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Reformers respond to GOP threat against cannabis

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 15:05

Reformers call for a tempered response to the Republican administration’s apparent threat that the Justice Department might step up enforcement actions against adult-use cannabis in legalized states. White House Press Secretary was asked about the Department of Justice’s approach to state-legal marijuana programs. Sean Spicer replied that he believes there will be “greater enforcement” of […]

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CBD medical products line labels dosage ratios

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 21:58

The value of labeling cannabinoid profiles on cannabis products is not lost on patients who rely on that information to gauge dosages and plan therapies, even when they have to design their own products. So it is not surprising that a family-owned grow facility that has developed medicinally-focused cannabis tincture to treat son’s epilepsy has […]

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Texans activists, cops mobilize for cannabis reform

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 03:01

Marijuana policy reform supporters have seen growing support within the law enforcement community after they converged at the Texas State Capitol for a citizen lobby day February 8 as part of ongoing efforts to advance a pair of cannabis reform bills. “Arresting people for marijuana possession takes officers off the streets for hours, reducing their effectiveness,” said former Carrollton […]

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Overblown fear of cannabis DUI plague reforms

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:14

With the continuing success of efforts to end marijuana prohibition across the country, of course the drug warriors are trying to find a topic in 2017 to give a voter pause. As usual, they pander to fears in an effort to discourage reforms. A few still bring up the discredited ‘Gateway Theory,’ i.e., legalizing responsible […]

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Kalytera buys up Israeli CBD cannabis company

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 22:19

Kalytera Therapeutics, Inc. announced that it has acquired Talent Biotechs Ltd., a privately held Israeli company that develops Cannabidiol (CBD) based therapies for diseases with high unmet medical needs.  Talent is currently evaluating the use of CBD to prevent and treat Graft versus Host Disease (“GvHD”), a life-threatening condition that can occur following stem cell or […]

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Congressional Cannabis Caucus introduces HR 975

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 15:22

In his appointment testimony before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, U.S.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that it is not the responsibility of the Attorney General to pick and choose which federal laws to enforce. “One obvious concern is the United States Congress has made the possession in every state and distribution an […]

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Colorado: $1.3b cannabis sales in 2016 = nearly $200m tax revenue

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 15:32

The Colorado Department of Revenue announced that $1.3 billion in regulated marijuana sales, medical and adult, took place in calendar year 2016. State coffers took in nearly $200 million in state tax revenue. These figures do not include millions of dollars in revenue generated by local taxes on marijuana, nor do they include any ancillary industries’ revenue stream, such smoking […]

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Canada, Germany eye cannabis alliance: What about US?

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:12

The expansion of Germany’s medical cannabis laws has understandably gotten a lot of international attention. Germany is one of the world’s economic and political leaders, so major marijuana developments around bound to cause ripples around the globe. What better time for a global cannabis industry conference in Berlin? Responding to the increase in demand for medical […]

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Basketball, business and weed at ICBC in SF this week

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 03:38

Johnny Green, writing for the WeedNews.co blog, talked with basketball star John Salley about his decision to invest in the cannabis industry. “I decided rather than investing in something like McDonald’s or whatever else was is out there, I went with the cannabis industry, and specifically Canopy. It has proven to be one of the best investments I’ve ever […]

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Cannabis guide to Trump administration picks

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:59

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly pledged to respect state marijuana laws and touted the benefits of medical cannabis. But in his inaugural address, President Trump decried “the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential” and proclaimed that, “This […]

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Germany insurance to cover medical marijuana

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:17

Cannabis will be a legal prescription drug in Germany covered by insurance beginning March 19, 2017, thanks to a vote by the Bundestag in Berlin. Cultivation for medical use will be regulated by the state. Cannabis used as an adult social pastime remains prohibited. Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe (CDU) presented legislation that was unanimously […]

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Cannabis value potential eclipses other farm crops

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 15:39

A number making the rounds recently has ganjapreneurs, cannabusinesses and cannabis investors on the west coast standing up and taking notice. That number is $23.3 billion. It’s the latest economic estimate of the value of cannabis that will be produced in California as the plant works its way out of the proverbial closet of prohibition. […]

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Texans call on legislators to make good on reforms

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 08:38

Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy sponsored a February 8 lobbying day event to help Texas residents meet with their elected officials to discuss the importance of the legislation. Two bills on table Participants urged state lawmakers to support HB 81 and SB 170, which would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, […]

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New AG’s effect unclear on cannabis

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 15:30

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump said his administration would “do” medical marijuana and let the states decide about legalization for themselves. Then, on the heels of passing eight state marijuana reform initiatives in 2016, his choice for Attorney General rattled reformers. Every Republican senator voted for Sessions as AG on February 8, while every […]

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Powerful treatment for addiction, ibogaine, banned in US

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 15:47

State legislators, medical marijuana patients, doctors and adult cannabis consumers have been stymied in many ways by the federal listing of cannabis as a schedule 1 controlled substance. However, cannabis is not unique in that regard. For example, another powerful medicine plant, the iboga shrub, is likewise banned from medical use. What makes iboga a special case […]

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College students may do better with weed

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 23:04

Marijuana use among college students has taken another spike upward, according to a new survey, but these students’ grades may have likewise climbed. “As part of Inhale Labs’ Cannabis in College study, a series of surveys shows that daily or near-daily marijuana use among college students is accelerating faster than ever before, reaching 10.1% in […]

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Open letter: Gov. Brown, please give general amnesty for cannabis

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 15:58

Dear Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Governor of California. California voters legalized marijuana via Proposition 64 and you are no doubt aware that its provisions are retroactive. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act allows people to clear their court records going back 40 years. Certainly, you see the paradigm shift this implies: Not only cannabis legalization […]

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Federal report: Legalization lowers teen cannabis use

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 20:38

Have you heard the one about the state that legalized marijuana for adults and discovered that teens stopped using pot? Turns out it’s not a joke, according to the latest federal statistics on drug use. “Every time a state considers rolling back marijuana prohibition, opponents predict it will result in more teen use. Yet the […]

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Open letter: Obama, please deschedule cannabis before you go

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 18:16

Dear Barack Obama, President of the United States, You have only a few weeks left in office to make your final substantive, lasting changes on these United States of America. Please take five minutes, the sooner the better, to order the head of the DEA to remove marijuana from the CSA drug schedule, or alternatively […]

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Ban on CBD meds in DEA’s sights: Sign petition to deschedule

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 21:35

The argument as to whether or not CBD (cannabidiol) is a lawful product of hemp or marihuana / marijuana has been simmering on the back burner of the body politic, especially in that the Farm Bill passed by Congress allows products made from domestically grown industrial hemp, as long as that crop has less than […]

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