Canadians Line Up for Marijuana Posted by on October 17, 2018 at 15:03:16 PT By Selena Ross Source: Washington Post Montreal -- Just because they arrived at 3:30 in the morning, don’t assume Montreal’s first legal buyers of marijuana are stoners. Call them history enthusiasts, they said.
“I might not smoke it. I might keep it as a souvenir,” said Tonino Ruggiero, who was second in line at one of Quebec’s new, government-run pot stores on Wednesday, Canada’s long-awaited day of cannabis legalization. “It’s a moment d’histoire,” said Ruggiero, 64. “This is better than the Olympics. Not as good as the Rolling Stones, but close.” Read More... Canada Makes Marijuana Legal, Experiment Begins Posted by on October 17, 2018 at 05:49:05 PT By Dan Bilefsky Source: New York Times Montreal -- Canada on Wednesday became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana use, beginning a national experiment that will alter the country’s social, cultural and economic fabric, and present the nation with its biggest public policy challenge in decades.
Newfoundlanders became the first Canadians to be able to smoke pot legally, when retailers there opened in the country’s easternmost province at midnight. Read More... What Canada Can Learn from California on Marijuana Posted by on October 15, 2018 at 12:26:35 PT By Thomas Fuller Source: New York Times Dear Canada:
You’re in for a wild ride.
It’s been 10 months since recreational marijuana became legal in California, and my email inbox here in San Francisco fills up every week with companies offering new products. Read More... Marijuana is Emerging Among California’s Vineyards Posted by on October 15, 2018 at 05:41:03 PT By Scott Wilson Source: Washington Post Santa Ynez Valley, Calif. -- It is the fall harvest here in this fertile stretch of oaks and hills that produces some of the country’s best wine. This season, though, workers also are plucking the sticky, fragrant flowers of a new crop.
Marijuana is emerging among the vineyards, not as a rival to the valley’s grapes but as a high-value commodity that could help reinvigorate a fading agricultural tradition along the state’s Central Coast. Brushed by ocean breeze, cannabis has taken root, offering promise and prompting the age-old question of whether there can be too much of a good thing. Read More... Trump Seeks Public Comments On Marijuana Posted by on October 12, 2018 at 20:14:17 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The federal government wants your input on whether marijuana should be reclassified under global drug treaties to which the U.S. is a party.
Specifically, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for public comments about the "abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use" of cannabis and several other substances now under international review. Read More... Talk To Your Kids About Marijuana Posted by on October 12, 2018 at 06:27:24 PT By Andy Rosen, Globe Staff Source: Boston Globe Massachusetts -- The legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts is part of a cultural shift that has some parents’ heads spinning. When the first retail stores open, and law-abiding adults can buy pot for recreational use, what’s the best way to keep teenagers from abusing it?
At a HUBweek panel on Thursday, a pair of Massachusetts General Hospital experts offered concerned parents a familiar model. Talk to your kids about marijuana in the same way you’d talk to them about sex: Teach them how to make safe decisions. Read More... Pot Proponents Seek Foothold in Midwest Posted by CN Staff on October 10, 2018 at 05:20:59 PT By David Eggert, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Lansing, Mich. -- Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states.
Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide now if the drug should be legal for any adult 21 and older. They would become the 10th and 11th states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana since 2012, lightning speed in political terms. Read More... Medical Marijuana Use Up 83% in State Posted by on October 05, 2018 at 15:42:57 PT By Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune Source: Chicago Tribune Illinois -- After campaigning to convince other veterans that marijuana can help treat post-traumatic stress disorder, Colin Bond is finally seeing that people are heeding his advice.
PTSD has become the most common condition treated by patients who use medical marijuana in Illinois, according to a new state report that also shows overall use of medical pot has risen 83 percent this year in Illinois with more than 46,000 users. Read More... Canada is About To Legalize Marijuana Posted by on October 04, 2018 at 06:51:46 PT By Kurtis Lee Source: Los Angeles Times Canada -- Politicians herald it as transformative. Residents offer resounding support in the polls. Investors see billions of dollars on the horizon.
