PISA, ITALY — The long-term use of a cannabis-infused decoction is effective at reducing pain intensity and mitigating anxiety and depression in patients with chronic pain, according to clinical data published in the journal La Clinica Therapeutica. Italian researchers assessed the long-term use of cannabis in a cohort of 338 patients with chronic pain. Subjects consumed between 5mg […]
TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s Attorney General has called on county and municipal prosecutors to suspend marijuana-related prosecutions until early September. In a letter obtained Wednesday by NJ Advance Media, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal wrote that “all municipal prosecutors in New Jersey seek an adjournment until September 4, 2018, or later, of any matter involving a marijuana-related offense pending in […]
Eighty-five percent of Americans believe that marijuana “should be legalized for medical use,” and 57 percent of respondents endorse regulating it for anyone over the age of 21, according to national survey data compiled Harris Insight & Analytics. Among younger respondents (those ages 18 to 44), 68 percent agree that cannabis should be legal. Most respondents (57 […]
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Some portions of Oklahoma’s voter-approved medical marijuana law have taken effect, while state regulators continue to work to make revisions to the language of the new law. Last Thursday, the penalty-reduction piece of Oklahoma’s medical marijuana initiative became operational. Individuals possessing up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis face a reduced penalty — a misdemeanor […]
Even as he defended federal marijuana prohibition, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions last Thursday conceded that states have the right to pass their own marijuana laws. Sessions, an avowed foe of marijuana legalization, has moved to rescind Obama-era guidance to prosecutors that gave some protection to state-legal marijuana operations, but the reality on the ground […]
In early December, Sweet Leaf had grown to 300 employees, brought in upward of $5 million in sales monthly, and expanded across Colorado’s Front Range with an eye on markets such as Nevada and Massachusetts.
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TRENTON, NJ — State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has shaken up New Jersey’s marijuana politics with an announcement Tuesday that he has ordered county and municipal prosecutors to defer all marijuana-related cases until early September. The move was an unexpected response to a squabble over whether a city in the state could decriminalize pot possession […]
Oklahoma Attorney General: Regulators Acted Improperly When Amending Voter-Initiated Marijuana Measure
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma’s Attorney General has warned that members of the state Board of Health “acted in excess of their statutory authority” when they amended State Question 788 – the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis access law. In a letter issued on Wednesday to the Interim Commissioner of Health, Attorney General Mike Hunter states that the Board “overstepped its […]
Getting caught growing a few pot plants in Pennsylvania could lead to a criminal charge and a likely sentence of probation, but for a Lehigh Valley man, it was a death sentence. This past Monday, 51-year-old Gregory A. Longenecker was found dead under a bulldozer operated by a state Game Commission worker and carrying a state trooper […]
A fiscal report issued by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale estimates that taxing Pennsylvania’s existing retail cannabis market would yield $581 million in new annual revenue. “Repeated polls have shown that a majority of Americans now believe marijuana should be legalized. In Pennsylvania, it’s 56 percent,” DePasquale said during a news conference Thursday with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. “Today, […]
HONOLULU, HI — Hawaii’s Democrat Governor David Ige has signed legislation into law expanding patient’s access to medical marijuana and cannabis-infused products. House Bill 2729 establishes criteria permitting out-of-state patients to access medical cannabis. It also permits regulators to certify patients’ recommendations for up to a three-year period, and allows for physicians to make recommendations to patients […]
PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D) has signed legislation permitting those with past marijuana convictions to have their records expunged. House Bill 8355/S. 2447 allows those with past convictions for crimes involving the possession of less than one ounce of cannabis to petition the court for an order of expungement. It states, “[W]here the court […]
SAN DIEGO, CA — The enactment of medical cannabis access laws is associated with significant reductions in prescription opioid use among Medicaid enrollees, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Addiction. Investigators with the University of California at San Diego assessed the relationship between medical cannabis legalization and opioid use among Medicaid enrollees over a […]
PULLMAN, WA –The enactment of state laws regulating adult marijuana use is associated with an increase in crime clearance rates, according to data published in the journal Police Quarterly. Clearance rates are calculated by dividing the number of crimes that are ‘cleared’ (charges are filed) by the total number of crimes reported. Criminologists at Washington State University assessed crime […]
WASHINGTON, DC — Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) led a group of bipartisan lawmakers in introducing The Marijuana Data Collection Act. The act calls upon the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to collect and synthesize relevant data and to generate a formal report to Congress quantifying the impact of statewide marijuana legalization […]
Acknowledging that his previous opposition to marijuana legalization was being undercut by popular opinion and the spread of legalization in nearby states such as Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in January called for an assessment of the possible impact of legalizing the herb in the state. The state Health Department […]
There will be an educational forum on the benefits that medicinal cannabis has to offer to Kentucky and its citizens. Featuring support from state cannabis activists including members from Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Coalition (KCFC), Kentucky affiliate for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (KY NORML), Kentuckians for Medicinal Marijuana (KY4MM), the Alliance […]
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) campaigned on, among other things, a promise to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days in office. That didn’t happen. It may not happen at all this year, and state Sen. Ronald Rice (D) is one major reason why. Marijuana legalization advocates led by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas […]
California’s famed SB420 medical marijuana collective defense, slated to end on January 9, 2019, remains in full force and effect until the date it expires, pursuant to a recent ruling from the state’s District 1 Court of Appeals. The newly published People v. Ahmed ruling held that a lower court had […]
Where alfalfa once grew on a plot in unincorporated Boulder County, fledgling hemp plants are pushing skyward.
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