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 […]

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry, which analyzed data from a group of 1,037 New Zealanders followed from their birth until age 38, found that long-term cannabis use didn’t seem to have any lasting effects on physical health. The only bad effects pot seemed to have were on the teeth. At age 38, people who used […]

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, […]

Researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM) recently solved a major gap in scientific literature by using mobile software technology to measure the real-time effects of actual cannabis-based products used by millions of people every day. Contrary to popular media-reports and scientific dogma, the psychoactive chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol or “THC,” showed the strongest correlation with […]

A new study evaluating data collected by the World Health Organization has found that strict drug laws don’t do anything to prevent young people from using cannabis. The study was conducted by University of Kent professor Alex Stevens and looked at data collected from over 100,000 individuals across 38 countries. While many people have argued that loosening […]

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 […]

An estimated 85 percent of women experience some type of mood disturbance during the postpartum period. Lack of sleep, chronic pain, hormone imbalances and other physical changes, coupled with the sudden intense responsibility of a new life, can result in significant damage to a woman’s mental health. To mitigate these feelings of despair and to increase mindfulness, […]

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

It’s no secret that many cannabis users believe that smoking before turning on a favorite album or watching a movie can enhance the artistic experience, but why is that? Dr. Ethan Russo, a cannabis researcher from Prague, says it all has to do with how cannabis affects memory. As Russo explains, THC reduces a person’s ability […]

A website called BudTrader.com is offering to donate up to an ounce of weed to federal employees who are “unable to pay for their medical cannabis due to the government shutdown.” In addition, a company spokesperson said that at least five doctors have offered to consult with furloughed federal employees who might need a medical […]

Big Tobacco giant Philip Morris announced that it would not be investing in cannabis at this time, citing several factors that led to this decision, including a lack of consistent regulation across international markets, which would post a logistical issue for the company. In an odd statement, Philip Morris CEO Andre Calantzopoulos also said he wasn’t “comfortable” with […]

CBS rejected a proposed 60-second Super Bowl ad that shows three people suffering from varying health issues who say their lives were made better by use of medical marijuana. Cannabis company Acreage Holdings said its marketing agency sent storyboards for the ad to the network and received a response that said: “CBS will not be […]

A recent study conducted by Swiss researchers from the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern found that dabbing did a much better job of getting the total amount of available THC and CBD into your lungs than smoking. In fact, the study published in Forensic Science International found that joints waste 300 percent more THC than dabs. The study […]

Speaking at a public hearing Friday in Silver Spring, Maryland, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he could see the entire category of e-cigarette and vaping products removed from store shelves if companies don’t stop marketing such products to youth. The FDA has the ability to stop e-cigarette sales and mandate that producers go through a formal FDA approval process, though it has not yet done so. See […]

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on the state legislature Thursday to repeal the ban on smokable cannabis from the state’s medical marijuana statute. At a press conference in Winter Park, Florida, DeSantis said that the ban is not in line with the will of the voters. DeSantis also said that if the ban is not rescinded by the middle […]