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 […]

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 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 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 […]

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As Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) takes over as chair, the House Rules Committee may no longer be the place cannabis reform goes to die. McGovern says he understands full cannabis reform on a federal level would be challenging, but he is committing himself providing protections from federal interference for individual states that do decide to […]

Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that an absolute ban on recreational use of marijuana was unconstitutional, effectively leaving it to lawmakers to regulate consumption of the drug. The court ordered federal health regulator COFEPRIS to authorize people seeking the right to use marijuana to do so personally, “albeit without allowing them to market it, […]

Quebec’s government-run cannabis stores have announced that their opening hours will be trimmed due to the chronic shortages the shops have experienced since marijuana became legal on October 17. The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) outlets will no longer be open Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. The SQDC says that the new hours will be in effect until the “availability of products is stabilized.” See the original […]

The Canadian online cannabis stores powered by Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce software were collectively processing more than 100 orders per minute, the Ottawa-based company said, an indication of the high demand for newly-legal marijuana. These online stores saw “millions of visitors” from Canada and around the world in the hours after they went live at 12:01 […]

Today, the Pew Research Center released the results of their newest study, which found that 62 percent of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana. Millennials were found to show the strongest support, with 74 percent in favor of ending marijuana prohibition. The least supportive group was the Silent Generation at only 39 percent — […]

The next United States Congress is likely to pass cannabis legislation, said two congressmen ring a conference Friday, even if Republicans retain control of Congress in November’s election. The lawmakers spoke specifically about the STATES (Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States) Act. Introduced in June, the bill would exempt states with legal cannabis laws […]

Despite President Trump’s public support of state-regulated legal cannabis, documents reveal he had convened a secret anti-cannabis effort to combat public support for marijuana reform efforts across the country. The group, reportedly named the Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, has been instructed by the White House to gather data demonstrating the most significant negative trends related […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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” […]

Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a “historic” bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29. Canada is only the second country in the world — and the first G7 nation — to implement legislation to permit a nationwide marijuana market. In the neighboring US, nine states and […]

Yesterday Senators Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill that would protect states with legalized marijuana, but many wondered if it actually has a chance to become law. Trump spoke to the press before leaving for a G7 summit in Canada when a reporter asked if the president supports Gardner and Warren’s bill. Trump […]

While the federal government continues to sandbag the issue of allowing marijuana to be regulated in the same way as alcohol and tobacco under the legitimacy that is American commerce, more of the population is coming forward in support of ending decades of pot prohibition, once and for all. The latest Quinnipiac poll, which was […]

In 2016, more countries legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. Marijuana, or cannabis, is “the most widely cultivated, produced, trafficked and consumed drug worldwide,” according to the World Drug Report, but its legality has long been a topic of debate worldwide. In the US, Maine recently confirmed legalized recreational marijuana use, […]

In the United States, medical marijuana is not legal in all states and only half the country’s patients can be treated with cannabis. In addition to this, some advocates in states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska are willing to legalize recreational marijuana. However, all of this could change if the DEA reclassifies the plant […]

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PETITION LANGUAGE BALLOT TITLE: Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions BALLOT SUMMARY: Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute […]

Recreational marijuana use has been legal in Seattle since 2012, but I still felt like I was getting away with something when I walked into a dispensary there this fall. There was a bouncer waiting behind a roped-off entryway on the otherwise quiet Capitol Hill side street. He passed my driver’s license through a small […]

Ohio voters are deciding today whether to pass the state’s controversial ballot measure, Issue 3, that would legalize marijuana and grant a de-facto monopoly on production of the plant to the ballot measure’s wealthy backers. The issue has split the drug reform community, with some national groups offering tepid last-minute endorsements and others steering clear […]

One way to examine the effects of dispensaries on local economies is to consider the impacts on states where recreational cannabis has been legalized, which currently includes Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — as well as in the District of Columbia. Before considering impacts in other states, let’s first take a look at Colorado, the […]

Nearly a year behind schedule, Florida health officials on Monday selected five “dispensing organizations” to grow, process and distribute non-euphoric medical marijuana for a select group of sick patients. But many in the industry believe that the biggest challenge in the drawn-out process is yet to come. Click here to read the entire article on […]

November is upon us, and although this month will surely be quieter than next year’s presidential election, it doesn’t mean that cannabis advocates are taking a break. In fact, quite the contrary — Ohio is pulling out all of the stops to legalize cannabis, but they’ve created quite a heated debate among the locals. Can […]

Marijuana legalization now enjoys majority support in the U.S. — 52 percent of Americans support legalization, 42 percent oppose it, and 7 percent remain undecided, according to the latest General Social Survey. But most changes to marijuana law aren’t happening at the federal level, they’re happening in the states. In some, possession and use remains […]

The march to bring marijuana legalization before California voters in 2016 ramped up Thursday with the announcement by a group of longtime Bay Area cannabis advocates that they have hired heavy-hitting Democratic political strategists and plan to release a draft of the proposed initiative in the coming weeks. Click here to read the entire article […]

Gov. Bill Haslam will sign into law a measure that allows limited usage of cannabis oil for medical reasons in Tennessee. The governor had said several times he wasn’t opposed to the bill, but confirmed Tuesday he could sign the bill as soon as the end of this week. “We do plan to sign that. […]