Museum Opens to Celebrate All Things Cannabis Posted by on September 20, 2018 at 15:44:09 PT By Regina Garcia Cano, AP Source: Time Las Vegas -- A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets. Las Vegas’ newest attraction — and Instagram backdrop — is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.
Nobody will be allowed to light up at Cannabition when it opens Thursday because of a Nevada ban on public consumption of marijuana, but visitors can learn about the drug as they snap photos. It’s a made-for-social-media museum where every exhibit has lights meant to ensure people take selfies worthy of the no-filter hashtag. Read More... Canadian MJ Company To Export Cannabis To U.S. Posted by on September 19, 2018 at 05:45:18 PT By Jason Lemon Source: Newsweek USA -- A Canadian marijuana company has been granted permission by the U.S. federal government to export medicinal cannabis to California for scientific research.
The company, Tilray Inc., and Dr. Fatta Nahab, an associate professor of neurosciences at the University of California San Diego’s medical school, who is behind the research, believe it is the first time that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has given the green light to a Canadian producer to export a cannabis study drug south of the border, The Toronto Star reported. Getting approval was a months-long process that also required the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to agree. Read More... Massachusetts' First Recreational Pot Sales Posted by on September 17, 2018 at 06:46:49 PT By Rebecca Lurye Source: Hartford Courant Massachusetts -- More than two months after recreational marijuana sales became legal in Massachusetts, the first wave of retailers is still working to open to the public. But the first sales could happen soon.
Eleven potential marijuana shops are awaiting site inspections, the last step before they can seek final approval of their business license applications from the Cannabis Control Commission, Massachusetts’ marijuana authority. Read More... The Response To Elon Musk's Cannabis Use Posted by on September 12, 2018 at 18:00:47 PT By Ben Curren, Contributor Source: Forbes USA -- Last week, when Elon Musk appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, he broke the internet when he took a single puff of cannabis at the two-hour-and-ten minute mark. In just under 15 seconds of a podcast that topped two-and-a-half hours, he seemingly did enough damage to cause Tesla’s stock to plummet nine percent, where it remained for the rest of the day.
Today, Tesla’s stock price has rebounded and is back to normal. But the fifteen seconds in which Musk accepted Rogan’s joint, studied it quizzically, took a single tentative puff, shrugged it off, and handed it back spawned a slew of headlines that persisted through the weekend. Read More... Marijuana Bill Scheduled For Congressional Vote Posted by on September 11, 2018 at 10:46:34 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. House panel that oversees federal drug enforcement is scheduled to vote this week on a bill to dramatically expand opportunities for research on the medical benefits of marijuana.
Sponsored by Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and 40 bipartisan cosponsors, the Medical Cannabis Research Act would require that the federal government issue more licenses to grow marijuana to be used in scientific studies, among other changes. Read More... DA's Dismantle Legacy of Marijuana Enforcement Posted by on September 08, 2018 at 05:45:45 PT By Jan Ransom and Tyler Pager Source: New York Times New York City -- Even as the authorities in New York City have scaled back enforcement of marijuana laws, a legacy of tough policies remains: People are hindered from getting jobs, apartments and access to education because of decades-old marijuana convictions and outstanding warrants.
Now Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, is expected to announce next week that his office will vacate misdemeanor marijuana warrants dating to 1978. In Brooklyn, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is going further, offering people with low-level convictions for marijuana possession the chance to have them vacated and the underlying charges dismissed. Read More... Senate Bill Would Legalize MMJ For Veterans Posted by on September 06, 2018 at 05:38:37 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- Two Democratic U.S. senators filed legislation on Wednesday that would effectively legalize medical marijuana for military veterans and let government doctors help them access it. Under the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians would be empowered to issue medical cannabis recommendations in accordance with the laws of a growing number of states.
The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), also makes it legal under federal law for military veterans to "use, possess, or transport medical marijuana in accordance with the laws of the State in which the use, possession, or transport occurs." Read More... Can Marijuana Really Replace Prescription Opioids Posted by on August 31, 2018 at 11:41:31 PT By Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune Source: Chicago Tribune Chicago -- Marijuana advocates were overjoyed this week when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner legalized medical cannabis as a substitute for prescription painkillers. The Marijuana Policy Project called it a “big win” for patients, and officials say it will greatly expand the number of patients, possibly saving lives.
