More Older Americans are Smoking Marijuana Posted by on April 25, 2018 at 10:18:28 PT By Keith Humphreys Source: Washington Post USA -- U.S. marijuana consumption is more prevalent today than during the conservative 1980s. Surges in drug use are often attributed to “kids these days,” but new research shows that the change has been driven not by stereotypical longhair youngsters but by the gray-haired and balding set.
Researchers William Kerr, Camillia Lui and Yu Ye integrated 30 years of survey data from over 40,000 participants who reported on whether they had used marijuana in the past 12 months. Only two age groups showed a significant rise in use. Compared with older Americans 30 years ago, Americans age 50 to 59 and 60 and older today are a remarkable 20 times more likely to use marijuana. Read More... Prohibition on Marijuana Is On Borrowed Time Posted by on April 24, 2018 at 09:01:59 PT By Paul Waldman Source: American Prospect USA -- If you're a politician wondering whether you should try pot, I've got news for you: Everybody's doing it. Why not give it a try? You don't want people to think you're square, do you?
By "try pot," I don't mean actually smoke it (though who knows what's going on in the cloakroom these days). I mean come out for some form of marijuana legalization. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner recently joined the board of a cannabis company, and last week on semi-official marijuana holiday April 20, certified cool dude Chuck Schumer, the leader of Democrats in the Senate, announced that he will soon be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Oh how times have changed. Read More... Turning To Marijuana for a Runners’ High and More Posted by on April 20, 2018 at 13:52:42 PT By Jen A. Miller Source: New York Times Colorado -- The ultramarathoner Avery Collins, among the fastest in the world, is not shy about appearing in photographs holding a bong. The first time he tried running after using marijuana, he said, he realized “it allowed me to be very present and not to worry as much about overall times and what’s going on with the run.”
Mr. Collins, a 25-year-old from Colorado Springs, is one of a likely legion of athletes who use marijuana as part of their training — although he’s one of the few fast enough to get an endorsement deal from an edibles company. Read More... The Great CA Cannabis Experiment Lurches Forward Posted by on April 20, 2018 at 10:20:15 PT By Robin Abcarian Source: Los Angeles Times California -- If you find yourself driving in Venice in the next little while, you may notice that the illuminated "Venice" sign at Pacific and Windward avenues that functions as a gateway to the famous boardwalk has sprouted neon cannabis leaves.
The sign, which changes seasonally (red and green bulbs at Christmas, a heart on Valentine's Day, flag-colored bulbs on the Fourth of July) will honor a relatively new holiday: 4/20, which evolved from a Bay Area high school ritual to the most important day of the year for cannabis lovers. Read More... How Seniors Joined the Cannabis Craze Posted by on April 20, 2018 at 10:03:50 PT By Sara Davidson Source: New Yorker Magazine USA -- On a sunny afternoon last August, a dozen women from Balfour Senior Living, in Louisville, Colorado, boarded a bus for a field trip to a marijuana dispensary. One used a walker, one was hooked up to an oxygen tank, and another wore a linen suit and jewelry. All were told to wear hats while walking from the bus to the dispensary door. “The sun is our enemy,” one said.
Joan Stammerjohn, who is eighty-four, said she’d joined the group because she’s had chronic pain in her legs, and has been on OxyContin for ten years. “I’d like to get off it,” she said. Others said they had ailments like arthritis or back pain, but didn’t want to disclose their names because they believe marijuana is still stigmatized. “We’re travelling incognito,” one said. “I’m excited. I came to open my mind—I want to know the latest things. I hope this won’t be in the paper, though. We’ll have a crowd coming to Balfour, thinking this is the coolest place.” Read More... Getting Closer to Overhauling Marijuana Laws? Posted by on April 20, 2018 at 09:37:19 PT By Matt Laslo Source: Rolling Stone Washington, D.C. -- You don't need to explain 4/20 to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is preparing to introduce a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level today. Whether it's a sincere effort or merely a political stunt to bolster the New York Democrat's popularity in the early stages of a potential 2020 presidential bid, this could be a pivotal hour for weed in America.
Late last week, in a spare moment between attacking former FBI Director James Comey and bombing Syria, President Trump reportedly told Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado that he supports his state’s recreational marijuana law. Read More... How Legalized Pot Could Ruin Famous Pot Convention Posted by on April 19, 2018 at 20:45:29 PT By Avi Selk Source: Washington Post USA -- The legendary pot-judging contest called the Cannabis Cup has somehow managed to flourish under prohibition. Maybe because prohibition was relatively simple. High Times magazine brought the gathering to at least one U.S. city each year for most of this decade, even when recreational pot was illegal in all 50 states.
