California Opens for Recreational Marijuana Sales

Recreational marijuana sales in California officially began January 1. The most populous state in the nation, California is home to nearly 40 million people–and expectations are high that the state’s marijuana market will earn billions of dollars…

Gorilla Glue Settles in Trademark Suit vs. Cannabis Strain

In what may be a sign of things to come, the adhesive brand Gorilla Glue Co. has reached a settlement with the Las Vegas-based cannabis company behind Gorilla Glue #4 (as well as #1 and #5). The Gorilla Glue Co. filed a trademark infringement suit against GG Strains back in March of this year…

Coloradoans Increasingly Turn to Marijuana for Relief

Consumer Research compiled data from Denver and Colorado Springs, the state’s two largest cannabis markets. More than 40% of respondents said that they used marijuana to help them sleep, followed closely by those who use it to treat chronic and recurring pain…

Justice Department Blocks DEA Cannabis Research

A year after the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began accepting applications to grow cannabis for research, it appears that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are blocking researchers from moving ahead with their proposals…

Hawaii Opens First Medical Marijuana Dispensary After 17-Year Wait

After a 17-year wait, Hawaii’s 18,000 medical marijuana patients will finally have a place to shop. Maui Grown Therapies is set to open next week, having been the first dispensary to receive approval from the Department of Health to begin selling medical cannabis…

New Jersey Senator Introduces Bill to End Cannabis Prohibition

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act this week, a bill that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana, as well as begin to address social justice issues that have resulted from the war on drugs…

Colorado’s $100 Million/Month of Cannabis Sales the “New Norm”

Another month, another record-breaking amount of cannabis sales in Colorado. The cannabis industry achieved a milestone in May, with $100 million in pot sales for the 12th consecutive month. “I think that $100 million a month (in sales) are the new norm,” said Bethany Gomez, director of research for Brightfield Group, a cannabis market research firm…

Massachusetts Court: Employees Can’t be Fired for Using Medical Cannabis

In a first of its kind ruling, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided on Monday that employers in the state cannot fire employees for medical cannabis use. The employee claims that her termination violated state anti-discrimination laws…

A Win for Cannabis Industry Banking (Sort of)

Denver-based credit union, Fourth Corner, has another shot at bringing banking to the cannabis industry. Since the beginning, banking has always been an issue for cannabis businesses since cannabis is still federally illegal, but this marks a small step forward in progress…

UN Report: Cannabis Still Hasn’t Caused One Overdose Death

Cannabis is the most widely used, cultivated, and confiscated drug on the planet, according to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). But despite its prevalence, there hasn’t been a single report of fatal cannabis overdose…

Colorado Approves Medical Cannabis for PTSD

On Monday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17, enabling physicians to prescribe cannabis to patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans and patient advocates in Colorado have been working for years to get PTSD included on the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis…

Applications for Nevada Recreational Cannabis Sales Now Open

Good news Nevada cannabis enthusiasts: the application period for recreational cannabis sales is underway and stores are expected to open by July 1. Licenses will be distributed to currently operating medical marijuana dispensaries. Here’s everything you need to know about applying for a recreational cannabis license…

Marijuana Grown on Federal Research Farm Full of Mold and Lead

It turns out that cannabis used in government research isn’t all that great. Unlike commercial marijuana, the government product is stringy, light in color, and full of stems. If you’re used to the cannabis sold at dispensaries, chances are you wouldn’t even recognize the government product as weed…

CBD is Causing a Medical Revolution

Once THC’s lesser known cousin, CBD is getting serious attention these days because of its potential use in treating a wide-range of medical conditions. So what is CBD and what are some of its therapeutic uses? Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know…

Trump White House Indicates Possible Federal Crackdown on Marijuana

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, told reporters that the Trump administration won’t be taking the same lax attitude towards marijuana as the Obama administration. At the press conference, Spicer said, “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement.”…

Retired NFL Players Bring Weed to the Super Bowl

Retired NFL players held a pro-marijuana event on Wednesday night to raise awareness about the benefits of cannabis use in treating chronic pain and traumatic brain injury. The event, Cannabis in Professional Sports, hoped to capitalize on the upcoming Super Bowl and to persuade the NFL Players’ Association to change their drug policy and lift the ban on marijuana.

Denver: First U.S. City to Allow Public Cannabis Use

Denver is one step closer to setting guidelines for public marijuana use in clubs and businesses located in Denver. The initiative, passed by voters in November, allows adults 21 and older to consume cannabis at marijuana clubs and places like yoga studios, art galleries, and coffee shops…

Will Jeff Sessions Crack Down on Legal Marijuana?

In his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) answered questions about his stance on marijuana and the enforcement of federal laws. Sessions, President-elect Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general, has been a staunch opponent of legal cannabis, making many in the cannabis industry nervous…

First Recreational Cannabis Shops Open in Anchorage This Month

Anchorage, Alaska’s most populous city, will finally see its first retail marijuana shops open for business on December 17. Dispensaries have been popping up around Alaska, but unlike other cities, Anchorage requires marijuana business applications to be certified by the state…

Colorado Bill Creates New “Marijuana Transporter” License

On Monday, Colorado lawmakers approved a bill for a new kind of marijuana license for weed couriers. Colorado now has a dozen marijuana companies that transport marijuana from manufacturing and grow locations to dispensaries…

Supreme Court Denies Suit Against Colorado Marijuana Laws

By a 6-2 majority, the Supreme Court has declined to hear a suit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado. Two conservative justices, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, said they would have heard the case…