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Aug

What the new Medical Marijuana Laws could mean for prescribed pain relief

Marijuana has been a controversial drug for over a century. In the early 1900s, states across America were prohibiting the use of marijuana, and in 1937, President FDR made marijuana illegal with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Since then, the law was repealed and overturned, and replaced with the Controlled Substances Act. Today, however, states are turning back and issuing new medical marijuana laws that allow patients to use marijuana as a form of pain relief. Additionally, eleven states and the District of Columbia fully legalized marijuana, allowing the recreational use of the drug.

Thu
15
Aug

California’s underground market is nearly 3 times larger than legal market

California’s legal cannabis market is on pace to earn $3.1 billion this year, but the state’s decades-old underground market is nearly triple that, on pace for $8.7 billion in revenue.

This is according to the newest numbers from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics’ report “California: Lessons From the World’s Largest Cannabis Market,” which was released today. Even though California will see a predicted 23% growth in the market this year, according to The Arcview Group’s CEO Troy Dayton, the state’s best days are still ahead.

Thu
15
Aug

New Hampshire Governor vetoes medical marijuana home growing

Earlier this month, New Hampshire Governor John Sununu vetoed a bill that would have allowed qualified medical marijuana patients to grow up to six plants in their home for medicinal use.

“This bill would bypass those public health and safety guardrails and make the job of law enforcement significantly more difficult,” Sununu said in a statement. “Furthermore, it could serve to undermine the protections we have built within the Alternative Treatment Center system by making those facilities less sustainable.”

Thu
15
Aug

New Jersey Governor signs Hemp Bill

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed off on legislation last week to expand the opportunities for industrial hemp in the state.

It’s been a really odd state of affairs in New Jersey with medical cannabis cultivation legal, but a very limited industrial hemp program so far – but New Jersey hasn’t been alone in this.

Thu
15
Aug

Alabama Commission considers medical marijuana proposal

A 15-person panel in Alabama convened for the first time Tuesday to consider whether medical marijuana is right for the state.

The panel, known as the Medical Cannabis Study Commission, was born out of a bill to legalize medical cannabis that was introduced in the Alabama state legislature earlier this year. As lawmakers called for more information, the legislation was shifted from a proposal to legalize medical marijuana to instead appoint a commission to study the issue.

Wed
14
Aug

Governor of Illinois signs Bill to expand State’s medical marijuana program

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed two bills on Monday that expanded access to the state’s medical marijuana program, which currently stands at over 80,000 patients. The legislation ensures the medical marijuana program’s status as a permanent system, and adds to the ways in which patients are able to access their cannabis.

“We’re telling each and every one of those patients, we’re on your side,” Pritzker said during Monday’s news conference.

Wed
14
Aug

Delaware Governor signs Law reducing marijuana possession penalties for juveniles

Democratic Gov. John Carney has signed legislation amending criminal penalties for juveniles who violate the state’s marijuana possession laws.

Senate Bill 45 eliminates criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession offenses (up to one ounce) for those under the age of 21. Instead, juvenile offenders will face a fine-only civil penalty. Those with past criminal convictions for juvenile offenses will be eligible for the mandatory expungement of their records.

The new law took effect immediately upon signing.

Wed
14
Aug

Michigan is experiencing a medical marijuana drought

Marijuana users have often been plagued by the August drought: those dog days of late summer that fall between harvests in Mexico or somewhere when there was simply no weed available, when you went down your list of dealers and struck out on every one with a "call me back in a week or two" response.

Wed
14
Aug

Feds spent more on marijuana prohibition in 2018 than fighting domestic terrorism

The DEA spent $18 million last year eradicating illegal marijuana grows, though it allegedly doesn’t know where most of the money went.

Following the tragic shootings in Texas and Ohio last week, the nation asked what more could be done to fight domestic terrorism. Donald Trump was on board to help, promising federal officers “whatever they need” to effectively counteract homegrown terrorists. But as VICE News reports, Trump should first look at the money his administration spends destroying marijuana plants.

Wed
14
Aug

Outside Lands becomes first major festival in the US to sell pot on-site

This weekend festival-goers in Northern California had the opportunity to buy legal weed for the first time ever at a major music event in the United States. 

San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival (August 9-11) takes place at Golden Gate Park with about 200,000 visitors each year. To the delight of both music and weed lovers, this year’s edition also hosted Grass Lands – a cordoned-off area that welcomed about two dozen marijuana vendors.

Visitors could buy a wide array of products ranging from pre-rolled joints to cannabis-infused chocolates to enjoy at the festival even though consuming pot in public is still illegal in California.

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