The creator of one of the most recognized brands of jelly beans has debuted a line of cannabis-infused sweets for candy lovers to enjoy. Last month, “Candyman” David Klein, responsible for the creation of Jelly Belly’s jelly beans in 1976, announced the founding of his new company, Spectrum Confections, that will offer the treats in 38 flavors. Every […]

Garden State lawmakers are expected to vote Monday on legalization and it’s looking like it could be a close call. This may be the state’s last chance to pass the bill before legislators have to turn their attention to budget negotiations, meaning legalization could get pushed back to 2020. See the original article at Bloomberg

Alaska is the first to pass a law allowing so-called “social consumption” of marijuana at specially licensed retail locations. Essentially, it will allow people to both buy and smoke cannabis at “cannabis cafes” associated with dispensaries that get the proper licensing from the state. Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, a Republican, signed the bill into law […]

A new study published in Translational Psychiatry, concluded CBD could represent “a completely new mechanism in the treatment of schizophrenia.” The Phase II study was randomized, controlled, and double-blind. Forty two “acutely exacerbated schizophrenic patients” were randomly assigned to a three-week treatment of CBD or a standard antipsychotic medication (amisulpride). In progressive steps, the patients received up to […]

Florida medical cannabis patients are officially able to buy and consume smokable cannabis products after Republican Gov. Rick DeSantis signed legislation this week overturning the state’s controversial smoking ban. Senate Bill 182 passed Florida’s Senate on March 7 in a 34-4 vote and was approved by the House on March 13 by a vote of […]

The burgeoning cannabis industry is quickly becoming a crowded space,with new brands continually emerging. The growth is spawning enticing opportunities for those looking to join the industry and reap the benefits of incentives like equity, generous salaries and the chance to become a leader at a high-growth brand. But when it comes to working for a cannabis company, how do […]

A new Italian study that looked at how different storage methods affected the deterioration of THC (cannabis’s intoxicating compound) over time shows that freezing cannabis is the most effective way to keep your marijuana fresh. Cannabis stored at room temperature in a bright room lost 13 percent of its THC content after 100 days. Meanwhile, cannabis stored […]

Beto O’Rourke, the latest Democrat to throw his hat into the 2020 Presidential ring, made a big splash last year when he ran against Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas Senate race. But where does he stand on cannabis? As a city councilman in El Paso, TX, Beto advocated marijuana legislation as a way to help […]

New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a new bipartisan bill. The idea for state-run pot shops comes from a trio of GOP state senators who broke with Republican Party orthodoxy to embrace legal marijuana with a decidedly […]

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he has reached an agreement with legislative leaders to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Lawmakers expect to vote on the deal on March 25 and Murphy could sign the legalization bill later that week. Under the agreement, a state Cannabis Regulatory Commission will be established to create the rules […]

The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would allow medical marijuana patients to grow cannabis at home. Under provisions of the measure, House Bill 364, which was passed by representatives on Thursday, patients or caregivers would be allowed to grow up to three mature cannabis plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings. See […]

Hawaii’s Department of Health announced a new 10-minute, online process that allows for out-of-state cannabis users to get medical marijuana in the island. If you’re a patient who qualifies for medical marijuana somewhere else in the U.S. – continental and territories, all you’ll need to do to receive a temporary medical marijuana card is fill out an online application […]

The Florida Senate affirmed the right to smoke medical pot Thursday afternoon. The 40-member Senate vote was 34-4, with two legislators not voting. SB 182 made it through its last stop during the day’s session, with just eight days to spare before a deadline set by Gov. Ron DeSantis. See the original article at Miami Herald

Just a week ago, it looked like the Food and Drug Administration was ready to revisit its policies around CBD-infused food and drinks. That may have changed this week, when FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced his resignation. Gottlieb told lawmakers last week he heard them “loud and clear” when Congress legalized hemp-derived CBD late last year. He said he’s […]

With Gov. Ron DeSantis wanting lawmakers to act by March 15, the Senate this week will take up a bill that would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana in Florida. The bill (SB 182), sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, will be among the first bills the Senate considers during its first full floor […]

At a recent internal presentation hosted by Facebook, the world’s largest social networking platform said they are beginning to reconsider how they treat businesses operating in state-legalized cannabis industries. Right now, cannabis businesses – even the ones operating in states where there is a regulated market for marijuana – are not allowed to market or […]

