United States

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Mon
27
Jan

In Light of Legalization, Chicago Housing Authority Revises Policy on Cannabis Use

The board of commissioners of the Chicago Housing Authority voted on Tuesday to approve a new policy to help protect residents from being evicted for using cannabis. The board’s action revises an announcement from the agency last year that warned to end assistance for those found in possession of pot despite the legalization of marijuana in Illinois.
Mon
27
Jan

States That May Legalize Weed In 2020

This year already promises to have plenty of election drama thanks to the presidential race. But in some states -- including some of the biggest in the U.S. -- it also could prove to be a big election for marijuana. 

In other states, leaders are choosing legislative action over the ballot box. It’s setting up what should be an interesting year for cannabis advocates in 2020.

Chief among the states considering legalization are New Jersey and New York. Lawmakers in both states failed to pass legalization in 2019. Voters in New Jersey will take matters into their own hands this November. Meanwhile, New York is looking to partner on the issue with a neighboring state on legalization through legislative action.

Mon
27
Jan

Hemp Industry’s First Year Blues – And The China Question

News the ‘Don’ in the White House has secured a deal for China to buy U.S. hemp has been given an industry thumbs-up.

Fri
24
Jan

How the Feds Protect the Cannabis Industry and How Things Could Change

Certain aspects of the U.S. cannabis industry have limited protections from federal interference through annual congressional spending bills. Since the restriction of district-specific earmarks in 2015, lawmakers have used annual appropriations bills (also known as federal spending bills) to extend their policy priorities (or policy prohibitions) by inserting language that prohibits the expenditure of federal funds towards a specific program or activity.

Fri
24
Jan

Cherokee Nation Will No Longer Demand THC Abstinence From Employees

“Landscapes are changing, and the Cherokee Nation needed to modernize its HR policies to reflect those changes,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. in a January 15 press release. The communication was meant to inform the public that Hoskin’s tribal association would be leaving space for its employees to undergo medicinal cannabis treatment. No longer will the group’s 4,000 workers in its Talequah, Oklahoma government offices need to fear the results of on the job testing — or exams administered during the employment application process — for THC. 

Thu
23
Jan

FDA grants expanded access to MDMA to explore drug’s impact on PTSD sufferers

MDMA, commonly called ecstasy, is on the way. It’s just going to take some time.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its request to grant expanded access to the psychedelic drug more commonly associated with music festivals and raves than doctors’ offices.

The designation allows for the implementation of new therapies for patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who have not responded to currently available treatment methods, according to Merry Jane.

Thu
23
Jan

Lack of access to medical marijuana and CBD is cause for concern in the U.S.

Emily* is an up and coming professional in the east coast, living with an invisible chronic illness that not only causes pain, but makes working 40 hours a week nearly impossible. The solution that Emily believes has saved her career, comes in the form of a vaping “pen” and THC. Living in a state without medical marijuana access, Emily feels torn.

Thu
23
Jan

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.

Wed
22
Jan

The Feds Request Info on Cannabis & Migraines

The federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is putting out a call for research on marijuana’s impact on migraines.

Tue
21
Jan

California lawmakers say pot taxes must be cut to help an industry ‘on the brink’

California lawmakers on Friday revived a proposal to temporarily cut taxes on marijuana to boost a legal market that one official said is “on the brink of collapse,” drawing encouragement from Gov. Gavin Newsom as he seeks to overhaul state pot regulators.

The bill would cut the state excise tax on marijuana sales from 15% to 11% for three years while eliminating a cultivation tax for that period. Similar legislation has been shelved in the last two years, with Newsom saying he felt it was too soon after legalization to make changes to the law.

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