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Marijuana & Legalization

Believe it or not, medical marijuana sales could fall

8/12/18--Based on the continued expansion of countries and states that allow legal medical marijuana, it may be assumed that global medical marijuana spending will keep on growing in 2018 like it has in previous years. However, Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics project that global medical marijuana spending will drop by more than 19% year over year in 2018. Yet, medical marijuana sales are expected to increase again, and the growth rate over the next four years should be nearly as impressive as the period between 2014 and 2017. Read

With marijuana legal, California flooded with dubious health claims about the drug

7/9/18--Marijuana is increasingly described online as a magical elixir for virtually every disease that afflicts humans. The claims are often unattributed and are rarely tied in a substantive way to mainstream science. Six months ago, it became legal in California to sell recreational marijuana in licensed pot shops, and many customers have been turning to the store’s “bud tenders” to tell them which strain of weed can alleviate their aches and pains or help them to sleep. Most bud tenders have no formal training in medicine or science. Read

Medical marijuana a hit with seniors

7/5/18--Seniors are giving rave reviews for medical marijuana. In a new survey, those who turned to it for treating chronic pain reported it reduced pain and decreased the need for opiod painkillers. Nine out of 10 liked it so much they said they'd recommend medical pot to others. Read

Here’s how California might enforce violations of marijuana business rules

7/3/18--For now, regulators say they plan to maintain a softer approach to enforcement instead of immediate crackdowns in which fines are levied on companies that don’t heed the law. The Bureau of Cannabis Control, which oversees retailers, distributors, testing labs, and microbusinesses, will likely run point on inspections and enforcement, although the DFA oversees growers and the DPH governs edibles makers and concentrate producers. The strongest enforcement actions will likely be reserved for repeat violators. Read

Mr. Trump, please don’t legalize marijuana at the federal level

7/3/18--President Trump has spoken out forcefully about defeating the illegal drug problem. Now he is urged to support marijuana legalization in the midst of the most deadly drug abuse epidemic in American history. Ex-drug czars Bill Bennett and John Walters firmly believe that the President should forcefully reject marijuana legalization, and direct his staff to get the facts out and push back against the ignorance that risks turning our drug policy into one of the worst self-inflicted wounds in American history. Read

Marijuana & Health

How to tell if you’re too tired to drive — and what to do if you are

7/8/18--This year, AAA reported that the number of crashes involving drowsiness is almost eight times higher than federal estimates indicate. And according to the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America poll, 60 percent of adults admitted to driving drowsy and 37 percent admitted to having fallen asleep at the wheel. A more recent Sleep Health Index put out by the foundation found that 3 percent of Americans admitted to falling asleep at the wheel within a two-week period. Maureen Short, a Human Factors Expert and Senior Safety Engineer for Chevrolet, hopes to reduce this occurrence. Read

Today’s heroin epidemic infographics

7/7/18--Today's infographics, as presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicate that more people are at risk given multiple drugs abused. More specifically, heroin use has increased among most demographic groups. Furthermore, heroin addiction and overdose deaths are climbing. Read

Health, polysubstance use, and criminal justice involvement among adults with opioid use

7/6/18--In this cross-sectional analysis, individuals who reported any level of opioid use were more likely than individuals who reported no opioid use to have physical and mental health conditions and co-occurring substance use. Involvement in the criminal justice system increased with intensity of opioid use, and any level of opioid use was significantly associated with involvement in the criminal justice system in the past year. Read

Jefferson launches the nation’s only university-based cannabis science graduate certificate programs

7/5/18--The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University has created the nation’s first—and only—university-based, graduate-level certificates in cannabis education for healthcare and industry professionals. This fall, The Lambert Center will launch graduate certificates in Cannabis Medicine and Cannabinoid Pharmacology, both the first of their kind. In 2019, the Cannabinoid Chemistry and Toxicology Graduate Certificate will be launched. Read

In major study, cannabis shows no benefit for chronic pain

7/3/18--Cannabis' medical benefits have suffered a serious blow, with a major study finding it does almost nothing to help people with chronic pain. The study, one of the largest and most in depth ever done on the drug’s medical use, found cannabis does not cut pain, nor does it help sufferers replace opioids. And users seem to suffer higher levels of anxiety overall. Read

Marijuana & Safety

Changing marijuana laws and the opioid crisis are prompting employer action

3/13/18--While CEOs still tend to opt for termination over rehabilitation for drug use, the reality is that employers may not be able to afford to do so while recruitment and retention remain a key HR concern. If an HR manager hasn’t dealt with a drug issue at their workplace yet, its likely they will very soon. HR will need to align with employee assistance programs (EAPs) and with workers’ comp providers to lessen the use of opioids and get provider buy-in for the anti-opioid direction. Read

Where pedestrian deaths are up, is marijuana to blame?

