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Plant-derived CBD import given “priority review”

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 15:42

The federal government is not ready to accept the medical science on the safety and efficacy of cannabis and the DEA and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are threatening a crack down on patients and providers here in the USA. However, a foreign pharmaceutical company is making fast headway towards getting its product approved for import […]

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Time to say bye-bye, Di Fi

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:49

California Senator Dianne Feinstein, known familiarly as “Di-Fi,” has been an anchor of the Drug War and a political conservative who has repeatedly failed to represent the voters of the state and opted instead to represent federal authority right back at her home state. First elected in 1994 as a woman and a strong San […]

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Cannabis seen as safer than alcohol – or sugar

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:39

At least cannabis won’t give you cancer, liver damage, cavities or diabetes. And it turns out that it might even protect against some symptoms of alcohol abuse. Most Americans today recognize that consuming cannabis poses fewer harms to health than does the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or sugar, according to the findings of a nationwide […]

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Federal government sued over its cannabis ban

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:47

A judge for the Federal District Court in Manhattan heard arguments on Valentine’s Day, Februrary 14, in a lawsuit that asserts the DEA has known since the 1972 Shafer Commission report that cannabis is wrongly classified as a Schedule 1 substance. The federal Commission’s review was launched with the passage of the Controlled Substances Act […]

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Maine first state to protect employment rights

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 19:19

Maine has become the first state to protect employment and other rights for cannabis consumers. Provisions in the state’s 2016 voter-initiated marijuana law that seek to limit employers from penalizing employees for their off-the-job marijuana use went into effect last week. The language stipulates: “A school, employer or landlord may not refuse to enroll or […]

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Trump pushes prison over treatment for drugs

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:42

The Trump Administration’s 2019 budget, released February 12, has alarmed drug policy reform advocates by increasing funding for prisons and programs most associated with the harms of the Drug War. Two years ago, President Obama’s budget focused more money on treatment and prevention than enforcement and interdiction. Trump’s budget proposal once again appears to be a […]

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Oaksterdam, CHA host hemp business workshop

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 15:55

As California shifts into hemp production, the California Hemp Association and Oaksterdam University presented California Hemp Business Workshop, a one-day workshop on industrial hemp, to help get people started in this wide open field in the state of California. The day-long workshop provided a unique opportunity to network with hemp business peers, startups and members […]

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Cops to Trump: Sessions is wrong on opioids

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:47

If President Trump and Congress want to tackle America’s opioid epidemic, accepting the recommendations of his opioid commission to expand addiction treatments would be a good start. However, to address this public emergency with the serious intent that it deserves, the administration also needs a consistent, coordinated approach to both criminal justice and health care. […]

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Medical marijuana laws reducing gang violence

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 15:26

Is legal cannabis a cure for cartel gang violence along the US / Mexico border? Maybe, but at least it could be a good start. Regulating marijuana for medical use is associated with a decrease in violent crimes committed by Mexican drug trafficking organizations, according to data published in The Economic Journal. A team of […]

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Pre-legalization marijuana convictions being cleared

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:54

Several regional governments in states with legal marijuana have begun to erase past marijuana convictions, despite US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Republican leadership in the House of Representatives efforts to reverse even medical use. Among other things, this means the people who are affected can honestly say that they have never been convicted of a crime when they […]

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NM takes steps toward legalizing at age 21

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 15:41

A bill to legalize marijuana in the state of New Mexico crossed its first hurdle as a legislative committee voted in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana for adults. The resolution would allow for the possession and personal use of marijuana by persons 21 years of age and up and for regulation of the production, […]

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Signatures turned in for Michigan cannabis initiative

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 23:06

Cannabis reform is on course to be an election issue on at least one state ballot this year. Proponents of a voter initiative campaign in Michigan to legalize and regulate personal adult use and retail sale of cannabis in the state have turned in more than 360,000 signatures in their drive to qualify the measure for […]

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Tax rates hold keys to legal cannabis markets

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:44

Just a few weeks into the rollout of California’s legal adult use cannabis sales, permitting has begun taking off in spurts in the counties and municipalities that have approved such activities. Many cities and counties are still wary of Proposition 64 and implementing bans against cannabis operations or strongly restricting availability for such licenses. Many […]

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Indoor cultivation energy efficiency on the rise

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 15:32

For the 50 states and Washington, D.C., the biggest national energy efficiency question being raised is whether legal medical marijuana cultivation would create a surge in electrical energy consumption. Most eyes are on California, the largest producer of cannabis consumption in the US, if not the world. Learn best practices for branding and marketing at […]

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Free temporary licenses help California transition

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 15:22

California has a complex situation to navigate during 2018, and the agencies that are overseeing the rollout of legal commercial production and access to cannabis are trying to ease the culture shock of moving above ground. This includes a grace period to move cannabis supplies from the medical to the adult use markets. Chief cannabis […]

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Dispensaries reduce crime, safe for teens

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:20

New data show that neighborhoods with cannabis shops tend to be as safe as any other and that young people who consume marijuana are just as motivated in life as their abstinent peers. To put it another way, two more myths used to stigmatize cannabis users should fall by the wayside. Marijuana retail businesses are […]

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Sessions ignites nation with anti-marijuana ploy

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 15:52

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rattled his saber of prohibition by threatening more federal marijuana prosecutions, reversing one of the few remaining policy holdovers from the Obama administration, stoking a firestorm of support for a variety of federal reforms. The famous “Cole Memo” was issued after Colorado and Washington legalized adult use of marijuana, when […]

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California’s first legal sale honors cannabis activism

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 23:47

Long-term cannabis reform activists Chris Conrad and wife Mikki Norris were beaming as they made the first documented legal purchase of marijuana in California for non-medical personal adult use and paid its first recorded cannabis excise tax in Berkeley, Jan 1, 2018. “What we’re getting are three Jack Herer joints in honor of our friend […]

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Happy 2018! Adult cannabis on sale in California

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 08:44

To the amazement of the skeptics, California will begin to tax and regulate legal sales of non-medical, adult use marijuana on January 1 at 6 AM. It is fitting that the event will debut in Berkeley, a city which has led the way in support of cannabis since the 1960s. The Bureau of Cannabis Control […]

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New ‘Bhang aphids’ found in Oregon cannabis gardens

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 15:45

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has published an alert, warning of a newly identified aphid species that is attacking cannabis crops, the Phorodon cannabis, also called the bhang aphid. “Phorodon cannabis, known as the cannabis aphid, bhang aphid, or hemp aphid, feeds on cannabis,” said the ODA’s warning. “It is only known from two locations in Oregon […]

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