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Marijuana & Legalization

Why the adult cannabis market could kill its medical counterpart

9/11/18--As more states continue to legalize recreational marijuana, speculation among industry pundits is that this could be the precursor to a major slowdown, if not death knell, for the medical marijuana industry. According to estimates by leading cannabis researchers ArcView Market Research in partnership with BDS Analytics, the latest revenue projections for the U.S. medical marijuana industry in 2018 is $4.3 billion versus $6.7 billion for adult use. Last year, medical racked up $5.9 billion while adult use snagged $2.6 billion. Read

Marijuana comes to your coffee and candy—but is it legal?

9/12/18--Companies are selling a growing number of products that contain cannabidiol, or CBD, a chemical found in hemp. It’s being added to everything from gumdrops to beverages, as marketers claim benefits such as pain relief and stress reduction. Read

Comparing medical and recreational marijuana use among employees

9/4/18-- As policies and laws regarding marijuana use rapidly change, concerns have arisen over employees’ use of marijuana, for both medical and recreational purposes. While extant workplace research has not distinguished between types of marijuana users, other studies have found that those who use marijuana for medical purposes are clinically and socio-demographically different from non-medical users. Read

Soured CBD deal highlights need for ‘persnickety’ due diligence

8/23/18--A tantalizing innovation in the CBD market has turned into a nasty contract dispute that spans the globe. Bomi Joseph, a California plant breeder, is suing CBD Naturals, a company that has been associated with Canadian CBD manufacturer Isodiol. Isodiol once held distribution rights to Joseph’s self-proclaimed innovation – a cannabidiol product derived from a hops variant. Read

Journal Times editorial: Pot referendums could sway election

8/12/18--This coming November, City of Racine residents will have the chance to vote in an advisory referendum on the question of whether marijuana should be legal for medicinal and/or recreational use, as well as what the potential revenue should be used for. Keeping in mind the fact that the marijuana referendums could sway the election, the poses the question: Is this the right time? Would April be a better time? Read

Marijuana & Health

Marijuana use among young adults is at an all-time high, study finds

9/11/18--The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently released the results of its latest study, which examined trends on substance use among non-college and college young adults. More than 13 percent of young adults not in college reported using marijuana daily or near daily, which is the highest level ever among the group. As a result, NIDA said daily marijuana use is now three times as high among non-college young adults as among college students. Read

Report warns of ‘serious risk’ to Peace Corps from drug use by volunteers

8/24/18--The Peace Corps has a drug problem related to an increasingly outdated view of marijuana, but significant enough to the agency’s Office of Inspector General that it warns of a “serious risk to the integrity and reputation of the Peace Corps as well as the health and safety of Volunteers.” Read

Relationships between state laws legalizing marijuana for medical use and college students’ use of marijuana/other drugs

8/28/18--A study published in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice examined the relationship between medicalized marijuana laws and student utilization rates, perceptions, and experiences. Participants were students in 37 states attending institutions of higher education. Students who went to college in states that legalized marijuana for medical use were more likely to use marijuana and experience academic and health consequences than their counterparts who did not. Read

Snapshot: About one in four young adults use marijuana

8/15/18--While 13 percent of Americans say they "regularly" or "occasionally" use or smoke marijuana, the rate is significantly higher among young adults ages 18 to 29 and is higher in the West than in other regions of the country. Marijuana is most popular among young adults -- about one in four (24 percent) adults in this age group report regularly or occasionally using it. This is on par with an average 22 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds across three surveys from 2015 to 2017 who answered "yes" when asked whether they do, or do not, "smoke marijuana." Read

GW Pharmaceuticals reports fiscal third quarter 2018 financial results and operational progress

8/7/18--GW Pharmaceuticals, the world leader in the development and commercialization of cannabinoid prescription medicines, announces financial results for the third quarter, in addition to addressing the significance of FDA approval of Epidiolex®. Read

Marijuana & Safety

Inside the weird and wild crusade for clean pot

3/1/18--Figuring out what the rules should be to prevent impurities from contaminating pot is nearly impossible. There are no national standards like there are for food crops. “And unfortunately, pretty much all of the marijuana in the United States is drenched in harmful chemicals,” according to Rolling Stone reporter Amanda Chicago Lewis. “But let’s just say that if you like pot, you have absolutely exposed yourself to chemicals that can damage your central nervous system, mess with your hormones and give you cancer. Read

Marijuana use among drivers killed in crashes doubled from 2007 to 2015

8/16/18--NHTSA, an organization with a mission to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes through education, research, safety standards, and enforcement reports marijuana use among drivers killed in crashes doubled from 2007 to 2015. The organization also states that if you feel different, you drive different. Read

The pot breathalyzer is here. Maybe

8/4/18--As legalization of recreational and medical marijuana continues to expand, police across the country are more concerned than ever about stoned drivers taking to the nation's roads and freeways, endangering lives. Now one California company claims it has made a major breakthrough in creating what some thought of as a unicorn: a marijuana breathalyzer. The device also doubles as an alcohol breathalyzer, giving police an easy-to-use roadside for both intoxicants. Read

Colorado widow battling late husband’s insurance company over marijuana

7/26/18--A Colorado widow is battling her late husband's insurance company because it decided to cut his worker compensation over marijuana. Adam Lee died in December while working at a Colorado ski mountain. The insurance company reduced his worker compensation when it learned he had pot in his system at the time of his death. Colorado is one of nine states and the District of Columbia that allows recreational marijuana use. Read

