WSDA Plans Organic Cannabis Certification Program

Cannabis consumers in Washington will have access to state-certified organic cannabis products as early as next year, The Stranger reports. The plan is for the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to establish an organic certification program that cannabis cultivators can use to exemplify their plants and growing process as safe, clean, and natural. The actual […]

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Ohio Citizens Seek Decriminalization; Police Will Continue Arrests

Voters in the city of Norwood, Ohio have collected enough signatures to get a cannabis decriminalization measure on the town’s ballot but police said they will continue to charge offenders under state law even if the measure passes, as reported by The Cincinnati Enquirer. “This [ballot issue] deals with Norwood’s codified ordinance and doesn’t have […]

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World Health Organization Recommends Descheduling CBD

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that “preparations considered to be pure cannabidiol CBD should not be scheduled within the International Drug Control Conventions,” Hempsupporter reports. The statement was issued following the 40th meeting of the organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence on June 7-8 in Geneva. Four important excerpts: “There are no case reports of […]

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Confusion Abounds Over “Dr. Gupta” Hemp CBD Product Endorsement

CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is often credited for helping spark a major shift of public opinion regarding the cannabis plant. In 2013, Dr. Gupta released CNN’s Weed, in which the acclaimed neurosurgeon denounced the medical and political forces that have stifled medical cannabis to this date and explained how it can be […]

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We Need to Stop Calling K2 ‘Synthetic Marijuana’ as Body Count Rises

Following last week’s mass-casualty event in New Haven, Connecticut, it’s clear that the cannabis community needs to do its part to change the language surrounding K2, also known as Spice. Many journalists continue to refer to Spice as “synthetic marijuana” but, in reality, it’s made of only individual synthetic cannabinoids and is often combined with the […]

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Florida Politician’s Accounts Closed for Taking MMJ Advocacy Donations

This month, Wells Fargo closed the accounts of Florida agriculture commissioner candidate Nikki Fried due to her receiving money from medical cannabis lobbyists, according to a Forbes report by Tom Angell. This is the first-ever closure of a politician’s campaign accounts due to contributions from the cannabis industry. Nikki Fried, even if elected, would have very […]

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DEA Calls for Fewer Opioids, More Cannabis In 2019

The Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Agency announced in a news release yesterday the agencies’ new goal for 2019: to reduce production of the nation’s six most frequently abused opioids by an average of ten percent. Additionally, according to a Tom Angell Forbes report, the DEA will call for the quintupling of research-grade cannabis next year, from about 1,000 […]

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Coworkers Become Enemies As Cannabis Consultants Feud In Cutthroat Market

The CEO of SIVA Enterprises has filed suit against start-up Cirrata and five executives in that company, previously employed at SIVA, over alleged civil and criminal acts committed in a supposed effort to undermine SIVA’s business, Marijuana Business Daily reports. Avis Bulbulyan of SIVA is pitting himself against Lance Ott, Steve Baghoomian, David Yeager, Colton Lasater and […]

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Louisiana Plants First Cannabis Crop After Months of Regulatory Issues

Louisiana’s first legal cannabis crop will be planted today after the grower, GB Sciences, and state regulators finally reached an agreement on operations, according to a News Star report. The first crop will be grown in a temporary “exterior pod” custom-built by GB Sciences to meet stringent state regulations. GB Sciences must still obtain approval from Agriculture […]

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Poll: 24% of Young Adults In America Consume Cannabis

The latest Gallup poll has found that nearly 25 percent of young Americans (aged 18 to 29) are admitted cannabis users — this is about double the rate of the rest of the population, of which 13 percent say they “regularly” or “occasionally” use and/or smoke cannabis. Cannabis usage rates could be on the rise, […]

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Mormon Campaign Attempts to Block Utah MMJ Ballot Measure

Members of a campaign funded by Mormon attorney Walter J. Plumb filed a lawsuit in Utah state court on Wednesday in an attempt to remove a measure legalizing medical cannabis from the November ballot, according to a Salt Lake Tribune report. The ballot measure would legalize cannabis use for only specific chronic illnesses like cancer and HIV, […]

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California Cannabis Taxes Generate $74 Million in 2nd Quarter

California’s cannabis tax numbers are in for the second quarter of 2018 and the numbers suggest the market is trending toward compliance, despite the market’s rocky start. Tax revenue from the cannabis industry totaled $74,240,257 from April 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018, which includes state cultivation [$4.5 million], excise [$43 .5 million] and sales […]

