Teenagers are more likely than young adults to become addicted to
marijuana or prescription drugs within a year after trying them for
the first time, according to a new study by the National Institute on
The new report, published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA
pediatrics, adds to mounting evidence showing adolescents are more
vulnerable to substance use disorders than young adults, increasing
the need for early screening and drug prevention education, health
"We know that young people are more vulnerable to developing substance
use disorders," said Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA director and lead author of
the study analysis. "Though not everybody who uses a drug will develop
addiction, adolescents may develop addiction faster than adults."
Researchers at the NIDA, a part of the National Institutes of Health,
analyzed data from the nationally representative National Surveys on
Drug Use and Health conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services from 2015 to 2018.
PHOENIX - When Arizonans voted to legalize recreational cannabis in
November, it seemed plausible that sales would begin sometime in the
But on Jan. 22, less than three months after the vote, the Arizona
Department of Health Services started quickly approving applications,
allowing dispensaries to sell cannabis to adults 21 and older
"It was kind of like ripping a Band-Aid off," said Jennifer Matarese,
the president of a management company that runs Local Joint in
Phoenix. Like many other dispensaries in Arizona, Local Joint has been
serving medical patients for years; the legalization of recreational
cannabis has led to a rapid rise in demand.
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After years of stalled attempts, New York State has legalized the use
of recreational marijuana, enacting a robust program that will
reinvest millions of dollars of tax revenues from cannabis in minority
communities ravaged by the decades-long war on drugs.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the cannabis legislation on Wednesday, a
day after the State Legislature passed the bill following hours of
debate among lawmakers in Albany.
New York became the 15th state to legalize the recreational use of
cannabis, positioning itself to quickly become one of the largest
markets of legal cannabis in the nation and one of the few states
where legalization is directly tied to economic and racial equity.
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State lawmakers finalized a deal on Thursday to legalize recreational
marijuana in New York, paving the way for a potential $4.2 billion
industry that could create tens of thousands of jobs and become one of
the largest markets in the country.
Following several failed attempts, lawmakers in Albany struck an
agreement with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to legalize cannabis for adults 21
and older, a move that officials hope will help end years of racially
disproportionate policing that saw Black and Hispanic people arrested
on low-level marijuana charges far more frequently than white people.
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WASHINGTON - In February, the Biden administration signaled that past
marijuana use would not necessarily disqualify a person from
employment by relaxing longstanding policies that have barred some
past users of the drug from working in the White House.
The change was seen as a way to open the door for younger talent from
parts of the country where marijuana has been legalized, but it took
only a few weeks for the new guidelines to be publicly tested.
On Friday, responding to a news report in The Daily Beast that said
dozens of young staff members had been pushed to resign or had been
reassigned to remote work based on their past marijuana use, Jen
Psaki, the White House press secretary, confirmed that some employees
had been sidelined but said that it applied to fewer people.
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Americans were still waiting for clarity on the presidential race
Wednesday morning. Perhaps lost in the frantic haze of election night
was the legalization of recreational marijuana in four states.
Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota and Montana all passed legislation
Tuesday permitting the possession of weed by adults, which means 15
states have legalized recreational weed or voted to legalize it.
South Dakota and Mississippi passed initiatives to allow medical
marijuana, which means 36 states permit the legal distribution of
medical weed, according to a tally by NORML, a nonprofit marijuana
public advocacy group.
43.5 per cent of study participants who used marijuana as a substitute
for alcohol decreased the frequency of their drinking.
Authorized medical marijuana patients who began using cannabis to help
reduce their drinking report experiencing a reduction or even
discontinuation of alcohol use, notes new research out of the
University of Victoria.
The finding reflects feedback from 2,102 patients registered with
Tilray, a medical cannabis research and production company in Canada.
The input was received as part of the Canadian Cannabis Patient Survey
2019, which gathered details on patient demographics, patterns of weed
use and self-reported use of prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco and
illicit drugs before and after starting medical cannabis.
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Do you have the heart to safely smoke pot? Maybe not, a growing body
of medical reports suggests.
Currently, increased smoking of marijuana in public, even in cities
like New York where recreational use remains illegal (though no longer
prosecuted), has reinforced a popular belief that this practice is
safe, even health-promoting.