When Canada legalizes marijuana on Oct. 17, it will join Uruguay as the only countries to allow recreational cannabis nationwide. The South American country became the first in 2013. Read More... New Rulings on Medical Marijuana Use Posted by CN Staff on October 02, 2018 at 10:16:43 PT By Dave Collins, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Hartford, Conn. -- Health care worker Katelin Noffsinger told a potential employer that she took medical marijuana to deal with the effects of a car accident, but when a drug test came back positive, the nursing home rescinded her job offer anyway.
A federal judge last month ruled that the nursing home, which had cited federal laws against pot use, violated an anti-discrimination provision of the Connecticut's medical marijuana law. Read More... Court To Vacate Hundreds of Marijuana Convictions Posted by on September 25, 2018 at 15:24:19 PT By Daniel Beekman, Seattle Times Staff Reporter Source: Seattle Times Washington -- Seattle Municipal Court judges have agreed to vacate convictions and dismiss charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession prosecuted before pot was legalized in Washington state.
City Attorney Pete Holmes filed a motion in April asking the court to take the historic step for all convictions and charges between 1996 and 2010 “to right the injustices of a drug war that has primarily targeted people of color.” Read More... Museum Opens to Celebrate All Things Cannabis Posted by on September 20, 2018 at 15:44:09 PT By Regina Garcia Cano, AP Source: Time Las Vegas -- A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets. Las Vegas’ newest attraction — and Instagram backdrop — is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.
Nobody will be allowed to light up at Cannabition when it opens Thursday because of a Nevada ban on public consumption of marijuana, but visitors can learn about the drug as they snap photos. It’s a made-for-social-media museum where every exhibit has lights meant to ensure people take selfies worthy of the no-filter hashtag. Read More... Canadian MJ Company To Export Cannabis To U.S. Posted by on September 19, 2018 at 05:45:18 PT By Jason Lemon Source: Newsweek USA -- A Canadian marijuana company has been granted permission by the U.S. federal government to export medicinal cannabis to California for scientific research.
The company, Tilray Inc., and Dr. Fatta Nahab, an associate professor of neurosciences at the University of California San Diego’s medical school, who is behind the research, believe it is the first time that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has given the green light to a Canadian producer to export a cannabis study drug south of the border, The Toronto Star reported. Getting approval was a months-long process that also required the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to agree. Read More... Massachusetts' First Recreational Pot Sales Posted by on September 17, 2018 at 06:46:49 PT By Rebecca Lurye Source: Hartford Courant Massachusetts -- More than two months after recreational marijuana sales became legal in Massachusetts, the first wave of retailers is still working to open to the public. But the first sales could happen soon.
Eleven potential marijuana shops are awaiting site inspections, the last step before they can seek final approval of their business license applications from the Cannabis Control Commission, Massachusetts’ marijuana authority. Read More... The Response To Elon Musk's Cannabis Use Posted by on September 12, 2018 at 18:00:47 PT By Ben Curren, Contributor Source: Forbes USA -- Last week, when Elon Musk appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, he broke the internet when he took a single puff of cannabis at the two-hour-and-ten minute mark. In just under 15 seconds of a podcast that topped two-and-a-half hours, he seemingly did enough damage to cause Tesla’s stock to plummet nine percent, where it remained for the rest of the day.
Today, Tesla’s stock price has rebounded and is back to normal. But the fifteen seconds in which Musk accepted Rogan’s joint, studied it quizzically, took a single tentative puff, shrugged it off, and handed it back spawned a slew of headlines that persisted through the weekend. Read More... Marijuana Bill Scheduled For Congressional Vote Posted by on September 11, 2018 at 10:46:34 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. House panel that oversees federal drug enforcement is scheduled to vote this week on a bill to dramatically expand opportunities for research on the medical benefits of marijuana.
Sponsored by Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and 40 bipartisan cosponsors, the Medical Cannabis Research Act would require that the federal government issue more licenses to grow marijuana to be used in scientific studies, among other changes. Read More... DA's Dismantle Legacy of Marijuana Enforcement Posted by on September 08, 2018 at 05:45:45 PT By Jan Ransom and Tyler Pager Source: New York Times New York City -- Even as the authorities in New York City have scaled back enforcement of marijuana laws, a legacy of tough policies remains: People are hindered from getting jobs, apartments and access to education because of decades-old marijuana convictions and outstanding warrants.
