Politics

California leading the way on regulating marijuana marketplace

California has the largest legal marijuana market in the world, with licensed cannabis sales in the state expected to reach $3.1 billion in 2019, which is up from the $2.5 billion sold in 2018. Keep in mind that 2018 was the first year of legal sales, so the legal marijuana market in California is still […]

Australian medical marijuana patients find it tough to get

It is estimated that close to a million patients are now seeking access to medicinal cannabis in Australia alone.  Government figures show around 20,000 patients now have approvals for access to legal medicinal cannabis products.  Many patients are, the MCUA reports,  still having to turn to the “black” market or are self supplying because access […]

California leading the way on regulating marijuana marketplace

California has the largest legal marijuana market in the world, with licensed cannabis sales in the state expected to reach $3.1 billion in 2019, which is up from the $2.5 billion sold in 2018. Keep in mind that 2018 was the first year of legal sales, so the legal marijuana market in California is still […]

Canberra' s legalization of cannabis clashes with Federal Australian Laws

Australian Attorney General Christian Porter said on Sunday that Canberra’s new legislation legalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use do not provide legal protection and clash with federal laws. In September, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) became the first of the country’s six states and two main territories to legalize the possession […]

Michigan hemp farmers gather first harvest for CBD goods

Farmers harvesting the first batch of legal hemp Friday said they could be looking at Michigan’s next big cash crop. For the first time, nearly 600 farmers are harvesting legal hemp across the state. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development issued the first industrial hemp licenses to farmers earlier this year, allowing local […]

California governor criticized vetoing a bill to permit medical marijuana in hospitals

Following the signing of several cannabis-related bills earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom is now facing criticism over proposed legislation that he vetoed. Among the bills that failed to receive Newsom’s signature was Ryan’s Law, which would have allowed terminally ill patients to access marijuana on hospital grounds. Due to weed’s illegality on the […]

Louisiana moving ahead with industrial hemp program

Louisiana officials hope the federal government will approve the state’s industrial hemp program by Jan. 1 so they can begin issuing licenses. If all goes according to plan, Louisiana farmers will begin planting the new crop this spring. Though the federal government is not expected to issue its rules until next month, the Louisiana Department […]

The cannabis sector warrants access to modern banking and funding

With legalization hitting more states by the month, and with support for marijuana legalization in the United States at an all-time high at 65 percent, the need for political action on behalf of the cannabis industry — the world’s fastest-growing market — has never been greater.  Despite the cannabis industry’s meteoric rise, we are bumping up against […]

Illicit hashish firms discover struggles, success in going legit

For many New York cannabis businesses operating in the illicit or gray market, preparing to go mainstream is essential. Some have made the move and are ready to share their wisdom. For those who haven’t, preparing during the lead up to the state’s eventual adult-use legalization could prove critical to securing a place in the […]

The issue with marijuana legalization

Those who support marijuana prohibition like to talk about all of the problems they feel are inherent to and result from legalization. As someone who wholeheartedly supports an end to prohibition, I can admit there are some major problems with legalization, especially in the U.S. A glaring problem is that government lawmakers and bureaucrats are […]

NSW kicks in money for medicinal cannabis study

In Australia, the New South Wales Government is plowing $3 million into a $10 million medicinal cannabis industry study to be carried out at a secret location in the state. The study is a collaborative affair involving the NSW and Australian Federal Governments, Cann Group Ltd, Aglive, Southern Cross University and the University of Newcastle. […]

Efforts intensify to combat corruption between local Government Officials and cannabis sector

Law enforcement authorities across the country, including the FBI, have cast a wide net in their efforts to root out corruption among local government officials overseeing the marijuana industry. The crackdown has ensnared local government and cannabis industry officials in states such as California, Massachusetts and Michigan. Charges have included bribery and extortion. While claims […]

How Silicon Valley is assisting overturn marijuana convictions

Marijuana expungement is an often laborious, bureaucratic process, but algorithms have eased the process. Following marijuana legalization, states and cites have emphasized correcting the records of those affected by the War on Drugs. An estimated 20 million people were arrested for a marijuana-related offense over the past 30 years. When individuals have cannabis convictions on […]

Why the cannabis market is advocating for a controlled marketplace

News of unregulated THC and e-cigarette vapes suspected to be causing illnesses and deaths are sweeping the nation, with a CDC report claiming that ​up to 530 possible cases of severe lung disease, and eight fatalities, may have been caused by vaping in at least 33 states. The majority of patients reported purchasing products from […]

Pennsylvania lawmakers introduce wide recreational marijuana Bill

Shortly after Governor Tom Wolf announced his support for legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced a bill that is being hailed by cannabis advocates as the “gold standard” for weed legalization. Democratic Senators Daylin Leach and Sharif Street filed the legislation that covers everything from social equity provisions to marijuana delivery services. […]