Patients in the state of New York suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will now be able to use medical cannabis to treat PTSD.
While several provinces have announced their plans for recreational cannabis distribution and retail operations, industry stakeholders have been waiting for an announcement on the Canadian cannabis tax framework and that moment has now arrived.
The North American Marijuana Index, a stock index that tracks the top performing cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada, increased 4% in October.
While there have been attempts at the federal level to ensure the availability of cannabis banking services, the Golden State is forging ahead with its own strategies so it can be prepared for the rollout of recreational cannabis in 53 days.
It’s back to the drawing board for Maine legislators. On Nov. 6, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives fell 17 votes short of overriding Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1650, a bill regulating the state’s recreational market.
On Nov. 6, 2017, the Bureau of Cannabis Control released details on the first California Cannabis Advisory Committee meeting, taking place in Sacramento on Nov. 16.
On Nov. 3, 2017, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed LD 1650, a bill that would regulate recreational marijuana in the state. In his veto letter, LePage outlined three key concerns and urged legislators to come together and rework the bill.
It looks like the California Insurance Commissioner has taken a pivotal step for the state’s cannabis industry. On Nov. 2, 2017, Dave Jones approved a commercial insurer’s offering of cannabis business insurance for the first time.
The Pennsylvania medical marijuana registry is now live, bringing patients in the Keystone State closer to medical marijuana access.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been keeping an eye of the growing popularity of hemp-derived cannabidiol, especially those CBD companies that have been making medical claims.
While the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s marijuana research license isn’t awarded lightly, an Ohio-based organization was recently awarded a Schedule I Researcher license by the DEA to study the effects of marijuana.
Drinkable cannabis has been on the rise since the advent of states in America with recreational marijuana legalization and now that Canada is on the brink of implementing recreational legalization, a recently announced strategic relationship has the future of Canadian cannabis beverages looking bright.
While Colombia legalized medical marijuana on Dec. 22, 2015, the country has yet to harvest and process any legal Colombian medical marijuana; however, recent government actions are about to change that.
Virginia hemp has become a reality. On Oct. 19, 2017, the University of Virginia announced that it had completed its first successful harvest of the crop.
Support for legalizing recreational marijuana in the United States has reached an all time high. According to a new a Gallup poll, 64% of Americans support legalizing recreational marijuana, compared to 60% last year and 58% in 2015.
It looks like the highly talked about seed-to-sale tracking system for marijuana businesses in Washington state is going up in smoke.
With New Brunswick cannabis set to be cultivated by Organigram (TSXV: OGI) and Canopy Growth (TSX: WEED), the provincial government has now determined that a Crown corporation, not the private sector, will handle retail cannabis sales.
Medical cannabis may help children suffering from chemotherapy induced nausea as well as seizures, according to a new study published in the October edition of the medical journal Pediatrics.
While some data has been collected on how marijuana affects HIV symptoms, there has yet to be a large-scale study on the topic; however, researchers at the University of Florida are getting ready to change that.
It was only three months ago that Uruguay gave the green light for pharmacies to sell recreational marijuana, but now it looks like the country’s budding hemp crop is going to expand as well.
While supply shortages may have hampered Nevada recreational marijuana sales when the second month of sales commenced on Aug. 1, 2017, the industry was able to rebound and close out the month of August with more than $33 million in sales.
With last week’s devastating wildfires in Northern California and the state’s impending rollout of recreational cannabis on Jan. 1, 2018, California wants legal cannabis businesses to have commercial cannabis coverage and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is on a mission to make it happen.
After years of court battles, the charges against the Kettle Falls Five may soon be dropped. On Oct. 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice filed a motion to stay the case against the Kettle Falls Five, admitting that federal prosecutors did not have the authority to try the group.
Oregon’s laws regarding cannabis testing for pesticides and insecticides are a double-edged sword. Just like many things in life, there is a trade-off to progress.
