How did the University of Mississippi become the sole supplier of cannabis for FDA trials?

National Institute of Health (NIH) spends an estimated $150 million per year on marijuana research. All of which is sourced from one farm at the University of Mississippi.


The Unlikeliest State Is Voting on Marijuana in November

Even though marijuana stocks had a miserable 2019, cannabis momentum marches on in North America. For instance, by no later than April 30, we should see Mexico officially become the third country in the world to legalize adult-use weed. That follows the country's Supreme Court ruling mandating that Congress come up with rules to regulate a retail cannabis market in Mexico.


Mississippi Voters Will Decide Whether To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Mississippi became the latest state this week to add a medical marijuana question to its 2020 ballot.

Voters there will have the opportunity to decide on Ballot Initiative 65, which, if approved, will grant access to medical cannabis for patients suffering from various conditions like cancer and epilepsy.Ā 

Mississippians for Compassionate Care, the group that spearheaded the ballot initiative, announced the news Wednesday on its Facebook page, saying that the Secretary of State in Mississippi certified the signatures submitted.


Mississippi: Medical Cannabis Initiative Certified for 2020 Ballot

A proposed measure legalizing medical cannabis access in Mississippi has qualified for the 2020 ballot.

Mississippiā€™s Secretary of Stateā€™s Office notified lawmakers on Tuesday that petitioners, Mississippians for Compassionate Care, had gathered a sufficient number of signatures to place Measure 65 before voters this November.


Marijuana Legalization Could Be Coming To These States In 2020

This yearĀ has beenĀ momentousĀ for cannabis reform, fromĀ theĀ IllinoisĀ General Assembly becoming the first state legislature toĀ pass a bill toĀ regulateĀ cannabisĀ like alcoholĀ to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the SAFE Banking Act and forging ahead with the MORE Act.Ā 

Itā€™s important to celebrate these victories, but with the end of 2019 comes the beginning of 2020, which is already shaping up to be the biggest year ever forĀ marijuana-policyĀ reform.Ā 


9 States that could Vote to legalize marijuana in 2020

The numbers 11 and 33 come up quite often when the topic of marijuana legalization is discussed. Currently, 11 U.S. states allow the legal use of recreational marijuana, while 33 states have legalized medical cannabis. But those numbers could soon change.

Nine states could be on track to hold key votes on some form of marijuana legalization in 2020. Here are the states that could be next on the marijuana map -- and the stocks that could be poised to profit the most.


Expert: Mississippi's wet climate could be tough for hemp

An expert says growing hemp could be risky in Mississippi because of the wet climate and because there's no federally approved pesticide for the plant.


Mississippi lawmakers reject move to let farmers grow hemp

Mississippi lawmakers are turning back an attempt to legalize growing industrial hemp in the state.

The House Drug Policy Committee, on a tie vote Monday, rejected an amendment that would have changed state law to allow farmers to grow hemp.

Changes to the state list of illegal drugs were proposed as House Bill 1547 .

The U.S. Congress last year approved allowing production of non-intoxicating hemp in heavily regulated pilot programs.

Committee Chairwoman Patricia Willis, a Diamondhead Republican, opposes the change. She says Mississippiā€™s law shouldnā€™t change before federal changes take effect later this year.

Republican Rep. Dana Criswell of Olive Branch, proposing the amendment, says Mississippi should move now or farmers will miss out.


New Research Shows CBD Inhibits Opioid Reward, Could Help Ease Overdose Crisis

Two recent studies indicate that CBD could be a valuable tool for fighting the opioid epidemic.

Federal health minister Jane Philpott has described the opioid epidemic as the ā€œgreatest public health crisis we face in Canada.ā€ One new study suggests cannabis could be effective in treating opioid addiction through substitution therapy, while another recent study links CBD to the inhibition of opioid rewards in the brain.

In 2016, a public health emergency was declared in British Columbia due to the alarming rate of drug overdose deaths stemming from widespread overuse of prescription opioid painkillers, and an influx of illicit narcotics laced with deadly fentanyl and carfentanil.


States Push Marijuana Legalization Bills Despite Opposition from the Federal Government

Lawmakers in about two dozen states have proposed bills this year to ease their marijuana laws despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' warning that he could crack down on pot, a major change from the Obama administration, which essentially turned a blind eye to the state legislation.

Bills have been introduced in 17 states this year to make recreational pot legal for adults, while five others are considering voter referendums on the issue. Sixteen states have introduced medical marijuana legislation, 10 are considering decriminalizing the drug and three are considering easing their penalties. An effort in Wyoming to decriminalize the drug failed this session.


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