A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana for pain said Tuesday that the conflicting state and federal pot laws that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care.
Hemp legalization is officially headed to Trump’s desk for signature
The 2018 Farm Bill, which would legalize industrial hemp, is officially headed to President Trump’s desk.
Georgia lawmakers propose medical marijuana farming and sales
Georgia lawmakers are recommending that the state government pass laws next year to allow hemp farming and cannabis oil distribution.
For big tobacco and brewers, grass is greener
Proponents of legal marijuana spent decades fighting a slow battle for mainstream acceptance. Now, big business is swooping in.
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Hemp’s supporters are cheering a final agreement on the federal farm bill that would legalize the crop that’s making a comeback in Kentucky.
Aurora Cannabis Inc. of Edmonton, Alberta, said Monday it has signed a letter of intent to acquire all outstanding shares of Mexico’s Farmacias Magistrales SA.
A medical pioneer whose research breakthrough on inflammation led to the creation of some of the world’s top-selling drugs is embracing medical marijuana.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell signed off on the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill on Monday . . . and he used a pen made of marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin, hemp, to so do.
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Here’s the final 2018 farm bill that could legalize hemp
The final text of the 2018 Farm Bill was released on Monday, and industrial hemp legalization made the cut. Votes to send the legislation to President Trump’s desk are expected this week.
Feds call for even more marijuana research after hosting cannabis workshop
Federally funded research into marijuana seems to be escalating, with one government agency recently posting a roundup of current “cannabinoid-related funding opportunities” for studies investigating the plant’s therapeutic potential.
Trump official wants to ‘legally permit’ medical marijuana in federally-subsidized housing
A Trump administration official said on Sunday that she is working to resolve conflicting federal and state marijuana laws as it applies to residency in federally-subsidized housing.
Tobacco farmers, already switching to hemp, may look at cannabis
For some tobacco farmers, the future may be in cannabis.
A struggling desert town bets its future on pot
The City Council in the solidly Republican community of Needles, California, has approved 81 permits for cannabis businesses since 2015.
Medical marijuana advocates in Utah challenging new law in court
Medical marijuana advocates in Utah are suing to block a compromise agreement legalizing the drug, saying it wrongly guts a measure approved by voters.
Michigan marking 1st day for legal, recreational pot
Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than medical purposes.
Law enforcement seizes more than $1 million in pot
Authorities say they seized about $1 million worth of marijuana product and plants from three Colorado warehouses.
Lawmakers might use legal marijuana taxes to fix New York’s subways
New York’s subway system could get a much-needed upgrade if the state opts to fully legalize marijuana, according to a new report.
Cannabis shorts gain after Tilson conference despite expense
For those who think cannabis stocks are over-valued, it’s getting expensive.
Denver officials want to erase low-level marijuana offenses
Denver officials are planning to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state.
Utah patients can use medical pot, but concerns still loom
The first license for a private dispensary in Utah must be awarded by June 2020, though authorities are aiming to do it faster.
Utah lawmakers approve medical pot changes, despite concerns
Lawmakers in conservative Utah passed sweeping changes Monday to a new voter-approved medical-marijuana ballot measure under a planned compromise.
Alzheimer’s added as qualifier for medical marijuana in Minnesota
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says there is “some evidence” that marijuana improves the mood, sleep, and behavior of people with Alzheimer’s.
Minnesota man with 471 pounds of marijuana sentenced
Mark Anthony Berg told the trooper he had been in Las Vegas and drove through Denver on his way back to Minnesota.
Local pot ban petition in Washington state may head to voters or court
The group trying to overturn a local ban on marijuana businesses in southeastern Washington state may take legal action after their voter petition was rejected.
Michigan to be first Midwest state to allow recreational pot
Michigan clears a threshold this week as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes.
Utah lawmakers to vote on medical-marijuana compromise
Supporters of the compromise, including the influential Mormon church, say it will still give access to suffering patients while ensuring marijuana stays out of the hands of children and blocking any possibility of broader legalization.
New Mexico approves rules for industrial hemp cultivation
Farmers in New Mexico will be allowed to grow hemp beginning next year.
