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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Two Exhibits in Colorado Feature Art Inspired by Mushrooms, Cannabis

June 11, 2024 · High Times

Two new exhibits recently opened up in Denver, Colorado exploring themes surrounding magic mushrooms and cannabis. The show features works from 13 different artists, such as Noah Travis Phillips. According to an interview with Westword, Phillips explained his thought process behind the theme. “I definitely thought of the diverse array of mushrooms,” Phillips said. “All the ways fungus and mushrooms exist in the world, the different ways that humans interface with them—whether as food, or an intoxicating substance, or all of the… Read more.

Comedy, Cannabis, Compassion

June 9, 2024 · High Times

On an overcast Tuesday evening at the end of September, hundreds of Amy Sedaris fans stood in line outside the Union Square Travel Agency—the third legal cannabis dispensary to open in Manhattan—for a chance to meet Sedaris, whose resume includes roles in Strangers with Candy, BoJack Horseman, and The Mandalorian. Fans braved the clouds and light rain in a line that stretched around the block, to purchase their cannabis from the dispensary’s first celebrity guest “travel agent,”—what the store calls their budtenders. The Union Square… Read more.

Idaho Industrial Hemp Production More Than Doubled Between 2022, 2023

June 7, 2024 · High Times

The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation recently released information regarding an increase in hemp cultivation for last year. During 2023, farmers planted 1,273 acres of hemp, which is a massive increase from the 459 acres cultivated in 2022. Idaho was the 50th state in the U.S. to legalize the production and cultivation of hemp after Gov. Brad Little signed House Bill 126. According to a news report from the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, 2,440 acres of hemp has been approved via cultivation licenses as of… Read more.

VP Kamala Harris Trashes Marijuana ‘Gateway Drug’ Theory, But Says She Won’t Use Strain Named After Her

June 5, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Vice President Kamala Harris is shocked to learn there’s a strain of marijuana named after her, but she’s not planning to try it anytime soon. However, that’s not because she believes its a “gateway drug”—a long-held theory that she pushed back against in a new interview. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, Harris also seemed to overstate how the administration’s move to reschedule cannabis would impact criminal justice and the resulting availability of resources for other priorities.… Read more.

Japan Government Opens Public Comment Period for Cannabis Reform

June 3, 2024 · High Times

The Japanese government announced on May 30 that it would officially begin accepting public comments about its cannabis reform bill. One of the proposed measures would potentially loosen restrictions for the use of processing CBD in food products. In February, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) published a proposal hinting changes to the amount of THC allowed in some products. “In order to prevent the occurrence of health and hygiene hazards, a maximum residue limit for THC… Read more.

Father’s Day Guide for Growing Weed at Home

June 2, 2024 · Cannabis Now

With cannabis becoming legalized in so many states, cannabis lovers everywhere are pulling their plants out of hiding. If the father in your life has a green thumb or might simply be curious about how to grow weed at home, then consider gifting him a home grow kit and accompanying cannabis goodies this Father’s Day. Our 2024 Father’s Day Gift Guide focuses on the entire cannabis home grow experience. From home grow kits, to stylish threads and sunnies, to post-harvest… Read more.

10 Recipes for a Baked Brunch

May 31, 2024 · Cannabis Now

There are two types of people: those who love to brunch (bottomless mimosas, anyone?) and those who roll their eyes at the very idea of a late morning soiree. For the lovers, brunch is the widely-celebrated lovechild of breakfast and lunch that allows them to enjoy the best of both dining worlds without having to wake up early enough for an omelette or wait until later for a club sandwich. And the haters? Well, they just might need some extra… Read more.

U.K. Architects Show Off ‘Hempcrete’ Studio

May 29, 2024 · High Times

Kate Nicklin and Graham Mateer, the directors of Commonbond Architects, an architectural firm in London, work in a self-built studio located in the garden behind their bungalow. Nicklin and Mateer had an additional motivation for the studio. As the website AJ Building Library explains, the couple wanted “to explore the potential of using hempcrete as a breathable biocircular building material.” “The main idea behind the project was to create something that felt permanent and not like a standard lightweight timber shed,”… Read more.

Martha’s Vineyard Dispensary Sues To Allow Delivery of Cannabis From Massachusetts Mainland

May 27, 2024 · High Times

Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the coast of Massachusetts that’s known for its 23 miles of scenic hills and beaches. It’s a popular destination for summer vacationers enjoying the quaint Victorian architecture, as of July 2021, it had one medical cannabis dispensary (Fine Fettle Dispensary) which until recently was also the only cannabis cultivator on the island, in addition to one adult-use only dispensary (Island Time) which opened in August 2021. The cost of living is high in Martha’s Vineyard,… Read more.

Will Slovenia Be the Next European Country to Legalize Cannabis?

May 27, 2024 · Cannabis Now

Slovenia’s largest party of the current ruling coalition, the Freedom Movement, was successful in its effort to place consulting referendums related to medical and non-medical cannabis on the ballot in Slovenia’s next election. Slovenia’s voters will decide on a medical cannabis referendum question and a “cultivation and possession of cannabis for limited personal use” question on June 9. The referendum votes will occur alongside the vote for the European Parliament. Initially, advocates in Slovenia’s National Assembly proposed that the referendum… Read more.

A Fox News Poll, Yes, That Fox News, Found Almost 70% of Americans Want to Legalize Weed, What Would the MSNBC Poll Say?

