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Alaska becomes first state to legalize ‘cannabis cafes’

Alaska becomes first state to legalize ‘cannabis cafes’

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 29, 2019


Filed under News, Social cannabis

Alaska is taking steps to provide cannabis consumers with the privilege of lighting up a joint inside “social consumption” spaces. The state recently passed a law permitting social cannabis consumption inside specially licensed retail locations. This new law would enable people to purchase and smo...

CVS will start selling CBD products

CVS will start selling CBD products

March 28, 2019


Filed under Medical cannabis, News

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor CVS is about to start selling CBD products in eight states with CBD that is derived from hemp. The states include Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and Tennessee. This will impact around 800 CVS stores, and the products ar...

U.S. government sued by Seattle law firm over cannabis industry border bans

U.S. government sued by Seattle law firm over cannabis industry border bans

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 25, 2019


Filed under News

A law firm in Washington State is hoping to get “immediate” access to important records that explain why certain foreign nationals, especially Canadians, are being turned away at the border because of their cannabis industry involvement. The U.S. government is being sued by Seattle-based Davis Wright ...

Study: Strict cannabis policies do not discourage young people from trying weed

Study: Strict cannabis policies do not discourage young people from trying weed

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 24, 2019


Filed under News, Research

A cannabis study conducted by the University of Kent has concluded that there is no evidence to prove that stricter policies discourage young individuals from consuming the green plant, in whatever form that might be.   Data was gleaned from more than 100,000 teenagers from 38 countries. Those countries inclu...

USDA encouraged comments on hemp for its webinar on the 2018 Farm Bill

USDA encouraged comments on hemp for its webinar on the 2018 Farm Bill

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 23, 2019


Filed under News

A webinar was recently held by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), but it wasn’t just any old webinar. The USDA organized a webinar to enlighten people on the topic of hemp production and the recently enacted 2018 Farm Bill.  The listening session was hosted as a means of preparing to implement the all-impor...

Cannabis company Cronos closes $1.8 billion investment from tobacco giant Altria

Cannabis company Cronos closes $1.8 billion investment from tobacco giant Altria

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 22, 2019


Filed under News

On Friday, March 8, 2018, a $1.8 billion investment was funneled into Ontario-based cannabis producer Cronos Group by well-known tobacco giant, Altria Group. When the deal was sealed, it marked a moment that would go down in history – the biggest investment in the legal cannabis space by a tobacco co...

FDA chief announces resignation, what will happen to the CBD review?

FDA chief announces resignation, what will happen to the CBD review?

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 22, 2019


Filed under News

Following the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill on December 12, 2018, hemp and hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) have been eliminated from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. As a direct effect of this, the CBD industry looks set to skyrocket into otherworldly realms of success.  However, the recently...

Hemp is piquing the interest of farmers and ranchers, survey shows

Hemp is piquing the interest of farmers and ranchers, survey shows

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 20, 2019


Filed under News

Farmers and ranchers operating in the United States have taken a keen interest in cultivating and using hemp, or so it seems, according to the results of a new Farm Journal survey. The aim of the survey was to better understand what people's perceptions of cannabis cultivation and consumption is, following the pas...

Majority of Americans favor cannabis legalization, poll reveals

Majority of Americans favor cannabis legalization, poll reveals

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 15, 2019


Filed under News

Six out of 10 U.S. voters are in favor of legal weed, according to the results of a recent Quinnipiac University poll. The poll – which saw 60 percent of voters saying they support legalization and 33 recent oppose the idea – has demonstrated progressive support for legal cannabis since the y...

Hound Labs reveals positive results after second clinical trial of THC breathalyzer

Hound Labs reveals positive results after second clinical trial of THC breathalyzer

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 15, 2019


Filed under News, Research

A second clinical trial has been conducted by breath diagnostics company Hound Labs in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco. The results of the trial, which was successful, identify how much tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is present in a breathalyzer developed by the company. Hound ...

Scientists use beer yeast to brew THC and CBD

Scientists use beer yeast to brew THC and CBD

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 15, 2019


Filed under News, Research

Yeast could have a whole new use: to produce cannabinoids. According to the scientific discovery, published in Nature, a sugar in brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) called galactose was successfully turned into tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Published just last month, the study revealed how yeast could be alter...

Federal bipartisan bill would put legal cannabis question to voters

Federal bipartisan bill would put legal cannabis question to voters

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 13, 2019


Filed under News

On March 7, Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced what they described as a “landmark” chunk of legislation; namely the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019. It is “the only bipartisan piece of legislation that would allow states to make independent choices about their [cannabis] programs,” ac...

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