On Oct. 19, 2017, the Congress of Peru voted overwhelmingly to approve a law that legalizes the import, production and sale of medical cannabis oil in the country.
On Oct. 19, 2017, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program and the Department of Commerce announced that the application for prospective cannabis processors is now available, with the application period running from Dec. 4 to Dec. 15.
On Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, the recently elected prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden, said she wants to initiate countrywide conversations regarding the legalization of cannabis.
While Jamaican cannabis has a rich history, the country of Jamaica hasn’t been at the forefront of the legal industry; however, that may soon change as the country has issued its first two Jamaican cannabis licenses.
Business owners hoping to enter into Michigan’s medical cannabis industry will likely need a large amount of start-up capital in order to become licensed.
West Virginia medical marijuana may not be a reality for another two years, but state regulators are ready to start calculating the supply and demand needs of Mountain State patients.
Legalize Maine, the organization behind the Pine Tree State’s successful legalization initiative, has announced its opposition to a measure aimed at rewriting the state’s recreational marijuana laws.
The Hawaii Department of Health announced on Oct. 17, 2017, that it had approved the state’s second Hawaiian medical marijuana laboratory, Pharmlab Hawaii, to start testing medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries, registered caregivers and patients.
With the recent publication of North America’s first scientific paper on advancing medical cannabis production, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario are investigating the brave new science of organic cannabis production.
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, Colorado saw a reduction in the number of opioid overdose fatalities after enacting recreational legalization.
While the Pennsylvania medical cannabis program has been under the microscope for its application scoring practices, it has now taken a critical step forward in becoming fully operational.
On Oct. 16, 2017, the Board of Directors for MassRoots (OTCQB:MSRT), a marijuana social media platform, ousted Isaac Dietrich as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Singer-Songwriter Melissa Etheridge has long been an advocate of medical marijuana and on Aug. 17, 2017, her advocacy met a prohibition reality when she was charged with simple possession in North Dakota, but Etheridge kept it all smiles for her mug shot.
On Oct. 10, 2017, Christian Bax, Executive Director of the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use, issued a request to Robert Cohen, Director of the Division of Administrative Hearings, asking for Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham to be removed from a medical marijuana case involving cultivation licenses.
Wildfires are continuing to lay waste to Northern California. Beyond the loss of life and land, some of those that have survived are waiting to sift through the ashes of their cannabis businesses knowing they don’t have cannabis insurance to recoup their losses.
On Oct. 6, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed three pieces of legislation related to regulating the state’s legal recreational cannabis market.
While wildfires are wreaking havoc in Northern California, one California cannabis company is stepping up to help patients displaced by the devastation, as well as evacuees and first responders.
Colorado cannabis sales are on track to reach an all-time high at record speed, with cannabis having already banked $1 billion in sales within the first eight months of 2017.
It looks like the enhanced legalization of medical marijuana in Montana will boost the Treasure State’s coffers this year, with sales increasing the amount of money in Montana’s general fund.
On Oct. 10, 2017, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed signed into law Ordinance 17-O-1152, an ordinance that reduces the penalties for simple marijuana possession.
While it has been established that Washington cannabis consumers still love flower the most, who’s buying all of this flower, how much are they spending and what brands do they prefer?
On Oct. 10, 2017, Wisconsin lawmakers lobbied for a bill that would permit farmers to cultivate hemp in The Badger State.
While Hawaiian cannabis sales on Oahu started with Aloha Green in Honolulu on Aug. 9, 2017, the island of Oahu is now ready to welcome the opening of its second dispensary.
While California may grow eight times the amount of cannabis state residents can consume, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration is dimming the brilliance of the Golden State’s illegal cannabis plants.
With more than half of the United States having medical marijuana laws on the books, the Hoosier State is seeing renewed efforts for Indiana medical marijuana legalization.
On Oct. 3, 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding a dispute over the distribution rights of recreational marijuana in the state of Nevada. The case is the culmination of months of back and forth between the state’s Department of Taxation and the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada.