Alaska is the first to pass a law allowing so-called “social consumption” of marijuana at specially licensed retail locations. Essentially, it will allow people to both buy and smoke cannabis at “cannabis cafes” associated with dispensaries that get the proper licensing from the state. Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, a Republican, signed the bill into law […]

Florida medical cannabis patients are officially able to buy and consume smokable cannabis products after Republican Gov. Rick DeSantis signed legislation this week overturning the state’s controversial smoking ban. Senate Bill 182 passed Florida’s Senate on March 7 in a 34-4 vote and was approved by the House on March 13 by a vote of […]

The burgeoning cannabis industry is quickly becoming a crowded space,with new brands continually emerging. The growth is spawning enticing opportunities for those looking to join the industry and reap the benefits of incentives like equity, generous salaries and the chance to become a leader at a high-growth brand. But when it comes to working for a cannabis company, how do […]

Beto O’Rourke, the latest Democrat to throw his hat into the 2020 Presidential ring, made a big splash last year when he ran against Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas Senate race. But where does he stand on cannabis? As a city councilman in El Paso, TX, Beto advocated marijuana legislation as a way to help […]

New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a new bipartisan bill. The idea for state-run pot shops comes from a trio of GOP state senators who broke with Republican Party orthodoxy to embrace legal marijuana with a decidedly […]

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he has reached an agreement with legislative leaders to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Lawmakers expect to vote on the deal on March 25 and Murphy could sign the legalization bill later that week. Under the agreement, a state Cannabis Regulatory Commission will be established to create the rules […]

The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would allow medical marijuana patients to grow cannabis at home. Under provisions of the measure, House Bill 364, which was passed by representatives on Thursday, patients or caregivers would be allowed to grow up to three mature cannabis plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings. See […]

Hawaii’s Department of Health announced a new 10-minute, online process that allows for out-of-state cannabis users to get medical marijuana in the island. If you’re a patient who qualifies for medical marijuana somewhere else in the U.S. – continental and territories, all you’ll need to do to receive a temporary medical marijuana card is fill out an online application […]

The Florida Senate affirmed the right to smoke medical pot Thursday afternoon. The 40-member Senate vote was 34-4, with two legislators not voting. SB 182 made it through its last stop during the day’s session, with just eight days to spare before a deadline set by Gov. Ron DeSantis. See the original article at Miami Herald

Just a week ago, it looked like the Food and Drug Administration was ready to revisit its policies around CBD-infused food and drinks. That may have changed this week, when FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced his resignation. Gottlieb told lawmakers last week he heard them “loud and clear” when Congress legalized hemp-derived CBD late last year. He said he’s […]

With Gov. Ron DeSantis wanting lawmakers to act by March 15, the Senate this week will take up a bill that would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana in Florida. The bill (SB 182), sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, will be among the first bills the Senate considers during its first full floor […]

At a recent internal presentation hosted by Facebook, the world’s largest social networking platform said they are beginning to reconsider how they treat businesses operating in state-legalized cannabis industries. Right now, cannabis businesses – even the ones operating in states where there is a regulated market for marijuana – are not allowed to market or […]

Industry insiders say there just aren’t enough people with marijuana experience, so Ohio cannabis business owners are recruiting from other fields and training them, or recruiting employees from out of state. “We had to go out of state to find specialists and managers for our cultivation business. With our state-of-the art facility here, it was […]

Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is teaming up with the world’s largest cannabis company, taking on an advisory role at Canopy Growth Corp. to help develop a “broad new line” of products for both humans and animals. “I am looking forward to working with the Canopy Growth team,” Stewart said in a statement Thursday. “I’m especially […]

In the final weeks of its 2019 session, Virginia’s General Assembly passed three bills that would help people using cannabis-derived medications. SB 1632, sponsored by Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond, would prohibit schools from suspending or expelling a student for using CBD or THC-A oil with valid permission. SB 1557, introduced by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, […]

For advocates, there was one major disappointment when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed the details of his marijuana reform plan: the proposal, unveiled as part of his budget last month, would ultimately include a ban on home cultivation of recreational marijuana. Roughly a month before the governor announced the details of his legalization proposal, a […]

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday that his budget will include proposals to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and legalize medical marijuana. The governor, who previously advocated for decriminalizing marijuana, noted that citizens in 16 counties and two cities in Wisconsin voted by significant margins in non-binding referendums last year […]

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 […]

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