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You Can Now Weigh in on Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization

You Can Now Weigh in on Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization

You Can Now Weigh in on Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization

Marijuana arrests in the Old Dominion State disproportionately affect black communities, but reform could be on the horizon—officials have launched a Virginia marijuana decriminalization study and they want to hear from the public.

Maine Medical Marijuana Dispensary Offers Free Marijuana for Community Service

Maine Medical Marijuana Dispensary Offers Free Marijuana for Community Service

Over the weekend, a Maine medical marijuana dispensary gained national attention after offering a unique reward for community service. Dubbed “Weed for Weeds,” Summit Medical Marijuana, a dispensary in Gardiner, offered free marijuana to legal adults willing to collect trash from around the area.

Massachusetts Medical Society Embracing Medical Cannabis Education

Massachusetts Medical Society Embracing Medical Cannabis Education

Since 2012, the Massachusetts Medical Society hasn’t become an advocate for medical cannabis; however, it has embraced medical cannabis education as a means of closing a knowledge gap in the medical community.

Regulators Granted Budget Increase for Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

Regulators Granted Budget Increase for Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

On July 24, 2017, the Ohio Department of Commerce and State Board of Pharmacy formally requested that the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program receive a substantial budget increase. With the Ohio Controlling Board approving the request, the program will receive a budget increase of $6 million over the next two years.

Things to Know About the California Counties Cannabis Summit

Things to Know About the California Counties Cannabis Summit

With the upcoming implementation of Proposition 64 on Jan. 1, 2018, the California State Association of Counties, the Rural County Representatives of California and the Urban Counties of California joined forces to co-sponsor the California Counties Cannabis Summit on July 19, 2017, in Sacramento, to get on the same page.

Maine Legislative Panel Mulls Raising 10 Percent Tax on Marijuana

Maine Legislative Panel Mulls Raising 10 Percent Tax on Marijuana

As the legalization of recreational marijuana sales nears, a Maine legislative panel has spent months pondering the best way to tax pot to bring in state revenue, fund regulatory enforcement and discourage the illicit market.

First Look at Southern University Medical Cannabis Applicants

First Look at Southern University Medical Cannabis Applicants

The Southern University medical cannabis program is one step closer to becoming an operational reality. On July 19, 2017, Southern University announced that it had received seven medical cannabis cultivator applications.

Maine Lawmakers OK Bill Requiring Testing Marijuana for Safety

Maine Lawmakers Approve Bill Requiring Testing Marijuana for Safety

Marijuana safety is a major concern for the Maine lawmakers, who want to make sure all marijuana is tested before hitting retail shelves. On July 20, 2017, the Maine House approved a bill that would require the Department of Agriculture to create testing facilities for marijuana.

Is Microdosing the Future of Marijuana?

Is Microdosing the Future of Marijuana?

VICE News traveled to Portland, Oregon, to meet Ethan Ernest, creator of marijuana microdose pills called Mirth Control, which contain a fraction of the THC found in a typical joint or batch of edibles. Earnest compares Mirth Control to “open-source Xanax. Other products in the new weed microdosing category push the envelope even further with suggestions about purported medical uses.

Hemp Goes High Fashion With Bad Decision Adventure Club

Hemp Goes High Fashion With Bad Decision Adventure Club

When you think of hemp clothing, you usually conjure up images of hippie dippy tie-dye clothes. Scratchy and made of dull colors available at rock festivals or retailers that favor green causes. Now hemp is going high fashion with emerging apparel brand Bad Decision Adventure Club (BDAC).

The Truth About the Federal Marijuana Meeting With Officials in Colorado

The Truth About the Federal Marijuana Meeting With Officials in Colorado

On July 19, 2017, representatives from multiple federal agencies joined local officials in Colorado Springs to have a closed-door meeting on the effects of Colorado’s legal marijuana industry.

Colorado’s Marijuana Tax Revenue Now Exceeds Half a Billion Dollars

Colorado’s Marijuana Tax Revenue Now Exceeds Half a Billion Dollars

These days, cannabis is Colorado’s cash crop. In the three-and-a-half years since the state began allowing adults to purchase marijuana for recreational use, cannabis has contributed more than half a billion dollars in tax revenue to both state and local coffers.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Votes to Create the Office of Cannabis

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Votes to Create the Office of Cannabis

On July 18, 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to create the Office of Cannabis. Consisting of three employees, the new department will be responsible for approving permits for recreational cannabis dispensaries in the city.

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Signed Into Law

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Signed Into Law

On July 18, 2017, Gov. Chris Sununu signed House Bill 640, a New Hampshire marijuana decriminalization bill, reducing the penalty for those who possess small amounts of marijuana.

