The U.S. Postal Service has updated its Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail regulations to clarify that hemp and CBD products are legal to mail so long as the products comply with local laws. The USPS changes come as federal agencies begin to reassess their policies in the wake of last year’s Farm Bill, which removed […]

A compound called delta-8-THC is becoming increasingly common in concentrated extracts at marijuana dispensaries. But from where did this long-lost sibling of delta-9-THC seemingly suddenly appear? See the original article at Cannabis Now

Colorado’s total tax and fee revenue from the sale of legal marijuana has exceeded $1 billion since the state legalized the drug in 2014. Total marijuana sales within Colorado have passed $6.56 billion since legalization, with the state collecting more than $1.02 billion in taxes, licenses and fees, the state’s Department of Revenue said. Currently, […]

New industrial innovations in the cannabis space are cropping up all the time. While many of those innovations, such as agri-tech extraction machines and BiFarm automated grow boxes, exist primarily on the commercial B2B plane, the sleek and streamlined greenbox and marinabox robotic retailers are currently disrupting retail dispensaries and even festivals. Using artificial intelligence (AI), greenbox […]

Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak of Nevada signed a bill on Friday that prohibits employers from denying jobs to applicants because of their legal marijuana use. Under the measure, Assembly Bill 132 (AB 132), employers would be banned from discriminating against prospective employees based on a positive result for marijuana use in a pre-employment drug screening or an […]

A recent U.S. survey found that if cannabis were made federally legal, 85% of consumers would use it as a treatment option for specific ailments, not necessarily just for recreation. The survey found 67 percent of respondents believed cannabis was “healthier” than their over-the-counter and prescription drugs. 69 percent said they believed cannabis was “more […]

Researchers at Washington State University have mapped the gene networks that regulate the production of cannabinoids and terpenoids found in cannabis trichomes. By creating unique genetic fingerprints for each strain, the researchers say improved breeding techniques, proper strain identification, and the testing of various CBD health claims and the validity of the synergistic entourage effect […]

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams recently told The Hill, “The marijuana of even 10 years ago was less than 5 percent THC, which is the product that causes you to get high, which can cause addiction, which can cause problems.” He went on to say that not only is today’s weed stronger, but modern […]

Ever wonder which country has the largest population of cannabis consumers? You might assume that it’s Canada, which legalized recreational cannabis last October. Or America, where 11 states have legalized recreational use and another 22 allow medical marijuana. But both of those guesses are wrong. The country that smokes the most cannabis is the African […]

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is proposing adding nearly 100 medical cannabis dispensaries in the state as part of his industry expansion plan after the legislature failed to pass adult-use legislation. The plan would see a total of 108 dispensaries in the Garden State, up from just the six that are currently active and another […]

Illinois is poised to become the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis. The Illinois house approved a bill with a vote of 66-47 and now only needs a signature from Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who campaigned on a promise to legalize weed. See the original article at Retroworldnews

Tech giant Google has announced a ban on cannabis transaction apps from its Google Play store on Wednesday “regardless of legality” according to its recently updated policy section. The new rules prohibit apps that allow users to order cannabis through “an in-app shopping cart feature,” assist “in arranging delivery or pick up” of cannabis products,” […]

The USDA has come out with a legal opinion on authorities for hemp production which states that hemp is no longer a controlled substance. The opinion states, “The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) authorized the production of hemp and removed hemp and hemp seeds from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) schedule of […]

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) updated its policy on cannabis, clarifying that hemp-derived CBD products may now be carried on planes under certain circumstances. Previously, TSA made no distinction between marijuana and hemp-derived preparations and warned on its website that cannabis products cannot be taken as carry-on items or in checked bags. See the original […]

Winning a Utah license to grow medical cannabis could cost contenders $10,000. And that will be a fraction of the total bill for landing a license, which could carry a price tag of $100,000 a year. Those figures, which appeared in draft rules for Utah’s new medical marijuana program, are just estimates and could change […]

After overwhelming support by congressional lawmakers, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed legislation that would have expanded Iowa’s medical marijuana program, calling for caution before increasing the potency of available products. Reynolds’ move slows further expansion of a medical cannabidiol program that currently allows capsules, extracts, concentrates, lotions, ointments and tinctures. Smoking medical or recreational marijuana […]

Square has launched a new invite-only pilot program that allows CBD cannabis companies to accept credit and debit cards. When asked about the reasons for the launching the new program, which comes after years of refusing to work with CBD companies, the spokesperson said that the company closely watches evolving public policies and strives to […]

