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 […]

Last year the IRS received around $4.7 billion in taxes from cannabis businesses in the United States. And the vast majority of those payments were made with cash, since around 70 percent of U.S. cannabis companies don’t have access to banks which are required to pay either electronically or through check. Apparently, cash payments are a huge […]

A listing posted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse via the Federal Business Opportunities website last week asked for “capability statements” from businesses with the capacity to produce a variety of marijuana strains and products. Prospective firms must also be equipped with storage space for up to 5000 kilograms of cannabis stock. The posting […]

In her upcoming book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes candidly about her cannabis use in her youth. In an interview with 20/20, Obama said, “That’s part of the becoming story. Everybody had something that they had to work through, something that they were figuring out. Why would I hide that from the next generation?” See the […]

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As Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) takes over as chair, the House Rules Committee may no longer be the place cannabis reform goes to die. McGovern says he understands full cannabis reform on a federal level would be challenging, but he is committing himself providing protections from federal interference for individual states that do decide to […]

Saskatchewan’s marijuana business continues to be an uphill struggle for its retailers nearly three weeks after legalization. Only five stores are currently open in the province. SLGA has issued permits to just nine of the 51 winners of the provincial lottery that decided who could open a recreational pot shop. See the original article at CBC

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In the wake of the midterm elections and the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one of the most virulently anti-cannabis politicians in the country, cannabis stocks have risen up to nearly 30 percent. Shares in Canopy Growth Corp., Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Aphria Inc. rose by eight per cent, nine per cent and four per cent, respectively. […]

The 2018 Election had one clear winner: Cannabis. Michigan voters approved a ballot measure making their state the first in the midwest to legalize cannabis. Missouri and Utah approved initiatives allowing medical marijuana. Voters in several Ohio cities approved local marijuana decriminalization measures, and a number of Wisconsin counties and cities strongly approved ballot questions calling for cannabis reform. […]

Voters in four states will decide today whether or not to adopt huge reforms to their state’s cannabis laws. Michigan and North Dakota will be voting on full legalization while Utah and Missouri voters will decide whether or not to allow medical cannabis access. How will today’s election impact the cannabis industry? See the original article at Ganjapreneur

Canadians who use cannabis for medical reasons are being hit by shortages in a far worse way than recreational users. “It’s actually more than a supply issue. Really, it’s something of a health crisis now,” said James O’Hara of the advocacy group Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, “Unfortunately, there are no regulations in place to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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. […]