President Trump insists that a border wall would inhibit drug smuggling from Mexico into the US, but the statistics don’t support his claim. However, legalizing marijuana would take a huge bite out of the illicit drug trade, according to a recent report published by the Cato Institute—a conservative think-tank based in Washington, DC. See the original article […]

Massachusetts State Senator Elizabeth Warren, best known for her ardent resistance against financial corruption and income inequality, has announced that she is running for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election. But where does she stand on cannabis? Despite her vocally progressive stance on most issues, Warren’s opinion on cannabis legalization is slightly more muddled. […]

Cannabis potency has doubled across Europe in the past decade, according to the first study to track changes in the drug across the continent. The study found that both cannabis resin and herbal cannabis have increased in strength and price with potentially harmful consequences for users. See the original article at The Guardian

Most of the businesses growing, processing and selling cannabis across the United States are small independently-held entities. That may change in 2019 which looks like a big year for industry mergers, acquisitions and expansion. Large companies, like those in the food, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries have mostly stayed on the sidelines, held back by regulatory […]

Federal, provincial and municipal legislators have made many mistakes when it comes to cannabis regulations. These mistakes have hindered consumers when it comes to price, supply and access. All of these issues come from legislators and government officials who fail to understand the versatility of cannabis as a consumer product. Cannabis isn’t just a recreational […]

Ten states have now legalized cannabis for adults, following the mid-term elections. 33 allow medical use. The tally of states that allow the use of marijuana is poised to jump in a big way again in 2019, largely because a slew of pro-legalization candidates for governor. The states most likely to legalize marijuana is 2019 are Connecticut, […]

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the organization is beginning the process of creating a regulatory framework for the marketing and interstate sales of CBD products. The 2018 Farm Bill, signed by President Trump last week, placed CBD products under the FDA’s jurisdiction. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

State regulators ordered the recall of marijuana products from 29 cannabis companies after a Sacramento laboratory was caught falsifying test results for pesticides. The California Bureau of Cannabis Control sent out recall notices this week to all businesses that had contracts starting in July with Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Lab to test their products. See the original […]

President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill Thursday afternoon, officially legalizing industrial hemp—a moment long-awaited by the cannabis industry. The Drug Enforcement Administration will no longer be able to interfere with the interstate commerce of hemp products, which will open the doors for banks, merchant services, credit card companies, e-commerce sites and advertising platforms to do business with hemp […]

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released the latest update of its Monitoring the Future survey, which evaluates the drug habits of American eighth, tenth and twelfth graders. This newest survey shows that teen cannabis consumption has actually dropped since states began legalizing the substance in 2012. And while teens are more likely […]

The opening of marijuana retailers is positively associated with rising neighborhood home values, according to data published in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy. They reported: “[A] new dispensary opening increases house prices by 7.7 percent for houses within a 0.25-mile radius of a dispensary relative to a control group. For houses within a 0.25 – 0.5-mile radius, the […]

Following heavy push back from the cannabis industry, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) will reverse a planned policy change that would have banned cannabis-infused gummies and hard candies. Instead of an outright ban — which was first announced in October — the LCB will instead pass new regulations restricting such products’ colors and shapes. See the original […]

The safest way to consume cannabis is through edibles, according to the average American. That’s what researchers found after a recent survey 9,000 respondents across the United States. The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, discovered that 25% of respondents picked cannabis-infused edibles as the safest form of marijuana consumption. See the original article […]

Ontario-based biopharmaceutical company Scientus Pharma commissioned a study of Canadian cannabis oils through the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, the goal of which is to show that most of the cannabis oils being sold on the Canadian market essentially have no medicinal juice. The study has found that the majority of these products are tantamount […]

Agriculture technology companies are competing to develop new strains of cannabis plants that can produce consistent cannabinoid levels and thus offer consumers repeatable, predictable effects. While this goal is far from new, top plant scientists are now working toward it in multi-million dollar labs for massive retail cannabis companies, instead of underground breeders. See the original article at […]

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that cannabis’ federal Schedule I classification should be reconsidered. “We need to look at the way we schedule different medications across the board, because one of the concerns that I have with marijuana is the difficulty that the folks have to do research on it, because of the scheduling […]

A group of researchers from the University of Florida recently published a study showing that smoking marijuana may actually improve working memory. Despite a number of studies that show cannabis consumption may damage your memory, this study, which tested the working memory of 32 cannabis-smoking rats, suggests the opposite is true. See the original article […]

