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Could a state-run bank for the cannabis industry be in California’s future?

Could a state-run bank for the cannabis industry be in California’s future?

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 16, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Social cannabis

California government, financial and cannabis leaders met last week in a debate on whether a state-run bank could solve the cannabis industry’s banking problem. The 17-member group included representatives from state agencies such as the Bureau of Cannabis Control, financial groups such as the Califor...

Feds study if cannabis leads to curbing opioid epidemic

Feds study if cannabis leads to curbing opioid epidemic

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 15, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Research, Showcase

Last week, the National Institutes of Health awarded a $3.8 million grant to researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System, which marked the first time the U.S. Government had backed medical cannabis research as a possible solution to chronic pain and opioid abuse...

Justice Department takes no action on cannabis research applicants

Justice Department takes no action on cannabis research applicants

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 15, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Research

The Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions blocked the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from taking action on two dozen requests to grow cannabis for research. The DEA began accepting applications for research one year ago with 25 proposals to consider this month. DEA officials said they needed the Justice Department’s permission to move forward, and ...

FDA acknowledges CBD’s positive health effects, calls for feedback

FDA acknowledges CBD’s positive health effects, calls for feedback

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 15, 2017


Filed under Global, Medical cannabis, Politics

FDA officials put out a call for comments in Monday’s Federal Register, seeking information about cannabidiol (CBD) and how the United Nation’s World Health Organization should designate it as a substance. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-psychoactive element in the cannabis plant, known for its ...

Judge reverses decision on cannabis distribution in Nevada

Judge reverses decision on cannabis distribution in Nevada

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 14, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

The decision which would allow other entities besides liquor distributors in Nevada to distribute social cannabis, was effectively reversed. A Nevada judge on Friday sided with the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada, who had the exclusive rights to deliver social cannabis to dispensaries fo...

States begin crackdown on black market cannabis

States begin crackdown on black market cannabis

August 14, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Social cannabis

Officials from states where cannabis is legal suspect unlawful trafficking places the industry at risk. Social cannabis states are trying to clamp down on those smuggling the plant across state borders, even as Attorney General Jeff Sessions pressed for enforcement of federal laws against cannabis. ...

Expanded cannabis distribution rights approved in Nevada

Expanded cannabis distribution rights approved in Nevada

August 11, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

The Nevada Department of Taxation decided there are an inadequate number of liquor distributors interested in transporting cannabis to retail establishments, opening the business up to others who may be interested. The decision came after a state of emergency was announced by Gov. Brian Sandoval...

Mass. officials begin crackdown on cannabis-impaired driving

Mass. officials begin crackdown on cannabis-impaired driving

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 9, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, Politics, Social cannabis

Massachusetts officials are vowing to crack down on cannabis-impaired driving as the state prepares for full implementation of its social cannabis law. State law enforcement said Thursday they are increasing the number of officers with special training in detecting whether motorists are under the influ...

State leaders rebuke AG Sessions’ criticism of legal cannabis

State leaders rebuke AG Sessions’ criticism of legal cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 8, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Showcase, Social cannabis

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters with “serious questions” to the governors of Washington, Colorado, and Oregon on existing cannabis legislation last week, and now state officials have rebuked his claims. Sessions claims the laws have been inadequately enforced, enabling minors to ac...

Task force report does not make the case for AG Sessions’ cannabis crackdown

Task force report does not make the case for AG Sessions’ cannabis crackdown

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 7, 2017


Filed under News, Politics

Attorney General Sessions’ Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety came up with no new conclusions or recommendations to forward the anti-cannabis policies, the Associated Press reported Friday. The group’s report reiterates the Obama administration's memo on a hands-off approach to cannabis enforcement, and encourages o...

Sessions questions Colorado’s cannabis regulation in letter to gov

Sessions questions Colorado’s cannabis regulation in letter to gov

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 4, 2017


Filed under News, Politics

Attorney General Jeff Sessions questioned the legitimacy of cannabis regulatory structures in a letter sent to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper two weeks ago. In the letter, Sessions cited data from a September 2016 report by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federally funded agency operated from the White House’s Office of National Drug Control policy. The report claimed increases in hi...

77 percent of Utah voters support medical cannabis legalization

77 percent of Utah voters support medical cannabis legalization

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 3, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Research

A new Utah poll shows 77 percent of voters somewhat or strongly support the legalization of medical cannabis. A proposed medical cannabis legalization initiative was filed in June by the Utah Patients Coalition, and would allow the use of medical cannabis in the form of edibles, oils, and topicals. ...

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