"Many people think that they have a free pass to smoke marijuana," Dr.
Salomeh Keyhani, professor of medicine at the University of
California, San Francisco, told me. "I even heard a suggestion on
public radio that tobacco companies should switch to marijuana because
then they'd be selling life instead of selling death."
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A victory for the Democratic Party in next month's presidential
election would be a game changer for the cannabis industry. Despite
their reputation for overexuberance, pot investors are reacting with
Since mid-August, the 10 largest North American pot stocks by market
value are up 20%, according to Viridian Capital Advisors. This is
relatively muted compared with the 83% rally seen in the three months
before the 2016 election.
Americans have been buying a lot of pot during the Covid-19 pandemic,
which may also explain why stocks are rising. Sales in seven large
states where cannabis is legal, tracked by research company Headset,
were up 51% from January through September compared with the same
period of 2019. Consumers have had more leisure time at home and
federal stimulus money to spend. Alcohol companies have enjoyed
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For two years, New Jersey lawmakers had failed to mobilize enough
support to pass a bill to fully legalize marijuana. Instead, they
agreed in December to put the question directly to voters: "Do you
approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of
marijuana called 'cannabis'?"
Then March roared in, and the world turned upside down.
The coronavirus took a firm hold in the United States and Black Lives
Matter protesters filled streets from coast to coast.
More than 16,000 New Jersey residents have since died from the virus.
Unemployment has soared. Ballots for November's election, which is
being conducted almost entirely by mail, have already begun to arrive
at voters' homes.
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PHOENIX - Foes of legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana in
Arizona are trying to keep the issue from going to voters in November.
Legal papers filed in Maricopa County Superior Court contend the
legally required 100-word description misled people into signing the
petition to put the issue on the ballot. Issues range from the
definition of "marijuana" to how the law would affect driving while
The lawsuit comes as a new survey Tuesday finds widespread support for
the proposal a=80" with more than 6 out of every 10 likely voters saying
they will support it if it is on the ballot. Pollster Mike Noble of OH
Predictive Insights said the query of 600 likely voters found that
just 32% say they're definitely opposed.
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As state law enforcement played whack-a-mole with illegal marijuana
fields, local communities protested the "invading army."
Driving through Humboldt County last winter, I heard radio ads for
help harvesting and selling cannabis crops, as well as for products
geared toward commercial cultivation. But less than 40 years ago, the
same area was one of the main battlefields of California's war on pot
By the late 1960s, the three counties of the Emerald Triangle had
developed a reputation for growing a high-quality product. Demand grew
rapidly, and prices skyrocketed, fueling greater production. In 1983,
after several unsuccessful attempts to cut down production, the state
started the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, or CAMP.
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A recent poll suggests 51 per cent of British Columbians are buying
all product legally
B.C. has had a difficult road to getting cannabis users interested in
purchasing from legal retailers over their neighbourhood dealer, but a
recent poll suggests that the province may finally be winning the
battle over bud.
A Research Co. poll released earlier this month found that 51 per cent
of B.C. respondents who have consumed cannabis in the past six months
have bought all of their products from licensed retailers. That's an
18-point increase from a similar survey conducted in October 2019.
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SACRAMENTO - Alarmed that unlicensed cannabis sellers continue to
dominate California's pot market, state lawmakers are moving toward
imposing steep new fines on businesses that provide building space,
advertising platforms and other aid to illicit operations.
Those who provide assistance to illegal pot sellers would face civil
fines of up to $30,000 per day under legislation approved unanimously
by the state Assembly that is now pending in the Senate. A final vote
on the proposal is expected sometime after lawmakers return to
Sacramento this month.
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Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a Harvard psychiatry professor who became a
leading proponent of legalizing marijuana after his research found it
was less toxic or addictive than alcohol or tobacco, died on June 25
at his home in Newton, Mass. He was 92.
His son David confirmed the death.
Dr. Grinspoon was an unlikely crusader for marijuana. At first, he
believed that it was a dangerous drug. When the astronomer Carl Sagan,
a friend who was also teaching at Harvard, offered him a joint in the
late 1960s, Dr. Grinspoon warned him against continuing to smoke it.
