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 […]

“Dank” cannabis vape cartridges are figuring prominently in the federal investigation to determine what has caused a rash of mysterious and sometimes fatal lung illnesses apparently linked to vaping. The suspect Dank vapes are a familiar product in the underground and unregulated marijuana economy, and is easily obtained online, used by illicit producers to lure customers. See the […]

The total number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws rose for the third consecutive year, according to data released by the FBI. Police made 663,367 arrests for marijuana-related violations in 2018. That total is more than 21% higher than the total number of persons arrested for the commission of violent crimes (521,103). […]

The first-ever cannabis cafe in the U.S. officially opened in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “Lowell Farms; A Cannabis Cafe” will serve food, drinks and marijuana, along with a consumption area where guests can openly consume cannabis. The restaurant says it is a farm-to-table restaurant designed to reflect the “complementary relationship” between cannabis and cuisine and […]

The federal legalization of cannabis could help reduce America’s staggering debt while also creating millions of jobs, according to a new report. In their new report, Cannabis in the US Economy: Jobs, Growth and Tax Revenue, 2019 Edition, New Frontier’s analysts predict that a flat 15 percent federal sales tax on all legal weed sales could bring in $73.7 […]

A new poll found that 63% of California voters favored their cities giving permits to cannabis stores, with support in all areas of the state, including 69% in Los Angeles County. The lowest support for pot shops was in the Inland Empire, which includes Riverside and San Bernardino counties, at 54%. The survey results could […]

Research published Monday in The Journal of Neuroscience shows how CBD may offset THC’s more negative side effects, turning a THC high from an anxious experience into a relaxed or euphoric one.  Roger Hudson, a Ph.D. candidate and Vanier scholar at The University of Western Ontario says, “Our study identifies for the first time a novel molecular mechanism by […]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 77% of the people affected by the vape-linked pulmonary illness used products containing both THC and nicotine. The agency found that 16% of affected patients used only nicotine-containing products while 36% used just THC-containing products. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

A new report shows that revenue from cannabis vape products has dropped by 15% nationwide amidst the recent health scare, with some states, including Oregon, seeing decreases of more than 60%. The ailment has sickened at least 530 people and killed nine. See the original article from High Times

The U.S. House voted 321-103 to pass the SAFE Banking Act on Sept. 25, the first major floor vote in Washington, D.C., for any cannabis reform legislation. H.R. 1595 will provide a safe harbor for financial institutions that work with cannabis business clients, effectively opening the door to formal banking relationships in the fragmented, federally illegal […]

A former federal agent in North Texas now regrets taking CBD oil, just a dropper full, because he said it wrecked his career in law enforcement. And he’s not the only federal worker who has gotten into trouble after taking CBD, even though it’s now legal. “You know, I served the public. I served my […]

Research from King’s College London has found that a single dose of CBD can help reduce brain function abnormalities seen in people with psychosis. Results from a new MRC-funded trial, published in JAMA Psychiatry, provide the first evidence of how cannabidiol acts in the brain to reduce psychotic symptoms. See the original article at Neuroscience News

Despite opposition from some cannabis legalization and social justice groups, the SAFE Banking Act, which would normalize banking for the cannabis industry, is set for a House vote this week. A letter from activists sent to House leaders last week urged lawmakers to bring the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act up for a vote before […]

A new CBD-infused activewear line from New York-based Acabada is going all-in on the CBD trend using high-tech transdermal technology. According to a press release, company leaders were inspired by the many top athletes who have endorsed CBD as part of their training and post-workout ritual. The clothes utilize a process called microencapsulation — which has been used […]

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A federal judge has thrown out Indiana’s ban on smokable hemp, calling it unconstitutional for states to ban one type of hemp because they can’t easily distinguish it from marijuana. Hemp manufacturers argued that because the 2018 Farm Bill authorized all forms of hemp, states can’t keep one form of hemp illegal. Law enforcement officials in several states […]

A Canadian company announced last week that cannabis without the smell could be coming soon to dispensaries. Ontario-based CannabCo Pharmaceutical Corp. has partnered with an undisclosed tech company to make “Purecann,” a nearly odorless variety of marijuana. CannabCo CEO Mark Pellicane said the innovated project is about offering cannabis users more options. See the original […]

Hemp production in the U.S. has quadrupled since last year, according to Vote Hemp’s 2019 License Report, which estimates 230,000 acres of hemp will be planted this year. In all, 511,442 acres of hemp has been licensed throughout the U.S. and 16,877 grower licenses have been issued. The licensed acreage increase represents a 455 percent increase […]

Hundreds of people across the country have taken ill over the past weeks with a severe pulmonary affliction apparently linked to the vaping of cannabis products and nicotine-filled e-cigarettes. The FDA has discovered that the offending cartridges contained vitamin E acetate, a substance commonly used in beauty products and safe for topical use, but potentially […]

New data suggests that American cannabis users get stoned in the morning more frequently than potheads anyone else in the world. According to the survey 21.9% of American cannabis consumers fire up their first joint within an hour of waking up, more than 3% higher than the next closest country. Europeans, on the other hand, […]

New research suggests CBD can help antibiotics fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The research, conducted by a team of scientists based in the United Kingdom and published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, examined a strain of E. coli bacteria and its release of “membrane vesicles,” which bacteria use to communicate and spread. The […]

Last week, news that a fifth person had died from vaping-related pulmonary symptoms stirred panic among cannabis cartridge consumers. While not every case of this mysterious disease is linked to concentrated cannabinoid cartridges (or even products sold in legal state cannabis markets), the question of what, precisely, is causing vaping technology to harm individuals has captured […]

Jasiel Correia II, the already embattled mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, was arrested Friday on new federal extortion charges for allegedly operating a scheme to help marijuana vendors get approval to operate in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Prosecutors said in exchange for his signature, two marijuana vendors agreed to pay Correia $250,000, another […]

Since 2008, Ferrell Scott has been serving a life sentence in federal prison for selling large quantities of marijuana. Ferrell Scott and hundreds of other people of color have been living behind bars, watching businessmen like Kevin Murphy, the CEO of one of the nation’s most lucrative marijuana companies, get rich. See the original article at USA Today

Last month, a team of researchers from Canada and the United States surveyed over 2,000 federally registered medical cannabis patients with regard to their use of cannabis and other substances. Investigators reported that nearly 70 percent of respondents said that they substituted cannabis for prescription medications, primarily opioids. Forty-five percent of those surveyed acknowledged substituting cannabis for […]

The newest release of the North American Cannabis Report, the only free-to-access report on the cannabis industry in the United States and Canada, estimates the cannabis market will be worth $47.3 billion by 2024. The market is set to grow at an unprecedented rate over the next five years, as legislation shifts in favour of […]

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar have announced a cannabis public awareness campaign saying that cannabis use “carries more risk than ever” amid increased access and potency. The public awareness campaign is funded by President Donald Trump, who reportedly donated his full second-quarter salary of $100,000 to the […]

Since May 10, 2019, seven dispensaries have opened across Arkansas from Clinton to Bentonville with a combined total of 995.88 pounds of medical marijuana sold and over seven million dollars in total sales. Each patient is allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every 14 days and each dispensary must have “seed to […]

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One concern that marijuana legalization opponents often voice is the fear that dispensaries will increase local criminal activity. But a new study found the opposite to be true. “The results imply that an additional dispensary in a neighborhood leads to a reduction of 17 crimes per month per 10,000 residents, which corresponds to roughly a […]