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Tue
13
Oct

Could Cannabis Eliminate The High-Cost And High-Stakes Of Current Psoriasis Medicines?

Often triggered by stress, new studies are showing that psoriasis can be better managed by diet, oral health, and even CBD.

The National Psoriasis Foundation states that upwards of 8 million people have the auto-immune skin disorder. Often accompanied by arthritis, psoriasis not only causes scaling of the skin, but complications to fingernails as well. 

Tue
13
Oct

Bernie Sanders Celebrates His Home State’s Marijuana Reform Milestone

“Let me congratulate the state legislature for making Vermont the 11th state in the country to legalize marijuana and also for expunging past marijuana convictions,” Sanders tweeted.

Vermont made history in 2018 by becoming the first state to legalize recreational cannabis through the Legislature. Lawmakers forgot one thing, though — to create a regulated and legal marijuana market in the process.

Tue
13
Oct

Poll reveals New Jersey likely to legalize cannabis on November 3

With just 21 days till voters in New Jersey get to decide on whether to legalize recreational marijuana in their state, a majority of them appear to be in favor of the measure, according to a new poll. 

Released last week by Fairleigh Dickinson University, the poll was conducted from September 30 through October 5 and included 582 randomly selected likely voters in the Garden State. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed said that they support legalization, while only 29% said they will vote against the measure.

Among Democrats, 71% of those contacted said they will vote yes on November 3. On the other hand, the percentage of Republicans that would support legalization was reported at 52%. 

Mon
12
Oct

Will New Jersey be the next state to legalize marijuana?

 

New Jersey looks set to be the next state to legalize marijuana. It's on the ballot come Election Day on November 3, the polls are looking good, and while it's not the only state with marijuana legalization on the ballot, the others—Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota—are all out West, and the Garden State should beat them by a few hours.

Mon
12
Oct

Vermont legalizes sales of recreational marijuana with new bill

Vermont has become the latest U.S. state to legalize cannabis sales after Governor Phil Scott allowed a new marijuana commercialization bill to take effect without his signature. 

In the run-up to his announcement, there was speculation the Vermont governor could even veto the bill, which passed the state legislature last month. Governor Scott was reluctant to sign the legislation over several concerns regarding driving under the influence of cannabis and vaping products, and what he feels as a lack of social equity provisions in the new bill.

With this move, Vermont became the 11th state to tax and regulate marijuana sales and the second to approve it via state legislature. 

Mon
12
Oct

Arizona’s Largest Newspaper Endorses Marijuana Legalization Bid

Arizona’s largest newspaper endorsed the ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state on Sunday, writing that “the moment has come to correct the mistake” of prohibition made decades ago. The endorsement of Proposition 207 by the editorial board of the Arizona Republic comes as early voting for the November 3rd general election begins in the state this week.

Mon
12
Oct

Australia: A Major Step Forward For NT’s (Very) Nascent Hemp Industry

Issuing of the first commercial licence for growing industrial hemp in Australia’s Northern Territory was announced on Friday – and it’s been a long time coming.

The successful licensee is Michael Jakobi:

“I applied for a commercial hemp licence because I wanted an alternative to growing hay and because I thought it would be a good rotational fit with some of my crops,” said Mr. Jakobi. “The fact that hemp is multi-use is very appealing, I am also interested in the possible soil conditioning benefits planting hemp may have for my future crops.”

The Northern Territory Government seems pretty pumped about the prospects for local production of hemp.

Mon
12
Oct

After a stunning comeback, UFC fighter Trevin Jones stripped of debut win due to positive cannabis test

Trevin Jones looked overmatched in the opening round of his UFC debut at ESPN 15.

Fri
09
Oct

Maine adult-use marijuana stores prepare for opening-day crowds despite low supply

Thomas Winstanley remembers the long lines when adult-use marijuana stores opened in Massachusetts just before Thanksgiving 2018.

He would have expected the same when his company’s South Portland store opens Friday, but the coronavirus is adding a twist this year

Theory Wellness will open as one of only eight adult-use retail stores licensed to operate in Maine on the first day of sales. The company has plenty of experience. It is based in Massachusetts, where it has two stores and is about to be approved for its third medical marijuana store.

“I think one of the learnings we have from opening recreational locations in Massachusetts is you never really know what to anticipate,” Winstanley, the marketing director for Theory Wellness, said

Fri
09
Oct

Vermont Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Sales

Vermont has become the eleventh state to legalize recreational marijuana sales with an announcement from Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday that he will let a bill establishing a regulated cannabis market become law without his signature.

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