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Congress is on the cusp of regulating cannabis like alcohol

Congress is on the cusp of regulating cannabis like alcohol

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

February 11, 2019


Filed under News

Cannabis could soon be eradicated from Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act, after bill H.R. 420 was put in front of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives. The "420 bill" would regulate the plant like alcohol – a stark contrast to cannabis's current Schedule I listing, w...

CEO of GW Pharma talks about Epidiolex getting FDA approval

CEO of GW Pharma talks about Epidiolex getting FDA approval

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

July 2, 2018


Filed under Medical cannabis, News

On Monday, Justin Gover hit a milestone in his career. He is the CEO of GW Pharmaceuticals – a company that created a cannabis-based medicine called Epidiolex. Not only is Epidiolex being used to treat two forms of epilepsy but also, it is non-psychoactive, what with it containing the cannabis com...

The American Psychological Association advocates to advance research on cannabis

The American Psychological Association advocates to advance research on cannabis

Sara Tiradossi

October 7, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, Research

The American Psychological Association, the nation's largest organization of psychology professionals, is urging the federal government to remove impediments to cannabis research. In a recent advocacy briefing, the association said major barriers to research are preventing scientists from carrying...

Thousands of illegal grows in California could attract federal intervention

Thousands of illegal grows in California could attract federal intervention

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

October 4, 2017


Filed under Social cannabis

According to state officials, 70 percent of all illegal cannabis crops seized by federal, state and local law enforcement in the nation originated in California. It was estimated the state produced 13.5 million pounds of product last year, but residents only consumed 2.5 million pounds. Local law enforcement found 2...

Senate panel urges feds to test legal cannabis products nationwide

Senate panel urges feds to test legal cannabis products nationwide

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 11, 2017


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

A senate panel urged federal agencies to test products sold at dispensaries in states where cannabis is legal. After showing concern about the lack of data on potency and purity of the cannabis products available to consumers, the Senate Appropriations Committee is directing federal agencies to ...

Sessions further impedes cannabis research

Sessions further impedes cannabis research

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 21, 2017


Filed under Politics, Research

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...

Home cultivators leave behind properties with mold, other damage

Home cultivators leave behind properties with mold, other damage

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 31, 2017


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

As the legal cannabis industry booms in Colorado, residential cultivators around the state are leaving behind large amounts of mold and extensive property damage. Denver detective Brian Matos estimates one in ten homes in the city grow cannabis - "“everywhere from one plant to 1,000 plants.” A ...

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