A new study shows that California’s 1996 legalization of medical marijuana led to an average reduction of 398.9 suicides per year and a cumulative reduction of approximately 3,191 suicides during 1997-2004. Nationally, the number of suicides increased by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014—the same 15-year period during which many states began approving access to […]

A batch of the indica flower Brownie Scout from Green Thumb Industries recently tested at 37.5% THC, and the growers are calling it an industry record. Brownie Scout is an indica dominant flower bred from Platinum Girl Scout Cookies and another GTI house strain, Great Divide, a cross of Kosher Kush and Phishhead Kush. The […]

Law enforcement in Pennsylvania are trying to gain access to information about medical marijuana to enforce firearm laws. Since the federal government still considers marijuana illegal, marijuana users, even those acting in accordance with the laws of their respective state, cannot legally own guns. The state’s Department of Health, which oversees the patient registry, has […]

A new study produced by a Colorado researcher threatens to upset one of the supposed scientific certainties about impairment and blood-THC levels. In the study, each subject tested positive for THC, but when comparing blood drawn from different parts of the body, researchers found dramatic disparities in THC levels. They also found disparities in THC […]

The United States recently increased tariffs from 10% to 25% on Chinese exports in an escalation of its trade war with China. The raised tariffs will likely cause a 20 to 25 percent cost increase for vaping devices, packaging, extraction equipment, dispensaries’ exit bags and other products that are primarily manufactured in China, he said, […]

Denim icon Levi Strauss & Co. debuted garments made from a soft hemp-cotton blend in March, and head of innovation Paul Dillinger said he expects 100% cottonized-hemp products in about five years. Levi’s has found a way to make hemp fibers soft and able to blend with cotton, but in a way that uses significantly […]

California lawmakers are pushing to require municipalities to lift bans on cannabis stores if voters there supported Proposition 64, the 2016 initiative that legalized sale of the drug for recreational use in California. Assembly Bill 1356 would mandate 2,200 new cannabis stores throughout the state, more than three times the 631 shops legally operating now, […]

Nearly three years after the Drug Enforcement Agency announced it would end a monopoly on who can grow cannabis for legally sanctioned research, there’s still only one federally authorized cannabis cultivator in the United States. The limited supply of research cannabis is hampering the speed, quality and range of studies that scientists can conduct on […]

The attorneys general of 38 states and territories sent a letter to congressional leaders, urging them to allow banks to work with cannabis businesses without legal repercussions. Federal law still considers marijuana illegal, which exposes banks to legal risk if they handle weed-related money or transactions. The attorneys general say they want to move the […]

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has clarified how it will handle trademarks for hemp businesses. The patents office will work with companies that are using federally controlled substances, like whole-plant cannabis (and especially THC). The trademark office, however, will not work with those companies. See the original article at Cannabis Business Times

In the midst of the state’s medical marijuana regulatory chaos, the capital of Michigan has announced that it will not be seeing any profit from this operating year of its medical marijuana program. Lansing city administrators say that excise taxes will not be bringing in as much money as previously estimated, given language of last […]

More than half of Ohio’s population could become eligible for a medical marijuana card in June if the state approves five more ailments as qualifying conditions. Among the proposed additions: depression and insomnia, which affect hundreds of thousands in the state. See the original at USA Today

Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have come out against a series of bills that are designed to protect VA benefits for veterans who use marijuana. While the Trump administration representatives present said the department opposes the bills, support was widespread among witnesses and subcommittee members, at least for some of the […]

The Las Vegas City Council has approved what proponents dubbed “social use venues” in the downtown and urban core of Nevada‘s sprawling casino playground. The move answers a conundrum faced by adult tourists who have been able since July 2017 to buy marijuana for recreational use, but not consume it in public, in casinos or […]

Mondelez, maker of Oreos, Chips Ahoy cookies and Maynard candies, say they’re preparing to start making marijuana edibles. There are a couple of caveats to this story however. First, Van de Put said the products they ultimately release won’t be the kind of weed-cookies that get you high. Instead, Mondelez plans on making snacks infused […]

Eight out of 10 marijuana users in states where cannabis is legal say they partake in the drug shortly before or after exercise. Most report that it motivates them to work out, helps them enjoy exercise more and improves their recovery. See the original article at NaturalBlaze

Properly dried and cured cannabis flower buds burn evenly and have a smooth, rich taste. When smoked, the embers have an even glow and enter the body smoothly. When vaporized, there should be no apparent “green” taste. Gardeners can lose some or all of their crop to poor drying and curing. Here’s how to do […]