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Sue Taylor never would have let one of her students slide 20 years ago
if she had caught one with marijuana.
But the former Catholic school principal has found a new mission with
senior citizens: providing them with information and access to
cannabis through her California dispensary, Farmacy Berkeley. It
opened in the Bay Area in February.
Like many of her former colleagues at the top of religious
institutions, she once saw marijuana as a plague on her
African-American community. "I was just like them until I saw the
healing, and I could not turn my back on that, spiritually," Ms.
Taylor, 72, says.
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SAN FRANCISCO - As the novel coronavirus rages on, few industries have
experienced quite as many highs and lows as California's cannabis industr=
Just a month ago, it looked like California's weed trade was headed
for a shutdown, which would have landed a devastating blow to many
businesses that are already struggling. Then, state officials deemed
pot "essential," and many stores reported the biggest days of sales
since recreational marijuana became legal. Now, a more sobering
reality is setting in: The marijuana industry is unable to tap into a
federal stimulus package or bank loans.
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The 10-year labor agreement between the N.F.L. and players union that
was ratified on March 15 is filled with dozens of incremental changes,
most notably the one-percentage-point increase in the share of league
revenue that the players will receive.
One of the biggest overhauls in the agreement, though, was a change
the league had long resisted: loosening the rules governing players'
use of marijuana.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, players who test
positive for marijuana will no longer be suspended. Testing will be
limited to the first two weeks of training camp instead of from April
to August, and the threshold for the amount of 9-delta
tetrahydrocannabinol - or THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana
- needed to trigger a positive test will be raised fourfold.
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The retail showroom of INSA, a farm-to-bong cannabis company in western
Massachusetts, is a clean industrial space on the first floor of a four-story
brick building in the old mill town Easthampton. When I visited recently,
before the coronavirus shut down recreational sales and forbade crowds, the
crew of eight behind the glass display cases looked a lot like the staff
you'd see dispensing lattes at Starbucks or troubleshooting iPads at the
Genius Bar: young, racially diverse, smiling. They were all wearing black
T-shirts with the INSA motto, "Uncommon Cannabis." Standing in line with me
were a white-haired couple leaning on canes; a 40-something woman in a black
pantsuit, who complained that the wait would be longer than her lunch break;
a bald man in a tweed jacket; and a pair of women in perms and polyester
discussing the virtues of a strain called Green Crack. We were all waiting at
a discreet distance from the counter, as you would at the bank, for the next
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SKOPJE, North Macedonia - In a desolate industrial zone of this
capital city, a cannabis grow house is under construction that, when
finished, will span 178,000 square feet, about the size of a Walmart
superstore. At full capacity, 17 tons of marijuana a year, worth about
$50 million, will be harvested. Among the planned offerings is an
American strain known as Herijuana, a portmanteau of "heroin" and
"marijuana," which has received some rhapsodic online reviews.
"I feel blown to the dome omg," wrote a fan on Leafly, a cannabis
review site. "It also gave me the ability to rap."
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Largest such move in California comes amid nationwide push for
criminal-justice reform and relaxing drug laws
Los Angeles County will vacate nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions
dating back to the 1960s, part of a growing national effort to reduce
The move, announced Thursday by Los Angeles County District Attorney
Jackie Lacey, will dismiss convictions for tens of thousands of
individuals, the majority of whom are black or Latino.
"As a result of our actions, these convictions should no longer burden
those who have struggled to find a job or a place to live because of
their criminal record," Ms. Lacey said in a press conference Thursday.
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South Beloit, Ill., faces steep bills to fund its firefighter and
police pensions and repave its cracked streets. Now, Mayor Ted Rehl
has a plan to help cover the shortfall: marijuana.
South Beloit, less than a mile from the Wisconsin state border, will
welcome its first cannabis dispensary later this year. Recreational
cannabis became legal in Illinois on Jan. 1 but remains illegal in
Wisconsin. The Illinois town hopes to collect roughly $1 million a
year in taxes on marijuana purchases, mostly by Wisconsinites.
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From makeup and oils to capsules for stress relief, cannabis-based
goods are flowing into the marketplace. But while they may not get you
high, they can still cause you problems at work.
