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 […]

In mid-January, law enforcement authorities in Osage County, Oklahoma, believed they had on their hands the bust of a lifetime: 18,000 pounds of marijuana in a tractor-trailer. All that was needed was proof that the 18,000 pounds of “plant material” was, in fact, marijuana and not non-psychoactive, legal-to-ship-across-state-lines hemp. According to defense attorneys, only two of the […]

A study completed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission shows that the level of oversupply in the Oregon market is so high that existing stocks could supply 6.5 years of current demand. The main problem created by this oversupply, for the cannabis industry, is plunging prices. Analysts do not believe that there is one clear path […]

The World Health Organization has released its long-anticipated recommendation on cannabis scheduling. But rather than removing it from Schedule I of the Single Convention, it only removes it from Schedule IV, where it is also listed. CBD has been descheduled altogether. The “critical review” from the WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, promised last year, is […]

New Jersey mayors launched a forceful call on Jan. 30, 2019, for automatic expungements of low-level marijuana possession and distribution convictions. Democratic Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Democratic Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said at a press conference that they would exercise their municipal authority and ban dispensaries from operating in their cities if they aren’t satisfied with expungement language […]

This morning, Cory Booker (D-NJ) officially announced his candidacy for President of the United States. But where does he stand on cannabis legalization? Since being elected in 2013, Booker has become one of the most consistent proponents of marijuana legalization. In 2015, he was one of three senators to introduce the CARERS Act to legalize medical […]

California lawmakers have announced a bill that would reduce cannabis excise taxes and eliminate cultivation taxes. Assembly Bill 286, if approved, would reduce the excise tax on cannabis goods from 15 percent to 11 percent. A three-year cultivation tax for growers would also be completely eliminated. California’s cannabis customers sometimes pay taxes accounting for up to 45 […]

William Barr, President Trump’s nominee to serve as the next U.S. attorney general, made headlines earlier this month when he pledged during his Senate confirmation hearing not to “go after” marijuana companies that comply with state laws. Now, in response to written questions from senators, Barr is putting that pledge on paper, in black and white. […]

Regulators in California are rejecting a “concerning” number of cannabis oil vape cartridges for lead contamination. California implemented new, more stringent testing standards starting January 1. Under the new rules, lead limits were lowered to 0.5 parts per million. There is no level of lead that is considered safe. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

It’s no secret that many cannabis users believe that smoking before turning on a favorite album or watching a movie can enhance the artistic experience, but why is that? Dr. Ethan Russo, a cannabis researcher from Prague, says it all has to do with how cannabis affects memory. As Russo explains, THC reduces a person’s ability […]

A website called BudTrader.com is offering to donate up to an ounce of weed to federal employees who are “unable to pay for their medical cannabis due to the government shutdown.” In addition, a company spokesperson said that at least five doctors have offered to consult with furloughed federal employees who might need a medical […]

Big Tobacco giant Philip Morris announced that it would not be investing in cannabis at this time, citing several factors that led to this decision, including a lack of consistent regulation across international markets, which would post a logistical issue for the company. In an odd statement, Philip Morris CEO Andre Calantzopoulos also said he wasn’t “comfortable” with […]

CBS rejected a proposed 60-second Super Bowl ad that shows three people suffering from varying health issues who say their lives were made better by use of medical marijuana. Cannabis company Acreage Holdings said its marketing agency sent storyboards for the ad to the network and received a response that said: “CBS will not be […]

A recent study conducted by Swiss researchers from the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern found that dabbing did a much better job of getting the total amount of available THC and CBD into your lungs than smoking. In fact, the study published in Forensic Science International found that joints waste 300 percent more THC than dabs. The study […]

Speaking at a public hearing Friday in Silver Spring, Maryland, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he could see the entire category of e-cigarette and vaping products removed from store shelves if companies don’t stop marketing such products to youth. The FDA has the ability to stop e-cigarette sales and mandate that producers go through a formal FDA approval process, though it has not yet done so. See […]

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on the state legislature Thursday to repeal the ban on smokable cannabis from the state’s medical marijuana statute. At a press conference in Winter Park, Florida, DeSantis said that the ban is not in line with the will of the voters. DeSantis also said that if the ban is not rescinded by the middle […]

Through surveys, anecdotal reports and several studies, it has been shown that the cannabis plant and its components, THC and CBD, may help manage both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. A challenging neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson’s causes a combination of motor and non-motor symptoms — such as tremors, weakness, stiffness, dizziness, anxiety and sleeplessness […]

As the 2020 Presidential election starts to heat up, more Democratic hopefuls are throwing their hand into the ring. The most recent addition to the rapidly growing field of nominees is New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand. Where does Kirsten Gillibrand stand on cannabis legalization? See the original article at Civilized

Cannabis breeders typically breed to purify and strengthen strains, combine strain traits, or enhance specific characteristics like higher yields, specific aromas, potency, and many other things. When growing and breeding, it’s important to know where your seeds come from and what kind of genetics they have. See the original article at Leafly

U.S. states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes “can expect a moderate increase in birth rates,” according to researchers from the University of Connecticut. Researchers found that states with medical marijuana saw an increase of four births per 10,000 women. We just see more people having more sex and more kids,” said Professor David Simon, who with […]

A donation on behalf of a late cancer patient has been rejected by the Alberta Health Services because it came from the Calgary Cannabis Club. The donation was made on behalf of former Calgary Cannabis Club member Rick Beaver, who passed away from esophageal cancer. It was the 65-year-old’s dying wish that proceeds of a […]

Many pregnant women are touting the benefits of taking CBD while pregnant, from relieving nausea to reducing pain. But, is it completely safe? The World Health Organization (WHO) has found no adverse health outcomes but rather several medical applications for CBD. CBD can be used to treat common pregnancy pains and discomforts, including morning sickness, insomnia, anxiety and […]

Vermont’s Supreme Court ruled last week that the smell of burned or burning cannabis is not legal grounds for police to initiate a search. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against the state for the actions of a Vermont state trooper in 2014. After the ruling — passed down by Associate Justice Harold E. Eaton, […]

Cannabis market research company Brightfield Group surveyed 1,200 cannabis users and found that 39% of millennials use some form of the product daily. Additionally, millennials currently make up about half of all medical cannabis users, with the majority of users spending up to $100 a week on cannabis products. But, just what are the elusive millennials […]

An end-of-year report by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts indicates that federal prosecution for cannabis crimes declined 19 percent in 2018. The news from the Supreme Court follows last week’s report that cannabis smuggling has declined significantly since the start of the cannabis legalization movement in the U.S. See the original article at Ganjapreneur