But the new state law begs the question: How effective is cannabis for treating pain? And how well does it work to reduce opioid use and overdose deaths? Read More... White House Looks for Negative Trends on Marijuana Posted by on August 30, 2018 at 10:26:44 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- This week, BuzzFeed News reported on the existence of a previously unknown White House effort to gather information on the “negative impacts of marijuana use, production, and trafficking on national health, safety, and security.”
The Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, a project of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, is particularly interested in “the most significant data demonstrating negative trends” about marijuana use, along with statements “describing the implications of such trends," according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed. Read More... By Next Year You Can Buy Med Marijuana in Hawaii Posted by on August 23, 2018 at 14:32:45 PT By Jay Jones Source: Los Angeles Times Hawaii -- Out-of-state medical marijuana users next year will be able to buy cannabis products at dispensaries in Hawaii. The only hitches: Visitors will need to apply online and pay $45 (plus a $4.50 processing fee) for a temporary Hawaii medical marijuana card that’s valid for 60 days.
“We’ve been fielding a lot of calls daily about reciprocity,” said George Bullock, director of the Cure Oahu marijuana dispensary in Waikiki. “We really look forward to being able to serve them in the future.” Read More... DEA Wants More Marijuana Grown And Fewer Opioids Posted by on August 18, 2018 at 15:39:05 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) isn't exactly known as big fan of marijuana. But in a new Federal Register filing set to be published soon, the anti-drug agency is moving to more than quintuple the amount of cannabis that can legally be grown in the U.S. for research purposes—from roughly 1,000 pounds in 2018 to more than 5,400 pounds next year.
At the same time, DEA is also pushing to reduce the amount of certain opioid drugs—such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl and others—that are produced in the U.S. Read More... Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in New York Posted by on August 08, 2018 at 09:53:48 PT By Steven Epstein Source: New York Law Journal New York -- In all likelihood, New York will legalize recreational marijuana during the next legislative session. This sea-change will demand a regulatory scheme up to the task. On one hand, the regime should cabin the risks associated with legalizing a drug that affects people’s mental states and abilities to drive. But on the other hand, the regime should also maximize the health, safety and financial benefits of bringing this market into daylight. After legalization, New York will become one of the largest marijuana markets in the United States. If rolled out properly, legalization will carry net benefits that far outweigh the costs. Read More... Cuomo Takes Step Toward Legalizing Marijuana Posted by on August 02, 2018 at 20:09:06 PT By Lara Korte Source: Wall Street Journal New York -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo took another step toward legalizing marijuana in New York, announcing the formation of a 20-person work group to draft legislation allowing for recreational use by adults.
Thursday’s announcement came on the heels of a state health-department study that addressed the effects of pot legalization on public health, the economy and the criminal-justice system. The final report, released last month, concluded that the positive effects of a regulated marijuana market would outweigh the potential negatives. Read More... Historic Day for Medical Marijuana in Pa. Posted by on August 02, 2018 at 05:57:02 PT By Sam Wood, Staff Writer Source: Philadelphia Inquirer Pennsylvania -- Thom Shannon was the first in line. The medical marijuana dispensary on Old York Road in Abington wouldn’t open its doors for nine more hours. But Shannon, 43, already had been waiting 20 years.
“I was a little premature, but this day is kinda historic,” said Shannon, a burly former executive chef. “I thought this day would never come.” “Dry leaf” marijuana went on sale Wednesday morning at 16 dispensaries across the state. Additional dispensaries will begin stocking it over the next week. Also known as “flower” or “bud,” dry leaf is the form of the medicine that is the most affordable and familiar to patients and recreational users alike. Read More... Detroit Put Limit on the Number of Pot Shops Posted by on July 31, 2018 at 11:26:26 PT By Katrease Stafford and Kathleen Gray Source: Detroit Free Press Michigan -- Only 75 medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to legally operate in Detroit, after the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an ordinance that caps the number of facilities citywide and puts more regulations in place on the budding industry.