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Ontario Delays Launch of Private Cannabis Stores Until 2019

On Monday, Ontario’s government announced that it would start legal cannabis sales as online-only when it becomes legal on Oct. 17 and would delay brick and mortar sales until April of 2019, Bloomberg reports. In the meantime, Ontario has partnered with Shopify to provide a government-run, online-only platform for the sale of legal cannabis. Once private brick […]

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Researchers Pioneer New Cannabis Extraction Method Using An Espresso Machine

In a study to be published in The International Journal of Pure and Applied Analytical Chemistry, researchers have revealed that it is possible to use a hard-cap espresso machine to create cannabis extracts. The team of researchers made the extracts, meant to be used for analysis, with a common laboratory solvent and a $300 espresso […]

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Alcohol Distributor Constellation Brands Makes $4 Billion Cannabis Investment

Constellation Brands, the brewer of Corona beer and a major distributor for Svedka vodka, just invested nearly $4 billion (CAD $5 billion) into Canada’s Canopy Growth, Marketwatch reports. It is the largest investment ever in the cannabis industry. After news of the announcement broke, Canopy Growth — which is publicly listed on both the New York and […]

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Sacramento Launches Cannabis Equity Program to Help Drug War Victims

The city of Sacramento, California voted in favor of a cannabis equity program that helps the communities and people most harmed by cannabis prohibition last week, reports CBS. Sacramento is the fourth city in California to establish a cannabis equity program after Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The cannabis equity program in Sacramento fast-tracks cannabis business […]

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UN to Review Cannabis’ Status Under International Law

In November, the United Nations will perform a deep review of cannabis’ scheduling status under the 1962 Single Convention treaty, which coordinates international drug laws, reports Marijuana Moment‘s Tom Angell. The UN World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence found in a pre-review in June that there was sufficient scientific evidence to support a full critical […]

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Health Canada Expands Industrial Hemp Rules to Allow Full-Plant Harvests

Canadian hemp growers can now harvest the entire hemp plant — including its flowers, buds, and leaves — after Health Canada established new rules on August 10, Producer.com reports. Previously, hemp farmers could only farm the plant for its seeds and fiber. The move is expected to open access to another potentially massive source of cannabidiol (CBD), a […]

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New Jersey Judge Rules Employer Can Discriminate Against MMJ Use

A U.S. District Judge in New Jersey has ruled that an employer can indefinitely suspend an employee for his doctor-prescribed medical cannabis, The Daily Journal reports. Ardagh Glass in Bridgeton, New Jersey did not allow medical cannabis patient Daniel Cotto Jr. to return to work after he refused a drug test. Cotto claims his employer knew about […]

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Marijuana Policy Project Appoints New Executive Director

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), after months of considering qualified candidates, has hired activist Steve Hawkins to the position of executive director, the organization announced today via press release. Hawkins has spent three decades as an advocate, policy strategist, nonprofit leader, and foundation executive in the movement for criminal justice reform. His experience in public […]

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Trump Tariffs Expected to Increase Cannabis Industry Prices

The prices of cannabis retail items like vapes, batteries, filters, cartridges, and packaging may soon increase thanks to President Trump’s proposed tariffs, Forbes reports. The tariffs will force vape manufacturers to locate new American suppliers or be quickly out-competed by the companies that do. American-made equipment in this category is far more expensive. The increase in prices […]

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Shopify Locking Up Canadian Cannabis Market

Online retail giant Shopify has been cutting huge deals with Canadian provinces and cannabis producers to set itself up as the largest cannabis point-of-sale and inventory management platform, reports The Motley Fool. Shopify has signed contracts with the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia, as well as with Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth Corp., Hydropothecary Corp., […]

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Denver Mayor Says Legalization Has Benefited City

Despite campaigning against Colorado’s successful 2012 bid to legalize cannabis, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock admitted last week that the city of Denver is effectively regulating cannabis and called the industry a “success,” according to a press release. The statement was sparked by a city report that outlines the Denver industry’s journey from medical-only to a […]

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North Dakota Legalization Initiative Approved for Nov. Ballot; MMJ Launch Likely Delayed Until 2019

North Dakota voters will get their chance to vote on adult-use cannabis legalization this November, according to the Associated Press. Cannabis advocates collected and submitted more than 14,600 valid voter signatures in favor of the ballot initiative, said North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger. They only needed 13,500. The proposal seeks to legalize cannabis for […]

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