North America

Tue
16
Feb

Banks Don't Want to Work With the Legal Marijuana Industry. Can This Start-Up Convince Them?

The cash-only marijuana industry has long posed problems for banks, until now.

Although selling marijuana is now legal in 24 states and the District of Columbia, doing business as a legal marijuana company is a logistical nightmare. That's because marijuana is still federally illegal, and banks open themselves up to potential seizure by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. if they take money that is the result of a federally illegal act.

Tue
16
Feb

Pot Smoking On The Job? Colorado Cannabis Companies Experiment With Marijuana Policies

In most corporate settings, it's standard for employees to file into meetings with a cup of coffee in hand before sitting down to strategize on how best to move the business forward. But at least one Denver-based company has taken a different approach by allowing its staff to use another stimulant of sorts to get the creative juices flowing.

"When we have a company brainstorm session, we usually go to the rooftop or Red Rocks Park, and if people want to consume cannabis, they can smoke," said Isaac Dietrich, the co-founder of MassRoots, a tech startup social platform for cannabis users, about their Friday-afternoon meetings.

Mon
15
Feb

Reeferegulatory challenge

A growing number of countries are deciding to ditch prohibition. What comes next?

IN AN anonymous-looking building a few minutes’ drive from Denver International Airport, a bald chemotherapy patient and a pair of giggling tourists eye the stock on display. Reeking packets of mossy green buds—Girl Scout Cookies, KoolAid Kush, Power Cheese—sit alongside cabinets of chocolates and chilled drinks. In a warehouse behind the shop pointy-leaved plants bask in the artificial light of two-storey growing rooms. Sally Vander Veer, the president of Medicine Man, which runs this dispensary, reckons the inventory is worth about $4m.

Mon
15
Feb

Call for legalizing marijuana gaining support; Projected income goes up to the billions

The call for making marijuana legal on different states is rapidly gaining pace as well as the profits gained from it. In a not so far future, legalizing it in every state is highly probable.

California together with Washington and 22 other states are now legalizing marijuana for medical use. Since 1996, it has gained momentum in the field of medicine and is prescribed by the physician for specific and different types of ailments. The Obama administration has removed some hurdles regarding the legalization of marijuana. Although government as a whole is still keen on keeping it illegal just like in the 1996 federal government.

Mon
15
Feb

Hospital makes history: Cannabis oil helps baby's seizures

Two-month-old Amylea Nunez made history at a Colorado hospital last week when she became the first patient there to receive cannabis oil as part of her treatment.

(Yes, cannabis — as in marijuana, pot or hemp.)

You see, little Amylea has spent the majority of her life inside a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU.) This is because of seizures that began a day after she was brought home from her December delivery in New Mexico. While doctors at Children’s Hospital in Aurora have been attempting to treat her rare form of epilepsy, the medications are causing damage to her liver.

Sun
14
Feb

Snoop Dogg Just Signed a Contract with Major Marijuana Company in Canada

Snoop sports a T-shirt bearing the logo of Tweed, the massive cannabis company he just partnered with in Canada. Photo via Facebook

 

Sat
13
Feb

Weight loss, medical marijuana and HIPAA protections: What you need to know

It is common for some jobs to have mandatory drug testing, but what happens when you are managing health problems with medical marijuana? Although medical marijuana is legal in 23 states as well as Washington, D.C., marijuana remains illegal on a federal level. This creates significant problems for those who depend on the product to control the numerous health issues THC seems to benefit. Can employers require information about medical marijuana use, and does HIPAA offer any protections?

Sat
13
Feb

Arizona: Montini's marijuana facts are all wrong

Not surprisingly, EJ Montini was noticeably vague in his recent op-ed (”Blowing marijuana smoke into opponents' faces") accusing Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy of using “questionable” information in its arguments against legalizing marijuana. Nothing could be further from the truth. Consider the following:

-- Since Colorado legalized marijuana, teen use has risen dramatically and is now 74 percent higher than the national average. (2015 SAMHSA report/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Sat
13
Feb

Native American church is fighting for the right to use weed as a ‘sacrament’

When the U.S. Post Office seized a very smelly package of high-grade weed, they were sued – for intercepting a Church’s ‘sacramental’ cannabis.

The Oklevueha Native American Church says that cannabis and the powerful hallucinogen peyote are ‘sacred medicines’.

The Church said on its Facebook page, ‘Existing law requires government entities including the US Postal service and law enforcement to allow members of ONAC to possess, use and transport sacred medicines for spiritual and healing use regardless of whether or not those medicines and sacraments are otherwise controlled substances.

 

Fri
12
Feb

Canada: Momentum mounts for medical marijuana

More Canadians are using medical marijuana for a wider array of health ailments, but the research hasn’t kept pace.

It was a watershed moment for the study of medical marijuana. This past December, Canadian university researchers, federal and provincial officials, patient advocates and industry representatives met in Vancouver to set priorities for evidence-based inquiries into a drug long overshadowed by its reputation as an illegal way to get high. The two-day, invitation-only meeting – convened by the Arthritis Society and partly funded by licensed growers of cannabis for medical purposes – is the latest sign that investigations of medical cannabis are moving into the research mainstream.

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