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Unless You’re a Citizen, Legal Marijuana Isn’t for You

Unless You’re a Citizen, Legal Marijuana Isn’t for You

Unless You’re a Citizen, Legal Marijuana Isn’t for You

Legal marijuana may be a multi-billion dollar industry in Colorado, but cannabis is still illegal federally — so any job in the industry can be considered trafficking in a controlled substance.

Canada's Alberta Sets Out Rules for Recreational Pot Shops

Canada’s Alberta Sets Out Rules for Recreational Pot Shops

Alberta said on Friday recreational marijuana will be sold in licensed private retail stores to be overseen by a government regulator, as the energy-rich province unveiled its guidelines for pot just months before it is legalized in Canada.

Doubts Raised Over Marijuana’s Medical Benefits

Doubts Raised Over Marijuana’s Medical Benefits

A new medical marijuana guideline developed by Edmonton researchers warns family doctors that the risks may outweigh the benefits for the vast majority of patients. The guideline, published Thursday in the Canadian Family Physician journal, suggests the benefits of medical cannabis may be overstated, and research on its medicinal properties is sorely lacking.

Medical Marijuana and Money Laundering

Medical Marijuana and Money Laundering

Medical marijuana may be legal in many states, but federally, it is still illegal. This means that banks run the risk of being charged with money laundering or other crimes for working with what the federal government considers an illicit activity. This creates a precarious situation where billions of dollars of state-licensed marijuana profits are handled almost exclusively in cash. What are the laws the set up this framework? What problems does this create? What is the solution?

U.S. Judge Weighs Challenge to Federal Marijuana Prohibition

U.S. Judge Weighs Challenge to Federal Marijuana Prohibition

The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the United States’ longstanding prohibition of marijuana, the latest court battle over federal policy under President Donald Trump’s administration.

New Mexico Lawmakers Press Health Chief to OK Cannabis for Opioid Treatment

New Mexico Lawmakers Press Health Chief to OK Cannabis for Opioid Treatment

New Mexico lawmakers injected a dose of political pressure Monday into an unwavering but so far unsuccessful effort to add opioid use disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in New Mexico.

Lawmakers Threaten Department of Health Funding After Medical Marijuana Delays in Florida

Lawmakers Threaten DOH Funding After Medical Marijuana Delays in Florida

Dr. Ahmed El-Haddad with Mari J MD Medical Marijuana says the rollout here in Florida has worked in some respects. It’s a system he says that still has a lot of room for improvement.

Michigan Pot Legalization Push Faces New Opposition

Michigan Pot Legalization Push Faces New Opposition

A campaign to legalize and commercialize recreational marijuana in Michigan is facing opposition from a national group that has fought similar proposals in other states around the country.

Colorado Marijuana Sales Hit a Record $1.5 Billion in 2017

Colorado Marijuana Sales Hit a Record $1.5 Billion in 2017

Colorado marijuana shops raked in a record $1.51 billion sales of medical and recreational cannabis, edibles and concentrate products during 2017, according to Colorado Department of Revenue data released Friday.

Canadian Regulators Repeat Call for Weed Firms to Disclose U.S. Risks

Canadian Regulators Repeat Call for Weed Firms to Disclose U.S. Risks

Canadian regulators on Thursday reiterated their call for listed cannabis producers with U.S. businesses to clearly disclose risks of operating there, and warned of potential punishment if U.S. federal anti-marijuana laws are more strictly enforced.

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Virginia Senate 40-0

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Virginia Senate 40-0

The Virginia Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass the Joint Commission on Health Care bill SB 726, which will let Virginia doctors recommend the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil for the treatment of any diagnosed condition or disease.

How a Cannabis Tech Platform is About to Make Life a Lot Easier for Marijuana Dispensaries

How a Cannabis Tech Platform Will Make Things Easier for Marijuana Dispensaries

A slew of cannabis software services has cropped up with the advent of marijuana legalization, from point-of-sale systems to advertising networks to product-review platforms. As businesses angle for a piece of the cannabis-tech pie, retailers have a lot of options to choose from.

Legal Weed: Politicians and Police Cashing in on New Industry

Legal Weed: Politicians and Police Cashing in on New Industry

Who gets to profit from Canada’s booming weed industry? Researchers at The Weekly found that nearly 40 former politicians and police officers are involved in medicinal marijuana companies, set to make retail sales as soon as it becomes legal.

Ohio Awards $1 Million Contract for Medical Marijuana Help Line

Ohio Awards $1 Million Contract for Medical Marijuana Help Line

State regulators awarded a $1 million, three-year contract this week to a New Jersey-based company to operate a toll-free help line for patients, caregivers and doctors accessing Ohio’s new medical marijuana program.

US Prosecutor: Oregon Has Big Marijuana Overproduction Problem

US Prosecutor: Oregon Has Big Marijuana Overproduction Problem

Oregon’s top federal prosecutor said Friday the state has a “formidable” problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market and that he wants to work with state and local leaders and the pot industry to do something about it.

Bill Allowing Cannabis Oil for Medical Patients Gains Traction in Virginia

Bill Allowing Cannabis Oil for Medical Patients Gains Traction in Virginia

A bill that would allow physicians to prescribe a form of medical marijuana to patients suffering from a variety of serious diseases seems headed toward passage Thursday on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Virginia Senate Republicans Kill Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana

VA Senate Republicans Kill Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

Republicans on a Senate committee Monday killed a bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana by changing the punishment from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil penalty.

Marijuana Businesses Are Legal — But Near Impossible to Open in San Diego

Marijuana Businesses Are Legal — But Near Impossible to Open in San Diego

San Diego now has 13 stores with licenses to sell recreational and medical marijuana. That’s more than most cities in California. But it’s nowhere near what some say is necessary to meet the city’s demand for marijuana.

Moratorium on Marijuana Retail Establishments in Maine Expires Thursday

Moratorium on Marijuana Retail Establishments in Maine Expires Thursday

A moratorium on commercial marijuana establishments is set to expire Thursday. In November, Maine lawmakers sustained Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to regulate and tax the sale of marijuana.

VICE: Hunting For A Rare Congolese Weed Strain With “The Kings of Cannabis”

VICE: Hunting For A Rare Congolese Weed Strain With “The Kings of Cannabis”

Over the past 20 years, Franco Loja and Arjan Roskam, known as the “Kings of Cannabis,” have made millions of dollars scouring the world for unique strains of weed to breed and then sell.


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