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In a move that seems to shed more doubt than certainty on domestic cannabis cultivation and the date that it will start auf Deutschland, the Higher Regional Court (or OLG) in Dusseldorf formally stopped the pending bid procedure for the first crop on March 28th. BfArM, the federal agency in charge... more
The cannabis industry of the United States is unlike other horticulture markets in the country. It’s younger, less traditional and with roots in a black market, it’s no surprise that its forerunners aren’t afraid to experiment with new approaches and technology. The rapid adoption of IoT (Internet... more
The CannaGrow Expo is open to all, 18+, and is intended for cannabis growers, grow managers, dispensary owners, and grow enthusiasts to explore the latest cannabis cultivation technology, tools, and techniques. CannaGrow Palm Springs will feature a selection of 35+ cultivation-focused educational... more
New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | Justin Strekal WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the newly proposed appropriations package known as an omnibus bill, a spending restriction upon the Department of Justice from prosecuting state-legal medical marijuana programs will remain... more
Traffic Fatalities Have Not Increased From Legalizing Marijuana, Study Finds | Paul Armentano The enactment of adult use marijuana regulation in Colorado and Washington is not independently linked to an increase in traffic fatalities, according to a study published this week by the National Bureau... more
NH Advocates Call to Replace Head of Marijuana Study Commission | Marijuana Policy Project CONCORD, NH — The Marijuana Policy Project is calling on New Hampshire House Speaker Gene Chandler to remove Rep. Patrick Abrami as the chair of the state’s marijuana legalization study commission. The group... more
ACTION ALERT: Don’t Let Congress Roll Back Marijuana Protections | Erik Altieri One development in our federal government that got a bit lost in the flurry of other headlines this week is that House and Senate leaders are putting the last minute touches on an omnibus appropriations package that... more
Colorado Lawmakers Form Nation’s First Statewide Cannabis Caucus | NORML DENVER, CO — With Colorado lawmakers well into their fifth legislative session since the retail sale of adult-use marijuana was enacted, the need to coordinate the various policy discussions around the issue has never been... more
Trump Expected to Propose Death Penalty for Drug Offenses in Response to Overdose Crisis | Drug Policy Alliance On Monday, President Trump is expected to announce a plan for his administration’s response to opioid addiction and overdose. Instead of focusing on overdose response measures that are... more
Review: Adjunctive Use of Cannabinoids Efficacious in Patients with Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy | NORML SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — The adjunctive use of cannabinoids, particularly CBD (cannabidiol), typically reduces seizure frequency and improves the quality of life in patients with intractable forms of... more
Support Grows for Michigan’s 2018 Marijuana Legalization Initiative | NORML LANSING, MI — More than six in ten Michigan voters endorse a proposed statewide ballot initiative legalizing the adult use and sale of cannabis. According to polling data compiled by the EPIC-MRA polling research firm and... more
New Jersey Governor Reaffirms Support for Marijuana Legalization | NORML TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s newly elected Governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, reaffirmed his support for adult use marijuana regulation during his budget address on Tuesday. The Governor acknowledged that the state currently spends... more
Oklahoma: Lawmakers Move Forward to Preemptively Quash Medical Marijuana Vote | Paul Armentano OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma state Senate lawmakers this week passed legislation, Senate Bill 1120, that seeks to preemptively quash many of the provisions of State Question 788 — an expansive voter... more
Marijuana Legalization in Colorado Doesn’t Increase Teen Use or Homelessness, Study finds | NORML PUEBLO, CO — The enactment of retail marijuana sales in Pueblo County, Colorado has been associated with localized economic benefits, but does not appear to be responsible for increasing levels of... more
Marijuana Decriminalization Leads to Decreased Arrests, No Increase in Youth Use | Paul Armentano State laws reducing minor marijuana possession offenses from criminal to civil violations (aka decriminalization) are associated with dramatic reductions in drug-related arrests, and are not linked to... more
Racial Disparities Persist Among Those Busted for Marijuana Possession in NYC | NORML NEW YORK, NY — New York City police are continuing to disproportionately arrest African Americans and Latinos for minor marijuana possession violations, despite ongoing pledges from Mayor Bill de Blasio to halt... more
New Jersey Governor Doubles Down on Marijuana Legalization | NORML TRENTON, NJ — During a budget address on Tuesday, March 13th, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy doubled down on his commitment to legalize marijuana in the Garden State this year. A budget overview document released in tandem with his... more
The Drug Test-Free Workplace: 7 Occupations That Don’t Require You to Pee in a Bottle to Get Hired | Phillip Smith Widespread workplace drug testing—a uniquely American phenomenon—has generated controversy ever since Ronald Reagan pushed hard for it back in the 1980s. On the one hand, opponents see... more
Clinical Trial: Use of Herbal Cannabis Safe and Effective in Cancer Patients | NORML JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — Cannabis administration is associated with the subjective improvement of symptoms in patients with cancer, according to clinical data published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine.... more
Study: Cannabis Effective at Treating Symptoms of Fibromyalgia | NORML Cannabis therapy mitigates symptoms of the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia and is associated with a reduction in the use of other prescription drugs, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal... more