The ordinance, proposed by council member James Tate, establishes rules for five types of medical marijuana licenses including locations where medical marijuana could be grown, tested, processed, transported and dispensed to patients with state-approved medical marijuana cards. Read More... Marijuana is a Gift from God Posted by on July 29, 2018 at 06:02:22 PT By Kurtis Lee Source: Los Angeles Times Utah -- Brian Stoll faced a dilemma as his wedding day approached. For more than a year, he had been smoking marijuana to treat severe back pain, but to remain in good standing with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and get married in the temple, he had to stop using pot.
Since marijuana was illegal under Utah law, church leaders told him, it was forbidden. Stoll turned to an opioid painkiller and has continued using it since his marriage three years ago, despite unpleasant side effects and its inability to match the soothing qualities of marijuana. Read More... Marijuana Bill Protects Jobs of Federal Employees Posted by on July 28, 2018 at 05:00:45 PT By Andrew Blake, The Washington Times Source: Washington Times Washington D.C. -- Federal workers would be allowed to legally use marijuana without risking their jobs under a bipartisan bill proposed Thursday, the “Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act.”
Introduced by Rep. Charlie Crist, Florida Democrat, and Rep. Drew Ferguson, Georgia Republican, the bill would remove limitations on federal employment for anyone legally using marijuana in accordance with state law, effectively keeping government workers in most the country from being canned for their cannabis use. Read More... V.A. Shuns Medical Marijuana Posted by on July 25, 2018 at 07:38:26 PT By Dave Philipps Source: New York Times Santa Cruz, Calif. -- Some of the local growers along the coast here see it as an act of medical compassion: Donating part of their crop of high-potency medical marijuana to ailing veterans, who line up by the dozens each month in the echoing auditorium of the city’s old veterans’ hall to get a ticket they can exchange for a free bag.
One Vietnam veteran in the line said he was using marijuana-infused oil to treat pancreatic cancer. Another said that smoking cannabis eased the pain from a recent hip replacement better than prescription pills did. Several said that a few puffs temper the anxiety and nightmares of post-traumatic stress disorder. Read More... Has U.S. Reached Tipping Point in MJ Legalization Posted by on July 23, 2018 at 06:49:32 PT By Daniel J. Mallinson and A. Lee Hannah Source: Washington Post USA -- Has the U.S. reached the “tipping point” in marijuana legalization? That’s what one CNN commentator said happened last month when, on June 26, Oklahoma adopted medical marijuana through a ballot initiative — making it the 30th state to do so, as you can see in the figure below.
It’s true that a lot was unusual about the Oklahoma initiative. The state approved medical marijuana with roughly 57 percent of the vote — despite the fact that the ballot measure was held in a conservative state, during a primary — when only the most committed party members tend to vote — rather than during a general election, is more permissive than many comparable laws, and was opposed by statewide Republican leaders. Read More... Marijuana Decriminalization is Long Overdue Posted by on July 22, 2018 at 05:43:53 PT By Jeffrey Miron and Sietse Goffard Source: Hill USA -- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill late last month to decriminalize marijuana nationally. It’s high time that happened. Ending the federal prohibition on marijuana — and the disastrous War on Drugs more broadly — is decades overdue.
As of today, nine states — Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Nevada, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts — have legalized marijuana for recreational use. As Congress debates decriminalization, it’s worth asking: How are those states faring? Read More... In New Jersey, Legal Marijuana Is So Close Posted by on July 16, 2018 at 15:48:22 PT By Nick Corasaniti Source: New York Times Secaucus, N.J. -- Tucked inside a nondescript commercial warehouse here sits a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation. A custom filtration system feeds a proprietary cocktail of nutrients into a hydroponic, two-level farming system. Two pallets of crops are harvested every day, and the 15,000 square feet will eventually yield two tons of marijuana per year.
And it’s all legal. Read More... Cuomo Administration Report Backs Marijuana Posted by on July 13, 2018 at 10:37:48 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes New York -- The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who until recently referred to marijuana as a "gateway drug," released a state Health Department report on Friday that says the "positive effects" of legalization "outweigh the potential negative impacts."
"Numerous NYS agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in developing this assessment," the 75-page document says. "No insurmountable obstacles to regulation of marijuana were raised." Read More... 5 Things I Found Surprising About Legal Marijuana Posted by on July 13, 2018 at 06:52:32 PT By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Source: Detroit Free Press Denver -- After landing at Denver International Airport last month, all the familiar punch lines I’ve been hearing about covering the marijuana industry from friends, family and co-workers kept echoing in my head.
