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Mon
12
Nov

How will Matthew Whitaker approach cannabis as new Attorney General?

On Wednesday, Jeff Sessions, former Alabama Senator and indefatigable opponent of legal cannabis, lost his job as Attorney General of the United States. Trump, who appointed Sessions to AG upon taking office, soured toward Sessions after he recused himself from the Mueller investigation. Since that recusal, Trump has repeatedly blasted Sessions, publicly expressing his discontent with his AG. And with the hurdle of the midterm elections behind him, Trump finally asked Sessions to resign.

Fri
09
Nov

California court tosses out strict local regs on homegrown cannabis

Some cities in California are still clinging to prohibition. An effort led by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Drug Policy Alliance saw a judge toss out Fontana, California’s overbearing restrictions on personal cannabis cultivation this week.

Judge David Cohn of the San Bernardino County Superior Court struck down most of Fontana’s local ordinance meant to regulate personal cultivation. While California’s Proposition 64 did allow for local municipalities to regulate the practice of personal cultivation, the plaintiffs argued the number of hoops to jump through and money required to home-grow cannabis in Fontana was essentially a quasi-ban.

Fri
09
Nov

Where do Thai lawmakers stand on legalizing medical marijuana?

Thailand's legislature has officially proposed allowing the licensed medical use of marijuana, making it a potential trailblazer in Asia in legalizing what used to be regarded strictly as a dangerous drug.

The National Legislative Assembly on Friday submitted proposed amendments to the Health Ministry that would put marijuana and the plant kratom, popular locally as a stimulant and painkiller, into a legal category that would allow their licensed possession and distribution under regulated conditions. The ministry will review the amendments before forwarding them to the Cabinet, which will return it to the legislature for a version that will then be voted on. The process may be completed before the end of the year.

Fri
09
Nov

Inside one of Australia's first legal cannabis farms

Australia's first cannabis farms are expected to be providing medical marijuana by next year. Medifarm, located in the Sunshine Coast, opened its doors to reporters recently to show the healthy plants in their facility.

“I know what this plant can do, my neighbour was cured,” Medifarm master grower Steffen Kraushaar said. “So I dedicated my career to use cannabis under legal circumstances and it is really exciting now.”


Master grower Steffen Kraushaar in the greenhouse at MediFarm

Fri
09
Nov

4 jobs beyond budtenders and growers in the marijuana industry

Want to work in the marijuana industry now that recreational weed is legal in Michigan?  Beyond budtenders and growers, the industry needs a wide range of workers in order to function, said Karson Humiston, the founder and CEO of Vangst, a career site for cannabis jobs. 

“If you’re a huge cultivation company employing 100 growers, you also need HR. You also need marketing, IT, security,” she said. “It’s a business like any other." 

If Michigan is anything like Colorado or Washington, Huminston said, the marijuana industry could create around 30,000 new jobs in the next few years.  

Fri
09
Nov

Canadian tech companies look to cash in on cannabis with innovations and apps

One of John Lem’s first hints that the technology behind his DNA testing company Spartan Bioscience could be a hit with cannabis users came years ago when an executive asked him if genetics could have caused a bad reaction to pot. The question intrigued Lem so much that he eventually applied Spartan’s technology to a new Toronto-based venture called Lobo Genetics.

Through Lobo, he created a genetic testing device that fits in the palm of a hand and uses cells obtained through a cheek swab to measure a person’s ability to metabolize THC — the main psychoactive component in cannabis — and determine someone’s predisposition to short- and long-term side effects.

Fri
09
Nov

How will Kansas address Missouri's new medical marijuana law?

Many Kansas City metro residents cross the state line between Missouri and Kansas multiple times a day. Now that Missouri has voted to legalize medical marijuana, what will those with legal prescriptions need to know when going into Kansas? 

"We are a metro area with hundreds of thousands of people crossing the state line, so it is something we will have to address," Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said Thursday. 

Voters in Missouri spoke loudly at the polls on Tuesday. Medical marijuana will become legal on Dec. 6, and residents must have a prescription to use it. 

Under the current law, any Missouri resident possessing medical marijuana could be arrested after crossing into Kansas, where medical marijuana is not legal, according to Howe.

Thu
08
Nov

Colorado study: Elders and marijuana

Many patients in a survey of people 65 and older in Colorado found marijuana effective for pain, a geriatric medicine specialist said.

"This was just a survey, so drawing conclusions about the benefits of marijuana use are limited," said Gretchen Orosz, a doctor in geriatric medicine at the University of Colorado's UCHealth Primary Care Clinic.

The survey, "Characteristics and Patterns of Marijuana Use in Community-Dwelling Older Adults," was published Oct. 6 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The survey was anonymous and completed by 345 people.

Wed
07
Nov

'Something has gone very wrong here': British MPs condemn the UK's new medical marijuana regulations

Medical marijuana is technically legal in the UK now, but some critics say it's harder to get than ever before, writes Calvin Hughes.

Wed
07
Nov

Michigan's medical marijuana licensing mess isn't over yet

It's still not over for the business owners and patients caught up in the medical marijuana licensing mess.

The next step will be on Friday in Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borello's courtroom. That's when the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board are scheduled to show cause justifying the shutdown of currently open marijuana businesses before Dec. 15. Last week, Borello issued a stay on an Oct. 31 deadline previously set by the MMMLB.

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