Cannabis News Box

Update: more licensees will be allowed to distribute cannabis in Nevada

Update: more licensees will be allowed to distribute cannabis in Nevada

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 30, 2017

Nevada regulators said Tuesday they will allow businesses other than alcohol wholesalers to distribute cannabis. The Nevada Tax Commission rejected an appeal by a liquor group which claimed they had exclusive rights to transfer cannabis from grow to retail. The commission voted to uphold their previous ...

Application process opens for Denver businesses to allow social cannabis consumption

Application process opens for Denver businesses to allow social cannabis consumption

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 28, 2017

The social cannabis consumption program which would allow for cannabis consumption in some businesses is ready to enter the application process. Officials from the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses announced they are ready to begin the process, but the first batch of license requests for the ...

Nevada gaming commission continues to reject cannabis industry

Nevada gaming commission continues to reject cannabis industry

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 28, 2017

On Thursday, The Nevada Gaming Commission said they will not cannabis in casinos anytime soon. In a series of policy discussions, the Nevada Gaming Commission said on Thursday cannabis will not be allowed in Nevada casinos as long as the plant is considered federally illegal. Commissioners s...

Officials respond to AG Sessions’ regulatory concerns in Colorado

Pictured: Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 25, 2017

Colorado officials Gov. John Hickenlooper and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman responded to Attorney General Jeff Session’s letter which questioned the legitimacy of Colorado cannabis program. Both officials said the state handled public safety and health very seriously in terms of the Colorado cannabis program and worked di...

Congress most likely to maintain medical cannabis protections, contradicting AG Sessions

Congress most likely to maintain medical cannabis protections, contradicting AG Sessions

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 24, 2017

While Congress expects to renew protections for medical cannabis laws next month, pro-cannabis advocates worry Attorney General Jeff Sessions will crackdown on the law last minute. For three years, Congress has been maintaining the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer policy, which prohibits the Justice Department...

Congressmen address alleged cannabis research obstruction by Justice Department

Pictured: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 24, 2017

On Wednesday, a group of lawmakers sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions which relayed concern about reported moves by the Justice Department to halt cannabis research. Representatives Matt Gaetz Dana Rohrabacher, R-California; Jared Polis, D-Colorado; and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon; refere...

Proposal for on-site cannabis consumption allowed to move forward

Proposal for on-site cannabis consumption allowed to move forward

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 24, 2017

After month-long deliberations whether permitting on-site cannabis consumption at retail stores could be beneficial, the Alaska Cannabis Control Board officially proposed regulations to allow the measure to move forward. In February, after a push to permit on-site consumption, regulators voted 3-2 to...

11-year old girl joins former NFL player’s lawsuit to decriminalize cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 24, 2017

An 11-year old girl from Texas is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to decriminalize medical cannabis nationwide. Alexis Bortell suffered from crippling seizures before she found relief in CBD oil. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound of the cannabis plant which does not cause psychoactive effects and c...

Sessions further impedes cannabis research

Sessions further impedes cannabis research

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 21, 2017

An anonymous senior Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) official claimed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had effectively blocked an Obama Administration initiative to expand the number of cannabis suppliers for scientific research. Sessions or the Department of Justice had not released an official statement, but did not respond or take action on two dozen requests to grow cannabis for research. The Controlled Substances Act lists cannabis as a Schedule I drug, classifying it as more dangerous than cocaine. The Schedule I status of cannabis means the government does not recognize any legitimate medical use for the plant, which makes attaining the plant for research more difficult. Cannabis researchers who wish to conduct federal studies need a license from the DEA, approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and access to the single authorized source of legal cannabis from the University of Mississippi. Researchers had often complained about the low quality of cannabis the university produced. Late in the Obama administration, the DEA relaxed the constraints on cannabis production for research purposes and allowed other groups to apply for authorization to grow. In early August, the DEA released productio...

Social cannabis sales in Nevada slow due to lack of distributors

Social cannabis sales in Nevada slow due to lack of distributors

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 21, 2017

Sales from Nevada’s social cannabis program had dropped 20 to 30 percent since it launched in July, according to a report from the Nevada Department of Taxation. A shortage of cannabis distributors left retail operations with inventory of less than half of the product they originally purchased. ...

New bill would push cannabis to Schedule III

New bill would push cannabis to Schedule III

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 21, 2017

A new bill before Congress would move cannabis from its Schedule I designation to Schedule III, the same classification shared by tylenol codeine, ketamine and dronabinol. Congressmen Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) and Rep. Darren Soto (D) of Florida introduced legislation Thursday which would transfer cannabi...

Veteran takes police to court after illegal raid

Veteran takes police to court after illegal raid

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 21, 2017

A former special forces infantryman and Bronze Star awardee who used medical cannabis cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sued the Fountain police SWAT team after law enforcement raided his legal cannabis nursery. Eli Olivas sued the city of Fountain and Fountain police Sgt. Matt...

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