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Marijuana & Legalization

6 ways to beat a local cannabis ban

2/1/18--Retail cannabis may be legal statewide, but California law allows local municipalities to severely limit or ban cannabis companies. In many cases, bans were the response to the vocal outcry of a relatively small number of concerned citizens. However, bans can be reversed. Leafly presents a few ways to change votes. Read

China says marijuana legalization to blame for US opioid crisis

12/28/17--According to Yu Haibin of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, the United States should look within to cut down demand for opioids which are fueling its deadly drug crisis rather than stressing unsubstantiated claims that China is the major source of these chemicals. Read

Several states likely to legalize marijuana in 2018

12/28/18--It was a big year for pot in 2017: For the first time, a majority of Americans said it should be legalized, four state ballot initiatives passed and startups pounced on California's approval of recreational use. The year ahead portends legalization in three states, and the first pro-pot initiatives enacted by lawmakers instead of voter referendums. Read

Helping settle the marijuana and alcohol debate

12/11/17--Data on purchases of alcoholic beverages in grocery, convenience, drug, or mass distribution stores in US counties for 2006-2015 was gathered to study the link between medical marijuana laws and alcohol consumption, in addition to focusing on settling the debate between the substitutability or complementarity between marijuana and alcohol. Read

Could Ohio, other states lose exemption from marijuana prosecution?

12/10/17--A little-known federal budget amendment that protects growers, processors, sellers, and the professionals who work with them might expire this year at the behest of the Trump administration. Now known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, the measure prohibits the U.S. Justice Department from enforcing federal law against medical marijuana in places where it's legal, as it's been in Ohio since last year. Read

Marijuana & Health

Cannabis use is associated with reduced prevalence of progressive stages of alcoholic liver disease

1/17/18--A study revealed that among alcohol users, individuals who additionally use cannabis (dependent and non‐dependent cannabis use) showed significantly lower odds of developing alcoholic steatosis (AS), steatohepatitis (AH), fibrosis, cirrhosis (AC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Additionally, findings suggest that cannabis use is associated with a reduced incidence of liver disease in alcoholics. Read

Did my brother’s teen pot use lead to his schizophrenia?

1/19/18--Because pot is being legalized in more and more states, many young people assume it must be safe. However, when used by people whose brains are still developing (up to age 25), there is an increased risk of developing a mental illness. Recent studies have shown this vulnerability. Not everyone who smokes pot will become psychotic, but it is not harmless. Kids need to be warned about the huge risks associated with teen marijuana use. Read

Cigarettes and pot linked to teen psychosis

1/19/18--For teens, using either marijuana or cigarettes is associated with higher odds of psychotic-like experiences, a new study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found. Psychosis describes the mental condition of losing touch with reality, such as experiencing hallucinations or delusions. Read

A doctor reveals exactly how to use cannabis for anxiety

1/7/2018--According to Dr. Jordan Tishler, MD, a Harvard-trained physician and the president of both InhaleMD and the Association of Cannabis Specialists, in order to avoid the intoxication effects of cannabis while benefiting from its antianxiety and antidepressant effects, it should be used at bedtime. Even though the intoxication wears off overnight, the antianxiety and antidepressant benefits last throughout the next day. Read

FDA accepts GW Pharma’s NDA filing for Epidiolex in the treatment of LGS and Dravet syndrome

12/28/17--GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) announces that the FDA has accepted for filing with Priority Review its recently submitted New Drug Application (NDA) for Epidiolex (cannabidiol or CBD), an investigational treatment for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome, two rare and difficult to treat conditions of childhood-onset epilepsy. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act goal date for completion of the FDA review of the Epidiolex NDA is June 27, 2018. Read

Marijuana & Safety

New Poll Shows Americans Consider Texting More Dangerous Than Marijuana While Driving

11/28/17--A new survey conducted by Harris Poll reveals ninety-one percent of Americans believe driving while under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. However, just 40 percent of respondents believe driving while high is a contributing factor to more motor vehicle accidents. Despite marijuana's effect on a person's motor functions, more Americans think using social media and texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence of marijuana. Read

National 2016 Fatal Crash Data shows marijuana involvement at 18%, drug at 40%, and DUI at 27%

11/21/17--For drivers tested in the last 5 years, drug involvement is up 173%, and marijuana is up 95%. According Phillip Drum, coauthor of the report, the large increase of marijuana found in fatal crashes, from 9.3% in 2011 to 18.2% in 2016, shows an awful trend that suggests that soon the marijuana fatal crash percentage will be higher than alcohol, if it is not already in some states.” Read

Marijuana farming is harming the environment, study shows

11/1/17--Marijuana farming in remote locations is hurting the environment, new research shows. When researchers analyzed the ecological consequences of marijuana farming in Northern California, they were surprised by the outsized impact of small farms. Read

Ithaca College professor finds cannabis cultivation hurts environment

10/31/17--According to a new study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and co-authored by Jake Brenner, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Ithaca College, planting cannabis for commercial production in remote locations is creating forest fragmentation, stream modification, soil erosion, and landslides. Without land-use policies to limit its environmental footprint, the impacts of cannabis farming could get worse. Read

Here’s an important reason why you should never, ever smoke pot and drive

10/12/17--Over a 10-year period, the percentage of total auto fatalities where drivers tested positive for pot increased from 6 percent to just over 20 percent. A past study published in Clinical Chemistry found that marijuana can interfere with driving, and increase chances of risky behaviors like lane weaving, steering issues, and late braking. It can also trigger changes in mental processing, which can make driving problematic. Read