Wisconsinites Cry Foul: Walker Took NCIA Donation While Lobbying for Medicaid Drug Tests

Wisconsinites Cry Foul: Walker Took NCIA Donation While Lobbying for Medicaid Drug Tests

On July 18, 2017, One Wisconsin Now held a press conference in the Wisconsin State Capitol to reveal that the Republican Governors Association, headed by Gov. Scott Walker, accepted a donation from a cannabis trade group as Walker was lobbying to drug test the state’s Medicaid applicants.

Alaska Marijuana Control Board Moves Ahead With Onsite Marijuana Consumption

Alaska Marijuana Control Board Moves Ahead With Onsite Marijuana Consumption

From July 12-14, 2017, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board met to address several agenda items, including onsite marijuana consumption. While the MCB previously tabled the issue this past February, the board voted 3-2 last week to approve the creation of regulations for onsite marijuana consumption at recreational marijuana stores.

San Francisco Office of Cannabis to Regulate Recreational Marijuana Sales

San Francisco Office of Cannabis to Regulate Recreational Marijuana Sales

With legalized recreational marijuana sales fast approaching, San Francisco is set to create a new Office of Cannabis to handle cannabis permits and complaints and serve as a centralized resource for the public and businesses.

This Is Why a Court Ruled in Favor of a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Patient

This Is Why a Court Ruled in Favor of a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Patient

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a Massachusetts medical marijuana patient could sue her employer for handicap discrimination after she was fired for being a registered medical marijuana patient.

Snoop Dogg Water Pipes Latest Cannabis Venture for Rapper

Snoop Dogg Water Pipes Latest Cannabis Venture for Rapper

With his cannabis brand having already rolled out in Colorado and Canada, the recent launch of Snoop Dogg water pipes, known as POUNDS, means consumers can smoke Snoop-approved cannabis out of Snoop-approved glass.

Colorado Court: Drug Dog Alert Not Enough Cause for Car Search as Cannabis Is Legal

Colorado Court: Drug Dog Alert Not Enough Cause for Car Search as Cannabis Is Legal

If a drug dog detects the scent of a controlled substance on a vehicle, it isn’t enough probable cause for police in Colorado to search the vehicle, according to a ruling issued by the Colorado Court of Appeals on July 13, 2017.

You Can Scream for Cannabis Ice Cream in Colorado on National Ice Cream Day

You Can Scream for Cannabis Ice Cream in Colorado on National Ice Cream Day

Summer is hot and ice cream is cool, but cannabis ice cream is even cooler. With National Ice Cream Day on July 16, 2017, cannabis consumers in Colorado have three options: get high and eat ice cream; make cannabis-infused ice cream or go to a dispensary and buy cannabis ice cream.

Delaware Medical Marijuana Program Eases Requirements for PTSD Patients

Delaware Medical Marijuana Program Eases Requirements for PTSD Patients

The Delaware medical marijuana program is making safe access easier for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. On July 13, 2017, Delaware Gov. John Carney signed Senate Bill 24, removing the original law’s requirement that PTSD patients be authorized specifically by a psychiatrist.

Australia Cautiously Enters Medical Marijuana Market

Australia Cautiously Enters Medical Marijuana Market

At a secret location in Australia’s southeast, Peter Crock delicately tends to a two-month-old cannabis cutting. Barely knee high, it is one of about 50 government-sanctioned “mother plants” to be cloned for future generations of crops for the country’s fledgling medicinal marijuana industry.

Nevada Marijuana Shortage Calls for Emergency Regulation

Nevada Marijuana Shortage Prompts Emergency Regs and Two Distribution Licenses

Tourists and locals alike flocked to Nevada dispensaries after the state greenlit the sale of recreational marijuana, but less than two weeks later dispensaries across the state are facing a major problem: a lack of marijuana. On July 13, 2017, an emergency regulation was approved in an effort to solve the Nevada marijuana shortage and keep businesses open.

Utah Agriculture Department May Let Anyone With Certification Grow Hemp

Utah Agriculture Department May Let Anyone With Certification Grow Hemp

Growing marijuana is illegal in Utah and so is growing hemp — which is a close relative of pot. But, that could change. This week, the Utah agriculture department proposed allowing anyone to grow it with proper certification.

First Look at Wisconsin Marijuana Legalization Bill Aimed at Jumpstarting Economy

First Look at Wisconsin Marijuana Legalization Bill Aimed at Jumpstarting Economy

Wisconsin marijuana legalization has been given new life. On July 13, 2017, Wisconsin Rep. Melissa Sargent held a press conference to announce the introduction of a bill aimed at legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana in the state, marking the third time a marijuana legalization bill has been introduced in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

What We Know About the Future of Los Angeles County Cannabis Regulations

What We Know About the Future of Los Angeles County Cannabis Regulations

While Los Angeles County cannabis regulations have yet to be developed, the county is ready to gain insight from its residents on a range of issues that need to be addressed to regulate cannabis in its unincorporated areas.


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