May 25, 2024 ·

The landscape of marijuana legalization has undergone significant transformations in recent years, with a growing number of states decriminalizing or legalizing its use. A recent survey by Fox News revealed that an impressive 69% of voters, including a majority of Republicans, support marijuana legalization. That survey is stunning based on the conservative bias associated with Fox News.  Imagine the polling support on the much more liberal MSNBC! This widespread support begs the question: will President Biden and former President Trump take notice and… Read more.

New Bill Would Remove Louisiana Universities’ Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

May 24, 2024 · High Times

Since 2015, Louisiana State University (LSU) and Southern University (SU) are the only two public institutions in Louisiana that can legally cultivate medical cannabis. However, if Senate Bill 228 is signed into law, it would allow private contractors to take their place instead. “They are the only two higher education systems in the country that are in the pot business right now, and it is my belief that it’s time we get them out of that business and let them focus on… Read more.

Louisiana Senate Approves Bills Allowing For Marijuana Pardons And Decriminalizing Cannabis Paraphernalia

May 24, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Senators in Louisiana decided this week to advance two separate pieces of cannabis-related criminal justice legislation after previously voting them down. The moves breathe new life into proposals that would decriminalize cannabis paraphernalia and make certain past marijuana convictions eligible for pardons by the governor. Both measures, HB 165 and HB 391, passed out of the Senate on reconsideration votes Tuesday and next return to the House of Representatives to consider changes made to the bills by the opposite chambers.… Read more.

New Hampshire Senate Passes Amended Marijuana Legalization Bill, But Key House Lawmakers Don’t Like Recent Changes

May 24, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

For the first time ever, New Hampshire’s Senate passed a marijuana legalization measure on Thursday, returning the bill to the House of Representatives for concurrence on recent amendments before it would potentially head to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Senators have adopted a number of major changes since the cannabis legislation passed the House last month, including in an initial floor vote last week, however, and some key representatives have already signaled they intend to reject the bill in… Read more.

Daily Marijuana Use In U.S. Is Now More Common Than Daily Alcohol Drinking, New Study Finds

May 23, 2024 ·

More Americans now consume cannabis every day than drink alcohol on a daily basis, according to a newly published study that explores how marijuana use habits have changed in recent decades. Since 1992, it says, the per capita rate of daily cannabis consumption in the country has increased nearly 15 times over. The rise in frequent cannabis use coincides with an increasing number of states that have ended marijuana prohibition, though the study’s author, Carnegie Mellon University professor Jonathan Caulkins,… Read more.

Americans Want Marijuana Legalization To Prioritize Equity And Benefit Workers, Poll From Advocacy Group Finds

May 22, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A new report from an equity-focused marijuana advocacy organization finds that nearly two thirds of American adults want legalization laws to prioritize social equity (68 percent), end cannabis arrests (68 percent) and ensure that people have legal access to marijuana products (65 percent). The vast majority—85 percent—also think legalization should benefit people who use marijuana as medicine, while 63 percent said the policy change should benefit those who use cannabis for pleasure. The study, “American Values and Beliefs About Marijuana… Read more.

California Just Got One Step Closer to Legalizing Amsterdam-Style Cannabis Cafes

May 22, 2024 · Thrillist

In Amsterdam, “coffee shop” holds a completely different meaning than what Americans might expect. The artistic, canal-filled city is packed with aesthetically-pleasing cafes that serve the typical coffee, tea, and sandwiches, as well as a vast array of cannabis products. As of May 20, California is one step closer to adopting this lifestyle. Assembly Bill 1775, which would allow dispensaries in California to serve food and nonalcoholic beverages, was approved by the State Assembly this week and is now headed to the State Senate.… Read more.

The Marijuana Industry Paradox – Higher Sales But Lower Profits, Michigan is the Latest State Caught in the Weed Enigma

May 21, 2024 ·

Why Does Michigan’s Cannabis Market Have Increased Sales But Reduced Retail Profits? Michigan’s marijuana industry has experienced a paradox in recent years: While marijuana sales have risen, retail profits has not kept pace with the increase. This result highlights several important factors affecting the cannabis market, including market saturation, cost-effectiveness, impact management, and consumer behavior. This comprehensive analysis will provide insight into underlying causes, business outcomes, and potential strategies for retailers to navigate this challenging environment The Boom in Cannabis Sales Since Michigan legalized recreational… Read more.

What is Cannabis Poisoning? – CNN Makes Up a New Reefer Madness Term

May 21, 2024 ·

What is Cannabis Poisoning? – CNN Makes Up a New Reefer Madness Term No One Ever Heard of Before! What is a poison? According to a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed. "he killed himself with poison". The Mayo Clinic defines poisoning as: Poisoning is injury or death due to swallowing, inhaling, touching or injecting various drugs, chemicals, venoms or gases. Many substances — such as drugs and carbon monoxide — are… Read more.

Poll Finds Majority Support for Recriminalizing Cannabis In Thailand

May 20, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

A recent opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand found that the majority of Thais support the government’s plan to relist cannabis as an illegal drug under federal law, the Bangkok Post reports. The poll found more than 75% majority support for the recriminalization plan, which was announced earlier this year by the health minister and then endorsed on social media this month by the prime minister. Conducted on May 14-15, the poll asked 1,310 people aged 15 and older for their… Read more.

MSO Stocks Soar After Biden Video Confirms Cannabis Is Moving to Schedule III

May 20, 2024 · High Times

Cannabis stocks spiked immediately after President Joe Biden announced the reclassification of cannabis from a Schedule I to a Schedule III drug, endorsing the Justice Department’s recommendation.  Biden posted a video on X at 1 p.m. May 16, declaring that the U.S. Department of Justice would indeed reclassify cannabis, and within hours, cannabis-related stocks began rising amid the growing excitement. “Today’s step is another historic step moving forward,” Poseidon Investment Management co-founder Emily Paxhia told Yahoo! Finance on an episode of Market Domination.… Read more.

