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Tobacco Research Organization to Study Marijuana and Opioids

Tobacco Research Organization to Study Marijuana and Opioids

Tobacco Research Organization to Study Marijuana and Opioids

On June 20, 2017, Battelle, an Ohio-based non-profit research and development organization that has studied tobacco for the past 50 years, announced that it would be expanding its research efforts to include marijuana and opioids.

Medical Marijuana Delivered Directly to Customers From Eaze

Medical Marijuana Delivered Directly to Customers From Eaze

As California’s medical marijuana industry has grown to an $800 million dollar business, one company is hoping to take advantage of that by delivery the product directly to the customer.

Here’s Why Emerging Marijuana Stock Cara Therapeutics Inc. Surged

Here’s Why Emerging Marijuana Stock Cara Therapeutics Inc. Surged

Shares of Cara Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biotech company with a focus on treating pain and pruritus, rocketed higher by as much as 11% during Wednesday’s trading session after providing an update to its phase 3 trial involving kappa opioid receptor agonist CR845.

#JusticeForJawara: Peter Tosh's Son Beaten into Coma While Imprisoned for Cannabis

#JusticeForJawara: Peter Tosh’s Son Beaten into Coma While Imprisoned for Cannabis

On June 21, 2017, attorney Jasmine Rand announced that her client, Jawara McIntosh, son of iconic reggae artist Peter Tosh, was beaten into a coma on Feb. 21, 2017, at New Jersey’s Bergen County Jail while serving six months for cannabis-related charges.

Report: Crown Corporation Should Sell New Brunswick Recreational Cannabis

Report: Crown Corporation Should Sell New Brunswick Recreational Cannabis

Canada’s recreational cannabis legalization is planned for a rollout in July 2018, but provinces and territories are in charge of drafting and establishing jurisdiction-specific rules, so they’ve been working hard to create rules that fall within the country’s legalization framework.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program Issues 12 Cultivation Permits

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program Issues 12 Cultivation Permits

The Pennsylvania medical marijuana program is getting closer to being operational. On June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that it had issued 12 grower/processor permits, with the clock ticking on permittees to have their facilities operational within six months before they can start cultivating medical marijuana.

New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Bill Gets Committee Hearing

New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Bill Gets Committee Hearing

Democratic lawmakers in the Garden State are making moves on a New Jersey recreational marijuana bill. On June 19, 2017, the state Senate Judiciary Committee held a formal hearing on S-3195, a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in the state.

Applications Available to Operate Arkansas Medical Marijuana Facilities

Applications Available to Operate Arkansas Medical Marijuana Facilities

Application forms are available for people wanting to apply for licenses to operate Arkansas medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries, the state Department of Finance and Administration said Monday.

New California Bill Would Allow County Fair Vendors To Sell Marijuana

New California Bill Would Allow County Fair Vendors To Sell Marijuana

A new California bill making its way through state legislation would allow county fair vendors to sell pot alongside the corn dogs and cotton candy.

Massachusetts Senate Introduces Proposal to Preserve Current Recreational Marijuana Tax Rate

Massachusetts Senate Introduces Proposal to Preserve Current Recreational Marijuana Tax Rate

On June 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate introduced an outline to a bill that preserves the current tax rate on retail marijuana sales. The proposal is in stark contrast to the measure put forth by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

SEC Calls Hemp Oil Fraud on Public Company

SEC Calls Hemp Oil Fraud on Public Company

On June 15, 2017, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission called hemp oil fraud on a public company, filing a complaint in federal court that claims CV Sciences (OTCQB:CVSI) , formerly known as CannaVEST, and its CEO, Michael Mona, Jr., intentionally overstated the company’s total assets.

The Very First Cannabis Stock ETF Is Now in Bear-Market Territory

The Very First Cannabis Stock ETF is Now in Bear-Market Territory

The first cannabis stock ETF of its kind, the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF allows investors to own more than a dozen pot stocks through a single investment fund. Today, however, is a different story.

