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Wed
06
Nov

Despite vaping crisis, Americans view e-cigarettes as far more dangerous than marijuana

Americans now think marijuana is much less harmful than alcohol, tobacco or e-cigarettes, according to new polling results from POLITICO and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health released Monday.

Just 1 in 5 Americans believe marijuana is very harmful to people who use it. Twice as many said the same about alcohol, 52 percent characterized e-cigarettes as very harmful and 80 percent said tobacco cigarettes are very harmful.

“Ten years ago, we were jailing people for marijuana,” said Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at Harvard who conducted the poll of 1,007 Americans. “Now people see this as not essentially very harmful.”

Wed
06
Nov

Maine Officials finally announce start date for marijuana business applications

November 2016, the month voters in Maine legalized recreational marijuana, seems like a distant memory now. And with 2019 coming to a close, Maine still doesn’t have a retail cannabis industry. In fact, from legalization to the start of legal sales—still slated for March 2020—Maine’s will have been the slowest rollout of any recreational-use program in the country.

Wed
06
Nov

Illinois rolling out social equity provisions for cannabis users and businesses

When lawmakers crafted the law legalizing marijuana in Illinois, they tried to make sure it would right what many see as past wrongs linked to the drug.

In addition to expunging hundreds of thousands of criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, the law’s architects added provisions meant to benefit communities that have been the most adversely affected by law enforcement’s efforts to combat the drug.

Tue
05
Nov

How has legalizing marijuana impacted illegal pot grows?

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a spike in arrests for illegal marijuana grows Monday.

During the statewide raids this year, officials arrested 148 people, seized 168 weapons and 950,000 plants from 345 raided grow sites. In total, 25 tons of processed marijuana were recovered.

The AG’s office said those figures increased from 2018. The Department of Justice said its Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), is the largest illegal marijuana grow eradication program in the country. CAMP is a special state and federal partnership under the department of justice.

With arrests on the rise, CBS13 looked into how legalizing marijuana has impacted illegal pot grows.

Tue
05
Nov

Pennsylvania aims to move forward both on medicinal & adult use cannabis programs

A new effort to legalize recreational cannabis is coming to the Keystone State. Pennsylvania lawmakers Daylin Leach and Sharif Street are hoping to build support for their latest proposal, Senate Bill 350 which they introduced on October 15th. The bill would allow for both home delivery and the automatic expungement of many previous criminal convictions related to marijuana. The bill’s supporters estimate it will generate $500 million in tax revenue within twelve months.

In contrast to the approach of many other states, Senate Bill 350 contains a provision allowing home grower permits for personal use. The bill also envisions “use lounges” where individuals can legally consume marijuana brought from outside the establishment.

Tue
05
Nov

Hemp processor setting up shop in Virginia

The first commercial industrial hemp fiber processing facility in the U.S. state of Virginia should be up and running soon.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced Vitality Farms, LLC, operating as Appalachian Biomass Processing, will establish a facility in Wythe County and has plans of purchasing 6,000 tons of hemp grown in the state over the next three years.

In March this year, Governor Northam signed legislation legalising commercial growing and processing of industrial hemp in the state. Previously hemp could only be grown in Virginia for research purposes.

Tue
05
Nov

CBD topicals are not immune from FDA scrutiny

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Tue
05
Nov

Arizona announces adoption of digital medical marijuana cards

State regulators in Arizona will begin issuing identification cards in digital form next month, according to a report from cannabis industry website azmarijuana.com. Beginning December 1, the new digital marijuana identification cards will replace the physical cards currently being issued through the mail by the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS).

The new digital identification cards will be sent via email to patients. The email will include a PDF version of the identification card which can be accessed when needed or saved on a cellphone or other electronic device. Patients who wish to carry a physical card can print the PDF to keep with them.

Tue
05
Nov

USDA rule won’t yet impact Hawai‘i hemp production

Fibers from a stalk of hemp. Public domain image.

The newly developed US Domestic Hemp Production Program will effect now immediate changes on hemp being grown in Hawai‘i.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently established the program through an Interim Final Rule in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill. The Interim Final Rule will not immediately impact industrial hemp that was or is being cultivated under the 2014 Farm Bill programs, including Hawai‘i’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, according to a Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture press release.

Tue
05
Nov

Florida patients hard-pressed to find smokable medical pot as demand increases

When Robin Boggs walks into her local medical marijuana dispensary, she knows she’s better off than she was a few years ago.

After four failed neck surgeries and a recommendation for a morphine pump, the 63-year-old retired police officer has found that smoking medical marijuana works to help manage her chronic pain in a way that doesn’t leave her “zombified.”

But lately, she’s been leaving disappointed.

“They are having a hard time keeping flower in stock,” said Boggs, of Volusia County. “Many times when I visit a dispensary, I leave heartbroken.”

Boggs is not alone.

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