Lawmakers to meet Monday to alter marijuana ballot measure in Utah
Utah state lawmakers will meet Monday in a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a medical marijuana law passed by voters in the midterm election.
First medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Iowa
Iowa doctors can certify patients with one of several debilitating medical conditions. Patients who are certified can then go to one of the five dispensaries to receive cannabidiol products.
Alaska credit union to serve marijuana businesses
Most banks and credit card processors in the United States won’t service marijuana businesses because of the federal prohibition on marijuana.
6 Florida students hospitalized after eating THC gummies
Six Florida middle school students were treated at a hospital after eating THC-infused gummy candies while in gym class.
New medical marijuana rules in Michigan allow home delivery
Michigan lawmakers approved permanent medical marijuana licensing rules on Tuesday, including a provision to allow dispensaries to deliver the drug to cardholders’ homes.
Vegas is now home to the ‘world’s biggest’ weed store. Of course it is
Planet 13 feels like someone put an upscale jewelry store inside a night club. The floor lights up when you step on it. Massive screens play trippy 3-D images.
Marijuana dispensaries reduce local opioid overdose rates, study finds
The study found that counties with dispensaries experience 6 to 8 percent fewer opioid overdose deaths overall and 10 percent fewer heroin overdose deaths.
A main ingredient in beer used to be marijuana’s ‘sister,’ study shows
Your favorite bud and brew have a bit more in common than you might think.
Bernie Sanders blasts marijuana prohibition in new book
US Senator Bernie Sanders said he’s still “thinking about” a possible run for the presidency in 2020, and if he does run, it’s a safe bet that marijuana reform will be one of his priorities.
Ohio credit union confirms plans to do business with marijuana companies
Wright-Patt Credit Union confirmed Monday that the company will offer what it called “limited banking services” to legally licensed medical marijuana businesses.
Using marijuana doesn’t cause youth behavioral problems, study finds
Several studies have linked behavioral problems among young people to marijuana use. But what comes first — the chicken or the egg?
Maryland medical marijuana sales surpassing forecast
Medical marijuana sales in Maryland are surpassing a previous forecast and could reach $100 million this year.
Job barriers hit some New Mexico medical marijuana patients
Some medical marijuana patients in New Mexico are finding a hard time getting jobs in places like Los Alamos National Laboratory thanks to federal requirements on drug testing and a lack of flexibility for applicants.
N.J. lawmakers advance bill legalizing marijuana
New Jersey would join 10 other states and the District of Columbia if it legalizes recreational cannabis.
In states where pot is legal, some police dogs are losing their jobs
As states and cities loosen their drug laws, the highly trained dogs their police departments use to sniff out narcotics can’t always be counted on to smell the right thing.
Recreational marijuana sales begin in Massachusetts, first on the East Coast
Massachusetts’ first two recreational marijuana dispensaries opened to long lines and lots of buzz.
Massachusetts marijuana stores to open Tuesday
The Cannabis Control Commission has issued “commence full operations” notices to pot shops in Leicester and Northampton.
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Whatever happened to the guy who made the first legal recreational marijuana purchase in the US?
Five years ago, Marine Corps veteran and marijuana advocate Sean Azzariti made history by buying an eighth-ounce of Bubba Kush cannabis flower and a packet of pot-infused truffles.
Marijuana startup backed by John Boehner goes public in Canada
The cannabis startup backed by former Speaker of the House John Boehner is set to become one of the most valuable companies in the US weed industry.
Mormon church faces potential lawsuit over medical marijuana opposition
A lawyer representing patients and advocates has formally notified the Mormon church to preserve records ahead of a potential lawsuit concerning its alleged attempts to undermine the measure.
Pot banking takes off in US as women forge path around ban
A federal prohibition on marijuana has locked US banks out of an industry surging toward $75 billion in sales. Who’s catching that money?
The DEA just got scolded over its marijuana eradication program
The Drug Enforcement Administration provides about $17 million each year to help its partners get rid of illegal cannabis grows. But it’s not clear if that money is serving its purpose.