We Need to Stop Calling K2 ‘Synthetic Marijuana’ as Body Count Rises

Following last week’s mass-casualty event in New Haven, Connecticut, it’s clear that the cannabis community needs to do its part to change the language surrounding K2, also known as Spice. Many journalists continue to refer to Spice as “synthetic marijuana” but, in reality, it’s made of only individual synthetic cannabinoids and is often combined with the […]

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Poll: 24% of Young Adults In America Consume Cannabis

The latest Gallup poll has found that nearly 25 percent of young Americans (aged 18 to 29) are admitted cannabis users — this is about double the rate of the rest of the population, of which 13 percent say they “regularly” or “occasionally” use and/or smoke cannabis. Cannabis usage rates could be on the rise, […]

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Facebook “Shadow Bans” Cannabis-Related Pages

Facebook appears to be making it more difficult for its users to discover cannabis-themed companies, trade groups, regulators, and even media outlets. The practice was first reported last week by Marijuana Moment. Facebook has been at odds with the cannabis industry for years. Despite the plant’s legal status in a growing number of states and the […]

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DEA, FBI Agents Raid Suspected Illegal Cannabis Growers in Colorado

DEA and FBI agents coordinated a massive raid early Thursday morning against more than a dozen suspected illegal cannabis grow sites throughout the Denver metro area, The Denver Post reports. The grows were reportedly targeted for the illegal growing and distribution of cannabis across state lines. Deanne Rueter — the DEA spokesperson in Denver, Colorado — […]

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D.C. Cannabis Arrest Rates Continue Rising Despite Legalization

Data released by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department shows that cannabis-related arrests have continued to climb since marijuana became legal in the District in 2015, Marijuana Moment reports. Additionally, racial disparities among cannabis arrests continue to plague the District: more than 90 percent of D.C. citizens who were arrested for cannabis in 2017 were Black. […]

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80-Year-Old Patient Jailed in Michigan for Having Cannabis with Expired MMJ Card

80-year-old grandmother Delores Saltzman was arrested and jailed in Clare County, Michigan for having less than an eighth of cannabis, according to a FOX 17 report. She was formerly registered with the state as a medical cannabis patient but had lapsed on the renewal of her MMJ card. Saltzman — who lives with arthritis, diverticulitis, muscle and […]

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Specialty Paint Marketed in Colorado for Controlling Cannabis Odors

A paint that conceals odors is being marketed in Colorado as a cannabis odor-blocking product. The paint, which was developed by Denver-based ECOBOND and is called OdorDefender, is designed to lock in the residue that builds up on walls and furniture — sometimes called third-hand smoke — in rooms where people smoke. “We don’t make […]

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Cannabis Consumers Increasingly Prefer Edibles & Extracts Over Flower

Data from several cannabis market research and analysis firms continues to confirm the trend among consumers away from cannabis flower and towards vape cartridges, extracts and edibles, according to a USA Today report. Only recognizable brands with a diverse range of offerings are holding steady in this buyer’s market. “Just growing flower is basically a knife fight […]

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B.C. Search and Rescue Team Warns Against Stoned Hiking

As excitement grows over the imminent legalization of cannabis throughout Canada, a search and rescue team in British Columbia warned this week via blog post against the dangers of consuming cannabis in the backcountry. Specifically, North Shore Rescue — one of the busiest search and rescue crews in B.C. — is alarmed by the emerging […]

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Canadian Company Developing First Beer Brewed From Cannabis

Toronto-based Province Brands is developing the world’s first beer brewed using raw materials from the cannabis plant, The Guardian reports. Other companies have undertaken similar projects, but those companies typically create a beer from barley and hops and then infuse the beverage with cannabis or hemp oils, according to Province Brands’ Dooma Wendschuh. “That’s not what […]

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Legal Cannabis-User’s Widow Denied Workers’ Comp. Death Benefits

A deceased Colorado electrician’s family is being denied half their workers’ comp. death benefit because of THC found in the victim’s system, according to a The Denver Channel report. Electrician Adam Lee died while on the job at Loveland Ski Area. An autopsy revealed the presence of high levels of THC in his body but current […]

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Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney Announces Limited Cannabis Enforcement Policies

Massachusetts‘ top federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, announced on Tuesday that he will focus his cannabis enforcement efforts on the overproduction and diversion of products into other markets, “targeted” distribution to minors, and organized crime, the Boston Globe reports. Notably, Lelling is not giving the industry a blanket exemption from federal laws but still plans […]