2/28/18--Pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents have reached levels not seen in years, and a safety group has sought to explain why. It has identified several possible causes, like digital distractions and an increase in driving. Now it has added another: marijuana. Read

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

Marijuana & Commerce

Another major beer company is now part of the marijuana craze

8/12/18--Heineken is another major beer company angling for its piece of the cannabis-infused beverage pie. With cannabis flourishing in the U.S., even as the federal government holds firm on its Schedule I classification, Heineken sees an opportunity. Roughly two weeks ago, on July 30, Heineken launched a cannabis-only beverage in a handful of dispensaries in California through its wholly owned Lagunitas craft-brewing brand. Designed to taste like beer, but containing no alcohol, Heineken hopes that its Hi-Fi Hops beverage catches on quickly with consumers. Read

How cannabis manufacturers tell a story through their sophisticated packaging

7/9/18--Product packaging is increasingly becoming a storytelling medium, especially in a nascent industry like recreational cannabis. It is more sophisticated than ever before, and brands that do it right are creating marketing history while simultaneously changing public opinion with their perfectly packaged creations. Developing cannabis manufacturers are raising the bar at the intersection of wellness, compliance, and luxury branding. Read

Colorado company changing name to add ‘hemp,’ remove ‘pot’

7/3/18--PotNetwork Holdings, a Colorado CBD maker, is changing its name to to BioTech Hemp to take the word “pot” out of its title and add “hemp.” The company, which owns the brand Diamond CBD, said the change “underscores the company’s strengthening identity as a dominant player in the CBD industry.” Read

Home Depot now selling American Cannabis Company products online

3/15/18--The Home Depot Inc. has planted a partnership seed with the cannabis industry. The Atlanta-based retail giant joined Walmart Inc. and Amazon Inc. in securing online distribution channels with American Cannabis Company Inc., a full-service business-to-business consulting solutions provider, and seller of ancillary products to the cannabis industry. Read

Hot ink: CBD makers hoping tattoo-care products will open new $1.6 billion market

3/6/18--A growing number of hemp companies are launching products aimed at the tattoo industry, from CBD patches marketed as pain relief to balms and creams designed to speed recovery, to expand their retail opportunities. The trend comes as CBD producers look for non-marijuana retail opportunities amid ongoing legal uncertainty about cannabis’ legal status. Read

Marijuana & Culture

Here are the most and least marijuana-friendly newspapers

7/9/18--A report, published in the journal Preventative Medicine Reports, examining how the press covers cannabis, also revealed which publications have been the most and least weed-friendly. The percentage of marijuana stories with "positive" tones in ten newspapers include, The Columbus Dispatch: 37.1%; The New York Times: 37; The Seattle Times: 35.8%, The Washington Post: 32.4%; The San Francisco Chronicle: 31.9%; Tulsa World: 28.2%; The Tampa Tribune: 21.5%; The Dallas Morning News: 21.2%; The Wall Street Journal: 17.4%; and The Denver Post: 13.8%. Read

Here are the DEA’s newest slang terms for marijuana: ‘shoes,’ ‘my brother’ and more

7/9/18--The Drug Enforcement Administration reported over 50 new slang terms for the word marijuana since last year. And some of them are just plain weird. It seems that the federal agency is beginning to understand the concept of strains, as several common strain names are included in the update list, released this month: blue dream, green crack, and train wreck, for example. Read

Netflix’s Marijuana Show ‘Cooking on High’ Draws Jeers

7/5/18--Netflix has hit a low note with “Cooking on High.” The food series, in which competitors cook marijuana-infused dishes for a pair of judges, has been panned by viewers and critics alike. One Washington Post review slammed ineptitude among the show’s judges. Read

Ricki Lake-produced film Weed the People argues for marijuana use as a cancer treatment

3/10/18--As marijuana use continues to become decriminalized across the United States, doctors, researchers and patients are pushing to make it an accepted part of cancer treatments. The new film Weed the People, executive-produced by Ricki Lake, follows families as they discover the benefits of marijuana for their child’s cancer and chemotherapy. Read

Elizabeth Warren’s faulty claim about marijuana convictions

6/29/17--Making the case for criminal justice reform, Warren claimed that the United States locks up more people for “low-level offenses on marijuana” than for all violent crimes. As reported by The Washington Post's The Fact Checker, most crimes are prosecuted by state and local authorities, not the federal government. Furthermore, nearly 44,700 people at the state level were serving a sentence of one year or longer at the end of 2015 after being convicted of drug possession as their most serious offense, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. This includes not only marijuana but also heroin, cocaine, and other illicit drugs. Read  

Marijuana & Enforcement

Can Article V federally legalize cannabis?

8/12/18--Article V, a legal precedent set by America’s founding fathers, permits two-thirds of the states to call for a Convention of States to put forth proposed amendments to the Constitution.  If the proposed amendment is passed by three-fourths of the states as they are comprised in Congress, then the Constitution will be amended. Article V has been considered to be the latest legal avenue to pursue to potentially challenge the current, federal administration’s predilection for prohibition. However, according to cannabis law expert, Bob Carp, pursuing an Article V legal strategy would be an exercise in futility. Apparently, Article V is not the best precedent for challenging federal prohibition. Read

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