Cannabis News Box

Cannabis research at risk as political climate adjusts

Cannabis research at risk as political climate adjusts

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

February 1, 2018

If there is one thing that gives the cannabis industry its consistent momentum, it has to be the groundbreaking research that is being carried out to develop medical-grade products, such as those used for the treatment of epilepsy, chemotherapy-induced pain and autism. Over the last few years, the world has been ...

Californians can kiss goodbye to their cannabis convictions

Californians can kiss goodbye to their cannabis convictions

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

January 30, 2018

Thanks to cannabis legislation, life has already changed for a lot of Californians. On January 1, 2018, recreational cannabis sales officially became legal in the state, where dispensaries opened their doors following the ruling; one that will bring in an estimated $3.7 billion by the end of the yea...

Legal cannabis states ask Congress for legal banking

Legal cannabis states ask Congress for legal banking

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

January 22, 2018

As of today, 29 states and a number of U.S. territories have legalized medical cannabis. Nine of those states have legalized it for social use and this year, social cannabis legalization will be considered by at least 12 states. However, cannapreneurs seem to be in a spot of bother when it comes to opening ...

Sessions mocks intern who questions his stance on cannabis

Sessions mocks intern who questions his stance on cannabis

Sara Tiradossi

December 12, 2017

Earlier this year, Attorney General Sessions said during a private event that the U.S. legal system must be "based on law and based on facts" and "can't be politicized." ABC News obtained video of the summer intern lecture series event featuring Sessions through a Freedom of Information Act request....

Ohio growers may have to break the law to start medical cannabis crops

Ohio growers may have to break the law to start medical cannabis crops

Sara Tiradossi

October 21, 2017

Growers in Ohio will soon be licensed to cultivate medical cannabis; however, they will have issues starting their crops. Since it is illegal to purchase cannabis plants from anyone but themselves, they will not be able to bring seeds or plants across state lines. “That is a matter to be determined...

Jeff Sessions seeks ‘more competition’ among medical cannabis growers for research

Jeff Sessions seeks ‘more competition’ among medical cannabis growers for research

Sara Tiradossi

October 19, 2017

Attorney general Jeff Sessions said he want to see “more competition” among medical cannabis growers who supply the plant to researchers, in a testimony on Wednesday morning. “I think it would be healthy to have some more competition in the supply but I’m sure we don’t need 26 new suppliers,”...

Dispensaries in Hawaii plan to be cash-free by October

Dispensaries in Hawaii plan to be cash-free by October

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 13, 2017

Hawaii officials said it will be the first state to conduct medical cannabis sales entirely without cash by October 1.  Medical cannabis dispensaries in Hawaii will not be allowed to accept cash after the designated date and will require patients to use a debit card payment app called CanPay. T...

Congressman proposes amendment to protect cannabis research

Congressman proposes amendment to protect cannabis research

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 1, 2017

A Republican congressman proposed an amendment to protect the Department of Justice from impeding cannabis research. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, sponsored an amendment to the upcoming Consolidated Appropriations Act, which would provide researchers of Schedule I substances protection from Justice...

Officials respond to AG Sessions’ regulatory concerns in Colorado

Officials respond to AG Sessions’ regulatory concerns in Colorado

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

Congressmen address alleged cannabis research obstruction by Justice Department

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...

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