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Now You Can Buy Weed Stocks on the U.S. Stock Exchange

Now You Can Buy Weed Stocks on the U.S. Stock Exchange

Now You Can Buy Weed Stocks on the U.S. Stock Exchange

For those hoping to get in on the cannabis stock game, a Canadian company has gotten approval to start trading on the NASDAQ. It’s the U.S. Stock Exchange’s first listed marijuana company, according to VICE.

Tennessee House Speaker Helps Break Tie on Medical Cannabis Bill

Tennessee House Speaker Helps Break Tie on Medical Cannabis Bill

Efforts to legalize medical cannabis in Tennessee have gotten some unexpected support from state House Speaker Beth Harwell. On Feb. 27, 2018, Harwell voted to break a tie in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee in favor of HB 1749 / SB 1710, also known as the Medical Cannabis Act. Under the proposed measure, medical cannabis

NYPD Under Fire After Stats Reveal 86% of Marijuana Arrests Are of Minorities

NYPD Under Fire After Stats Reveal 86% of Marijuana Arrests Are of Minorities

NYPD officials acknowledged a “troubling” racial gap in people they’re arresting for marijuana — but defended their enforcement efforts, saying they’re responding to residents complaining about people smoking pot.

Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Program Off to Rough Start

Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Program Off to Rough Start

The Pennsylvania medical cannabis program had a rough start as retail sales began on Feb. 15, 2018. The opening weekend was marked by long lines and short supply as Cresco Yeltrah was the only medical cannabis supplier able to provide products to dispensaries during the state’s first week of sales.

Tribes Cut Out of California Pot Market Might Grow Their Own

Tribes Cut Out of California Pot Market Might Grow Their Own

American Indian tribes that say they have been cut out of California’s legal marijuana market have raised the possibility of going their own way by establishing pot businesses outside the state-regulated system that is less than two months old.

D.A.R.E. Unsure of How to Teach Marijuana in Legalized States

D.A.R.E. Unsure of How to Teach Marijuana in Legalized States

As more states legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational use, anti-drug education programs struggle to stay relevant. Particularly, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)—a popular school program—isn’t sure how to adapt to new, sensible drug policies across the United States.

Study Finds MMJ Laws Do Not Increase Adolescent Cannabis Use

Study Finds MMJ Laws Do Not Increase Adolescent Cannabis Use

Although a majority of Americans support medical cannabis, a small segment of the population still opposes its legalization for fear that it will lead to an increase in adolescent cannabis use; however, according to a new study published in the journal Addiction, that fear may be unfounded.

Bills Directing Cannabis Growing in Utah to Go Before Full Senate

Bills Directing Cannabis Growing in Utah to Go Before Full Senate

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday approved a pair of bills promoting the growth of full-strength marijuana in the state and terminally ill patients’ right to try medicinal cannabis products.

California Cannabis Surety Bond Program Approved by Insurance Commissioner

California Cannabis Surety Bond Program Approved by Insurance Commissioner

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has been on a mission to ensure state-legal cannabis businesses have commercial insurance coverage and with his announcement of the first California cannabis surety bond program on Feb. 21, 2018, he continues to make progress.

Hershey's Renews Trademark Battles With Cannabis Businesses

Hershey’s Renews Trademark Battles With Cannabis Businesses

Cannabis businesses, beware: The Hershey Co. is on the warpath. Perhaps the most famous confectionery peddler in the world has a well-documented history of actively protecting its trademarks, and the marijuana industry is no exception.

Alabama Bill to Lower Penalties for Pot Possession Clears Committee

Alabama Bill to Lower Penalties for Pot Possession Clears Committee

A proposal to lower the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, but faces a dubious future as it heads to a possible floor vote during an election year.

Failed Applicants Sue Ohio Over Medical Cannabis Licensing Process

Failed Applicants Sue Ohio Over Medical Cannabis Licensing Process

More strife is on the horizon for Ohio’s troubled medical cannabis program. On Feb. 20, 2018, a group of unsuccessful medical cannabis applicants, led by Jimmy Gould of CannAscend Ohio LLC, filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s medical cannabis licensing process.

Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Issues RFP for Cannabis Retailers

Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Issues RFP for Cannabis Retailers

While the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has its key policies in place for recreational legalization and has secured a supply agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) to provide cannabis for the province, it is now ready to hear from prospective cannabis retailers.

Judge Overturns Detroit Medical Cannabis Initiative

Judge Overturns Detroit Medical Cannabis Initiative

In the city of Detroit, the group Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform is weighing its legal options after Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Colombo, Jr., overturned Measure B, a Detroit medical cannabis initiative aimed at relaxing local control on the city’s medical cannabis industry, on Feb. 16, 2018.

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.

Connecticut Lawmakers Vote on Starting Recreational Marijuana Discussions

Connecticut Lawmakers Vote on Starting Recreational Marijuana Discussions

Connecticut lawmakers have put recreational marijuana back on the table — sort of. According to the CT Post, lawmakers are curious as to how they would successfully regulate the drug if it were ever to be legalized in the New England state.

New Brunswick Cannabis Stores to Have Refined Design Elements

New Brunswick Cannabis Stores to Have Refined Design Elements

While the locations for New Brunswick cannabis stores were only recently announced, the province is moving full steam ahead, completing design plans for the retail cannabis properties expected to open this summer.

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.

Detroit City Council Approves Moratorium on New Medical Cannabis Licenses

Detroit City Council Approves Moratorium on New Medical Cannabis Licenses

Entrepreneurs hoping to open medical cannabis dispensaries in Detroit, Michigan, will have to put their plans on hold for the time being. On Feb. 13, 2018, the Detroit City Council voted to impose a 180-day moratorium on new medical cannabis licenses and permits.


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