The Department of Homeland Security sent out a stern memo stating that any violation of federal controlled substances laws, even for marijuana, remains a conditional bar to establishing “good moral character.” This means that any foreign national who admits to or is caught smoking marijuana in the United States — even in a legal state […]

According to PayPal Inc.’s Q1 2019 lobbying report, the company added the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 to its list of lobbying efforts in Congress. The House’s SAFE Banking Act of 2019, or H.R. 1595, and its accompanying Senate bill S. 1200, would allow banking services to cater to businesses that […]

Legalizing medical marijuana in Wisconsin, which is one of only 16 states not to have any form of cannabis legalization, would yield a net benefit of $1.1 billion to the state over five years. That’s the conclusion of a recent cost-benefit analysis undertaken by the University of Wisconsin’s La Follette School of Public Affairs. See […]

Salaries for employees of U.S. marijuana companies are higher in East Coast markets than West Coast markets, new research shows. There are several exceptions. California salaries are higher than average, and Florida’s are lower than average. Salaries are especially strong in states where the recreational and medical markets have started hot and continue to grow, […]

A new study reveals that home values increased on average by $6,337 in cities where recreational marijuana is legal compared to cities without legalized marijuana. Cities in close proximity to legal dispensaries saw the greatest increase in home values with an average of 8.4%, or $22,888 between 2014 and 2019. See the original article at […]

Many conservative states are finally coming around to medical cannabis because veterans have started demanding change. In 2018, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Utah all passed laws legalizing medical use of the drug. In 2017, West Virginia voted in favor. All four states have Republican governors and voted overwhelmingly for President Trump in 2016. Servicemembers often come […]

Eos Scientific has commissioned research across a sample of more than 2000 UK adults exploring the growing shift in health-conscious millennials seeking CBD oil over prescriptions for mental health. According to the study, 38% of Brits, representing almost 17.5 million UK adults, would use CBD oil to manage their mental health (50% of those aged […]

In a recent study, gastric fluid was made artificially and adjusted to pH 1 (which is that of the actual gastric fluid) and CBD was dissolved in methanol. About 85% of the present CBD isomerized to a mixture of D9- and D8-THC. Theoretically, because of similar chemical structure between CBD and THC, the possibility of […]

In a new Hill-HarrisX poll, 84 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana. The April 12-13 survey of found overwhelming support across all ages, races, genders, and even political affiliations. 42% of respondents said that weed should be legal for any use, the same percentage said that it should be legal for medicinal purposes. A small […]

A recently published review, “Joints for Joints – cannabinoids in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis,” cautiously concludes that “cannabinoids could be a suitable treatment for RA.” The authors also suggest a series of molecular approaches that merit future clinical studies. See the original article at Forbes

Digipath, a data and media firm in the cannabis industry, has filed a provisional patent application in collaboration with VSSL for a Field Testing Kit that can swiftly determine whether a plant sample is hemp or marijuana (containing THC). Currently, the only recourse for law enforcement to make a determination of what is being transported […]

Researchers at the University of Northern Colorado found that the cannabis supplied by the only federally authorized cultivation site in the country shared a closer “genetic affinity with hemp samples in most analyses” than what commercial dispensaries are selling in legal states. The DEA has only ever authorized one grower: the University of Mississippi, which […]

The New York City Council has passed a ban on pre-employment testing for marijuana usage. The bill prohibits employers from requiring a prospective employee to submit to testing for THC as a condition of employment. Exceptions are provided for security-sensitive jobs, and those tied to a federal or state contract or grant. See the original […]

A new study analyzing 320,000 medical records found that drinkers who smoke weed had significantly lower odds of developing liver diseases including hepatitis, cirrhosis, steatosis, and even hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer. Alcohol abusers who didn’t use weed had about a 90 percent chance of developing liver disease, whereas light cannabis-using heavy drinkers […]

Individuals who have legally emigrated to the US are being denied citizenship by the federal government for working in state-legalized cannabis markets. Although recreational cannabis has been legal in Colorado for five years now, working for the industry is still risky. A number of legal US residents of Denver found that out the hard way […]

Autism patients can use medical marijuana in Colorado now that Governor Jared Polis has signed a bill into law adding autism spectrum disorder to the state’s list of MMJ conditions. It was no coincidence that the signing took place on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day. Parents of autistic patients advocating for the bill say […]