So you’re going to get a little Rocky Mountain High?
We have high expectations for this trip.
This is such a burning issue this year, you really need to weed out the fake news. Read More... When Marijuana is Legal in Canada Posted by on July 12, 2018 at 06:03:45 PT By Lornet Turnbull and Katie Zezima Source: Washington Post Blaine, Wash. -- Recreational marijuana has been legal here in Washington state since 2014. Adults just a few miles away in Canada also will be able to legally buy and smoke marijuana for pleasure starting in October. But between them stands the U.S. border, a thin marijuana militarized zone, where the drug will remain forbidden by federal law.
Though marijuana will be legal for medical or recreational use in many places on either side of the roughly 6,000-mile border — including Alaska, Maine and Vermont — the U.S. government routinely bars Canadians who admit to having used the drug from entering the country. And U.S. citizens who try to cross back into the United States carrying marijuana bought legally in Canada to states where it is legal to have it could be arrested at the border crossings for possession — or drug smuggling — and face stiff fines or years in jail. Read More... Marijuana Politics Evolving in Red States Posted by on July 10, 2018 at 06:20:51 PT By Reid Wilson Source: Hill USA -- Supporters and opponents of legalizing marijuana are preparing to fight over ballot measures in half a dozen states this year, shifting the political battleground away from traditionally liberal states and into some of the country’s most conservative areas.
Two measures are already scheduled to appear on November ballots: Michigan voters will decide whether to become the ninth state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, while the electorate in Utah will choose whether to join 22 other states by legalizing pot for medical use. Read More... FDA Rejects Petition To Further Restrict Marijuana Posted by CN Staff on July 05, 2018 at 19:50:49 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a request from an anti-legalization group to place marijuana and its derivatives on a list of restricted substances that are not "generally recognized as safe and effective."
The move is "not necessary for the protection of public health," Janet Woodcock, the director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and research wrote on Monday in a letter to the group, Drug Watch International. Read More... Senate Committee Slams MJ's Federal Classification Posted by on July 03, 2018 at 14:56:29 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- A key U.S. Senate committee says that marijuana's current federal classification blocks scientific research on its effects — something that legalization advocates have long argued.
"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 conducted on certain Schedule 1 drugs, especially marijuana or its component chemicals and certain synthetic drugs," the Senate Appropriations Committee wrote in a new report under the headline, "Barriers to Research." Read More... Chilling Out on Gifted Weed In The Roasting Sun Posted by on July 02, 2018 at 07:08:25 PT By Nicole Higgins DeSmet, Burlington Free Press Source: Burlington Free Press Johnson, Vermont -- It was sweltering hot on Sunday in Lamoille County, but the free weed gifted by cultivation consultants at the legalization celebration kept things upbeat and chill.
"I'm here for the brotherhood. People having a good time and enjoying each other’s company," volunteer Chris Benoit said as he stood at the parking entrance. It was just about noon and 94 degrees as he was finishing his shift. Read More... Vermont Recreational Marijuana Legalization Posted by on July 01, 2018 at 14:51:33 PT By Jason Lemon Source: Newsweek Vermont -- Recreational marijuana use officially became legal in Vermont on Sunday.
Vermont is the ninth state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for recreational use and also the first state in the country to do so through its legislature. The law was signed in January by the state’s governor, Phil Scott. Now, individuals 21 years of age or older in the state can legally possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and own up to six marijuana plants (two of which can be mature and four of which must be immature). Read More... Marijuana Is Now Legal In Canada Posted by on June 27, 2018 at 09:09:29 PT By Jordan Waldrep, Contributor Source: Forbes USA -- This fall, Canada is set to become the 2nd nation in the world to allow legal consumption of recreational marijuana. The Cannabis Act, passed by the Canadian Senate on June 21, controls and regulates the growth, distribution and sale of recreational marijuana in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expects everything to be in place for consumption to begin on October 17. Canada is the first G-7 country to take this step and the second overall after Uruguay. With voters in many developed countries advocating for decriminalization and legalization of cannabis, this appears to be a trend. The U.S. would become the largest potential market for legal cannabis. So, it makes sense to ask: “Will it actually happen here?” Read More...
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