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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

After legalization, Dr. Dre’s ‘Weed Man’ is thriving

2/22/18--Virgil Grant straddles two eras, the criminal past and the legalized future. Grant spent more than eight years in federal and state prisons for marijuana dealings, but now he is thriving in a multibillion-dollar marijuana industry with three licensed cannabis businesses in Los Angeles and several hip-hop stars as customers. 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

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

FDA warns companies against claims that marijuana cures diseases

11/1/17--Four companies  — Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, Green Roads of Florida, That’s Natural, and Natural Alchemist — each sell products that falsely claim to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or other illnesses, according to the FDA. They have been warned by the agency to stop pitching their products as cures for cancer, a common but unproven claim in the industry. The companies sell CBD in a wide range products on their websites featuring endorsements from people who claim that they or their loved ones have been miraculously cured of terminal diseases and other illnesses. Read

Marijuana crop is burning in the California wildfires

10/14/17--Fatal fires that have consumed nearly 200,000 acres in Northern California are taking a toll on recreational marijuana. Many of the region’s farms, including those that harvest cannabis, have been scorched, including those in Sonoma County and in Mendocino County, the center of California’s marijuana industry. Mendocino is one of three California counties that comprise Emerald Triangle, where much of the United States’ marijuana is produced. Read

Marijuana crop is burning in the California wildfires

10/13/17--Fatal fires that have consumed nearly 200,000 acres in Northern California, devastating the region’s vineyards particularly in Napa and Sonoma Counties, are also taking a toll on a recreational marijuana. Many of the region’s farms, including those that harvest cannabis, have been scorched, including those in Sonoma County and in Mendocino County, the center of California’s marijuana industry. Read

Legal marijuana is almost here. If only pot farmers were on board.

9/9/17--More than nine months after California voted to legalize recreational marijuana, only a small share of the tens of thousands of cannabis farmers in Northern California have joined the system, according to law enforcement officers and cannabis growers. Despite the promise of a legal marketplace, many growers are staying in the shadows, casting doubt on the promise of a billion-dollar tax windfall for the state and a smooth switch to a regulated market. Read

Economy needs workers, but drug tests take a toll

7/24/17--The economic impact of drug use on the work force is being felt across the country. The effect is seen not just in the applicants eliminated based on drug screening, but in those deterred from even applying. The biggest employers face similar challenges in their search for suitable hires, especially with the national unemployment rate now at 4.4 percent, down from 8.2 percent five years ago. Read

Uruguay’s marijuana law turns pharmacists into dealers

7/17/17--When Uruguay’s marijuana legalization law takes full effect, getting high will just take a visit to the pharmacy. Uruguay is the first nation in the world to fully legalize the production and sale of marijuana for recreational use. Under the law, only Uruguayan citizens and legal permanent residents are allowed to purchase or grow pot, and the government will limit how much people can buy each week. Furthermore, in an effort to undercut drug traffickers, it is setting the price below black market rates. Read

Smoking marijuana while black

7/17/17--Although the city of New York has reduced the number of arrests for low-level marijuana possession, black and Latino New Yorkers are far more likely to be arrested for smoking in public than whites, who are just as likely to use marijuana. African-Americans are arrested at 15 times the rate of whites in Staten Island and in Manhattan, and seven times the rate of whites in Queens. The disparities shown in a new analysis by Harry G. Levine, a sociology professor at Queens College, are especially striking in areas where African-Americans make up a small proportion of the population. Read

High Times is sold to group that includes son of Bob Marley

6/1/17--High Times has been acquired by a group of investors that includes Damian Marley, son of the reggae star Bob Marley. The group, led by Adam Levin, the founder of the investment firm Oreva Capital, bought a controlling interest at a price that values the magazine at $70 million. Read

Older women and medical marijuana: a new growth industry

5/25/17--Women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s have started businesses in the world of pot. Inspired partly by their own use of the drug for pain relief, or by caring for others who use it for their own aches, these women see viable business opportunities and view their work as therapeutic for their customers. A study of 47,140 participants, based on responses to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, found that cannabis use among adults ages 50 to 64 had increased nearly 60 percent from 2006 to 2013, while use by people 65 and older had risen 250 percent. Read

