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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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Canada to legalize at age 18, ban traditional market

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 16:13

The transition is likely to be messy now that the Canadian government has announced that it will have legal marijuana available in July 2018. The rules are strict and the existing traditional supply stream will remain illegal. That means personal adult cultivation, purchase, possession and sharing of cannabis all will be legal at age 18. […]

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Over reliance on clones may taint cannabis

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 15:45

Since purity and potency testing of cannabis first become popular and now mandated, there has been a seemingly inexplicable increase in pesticides detected. Part of this is simply that cannabis has not traditionally been product tested, so there is no established baseline for comparison. The Department of Agriculture has not listed any approved levels of […]

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New NJ governor promises legal adult cannabis

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:32

New Jersey Governor-Elect Phil Murphy campaigned on a pledge to legalize and regulate the adult use of cannabis in the state. The incoming Democrat governor replaces Chris Christie, a Trump Republican, who at least once said, “you’re d&*# right I’m the only impediment” to legalization in New Jersey. When marijuana policy reform was discussed during this […]

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US Hemp cultivation more than doubles in 2017

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:28

Domestic hemp production more than doubled from 2016 to 2017, according to data compiled by the advocacy organization Vote Hemp, which is dedicated to changing state and federal laws to allow commercial hemp farming. The group calculates that US farmers cultivated over 23,000 acres of hemp in 2017, up from fewer than 10,000 acres in 2016, […]

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California extraction rule helps scores of hash oil cases

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:22

The Bureau of Cannabis Control has released Emergency Regulations including a common sense rule change that provides relief for potentially hundreds of hash oil extraction cases with patients facing years in prison for using alcohol to make concentrates. Ethanol and CO2 extraction are officially non-volatile processes. “These regulations have provided the clarification we sought regarding […]

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Maine Governor vetoes cannabusiness regulations

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:02

Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed legislation to initiate a regulated cannabis market that state voters called for in 2016 when they approved Question 1. On November 6, the Maine House let the veto stand. In his veto message, LePage said that he “cannot in good conscience support any scheme in state law to implement expansion of […]

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