A new CBD-infused activewear line from New York-based Acabada is going all-in on the CBD trend using high-tech transdermal technology. According to a press release, company leaders were inspired by the many top athletes who have endorsed CBD as part of their training and post-workout ritual. The clothes utilize a process called microencapsulation — which has been used […]

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A federal judge has thrown out Indiana’s ban on smokable hemp, calling it unconstitutional for states to ban one type of hemp because they can’t easily distinguish it from marijuana. Hemp manufacturers argued that because the 2018 Farm Bill authorized all forms of hemp, states can’t keep one form of hemp illegal. Law enforcement officials in several states […]

A Canadian company announced last week that cannabis without the smell could be coming soon to dispensaries. Ontario-based CannabCo Pharmaceutical Corp. has partnered with an undisclosed tech company to make “Purecann,” a nearly odorless variety of marijuana. CannabCo CEO Mark Pellicane said the innovated project is about offering cannabis users more options. See the original […]

Hemp production in the U.S. has quadrupled since last year, according to Vote Hemp’s 2019 License Report, which estimates 230,000 acres of hemp will be planted this year. In all, 511,442 acres of hemp has been licensed throughout the U.S. and 16,877 grower licenses have been issued. The licensed acreage increase represents a 455 percent increase […]

Hundreds of people across the country have taken ill over the past weeks with a severe pulmonary affliction apparently linked to the vaping of cannabis products and nicotine-filled e-cigarettes. The FDA has discovered that the offending cartridges contained vitamin E acetate, a substance commonly used in beauty products and safe for topical use, but potentially […]

New data suggests that American cannabis users get stoned in the morning more frequently than potheads anyone else in the world. According to the survey 21.9% of American cannabis consumers fire up their first joint within an hour of waking up, more than 3% higher than the next closest country. Europeans, on the other hand, […]

Last week, news that a fifth person had died from vaping-related pulmonary symptoms stirred panic among cannabis cartridge consumers. While not every case of this mysterious disease is linked to concentrated cannabinoid cartridges (or even products sold in legal state cannabis markets), the question of what, precisely, is causing vaping technology to harm individuals has captured […]

Jasiel Correia II, the already embattled mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, was arrested Friday on new federal extortion charges for allegedly operating a scheme to help marijuana vendors get approval to operate in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Prosecutors said in exchange for his signature, two marijuana vendors agreed to pay Correia $250,000, another […]

Since 2008, Ferrell Scott has been serving a life sentence in federal prison for selling large quantities of marijuana. Ferrell Scott and hundreds of other people of color have been living behind bars, watching businessmen like Kevin Murphy, the CEO of one of the nation’s most lucrative marijuana companies, get rich. See the original article at USA Today

Last month, a team of researchers from Canada and the United States surveyed over 2,000 federally registered medical cannabis patients with regard to their use of cannabis and other substances. Investigators reported that nearly 70 percent of respondents said that they substituted cannabis for prescription medications, primarily opioids. Forty-five percent of those surveyed acknowledged substituting cannabis for […]

The newest release of the North American Cannabis Report, the only free-to-access report on the cannabis industry in the United States and Canada, estimates the cannabis market will be worth $47.3 billion by 2024. The market is set to grow at an unprecedented rate over the next five years, as legislation shifts in favour of […]

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar have announced a cannabis public awareness campaign saying that cannabis use “carries more risk than ever” amid increased access and potency. The public awareness campaign is funded by President Donald Trump, who reportedly donated his full second-quarter salary of $100,000 to the […]

Since May 10, 2019, seven dispensaries have opened across Arkansas from Clinton to Bentonville with a combined total of 995.88 pounds of medical marijuana sold and over seven million dollars in total sales. Each patient is allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every 14 days and each dispensary must have “seed to […]

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One concern that marijuana legalization opponents often voice is the fear that dispensaries will increase local criminal activity. But a new study found the opposite to be true. “The results imply that an additional dispensary in a neighborhood leads to a reduction of 17 crimes per month per 10,000 residents, which corresponds to roughly a […]

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period for the rescheduling of marijuana. The Agency is taking this action to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments. Anyone who is interested can submit their comments either electronically or handwritten by September 30, 2019. See the original article at the Federal Register

California’s Assembly has approved a measure to allow school boards to decide whether or not to allow medical cannabis use on K-12 campuses. The measure only permits non-smokable forms of cannabis. Under the current state’s laws, students cannot bring medical cannabis within 1,000 feet of campus and parents must come to the school, pick up their child […]