Canada, but not Jeff Sessions, moves boldly on marijuana

4/15/17--Although many Americans and Canadians believe marijuana should be legal, the governments of the two countries appear to be moving in very different directions. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is a staunch opponent of legalization, recently ordered a review of an Obama-era policy under which the federal government agreed not to interfere with state laws on marijuana, as long as the states took steps to regulate its distribution and use. Sessions’s apparent goal is to make Washington the ultimate authority. Read

Canada Today: Marijuana

4/14/17--The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced legislation that, if passed, would legalize recreational marijuana. Although the bill lays out the broad guidelines of a tightly regulated system, and introduces strict new penalties for selling or giving marijuana to minors, much work remains. For instance, provinces will have to figure out how to distribute it, and the police will need to develop tests for apprehending impaired drivers that are reliable enough to avoid court challenges. Read

Wine industry finds a companion in a competitor: marijuana

4/14/17--The liquor industry opposed several marijuana legalization initiatives last year, and has expressed fears for its bottom line. The fine wine industry, however, has not panicked. Despite occasional efforts to pit wine and weed against each other, many in the wine business exude an air of mellow acceptance that the two substances can coexist in harmony. Read

Trudeau unveils bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Canada

4/14/17--Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada. When Mr. Trudeau’s bill passes, as expected, Canada will become only the second nation, after Uruguay, to completely legalize marijuana as a consumer product. Read

A real estate boom, powered by pot

4/1/17--Legalized marijuana is having an effect on the real estate market. From Monterey, Calif., to Portland, Me., the new industry is sending property values soaring. Landlords and property owners are charging a premium for new tenants working in the cannabis business. So far, the uptick in property prices from the marijuana business is concentrated in some of the states that have legalized medical and recreational use. Read

Addiction specialists ponder a potential aid: pot

3/27/17--The new clinic, High Society, is experimenting with a concept made possible by the growing legalization of marijuana: that pot, rather than being a gateway into drugs, could be a gateway out. A small but growing number of pain doctors and addiction specialists are overseeing the use of marijuana as a substitute for more potent and dangerous drugs. Read

Marijuana industry presses ahead in California’s wine country

3/18/17--Civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur Sam Edwards is adding a new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food: cannabis and wine pairing dinners. His company, Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges diners $100 to $150 for a meal that experiments with everything from marijuana-leaf pesto sauce to sniffs of cannabis flowers paired with sips of a crisp Russian River chardonnay. Read

The Hermès of marijuana

3/17/17--Beboe, an upscale line of cannabis vaporizers and edible pastilles, founded by former fashion executive Clement Kwan and Scott Campbell, a celebrity tattoo artist and fine artist, caters to design-savvy professionals who value premium goods manufactured with an artisanal sensibility. Beboe, which is starting to be embraced by the Hollywood A-list as the Hermès of marijuana, was unveiled at a lavish dinner party in West Hollywood attended by several celebrities. Read 

Israeli cabinet makes move to decriminalize recreational marijuana use

3/5/17--Israel, which has been at the forefront of research into medical marijuana and the drug’s commercialization, took a major step toward officially decriminalizing its recreational use. The Israeli cabinet approved a plan that would impose fines rather than criminal penalties on those caught using the drug in public. Growing and selling marijuana would remain illegal. Read

Should you tell Uber your driver was high?

