New proposed laws in Idaho could loosen the current marijuana restrictions on prospective police officers.
On Jan. 26, 2017, California’s Santa Ana Police Department raided two dispensaries, Sky High and Elevated Dreams, for operating without local business licenses.
Maine voters in November approved legalizing marijuana; the law goes into effect January 30.
A Denver deli has come up with a timely new way to prepare turkey, according to 12News.com. Cook’s Fresh Market is offering a weed-roasted natural turkey sandwich and a Mile High club sandwich. Owner Ed Janos said both sandwiches are made with turkey that was smoked over marijuana stalks at a low temperature for six hours.
On Jan. 26, 2017, Queensland Health announced the release of initial medical cannabis guidelines for medical practitioners in Queensland, Australia.
On Jan. 26, 2017, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced that he would support the decriminalization of marijuana in Israel and adopt recommendations made by a panel commissioned to study the issue.
Two New Mexico state legislators are touting marijuana legalization as a way to bring more revenue into the state’s coffers. Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat from Mesilla Park, NM, has sponsored a bill in the New Mexico House of Representatives that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults. Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, a Democrat from Albuquerque, has sponsored an identical bill in the Senate.
The proposal to modify the manner in which the league deals with recreational marijuana use would, if it is delivered, come as the NFLPA’s recently formed pain management committee separately studies the issue of marijuana use by players as a pain management tool and whether that should be permissible under the drug policies.
“Cannabis in Parkinson’s Disease: Growing Like a Weed!” was presented at the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Neurology Grand Rounds on Jan. 18, 2017.
More Arizonans are using medical marijuana than ever before. This is according to a year-end report on the state’s medical marijuana program, which was released on Jan. 24, 2017, by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
More women are legally getting into the pot industry, and many of them are moms. As marijuana is now legal in some form in more than half of all states, Chip Reid takes a look at a medical marijuana cultivation center in Washington, as so-called “pot moms” fight the stigma of their job.
On Jan. 24, 2017, Ontario-based Loyalist College announced that it had been approved by Health Canada for a Controlled Drugs and Substances Licence to test and analyze medical cannabis.
On Jan. 24, 2017, California’s Calaveras County Board of Supervisors decided that voters will decide in May whether to ban commercial cannabis cultivation in the county.
Big John McCarthy, a referee for Ultimate Fighting Championship, recently spoke with Vegas CANNABIS magazine for a Jan. 11, 2017, interview about medical marijuana as an option for fighters in mixed martial arts and for his wife, who has lupus.
Some Virginia lawmakers are trying to reduce the criminal penalty of simple marijuana possession. Two new bills would make the punishment a civil penalty.
On Jan. 23, 2017, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed two medical marijuana bills, House Bill 1026 and House Bill 1058, to amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016.
Agriculture Ministry to finance 13 projects to lay basis of new generation of therapeutic marijuana products.
In response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced on Jan. 24, 2017, that he sent a letter to Trump urging him to issue clear guidance to banks on working with the legal marijuana industry.
When a drug case fails in Colorado, law enforcement officers do not have to return confiscated marijuana because doing so would be a violation of federal law, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 23, 2017. The decision overruled the Colorado Court of Appeals, which had said Colorado Springs police must return marijuana to Robert Crouse, who was arrested on drug charges on May 5, 2011.
Complex News’ Nadeska Alexis and Speedy Morman visit the DCMJ headquarters in Washington D.C., ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration to find out how organizers put together their Trump 420 demonstration and rolled over 4,200 joints, which were handed out for free and smoking Trump’s inaugural speech.
Although recreational marijuana has recently become legal in Massachusetts, the state’s newly minted laws could already be in store for some drastic changes.
“Obtaining our license to sell cannabis oils is another major milestone for Aurora, said Terry Booth, chief executive.
On Jan. 20, 2017, the Oregon Department of Revenue announced that as of Dec. 31, 2016, it had collected $60.2 million in marijuana tax revenue, surpassing the $43 million forecast by state economists earlier this year.
An Oregon real estate company is considering property at Lake Selmac in Josephine County, Oregon, for its marijuana-friendly RV park, according to the Associated Press. Grow Condos first announced its plans for Smoke on the Water RV parks back in May 2016, but a specific location had not been identified.