It’s long been known that cannabis plants are indigenous to Central Asia, but a new study provides a fresh focus on where exactly this genus may have first evolved millions of years ago. According to researchers, “These data converge on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, which we deduce as the cannabis centre of origin, in the […]

A new study shows that California’s 1996 legalization of medical marijuana led to an average reduction of 398.9 suicides per year and a cumulative reduction of approximately 3,191 suicides during 1997-2004. Nationally, the number of suicides increased by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014—the same 15-year period during which many states began approving access to […]

A batch of the indica flower Brownie Scout from Green Thumb Industries recently tested at 37.5% THC, and the growers are calling it an industry record. Brownie Scout is an indica dominant flower bred from Platinum Girl Scout Cookies and another GTI house strain, Great Divide, a cross of Kosher Kush and Phishhead Kush. The […]

Law enforcement in Pennsylvania are trying to gain access to information about medical marijuana to enforce firearm laws. Since the federal government still considers marijuana illegal, marijuana users, even those acting in accordance with the laws of their respective state, cannot legally own guns. The state’s Department of Health, which oversees the patient registry, has […]

A new study produced by a Colorado researcher threatens to upset one of the supposed scientific certainties about impairment and blood-THC levels. In the study, each subject tested positive for THC, but when comparing blood drawn from different parts of the body, researchers found dramatic disparities in THC levels. They also found disparities in THC […]

The United States recently increased tariffs from 10% to 25% on Chinese exports in an escalation of its trade war with China. The raised tariffs will likely cause a 20 to 25 percent cost increase for vaping devices, packaging, extraction equipment, dispensaries’ exit bags and other products that are primarily manufactured in China, he said, […]

Denim icon Levi Strauss & Co. debuted garments made from a soft hemp-cotton blend in March, and head of innovation Paul Dillinger said he expects 100% cottonized-hemp products in about five years. Levi’s has found a way to make hemp fibers soft and able to blend with cotton, but in a way that uses significantly […]

California lawmakers are pushing to require municipalities to lift bans on cannabis stores if voters there supported Proposition 64, the 2016 initiative that legalized sale of the drug for recreational use in California. Assembly Bill 1356 would mandate 2,200 new cannabis stores throughout the state, more than three times the 631 shops legally operating now, […]

Nearly three years after the Drug Enforcement Agency announced it would end a monopoly on who can grow cannabis for legally sanctioned research, there’s still only one federally authorized cannabis cultivator in the United States. The limited supply of research cannabis is hampering the speed, quality and range of studies that scientists can conduct on […]

The attorneys general of 38 states and territories sent a letter to congressional leaders, urging them to allow banks to work with cannabis businesses without legal repercussions. Federal law still considers marijuana illegal, which exposes banks to legal risk if they handle weed-related money or transactions. The attorneys general say they want to move the […]

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has clarified how it will handle trademarks for hemp businesses. The patents office will work with companies that are using federally controlled substances, like whole-plant cannabis (and especially THC). The trademark office, however, will not work with those companies. See the original article at Cannabis Business Times

In the midst of the state’s medical marijuana regulatory chaos, the capital of Michigan has announced that it will not be seeing any profit from this operating year of its medical marijuana program. Lansing city administrators say that excise taxes will not be bringing in as much money as previously estimated, given language of last […]

More than half of Ohio’s population could become eligible for a medical marijuana card in June if the state approves five more ailments as qualifying conditions. Among the proposed additions: depression and insomnia, which affect hundreds of thousands in the state. See the original at USA Today

Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have come out against a series of bills that are designed to protect VA benefits for veterans who use marijuana. While the Trump administration representatives present said the department opposes the bills, support was widespread among witnesses and subcommittee members, at least for some of the […]

The Las Vegas City Council has approved what proponents dubbed “social use venues” in the downtown and urban core of Nevada‘s sprawling casino playground. The move answers a conundrum faced by adult tourists who have been able since July 2017 to buy marijuana for recreational use, but not consume it in public, in casinos or […]

Mondelez, maker of Oreos, Chips Ahoy cookies and Maynard candies, say they’re preparing to start making marijuana edibles. There are a couple of caveats to this story however. First, Van de Put said the products they ultimately release won’t be the kind of weed-cookies that get you high. Instead, Mondelez plans on making snacks infused […]