Politics, Policy, and Activism

Bill to Exclude Hemp From the Controlled Substances Act
Congressman James Comer (R-KY-1) and 15 co-sponsors have reintroduced legislation to amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp.
Aug 17, 2017 12:35 PM
Ohio Lawmaker Urges Rescheduling of Cannabis to Allow for Research
Ohio Lawmaker Urges Rescheduling of Cannabis When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its controlled substances scheduling or drug classifications in 1970, they intended to classify drugs based on their potential for abuse, their medical use, and how addictive they may be.
Aug 11, 2017 12:15 PM
The Weed Blog
Nevada Regulators Could Scrap Home Cannabis Delivery
Home cannabis delivery has been allowed since the state's adult-use cannabis market launched July 1. But all that could change in January.
Aug 11, 2017 11:25 AM
Los Angeles Has a New Marijuana Czar, and Her Name Is Cat Packer
If you want to start a legit marijuana business in Los Angeles, you'll have to go through Cat Packer.
Aug 11, 2017 11:15 AM
LA Weekly
Cannabis Shows Great Promise in Treating Cancer—Let’s Not Wreck It With Hyperbole
There is little doubt that cannabis plays a very important role as a treatment option for cancer—which is why it’s so important to eschew cure-related hyperbole.
Aug 11, 2017 10:35 AM
San Joaquin Keeps Commercial Cannabis Ban in Place for Now
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to keep in place a ban on commercial cannabis activity in unincorporated areas of the county while officials figure out if the county would be better served by limiting such businesses to specific areas.
Aug 11, 2017 9:45 AM
The Cannifornian
Is It Time to Just Scrap the Maryland Medical Marijuana Program and Start Over?
Maryland's medical marijuana program has been so sluggish to take flight, so dazed in setting rules for applicants and so muddled in evaluating them that one might fairly wonder if the entire undertaking were conducted under the influence.
Aug 11, 2017 9:25 AM
The Cannabist
Texas House Holds Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Marijuana
Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody held a public hearing to discuss reducing state marijuana possession penalties on Wednesday and to support HB 334, which was introduced by Chairman Moody in the special legislative session in July.
Aug 11, 2017 9:15 AM
Texas Cannabis Report
Arizona Supreme Court to Hear Lawsuit Over Medical Marijuana on Campus
A court case that could have broad implications for patients, the Arizona Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a state law outlawing medical cannabis on college campuses.
Aug 10, 2017 11:35 AM
Malta Legalizes Synthetic Hemp Oil
Malta’s Medicines Authority has green-lighted the sale of a synthetic form of hemp-based oil for the treatment of chronic pain. Unfortunately, the organization will continue to block the sale of natural cannabis and hemp oil for now.
Aug 10, 2017 11:25 AM
Culture Magazine
Dispensary Owner Risks Life to Pay Taxes
Most Americans would never consider carrying $40,000 in cash from point A to point B, because they don’t want to be harmed. But dispensary-owner Jerred Kiloh runs the gauntlet once a month by driving through central Los Angeles with five-figure amounts of cash.
Aug 10, 2017 11:15 AM
Culture Magazine
U.S. Cannabusinesses Watch And Wait While Canada’s Country-Wide Adult-Use Structure Gets Finalized
In mid-April, Canadian lawmakers put forth cannabis legislation that would legalize adult use of cannabis on July 1, 2018, one of the campaign pledges of Prime Minsiter Justin Trudeau in 2015, which will make Canada just the second country that would legalize adult-use marijuana across the entire country (Uruguay did it in 2014).
Aug 10, 2017 11:05 AM
Cannabis Business Executive
Seattle Drops $1,000 Fine Against HempFest
Seattle has dropped a $1,000 fine against the nonprofit organization that runs HempFest, the annual summer marijuana celebration.
Aug 10, 2017 10:45 AM
High Times
Maine Lawmakers Leave Key Cannabis Questions Unanswered
Maine lawmakers adjourned Aug. 2, leaving important questions about the state’s new adult-use cannabis program unresolved.
Aug 10, 2017 10:35 AM
Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis: Forever Feared, Not Yet Found
Last week, police in London, Ontario, announced the discovery of fentanyl in the urine of cannabis consumers. What they haven't found is any fentanyl-laced cannabis, ever.
Aug 10, 2017 10:25 AM
Legalizing Weed Unlikely to Kill California's Huge Black Market
As California prepares for legalization in January, it turns out that a huge portion of the state’s weed is likely to remain on the black market.
Aug 10, 2017 10:15 AM
The Cannabist
DEA Plans to Reduce Quota of Government-Grown Marijuana for Research in 2018
The Drug Enforcement Administration intends to decrease the amount of marijuana it allocates for federally approved research in 2018.
Aug 10, 2017 9:25 AM
The Cannabist
Here's How Legal Pot Affects Large and Small Businesses
Andrew Freedman, former director of marijuana coordination for Colorado, discuss Colorado's economy since the legalization of marijuana.
Aug 9, 2017 11:15 AM
Massachusetts Officials Seeking Candidates for Cannabis Board
The race is on to assemble the five-member board that will oversee recreational and medical marijuana in Massachusetts.
Aug 9, 2017 10:55 AM
Mexico Is Writing Its Rules for Medical Marijuana
Earlier this summer, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed an executive decree legalizing medical marijuana, then directed the country’s Health Ministry to write rules for medical marijuana use.
Aug 9, 2017 10:35 AM
High Times