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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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NORML lists Top 10 events of 2017

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 15:36

Well, it’s that time of year again when we look back at 2017 as it winds to a close. It was a bad year for immigrants, civil rights, gay rights, the environment and social justice, but we saw some big advances in the world of cannabis. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, […]

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Final year begins for SB420 collectives

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 01:36

California’s unlicensed medical marijuana providers are bracing for the end of the critical SB 420 collective defense in less than a year. Ironically, the end appears to be dated one year from the opening of this year’s hugely successful Emerald Cup. “The Bureau of Cannabis Control website includes an announcement, posted December 14, 2017,  that […]

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California cities rolling out the Green Carpet

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:49

California is rolling out the green carpet. Twenty temporary adult use licenses were issued December 14, including one in San Diego County, the first day of the new program of regulated sales, as the state prepares to embrace legal marijuana starting January 1, 2018. Adult possession, cultivation and sharing have all been legal since the law […]

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UN/WHO agree CBD is medicine, no risk of abuse

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 15:35

The United Nations’ public health arm, the World Health Organization, now officially agrees that naturally occurring cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic medicinal compound found in cannabis, does not meet the criteria necessary to be listed as a schedule 1 prohibited drug in the USA. The federal DEA has to contend that a drug meets three requirements for the […]

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Cal OSHA to hash out cannabis regulations in January

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:45

The transition from under the table to over the counter is a convoluted journey for the cannabis trades. Where once outlaws grew in hidden dales and sold through a network of friends, now businesses are open to inspection and sales will soon be tracked from seed to sale. OSHA cannabis meeting: Wednesday January 31, 2018, 10 […]

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Emerald Cup rises from ashes to new heights

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:55

Northern California’s famous Emerald Cup cannabis festival rose up from the ashes of the devastating Wine Country Fire that scorched Napa and Sonoma Counties during the height of the 2017 outdoor harvest. With that same relentless optimism that carried cannabis consumers and growers through the depths and horrors of the War on Marijuana, the crowd […]

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Wisconsin lawmakers give unanimous approval to hemp

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:59

Get ready to see more emerald fields of cannabis hemp in America’s Midwestern farm belt.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation into law November 30, making the crop’s approval unanimous. Members of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate earlier in the month had unanimously approved the proposal, Senate Bill 119, to establish a state-sponsored pilot program to […]

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Study: CBD dosages are often stronger than labeled

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:33

A study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, has found that the cannabinoid content on nearly 70 percent of sampled cannabidiol (CBD) products purchased online were either over or under their labeled dosages. This poses a risk of potentially serious harm to patients and personal consumers, warned the […]

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Interfaith activist Marcus played role in passing Prop. 215

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 23:55

The drug policy reform movement lost another important activist, advocate and visionary Thanksgiving weekend. Jane Marcus, who served on the board of the Women of Reform Judaism, was instrumental in securing its endorsement for Prop. 215, the medical marijuana initiative California voters passed in 1996. The importance of that endorsement reverberated and spurred other communities […]

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Med schools don’t prep docs on cannabis

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:20

Most people agree that medical marijuana patients benefit from a doctor’s advice and supervision. One little problem, though. Most med schools don’t teach doctors about cannabis. Survey finds paucity of training Medical students are rarely provided with educational information specific to the medicinal use of cannabis and are ill equipped to discuss the issue with […]

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Trump hands Health and Human Services to Big Pharma

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 09:14

Candidate Trump promised to legalize medical marijuana and “drain the swamp.” Subsequently he appointed a bevy of executives of Goldman Sachs executives to his administration and an anti-marijuana fanatic as Attorney General, betraying the trust of his constituents. Dealing drugs has been very profitable for Pharma — as well as a major factor behind the […]

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Federal protection for medical marijuana ends in a week

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 15:26

The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment is now set to expire on December 22. This critical federal appropriations amendment prohibits the Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. Drug Policy Action has a URL for you to tell your elected representatives to renew the measure. For patients and caregivers using some form […]

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California calls on Feds to reschedule cannabis

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 21:42

  Following marijuana legalization Proposition 64’s 57% victory at the polls last November, the California State Senate has joined Hawaii, Washington and Iowa and the nation’s governors in asking the federal US government to take marijuana out of its schedule 1 classification under the Controlled Substances Act. There is already a bill in Congress to […]

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Big revenues, few problems from legal cannabis sales

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 15:53

Revenues from adult use cannabis sales continue to rise in the legalization states as fears concerning teen use fail to materialize. Retail marijuana sales now stand at record highs, with monthly sales in Washington State exceeding $130 million – up from $106 million in February. Overall, year-to-date marijuana sales in Washington are $1,101,853,539 in the first […]

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