Twenty-One of 27 European Union Countries Legalized Medical Cannabis, Report Highlights

May 18, 2024 · High Times

Medical cannabis is taking over Europe, as well as efforts to decriminalize cannabis in numerous countries and at local levels. In a pattern similar to what took place in the U.S., European nations are legalizing cannabis for medical or recreational purposes in a patchwork of new laws. According to a May 16 press release from Victoria, Australia-based Biortica Agrimed, 21 out of 27 member states of the European Union (EU) legalized medical cannabis. “The EU situation with respect to legalisation can best be… Read more.

Marijuana Companies Want Court Hearing In Case Challenging Federal Prohibition To Be Streamed Online Next Week

May 17, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Major marijuana companies are asking a federal court to grant remote public access to a hearing next week in a case where they’re seeking to shield in-state cannabis activity from federal enforcement. And the Justice Department says it has “no position” on the request. The hearing before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts’s Western Division is scheduled to take place on Wednesday. Attorneys for the plaintiffs stressed in a motion filed on Friday that the “dispute involves questions… Read more.

President Biden Announces Federal Government Will Reschedule Cannabis in ‘Monumental’ Announcement

May 16, 2024 · High Times

President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. Department of Justice will officially reschedule cannabis, moving it from Schedule I, reserved for dangerous drugs with no medical value, to Schedule III. The news follows the historic announcement on April 30, that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will move to reclassify cannabis under Schedule III, the Associated Press reported. Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris, both recorded videos of the announcement and posted them on social media. “This is monumental,” Biden said… Read more.

The Illegal Cannabis Market in America is Still 3x Bigger Than the Legal Marijuana Market

May 15, 2024 ·

In 2022, illicit cannabis sales soared to over $74 billion, surpassing the legal market's $28 billion by a remarkable 164%, according to the latest report from New Frontier Data on American cannabis consumers. This significant disparity highlights potential opportunities for legal businesses to attract frequent users who currently depend on unregulated sources, as well as the millions of adults interested in cannabis but hesitant to try it. Canada has a similar problem, as only 20% of the legally grown cannabis get sold to… Read more.

You Can Now Give $250 to $5,000 a Month to Fight Marijuana Legalization and Keep Weed as a Schedule 1 Drug

May 14, 2024 ·

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced last month that marijuana would be moved from Schedule I, where it was classified alongside substances like heroin as having no recognized medical benefits, to Schedule III, which permits some medical applications, as with ketamine. This news was met with approval from cannabis advocates, enthusiasts, and those who can see the logic in the decision, althoughor example. f it stopped short of full legalization or reclassification. However, within just a day of the DEA's announcement, a prominent… Read more.

New York Stooges – New York’s Cannabis Industry is Such a ClusterFudge, Gov. Hochul is Blaming Google and Yelp

May 14, 2024 ·

New York's move into the legal cannabis market has encountered major obstacles, as shown by the internal assessment that was released on Friday. The review revealed a long chain of errors in the state's Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), which was blamed mostly on the leadership with insufficient experience. The OCM was not seen as a mature governmental entity but rather as a startup with a "mission-driven" approach, resulting in many problems. The most prominent issues surfaced were the constant modifications… Read more.

Weed Plus: The Healing Mystique of Magic Mushrooms

May 14, 2024 · Cannabis Now

The winter sun was beating down through the open windows of my older sister’s Porsche as we cruised down Pico Boulevard toward the beach, bumper to bumper with other cars in the westward traffic of a warm Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. “That smells good,” she hollered to the guys in the next car over, pot smoke filling the space between lanes. They motioned to pass a joint through the open windows, my two best pals and I giggling in… Read more.

Want to Own High Times, Now You Can! – Like MedMen, Legendary Cannabis Brand High Times Goes Bankrupt

May 13, 2024 ·

For the second time in less than two weeks, an iconic cannabis brand has gone belly up. First the "Apple Store of Weed" Medmen delclared bankruptcy, and now legendary brand, High Times, has entered into bankruptcy proceedings.  The legendary brands has been in a downward spiral since minor-league VC Adam Levin took over the show in December 2016. The ultimate cannabis bro, Levin lead High Times directly into the ground with hubris, arrogance, and by treating other cannabis businesses as second class… Read more.

Mexican-Grown Pot Hits Record Low at Border as Competition with State-Legal Pot Rises

May 13, 2024 · High Times

Many older stoners remember low-grade brick weed, traditionally grown at enormous farms in Mexico, as a commonly available product in the U.S.. But Mexican-grown weed sold on the black market started falling out of favor decades ago as it competed with domestically-grown cannabis. NORML reports that border seizures for Mexican-grown pot at the southwest border have hit a record low. Hydroponics, organic inputs, feminized seeds, and other improved growing methods made low-quality seeded weed grown outdoors in bulk by cartels a thing… Read more.

Minnesota home growers file suit seeking to sell their marijuana without a license

May 12, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

A group of home growers in Minnesota has filed the state’s first cannabis-related lawsuit, contending a century-old provision allows them to sell their marijuana without a license. Four state residents are challenging the state’s new cannabis law that mandates only licensed businesses can sell marijuana, according to the MinnPost. The lawsuit, filed in Ramsey County District Court, names as defendants: The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), the state’s chief marijuana regulator. OCM Interim Director Charlene Briner. State Attorney General Keith Ellison.… Read more.