Now Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, is expected to announce next week that his office will vacate misdemeanor marijuana warrants dating to 1978. In Brooklyn, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is going further, offering people with low-level convictions for marijuana possession the chance to have them vacated and the underlying charges dismissed. Read More... Senate Bill Would Legalize MMJ For Veterans Posted by on September 06, 2018 at 05:38:37 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- Two Democratic U.S. senators filed legislation on Wednesday that would effectively legalize medical marijuana for military veterans and let government doctors help them access it. Under the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians would be empowered to issue medical cannabis recommendations in accordance with the laws of a growing number of states.
The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), also makes it legal under federal law for military veterans to "use, possess, or transport medical marijuana in accordance with the laws of the State in which the use, possession, or transport occurs." Read More... Can Marijuana Really Replace Prescription Opioids Posted by on August 31, 2018 at 11:41:31 PT By Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune Source: Chicago Tribune Chicago -- Marijuana advocates were overjoyed this week when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner legalized medical cannabis as a substitute for prescription painkillers. The Marijuana Policy Project called it a “big win” for patients, and officials say it will greatly expand the number of patients, possibly saving lives.
But the new state law begs the question: How effective is cannabis for treating pain? And how well does it work to reduce opioid use and overdose deaths? Read More... White House Looks for Negative Trends on Marijuana Posted by on August 30, 2018 at 10:26:44 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- This week, BuzzFeed News reported on the existence of a previously unknown White House effort to gather information on the “negative impacts of marijuana use, production, and trafficking on national health, safety, and security.”
The Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, a project of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, is particularly interested in “the most significant data demonstrating negative trends” about marijuana use, along with statements “describing the implications of such trends," according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed. Read More... By Next Year You Can Buy Med Marijuana in Hawaii Posted by on August 23, 2018 at 14:32:45 PT By Jay Jones Source: Los Angeles Times Hawaii -- Out-of-state medical marijuana users next year will be able to buy cannabis products at dispensaries in Hawaii. The only hitches: Visitors will need to apply online and pay $45 (plus a $4.50 processing fee) for a temporary Hawaii medical marijuana card that’s valid for 60 days.
“We’ve been fielding a lot of calls daily about reciprocity,” said George Bullock, director of the Cure Oahu marijuana dispensary in Waikiki. “We really look forward to being able to serve them in the future.” Read More... DEA Wants More Marijuana Grown And Fewer Opioids Posted by on August 18, 2018 at 15:39:05 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) isn't exactly known as big fan of marijuana. But in a new Federal Register filing set to be published soon, the anti-drug agency is moving to more than quintuple the amount of cannabis that can legally be grown in the U.S. for research purposes—from roughly 1,000 pounds in 2018 to more than 5,400 pounds next year.
At the same time, DEA is also pushing to reduce the amount of certain opioid drugs—such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl and others—that are produced in the U.S. Read More... Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in New York Posted by on August 08, 2018 at 09:53:48 PT By Steven Epstein Source: New York Law Journal New York -- In all likelihood, New York will legalize recreational marijuana during the next legislative session. This sea-change will demand a regulatory scheme up to the task. On one hand, the regime should cabin the risks associated with legalizing a drug that affects people’s mental states and abilities to drive. But on the other hand, the regime should also maximize the health, safety and financial benefits of bringing this market into daylight. After legalization, New York will become one of the largest marijuana markets in the United States. If rolled out properly, legalization will carry net benefits that far outweigh the costs. Read More... Cuomo Takes Step Toward Legalizing Marijuana Posted by on August 02, 2018 at 20:09:06 PT By Lara Korte Source: Wall Street Journal New York -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo took another step toward legalizing marijuana in New York, announcing the formation of a 20-person work group to draft legislation allowing for recreational use by adults.
