United States

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Wed
15
Jan

How to start a marijuana business legally: the only guide you need

Legally or illegally, marijuana has always been in high demand. (No pun intended!) 

During the year 2017, Americans spent about $9 billion on legal cannabis. That's a tremendous amount considering that cannabis was legal in only seven states and one district at the time.

Today in 2020, there are 47 states who have legalized cannabis. 11 of those states are fully legal while the remaining 36 are only medically legal. This brought sales up to about 13 billion in 2019, with projections rising to $30 billion by 2023.

Tue
14
Jan

Why Do We Care What Law Enforcement Thinks About Medicine?

Some lawmakers in Tennessee are hoping to introduce and pass medical marijuana legislation this year. To increase their chances for success, they are putting a lot of effort into educating law enforcement officials in the hopes of at least weakening their opposition to medical cannabis.

Tue
14
Jan

U.S. sees uptick in amount of cannabis smuggled across the U.S.-Canada border

Seizures of cannabis at the Canada-U.S. border showed a significant increase in the year after Canada’s federal legalization of cannabis, note new numbers released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

CBP officers confiscated 2,214 kg of cannabis from people trying to enter the U.S. between Nov. 1, 2018 and Oct. 31, 2019, compared to 1,259 kg the previous year — a roughly 75 per cent increase.

That said, the discrepancy in the number of individual seizures was much lower before and after legalization, which jumped from 3,139 to 3,917, respectively.

Tue
14
Jan

`Badly Out of Sync’ Marijuana Laws Come Under Congress Scrutiny

The growing disconnect between state laws legalizing marijuana and federal prohibitions is coming under scrutiny in Congress.

“The federal law and the state laws are badly out of sync,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Her panel plans a rare hearing on the topic Wednesday.

Eshoo said she wants to raise questions about how research is done on marijuana use and whether federal laws are blocking needed studies.

Tue
14
Jan

High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations.

Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a half-million acres (200,000 hectares) last year, more than 450% above 2018 levels, so there's intense interest in the rules the U.S. government is creating. Critical comments on the draft have poured in from hemp farmers, processors, retailers and state governments.

Mon
13
Jan

Lawsuits are targeting CBD companies for false advertising in the U.S.

Despite controversies and plenty of people predicting the end of the CBD industry — or at least a decrease in its popularity — the world’s interest in the cannabinoid continues to grow. But now, there are lawsuits being thrown around, and this might actually mean trouble for the industry.

Just like the other dietary supplements that came before them, lawsuits are targeting companies that sell CBD products without any scientific evidence that supports the medicinal benefit claims that accompany CBD.

Mon
13
Jan

Pot imports to U.S. grow as country stalls on medical research

One of the top advocates for allowing U.S. companies to grow cannabis for research purposes has imported a batch from the Netherlands, saying he had no choice because of the lack of progress at home.

California-based Biopharmaceutical Research Co., founded by former Navy SEAL George Hodgin, legally imported a small quantity of marijuana from Bedrocan International last month to use for scientific analysis with the goal of better understanding the plant.

“As someone who fought for this country it saddens me that Americans aren’t the ones producing the cannabis materials that we are researching,” Hodgin said in an interview.

Fri
10
Jan

State laws may render NFL’s anti-cannabis policy difficult to enforce

Despite protests and increasing pressure from former players, and a study by Harvard, the National Football League (NFL) continues to ban its players from using cannabis.

But there’s good news — shifting state laws may soon make the ban increasingly difficult to enforce.

Fri
10
Jan

Mixed legality of marijuana on state, federal levels leaves gun owners in limbo

The new state law allowing dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana in Illinois may have some side-effects for gun owners.

There’s still confusion swirling around what happens when weed and weapons come together. At Maxon Shooter’s Supplies in Des Plaines, owner Dan Eldridge says customers are confused about the contradictions between state and federal law.

“We’re principally getting two questions: number one, will the Illinois State Police revoke my FOID card, will they revoke my concealed carry? The most common question we get after that: am I still legal to purchase a firearm?” Eldridge said.

Fri
10
Jan

Cannabis vape sales slid 26% in two months following health crisis

Cannabis vape sales tumbled 26 per cent in the two months following the health crisis that has killed dozens and sickened thousands, according to new industry research.

Legal sales peaked at a combined US$160 million in August in the states of California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona, according to a report from BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research.

As reports of vaping illnesses grew and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed the first deaths related to the practice, sales slumped to US$126 million in September and US$119 million in October. This was significant for the legal cannabis market as a whole, where vapes accounted for approximately 25 per cent of total sales in the first three quarters of 2019.

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