Cannabidiol or CBD has been showing up in a widening array of goods.
That's because federal legislation in 2018 deemed that hemp - one of
its sources - was not an illegal controlled substance.
But your job could be in jeopardy if one of those products, which are
largely unregulated, contains THC, the same compound that causes
marijuana users to get high.
State-sanctioned marijuana shops are contributing to the rise in lung
illnesses and deaths at a higher rate than previously believed.
Proponents of the marijuana industry have dismissed the "pot vaping
crisis," with its deaths and lung injuries, as an aberration of the
illicit market. Legal pot, they say, is regulated and thus not to
blame for the recent spate of problems. Victims and families who came
forward to warn about purchases made at state-licensed shops were
lambasted by legalization advocates. When the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention advised against using all marijuana vaping
products, industry insiders questioned their motives and called the
warnings conspiracy theories.
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Three years after recreational marijuana was legalized in California,
it still casts a cloud over most job applicants.
Many employers in the state still require drug screening as a
prerequisite for hiring someone, experts in the hiring field say. And
while recreational use and possession are allowed for people 21 and
older, failing a drug test can still prompt an employer to toss a
resume into the reject pile.
But with 11 states now legalizing recreational marijuana use, there
are new perspectives that might be giving workers something of a break.
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Researchers hope the findings counter recent trends of mothers using
marijuana for pregnancy-related nausea symptoms.
Researchers in Minnesota and Iowa have found greater risks of social
and emotional problems in infants whose mothers consumed marijuana
Using results of a developmental screening tool for 1-year-olds, the
researchers found that 9.1% of babies from marijuana users were at
risk, compared to 3.6% of babies whose mothers didn't consume the drug
Researchers said the size of that gap was surprising, along with
screening results showing that 8% of mothers tested positive during
pregnancy for the presence of THC, the psychoactive component in
marijuana, said Dr. Elyse Kharbanda, lead researcher of the study from
the HealthPartners Institute in Bloomington, Minn. Researchers from
the universities of Minnesota and Iowa co-authored the study, which
was published in the Journal of Perinatology.
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When Garrett Rigg moved from a "transitional living program" facility
near Chicago last month into a group home, it was a major milestone
for the 27-year-old, who traveled 1,000 miles from his home in Denver
to get treatment after a cannabis-induced psychotic break five years
Rigg had to leave his hometown because it lacked suitable long-term
treatment, according to his mother, Connie Kabrick. The three
marijuana dispensaries at the intersection a half block from her home
are the reason why she says he can't move
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I've covered things that injure, sicken and kill kids and adults for
more than 30 years. From auto safety to medical errors, I've competed
to break stories on the latest deadly defect or health policy change,
most recently on electronic cigarettes.
In late August, I added vaping-related lung illnesses to the beat.
Last month, I added marijuana, psychosis and other mental illness.
It's a pretty solitary place to be.
We reporters covered the heck out of vaping lung illnesses starting in
August. Once it became clear the culprit was THC and not nicotine,
however, the news media seemed to lose interest, said former Food and
Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb at a breakfast event I
attended in early November.
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It's a new year and, for Illinois, a new era of recreational
Weed dispensaries across the state opened their doors before sunrise
Wednesday, welcoming long lines of customers - some who had been
waiting since 4 a.m.
"Cheers to lighting up the start of 2020!" one dispensary, Sunnyside,
wrote on its Facebook page.
Under Illinois law, anyone over 21 with a valid state ID or driver's
license can purchase recreational marijuana from licensed retailers.
Illinois started off the new decade by embarking into the world of
recreational marijuana, where people can buy the intoxicating plant
legally and without a prescription.
Across the Chicago area, thousands lined up - some before dawn - for a
chance to buy marijuana legally for the first time. The day featured
long lines, a few glitches - and lots of happy customers.
"It's history, so it's worth the wait," Damien Smith of Maywood said
as he left MedMen dispensary in Oak Park with a bag of cannabis
products after waiting in line for about four hours.
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CHICAGO - The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal
Wednesday in Illinois to the delight of pot fans - many who began
lining up hours early at dispensaries.
About 500 people were outside Dispensary 33 in Chicago. Renzo Mejia
made the first legal purchase in the shop shortly after 6 a.m., the
earliest that Illinois' new law allowed such sales.
