Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that an absolute ban on recreational use of marijuana was unconstitutional, effectively leaving it to lawmakers to regulate consumption of the drug. The court ordered federal health regulator COFEPRIS to authorize people seeking the right to use marijuana to do so personally, “albeit without allowing them to market it, […]

In September, Coca-Cola said that it was “closely watching” the growth of CBD as a possible ingredient for so-called wellness beverages. It looks like the soda giant has decided to pass. Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey says the company “doesn’t have any plans at this stage” to enter the CBD market. See the original article at […]

Quebec’s government-run cannabis stores have announced that their opening hours will be trimmed due to the chronic shortages the shops have experienced since marijuana became legal on October 17. The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) outlets will no longer be open Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. The SQDC says that the new hours will be in effect until the “availability of products is stabilized.” See the original […]

Jacob Boudreau believes that the wasteful plastic containers used by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) to package legal cannabis that would otherwise be disposed of in the garbage, can serve a higher purpose: creating prosthetic limbs for children. Boudreau operates Kindness3D in Halifax, NS, a non-profit chapter of a global network called e-Nable that brings together 3D printer enthusiasts to manufacture […]

A moss-like plant known as Radula perrottetii, or Liverwort, has been shown to contain a chemical that behaves much like THC. The chemical, known as perrottetinene (PET) is noted for its structural similarity to THC; however, until recently, no research into its effects on mammals had been done. The low potency of PET could make it […]

Emily Post might not have been thinking about cannabis when she wrote down the rules of etiquette, but that doesn’t mean you should throw manners to the wind if you dabble in legal weed. Experts say the rules aren’t as rigid as the doctrine of the dining room, but there are still ways to be polite — and, […]

An Oregon man has been sentenced to eight years in prison, without the possibility for parole, for possessing medical marijuana he purchased legally in his home state. Patrick Beadle, who is a Rastafarian musician and registered medical marijuana patient in Oregon, said that he purchased the cannabis legally and that it was for his personal use. […]

The Canadian online cannabis stores powered by Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce software were collectively processing more than 100 orders per minute, the Ottawa-based company said, an indication of the high demand for newly-legal marijuana. These online stores saw “millions of visitors” from Canada and around the world in the hours after they went live at 12:01 […]

Malaysia’s cabinet chief Liew Vui Keong announced that his government will seek to abolish the death penalty in the next session of the country’s parliament, which opens this week. The announcement was celebrated by Amnesty International, whose secretary general Kumi Naidoo said, “Today’s announcement is a major step forward for all those who have campaigned for an end […]

Between now and Oct. 31, the US Food and Drug Administration is accepting public comments on how cannabis should be classified under international drug treaties. “These comments will be considered in preparing a response from the United States to the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the abuse liability and diversion of these drugs,” wrote FDA’s associate commissioner […]

Ever find seeds in your cannabis and find yourself wondering what to do with them? When you buy a bag of weed from a competent grower, you should be getting sinsemilla, which is seedless clusters of cannabis flowers from female plants that have been protected from being pollinated. What to do with weed seeds depends […]

Edibles sales in the U.S. and Canada are on pace to reach more than $4.1 billion by 2022, according to a new report. A report from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics says the growth will be driven by strategies and participation from the consumer-packaged goods industry. Edibles spending in U.S. and Canadian markets reached […]

President Donald Trump’s administration will soon unveil a plan for federal cannabis reform, according to Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California. Moreover, the congressman who represents coastal Orange County said the president had spoken about legalizing medical marijuana at the national level and allowing states to decide whether recreational use would be permitted as it […]

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) has announced that Canadians who work in the legal cannabis industry will generally be allowed to enter the United States. Previously, Canadians faced a lifetime ban to the U.S. if they admitted to working — whether as an entrepreneur, investor, or employee — in the cannabis space. […]

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 […]