Tilt Holdings cannabis affiliate in Pennsylvania secures $10.5 million loan

May 11, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Pennsylvania’s Standard Farms, a subsidiary of Arizona-based cannabis multistate operator Tilt Holdings, secured a $10.5 million loan. The loan will fund Standard Farms’ plans to build and run medical marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania, according to a news release. An unidentified “experienced retailer and operator” issued the secured promissory note, the release noted. Standard Farms can borrow up to $10.5 million to build and operate up to three medical marijuana dispensaries. The promissory note matures on Dec. 31, 2027, and the loan… Read more.

$9 Billion in Revenue and $2 Billion in Losses – Why the Marijuana Industry May Never Be Profitable for Investors

May 10, 2024 ·

The "marijuana mullet" is back with avengence in the cannabis industry as great top-line, headline-shocking, numbers for revenue got released with the usual massive losses on the bottom line, as usual. Last year, an analysis of public filings by Green Market Report revealed that among the twenty largest publicly traded marijuana companies in the U.S., only one managed to turn a profit, while the rest collectively incurred a hefty $2.3 billion in losses. Despite generating over $8.7 billion in revenues altogether, these… Read more.

Florida Marijuana Legalization Measure Has Enough Support To Pass In Internal Polling, CEO Of Company Funding Campaign Says

May 10, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The CEO of a top marijuana company is pushing back against recent surveys showing insufficient support to pass a Florida legalization ballot initiative this November, claiming internal polling shows the measure ahead by a comfortable margin. After the state Supreme Court cleared the proposal for ballot placement, rejecting a constitutional challenge from Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R), two polls came out indicating that the Smart & Safe Florida campaign didn’t have the required 60 percent support for passage. But… Read more.

Cory Booker Visits Marijuana Manufacturer In California Amid Renewed Push For Federal Legalization Bill

May 9, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) paid a visit to a marijuana manufacturing facility in Sacramento this week, touring the operation and speaking with staff as he continues his push for federal legalization. Just weeks after reintroducing the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA) with 17 other Democratic senators, Booker took a trip to Natura on Monday, gaining additional industry perspective from a leading manufacturer in the state. Josh Schmidt, vice president of business development at Natura, said the company was “thrilled” to host… Read more.

Vermont Governor Signals Veto Of Drug Safe Consumption Site Bill That Passed Legislature

May 8, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) says he’s “sure” he’ll end up vetoing a bill that would legalize and fund a Burlington facility where people could use currently prohibited drugs in a medically supervised environment, explaining that he’s “philosophically and pragmatically opposed” to the measure despite support from local leaders. “I’m sure I’ll end up vetoing that, and we’ll see if there’s an override,” the governor said of the bill, H.72, at his weekly press conference on Wednesday. “That one is… Read more.

New York City Officials Announce Crackdown on Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries

May 8, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday announced that city officials would begin enforcement actions in the five boroughs to shut down illegally operating cannabis shops. “Operation Padlock to Protect” comes after state officials last month gave municipalities the regulatory authority to shutter unlicensed cannabis dispensaries and other businesses, such as smoke shops, which are selling cannabis without state approval. The operation includes cooperation between the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and New York City Department of Consumer… Read more.

Marijuana Rescheduling Will Make Republicans ‘More Comfortable’ Voting For Banking And Other Reforms, Former GOP Congressman Says

May 8, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A former GOP congressman says he expects Republicans will be “more comfortable voting yes” for incremental marijuana reform measures like a banking access bill for the industry now that the administration is moving to reschedule cannabis. Former Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Congressional Cannabis Caucus co-founder Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) both discussed the future prospects of marijuana policy during a webinar hosted by the U.S. Cannabis Council (USCC) last week. Blumenauer, a leading champion of marijuana reform efforts over five… Read more.

Patient Zero for Untreatable Depression Begins Groundbreaking Psychedelics Therapy – Ending Depression Through Psilocybin?

May 7, 2024 ·

In a phase 2b clinical trial, Beckley Psytech has started treating the first subject for BPL-003, an intranasal synthetic formulation of the psychedelic chemical 5-MeO-DMT intended for patients with treatment-resistant depression. With FDA clearance for investigational new medication status in February, this groundbreaking research represents the biggest controlled examination into the potential of 5-MeO-DMT, involving 40 locations throughout Australia, Europe, and the US. The trial, employing a randomized, quadruple-masked design, seeks to identify optimal dosages of BPL-003, complemented by psychological support,… Read more.

Alaska House Approves Bill To Establish Task Force To Investigate Psychedelic Therapy

May 6, 2024 · High Times

On May 2, the Alaska House of Representatives recently approved House Bill 228 in a 36-4 vote, which would establish a task force to regulate various psychedelic-assisted therapies. The official name of the group will be Alaska Task Force for the Regulation of Psychedelic Medicines Approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Passing HB-228, according to Rep. Jenny Armstrong who sponsored the bill, is an attempt to get ahead of possible future substance rescheduling and/or federal approval. “This August, it is… Read more.

Cannabis Makes Gym Workouts More Fun Says New Fitness Study

May 5, 2024 ·

New Study Says Cannabis Makes Workouts More Fun Forget Performance-Enhancing ‘Drugs’; Just Smoke Pot Despite the well-known importance of regular exercise, not everyone looks forward to an hour at the gym, running, or any other kind of popular workouts these days. While there are some people who willingly wake up at the break of dawn to work out, or look forward to pumping weights at the gym after a long day of work, for the rest of us, it’s nothing but a chore. But… Read more.

