As the 2020 Presidential election starts to heat up, more Democratic hopefuls are throwing their hand into the ring. The most recent addition to the rapidly growing field of nominees is New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand. Where does Kirsten Gillibrand stand on cannabis legalization? See the original article at Civilized

Cannabis breeders typically breed to purify and strengthen strains, combine strain traits, or enhance specific characteristics like higher yields, specific aromas, potency, and many other things. When growing and breeding, it’s important to know where your seeds come from and what kind of genetics they have. See the original article at Leafly

A donation on behalf of a late cancer patient has been rejected by the Alberta Health Services because it came from the Calgary Cannabis Club. The donation was made on behalf of former Calgary Cannabis Club member Rick Beaver, who passed away from esophageal cancer. It was the 65-year-old’s dying wish that proceeds of a […]

Vermont’s Supreme Court ruled last week that the smell of burned or burning cannabis is not legal grounds for police to initiate a search. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against the state for the actions of a Vermont state trooper in 2014. After the ruling — passed down by Associate Justice Harold E. Eaton, […]

Cannabis market research company Brightfield Group surveyed 1,200 cannabis users and found that 39% of millennials use some form of the product daily. Additionally, millennials currently make up about half of all medical cannabis users, with the majority of users spending up to $100 a week on cannabis products. But, just what are the elusive millennials […]

An end-of-year report by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts indicates that federal prosecution for cannabis crimes declined 19 percent in 2018. The news from the Supreme Court follows last week’s report that cannabis smuggling has declined significantly since the start of the cannabis legalization movement in the U.S. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

As of October 2018, legal cannabis retailers had distributed nearly $6 billion worth of cannabis and the state collected $883,885,907 in cannabis tax revenues. In Denver alone, cannabis taxes have created $12.8 million in education funding. This has led to eight different youth diversion programs, training programs in 15 different Denver public schools, and the “High Costs” youth education and prevention […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]