Tobacco giant Altria has invested $1.8 billion in Canadian cannabis company Cronos. Under the terms of the deal Altria, the parent company of the Marlboro cigarette brand, will acquire a 45 percent ownership stake in Cronos. Cronos Group shares soared by 30 percent and Altria rose 2 percent in early trading after news of the deal was […]

Last month voters in Utah approved a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana, only to see the state legislature pass their own bill that removed many aspects of the initiative. Pro-marijuana advocates have filed a lawsuit against the Utah government claiming that the Utah Medical Cannabis Act represents a violation of the separation of church and state […]

A cannabis pharmaceutical consortium says it has discovered a strain of cannabis that produces useful levels of a rare cannabinoid that may help in the treatment of diabetes. The strain known as “Black Beauty,” however, appears to contain an abundance of the cannabinoid THCV, found in tiny amounts in most strains. THCV affects the way […]

For people with psoriasis, the body overproduces skin cells that develop into painful, itchy and often embarrassing rashes. As wish many other autoimmune disorders, researchers and afflicted individuals are exploring whether cannabis can provide relief. “Cannabis, through the cannabinoid CBD, has the properties of being both an anti-inflammatory and an autoimmune inhibitor,” Dr. Bodo Schneider of Pied […]

A recent study has shown that vaporizing cannabis delivers more THC to the bloodstream than smoking. Subjects who vaporized weed had significantly higher amounts of THC in their blood compared to those who smoked an equal dose. Results from the impairment questionnaire also showed increased effects, as those who vaporized not only self-reported more side […]

Normally, statisticians use polls to collect data, but since cannabis is still highly stigmatized, Stats Canada couldn’t rely on people being forthcoming about their cannabis use. So instead, the Stats Canada team turned to the nation’s toilets. From March through August of 2018, Stats Canada analyzed the wastewater of five cities: Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and […]

The 2018 Farm Bill will include a provision to legalize industrial hemp, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the top Republican and Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee confirmed on Thursday. Lawmakers in the Senate and House Agriculture Committees announced that they’d reached an agreement in principle on the large-scale food and agriculture policy […]

The Republic of Korea has become the first East Asian nation to legalize medicinal cannabis. The move will come as a surprise to many as the Republic of Korea, better known to North Americans as South Korea, has been a vocal opponent of the legalization of recreational cannabis in other countries. Not only has South […]

After the first five days of adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts—between only two licensed dispensaries statewide—customers purchased more than $2.2 million worth of cannabis products. The dispensaries sold 56,380 “units,” meaning 56,380 separate cannabis products. Each customer in those first five days bought an average of 3.4 items per visit. See the original article at […]

New Jersey’s legislators advanced an adult-use cannabis legalization bill Nov. 26 in a joint Senate and Assembly Budget Committee vote of 7-3 and 7-2, respectively. The vote came after four hours of public testimony and debate. Collectively, the bills comprise a trio of cannabis reform measures that have been talked about in various forms since Gov. […]

A joint Canadian-US effort has identified the genes that produce THC and CBD. While the genome of the cannabis plant was sequenced back in 2011, researchers have struggled to isolate the genes responsible for producing the plant’s two most prominent chemicals, mostly due to what researchers call “junk DNA.” The discovery of the genes will make it […]

A Canadian investor travelling to Las Vegas, Nevada, to attend a prominent cannabis conference and tour a new cannabis facility has been issued a lifetime entry ban to the United States, according to an immigration lawyer he consulted. “He was travelling straight from Vancouver to Vegas. When they found out he was going down to […]

Last Dec. 5, Zeke Flatten, a former police officer now working in the cannabis industry, was driving south through northern California’s Sonoma County on US-101 when he was pulled over by Rohnert Park police. The officers, wearing green military-style fatigues without badges, insignia, or nametags, told Flatten they were with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, […]

Industrial hemp plants could offer a much-needed late-season pollen boon for bees. Honeybee health has faltered in recent years, and conservationists worry about the fates of the many, less-studied wild bees. Bees in 23 out of the 66 genera known to live in Colorado were discovered seeking hemp pollen in what is thought to be the […]

A new poll shows that most American consumers are willing to pay more for higher quality cannabis. Even if Walmart Weed were to flood the market, those companies would be hard pressed to find takers for their substandard cannabis. Half of non-consumers and more than two-thirds of consumers said they would view the cannabis industry […]

Dr. Matthew Roman, a medical marijuana user who practices medicine in Philadelphia, maintains that his Second and Fifth Amendment rights were violated when he was denied the right to purchase a gun. In April, Roman went to a South Philadelphia licensed gun dealer to purchase a revolver for self-defense. But when the dealer asked Roman if […]