Federal Cannabis Legalization Bill Filed By Senate Democrats

May 4, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate this week reintroduced the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity (CAO) Act, which seeks to end the federal prohibition of cannabis. The bill was filed by a coalition of Democrats led by Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and Sens. Ron Wyden (OR) and Cory Booker (NJ). The CAO, which was first introduced in 2022, would remove cannabis from the federal drug schedule, automatically expunge federal non-violent cannabis offenses, and establish a grant program aimed at helping individuals who… Read more.

Exploring Cannabis Culture: Northern California Launches First-Ever Cannabis Trail

May 3, 2024 · MG Magazine

Northern California has introduced The Cannabis Trail, a pioneering travel experience designed to showcase the history and ongoing cultural impact of cannabis in the state. A collaborative effort among Oakland, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties, the initiative invites adults to explore a curated route from Santa Cruz to the Emerald Triangle, mirroring the concept of Napa County’s celebrated Wine Road. The trail’s launch comes at a time when interest in cannabis-related travel is expanding rapidly, with MMGY Travel Intelligence identifying approximately 72… Read more.

But What about the UN Drug Treaties? – Germany Imports Almost 35 Tons of Weed While the US Tinkers with Rescheduling Cannabis

May 3, 2024 ·

Germany had a record 34.6 tons of cannabis imported in 2023 for medicinal and research uses, a significant increase from previous years. This inflow highlights how Europe's biggest medical marijuana market—which is federally regulated—is changing, as seen by the increasing interest that foreign organizations are showing in Germany's cannabis sector. Notwithstanding a little slowdown in growth relative to prior years, the notable rise in imports underscores the nation's critical position in molding the world's cannabis industry. The surge in cannabis imports coincides… Read more.

Instead of Winery Hopping, Embark on Northern California’s Cannabis Trail

May 2, 2024 · Thrillist

While you may be familiar with Napa Wine Road, Sonoma County’s seemingly endless string of wineries, the path has a lesser-known, spiritual sibling. Founded in 2015, Oakland’s Cannabis Trail takes travelers on an immersive exploration of the plant through Northern California’s sprawling, redwood-filled landscapes and bustling city streets. Today, the trail announced its collaboration with Visit Oakland, Visit Mendocino County, and the Humboldt County Visitors Bureau. The lush, nine-county trail will add eight new historic landmarks, including Huckleberry Hill Farms in Redway and the Humboldt Cannabis Tours, as well as dispensaries and lounges like… Read more.

MedMen, The $1.7 Billion Apple Store of Weed, Goes Bankrupt Just as Marijuana Gets Rescheduled in America

May 2, 2024 ·

MedMen Enterprises Inc. has admitted defeat, citing financial woes and an inability to settle its debts, revealed Amit Pandey, the former chief financial officer of the cannabis company, late Friday. MedMen, once a celebrated pioneer in the cannabis industry and dubbed the 'Apple store of weed,' has been hit by a string of setbacks in recent years. These include financial woes, the shuttering of retail outlets, workforce reductions, legal battles, and internal disputes among top executives, all of which have led… Read more.

White House Says Marijuana Rescheduling Is Part Of Pledge Biden Made To Voters In Last Campaign

May 1, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The White House says that President Joe Biden’s marijuana review directive that’s now resulted in a Justice Department rescheduling decision is part of fulfilling the pledge he made to voters in the 2020 election. At a press briefing on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the status of DOJ’s proposed rule to move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). She said that the “process continues,” but she couldn’t confirm that the… Read more.

EXCLUSIVE: Xzibit’s Dream Sesh Is With Cheech & Chong and Willie Nelson (Together)

May 1, 2024 · Cannabis Now

Xzibit just made history opening the first and only licensed cannabis store and delivery service in Bel-Air. Aptly titled Xzibit’s West Coast Cannabis (XWCC), this new retail store sits beautifully at 641 N Sepulveda Blvd in Los Angeles, taking over the second floor in true West Coast fashion. For those who aren’t familiar, Xzibit first dominated the rap game, best known for his timeless hits “X,” “Get Your Walk On,” “My Name” featuring Snoop Dogg and Eminem… and let’s not… Read more.

The Marijuana Industry’s Secret Playbook to Get Weed Legalized in All 50 States – Put Abortion Rights Vote on the Same Ballot?

May 1, 2024 ·

First it was Ohio with a pro-choice, pro-weed ballot and vote this year that put recreational cannabis in the hands of voters over 21 years-old in Ohio. Cannabis advocates, sensing a pro-legalization win by drawing out female, liberal, progressive voters, are trying the same tactic to get over 60% of the votes needed for recreational cannabis in Florida. Democratic strategists see an opportunity to win over voters in the state of Florida with the advent of constitutional amendment measures that would legalize marijuana… Read more.

DeSantis Will Be ‘Getting Involved’ In Effort To Defeat Marijuana Measure On Florida Ballot

April 30, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is again lashing out at marijuana legalization as voters prepare to decide on a ballot initiative in November, warning that the reform would negatively impact quality of life in the state. The governor, who has mocked legalization repeatedly in a series of recent comments, signaled that he may be taking on a more active role in the effort to defeat the cannabis reform as Election Day approaches. “We’ll be getting involved in different ways on… Read more.

Study: Cannabis Consumers Are Not More Lazy or Unmotivated

April 30, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

A new study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science debunks the stereotype that people who consume cannabis are lazy or unmotivated, according to a U of T News report. In the study, researchers from the University of Toronto interviewed 260 cannabis consumers five times per day over a week. The participants — who were considered “chronic” consumers, using cannabis at least three times per week — would log their answers through an app that asked if they were currently… Read more.

