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Tennessee lawmaker proposes bill to legalize recreational marijuana

One state lawmaker said it's time to legalize recreational marijuana in Tennessee.

Recreational, let alone medical marijuana, are not yet legal in Tennessee.

"I think it's bad," said Christine Davis.

"I don't think recreational marijuana is nearly as dangerous as alcohol, which is already legal," said Kevin Papazian.

Sen. Sarah Kyle (D-District 30) of Memphis said now is the time for change. She's sponsoring a bill to legalize recreational marijuana.

"My whole point of bringing a bill to have marijuana available just like any alcohol is available is to have the discussion," said Kyle.

Kyle said the change is necessary for criminal justice reform.

Wed
06
Feb

Washington offers pardons for misdemeanor cannabis convictions

In late 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first two states in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis. Now, just over six years later, Washington is going one step further and offering pardons to people with misdemeanor cannabis convictions who were charged before it was legalized.

In January, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the pardons as part of his new Marijuana Justice Initiative. “We should not be punishing people for something that is no longer an illegal behavior in the state of Washington," he said.

According to the governor's office, around 3,500 people are eligible, but those pardons won't happen automatically. Inslee's deputy general counsel, Tip Wonhoff, says people need to fill out an online form to begin the process.

Wed
06
Feb

Mississippi lawmakers reject move to let farmers grow hemp

Mississippi lawmakers are turning back an attempt to legalize growing industrial hemp in the state.

The House Drug Policy Committee, on a tie vote Monday, rejected an amendment that would have changed state law to allow farmers to grow hemp.

Changes to the state list of illegal drugs were proposed as House Bill 1547 .

The U.S. Congress last year approved allowing production of non-intoxicating hemp in heavily regulated pilot programs.

Committee Chairwoman Patricia Willis, a Diamondhead Republican, opposes the change. She says Mississippi’s law shouldn’t change before federal changes take effect later this year.

Republican Rep. Dana Criswell of Olive Branch, proposing the amendment, says Mississippi should move now or farmers will miss out.

Wed
06
Feb

Willie Nelson adds CBD-infused coffee to new cannabis line

Musician Willie Nelson just rolled out CBD-infused coffee to his cannabis line Willie's Reserve. The coffee is part of Nelson's new line of CBD products called Willie’s Remedy.

The organic, whole bean, CBD-infused coffee contains 5 milligrams of cannabidiol per 8-ounce cup.

“It’s two of my favorites, together in the perfect combination,” Nelson said of his new addition. “Like coffee, cannabis is a plant that works for me.”

Hemp is high in cannabidiol (CBD) and has only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant that creates the high.

Wed
06
Feb

Canndescent’s new accessories aimed at transforming cannabis vaping into a luxury experience

Canndescent is looking to redefine vaping with the launch of the company’s Stylus series, a family of vape accessories and ultra-pure oils.

The first launch—which took place Jan. 28, 2019—debuted a rechargeable accessory and its matching cartridges in the company’s five signature effects: Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect and Charge, notes a statement from Canndescent, a California-based cultivator that, in 2018, was the state’s top-selling brand of luxury flower products.

Wed
06
Feb

Here's the number one reason people use medical marijuana

States allow people to use medical marijuana to treat any number of conditions ranging from HIV/AIDS to cancer to irritable bowel syndrome. But there's one medical reason people use cannabis above all others, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Wed
06
Feb

Pot for pets: Cannabis products for our furry friends increasing in popularity

Although accidental cannabis consumption by pets has spiked in many areas according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), companion animals are getting an intentional weed fix with increasing frequency.

More and more products for dogs, cats, horses and other domestic animals are showing up on store shelves, and some pet lovers are turning to pot to treat their beloved pets.

Tue
05
Feb

Caregiver-produced medical marijuana recalled in Michigan

Health and industry experts in Michigan are raising concerns about caregiver-produced medical marijuana following the discovery of more than 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of contaminated product.

Patient caregivers grew a majority of the marijuana that was recalled in January from provisioning centres in Detroit, Lansing, Jackson, Kalamazoo and Ypsilanti, The Detroit News reports reported. The products , such as marijuana flower, concentrate, patches and tinctures, contained chemical residue, E. coli, arsenic, cadmium and salmonella.

Tue
05
Feb

Toronto Maple Leafs and Snoop continue legal skirmish over logos, branding

The Toronto Maple Leafs and rapper Snoop Dogg are in an unlikely legal skirmish over branding and logos.

The Leafs have filed paperwork in an attempt to block Snoop, aka Calvin Broadus, from using the logo for his new cannabis brand “Leafs by Snoop,” in collaboration with Canadian LP giant Tweed (Canopy Growth) which the NHL team claims bears a striking resemblance to their own.

Tue
05
Feb

Why Canopy Growth stock skyrocketed 82% in January

What happened

Shares of Canadian marijuana grower Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) gained a whopping 82.3% in January, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. 

For some context, the S&P 500 (including dividends) returned 8% last month. Most of Canopy's peers also had great starts to 2019, with shares of Aurora Canabis, Cronos, and Aphria up 42.9%, 89.4%, and 53.6%, respectively. 

Canopy Growth stock gained 13.6% last year as well. Thanks to its powerful start to 2019, shares are up 118% for the one-year period through Friday, Feb. 1, versus the S&P 500's 2.2% loss.

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