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 […]

Organigram, a Canadian licensed cannabis producer, will soon release a cannabis powder that can be dissolved in any beverage. The new powder dissolves in liquid just like Kool-Aid or Tang, but unlike those products, Organigram’s new invention is completely taste-free. See the original article at Civilized

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Today, one particularly interesting economic experiment is playing out in Illinois. The state is going to tax cannabis products based upon their THC percentage, not upon their weight, as most states with adult-use cannabis do today. Cannabis products with less than 35% THC will face a 10% excise tax. Cannabis products with more than 35% […]

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed the medical cannabis expansion bill which will increase the number of industry licenses in the state, allow for home delivery, and lowers the threshold for patients to qualify for the program. The reforms will allow patients to buy 3 ounces of cannabis per visit 18 months after the […]

After Illinois legalized recreational cannabis last month, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has doubled down on her opposition to bringing legal weed to the Hawkeye State. “I do not support recreational marijuana. I don’t,” Reynolds said. “I won’t be the governor to do that.” However, Reynolds did say she’d be open to bringing medical marijuana to the […]

The Israeli pharma-tech company Syqe Medical has unveiled the world’s first metered-dose medical marijuana inhaler. The inhaler can reportedly be tuned exactly to a patient’s individual needs allowing for “unprecedented dosing precision [which] achieves maximum relief while avoiding any undesired psychoactive effects.” See the original article at Civilized

There are currently 25 candidates running in the Democratic primaries. Their views can be broken down into two basic categories: ‘Legalize It’ or ‘Let the States Decide.’ The ‘Legalize It’ group actually contains the majority of Democrats running in the primaries, with the ‘Let the States Decide’ list comprising a much smaller number of Democratic […]

“Already vaped bud,” or AVB for short, is the brown, crispy flower that’s left over after vaping cannabis. Although much of the THC in cannabis will be vaporized, the flower isn’t turned to ash (unlike smoking) and retains some of its cannabinoid content. That said, the potency of your AVB will vary depending on not […]

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the state’s historic cannabis legalization and regulation bill today, making Illinois the 11th state to end cannabis prohibition. Illinois’ legalization law — which was passed by state lawmakers on May 31 — goes into effect starting January 1, 2020. Under the law, Illinois residents aged 21 or older will be […]

Cannabis is barred from advertising platforms open to alcohol and prescription drugs with long lists of scary side effects. It’s hard to build a national brand under any circumstances. But the cannabis industry is forced to market with one hand — and a foot — tied behind its back. There are two main problems when […]

Columbia Care, a New York-based cannabis company with a presence in 12 U.S. states, launched the Columbia National Credit program to broaden payment options for customers. For now, the card is only accepted at Columbia Care dispensaries, though the company is “evaluating opportunities” to extend to the program to other businesses through partnerships. See the […]

The U.S. Postal Service has updated its Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail regulations to clarify that hemp and CBD products are legal to mail so long as the products comply with local laws. The USPS changes come as federal agencies begin to reassess their policies in the wake of last year’s Farm Bill, which removed […]

Colorado’s total tax and fee revenue from the sale of legal marijuana has exceeded $1 billion since the state legalized the drug in 2014. Total marijuana sales within Colorado have passed $6.56 billion since legalization, with the state collecting more than $1.02 billion in taxes, licenses and fees, the state’s Department of Revenue said. Currently, […]

New industrial innovations in the cannabis space are cropping up all the time. While many of those innovations, such as agri-tech extraction machines and BiFarm automated grow boxes, exist primarily on the commercial B2B plane, the sleek and streamlined greenbox and marinabox robotic retailers are currently disrupting retail dispensaries and even festivals. Using artificial intelligence (AI), greenbox […]

Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak of Nevada signed a bill on Friday that prohibits employers from denying jobs to applicants because of their legal marijuana use. Under the measure, Assembly Bill 132 (AB 132), employers would be banned from discriminating against prospective employees based on a positive result for marijuana use in a pre-employment drug screening or an […]

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams recently told The Hill, “The marijuana of even 10 years ago was less than 5 percent THC, which is the product that causes you to get high, which can cause addiction, which can cause problems.” He went on to say that not only is today’s weed stronger, but modern […]