75 Things You Need to Know About Willie Nelson on His 91st Birthday

April 29, 2024 · CelebStoner

On his 91st birthday, here are 75 things you need to know about Willie Nelson. 1. He born was in Abbott, Texas on Apr. 29, 1933. 2. Because he was born close to midnight, his birth date is often cited as April 30. 3. His middle name is Hugh. 4. His parents were named Myrle Marie and Ira Doyle Nelson. 5. He and his sister Bobbie were raised by their grandparents, Alfred and Nancy Nelson. 6. He excelled in sports at Abbott High School. 7. He got his… Read more.

The Picks and Shovels of Cannabis Legalization? – Food Delivery Apps and Pizza Orders Surge in Legal Marijuana States

April 28, 2024 ·

In recent years, the landscape of both cannabis consumption and food delivery has undergone a significant transformation. With the increasing legalization and normalization of cannabis use, coupled with the rise of delivery apps, a notable trend has emerged. This is the undeniable correlation between cannabis consumption and the surge in orders for fast food through delivery platforms. The Cannabis Culture Once associated with stigma and legal restrictions, cannabis has undergone a remarkable shift in public perception. The legalization of recreational… Read more.

Louisiana Legislative Committee Unanimously Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Framework Bill

April 26, 2024 · High Times

The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee recently passed House Bill 707 in a unanimous vote to propose a regulatory framework for the state’s cannabis legalization. The measure, which prefiled in March, doesn’t directly legalize adult-use cannabis but it does start the process of building a foundation for reform. The goal, according to Rep. Edmond Jordan who introduced the bill, is to attempt to get HB-707 passed in the legislature in 2024, followed by introducing two other bills in 2025 which would… Read more.

How Worried Should You Be about Heavy Metals in Your Rolling Papers? – Study Finds Unsafe Levels of Toxic Metals in Joint Papers

April 25, 2024 ·

Inhaling dangerous metals from rolling papers is a possible health risk for cannabis users, according to a recent study published in ACS Omega. These studies had high concentrations of heavy metals such as copper, chromium, and vanadium, which alarmed researchers since they may pose health problems. The investigation delved into the metal composition of 53 varieties of rolling papers and cones widely used in the cannabis industry. The findings should serve as a warning to both occasional and frequent cannabis consumers alike. Uncovering… Read more.

Nearly 50% of Biden Supporters Want a Dispensary Within Driving Distance, Only 12% of Trump Supporters Feel the Same Way

April 24, 2024 ·

NIMBY stands for "Not in My Back Yard", and when discussing cannabis, Republicans and Democrats could not be more diametrically opposed on living in certain area with or without legal weed. The recently released report from Redfin, a technology-enabled real estate brokerage, is circulating in the marijuana industry. It revealed a noticeable difference between individuals living in U.S. households that favoured Joe Biden versus Donald Trump. The major difference pertains to individual preference when it comes to residing in areas where… Read more.

Hemp Bioplastics to End Forever Chemicals and PFAS Molecules? – Ohio Company to Grow Hemp for New Hemp Bioplastics

April 24, 2024 ·

Ohio Hemp Company, based in Dayton, has signed a substantial deal with Heartland Industries, headquartered in Detroit. According to this new deal, the Ohio Hemp business will supply hemp fibre to aid the development of bioplastic, which will then be used in the fabrication of automobile components by a Belgian business. Following the federal legalization of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine supports the state's legalization of the substance in 2019. TJ Richardson and Justin… Read more.

States With Legal Weed See Increase in College Applications

April 23, 2024 · High Times

States where recreational marijuana has been made legal are seeing upticks in college applications, including from elite students.  That is the takeaway of a study published late last year in the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Economic Policy.  “Using a two-way fixed effects difference-in-differences model, we investigate the effects of local recreational marijuana (RMJ) policy changes on college applications and find that the three largest state public schools reaped, on average, an almost 54% increase in applications,” the authors of the study said in the… Read more.

If You Get High Can You Still Go and Give Blood? – The Rules for Cannabis and Donating Blood

April 22, 2024 ·

Blood donation involves contributing a portion of your blood for medical purposes. It's essential to distinguish between blood and plasma donations, as they are separate processes. It's called blood donation when you voluntarily give a sample of your whole blood. Typically, you provide around a pint or half a litre of whole blood during this process. The components of a standard blood donation include platelets, plasma, white blood cells, and red blood cells. Each year, approximately 6.8 million Americans donate… Read more.

Politicians Tout Marijuana Policy Progress On 4/20 Amid Heightened Expectations About Federal Reform

April 21, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Public officials across the U.S. are adding their voices to the chorus of marijuana reform supporters celebrating the cannabis holiday 4/20 on Saturday. That includes members of Congress, state legislators and even the president and vice president. As mainstream brands and advocacy groups promote various campaigns that seek to leverage the popularity of the expanding reform movement, elected officials are touting their work to advance legalization and other policy changes around cannabis. Saturday might be a time of celebration within the cannabis… Read more.

Kentucky Gov. Announces Medical Cannabis License Lottery

April 20, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) announced on Thursday that officials will hold a lottery in October for awarding the state’s initial medical cannabis business licenses, according to the Associated Press. Beshear described the lottery system as the best option for fairly distributing medical cannabis licenses ahead of the market’s launch, arguing that it would prevent hopeful licensees with deep pockets from lobbying to “get a leg up” on the competition. With the recent lottery announcement, Kentucky is on track to meet its goal… Read more.