Marijuana & Commerce

It’s high time for restaurants to pay attention to marijuana

2/1/18--Marijuana has the ability to impact nearly every aspect of the food world. From restaurant brands reaching their cannabis-friendly customers on social media to THC-laced concoctions competing with established restaurants. But, while more than half the country approves of legalization in some form, there’s still concern from retailers about alienating the rest of the population or stumbling into a legal gray area. Read

As states legalize marijuana, investors see an opportunity

1/26/18--Twenty-nine states now allow marijuana for medical purposes, while eight have legalized its recreational use. As the acceptance of marijuana is growing, so are the opportunities to invest in it. Investors put $500 million into private cannabis companies last year, said Troy Dayton, the chief executive and a co-founder of Arcview, which also has an investment arm. Read

Pot peddlers are declaring war on booze

1/15/18--Marijuana boosters have declared war on booze. The number of billboards and other advertisements aimed at converting drinkers into tokers or nibblers of edible marijuana has exploded over the past several years. Read

Marijuana stocks rallied in December

1/11/18--Marijuana stocks continued the November rally into December as investors loaded up on stocks ahead of California’s legalized recreational sales. The U.S. Marijuana Index jumped 50% and the Canadian Marijuana Index climbed 65% for the month of December. Read

The top 10 cannabis lifestyle trends of 2017

12/28/17--This article presents the monumental strides and 10 key cannabis lifestyle trends that defined the past year. Read

Marijuana & Culture

Marijuana money increasingly flowing to Republican lawmakers

1/21/18--Marijuana business owners are increasingly pouring their profits into lobbying lawmakers as they face a federal crackdown from the Trump administration. A USA Today survey found hundreds of thousands of dollars flowing from the cannabis industry into campaign finance accounts of both lawmakers and political action committees, with emphasis this year on Congressional Republicans who are trying to stop the Trump administration from targeting marijuana businesses. Read

CNN reporter holds joints, lights bong for pot smoker on live New Year’s Eve broadcast

1/2/18--CNN reporter Randi Kaye, sporting large marijuana leaf styled earrings, lit a bong for a pot smoker during a live report from Denver broadcast on CNN’s New Year’s Eve show Sunday night that was hosted from Times Square by Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. Read

Former commissioner David Stern wants NBA to get rid of marijuana ban

10/26/17--Former commissioner David Stern believes that the NBA should remove marijuana from its banned substances list and treat it the same as states. “I’m now at the point where, personally, I think (marijuana) probably should be removed from the ban list,” Stern said. “I think there is universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.” Read

Martha Stewart’s transformation from home guru to Snoop’s weed-joke homie

10/19/17--According an article published in The Cannabist, the transformation of Martha Stewart has culminated in “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” her cooking-show-meets-stoner-buddy-comedy. Her show with Snoop is a very particular cultural exchange between two people of seemingly disparate backgrounds who are genuinely friends. Even though it would seem the ultimate culmination of both personal brands, Snoop and Martha have no plans to launch a merchandising spinoff of their show: a line of gourmet cannabis edibles. Read

Meet the CEO building a marijuana business news empire

10/16/17--Cassandra Farrington, CEO and co-founder of a brand new marijuana trade newsletter, Marijuana Business Daily, a.k.a., MJBiz Daily, and its mega trade conference, MJBiz Conference and Expo, which was named to Trade Show Executive’s “Fastest 50″ the last two years. With 843% overall growth across its verticals in 2016, MJBiz Daily won accolades as a top media company by Inc., landing on its Inc 5000 list. Farrington says she never dreamed she would be running a company, let alone one in the marijuana industry. Read

Marijuana & Enforcement

Open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions

1/22/18--Paula Gordon Ph.D. submitted an open letter to Stop Pot, a non-partisan grassroots campaign started by citizens concerned about the damaging health effects, both physical and mental, of marijuana. Gordon thanked readers for rescinding the Cole Memorandum in addition to holding the marijuana industry accountable for the harms they have caused and that they are causing to public health and safety. Read

Jeff Sessions’s endless war on marijuana

1/7/18--Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new guidance last week, which reverses Obama-era policy and gives prosecutors more leeway to enforce federal laws against the drug in states where it is legal. Sessions has been on a lifelong crusade against the plant, which he considers the root of many of society’s ills. The new policy is deeply unpopular, and many of its harshest critics are members of the president’s own party, who expressed outrage at the reversal of Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to leave the matter to the states. Read

Scott Adams warns Donald Trump on marijuana: ‘I’m gonna turn on this president’

1/5/18-- Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams warned President Donald Trump not to stop states from legalizing marijuana, warning: "I'm going turn on this president faster than anyone has ever turned on him." Adams cast the issue as one relating to the welfare of veterans– many of whom, he said, relied on marijuana to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He also recounted how using marijuana had helped him overcome suicidal thoughts in college, and had relieved him of stomach pain he had suffered with since childhood. Read

FDA pursues unproven cancer claims

12/19/17--Four companies have received FDA warning letters for selling products online that agency officials said made unproven anticancer claims and contained a component of the marijuana plant. The products reportedly contained cannabidiol (CBD), which isn’t FDA approved for any indication. Read

Scammers used my article and Montel’s name to hock ‘CBD’

10/29/17--A lawsuit is being filed on behalf of former TV host Montel Williams and Montel Williams Enterprises, Inc. over the misuse of his name and reputation in what is likely the first such case for the cannabis industry. Filed with the U.S. District Court in Miami, the complaint alleges that at least three companies linked to Timothy K. Isaac of Scottsdale, Arizona have intentionally and “blatantly” been using Williams’ reputation as a celebrity and CBD proponent following a Forbes article, as well as comments he made therein and elsewhere, to sell “purported CBD oils” through numerous websites as part of multiple “unscrupulous businesses online scams that are deceiving customers.” Read