Thursday’s announcement came on the heels of a state health-department study that addressed the effects of pot legalization on public health, the economy and the criminal-justice system. The final report, released last month, concluded that the positive effects of a regulated marijuana market would outweigh the potential negatives. Read More... Historic Day for Medical Marijuana in Pa. Posted by on August 02, 2018 at 05:57:02 PT By Sam Wood, Staff Writer Source: Philadelphia Inquirer Pennsylvania -- Thom Shannon was the first in line. The medical marijuana dispensary on Old York Road in Abington wouldn’t open its doors for nine more hours. But Shannon, 43, already had been waiting 20 years.
“I was a little premature, but this day is kinda historic,” said Shannon, a burly former executive chef. “I thought this day would never come.” “Dry leaf” marijuana went on sale Wednesday morning at 16 dispensaries across the state. Additional dispensaries will begin stocking it over the next week. Also known as “flower” or “bud,” dry leaf is the form of the medicine that is the most affordable and familiar to patients and recreational users alike. Read More... Detroit Put Limit on the Number of Pot Shops Posted by on July 31, 2018 at 11:26:26 PT By Katrease Stafford and Kathleen Gray Source: Detroit Free Press Michigan -- Only 75 medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to legally operate in Detroit, after the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an ordinance that caps the number of facilities citywide and puts more regulations in place on the budding industry.
The ordinance, proposed by council member James Tate, establishes rules for five types of medical marijuana licenses including locations where medical marijuana could be grown, tested, processed, transported and dispensed to patients with state-approved medical marijuana cards. Read More... Marijuana is a Gift from God Posted by on July 29, 2018 at 06:02:22 PT By Kurtis Lee Source: Los Angeles Times Utah -- Brian Stoll faced a dilemma as his wedding day approached. For more than a year, he had been smoking marijuana to treat severe back pain, but to remain in good standing with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and get married in the temple, he had to stop using pot.
Since marijuana was illegal under Utah law, church leaders told him, it was forbidden. Stoll turned to an opioid painkiller and has continued using it since his marriage three years ago, despite unpleasant side effects and its inability to match the soothing qualities of marijuana. Read More... Marijuana Bill Protects Jobs of Federal Employees Posted by on July 28, 2018 at 05:00:45 PT By Andrew Blake, The Washington Times Source: Washington Times Washington D.C. -- Federal workers would be allowed to legally use marijuana without risking their jobs under a bipartisan bill proposed Thursday, the “Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act.”
Introduced by Rep. Charlie Crist, Florida Democrat, and Rep. Drew Ferguson, Georgia Republican, the bill would remove limitations on federal employment for anyone legally using marijuana in accordance with state law, effectively keeping government workers in most the country from being canned for their cannabis use. Read More... V.A. Shuns Medical Marijuana Posted by on July 25, 2018 at 07:38:26 PT By Dave Philipps Source: New York Times Santa Cruz, Calif. -- Some of the local growers along the coast here see it as an act of medical compassion: Donating part of their crop of high-potency medical marijuana to ailing veterans, who line up by the dozens each month in the echoing auditorium of the city’s old veterans’ hall to get a ticket they can exchange for a free bag.
One Vietnam veteran in the line said he was using marijuana-infused oil to treat pancreatic cancer. Another said that smoking cannabis eased the pain from a recent hip replacement better than prescription pills did. Several said that a few puffs temper the anxiety and nightmares of post-traumatic stress disorder. Read More... Has U.S. Reached Tipping Point in MJ Legalization Posted by on July 23, 2018 at 06:49:32 PT By Daniel J. Mallinson and A. Lee Hannah Source: Washington Post USA -- Has the U.S. reached the “tipping point” in marijuana legalization? That’s what one CNN commentator said happened last month when, on June 26, Oklahoma adopted medical marijuana through a ballot initiative — making it the 30th state to do so, as you can see in the figure below.
It’s true that a lot was unusual about the Oklahoma initiative. The state approved medical marijuana with roughly 57 percent of the vote — despite the fact that the ballot measure was held in a conservative state, during a primary — when only the most committed party members tend to vote — rather than during a general election, is more permissive than many comparable laws, and was opposed by statewide Republican leaders. Read More...
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