Local opposition was hardly an obstacle then. The cup drew thousands to a Detroit jazz club in 2011, even though suspicious police officers repeatedly intruded on what the Detroit Free Press called its “sealed medicating tent.” Read More... Schumer Backs Federal Effort To Decriminalize MJ Posted by on April 19, 2018 at 20:34:09 PT By David Weigel Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- The Senate’s top Democrat will introduce legislation to decriminalize marijuana, the first time that a leader of either party in Congress has endorsed a rollback of one of the country’s oldest drug laws.
In an interview with Vice News, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that he’d seen the effects of current marijuana laws, under which the drug has the same legal classification as heroin. Read More... Cannabis Use Could Cut Into Wine Consumption Posted by on April 19, 2018 at 10:10:21 PT By Liza Zimmerman, Contributor Source: Forbes USA -- According to an April report by New York City-based Rabobank, “existing research does indicate that rising marijuana use will negatively affect the growth of beverage alcohol.”
The primary drivers of this trend include the fact that women and older consumers are saying they intend to use more marijuana when it is legal; a focus on health that cannabis fits into; and marijuana becoming legalized in states that already have high levels of wine consumption. Read More... Bernie Sanders Backs Bill To Punish States Posted by on April 19, 2018 at 09:49:29 PT By Tom Angell Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- Several potential rival presidential candidates are teaming up on legislation to end the federal war on marijuana. On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is signing on as a co-sponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act, introduced last year by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).
Many political observers expect that Booker and Sanders will compete for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), another rumored contender, is also a co-sponsor of the bill. Read More... Some Republican Lawmakers Now Think Highly Of It Posted by on April 17, 2018 at 05:17:15 PT By Kurtis Lee Source: Los Angeles Times Washington, D.C. -- States that have passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana in recent years appear to have found some new, unexpected supporters: Republican politicians.
Since voters began to pass recreational marijuana measures in 2012, the pro-pot movement has seen swift support from many Democrats, with Republicans often pushing back against legalization. Those expressing concern or opposition have cited, among other things, the potential for pot to be a gateway drug, and they have regularly sided with law enforcement, which has established a unified front against recreational marijuana. Read More... Trump Admin Abandons Crackdown on Legal Marijuana Posted by on April 13, 2018 at 16:41:16 PT By Evan Halper Source: Los Angeles Times Washington, D.C. -- The Trump administration is abandoning a Justice Department threat to crack down on recreational marijuana in states where it is legal, a move that could enable cannabis businesses in California and other states that have legalized pot to operate without fear of federal raids and prosecution.
President Trump personally directed the abrupt retreat, which came at the behest of Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado. White House officials confirmed the policy shift Friday. Trump did not inform Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions in advance of the change in policy, an almost unheard of undermining of a Cabinet official. Read More... John Boehner: Here’s What Changed His Mind Posted by on April 11, 2018 at 11:19:11 PT By Christopher Ingraham and Alex Horton Source: Washington Post USA -- John A. Boehner, the former Republican speaker of the House who once said he was “unalterably opposed” to decriminalizing marijuana laws, has joined a board of directors for a cannabis company with an eye on rolling back federal regulations.
The former Ohio congressman, who led a party that was historically opposed to legalizing marijuana, has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, Boehner said in a statement Wednesday. The company grows and sells legal weed and operates in 11 states. Read More... John Boehner Joins Marijuana Firm’s Advisory Posted by on April 11, 2018 at 07:43:32 PT By Jennifer Kaplan Source: Bloomberg USA -- The U.S. marijuana industry has a new spokesman: John Boehner.
The Republican former Speaker of the House has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a company that cultivates, processes and dispenses cannabis in 11 U.S. states. Boehner’s endorsement, after saying nine years ago he was “unalterably opposed” to legalization, could be considered a watershed event: Marijuana has gone mainstream. Read More... Feds Want Input On Marijuana Reclassification Posted by on April 06, 2018 at 12:58:24 PT By Tom Angell Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The Trump administration is asking Americans for input on whether marijuana should be reclassified under international drug control treaties to which the U.S. is a party.
Currently, under both U.S. law and global agreements, marijuana sits in the most restrictive category of Schedule I. Domestically, that means it is not available for formal prescriptions and research on its effects is heavily restricted. Globally, it means that nations signed onto drug treaties are not supposed to legalize cannabis. Read More... Even Where MJ Is Legal It’s Hard To Advertise Posted by on April 05, 2018 at 16:12:49 PT By Rachel Siegel Source: Washington Post USA -- As the cannabis industry grows, generating an estimated $10 billion in annual sales, states are increasingly approving medical marijuana programs and passing adult-use laws. But for marketing agencies, marijuana dispensaries and cannabis brands, advertising the pot brings its own hurdles.