On Jan. 19, 2017, the Carson City Board of Supervisors temporarily banned recreational cannabis dispensaries in Carson City, Nevada. The ban will last for 180 days, unless the state issues regulations before the moratorium has expired.
Joe Rogan talks about the health benefits of CBD oil and anti marijuana propaganda with former world kickboxing champion, Joseph “Bazooka Joe” Valtellini.
On Jan. 20, 2017, marijuana activists in Philadelphia staged a peaceful protest and community outreach event in Rittenhouse Square.
The low projection in tax revenue signals an administration belief that little will change in the coming months even as the state Department of Health works to expand access for patients, which should, in theory, bring in new revenue.
A medical marijuana organization in Utah is speaking out after the state’s medical association said pot does not have medicinal value, according to Good4Utah.com, the website of Salt Lake City’s ABC affiliate. The Utah Medical Association held a press conference on Jan. 17, 2017, to say marijuana is not a medicine.
On Jan. 19, 2017, Green Man Cannabis in Denver voluntarily recalled marijuana flower and products due to samples containing off-label pesticide residues.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reports that a medical marijuana dispensary was robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday.
On Jan. 19, 2017, the German Bundestag, the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, adopted a law to legalize medical cannabis, according to a statement from the Bundestag.
On Jan. 17, 2017, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a plan to raise the sales tax on marijuana from 10% to 12% in order to cover a $135.1 million budgetary shortfall.
North Americans spent $53.3 billion on legal, illegal, and medical marijuana in 2016, according to a Jan. 17, 2017, release from Arcview Research Group. That’s more than people in the United States spent on McDonald’s and Starbucks combined.
Nevada’s marijuana industry sees the Governor’s proposal to levy an excise tax on the sale of recreational marijuana as more evidence it is a player, with a seat at the table.
On Jan. 18, 2017, Guam’s medical cannabis license applications were made available at the Department of Public Health and Social Services’ main office in Mangilao.
On Jan. 17, 2017, the Florida Department of Health unveiled a set of proposed regulations for Florida’s medical marijuana system. Under the proposal, rules and regulations guiding Florida’s low-THC medical marijuana program would be applied to the state’s wider system.
Jon Cunningham, VP of RedChip, interviews Corey Hollister, co-founder and co-chairman of American Cannabis Co. (OTCQB: AMMJ).
The Arkansas House has approved delaying the launch of the state’s medical marijuana program and legislation easing the requirements for doctors who certify a patient is eligible to use the drug.
The father of a first-grade student in Aberdeen, Washington, could become the catalyst for a change in state law that would allow CBD oil at public schools. River Barclay, 7, needs CBD oil to manage a rare form of epilepsy, but state law will not allow her father to go to the school to administer the dose because medical marijuana is illegal on school property.
On Jan. 17, 2017, the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program announced the release of applications for state cultivator, processor and dispensary permits.
On Jan. 10, 2017, the United States Air Force announced that it would relax its policy on barring recruits who have previously used marijuana from entering the service.
Since Maine voters legalized marijuana, real estate brokers in the state are seeing an increased demand for industrial space, according to a Jan. 16, 2017, article in the Portland Press Herald. Maine’s industrial real estate market had been improving in recent years, and the need for marijuana business space has given the sector a new boost.
The so-called emergency measure is supported by both Republican and Democratic leaders, who said state health officials and law enforcement are scrambling to solve a number of issues, including allowable forms and potency of medical marijuana, and oversight of distributors.
While some cannabis businesses have borrowed plays from the winery playbook, the wine industry is starting to look for new opportunities in legal cannabis.
A vote is expected in March or April to approve whether or not boxers should be able to smoke pot.
On Jan. 16, 2017, the Denver-based law firm Hoban Law Group, which represents several clients in the hemp industry, announced that it had filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to challenge a new DEA rule that would make cannabidiol illegal.
New Jersey already has a tightly regulated medical marijuana program that includes six alternative treatment centers, or dispensaries, but the issue has largely stalled because of Christie’s opposition.
After hitting sales of $1.2 billion in 2016, Washington state’s recreational marijuana sales are projected to top $2 billion by 2020, according to a recent report from Arcview Market Research and New Frontier.
Now that adult-use marijuana is legal in California, a two-year community college in San Francisco is planning a curriculum for training people in the pot business. City College of San Francisco is developing the program with Oaksterdam University and the United Food and Commercial Workers labor union. CCSF plans to begin the program in spring 2018.