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Tue
05
Feb

Medical marijuana laws in Arizona: What is legal and illegal?

Marijuana has grown to become a $400 million industry in Arizona, but nine years after medical marijuana was legalized in our state, there is still confusion about how the law treats pot in Arizona.

Tue
05
Feb

Silver lining: Mature cannabis consumers are a fast growing market

The green wave that’s driving cannabis legalization in the U.S. is being powered by an unexpected group: Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation. The people born in the 36 years between 1928 and 1964 are providing strong demand for cannabis.

Tue
05
Feb

Pennsylvania lawmaker to introduce Bill to legalize adult-use cannabis

A Pennsylvania lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis by adults in the state. Democratic Rep. Jake Wheatley announced in a tweet on Sunday that he would be introducing a recreational cannabis legalization bill at the state capitol on Monday. Under the measure, adults at least 21 years of age would be permitted to purchase and cultivate marijuana.

Tue
05
Feb

Yes, medical cannabis works. So why deny the anecdotal evidence?

One of the most common arguments against the efficacy of medical cannabis today is that public policy is outpacing real science. Currently, 33 states along with the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico have passed laws for comprehensive medical cannabis programs -- but critics often point out we’re lacking definitive proof that marijuana safely and effectively treats many of the qualifying conditions.

Tue
05
Feb

Cannabis jobs pay 11% more than the US median salary, and demand is up 76%

As more states legalize cannabis usage, the industry that provides the drug has gotten a burst of confidence in its long-term prospects and is rapidly expanding.

Job openings rose 76 percent from December 2017 to December 2018, with 1,512 open roles posted in that final month of 2018 alone, according to Glassdoor. Back in 2017, that number was only 858.

The industry's acceleration doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon either, as this latest upsurge only continues a trend Glassdoor has been observing over the past few years, thanks to loosening restrictions on the drug.

Tue
05
Feb

Another US Territory moves towards recreational cannabis legalization

Guam could become the next US territory to legalize recreational marijuana, writes Calvin Hughes.

Democratic Senator Clynton Ridgell introduced the Guam Cannabis Industry Act of 2019 at the end of last month. If passed, the act would see a regulated market for recreational cannabis established on the island territory, and allow individuals over the age of 21 to possess and consume cannabis in Guam.

Mon
04
Feb

The U.S. Won't Legalize Marijuana in 2019. Here's Why

The legal cannabis industry had itself a year to remember in 2018. Although marijuana stocks were a mixed bag, the weed industry gained validation like never before following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada. Rolling out the red carpet for cannabis will mean billions of dollars in added annual revenue, and it demonstrates that the cannabis industry is in no danger of disappearing.

Mon
04
Feb

Illinois patients may now replace their opioids with medical marijuana

Illinois residents who have been prescribed opioids will now be eligible for a temporary certification for medical cannabis. The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program was approved via the Alternative to Opioids Act by lawmakers last year by a sweeping 44-6 majority in the state senate, but lagged in implementation due to “a heavy IT lift” required to get the new system’s tech needs met.

Mon
04
Feb

Insuring cannabis companies remains problematic

Cannabis’ place in U.S. society — and the question of its legality — has been debated since the beginning of the 20th century.  The movement to prohibit cannabis hit its high watermark in 1970 when President Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act into federal law, which designated cannabis as a Schedule I drug and made its possession, distribution and sale a punishable offense. Since that time, however, the pendulum has swung aggressively in the other direction.

With the successful passage of ballot initiatives in Michigan, Missouri, and Utah in November’s midterm elections, cannabis is now legal for medical use in 32 states and Washington, D.C., and available for recreational use in 10 states and Washington, D.C.

Mon
04
Feb

The top 10 Democratic contenders of 2020 who support legal weed

In the lead up to the 2020 Presidential election, there are a lot of important issues that warrant debate. Everything from healthcare to net neutrality will be discussed during campaign season, but there’s one issue of particular importance: the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis.

Legal weed isn’t really a wedge issue that causes people to shift their party allegiance. But it’s still important to know what major politicians think about its status, as we buildup to the next election. This look into ten Democratic contenders (only some have announced their exploratory committees while the rest have coyly voiced their interest in running) will explore how their views have changed and how they interacted with the so-called War on Drugs in the past.  

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