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont just might get another chance at legalizing recreational marijuana. According to the Associated Press, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has said that he still thinks it’s possible to reach a legalization deal before the legislature meets for a special two-day veto session.

Marijuana Shipment Businesses Under Investigation by Denver's Better Business Bureau

Marijuana Shipment Businesses Under Investigation by Denver’s Better Business Bureau

Two online marijuana shipment businesses are under investigation by Denver’s Better Business Bureau. On June 15, 2017, the BBB announced that it was investigating Denver Marijuana and Denver Smoke Buds for illegally mailing marijuana, among other reasons.

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bipartisan Medical Cannabis Bill

Federal Lawmakers Reintroduce Bipartisan Medical Cannabis Bill

A group of lawmakers reintroduced a bipartisan medical cannabis bill just days after a letter surfaced from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that asked Congress to let him prosecute medical cannabis users.

Oregon Marijuana Dispensary Tax Payment Stolen by Department of Revenue Employee

Oregon Marijuana Dispensary Tax Payment Stolen by Department of Revenue Employee

Making a marijuana dispensary tax payment without a bank account is difficult for numerous reasons, but now dispensary owners might also have trouble trusting the actual tax man collecting the payment.

Governor Wolf Promises to Protect Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patients from Jeff Sessions

Governor Wolf Promises to Protect Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patients from Jeff Sessions

In an effort to protect Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients from federal enforcement actions, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf sent a letter to United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 15, 2017, saying that the federal government should not interfere with the state’s medical marijuana program.

LSU Medical Marijuana Program Wants Contract Awarded to Public Company

LSU Medical Marijuana Program Wants Contract Awarded to Public Company

Louisiana State University has reviewed all seven applications submitted by prospective marijuana contractors and has determined that production contract for the LSU medical marijuana program should be awarded to a public company.

Toronto's Mayor Calls for Continued Crackdown on Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

Toronto Mayor Calls for Continued Crackdown on Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

John Tory said Tuesday that he believes the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use should have been decriminalized “years ago,” but that Toronto police should continue to target illegal dispensaries across the city.

MedMen Opportunity Fund Closes Below $100 Million Target

MedMen Opportunity Fund Closes Below $100 Million Target

On June 12, 2017, the MedMen Opportunity Fund, a California-based private equity fund focused on the legal marijuana industry, filed Form D with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, indicating that it had raised approximately $60 million of its $100 million offering.

Arkansas Subcommittee Approves Rules for State Medical Marijuana Program

Arkansas Subcommittee Approves Rules for State Medical Marijuana Program

On June 13, 2017, the Arkansas Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee approved the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s proposed rules for the state medical marijuana program.

Massachusetts’ Recreational Marijuana Proposal Seeks Higher Taxes

Massachusetts’ Recreational Marijuana Proposal Seeks Higher Taxes

Lawmakers reviewing the Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana law plan to recommend sharply higher taxes and more control for city and town officials over retail pot shops in their communities, according to a copy of a House proposal obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Toronto Board of Health Wants Canadian Cannabis Decriminalization Now

Toronto Board of Health Wants Canadian Cannabis Decriminalization Now

Canadian cannabis decriminalization has earned the support of Toronto’s Board of Health. On June 12, 2017, the board voted unanimously to request that the Government of Canada immediately decriminalize the possession of cannabis for personal use.

Florida Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Measure

Florida Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Measure

During a special session which wrapped up on June 9, the Florida legislature passed new rules for its medical marijuana measure. Florida will have more than double the current amount of medical marijuana operators in the state under a proposal approved by lawmakers.

Jeff Sessions Wants Congress to Let Him Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

Jeff Sessions Wants Congress to Let Him Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions personally pleaded with Congress to oppose a provision in the federal spending bill that protects medical marijuana providers operating in accordance with state laws from federal enforcement actions so that the Department of Justice can prosecute medical marijuana cases.


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