Tribes Can Sell Marijuana According To DOJ

On Thursday October 28, 2014 the Department of Justice issued the following statement that paves the way for recreational marijuana sales on tribal lands. It received very little publicity, despite the fact that the potential and far ranging impact is enormous. Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country On October 28, 2014, the Department of Justice issued a Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country, to all Read entire story

Marijuana Watershed Protection Act

The Marijuana Watershed Protection Act Proposed by California Assemblyman Jim Wood is, according to an article in the Times-Standard, a way to seek “greener” pot for California. According to the article, Assembly Bill 243, as it is known, would “require indoor and outdoor medical marijuana cultivation to be conducted in accordance with state and local laws and best practices related to land conversion, grading, electricity usage, Read entire story

Illegal Sonoma County Marijuana Grow Causes $102,000 in Damages

Illegal Sonoma County marijuana grow causes $102,000 in damages to a rented home in Graton. According to this Petaluma Patch article, the  property owner was not aware that renters used the home for an illegal marijuana grow.  Damage was found in the home’s subfloors and bathrooms. Black mold grew on walls and large electrical panels had been installed in the bedroom to accommodate the increased power use. The renter was convicted on felony Read entire story

Washington State Liquor Control Board Issues First Marijuana Retailer Licenses

24 Retail Marijuana Licenses Issued Across the State of Washington OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) today issued the state’s first 24 marijuana retailer licenses. A complete listing, including contact information of the new retail licensees, can be found online within the Public Records section of the WSLCB website. (c) Medical Marijuana News - THCbiz - Read entire story here. Read entire story

More Colorado Marijuana Tax Dollars are Rolling In

As of July 1, over 200 marijuana shops were licensed, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. In the first five months of legal retail sales, Colorado dispensaries sold about $90 million worth of recreational marijuana, The Denver Post reported Thursday. (c) Medical Marijuana News - THCbiz - Read entire story here. Read entire story

Maryland Commission Approves Final Regulations

Image Courtesy of Medical Jane. Note: (Aug. 26, 2015) Corrections have been to reflect the vote outcome and application availability dates. Earlier today, the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission voted to approve final regulations for Maryland's medical cannabis program. Today's vote was the culmination for 16 months worth of work since the Commission's inception in April 2014. Today's approval vote means that there were no Read entire story

Deadline Approaching for Colorado Medical Marijuana Draft Regulation Comments

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) is currently soliciting public comments for proposed regulations on lab testing, product safety, production management, and other issues. The deadline to submit comments is Tuesday, September 1st.  The day before the deadline, August 31st, the MED will hold a rule-making hearing in Denver at the Colorado State Capitol Building at 9 AM (MDT) on the draft regulations. ASA is working on finalizing Read entire story

How Long Does THC Stay In Your System?

Do The Words “Drug Test” Give You a Panic Attack? Many different methods exist for testing for drugs, but most employers, insurance companies, government agencies, etc., will ask for a urine test, as this is the industry standard for workplace drug testing and the only method approved for federally mandated drug tests. What Are They Looking For During A Drug Test? Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a cannabinoid found in cannabis, is Read entire story

Watch The Scientist: A New Medical Marijuana Documentary

“As scientists, indeed, as intellectuals, we should try always to be skeptical.” Just imagine: What if the cannabis plant and its astonishing range of healing properties had been suddenly discovered today in a remote forest? The find would send seismic shockwaves blasting through the scientific community overnight. The plant would immediately come under frantically intense study in every nation on earth, and the person who first identified the Read entire story

Hear Oregon Rep. Ann Lininger Speak At The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business … – The Weed Blog (blog)

The Weed Blog (blog)Hear Oregon Rep. Ann Lininger Speak At The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business ...The Weed Blog (blog)You will be hard pressed to find a more sympathetic Oregon politician when it comes to marijuana policy. Ann Lininger tried very hard to protect the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) this last session, and I could tell from her speech that she ...Oregonian to OLCC: Allow Out-of-State Marijuana Business InvestmentMarijuana Read entire story

Medical group opposes proposed medical marijuana ballot initiative – Casper Star-Tribune Online

KGWNMedical group opposes proposed medical marijuana ballot initiativeCasper Star-Tribune Online“The WMS opposes legalization of medical marijuana outside of the regulatory process of the (FDA), recognizing however that marijuana may be an option for cannabinoid administration for children and adults with life-limiting or severely debilitating ...NEW: Wyoming Medical Society announces opposition to medical marijuana effortWyoming TribuneState Read entire story

Medical Marijuana Drug War Comes To An End

The medical marijuana drug war has come to a quiet end. Deep inside Congress’ 1,063 page spending bill is a provision that prohibits spending federal funds for raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in states where it is legal. This is a major step forward for the legalization movement and it was done quietly and without much fanfare. Now the battle can shift to legalizing marijuana and away from conflicts between state and federal law. The Read entire story

Washington Marijuana Glut – Too Much Of A Good Thing?

As unbelievable as this seems Washington is experiencing a marijuana glut. With all the hoopla about legalized marijuana one would expect weed to be flying off the shelves like hotcakes. But that is not happening and the state has a 45,000 pound weed surplus. How is that possible? Well in Washington you can legally grow marijuana outdoors, something not allowed in Colorado. Eastern Washington has a warm and dry climate during the summer that is Read entire story

House Approves Marijuana Business Banking

The House voted 231-192 to prevent the Treasury Dept from spending funds penalizing banks that accepted dispensary deposits. The United States House of Representatives approved a historic public safety measure to allow legal cannabis businesses to use the banking system. (c) Medical Marijuana News - THCbiz - Read entire story here. Read entire story

Remembering Larry Harvey

Late last week, Larry Harvey, ASA’s 2015 Patient Lobbyist of the Year, passed away. When we got word at ASA of his death from cancer, I reflected on the few days I got to spend with Larry as we roamed the halls of Congress in support of the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment. Larry became the public face of the federal government’s current crackdown on state medical marijuana patients a year ago, when the Kettle Falls Five case in Washington State came Read entire story

Registration is Now Open for the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference!

ASA is excited to announce that early-bird registration for the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference and Citizen Lobby Day 2016 is now open! The theme this year is “Our Medicine, Our Safety, Our Rights.” Our goal is to connect advocates, industry workers and leaders, researchers, doctors and others to effect real change for medical cannabis. Get signed up today so that you can be a part of it all at the Lowes Madison Hotel in Washington, Read entire story

Vote With Knowledge: 2016 Presidential Candidates and Their Stances on Cannabis

At least a dozen Republicans and a handful of Democrats have expressed an interest in running for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination. A growing majority of voters support marijuana reform and the 2016 presidential candidates will not be able to avoid or dismiss the issues. Law and regulatory enforcement, criminal justice, banking and financial regulations, small business policies, federal research policies, medical and Read entire story

Systematic Review on Cannabinoid Use for Various Medical Conditions in Prominent Medical Journal

A systematic review/meta-analysis published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) in June 2015 evaluated the efficacy of cannabinoids in the treatment of various symptoms, diseases, and disorders. Results of the Review Using 28 databases to find and analyze 79 different trials with a total of 6,462 participants, the authors conducted the review on the use of cannabinoids for the following signs, symptoms, Read entire story

Marijuana dispensary opens in Brockton – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeMarijuana dispensary opens in BrocktonBoston GlobeBROCKTON — The state's second medical marijuana dispensary opened Friday morning, receiving what its president described as brisk but orderly business. “Overall, our patients are very happy today,” said David B. Noble, president of In Good Health, ...Brockton medical marijuana dispensary does brisk business on first dayWCVB BostonBrisk business at Brockton medical marijuana Read entire story