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Judge Drops Church’s Case Defending Cannabis Use as Sacrament

The Indianapolis-based First Church of Cannabis saw its 3-year-old case seeking protections for cannabis use under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) dismissed on Friday, the IndyStar reports. Bill Levin, the church’s founder and spiritual leader, wrote on Friday to his Facebook followers, “It’s far from over. We are just getting started.” An attorney for the church has previously […]

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Canadian Cannabis Workers Targeted By U.S. Border Patrol

The U.S. Border Patrol has been giving lifetime bans at the border to those associated with Canada’s legal cannabis industry, according to The Star Vancouver. Because the border is under federal jurisdiction — even in states like Washington that have legalized cannabis — Border Patrol agents are required to obey U.S. federal requirements and issue […]

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California Cannabis Festivals Struggling Under New Rules

According to an East Bay Times report, California’s new cannabis rules are causing difficulties for cannabis festivals. During the first year of adult-use legalization, promoters had planned to switch away from the loose, medical industry’s system that they had been using (where every attendee had to get or already have a doctor’s recommendation). However, many California jurisdictions […]

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BIG3 Basketball First Professional Sports League to Allow CBD Use

Last week, the 3-on-3 basketball league BIG3 announced it would be the first U.S. professional sports league to allow athletes the use of CBD for pain management, USA Today reports. BIG3’s athletes are typically former NBA players. Earlier this year, CBD was removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of prohibited substances. CBD remains banned, however, […]

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Vermont Adult-Use Legalization Takes Effect Sunday

Vermont’s adult-use cannabis laws take effect this weekend; Vermont was the first state to legalize via the legislature instead of a ballot initiative. Starting Sunday, July 1 adults in Vermont will be able to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and home grow up to six cannabis plants, two of which may be mature and up […]

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Cannabis Advocates Running for Office in Washington State

Washington state’s cannabis caucus is poised to grow this year, with at least five candidates who are either cannabis activists, have worked in the industry, or currently own cannabis businesses running for state and local offices. Statewide elections Crystal Oliver — who owns an outdoor cannabis farm in Eastern Washington, is an executive assistant to […]

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Netflix Releases Cannabis-Infused Cooking Show

Today, Netflix released the first-ever cannabis cooking competition show, according to a report in The Guardian. Titled “Cooking on High,” the show is comprised of short, 15 minute episodes where two chefs face off. The chefs are tasked with preparing a cannabis-infused meal within 30 minutes. The chefs and their dishes are judged by comedians, […]

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Canada Votes to Legalize Cannabis

Fulfilling a popular campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada has officially voted to legalize the adult possession and use of cannabis, according to a CNN report. In a 52-29 vote on Tuesday afternoon, the Senate advanced bill C-45 for the last time, accepting changes put forward in the House of Commons and sending the bill […]

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NYPD to Issue Tickets, Not Arrests, for Public Cannabis Smokers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department announced on Tuesday that the city will begin ticketing, not arresting, people who are caught consuming cannabis in public, according to an NY1 report. This policy change comes just one month after the Mayor directed police to stop making the arrests. “No one should be […]

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D.C. Police Raid Cannabis Pop-up Event, 30 Arrests Reported

District of Columbia police arrested 30 individuals Friday night at a cannabis pop-up event in Northeast Washington, according to a Washington Post report. Police seized several pounds of cannabis product from 28 different vendors, more than $10,000 in cash, and three firearms at the event. A police official said that the bust came about while officers were […]

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UK Home Office Returns Epileptic Boy’s Cannabis Medication After It Was Confiscated at Border

Controversy sparked last week when United Kingdom customs agents confiscated a stock of cannabis oils from Charlette Caldwell, mother of 12-year-old epilepsy patient Billy Caldwell. Thankfully, the medications were returned over the weekend, but not until after Billy was hospitalized due to a severe seizure — his first in 300 days, according to his mother. Ms. Caldwell […]

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Study: 44% of Cannabis Consumers in Adult-Use States Identify as Medical Users

A new study published by High Yield Insights has found that 44% of cannabis consumers in legal, adult-use marketplaces self-identify as medical users. According to the study, the three most common reasons for self-medicating with cannabis are as pain relief (69 percent of respondents), sleep aids (65 percent), and anti-anxiety medication (54 percent). “The industry […]

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