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Alaska just lost one of its three cannabis testing facilities

Alaska just lost one of its three cannabis testing facilities

April 6, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor One of Alaska’s three testing facilities for cannabis is closing, and it’s connected to the industry’s banking problem. Wells Fargo decided to withdraw a loan to Steep Hill Alaska after it found it was a cannabis business, and Wells Fargo has a po...

Veterans who support medical cannabis respond to Trump’s VA pick

Veterans who support medical cannabis respond to Trump’s VA pick

April 4, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor Veterans who support medical cannabis aren’t quite sure what to make of Trump’s latest leadership shakeup. Trump recently fired VA Secretary David Shulkin and replaced him with his physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson. Jackson is an active-duty rear admiral...

Colorado auto fatalities have increased, but cannabis isn’t necessarily to blame

Colorado auto fatalities have increased, but cannabis isn’t necessarily to blame

March 28, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor The number of people who have died in car accidents who tested positive for cannabis has been steadily increasing in Colorado since 2013, according to The Denver Post. Anti-cannabis activists have been trying to blame auto deaths on legalization for years, bu...

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants to fix cannabis’ banking problem

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants to fix cannabis’ banking problem

March 24, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is part of a growing group of senators who are pushing to pass legislation that would allow cannabis businesses to do business with federally regulated banks. They’re trying to pass a bill called the Secure and Fair Enforcem...

Sen. Rand Paul wants Kentucky to legalize medical cannabis

Sen. Rand Paul wants Kentucky to legalize medical cannabis

March 16, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor Kentucky is one of those straggling states that has yet to approve medical or social use cannabis. However, the medical part may soon change. Kentucky is currently debating a bill that would legalize medical cannabis, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently...

Jeff Sessions says he’s not going after low-level cannabis offenders: What does it really mean?

Jeff Sessions says he’s not going after low-level cannabis offenders: What does it really mean?

March 14, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now famous for his hatred of cannabis. Sessions rescinded Obama-era rules in January that prevented federal prosecutors from going after the cannabis industry in states that have legalized, and that caused many to worry th...

Sen. Cory Booker says legalization is inevitable

Sen. Cory Booker says legalization is inevitable

March 9, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill called the Marijuana Justice Act in 2017 that would end the federal prohibition of cannabis, and he thinks we’re well on our way to legalizing. "It will happen," Booker said in a recent interview. "It's not a matter of if, but when." Booker is seen as a likely candidate for president in 2020, and another l...

Vermont might fine people over cannabis odor

Vermont might fine people over cannabis odor

March 7, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor Vermont’s legislature legalized cannabis in January, and lawmakers in the state have been working on regulations since. One bill that is going through Vermont’s legislature would allow towns to label cannabis odor as a “public nuisance” that can result in a fine. If your house is cr...

Native American tribes are fighting to get into California’s cannabis market

Native American tribes are fighting to get into California’s cannabis market

March 2, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor One group was left out when California drafted Prop. 64, which legalized cannabis in the state: Native Americans. Until emergency regulations were drafter in November, there was essentially no effort to include them in the legal cannabis market, and what...

Does the cannabis industry use too much energy?

Does the cannabis industry use too much energy?

February 23, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor There’s been a lot of talk about how much electricity the cannabis industry uses in recent years. According to a report from Denver’s Department of Public Health and Environment, obtained by Colorado Public Radio (CPR), cannabis is using up 4 percent of De...

New Jersey is debating decriminalization and legalization

New Jersey is debating decriminalization and legalization

February 21, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor New Jersey is on the path to legalize cannabis, but some aren’t ready to take that step. It seems they know cannabis laws are going to change, but they don’t want them to change too much. Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill t...

Vermont is combatting high driving the wrong way

Vermont is combatting high driving the wrong way

February 17, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor Vermont legalized social use cannabis in January, and it’s been working on setting up the system since. One concern some residents have expressed is that there could be an increase in the number of people driving stoned. In order to combat this, Vermont ...

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