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.
As the state of Arkansas prepares to dispense medical marijuana, 222 Arkansans already have their certification to get the drug.
Veronica De La Cruz reports on NorCal Canna Cuisine gala served by renowned cannabis cook Jeff the 420 Chef, who is an expert in cannabis-infused foods.
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.
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.
The Massachusetts marijuana law is getting a rewrite. The state has actually two marijuana laws — approved by voters — that Statehouse lawmakers revised, largely behind closed doors.
Former Jets defensive end Marvin Washington is now tackling Attorney General Jeff Sessions – suing the head of the U.S. Department of Justice to decriminalize marijuana.
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.
In this Cal Can Biz Expo interview, watch Kristen Fox, Editor-in-Chief of MJINews.com and Marijuana Industry News magazine, interview Sturges Karban, CEO of MJIC.
You don’t have to be Nostradamus to successfully predict that more states will legalize marijuana — whether for medicinal use only or for recreational use.
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.
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.
The number of Americans that have tried marijuana has hit an all time high. According to a recent Gallup poll, approximately 45% of Americans have tried marijuana, marking a record high since the polling organization began asking the question in 1969.
Cannabis may be California’s largest cash crop, but dispensaries who sell the profitable plants haven’t always reaped their rewards.
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.
A Bay Area company says it has successfully measured marijuana impairment in drivers. The test could provide law enforcement with a much-needed tool to identify people driving while stoned.
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.
Medical marijuana may be legal in Ohio and 28 other states, but the plant’s presence on the federal government’s list of most dangerous drugs has created numerous legal problems for doctors, researchers, businesses and patients.
After blowing past several self-imposed deadlines, the Massachusetts legislature has finally reached a consensus on how to regulate recreational 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Bruce Dietzen invested $200,000 to build a sport scar with bodywork made from hemp cannabis.
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.
With Uruguay becoming the first country in the world to regulate recreational cannabis production and sales, Uruguayan pharmacies are playing a critical role in world cannabis history.
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.
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.
Thousands of job seekers lined up at the world’s largest cannabis career fair.
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.
Here, CEOs and cannabis executives share their advice on using social media to reach customers, suppliers, investors and the press.
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.
State House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Monday on the state’s voter-approved Massachusetts marijuana law that would allow retail pot sales to be taxed at a maximum 20 percent rate.
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.
According to Emily Wilson, some medical patients across the valley can’t afford the price gouge on Nevada marijuana and are turning to the streets for cheaper prices.
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.
While the Aloha State has yet to approve any labs to test medical marijuana, demand is growing as the Hawaii medical marijuana registry continues to add patients.
An Illinois hemp bill in the General Assembly that would allow hemp to be grown legally in the state could mark a major shift for medical marijuana growers if approved.
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.
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.
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.
An often held assumption about medical marijuana dispensaries is that they are a magnet for drugs, violence and crime; however, a new study in the Journal of Urban Economics turns that assumption on its head.
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.
The chief executive of licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. is calling on his competitors to disclose and reduce their production costs well in advance of the coming legal recreational market.
On July 11, 2017, state health officials revealed a tentative timeline for the roll out of the North Dakota medical marijuana program.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that aims to boost hemp production, as Ontario gathers public input on legalizing marijuana.