Prior to recreational cannabis legalization in California, unlicensed cannabis companies proliferated under a system that didn’t require state licenses to operate medical cannabis businesses; however, the opportunity for those operating under the guise of legality is over in California and a popular cannabis dispensary and strain review website is erring on the side of caution.
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DEA Wants Feds to Grow Almost 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana Next Year
443,680 grams. That’s how much marijuana the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wants federally-licensed researchers to grow for use in scientific studies in 2018.
Government of Canada to Invest in Cannabis Education and Awareness
OTTAWA, Ontario, Oct. 31, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Government of Canada introduced legislation to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of Canadian youth and the profits from criminals and organized crime.
How to Tell Whether Your State Is Ripe for Legalizing Medical Marijuana
For decades, the federal government has imposed strict regulations and sanctions on the use of marijuana. It is curious that a plurality of state governments and voters have created policies with disregard for federal policy.
Survey: 11% of Government Employees in D.C. Area Have Bought Legal Pot
Washington, D.C., isn’t a large market for the cannabis industry, but it could be very influential with regards to legalization. It turns out that quite a few cannabis buyers are government employees, according to new research.
Government Jobs Sprouting as Legal Pot Looms in California
Scientists. Tax collectors. Typists. Analysts. Lawyers. And more scientists. Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California in 2018, and one of the things to blossom in the emerging industry isn’t green and leafy – it’s government jobs.
Trump Extends Cannabis Protections ‘Til December as Plans for Study
In his temporary budget-dealing with Democrats, President Trump has agreed to continue a ban on using federal funds to interfere in states’ legal cannabis practices, but as 2018 nears, a government stance is largely still up in the air.
Cannabis Accepted as Part of Treatment Plan for Veteran During Stay at VA NJ PTSD/Homeless Inpatient Unit
TRENTON, N.J., Sept. 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The only way the VA can learn about the multiple benefits of cannabis related to PTSD, and how medical cannabis can save lives, is by sitting down with the person who is actually allowed to consume it directly under the watchful eye of the Veterans Administration, Jonathan Fruchter.
Cultivation and Cannabis in California Counties
Northern California counties are on the front lines of cannabis regulation. In this video, County Supervisors from in and around the area share their best advice on how to move forward in regulating this newly legal industry. Cannabis growers also weigh in on the importance of collaboration and working with local government to craft an ordinance that works for everyone.
Israel Medical Marijuana: Joint Panel Approves Export Plan
Israel’s Finance and Health ministries approved a medical marijuana export plan that looks to increase annual revenue from $1 billion to $4 billion as the government-supervised program seeks to brand and market its pot products internationally.
Proposed California Cannabis Branding Ban Bad for Consumers
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The proposed branding ban by the California state legislature for cannabis businesses harms consumers, hurts business, and doesn’t accomplish its stated goal.
Israel’s Cannabis Decriminalization Policy Comes Into Effect
Israel’s cannabis decriminalization policy, approved by the government in March, officially came into effect Sunday, commencing a new legal approach towards the recreational use of marijuana in the country.
Cannabis Science, Inc. Receives U.S. Federal Government Clearance to Receive U.S. Federal Government Contracts
IRVINE, California, May 26, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTC PINK: CBIS), a U.S. company specializing in the development of cannabinoid-based medicines, has received U.S. Federal Government clearance to receive U.S. Federal Government contracts.
4 Things to Know Before Investing in Marijuana Stocks
The questions surrounding marijuana legalization have pushed many to wonder about the possibility of a marijuana stock bubble. And for good reason.
World First: Uruguay Registering Adults for Recreational Cannabis Program
On May 2, 2017, Uruguay’s National Drug Board announced that it had opened its cannabis registry system, commencing the process of Uruguay registering adults for its recreational cannabis program and making the country the first in the world to have a government-run recreational program.
Cannabis Canada Association Welcomes Government of Canada’s Proposed Cannabis Act
OTTAWA, Ontario, April 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Cannabis Canada, the leading organization of companies that hold Health Canada licenses to cultivate and sell medical cannabis, welcomes the legislation tabled today by the Government of Canada to legalize, regulate, and restrict access to cannabis.
Debate Over Recreational Marijuana Use Lights Up at CT Capitol
Will Connecticut join the handful of states around the nation to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana?
Marijuana Industry Group Responds to White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer’s Comments on Recreational Marijuana
DENVER, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The following statement by Kristi Kelly, Executive Director, Marijuana Industry Group, is being released in response to a Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, announcement by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer that the Department of Justice was going to target recreational marijuana businesses.
Why These Pot Stocks Smoked the ASX Today
It certainly has been a great day for pot stocks on the ASX. This morning Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced that the government would allow medical marijuana companies to distribute cannabis oils and medications in Australia within the next couple of months.
Army Colonel Runs Italian Marijuana Crop
In most countries, the authorities arrest anyone growing large quantities of cannabis. But in Italy, the army does something different: it grows the plant itself – for medical use.
Treasurer Chiang, Working Group Meet in Los Angeles to Find Ways to Provide Banking Services to $7B Legal Cannabis Industry
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — California’s $7 billion a year legal cannabis industry is about to launch 10 months from now. But it is hampered by having no access to basic banking services enjoyed by other businesses.
MedMen CEO Joins Policy Council at National Cannabis Industry Association
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Adam Bierman, co-founder and chief executive of Los Angeles-based cannabis firm MedMen, has been tapped by the industry’s top trade organization to help lead its efforts in shaping federal marijuana policy.
Institutional Cannabis: Defining Institutional Stakeholders
For the purpose of this column we consider three types of institutions: government, academic and corporate. They are the thought leaders, market leaders and mainstream actors from outside the industry that are stakeholders in the effects of an economic outcome.