Ever wonder which country has the largest population of cannabis consumers? You might assume that it’s Canada, which legalized recreational cannabis last October. Or America, where 11 states have legalized recreational use and another 22 allow medical marijuana. But both of those guesses are wrong. The country that smokes the most cannabis is the African […]

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is proposing adding nearly 100 medical cannabis dispensaries in the state as part of his industry expansion plan after the legislature failed to pass adult-use legislation. The plan would see a total of 108 dispensaries in the Garden State, up from just the six that are currently active and another […]

Illinois is poised to become the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis. The Illinois house approved a bill with a vote of 66-47 and now only needs a signature from Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who campaigned on a promise to legalize weed. See the original article at Retroworldnews

Tech giant Google has announced a ban on cannabis transaction apps from its Google Play store on Wednesday “regardless of legality” according to its recently updated policy section. The new rules prohibit apps that allow users to order cannabis through “an in-app shopping cart feature,” assist “in arranging delivery or pick up” of cannabis products,” […]

The USDA has come out with a legal opinion on authorities for hemp production which states that hemp is no longer a controlled substance. The opinion states, “The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) authorized the production of hemp and removed hemp and hemp seeds from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) schedule of […]

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) updated its policy on cannabis, clarifying that hemp-derived CBD products may now be carried on planes under certain circumstances. Previously, TSA made no distinction between marijuana and hemp-derived preparations and warned on its website that cannabis products cannot be taken as carry-on items or in checked bags. See the original […]

Winning a Utah license to grow medical cannabis could cost contenders $10,000. And that will be a fraction of the total bill for landing a license, which could carry a price tag of $100,000 a year. Those figures, which appeared in draft rules for Utah’s new medical marijuana program, are just estimates and could change […]

After overwhelming support by congressional lawmakers, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed legislation that would have expanded Iowa’s medical marijuana program, calling for caution before increasing the potency of available products. Reynolds’ move slows further expansion of a medical cannabidiol program that currently allows capsules, extracts, concentrates, lotions, ointments and tinctures. Smoking medical or recreational marijuana […]

Square has launched a new invite-only pilot program that allows CBD cannabis companies to accept credit and debit cards. When asked about the reasons for the launching the new program, which comes after years of refusing to work with CBD companies, the spokesperson said that the company closely watches evolving public policies and strives to […]

A batch of the indica flower Brownie Scout from Green Thumb Industries recently tested at 37.5% THC, and the growers are calling it an industry record. Brownie Scout is an indica dominant flower bred from Platinum Girl Scout Cookies and another GTI house strain, Great Divide, a cross of Kosher Kush and Phishhead Kush. The […]

Law enforcement in Pennsylvania are trying to gain access to information about medical marijuana to enforce firearm laws. Since the federal government still considers marijuana illegal, marijuana users, even those acting in accordance with the laws of their respective state, cannot legally own guns. The state’s Department of Health, which oversees the patient registry, has […]

The United States recently increased tariffs from 10% to 25% on Chinese exports in an escalation of its trade war with China. The raised tariffs will likely cause a 20 to 25 percent cost increase for vaping devices, packaging, extraction equipment, dispensaries’ exit bags and other products that are primarily manufactured in China, he said, […]

Denim icon Levi Strauss & Co. debuted garments made from a soft hemp-cotton blend in March, and head of innovation Paul Dillinger said he expects 100% cottonized-hemp products in about five years. Levi’s has found a way to make hemp fibers soft and able to blend with cotton, but in a way that uses significantly […]

California lawmakers are pushing to require municipalities to lift bans on cannabis stores if voters there supported Proposition 64, the 2016 initiative that legalized sale of the drug for recreational use in California. Assembly Bill 1356 would mandate 2,200 new cannabis stores throughout the state, more than three times the 631 shops legally operating now, […]

Nearly three years after the Drug Enforcement Agency announced it would end a monopoly on who can grow cannabis for legally sanctioned research, there’s still only one federally authorized cannabis cultivator in the United States. The limited supply of research cannabis is hampering the speed, quality and range of studies that scientists can conduct on […]