Following heavy push back from the cannabis industry, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) will reverse a planned policy change that would have banned cannabis-infused gummies and hard candies. Instead of an outright ban — which was first announced in October — the LCB will instead pass new regulations restricting such products’ colors and shapes. See the original […]

The safest way to consume cannabis is through edibles, according to the average American. That’s what researchers found after a recent survey 9,000 respondents across the United States. The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, discovered that 25% of respondents picked cannabis-infused edibles as the safest form of marijuana consumption. See the original article […]

Ontario-based biopharmaceutical company Scientus Pharma commissioned a study of Canadian cannabis oils through the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, the goal of which is to show that most of the cannabis oils being sold on the Canadian market essentially have no medicinal juice. The study has found that the majority of these products are tantamount […]

Agriculture technology companies are competing to develop new strains of cannabis plants that can produce consistent cannabinoid levels and thus offer consumers repeatable, predictable effects. While this goal is far from new, top plant scientists are now working toward it in multi-million dollar labs for massive retail cannabis companies, instead of underground breeders. See the original article at […]

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that cannabis’ federal Schedule I classification should be reconsidered. “We need to look at the way we schedule different medications across the board, because one of the concerns that I have with marijuana is the difficulty that the folks have to do research on it, because of the scheduling […]

A group of researchers from the University of Florida recently published a study showing that smoking marijuana may actually improve working memory. Despite a number of studies that show cannabis consumption may damage your memory, this study, which tested the working memory of 32 cannabis-smoking rats, suggests the opposite is true. See the original article […]

Tobacco giant Altria has invested $1.8 billion in Canadian cannabis company Cronos. Under the terms of the deal Altria, the parent company of the Marlboro cigarette brand, will acquire a 45 percent ownership stake in Cronos. Cronos Group shares soared by 30 percent and Altria rose 2 percent in early trading after news of the deal was […]

Last month voters in Utah approved a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana, only to see the state legislature pass their own bill that removed many aspects of the initiative. Pro-marijuana advocates have filed a lawsuit against the Utah government claiming that the Utah Medical Cannabis Act represents a violation of the separation of church and state […]

A cannabis pharmaceutical consortium says it has discovered a strain of cannabis that produces useful levels of a rare cannabinoid that may help in the treatment of diabetes. The strain known as “Black Beauty,” however, appears to contain an abundance of the cannabinoid THCV, found in tiny amounts in most strains. THCV affects the way […]

For people with psoriasis, the body overproduces skin cells that develop into painful, itchy and often embarrassing rashes. As wish many other autoimmune disorders, researchers and afflicted individuals are exploring whether cannabis can provide relief. “Cannabis, through the cannabinoid CBD, has the properties of being both an anti-inflammatory and an autoimmune inhibitor,” Dr. Bodo Schneider of Pied […]

A recent study has shown that vaporizing cannabis delivers more THC to the bloodstream than smoking. Subjects who vaporized weed had significantly higher amounts of THC in their blood compared to those who smoked an equal dose. Results from the impairment questionnaire also showed increased effects, as those who vaporized not only self-reported more side […]

Normally, statisticians use polls to collect data, but since cannabis is still highly stigmatized, Stats Canada couldn’t rely on people being forthcoming about their cannabis use. So instead, the Stats Canada team turned to the nation’s toilets. From March through August of 2018, Stats Canada analyzed the wastewater of five cities: Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and […]

The 2018 Farm Bill will include a provision to legalize industrial hemp, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the top Republican and Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee confirmed on Thursday. Lawmakers in the Senate and House Agriculture Committees announced that they’d reached an agreement in principle on the large-scale food and agriculture policy […]

The Republic of Korea has become the first East Asian nation to legalize medicinal cannabis. The move will come as a surprise to many as the Republic of Korea, better known to North Americans as South Korea, has been a vocal opponent of the legalization of recreational cannabis in other countries. Not only has South […]

After the first five days of adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts—between only two licensed dispensaries statewide—customers purchased more than $2.2 million worth of cannabis products. The dispensaries sold 56,380 “units,” meaning 56,380 separate cannabis products. Each customer in those first five days bought an average of 3.4 items per visit. See the original article at […]

New Jersey’s legislators advanced an adult-use cannabis legalization bill Nov. 26 in a joint Senate and Assembly Budget Committee vote of 7-3 and 7-2, respectively. The vote came after four hours of public testimony and debate. Collectively, the bills comprise a trio of cannabis reform measures that have been talked about in various forms since Gov. […]

