Why California’s Legal Weed May Cost More

Despite the many stories about the recent drop in weed prices, some in the industry fear that cultivation, production, and retail regulations could drive up weed prices in California—just when consumers can finally buy it legally.

Jonathan Rubin of New Leaf Data Services thinks prices will go up because of compliance costs and testing.

“I can almost guarantee bottlenecks in testing and permits,” Rubin told LA Weekly. Continue reading “Why California’s Legal Weed May Cost More”

Will Vermont Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana?

Earlier this year, Vermont’s governor Phil Scott, a Republican, decided to veto a bill that would have legalized marijuana. A blow was dealt to Vermonters in support of legalization. Fortunately, not all hope was lost. The governor sent the bill back to the legislature for changes to be made. He claims that he isn’t “philosophically opposed to ending the prohibition on marijuana.” Continue reading “Will Vermont Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana?”

California Rushing to Meet January 2018 Legalization Deadline

With only four months left until full legalization in California, regulations are literally being adopted on the fly.

The state needs to fill out its commissions and offices by hiring up to 82 people. Software has to be written in time to start accepting applications from the thousands of entrepreneurs hoping to sell weed. In fact, regulations governing sales aren’t even properly in place. Continue reading “California Rushing to Meet January 2018 Legalization Deadline”

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Expansion On Its Way?

New Jersey could see the expansion of its medical marijuana program sometime in early 2018.

The state’s Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel recently recommended that patients suffering from more than 40 conditions should have access to medical marijuana with permission from a doctor. Continue reading “New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Expansion On Its Way?”

Study: Closure of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Causes Crime Stats to Rise

A new study has found that closing medical marijuana dispensaries does not reduce crime in neighborhoods, but rather, causes the exact opposite.

Once again, we have academia and science to prove our point: weed dispensaries make for good neighbors.

According to data, published in the Journal of Urban Economics, researchers found that closing MMJ dispensaries was associated with an increase in larceny, property crimes, car break-ins and other street crime in the surrounding areas. Continue reading “Study: Closure of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Causes Crime Stats to Rise”

Massachusetts: Talks on Revamped Pot Bill Appear to Stall as Deadline Nears

House and Senate negotiators chased what appeared to be an increasingly elusive compromise over the state’s recreational marijuana law on Friday, a day that legislators had earlier pegged as a self-imposed deadline for reaching a deal. Continue reading “Massachusetts: Talks on Revamped Pot Bill Appear to Stall as Deadline Nears”

Cali’s Dirty Cannabis Crisis: Popular Edibles Claimed to Be Tainted with Pesticides

About a month after California voters legalized recreational marijuana in November—creating for the state’s booming marijuana industry, already on pace to record roughly $1 billion in taxable sales that year, opportunity for stupendous growth in the near future—attorney Mark Morrison met someone he describes only as a cannabis industry “insider.”  Continue reading “Cali’s Dirty Cannabis Crisis: Popular Edibles Claimed to Be Tainted with Pesticides”

France to Drop Prison Terms for Pot Use

France will introduce a law by year’s end to end prison terms for cannabis use, a spokesman for the new President Emmanuel Macron said last Friday.

Macron made his pledge to reform laws on cannabis use a key campaign plank during the hard-fought race. Under current law, offenders can face a year in prison plus a fine of up to 3,750 euros ($4,200).

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Under Donald Trump, It’s Boom Times for Drug Fraudsters

In 2009, Alfred Caronia, then a sales representative for a pharmaceutical company working in New York City and on Long Island, was convicted of federal charges for telling doctors tall tales about the drug he was selling.

Caronia worked for a company called Orphan Medical, the manufacturer and marketer of a drug called Xyrem. Xyrem is a powerful central nervous system depressant that’s approved by the FDA for use in treating narcolepsy. Continue reading “Under Donald Trump, It’s Boom Times for Drug Fraudsters”

Texas Hopes Crickets Like Cannabis Oil

Many Texans hope the state legislature will get serious about legalizing a comprehensive medical marijuana program during the 2017 session, but most have forgotten that the state is close to rolling out a scheme to distribute low-THC cannabis oil for epilepsy patients. Continue reading “Texas Hopes Crickets Like Cannabis Oil”