The planned transition has been a couple of years in the making, company leaders told The Cannabist.
The health department says the victim is the 38th person in Illinois to become ill in recent weeks after using what is called K2, Spice or fake weed.
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Two new studies examining opioid prescriptions in legal marijuana states were published by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
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“There’s been a change in the culture,” said Will Senn, who operates two Urbn Leaf marijuana stores in San Diego
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The Illinois Department of Public Health also says that it now has reports of 56 people in the Chicago area and central Illinois who have experienced severe bleeding after using the substance.
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"These findings further strengthen arguments in favor of considering medical applications of cannabis as one tool in the policy arsenal that can be used to diminish the harm of prescription opioids," the authors of one report concluded.
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Administration Policy to Seek Death Penalty in Federal Drug Cases Causes Concern for Marijuana Policy Reform Advocates
WASHINGTON — Advocates for marijuana policy reform are decrying recent directives from the Trump administration for federal prosecutors to pursue the death penalty in drug cases where it is applicable under law. While these orders seem focused on the opioid issue, there are circumstances under which this punishment could potentially be applied to state-legal marijuana […]
WASHINGTON, DC — after months of debate and continuing resolutions, the House of Representatives has passed its Appropriations package for the fiscal year of 2018. Unlike previous short term measures, this bill will fully fund the government through September 30, 2018. At over 2,200 pages the bill is a massive combination of funding outlays and policy. Due […]
CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire House of Representatives punted a marijuana legalization bill to “interim study” on Thursday, moments after a vote to keep the measure alive fell short in a 135-153 roll call vote. The bill is effectively dead for the year, although it may be studied further by the House Ways and Means Committee. […]
WASHINGTON, DC — A spending bill passed by Congress early Friday contains language that renews restrictions on the use of federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana programs. If approved by the president, the legislation will continue to prevent the Department of Justice from spending resources to target medical marijuana patients and providers who are in […]
CHICAGO, IL — Voters in Cook County, IL (population 5.23 million) have approved a non-binding ballot measure in support of legalizing the adult use of marijuana. The advisory measure posed to voters the question of whether the state should legalize “the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 […]
ST. LOUIS, MO — City lawmakers in St. Louis have approved municipal legislation reducing minor marijuana possession offenses to a $25 fine-only violation. The new policy took effect immediately after being signed into law by Mayor Lyda Krewson. Under the policy, cannabis possession offenses involving up to 35 grams are classified as a municipal violation, punishable by no […]
WASHINGTON, DC — In a blow to Attorney General Jeff Sessions anti-marijuana agenda, Congressional leadership included in the omnibus spending package language that was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), to prohibit the Department of Justice and its affiliated agencies from prosecuting state-lawful and compliant medical marijuana systems, businesses, and patients. Originally known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, it explicitly […]
BOSTON, MA — The cumulative use of cannabis is not associated with adverse effects on kidney function, according to clinical data published in The American Journal of Medicine. Harvard investigators assessed the relationship between marijuana use and renal function in a cohort of 13,995 adults between the ages of 18 and 59. Current marijuana users possessed no significant differences […]
ST. LOUIS, MO — State laws reducing minor marijuana possession offenses from criminal to civil violations (aka decriminalization) are associated with dramatic reductions in drug-related arrests, and are not linked to any uptick in youth cannabis use, according to data published by researchers affiliated with Washington University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Investigators examined the impact […]
SACRAMENTO, CA — Officials in two additional California counties, Sonoma County (population 502,000) and Yolo County (population 213,000), have announced that they will proactively review and vacate thousands of past marijuana convictions. Sonoma county officials estimate that some 3,000 cases are eligible for either a sentence reduction or expungement. In Yolo County, the District Attorney’s Office has […]
TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced steps to expand New Jersey’s long-stalled Medicinal Marijuana Program. The Governor acted quickly after taking office, issuing an executive order mandating the Department of Health to review the program and make recommendations for improvement. The announcement today is the result of this executive order. The changes […]
TRENTON, NJ — In his ongoing effort to expand the Garden State’s medical marijuana program to be more patient-oriented, Governor Phil Murphy (D-NJ) has made dramatic changes to the state’s regulatory program. We will begin the elimination of the requirement that doctors prescribing medical marijuana appear on a public registry, and transition to an optional listing […]
WASHINGTON, DC — More than two-thirds of self-identified Democrats, Republicans, and Independents are in favor of medical cannabis legalization, according to nationwide survey data compiled by the polling firm Fabrizio, Lee, and Associates. The poll reported that 77 percent of likely 2018 voters held favorable opinions toward marijuana medicalization. Among Democrats, 84 percent endorsed medical cannabis legalization. […]
EUGENE, OR — The enactment of adult use marijuana regulations in Colorado and Washington is not independently linked to an increase in traffic fatalities, according to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Investigators at the University of Oregon compared traffic accident outcomes in Colorado and Washington following legalization to those in other states with […]
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