U.S. border protection has barred a young Canadian woman from crossing the border after cannabidiol (CBD) oil was found in her backpack — a non-psychoactive product of the cannabis plant she uses to treat the painful side effects of scoliosis. Thousands of Canadians have been denied entry to the U.S. simply for admitting they’ve smoked a joint once in […]

Fourteen percent of Americans personally use products containing cannabidiol (CBD), according to a recent Gallup Poll. Meanwhile, 85% of people in the U.S. are either not yet familiar with the cannabis-derived ingredient or do not currently use it. Gallop’s survey shows that 40% of cannabidiol users cite pain relief as a primary reason for why they […]

A new ruling out of the California Supreme Court this week will create yet another obstacle to the expansion of legal cannabis, at a time when more than half of the state’s cities and counties still ban retail stores. The state’s highest court ruled that San Diego failed to adequately analyze the potential environmental impacts of […]

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that a search of a medical marijuana patient’s car based on the scent of cannabis is illegal. In the opinion in the case filed by Lehigh County Judge Maria Dantos , the judge wrote that it was “illogical, impractical and unreasonable” for the troopers to suspect that a crime had […]

State contortions to legalize hemp in Ohio got so complicated that it now looks like misdemeanor marijuana charges won’t be prosecuted — in effect legalizing pot for the time being. That’s pretty much the conclusion of legal experts and the state attorney general. Columbus officials have already declared they’re dropping prosecution of pot misdemeanors. See […]

Regulators won’t punish credit unions simply for working with marijuana businesses that are operating in compliance with state laws, the head of the federal agency that oversees the financial services providers said in a new interview. While the comments don’t signify a new shift in policy, and don’t take into account the fact that the […]

A section of the 2018 Farm Bill stipulates that anyone wanting to grow industrial hemp in the U.S. must provide the GPS coordinates to their farms during the application process. There are industry representatives who believe that while hemp farmers are entitled to just as much privacy as any other farmer, a list of licensed participants should […]

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio signed a bill that legalizes hemp agriculture and sales of products made from the crop, including CBD. The measure, Senate Bill Number 57, decriminalizes hemp cultivation and establishes a system to license growers and processors. S.B. 57 also requires that CBD oil previously confiscated be returned to the seller, […]

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a historic bill on Monday to decriminalize the possession of cannabis. In 30 days, New Yorkers will no longer need to worry about getting picked up on the street for small time pot possession. Even better; an estimated 600,000 state residents could now be eligible for the expungement of […]

America’s booming CBD market received a dose of reality this week when the FDA issued a letter to Curaleaf, a major US cannabis and CBD brand, warning that some of its product marketing violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA has made one thing clear: if you claim your product will heal […]

When cannabis advocates in California began selling the idea of establishing a taxed and regulated pot market one of the critical points was throwing a chunk of the tax revenue at after school programs. In fact, the language on the ballot specifically showed that the state’s publicly funded After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs […]

The Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana (CLAIM) Act would extend insurance protections to the cannabis industry, allowing state-legal cannabis companies to obtain insurance coverage just like any other legal business. Nearly two million acres of the state went up in flames in 2018, killing more than a hundred people and destroying about 18,000 structures. […]

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris are introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and repair “the damage done by the war on drugs” as cannabis reform gains steam in Congress. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the MORE Act, would remove marijuana from […]

The University of Sciences in Philadelphia has announced the launch of a Master of Business Administration option for students looking for opportunities in the cannabis industry. Though many schools across the nation offer courses that touch on the burgeoning marijuana trade, USciences’ MBA is believed to be the first of its kind with a focus […]

The Food and Drug Administration plans on expediting CBD rules and regulations, potentially by the end of summer or early fall. The previous update provided by the agency last month offered no insight into the FDA’s plans to regulate the cannabinoid but said they would apply a “rigorous and science-based approach” in crafting the rules […]

Anonymous gardeners have planted more than 30 cannabis plants in the Vermont Statehouse official gardens. Police say the plants will be removed but they will not pursue a criminal case. Vermont Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei indicated that this isn’t the first time cannabis plants have been discovered among the Statehouse flowers. See the original […]

Statistics Canada has released their latest report on the state of cannabis prices in Canada, and things aren’t looking too hot for the legal market. Using data crowdsourced between April 1 and June 30, StatsCan found that the average price of a gram of legal pot rose from C$10.21 in the previous quarter to C$10.65 […]