New Mexico Governor Presses Biden Official About Spike In Federal Marijuana Seizures From Licensed Businesses

April 19, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The governor of New Mexico spoke with the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week and expressed concern about a recent surge of Border Patrol seizures of marijuana from state-licensed businesses, Marijuana Moment has learned exclusively. But the top Biden official simply reiterated that federal cannabis laws haven’t changed, indicating that the seizures will continue. The office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) shared details about the conversation with Marijuana Moment, adding that her administration is “working… Read more.

Has Medical Marijuana Already Priced Itself Out of the Cannabis Market? – 60% of Utah MMJ Patients Use the Black Market for Meds

April 18, 2024 ·

According to Cache Valley Daily, around 60% of Utah's medicinal cannabis users obtain their cannabis from sources other than the state's authorized market. The study, done by Cannabis Public Policy Consulting (CPPC) on behalf of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), sheds light on accessibility issues in the state's medicinal cannabis program. Dr. Brandon Forsyth, Director of Industrial Hemp and Medical Cannabis at UDAF, emphasized the need of conducting annual market analyses to evaluate the performance of Utah's Medical Cannabis… Read more.

DeSantis Again Rips Into Marijuana Legalization, Warning November Ballot Measure Would Be ‘Not Good For Families’

April 18, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

With a legalization ballot measure set to appear on Florida’s ballot in November, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) again attacked the proposal on Wednesday, warning that the changes would be “not good for families” and “not good for elderly.” He also accused the initiative’s cannabis industry backers as being profit-driven. “People aren’t putting tens of millions of dollars behind that out of the goodness of their heart,” the governor said. “They are going to be making a lot of money… Read more.

CBD Is A ‘Powerful And Promising’ Treatment For Crack Use Disorder—With Fewer Side Effects Than Conventional Therapies, Study Finds

April 17, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A new study aiming to explore the efficacy of CBD as a treatment for crack use disorder found that people who took the cannabinoid had better health outcomes and fewer adverse health events compared to those who took more conventional pharmaceutical treatments. “The main implications of this study point to CBD as a powerful and promising therapeutic tool for people with CUD,” says the report, published this month in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. “CBD seems to… Read more.

Coalition Of Justice Groups Pushes Biden To Support Marijuana Legalization Instead Of Schedule III Move

April 17, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

In a new letter to the White House, a group of 20 justice and drug reform advocacy organizations are calling on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to publicly support the removal of marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) rather than merely a move to Schedule III, as the government is currently considering. Biden has said repeatedly during his campaign and term in office that “no one should be in jail merely for the use or possession of… Read more.

A Quality Seal of Assurance on Hemp Products? – Would It Quiet Fears about Hemp-Derived Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC?

April 16, 2024 ·

The United States Hemp Authority is working to assure the quality of Delta-8 THC through an upcoming certification procedure. This effort intends to set stringent standards and promote self-regulation in the Delta-8 sector, which is subject to relatively lenient regulatory scrutiny. While Delta-8 THC is federally lawful, its status varies by state, with certain authorities enforcing restrictions due to safety concerns. The certification scheme would stress sound manufacturing standards, correct labeling, and FDA compliance, all to prevent minors from accessing… Read more.

Congressional Lawmakers Approve GOP-Led Marijuana And Psychedelics Bills Focused On Veterans

April 16, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A congressional committee has approved a pair of GOP-led marijuana and psychedelics bills focused on military veterans’ access. About a month after the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee held an initial hearing on the legislation, members passed both proposals as part of an en bloc package with other measures under unanimous consent on Tuesday. The medical cannabis measure, sponsored by the subcommittee chair Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), is titled the Veterans Cannabis Analysis, Research, and Effectiveness (CARE) Act. “My bill proposes… Read more.

Arizona cannabis social equity reform failure highlights broader struggle

April 15, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Predatory investors hijacked the cannabis social equity program in Arizona, where only three of the original 26 license winners still have a stake in their businesses, according to allegations filed in court and repeated in the state Legislature. Despite outrage over this controversy, a state lawmaker’s reform proposal aimed at returning the coveted permits to their original winners failed to pass the Senate last month, in part because of interference from Gov. Katie Hobbs’ administration, observers told MJBizDaily. The situation is notable for its strange political alignments: An… Read more.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Buy CBD? A. 21 B. 18 C. 12 D. No Age Restriction

April 15, 2024 ·

Following the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the purchase of CBD oil products is now permissible under the law. This revised legislation has sanctioned all hemp-derived items, provided they contain 0.3% THC or less. Except for vape and smokable variants, there are no designated age restrictions for CBD usage. At the federal level, there exists no age threshold for CBD consumption. While hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.03% THC) are lawful nationwide, certain states may necessitate individuals to be either 18 or… Read more.

Smoking Hemp and Getting High? – Here is Why…Over 90% of Smokable Hemp Products Are Actually Just Weed Says Testing Lab

April 15, 2024 ·

The burgeoning hemp-derived cannabinoid market often faces criticism due to the absence of standardised third-party testing and comprehensive regulation. While many consumers vouch for the efficacy of these products and numerous companies uphold stringent standards, the oversight in the hemp industry pales in comparison to that of the legal cannabis sector. Consequently, consumers using certain hemp-derived products may unknowingly encounter potent psychoactive effects, believing they are solely consuming hemp or CBD. The frequency of THC in goods advertised as hemp is… Read more.