Online platforms with prime advertising space like Facebook and Google do not allow drug, or drug-related promotions on their sites, leaving a large share of marijuana advertising to blogs and podcasts, newsletters and print media. And while experts say Facebook and Google — which control the lion’s share of digital advertising in the country — are unlikely to change their policies until pot is legalized at the federal level, and television and radio come with their own sets of rules, industry members are left to navigate a complex web of state-by-state regulations. Read More... Legal Marijuana States Have Lower Opioid Use Posted by on April 02, 2018 at 08:59:55 PT By Tom Angell Source: Forbes USA -- Letting people legally access marijuana appears to reduce reliance on addictive opioids, two new studies published by the American Medical Association find.
"Medical cannabis laws are associated with significant reductions in opioid prescribing in the Medicare Part D population," concludes one paper from researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens. "This finding was particularly strong in states that permit dispensaries, and for reductions in hydrocodone and morphine prescriptions." Read More... CBD is Cannabis That Won’t Get You High Posted by on March 30, 2018 at 09:00:15 PT By Lavanya Ramanathan Source: Washington Post USA -- In a lowlit room at Joy’s Spa in Washington, Dawn Franklin is smoothing a creamy white mask onto Jessica Osorio’s face. The mask, she says, is infused with camomile and sage and aloe vera, plus one ingredient that she still has to explain to her clients: CBD.
An aesthetician, Franklin started working with an Oregon chemist last year to make CBD products for the skin, believing that a little of it swiped onto the face could help repair the ravages of age. Read More... Sen. Mitch McConnell Pushes Bill To Legalize Hemp Posted by on March 26, 2018 at 10:21:20 PT By Tom Angell Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Senate announced on Monday that he will soon be filing a bill to legalize industrial hemp and allocate federal money for cultivation of the crop.
"We all are so optimistic that industrial hemp can become sometime in the future what tobacco was in Kentucky's past," U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said at a press conference alongside the state's agriculture commissioner. Read More... A Dying Southern Town Needed a Miracle Posted by on March 24, 2018 at 14:16:37 PT By Richard Fausset Source: New York Times Cotton Plant, Ark. -- Mayor Willard C. Ryland looked everywhere for salvation for his dying town. He tried luring a vegetable packing company. An Asian carp processor. A Dollar General store. But he struck out again and again. Then came marijuana — and hope.
Arkansas voters decided in 2016 to legalize the plant for medical use, giving the state an opportunity both to develop a new industry and to address nagging social problems. The state’s licensing program encourages legal marijuana growers to set up shop where the new jobs are needed most, in perennially poor communities. Read More... Marijuana Supply-Siders Posted by on March 24, 2018 at 04:56:16 PT By The Editorial Board Source: Wall Street Journal USA -- California’s experiment in marijuana legalization is spurring some radical thinking on the political left. Lo, high taxes and over-regulation are bad for the economy—or at least the pot economy.
Golden State voters in 2016 legalized recreational marijuana on the promise that this would reduce the black market. While marijuana remains a banned substance under federal law, nine states including Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Colorado have legalized consumption and production within their borders. Many are still struggling to draw cannabis businesses out of the shadows, none as much as California. Less than 1% of the state’s 68,150 marijuana cultivators had obtained licenses as of last month, according to a recent report by the California Growers Association. The problem turns out to be the heavy hand of the state. Read More... Congress Protects Medical Marijuana Posted by on March 22, 2018 at 05:47:48 PT By Tom Angell Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- Medical marijuana patients and businesses that follow state laws will continue to be protected from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the federal drug agents that work for him under a provision contained in new must-pass legislation revealed on Wednesday.
The policy, which has been federal law since 2014, bars the U.S. Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. Its continuance was in question, however, after Sessions specifically asked Congress not to extend it and House leaders blocked a vote on the matter. Read More... Outlaw Weed Comes Into The Light Posted by on March 16, 2018 at 20:51:26 PT By Scott Wilson Source: Washington Post Arcata, Calif. -- The quaint town plaza here is lined with locally owned stores, their names and products recalling the post-Flower Power migration from San Francisco decades ago: Moonrise Herbs, Heart Bead, Hemp Recycled Solutions.
