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Tue
16
Feb

Bill Maher Smoked A Joint On TV To Strengthen His Argument

Marijuana legalization is a huge and hot topic right now, and yes, the United States is making progress in it all, but some think it is moving too slow. Bill Maher is one of those people and he knows there is still a long way to go before it is legal everywhere, and it is no secret that he loves to smoke a bit of weed now and again. Well, smoking it legally indoors and on the set of Real Time with Bill Maher is something up for question, but that’s exactly what he did last night.

During a segment on Real Time on Friday night, Maher totally blasted the hypocrisy of the marijuana laws in the United States. In order to push his point and make an entirely huge statement, he lit up a joint and smoked weed on television.

Tue
16
Feb

Big Marijuana Execs Want Young Professionals, Emphasis on 'Professional'

Weed has gone legit. Gone are the days of seedy back-alley deals and surreptitious deliveries. (Unless -- do you know a guy?) As legalization expands, clandestine dealers are being replaced by respectable mom-and-pop shops, glossy grow-ops, and tourist-friendly "weederies." To solidify its position, the industry is looking to hire a crop of new young professionals. But it will make those hires on just one condition: They have to take this job -- deep breath now -- actually quite seriously.

Tue
16
Feb

15 Diseases and Ailments Marijuana May Help Fight

Marijuana's ascent appears nothing short of unstoppable.

Roughly two decades ago, only a quarter of people responding to a national Gallup poll wanted to see marijuana legalized. But beginning in California in 1996 and spreading throughout the country, 22 additional states, as well as Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for medicinal use as of today.

How's this possible? On one hand, public approval of marijuana being used as medicine is higher than it's ever been. A CBS News poll from April 2015 showed that a whopping 84% of those surveyed across America would like to see marijuana legalized for medicinal purposes.

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?

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