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If the United Nations reclassifies cannabis, will the United States follow?

The FDA is looking for public input on pot to report back to the UN’s World Health Organization.

With the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) launching a reevaluation of cannabis' international scheduling, member nations — including the United States — are reaching out to their own constituencies for public comment.

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Hemp is the multibillion-dollar cannabis opportunity few have heard about

If the move to make it legal succeeds, entire industries could be revolutionized.

Today, the U.S. is the world’s largest consumer of hemp products. But because of the federal prohibition imposed on cannabis and hemp, the U.S. is importing an estimated $100 million of hemp products each year.

That $100 million could soon be going back to American farmers and businesses, thanks to the recent introduction of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The bill, announced by McConnell and supported by a bipartisan group of senators, would “legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances.”

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Wall Street aims to make green from legal marijuana

There's still legal uncertainty surrounding the marijuana business in the U.S. But that is not stopping Wall Street from dipping into the market, now that nine states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational use.

Green Table, a networking business, has been bringing together investors and marijuana entrepreneurs who are looking for funding.

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd speaks with Green Table partner Bill Marcus, about how he got into the pot business, which last year was worth $7 billion. “We're talking last year I believe it was close to $7 billion, and the growth rate is about 29 percent a year,” he says. “It's one of the fastest growing industries in America.”

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Washington considers options for marijuana-delivery system

Medical marijuana patients in Washington could soon get their cannabis delivered to their door.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is studying how to best implement a delivery system.

State lawmakers are asking the board for policy recommendations by December 1.

Lawmakers want the agency to study how to develop and implement a system of delivering medical marijuana to qualified patients from properly licensed retailers.

Among issues the study must consider are how to verify those receiving the product are registered in the state's medical marijuana authorization database and what payment methods would be allowed.

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Colorado: Thousands admit to driving while high

A state survey found 69 percent of marijuana users have driven under the influence in the past year, and 27 percent admitted to driving high almost daily.

Launched in February, Colorado Department of Transportation's The Cannabis Conversation campaign is part of a statewide initiative to gather feedback and better understand the public's perception and behavior surrounding driving and marijuana use. 

Preliminary results from the survey found that 34 percent of medical marijuana users said they do not think marijuana affects their driving ability, and 10 percent think consuming marijuana makes them a better driver.

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Apr

Legal marijuana in New York gets more support

A top New York City official joined a chorus of calls Tuesday for legalizing marijuana across the state. Public Advocate Letitia James said New York should join the nine other states that have made the drug legal for recreational use.

But it's about more than just lighting up — James said legalization should include provisions to purge New Yorkers' criminal records of marijuana convictions and give people of color a fair share in any future legal pot industry.

"I look at this through the lens of reinvesting in communities that have historically been ignored, and I look at this through the lens of young black and Latino men whose lives unfortunately have been impacted disproportionately as a result of possessing low levels of marijuana," she said.

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Apr

Exclusive: Canopy Growth Corporation to provide hands-on learning experience for Niagara College students

By: Celia Carr, Staff Writer for 420 Intel

Canopy Growth Corporation’s President, Mark Zekulin along with President of Niagara College Canada, Dan Patterson, announced Tuesday their new partnership to provide experiential learning opportunities to students and graduates interested in pursuing careers in Canada’s flourishing legal cannabis industry.

The announcement took place at Canopy Growth’s Tweed Farms facility, located in the heart of South Western Ontario’s Wine Country, Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL), a less than ten minute drive from the college campus.

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Could this be the first cannabis-based drug to get FDA approval?

The first cannabis-based drug to get FDA approval could be a strawberry-flavored, oral CBD solution designed for kids with epilepsy.

Nearly a year ago, UK drug manufacturer GW Pharmaceuticals filed its breakthrough epilepsy treatment for approval by U.S. regulators.

The drug, Epidiolex, is derived from cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant. And on Tuesday, the FDA issued a report citing the “substantial evidence” GW Pharma had provided on the drug’s effectiveness. Could Epidiolex be the first cannabis-based drug to get FDA Approval?

Epidiolex: The cannabis-based drug that can beat epilepsy

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New Orleans is about to get its first medical marijuana dispensary

After Louisiana’s Pharmacy Board rejected its own subcommittee’s recommendation, New Orleans is about to get its first medical marijuana dispensary.

The Big Easy is about to pass a major milestone in the ongoing expansion of Louisiana’s medical marijuana program. Thanks to a come from behind victory from the second-generation owner of a father-son pharmacy that’s been in business since the sixties, New Orleans is about to get its first medical marijuana dispensary.

Louisiana awards dispensary permit to New Orleans pharmacist with roots in the community

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The plan to save California's legendary weed from 'big cannabis'

In a bright warehouse in the heart of Northern California’s cannabis country, a metal gate slowly peels up. “Also Sprach Zarathustra”—the iconic music from 2001: A Space Odyssey—blares as the room behind is revealed.

A mob of marijuana farmers and local politicians and activists and venture capitalists shuffle through into the Willy Wonka factory of weed.

To the left, atop a hulking machine, two workers wearing white jackets and orange gloves drop flowers into cubbies, as workers below pile the product into jars. To the right, more workers at tables pack marijuana into joints, holding back shy grins as the mob ambles past.

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