Industry insiders say there just aren’t enough people with marijuana experience, so Ohio cannabis business owners are recruiting from other fields and training them, or recruiting employees from out of state. “We had to go out of state to find specialists and managers for our cultivation business. With our state-of-the art facility here, it was […]

Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is teaming up with the world’s largest cannabis company, taking on an advisory role at Canopy Growth Corp. to help develop a “broad new line” of products for both humans and animals. “I am looking forward to working with the Canopy Growth team,” Stewart said in a statement Thursday. “I’m especially […]

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry, which analyzed data from a group of 1,037 New Zealanders followed from their birth until age 38, found that long-term cannabis use didn’t seem to have any lasting effects on physical health. The only bad effects pot seemed to have were on the teeth. At age 38, people who used […]

In the final weeks of its 2019 session, Virginia’s General Assembly passed three bills that would help people using cannabis-derived medications. SB 1632, sponsored by Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond, would prohibit schools from suspending or expelling a student for using CBD or THC-A oil with valid permission. SB 1557, introduced by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, […]

Researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM) recently solved a major gap in scientific literature by using mobile software technology to measure the real-time effects of actual cannabis-based products used by millions of people every day. Contrary to popular media-reports and scientific dogma, the psychoactive chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol or “THC,” showed the strongest correlation with […]

A new study evaluating data collected by the World Health Organization has found that strict drug laws don’t do anything to prevent young people from using cannabis. The study was conducted by University of Kent professor Alex Stevens and looked at data collected from over 100,000 individuals across 38 countries. While many people have argued that loosening […]

For advocates, there was one major disappointment when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed the details of his marijuana reform plan: the proposal, unveiled as part of his budget last month, would ultimately include a ban on home cultivation of recreational marijuana. Roughly a month before the governor announced the details of his legalization proposal, a […]

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday that his budget will include proposals to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and legalize medical marijuana. The governor, who previously advocated for decriminalizing marijuana, noted that citizens in 16 counties and two cities in Wisconsin voted by significant margins in non-binding referendums last year […]

The Bern is at it again. Bernie Sanders recently announced his second candidacy for President of the United States, following his failed, yet inspired bid in 2016. Bernie Sanders enters a field packed to the brim with cannabis advocates, but where does he stand on legalization? Sanders has been behind some of the first and […]

A New York City councilman has drafted legislation that would prohibit testing for marijuana by companies as a requirement for employment. Jumanne Williams is sponsoring the legislation. There are exceptions to the rule. Those exceptions would be for safety and security sensitive jobs, including emergency responders and drivers. See the original article at Fox 8

A recent report estimates the total market value of cannabis in Latin America, both legal and illicit, is worth and astonishing $9.8 billion. The report also states that 13 million of the 600 million people in Latin America use cannabis at least one a year. The report examines the cannabis industry in Uruguay, Columbia, Brazil. Mexico and […]

Bank officials and cannabis industry representatives joined together to urge Congress to allow marijuana businesses access to banking services. At a hearing of the House Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee, lawmakers heard from advocates of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 who are seeking support for the bill. Due to federal drug […]

A new survey of over 1,000 Amazon customers revealed that 29.5% of consumers said that they would feel comfortable purchasing marijuana from an Amazon brand. Cannabis was also among the top five items that consumers hypothetically anticipated being able to purchase on Amazon in the not-too-distant future. See the original article at CannabisNow

An analysis by Glassdoor has revealed that workers in the cannabis industry earn 11% more than the median U.S. wage and that job openings in the industry increased 76% over 2018. And these aren’t just retail jobs. 53% of the openings are for professional positions such as audit assurance managers, marketing managers, and product managers. The median paycheck […]

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is the latest presidential candidate to enter the fight for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2020. If elected, Klobuchar would be the most cannabis-friendly president ever elected, though other declared Democratic candidates have a much more consistent record of pro-marijuana support. Klobuchar does not support cannabis legalization, but she isn’t in favor of federal […]

An estimated 85 percent of women experience some type of mood disturbance during the postpartum period. Lack of sleep, chronic pain, hormone imbalances and other physical changes, coupled with the sudden intense responsibility of a new life, can result in significant damage to a woman’s mental health. To mitigate these feelings of despair and to increase mindfulness, […]

Researchers from the University of Michigan found that “chronic pain” is the primary condition driving patients to try cannabis medicine. Other health conditions ranking among the most popular included spasms as a result of multiple sclerosis and nausea related to chemotherapy treatment. The study found that more than 85 percent of registered patients are using the herb […]