A breathalyzer able to determine if a driver smoked pot could roll out in select cities in the fall, according to a company developing the first-of-its-kind product. With recreational weed now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia, California-based Hound Labs Inc. has created a marijuana-breathalyzer it says will make roads safer and […]

The first year of adult-use cannabis sales in Nevada has exceeded the state’s year-end expectations by 25% as of July, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With June’s revenue, taxed sales will exceed $500 million this year to date, resulting in tax payments totaling over $70 million. Nevada set sales records last year as well. In the […]

If you type the word “marijuana” into the search bar at Facebook today, you might be surprised at what comes up. Rather, you might be surprised at how little comes up. Last night, Marijuana Moment writer Chris Roberts noticed that these pages are not showing up when you search on Facebook. The pages still exist, […]

As more than a dozen wildfires continue to burn across California, cannabis cultivators affected by the blaze face challenges ranging from the health and safety of their employees to the potential destruction of their facilities and crops. Consumer safety and lab testing will also become significant concerns as cannabis grown in affected areas hits the […]

Laboratory mice with pancreatic cancer that were treated with cannabidiol (CBD) in conjunction with chemotherapy lived as much as three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study released Monday. In patients with exocrine pancreatic cancer, the most common type, the five-year survival rate when diagnosed at stage 1A is […]

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced on Tuesday that his office will no longer prosecute most charges for the use or possession of marijuana. Beginning Wednesday, prosecutors will not file charges for such offenses committed in New York City. A release from the district attorney’s office outlining the new policy listed two possible exceptions. Offenders […]

One in five batches of marijuana has failed laboratory testing since new state safety requirements kicked in July 1, according to data from the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. Failures have been triggered by inaccurate labeling or contamination from pesticides, bacteria or processing chemicals. Those testing requirements and results have left some retailers with severely […]

A bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would, if passed, prevent the federal government from terminating employees who use cannabis within the laws of the state in which they reside. The bill would protect all civilian federal employees in all federal departments and agencies using cannabis legally within the laws of their state, […]

Data from several cannabis market research and analysis firms continues to confirm the trend among consumers away from cannabis flower and towards vape cartridges, extracts and edibles. According to BDS Analytics and New Frontier Data, wholesale prices for flower in all markets continue to fall, some steeply. In the last 15 months in Oregon, the […]

The American Psychological Association reports that 25 percent of college students are taking psychiatric medications to mitigate the symptoms of depression and anxiety. But for many other students, medical marijuana has become the answer. Registered psychiatric nurse Barbara Blaser says cannabis has the potential to be a saving grace for suffering students. Blaser worked for […]

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal just sent a letter instructing prosecutors to freeze all marijuana court cases until September 4. The September deadline isn’t an arbitrary date; it coincides with the New Jersey State Senate’s plan to consider a bill legalizing marijuana for adults. Even though the hold will only impact cases pending in […]

Cannabis has become so ubiquitous that its smell is now being bottled and sold as “the scent of the summer” by one of Britain’s biggest perfume retailers. The Perfume Shop has become the first on the high street to sell Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Men Party Fever, a cannabis themed scent which the shop claims […]

A “concussion pill” under development in Miami using cannabis is showing progress for treatment of traumatic brain injuries. In a pre-clinical study, the combination of a hemp-derived cannabinoid and an NMDA amino acid anesthetic is showing improved cognitive function in rodents with traumatic brain injuries compared with individual components. “The results were statistically significant and […]

A study by researchers at Washington State University has found evidence of “demonstrable and persistent benefit” to police departments’ effectiveness in Washington and Colorado since the states voted to legalize cannabis in 2012. Researchers used monthly FBI data to investigate crime clearance rates for the states from 2010 to 2015; crimes are normally considered “cleared” […]

In a recent study shared at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, WSU researchers found out how cannabis triggered hunger hormones in rats. Using a vapor exposure system designed to imitate how humans consume marijuana, researchers found that a small cannabis dose causes a surge in ghrelin, a hormone that informs the brain […]

California health authorities dealt a blow to the burgeoning CBD industry by banning preparations of CBD derived from industrial hemp rather than psychoactive cannabis. The decree adds to the legal confusion around the cannabinoid and highlights the need for greater clarity from authorities at both the state and federal level. On July 6, the California […]

One month after announcing it would dramatically overhaul qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use, the New York State Health Department of Health announced Thursday that it had filed emergency regulations instituting the new policy. Effective immediately, New Yorkers may now replace opioid prescriptions with medical marijuana. As of July 12, any condition for which a […]