A joint Canadian-US effort has identified the genes that produce THC and CBD. While the genome of the cannabis plant was sequenced back in 2011, researchers have struggled to isolate the genes responsible for producing the plant’s two most prominent chemicals, mostly due to what researchers call “junk DNA.” The discovery of the genes will make it […]

A Canadian investor travelling to Las Vegas, Nevada, to attend a prominent cannabis conference and tour a new cannabis facility has been issued a lifetime entry ban to the United States, according to an immigration lawyer he consulted. “He was travelling straight from Vancouver to Vegas. When they found out he was going down to […]

Last Dec. 5, Zeke Flatten, a former police officer now working in the cannabis industry, was driving south through northern California’s Sonoma County on US-101 when he was pulled over by Rohnert Park police. The officers, wearing green military-style fatigues without badges, insignia, or nametags, told Flatten they were with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, […]

Industrial hemp plants could offer a much-needed late-season pollen boon for bees. Honeybee health has faltered in recent years, and conservationists worry about the fates of the many, less-studied wild bees. Bees in 23 out of the 66 genera known to live in Colorado were discovered seeking hemp pollen in what is thought to be the […]

A new poll shows that most American consumers are willing to pay more for higher quality cannabis. Even if Walmart Weed were to flood the market, those companies would be hard pressed to find takers for their substandard cannabis. Half of non-consumers and more than two-thirds of consumers said they would view the cannabis industry […]

Dr. Matthew Roman, a medical marijuana user who practices medicine in Philadelphia, maintains that his Second and Fifth Amendment rights were violated when he was denied the right to purchase a gun. In April, Roman went to a South Philadelphia licensed gun dealer to purchase a revolver for self-defense. But when the dealer asked Roman if […]

Last year the IRS received around $4.7 billion in taxes from cannabis businesses in the United States. And the vast majority of those payments were made with cash, since around 70 percent of U.S. cannabis companies don’t have access to banks which are required to pay either electronically or through check. Apparently, cash payments are a huge […]

A listing posted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse via the Federal Business Opportunities website last week asked for “capability statements” from businesses with the capacity to produce a variety of marijuana strains and products. Prospective firms must also be equipped with storage space for up to 5000 kilograms of cannabis stock. The posting […]

A new study shows that cannabis users are less obese than those who do not use marijuana, suggesting that the drug could help support weight loss. Dr. Yan Le Strat, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Paris, in 2011 published an analysis of two sets of survey data. The first showed that 16.1 percent of cannabis […]

In her upcoming book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes candidly about her cannabis use in her youth. In an interview with 20/20, Obama said, “That’s part of the becoming story. Everybody had something that they had to work through, something that they were figuring out. Why would I hide that from the next generation?” See the […]

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As Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) takes over as chair, the House Rules Committee may no longer be the place cannabis reform goes to die. McGovern says he understands full cannabis reform on a federal level would be challenging, but he is committing himself providing protections from federal interference for individual states that do decide to […]

Saskatchewan’s marijuana business continues to be an uphill struggle for its retailers nearly three weeks after legalization. Only five stores are currently open in the province. SLGA has issued permits to just nine of the 51 winners of the provincial lottery that decided who could open a recreational pot shop. See the original article at CBC

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In the wake of the midterm elections and the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one of the most virulently anti-cannabis politicians in the country, cannabis stocks have risen up to nearly 30 percent. Shares in Canopy Growth Corp., Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Aphria Inc. rose by eight per cent, nine per cent and four per cent, respectively. […]

The 2018 Election had one clear winner: Cannabis. Michigan voters approved a ballot measure making their state the first in the midwest to legalize cannabis. Missouri and Utah approved initiatives allowing medical marijuana. Voters in several Ohio cities approved local marijuana decriminalization measures, and a number of Wisconsin counties and cities strongly approved ballot questions calling for cannabis reform. […]

Voters in four states will decide today whether or not to adopt huge reforms to their state’s cannabis laws. Michigan and North Dakota will be voting on full legalization while Utah and Missouri voters will decide whether or not to allow medical cannabis access. How will today’s election impact the cannabis industry? See the original article at Ganjapreneur

Canadians who use cannabis for medical reasons are being hit by shortages in a far worse way than recreational users. “It’s actually more than a supply issue. Really, it’s something of a health crisis now,” said James O’Hara of the advocacy group Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, “Unfortunately, there are no regulations in place to […]

A meta-study of cannabis research reveals that female mammals — including humans — are more likely to habitually consume cannabis. The review of research published in the journal Frontiers examined a wide range of animal and human studies regarding cannabis use and the mammalian endocannabinoid system and compared that to changes in hormones and hormone-driven body systems […]