Less than a week ahead of the legalization of adult recreational marijuana sales in Canada, Facebook Inc. will end a months-long block on cannabis and related search results for pages on its platform. Marijuana-related search results for categories such as posts, pages and events were filtered by Facebook within the past year because people had been […]

Walmart’s Canadian unit said on Tuesday it is exploring the possibility of selling cannabis-based products, but has no immediate plans to get into the business. Walmart is the first major retailer to show an interest in being part of Canada’s burgeoning marijuana industry, as other big U.S. companies, mainly in the alcohol and beverage industries, […]

It’s no secret that the amount of electricity required for cannabis cultivation can lead to large amounts of energy usage and costly energy bills. Here are 10 tips for cultivators looking to reduce their electricity usage to improve sustainability and save money on energy costs. Audit energy usage. Calculate PPFD and DLI Know your VPD […]

Today, the Pew Research Center released the results of their newest study, which found that 62 percent of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana. Millennials were found to show the strongest support, with 74 percent in favor of ending marijuana prohibition. The least supportive group was the Silent Generation at only 39 percent — […]

At a Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) meeting on Wednesday, regulators announced a major change to the way the agency views cannabis-infused edible products, effectively banning all hard candies, fruit chews, gummies, and stylized chocolates. Producers are required to resubmit their products for approval by January 1, when the board’s new rules on […]

Two Kentucky-based hemp and cannabis cultivation companies will be launching a new initiative to examine how zero-gravity conditions can affect growing marijuana products. The goal is to see how growers can exert greater control over strains if they’re grown without gravitational stresses. To achieve these goals, the companies are teaming up with Space Tango, another […]

Besides THC and CBD, there are many other cannabinoids which are present in the plant in varying quantities. Most of the time THC is the most prevalent cannabinoid with CBD coming in second. The other cannabinoids are present in small quantities, totaling at usually less than 1 percent, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore […]

According to a recently released internal government letter, the FDA concluded that cannabidiol, or CBD, doesn’t meet the criteria for federal control. Although the federal health regulatory agency’s review concluded that CBD shouldn’t be scheduled in any manner, the drug enforcement agency—citing international treaty obligations—opted to put Epidiolex in Schedule V and otherwise continue to […]

Sunday night, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law that allows for the streamlined clearing of prior cannabis convictions. The new law, AB-1793, automates the convictions’ removal, which supporters of the bill hope will allow people to move forward with their lives. Cannabis convictions can keep people from accessing fundamental services like […]

A group of would-be thieves recently tried to snatch a stash of weed from a dispensary, but instead ended up stuck with jars full of oregano. According to witnesses, a group of teenagers drove a stolen van directly into the dispensary. From there, they reportedly stole jars of “herb” from the display windows. Authorities think […]

The Drug Enforcement Administration placed Epidiolex in Schedule V, marking the first time any drug derived from any part of the cannabis plant has been rescheduled in the U.S. “Marijuana extracts,” including CBD, remain in Schedule I, according to the administration’s 2016 Final Rule. According to the DEA, “Schedule V drugs, substances, or chemicals are […]

The Los Angeles International Airport updated its public marijuana policy on its website recently to green-light transporting legal amounts of cannabis through security checkpoints and onto planes. In accordance with California law, passengers will be able to travel through LAX with up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana. The policy […]

Donald Trump’s first year in office saw a slight bump in the total number of Americans arrested for marijuana. The number of arrests jumped to 659,700 in 2017, compared to 653,249 in 2016. According to FBI data released today, marijuana arrests composed over 40 percent of the 1,632,921 total drug arrests made by the 12,606 U.S. […]

A new report by the World Health Organization pegs global deaths due to alcohol at 3 million in 2016, making alcohol responsible for 1 out of every 20 deaths. No direct deaths can be attributed to the plant. 28% of those 3 million alcohol deaths were due to injuries, 21% were from alcohol-related digestive disorders […]

Most people can recover from a cold in just a couple weeks with their own at-home or over-the-counter treatments. In the meantime, you can also include cannabis to help with managing symptoms. You can experiment with different terpenes like pinene which can act as a powerful expectorant and antimicrobial that can improve airflow functioning in […]

Over the last few days, numerous twelve-kilogram (26 lbs.) packages of the drug have washed ashore in Daytona Beach, Florida and the surrounding area. The bundles have unsurprisingly created major issues for local law enforcement, as tourists try to scoop them up. One man was arrested after he “was seen attempting to open the packaging […]

