Cannabis News Box

Two more governors respond to AG Sessions’ cannabis claims

Pictured: Alaska Gov. Bill Walker

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 18, 2017

The governors of Alaska and Washington responded to the letters sent by Attorney General Jeff Sessions which questioned the competence of their social cannabis programs. The governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington each received letters from Sessions which referred to state data depi...

Judge repairs cannabis distribution shortage in Nevada for the second time

Judge repairs cannabis distribution shortage in Nevada for the second time

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 18, 2017

A Nevada judge cleared the way for state cannabis regulators to start issuing distribution licenses to businesses other than existing alcohol wholesalers. Again. Carson City District Judge James Russell lifted a temporary restraining order Thursday which forced the state to follow a provision of the bal...

Judge: fired medical cannabis patient can sue employer

Judge: fired medical cannabis patient can sue employer

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 17, 2017

Employers can be sued for refusing to hire applicants who tested positive for medical cannabis, a Connecticut federal judge ruled last week. In the case of Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Co., Katelin Noffsinger claimed the company reversed its decision to hire her for a position at Bridge Bro...

Social cannabis sales delayed in Maine

Social cannabis sales delayed in Maine

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 17, 2017

Maine will not make its February deadline for beginning the sales of social cannabis and will not be ready until next summer at the earliest, according to the committee tasked with implementing legalization. A special legislative commission finished preliminary work on how Maine residents can grow...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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