Laws allowing medical marijuana have little impact on roadway safety

7/24/18--State laws that allow the use of medical marijuana are not significantly associated with cannabis-involved driving, according to a new study by Georgia State University associate professor of criminal justice and criminology Eric Sevigny. Neither are those laws that allow for specific supply provisions, including home cultivation and unlicensed or quasi-legal dispensaries. Sevigny encourages states and policymakers considering the legalization of medical or recreational marijuana to use this research and employ proactive laws and tactics. Read

Marijuana & Commerce

4 niche marijuana stocks with massive market share

9/11/18--Marijuana stocks offering competitive advantages might prove attractive to investors. Throughout the industry, there are four such niche stocks that bring massive market share potential to the table: CannaRoyalty, Kush Bottles, GW Pharmaceuticals, and Innovative Industrial Properties. Read

Alcohol companies are seeing green in weed

9/11/18--As alcohol consumption around the world keeps falling, big distillers and brewers are putting their money into marijuana-infused, non-alcoholic cocktails. A string of deals between alcohol companies and marijuana companies illustrate the next big thing in beverages. Read

Anheuser-Busch heir shuns beer for push into Colorado marijuana

9/12/18--Adolphus Busch V, the 27-year-old great-great-grandson of the beer magnate Adolphus Busch, has launched a line of disposable marijuana vape pens, under the brand ABV Cannabis. The ABV vape pens are now in about two dozen stores. Busch decided to focus on the product because of growing popularity among marijuana users who want to avoid smoking. Read

Longtime tobacco supplier sees the future in marijuana

9/12/18--Alliance One International Inc. is the latest company pivoting to pot. With a valuation just north of $215 million, the North Carolina-based company is banking on the Canadian market to drive growth as tobacco cigarette smoking rates stagnate around the globe. The move comes as investors are pouring billions of dollars into the burgeoning industry, catapulting the value of marijuana stocks. Read

New partners in weed startup: Jimmy Buffett and Wrigley Scion

9/11/18--Singer Jimmy Buffett and billionaire William “Beau” Wrigley Jr. are getting behind a U.S. marijuana startup, joining other companies betting on the increasingly crowded marijuana industry. Mr. Buffett will license his Coral Reefer brand to Surterra Holdings Inc. for a line of cannabis products including vape pens, gel caps, edibles, and lotions. Read

Marijuana & Culture

Why all sides in Congress can get behind Rep. Gabbard’s new cannabis legislation

7/25/18--Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) introduced the Marijuana Data Collection Act. The legislation itself takes no position on cannabis reform and instead, seeks to encourage research on existing and future state legalization programs so that policymakers can better understand the impact of those state laws. Gabbard’s bill takes a step that more people in Congress should consider: using data to inform policy. Read

Cowboys’ David Irving defends marijuana use, bashes NFL in Instagram rant

8/18/18--Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving took to Instagram on Friday to open up more on his issues with substance abuse and even claimed he's been medicated in every game he's been in. Irving candidly ranted about why he doesn't think using marijuana is wrong and blamed the NFL's policy, saying "The NFL laws on weed are and we all know it." Read

Legal Weed: How Republicans learned to love marijuana

8/16/18--For decades, marijuana legalization was a nonstarter in Washington, and particularly in Republican politics. The party considered cannabis a dangerous gateway drug, but as state experimentation with legalization grew, media coverage of marijuana’s supposed health benefits increased, and public opinion and demographics shifted, Republicans—some of whom had touted their hard-line stances as unalterable—began to soften. Read

How a pair of Kentucky pols are about to legalize hemp

8/4/18--Rep. James Comer, a farmer from Kentucky and former Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has backed the legalization of hemp since 2013, are leading efforts to remove hemp from the government’s list of most addictive drugs, known as Schedule 1 controlled substances as part of the pending farm bill. The so-called “descheduling” of hemp just might be the most controversial aspect of the massive spending bill. Read

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

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

FDA rejects petition to further restrict marijuana

7/5/18--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a request from an anti-legalization group to place marijuana and its derivatives on a list of restricted substances that are not "generally recognized as safe and effective." The move is "not necessary for the protection of public health," Janet Woodcock, the director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and research wrote on Monday in a letter to the group, Drug Watch International. Read

Judge allows hemp oil seller’s defamation suit to continue

6/15/18--U.S. District Judge John Steele will allow a hemp oil company’s defamation suit to continue against a Florida doctor interviewed by a local TV news station. The federal judge denied Dr. Joseph Dorn’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by AFI Holdings of Illinois last year over the doctor’s comments to a reporter about a hemp oil product. Read

Jeff Sessions struggles to get planned marijuana crackdown going

6/10/18--Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to use federal law to get tough on marijuana, announcing in January he was ending Obama-era protections for the nascent pot industry in states where it is legal. Six months into his mission, he is largely going it alone. In fact, Mr. Sessions’ own prosecutors have yet to bring federal charges against pot businesses that are abiding by state law. Read

New SBA lending rules could curb loans to marijuana and hemp businesses

5/1/18--The U.S. Small Business Administration updated its lending guidelines with new rules that could have a major impact on businesses servicing the marijuana and hemp industries – not just plant-touching companies. The revised guidance, published in early April, prohibits banks from issuing SBA-backed loans to any company that has a direct business relationship with a cannabis or hemp business. Read