Cannabis smoke exposure, even long-term, is not positively associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, or irreversible airway damage, according to a literature review published in the journal Breathe. “The long-term respiratory effects of cannabis differ from traditional smoking,” authors concluded. “[C]annabis smoking does not appear to be carcinogenic.” Authors also acknowledged that […]

Cannabis leaves and flowers can also vary in hue, offering a full palette of marijuana colors to please the eye. Several different factors can influence marijuana colors, including temperature, nutrient levels, the acidity or alkalinity of the soil or other growing medium, and the quality of the light. Green is the predominant color of most flowering […]

The Conversation analyzed city-level data from states across the US and found that medical marijuana laws have little effect on violent or property crime in nearly all medical marijuana states. In the case of California, the crime rates actually show a substantial decrease of around 20%. The passage of medical marijuana laws offers researchers a […]

The next United States Congress is likely to pass cannabis legislation, said two congressmen ring a conference Friday, even if Republicans retain control of Congress in November’s election. The lawmakers spoke specifically about the STATES (Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States) Act. Introduced in June, the bill would exempt states with legal cannabis laws […]

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would require Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop obstructing the DEA’s review of 26 applications from potential marijuana manufacturers. The Medical Cannabis Research Act, introduced in April by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R–Fla.), would require the Department of Justice to federally license at least two additional manufacturers of […]

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Wednesday dropped more than 3,000 open marijuana smoking and possession cases dating back to 1978. The district attorney’s decision applies to misdemeanor and violation cases in which a warrant was issued because the defendant failed to appear in court. It does not apply to any cases where a defendant […]

Cannabis Business Times asked five industry experts to share their insights into what it takes to win a license in an increasingly complex and competitive environment. What follows is a roundup of their best advice, from how to get involved in the community, to competing with the industry Goliaths and more. Be ready to provide […]

Illinois’ Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation into law authorizing the state to license individual farmers to grow hemp for commercial purposes. The new law, which took immediate effect, expands the state’s existing hemp program. Under the 2014 pilot program, only universities were permitted to produce hemp for research purposes. The new act allows […]

Pet food manufacturer Corey Nutrition plans to launch a line of cannabis-infused dog food when recreational cannabis becomes legal in October. The food will be different from human cannabis edibles in one important way: it will not include THC, the psychoactive chemical found in cannabis that produces a high in the user, instead relying on […]

About 9% of US adults between the ages of 50 and 64 have used marijuana at least once during the survey year, while 3% of those over 65 have done so, new research finds. For middle-age adults, the percentage of cannabis users has doubled over nearly a decade, according to the study, published Thursday in […]

Two Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate that would allow doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs to prescribe medical marijuana for their patients. Bill Nelson of Florida and Sen. Bill Schatz from Hawaii introduced the measure, the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, on Wednesday. If passed, the act will […]

Hotels are offering guests cannabis-infused room service menus, featuring comfort foods like meatballs, ice cream sundaes and candies all made with CBD, a derivative of the cannabis plant. For example, at The James New York City, guests can order from the special CBD tasting menu. The hotel enlisted Los Angeles-based chef Andrea Drummer, a graduate […]

When you look at the resin glands or trichomes of a cannabis plant, most of the THC inside those glands is actually THCA. THCA is the acidic precursor of what most people think of as psychoactive THC, which is called delta-9-THC. Through a process called decarboxylation, which refers to the transfer of carbon atoms triggered […]

The psychiatric research journal JAMA Psychiatry has just published a new study suggesting CBD could have antipsychotic effects in individuals at clinical high risk of psychosis. For this study, researchers wanted to try to isolate the specific chemical alterations that give CBD its therapeutic and potentially antipsychotic effects. The investigation revealed that all three brain […]

This fall, south New Jersey-based Stockton University will become one of the first institutions of higher learning to offer classes on cannabis in the Garden State. Taking the form of a ‘Cannabis Studies’ minor, students are required to take classes including ‘History of Cannabis’ and ‘Cannabis Law.’ Aside from the core classes, students will be […]

Despite President Trump’s public support of state-regulated legal cannabis, documents reveal he had convened a secret anti-cannabis effort to combat public support for marijuana reform efforts across the country. The group, reportedly named the Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, has been instructed by the White House to gather data demonstrating the most significant negative trends related […]

A recent report on cannabis consumer trends by High Yield Insights has found that although a majority (64 percent) of cannabis consumers say that strain types are important to their purchasing decisions, nearly half (45 percent) either didn’t have or couldn’t name their favorite strain. Popular strains like GG4 and OG Kush surfaced most frequently […]