The Best Weed Dispensaries in Denver Right Now

April 14, 2024 · Thrillist

Whether or not you think Denver’s weed scene has lost the shiny luster of novelty, you have to admit the options—from products to places—are almost overwhelming. With so many dispensaries ready to fulfill needs for flower, edibles, and cartridge refills, we’ve put together a list of favorites—those with crazy-good daily deals and the best strains this side of the Mississippi, among other factors. From Baker to Five Points and beyond, here are the best dispensary options no matter what neighborhood… Read more.

America Can’t Defend Its Border Because Border Patrol Agents Are Smoking Too Much Weed? – GOP Senator Lashes Out!

April 13, 2024 ·

A Republican senator is pushing back against a recent policy change by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that reduced the term of ineligibility for work due to past marijuana use from two years to three months. The senator doubts the trustworthiness of recruits who have used cannabis and believes that this move jeopardizes the safety and integrity of Border Patrol agents. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) wrote to CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller, expressing severe concerns about the effects of this shift.… Read more.

The Legal Marijuana Industry Now Supports More Than 440,000 Full-Time Jobs, Up 5% From Last Year, Report Finds

April 12, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The number of full-time marijuana jobs in the U.S. rose by nearly 5 percent during the past year, according to the latest annual industry report on employment in the cannabis sector. That’s a turnaround from the roughly 2 percent decline between 2022 and 2023, but otherwise it marks the slowest year-over-year growth going back to 2017. All told, legal cannabis in the nation supports more than 440,000 full-time equivalent jobs, says the new report from Colorado-based marijuana staffing company Vangst and the… Read more.

Ohio Recreational Marijuana Sales Could Launch In June Under Regulators’ Expedited Plan, Lawmaker Says

April 12, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Ohio marijuana sales could launch as soon as June under a regulatory plan that a legislative rulemaking committee is set to approve as lawmakers’ plans to revise the voter-approved legalization law continue to stall out. Regulators have until September to start issuing cannabis business licenses under the ballot initiative that was approved last November, but the Division of Cannabis Control (DCC) has devised a plan to start granting dual licenses to existing medical marijuana operators to begin serving adult consumers… Read more.

Feds Seizing Legal Cannabis Products In New Mexico

April 11, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have in recent weeks seized more than $300,000 worth of cannabis products from state-licensed cannabis operators in New Mexico, KRQE reports. The seizures have been carried out during routine CBP checkpoints located in the state’s southern region near the U.S.-Mexico border. “Normally they don’t have dogs,” said Top Crop Cannabis Co.’s Operations Manager Nick Spoor in the report. “Usually it’s just a, ‘Are you a U.S. citizen, yes’ and then they wave you through.” But… Read more.

As South Carolina Lawmakers Urge House Vote On Medical Marijuana Bill, New Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support

April 11, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

As South Carolina lawmakers and advocates put pressure on the House to advance a Senate-passed medical marijuana legalization bill, a new poll shows the reform enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support. The Mason-Dixon Poll, conducted from March 6-11, found that 83 percent of registered voters are in favor of medical cannabis legalization, including 93 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of Republicans and 84 percent on independents. To that end, Sen. Tom Davis (R) was joined by several House lawmakers, the executive director… Read more.

Sorry, We Don’t Serve Alcohol, Just THC-Infused Beverages – Is the Miami Music Festival the Canary in the Coal Mine for Booze?

April 11, 2024 ·

The latest studies covered at show that 18 to 25 Year-Olds have the same affinity toward cannabis as they do for alcohol. A dramatic shift for cannabis in such a short time of patchwork legalization, and those numbers were taken before THC-Infused beverages have even come close to hitting the mainstream clubs and bars. Interestingly, amidst the ongoing festivities of Miami Music Week, a subtle revolution in festival refreshments quietly emerged, signaling a pivotal shift in nightlife culture. A groundbreaking moment… Read more.

Biden ‘Not Doing Enough’ To Protect State Marijuana Laws, Congressman Says As Feds Seize Products From Licensed Businesses

April 10, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A Democratic congressman says recent reports of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents seizing marijuana from state-licensed businesses in New Mexico underscores how the Biden administration is “not doing enough to protect states who are not waiting for the federal government to catch up.” Over the past two months, CBP has seized hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cannabis products from state-legal operators—a recent trend that seemingly conflicts with the administration’s non-intervention position for state marijuana laws. “The Biden-Harris Administration… Read more.

Schumer And Democratic Senators Seek Support For Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill Ahead Of 4/20, With Plans To File This Month

April 10, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) are soliciting support for a federal marijuana legalization bill that they plan to introduce later this month, setting a sign-on deadline for original cosponsors on the eve of the cannabis holiday 4/20. In a Dear Colleague letter that was circulated on Tuesday, the senators said that a “growing number of Americans have made it clear, at ballot boxes, through their legislatures, and… Read more.

California Swindler Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges in Fraudulent Hemp Scheme

April 10, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

A California man on Friday pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in a hemp business fraud case that cost investors more than $18 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. Mark Roy Anderson, 69, was indicted last year in the scheme by a federal grand jury.  In the federal complaint, prosecutors said Anderson used the money collected from investors for Harvest Farm Group to buy a $1.3 million property in Ojai and another $2.3 million on personal expenses, including more than $650,000 for… Read more.

Poll Finds Most Weed Consumers Would Vote for Pro-Cannabis Candidate Regardless of Party

April 10, 2024 · High Times

A majority of cannabis consumers who are likely to vote in this fall’s general election say they would vote for a pro-cannabis candidate regardless of their party affiliation, according to the results of a recent survey. The poll, which was conducted by the medical marijuana telehealth platform NuggMD, found that 59% of likely voters who use weed would cast their ballot for a pro-cannabis presidential candidate regardless of that candidate’s political party. NuggMD’s 2024