DeSantis Seems To Concede He Vetoed Hemp Ban Bill, In Part, To Engage Industry In Marijuana Legalization Opposition Campaign

June 21, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) seemed to tacitly acknowledge that part of the reason he recently vetoed a bill to ban intoxicating hemp products was because he hopes the industry will aid in his campaign opposing a marijuana legalization ballot initiative. Amid reports that the governor rejected the hemp legislation to earn the industry’s favor, DeSantis was asked on Wednesday to weigh in on his rationale. While he started by saying the legislation “had some problems” that would have disrupted an… Read more.

Cheech and Chong Company To Hire a California Lobbyist

June 20, 2024 · High Times

A company created by Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong—the iconic comedy duo known as Cheech and Chong—filed to hire a lobbyist in order to get involved with the lawmaking process in Sacramento, California.  Marin, 79, and Chong, 86, are moving their interests into California politics as it impacts businesses they own. CBS News reports that Cheech and Chong’s Global Holdings Company recently registered with the California Secretary of State. The company filed with the state of California on June 1 to register with Secretary of… Read more.

New York Shuts Down More Than 100 Illegal Dispensaries in 3 Weeks

June 19, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

New York’s task force to shut down illegal dispensaries in the state has closed 114 storefronts in the three weeks since the launch of the enforcement actions just three weeks ago. Officials said more than $29 million worth of products were seized in the closures.  Licensed retailers in enforcement areas reported a 27% higher increase in sales from the first week of May to the first week of June, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office said in a press release, nearly seven… Read more.

Investigation Finds Pesticides in California Licensed Vapes

June 18, 2024 · High Times

An investigation into the safety of cannabis products for sale on the shelves of licensed California pot dispensaries has revealed unsafe levels of pesticides that exceed state limits for marijuana or federal standards for tobacco products. The investigation, which was carried out by the Los Angeles Times in collaboration with cannabis news outlet WeedWeek, found that vapes and pre-rolled joints from some of California’s most popular legal weed brands were contaminated with chemicals that could cause illness or injury. Most of the… Read more.

Study: Psychedelics Use Linked to Better Cognitive Function in Older Adults

June 17, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Older adults who have used psychedelics tend to exhibit better cognitive function and fewer depressive symptoms than those who have not, according to new research in the journal Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine outlined by PsyPost. Researchers hypothesized that “the use of classic psychedelics and other hallucinogens would improve cognitive functions and reduce depressive symptoms in middle-aged and older adults.” For the study, researchers analyzed data from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study, which investigates the midlife development of Americans in the… Read more.

Michigan Pot Market Surpasses California in Sales Volume

June 16, 2024 · High Times

Michigan has overtaken California as the largest cannabis market in the U.S., at least in terms of sales volume, according to data collected by multiple market intelligence firms. Both firms show Michigan surpassing California over the winter in cannabis product units sold. Sales volume is the total number of units sold by a business over a specific period of time, such as units sold in a month, quarter, or year. A “unit” can mean several different things but in this… Read more.

Almost 20% of Americans Now Use Cannabis Regularly and Pain Management is the #1 Reason They Use It

June 15, 2024 ·

The number of people using medical cannabis to address health issues is increasing. A recent study has shed more light on this growing trend. Research conducted by experts at the University of California Los Angeles indicates that one in six primary care patients (17%) surveyed reported using cannabis primarily for medical reasons, even though they described it as recreational use. The study also found that a third of participants (34.7%) showed signs of moderate to high risk for cannabis use disorder.… Read more.

UC Berkeley To Enlist Human Subjects in Groundbreaking Psilocybin Study

June 14, 2024 · High Times

University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) will observe human subjects in a study to determine how psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, impacts our perception. The study marks UC Berkeley’s first study involving human subjects with a Schedule I substance—drugs with no currently accepted medical value.  The study will examine how psilocybin changes the way our brain interprets information that we see and pushes us out of our normal state of mind. The UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics… Read more.

Summer Care: Pest Management and Crop Maintenance

June 13, 2024 · Cannabis Now

Just because plants are safely in the ground does not mean the grower’s work is done. Molds, fungi, insects and harmful bacteria can ruin a crop long before harvest, but with a little extra planning in the hot months the organic horticulturist can create a miniature ecosystem filled with beneficial organisms to fend off the worst garden offenders. Follow these tips during the summer months to ensure a problem-free garden in the fall. Pest Management Basics Insects, fungi and other pests attack… Read more.

Fab 5 Freddy: This Joint Is Jumpin’

June 12, 2024 · Cannabis Now

“Fab? Yeah, he used to get weed from Ricky Powell,” Saes says. I smile, struck with a welcome sense of the familiar. I’m talking with legendary New York City weed delivery service pioneer Mike Saes—also known as “El Saeso”—and I can faintly hear the sounds of Manhattan taxi cabs whizzing by him as I listen intently. I hit up Saes in anticipation of connecting with the one and only Fab 5 Freddy (otherwise known as Fredrick Braithwaite) for some insider… Read more.