Federal financial regulators will no longer treat hemp businesses as suspicious, removing a major barrier between hemp-related businesses and traditional financial services. Previously, banks were required to file Suspicious Activity Reports with the federal government whenever they opened a hemp-related business account. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

According to polling data from the major metro areas of Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco, there are more adults 18-and-older who have used cannabis recently than smoked cigarettes. In Portland, 20% of adults used cannabis over the 30 days compared to 19% who smoked cigarettes; those comparisons are 17 to 16 percent in Seattle and […]

A new study shows that marijuana legalization might be making the roadways safer by helping to reduce drunk driving accidents. The study shows an 18% reduction in drunk driving accidents after Washington state made the move to legalize marijuana. See the original article at Cannabis Now

The results of a new research trial released this month show that flushing plants before harvest may not improve the quality of cannabis flower. The results seem to contradict the commonly held belief that flushing plants improves the taste and burnability of dried cannabis flower. See the original article at High Times

Former vice president Joe Biden backed away from his previous assertion that marijuana may be a “gateway drug,” saying he has seen no evidence that use of the drug could lead to dependence on other, more powerful substances. Biden took heat for telling a Las Vegas town hall crowd that “there’s not nearly been enough […]

Two Florida lawmakers are sponsoring bills designed to give medical marijuana cards to military veterans free of charge. The bill would waive the $75 state registration fee for veterans, who are committing suicide more than 20 times a day. See the original article from Task & Purpose

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) announced yesterday that it plans to raise taxes on the legal cannabis industry once again. Increasing cannabis tax rates is considered to be another blow to an industry that is currently facing an economic downturn in a depressed market. See the original article on Forbes

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 […]