking in US states that legalized the drug has dropped 9% below the national average. Excessive drinking in states with a legal cannabis market is also 11% lower than states where cannabis remains illegal. While the study found that alcohol consumption rates in the US fell up to 2016, the […]

If you knew that only 6% of your CBD gummies would enter your bloodstream to do their job, would you still purchase them? Amid the current frenzy surrounding cannabis and its therapeutic benefits, it’s easy to gloss over the bioavailability of cannabis products. CBD and THC oils resist absorption into the bloodstream because the human body […]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the casualty rate for the as-yet-unexplained health condition is “leveling off or even declining.” “It’s serious and potentially fatal, but it is preventable,” said CDC principal deputy director Anne Schuchat to reporters. She said that the dip in cases might be due to the measures that authorities have […]

In states where medical marijuana is legal, students disciplined for using it are taking their schools to court. College officials argue they could lose federal funding for failing to follow federal law that labels cannabis an illegal drug with no accepted medical use. Students say they received approval to use medical marijuana from college employees […]

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled a plan to legalize cannabis and expunge convictions for marijuana offenses. “We’re going to legalize marijuana and end the horrifically destructive war on drugs,” said Sanders. “It has disproportionately targeted people of color and ruined the lives of millions of Americans.” See the original article at High […]

Searches from the United States that mentioned “CBD” or “cannabidiol” were stable from 2004 through 2014 before substantial increases in search volumes of almost 126% in 2017 compared with 2016 and 160% during 2018 compared with 2017. There were 6.4 million Google searches for CBD during April 2019 and year-over-year forecasted search volumes are expected to increase […]

The governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York are making a concerted effort to coordinate their state’s cannabis policies. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont attended the Regional Cannabis Regulation and Vaping Summit, hosted by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Oct. 17. All four […]

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Some medical marijuana patients are concerned the proposed framework for legalizing recreational marijuana could have a potentially negative impact on the medical cannabis program. Jason Barker, a medical cannabis advocate with Safe Access New Mexico, says he worries that intertwining recreational and medical businesses could compromise the medical supply. “It’s something that will devastate the […]

A newly passed bill allows Californian cannabis providers to gift certain products away to certain people without paying California cultivation and excise taxes, which can exceed 25%. Gifting joints or edibles to sick people who, being sick, couldn’t afford to buy — and couldn’t find relief anyway else besides someone else’s compassion — was central […]

When extra supply meets the standard demand, prices drop. Not this year. A range of factors including legalization, supplies, increased demand, and weather have combined to limit the annual glut of outdoor. “This year is different,” said Adam Koh, editorial director at Cannabis Benchmarks, a Denver-based cannabis data company. “This is the first time in a […]

In what appears to be the nation’s biggest pot recall ever, Colorado company Bonsai Cultivation voluntarily moved to take its products off of shelves at 144 retail stores in Colorado. During a Denver Department of Public Health investigation, samples of dried marijuana were checked at labs and found to contain potentially unsafe levels of yeast […]

Whether it be vaping-related pulmonary maladies, opioid addiction or cancer-related symptoms, cannabis prohibition is having deadly consequences. Prohibitionist policies both cripple the legal market of good and regulated actors, and ensure that the illicit market flourishes. See the original article at San Francisco Chronicle

Oklahoma officials have approved medical cannabis applications for at least 200,000 patients, or an average of 3,500 approved applications per week since the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority began accepting applications last year. Under state law, patients must pay $100 to obtain the license once their application is approved. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

Parkinson’s patients will receive cannabis oil in a “pioneering” clinical trial that aims to demonstrate the benefits, safety and efficacy of the treatment to help with hallucinations and delusions, two frightening symptoms of the disease. Parkinson’s UK said the trial is particularly important as an increasing number of people are using expensive and unregulated cannabis […]

Suffering with chronic pain after some major surgeries, Jackie Hyer was excited for some relief from her new medical marijuana prescription, and she says it worked. What she didn’t anticipate was the price. “It’s expensive. This 30-cc bottle is 180 dollars,” said Hyer. “I could cry right now because it’s so depressing. I’ve missed out […]

Out in the East Coast’s first commercial marijuana field last week, hundreds of “frosted” marijuana flowers glistened, the fall light dancing off the lucrative cannabis oils. Nearly an acre of carefully tended marijuana plants had delivered something far from guaranteed: a commercial-scale harvest cultivated outdoors in a climate ill-suited for it. See the original article […]

Politicians have been taking action to get ahead of the problem, with most relying on some form of vape ban. A handful of governors and President Trump have proposed banning all flavored vape cartridges If policy makers truly want to reduce or eliminate vaping-related illnesses, the most responsible solution would be to fully legalize marijuana nationwide, and ensure robust […]