Washington

Thu
02
Nov

Women have majority ownership in 57% of cannabis businesses

New Frontier Data, the cannabis Big Data and analytics authority, in partnership with Women Grow, the leading organization for the empowerment of women in the cannabis industry, has released Diversity in Cannabis: Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Inclusion in Legal Cannabis.

This report looks at a broad range of perspectives on issues ranging from reasons for joining the cannabis industry to experiences with gender and racial discrimination.

One of the most interesting findings of the survey was that 30% of all respondents reported that women occupied all positions of ownership at their companies and 57% reported working for companies where at least half the ownership were women.

Thu
02
Nov

'A very real danger': US attorney general's views on marijuana create uncertainty over medical ...

At the moment, Leah Heise's soon-to-open dispensary in Baltimore is just an empty room. She hopes that by early next year, she will be selling medical marijuana to those in need.

But she is nervous that dream could end prematurely.

"And not that it could just change. It could come to a screeching halt and there is no recourse for that," she says.

"You're not going to get your money back out of this type of venture if the federal government decides to shut everyone down."

Heise is troubled by recent moves made by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"I have concerns that he is not impartial," she says. "I don't think that he is looking at this issue with an open mind."

Wed
01
Nov

AG Jeff Sessions suggests prosecutions for marijuana growers, sellers and users in legalized states

Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested that the Department of Justice may moment down on people who grow and sell marijuana, even in the 29 states that ratified the plant, echoing the drawn-out evidence that it is still against sovereign law.

Sessions done the non-surprising comments on regressive radio horde Hugh Hewitt’s show after Hewitt asked either the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be prosecuting pot growers and dispensaries for being rapist enterprises under RICO.

Tue
31
Oct

Why are so many cancer patients using marijuana?

Cancer patients are using marijuana to relieve a variety of symptoms. But even in states where it’s legal, patients are not getting the information they need.

About 25 percent of cancer patients use marijuana.

At least that appears to be the case in Washington, a state with legalized marijuana.

Washington legalized medical marijuana in 1998 and recreational marijuana in 2012. It’s been commercially available there since 2014.

With more than half of U.S. states now allowing medical marijuana, researchers wanted to determine how many cancer patients take advantage of the availability.

Fri
27
Oct

Is medical marijuana safe for children?

Like it or not, medical marijuana dispensaries in Maryland are close to opening their doors, and parents will be considering cannabis-based treatments for a wide range of pediatric and adolescent conditions. Dr. Shivani Amin weighed in on medicinal cannabis use for children.

Fri
27
Oct

How to tell whether your state is ripe for legalizing medical marijuana

For decades, the federal government has imposed strict regulations and sanctions on the use of marijuana.

Yet, since 1996, twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have acted on their own accord to develop programs that regulate the access to and sale of medical marijuana in explicit defiance of federal law (Figure 1).

It is curious that a plurality of state governments and voters have created policies with disregard for federal policy.

What inspires them to create policies in direct opposition to federal policy?

Fri
27
Oct

Majority of republicans support marijuana legalization

For the first time ever, a majority of Republicans support legalizing weed: 51 percent, a startling nine-point leap since just last year, according to Gallup. Overall support for legalized marijuana has hit 64 percent, an all-time, er, high.

This represents, along with tolerance for interracial and gay relationships, one of the great reversals of public sentiment of my lifetime. Despite the pop-cultural image of a stoner 1970s, legalizing weed was never a popular idea with the public in the long-haired era.

Support was at 12 percent when Gallup began asking the question in 1969 and never topped 28 percent in the 1970s before receding slightly in the Reagan era. Since the late 1990s, support has been on almost uninterrupted steady climb.

Fri
27
Oct

Washington: House lawmakers urge VA secretary to research medical marijuana

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been credited with major medical advancements since its research office was created in 1925 -- the cardiac pacemaker, shingles vaccine and the first successful liver transplant topping its list of accomplishments.

Now, a group of lawmakers want VA researchers to turn their attention to marijuana.

Thu
26
Oct

Why are farming counties in eastern Washington shutting down pot farms?

Not long ago, an entrepreneurial young farmer named Josh Bitterman spent a million dollars transforming an old brick building in Chelan County into a state-of-the-art indoor pot farm. You would think a self-professed agricultural capital like Chelan County would celebrate Bitterman's investment. After all, keeping young people in the farming business is increasingly difficult. And the former fruit-packing building for Collins Fruit Co., in the tiny town of Monitor, had sat empty for years, a victim of the corporate consolidation of fruit farming in Washington State.

What fruit farming could not fill, cannabis farming could.

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