3/1/17--According to a New York Times published response about whether or not a passenger should report an Uber driver who appears to be under the influence of marijuana, Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of “Cosmopolitanism” and “The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen," states that the Uber driver's livelihood shouldn't be put at risk simply on a hunch. If the driver was driving badly, however, that’s something that should be reported without mentioning a hypothesis about the marijuana. Read

When retirement comes with a daily dose of cannabis

2/19/17--According to recent studies, older Americans are increasingly turning to marijuana for relief from aches and pains. Many have embraced it as an alternative to powerful drugs like morphine, saying that marijuana is less addictive, with fewer side effects. For some people, it is a last resort when nothing else helps. Read

Don’t call them ‘mocktails’

12/30/16--Cocktail and restaurant bars are making a greater effort to make nondrinkers feel welcome and well looked after. Some have dedicated nonalcoholic drink menus, but they are not calling them mocktails — they’re not mocking anything. They stand on their own flavorful merits. Read 

Israel, a medical marijuana pioneer, is eager to capitalize

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-9-51-27-pm12/17/16--Israel's burgeoning pot business, backed by an unlikely coalition of farmers, lawyers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and the country’s ultra-Orthodox health minister, is going mainstream — and eyeing markets abroad. Marijuana is still classified as a dangerous drug in Israel and remains illegal for recreational purposes, but the government is also at the forefront of efforts to develop and expand the fast-growing medical marijuana industry and make Israel a major center for it. Read

Where marijuana plants flourish under energy-saving LED lights

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-59-38-am11/25/16--Hundreds of marijuana plants were flowering recently under 40 LED lights as part of a high-stakes experiment in energy conservation — an undertaking subsidized by the local electric company. Although the LED lights are more expensive up front, their lower electricity requirements mean they can save money in the long run. It is not just that the LED lights take so much less energy to operate. They also run cooler, requiring less air-conditioning. Read

Where marijuana is the doctor’s orders, will insurers pay?

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-00-55-am11/23/16--For businesses and insurers, a string of ballot victories this month for marijuana advocates are adding to an intensifying conundrum about the drug and issues such as insurance coverage. Typically, health insurers will pay for marijuana-related drugs only for F.D.A.-approved uses, but state medical marijuana laws usually give doctors permission to recommend marijuana to a patient with a “debilitating” condition. Read

Marijuana company prepares to cross state lines, as legally as possible

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-1-01-22-pm11/11/16--Dixie Brands, a company in Denver that creates drinks and other products using marijuana, is aiming to become one of the first companies in the industry to build a national presence. The opportunity is tremendous for companies that can figure out how to operate in multiple states. As a result of Tuesday's election, new laws could open significant prospects for entrepreneurs operating small businesses in individual states.  Read

Legalizing marijuana

fb-square-english-spanish10/24/16--Henry Berman,  a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, writes a letter to the editor of The New York Times openly expressing why marijuana legalization has been a "big deal" for children and adolescents. Berman cites the doubled number of visits to emergency rooms by children under 10, and he addresses the serious effects on teenagers as it pertains to long-term behavioral and learning problems. Read

Election may be a turning point for legal marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-8-59-54-am10/24/16--The movement to legalize marijuana will take a giant leap on Election Day if California and four other states vote to allow recreational cannabis, as polls suggest they may. The map of where pot is legal could include the entire West Coast and a block of states reaching from the Pacific to Colorado, raising a stronger challenge to the federal government’s ban on the drug. Read

Pets on pot: The newest customer base for medical marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-9-55-22-am10/8/16--Allegedly rational people are turning to medical marijuana to treat a host of maladies their pets suffer, according to the Fashion & Style section of The New York Times. None of the marijuana products made by entrepreneurs for pets has been approved by regulators. Veterinarians warn against their use due to a lack of research showing they are safe for pets. Read

Jay Z: ‘The war on drugs is an epic fail’

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-11-02-14-pm9/15/16--A short film, narrated by Jay Z (Shawn Carter), is part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement. Filmmaker Dream Hampton proposed creating an animated video that the Drug Policy Alliance would produce about the impact of the drug war in African-American communities. Read

Following its country music, Nashville may loosen up on marijuana

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-10-54-09-am9/19/16--Nashville may be on the cusp of joining the long roster of American cities that have decriminalized the drug. On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Council will vote on a proposed ordinance that would give the police an alternative to criminally charging people caught with a half-ounce of marijuana or less. Read