Statement from the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation
OTTAWA, Ontario, /Weed Wire/ — The Honourable Anne McLellan, Chair of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, and Dr. Mark Ware, Vice Chair, released the following statement…
Ozzy Osbourne: ‘Marijuana Should Be Legal Everywhere’
Ozzy Osbourne has called on world leaders to legalize marijuana, insisting they’re slowly killing pot lovers if they don’t.
Commercial Marijuana is Almost Here, and Alaska’s Government is Feeling the Strain
A state government that’s already lost hundreds of jobs this year is grappling with how to balance that with the workload that comes with the emergence of an entirely new industry: marijuana.
Medicinal Cannabis to be Legalised in Australia from November
The final decision comes after Federal Parliament this year lent bipartisan support to changes to the Narcotic Drugs Act to allow cannabis to be legally grown and produced in Australia for medicinal purposes as part of a national scheme.
New Survey Reveals Increase in Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults
A new study reveals an increase in the number of U.S. adults using marijuana, according to an Aug. 31, 2016, report at CBSNews.com. The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, was led by Dr. Wilson M. Comptom of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.
New Zealand Could Make $150 Million Annually From Taxing Cannabis
Decriminalising cannabis would generate money for the Government and ease pressure on New Zealand’s courts according to an informal Treasury report.
Government of Canada Moves Forward on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation
OTTAWA, Ontario, June 30, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Canada is taking an important step towards legalizing, strictly regulating and restricting access to marijuana, working to ensure marijuana is kept out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals.
High in Persia: Marijuana Use on the Rise in Iran
Marijuana use is on the rise in what some make consider one of the most unlikely places on Earth. According to The New York Times, the Islamic Republic of Iran is seeing an uptick in marijuana use even though it has some of the harshest drug laws in the world.
Marijuana Reform and the Politics of Postponement
While it may seem like we’ve won the war, opponents of reform have begun implementing an insidious tactic to stymie legalization: delay.
Legalize It All
In 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, unlocked for me one of the great mysteries of modern American history: How did the United States entangle itself in a policy of drug prohibition that has yielded so much misery and so few good results?
Australia Takes Steps Toward Medical Cannabis
Ninety-one percent of Australians reportedly favor legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. The strongest support comes from the over-50 set. In December, the federal government created a nationally-consistent licensing scheme to regulate the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes.
OLCC Updates Recreational Marijuana FAQs
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan 4, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has updated the Frequently Asked Questions section of its Recreational Marijuana website.
DEA Chief’s Comment Signals Shift in Debate
On August 5, 2015, Chuck Rosenberg, the new head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, set the headlines buzzing with the surprising admission that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana.”
Former Minnesota Regulator Takes Reins at LeafLine Labs
Minnesota is one of the most tightly regulated marijuana states in the United States at the moment. Only two licenses were approved for the entire state last year to serve the country’s first legislatively defined “smokeless state.”
Key State Official to Become CEO of Medical Cannabis Company
A Minnesota health official instrumental in getting the state’s medical marijuana program off the ground is leaving to become chief executive of one of the two marijuana producers in the state.
California Assembly Votes On Medical Marijuana Reform
After nearly 20 years of neglect, the California State Assembly has finally taken steps to reign in the state’s medical marijuana system by voting 50-5 to approve a bill, AB 266, aimed at provided more structure to the loosely regulated program.
Achieving Diversity in the Cannabis Industry
Diversity, like love and peace, is a virtue widely embraced. Getting it done takes working through the grittier details, though.
New Mexico Department of Health Awards Medical Cannabis Software Government Contract to BioTrackTHC
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 22, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — The New Mexico Department of Health’s Medical Cannabis Program has awarded BioTrackTHC™, a division of Bio-Tech Medical Software, Inc., a contract for the provision and deployment of an integrated patient and provider tracking software application.
Reefer Refund: Colorado May Give Back Cannabis Tax Revenue
Colorado may have raked in millions of dollars worth of tax revenue from the sale of medical and recreational marijuana, but a strict anti-spending provision in the state’s constitution may force it to hand that money back to the public.
Washington Town Opens Government-Run Dispensary
To make The Cannabis Corner a reality, city officials had to create the North Bonneville Public Development Authority.
Wednesday Trailblazer Tax Revenue
What we are learning is that when taxes are too high (such as in the state of Washington) it can help to continue fueling the black market. However, a “fair” tax structure can help fund government programs and improve society overall.
Monday Cannabis Bulls Return?
Cannabis stocks started out the first trading day of the month with optimism. Are cannabis bulls returning to the space?
To Grow Cheap Marijuana, Italy Calls in the Army
(Reuters) - Italy legalized marijuana for medical use last year, but the high cost of buying legal pot in a pharmacy meant few people signed up. Now, the government has found a solution: get the army to grow it.
Feds Say Cannabis is Not Medicine While Holding Patent on Plant as Medicine
Emmy winning independent journalist Ben Swann released a video detailing the hypocrisy of the federal government holding patents on medical marijuana, and the health benefits of CBD oil.
California Would Take the Most in Taxes From Legal Marijuana
Economic forecasters note that if all 50 US states legalized Marijuana this year, collectively the government/s would be taking more than $3-B a year in taxes.
The Government Wants to Buy 12 Acres of Marijuana — for Research
Calling all pot farmers: Uncle Sam is looking to buy.
Inside Canada’s New Corporate Weed System
In this episode of Canadian Cannabis, Damian visits two gigantic weed factories in Ontario to check out what kind of bud the government has legally authorized. He also chats with pot activists throughout British Columbia to get their take on the new licensed producer system.