The shops trade largely in cash with customers who are paid in cash — the marijuana growers, distributors and “trimmigrants,” seasonal workers who cut back the flowering plants for market each autumn. But business is stalling as marijuana’s dark cash economy comes into the light, pushed by the state’s legalization of the drug earlier this year. Read More... San Francisco One US City With Marijuana Lounges Posted by CN Staff on March 15, 2018 at 05:22:57 PT By Paul Elias, Associated Press Source: Associated Press San Francisco -- The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary's marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors.
"There's nothing like this in Jersey," said grinning Atlantic City resident Rick Thompson, getting high with his cousins in San Francisco. Read More... Legal Marijuana Is A Boon To The Economy Posted by on March 14, 2018 at 05:25:38 PT By Mona Zhang Source: Forbes Colorado -- Researchers found that legalizing marijuana had a positive impact on the economy of Pueblo County, Colo. In a landmark report out of the Colorado State University-Pueblo's Institute of Cannabis Research, researchers found that a taxed and regulated cannabis industry contributed more than $58 million to the local economy, reports The Denver Post.
While there was about $23 million in added costs to legalization – including law enforcement and social services – the county still ended up with a net positive impact of more than $35 million. Read More... Plan To Diversify Maryland Med Marijuana Market Posted by on March 12, 2018 at 06:17:07 PT By Erin Cox Source: Baltimore Sun Maryland -- For months, Maryland lawmakers have planned to address the lack of diversity in the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry by offering more licenses. A new round of licensing was supposed to give the black-owned firms that were all but shut out of the first round another chance to gain a foothold in the lucrative industry.
But the legislation lawmakers have now come up with favors companies that already hold licenses to grow and process marijuana. Only one of the 30 licenses awarded two years ago is held by a firm owned by African-Americans. Read More... America Is Giving Away $30 Billion MMJ Industry Posted by on March 08, 2018 at 09:14:21 PT By Josh Dean Source: Bloomberg USA -- Lyle Craker is an unlikely advocate for any political cause, let alone one as touchy as marijuana law, and that’s precisely why Rick Doblin sought him out almost two decades ago. Craker, Doblin likes to say, is the perfect flag bearer for the cause of medical marijuana production—not remotely controversial and thus the ideal partner in a long and frustrating effort to loosen the Drug Enforcement Administration’s chokehold on cannabis research. There are no counterculture skeletons in Craker’s closet; only dirty boots and botany books. He’s never smoked pot in his life, nor has he tasted liquor. “I have Coca-Cola every once in a while,” says the quiet, white-haired Craker, from a rolling chair in his basement office at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he’s served as a professor in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture since 1967, specializing in medicinal and aromatic plants. He and his students do things such as subject basil plants to high temperatures to study the effects of climate change on what plant people call the constituents, or active elements. Read More... Rhode Island: Marijuana On The Ballot Posted by on March 01, 2018 at 18:11:40 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Rhode Island -- Voters in the nation's smallest state could have a chance to send a big message about marijuana legalization this fall.
Under a new bill filed in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, Rhode Islanders would be able to decide on a ballot measure calling for the end of cannabis prohibition. "Do you support the legalization of possession and use of marijuana by persons who are at least 21 years of age, subject to regulation and taxation that is similar to the regulation and taxation of tobacco and alcohol?" the proposed question reads. Read More... Nevada Makes $30 Million In Marijuana Taxes Posted by on February 27, 2018 at 05:38:39 PT By Mona Zhang, Contributor Source: Forbes Nevada -- The Silver State’s marijuana industry is still in its infancy, but the cannabis market has raked in more than $30 million in tax revenue for the state so far. Retailers in Nevada have sold more than $195 million in cannabis during the first six months of its adult-use market.
Unlike other states (including California, Maine and Massachusetts) that legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, Nevada implemented its program a full six months ahead of the new year. The state charges a 15% tax on wholesale marijuana and a 10% tax on retail sales. That netted the state nearly $3.7 million in tax revenue for July 2017 – its first month of recreational sales. Tax revenue hit a peak of nearly $5.84 million in October 2017. Read More... Governor Says DOJ Wants To Sow Doubt on Marijuana Posted by on February 24, 2018 at 05:38:23 PT By Alexis Simendinger Source: Hill Colorado -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s tough stance on legalized marijuana could lead to federal closure of some facilities in states where it’s legal, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) predicts in a new interview.
“He does not think in any way that it’s a good thing for this country to have legal marijuana, so when he rattles his saber, I wouldn’t be surprised if he closes down one or two of these facilities just to make that statement,” Hickenlooper told The Hill’s Power Politics podcast. Read More...
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