A high-tech lighting system that mimics the huge variety of sunlight — manufactured by Edmonton company G2V and developed in a University of Alberta lab by research scientist Michael Taschuk —  is now being tested in four cannabis grow operations across Canada. Travis George of Endless Sky Cannabis in British Columbia has been testing high-end […]

It’s January 2019 and cannabis is fully legal in Canada. You’ve obtained every permit required to develop, market, and sell your invention. Everything is above board. So why would you worry you ever might have a problem at Canada’s border with the United States? Because U.S. authorities could consider that nutritious blend of dirt that […]

49% of pediatricians weren’t aware they can prescribe cannabis to children, according to a survey of pediatricians released Thursday by the Canadian Pediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP), and 39% didn’t know they could prescribe to youths. More than three-quarters reported little to no knowledge about why cannabis might be used or what the correct dosage might […]

The July 2018 DEA Intelligence Report, entitled Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel, is a handbook of slang words for drugs including cannabis, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogenics, and more. It also lists jargon from drug culture including references to sales, smuggling, and interdiction. The handbook offers plenty of nicknames for marijuana, […]

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association is exploring the idea of pot for pets. “Currently, veterinarians have no legal pathway to dispense or prescribe cannabis for animals. However, the CVMA recognizes the veterinary community is in the midst of rapid change in this area with some anecdotal evidence of benefits, but a lack of peer-reviewed, controlled […]

Three years ago, the First Church of Cannabis filed a lawsuit against the state of Indiana for preventing the congregation from using cannabis as holy sacrament. Now, Superior Court Judge Sheryl Lynch has ruled that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act doesn’t allow church members to smoke-up. Cannabis use is strictly prohibited in Indiana. But First […]

The operation of medical cannabis dispensaries is not associated with increases in either violent crime or property crime, according to the findings of a discussion paper published by the IZA Research Institute. Researchers affiliated with the RAND Corporation investigated whether the establishment of medical cannabis dispensaries in California affects local crime rates – including rates […]

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has raised concerns over marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 drug amid efforts to remove the plant from the government’s list of controlled substances. “The Committee is concerned that restrictions associated with Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act effectively limit the amount and type of research that can be […]

On Sunday, the stringent new “seed to sale” tracking standards for California’s cannabis market went into effect. Overnight, thousands of pounds of cannabis products worth hundreds of millions of dollars suddenly became noncompliant. Now, dispensaries are in the process of destroying them, in an event the industry has dubbed the “Marijuanapocalypse of 2018.” For the […]

Life insurance companies in Canada are becoming more accepting of cannabis, and many firms have stopped categorizing pot users as smokers. Joan Weir, the director of health and disability policy for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, told the CBC that many companies are no longer penalizing light users and “have moved to a […]

Traffic deaths in Nevada dropped over 10 percent in the first year of recreational marijuana, according to data provided by the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Between July 2017 and May 2018 just 277 people died in car crashes in the state, compared to 310 traffic accident deaths between July 2016 and May 2017. One […]

Cannabis exposure during pregnancy is not independently associated with lower birthweight among infants, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. They reported that infants, on average, weighed no less than controls after researchers controlled for cofounders, particularly the maternal tobacco use. Investigators also failed to observe “significant effects of marijuana use […]

Recreational marijuana sales are legal in Massachusetts starting Sunday (though, there aren’t any stores actually licensed and open to make sales). But most of the state’s cities and towns have either a ban or a moratorium on retail sales. The skittishness on marijuana is evident among patients at Sira Naturals, a medical dispensary located in […]

Oklahoma voters on Tuesday approved an open-market medical marijuana program: no caps on the number of business licenses, and doctors can recommend medical marijuana for any patient ailment. Voters supported the measure by a double-digit margin despite a strong, last-minute opposition effort by a coalition that included the Oklahoma State Medical Association, religious leaders, law […]

The US Food and Drug Administration announced today, Monday June 25, the approval of the country’s first marijuana-based prescription medication. The drug is called Epidiolex and is a plant-derived oral solution of cannabidiol (CBD)—a chemical component of marijuana that does not cause intoxication or a euphoric “high.” The FDA approved it for use in patients […]

There is a surprising lack of precision when it comes to prescribing and using medical marijuana. Measuring the right dosage can be tough for cannabis patients who take their medicine in puffs instead of pills. That’s why metered dosing is becoming more popular in the medical market, where relief of symptoms is the primary reason […]