"To be able to have (recreational marijuana) here is just
mind-boggling," Mejia told the Chicago Sun-Times after buying an
eighth of an ounce called "Motorbreath."
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For years, Richard Manning knew what he needed to cope with his
physical pain, rage and PTSD - much of which he traced to a
career-ending knee injury he suffered while on a domestic security
detail with the Marines.
Cannabis may not have been a cure-all, but it was the closest thing
he'd ever had to one.
Manning, a resident of Elk Grove, Calif., didn't have enough money to
buy the daily amount of cannabis he needed, but he was able to get it
through a network of charitable donors spawned by the Compassionate
Use Act, a 1996 California law that allowed marijuana to be used for
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As California enters its third year of legal recreational cannabis
sales, many expect upcoming new laws, high-profile court cases and
major criminal justice reforms to shake up the industry.
Marijuana advocates are wary after a challenging second year, but most
also are hopeful that changes in 2020 will put them in a better
position a year from now.
"We always knew it would be an uphill battle," said Robert Flannery of
Dr. Robb Farms, a cannabis cultivation company based in Desert Hot
Springs. "But there are very few people who are not generally
optimistic about the cannabis industry."
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ROME - Growing small amounts of marijuana at home for private use is
not a crime, Italy's top court has ruled, putting an end to a
years-long legal dispute and adding Italy to the short list of
countries to allow cultivation of recreational cannabis.
A 1990s law prohibits the cultivation and sale of marijuana in Italy,
but conflicting court decisions, and a 2016 amendment that opened a
loophole in the law, created confusion over how it should be
The country's highest court appears to have settled at least part of
the question, writing in a one-page statement of its findings that "at
home, small-scale cultivation activities are to be considered excluded
from the application of the penal code."
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Graham Saunders is a man in high demand.
When U.S. cannabis companies need financing they can't find elsewhere,
they turn to this Toronto banker who operates far from Wall Street.
Since the spring of 2016, Mr. Saunders's team at Canadian boutique
firm Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. has helped finance more than half of
all pot deals in the global equity markets, raising more than $5
billion from investors, according to Dealogic.
The king of pot financing presents himself in business meetings as a
banker from another era, sporting pinstripe suits, monogrammed cuff
links and slicked-back hair. He drives a Bentley, has a collection of
expensive watches, and answers to his high-school nickname, "Sudsy."
Mr. Saunders, 51, has become so identified with cannabis that he has a
jacket with marijuana leaves printed on it.
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A surge in vaping related lung illnesses this year caught the medical
community by surprise, with the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) reporting more than 2,500 lung illnesses and 54
deaths. Politicians are targeting e-cigarettes, but the CDC reported
last week that marijuana is so far the greatest common
This is another reminder that America is undertaking a risky social
experiment by legalizing and especially destigmatizing cannabis, and
the potential effects are hard to foresee or control. The same
political culture that is in a fury over legal opioids, and is trying
to bankrupt drug companies as compensation, seems to have no problem
celebrating a drug that may be damaging young brains for a lifetime.
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The Coffee Joint, the first establishment to hold a cannabis
consumption license in Denver, is now the second pot lounge business
to apply for a state social consumption license.
Colorado Springs social lounge Studio A64 successfully applied for a
social consumption license at the state Marijuana Enforcement Division
office three hours before Coffee Joint owners Rita Tsalyuk and Kirill
Merkulov could beat them to it.
Studio A64 could not be reached for comment, but Tsalyuk and Merkulov
say the opportunity to apply for a state license is a big step for all
cannabis businesses. "This is bigger than us. It's just a bigger step
in the industry," Tsalyuk explains. "It opens the door to do something
different and plan ahead for the next year."
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Early one morning in March, Madison McIntosh showed up on his day off
at the Scottsdale, Arizona, driving range and restaurant where he
worked. The 24-year-old sat in his car until the place opened, then
wandered around all day, alternating between gibberish and talk of
suicide as co-workers tried to keep him away from customers.
When he was still there 12 hours later, the manager contacted
McIntosh's father in Las Vegas, who called police and rallied other
family members states away to converge at the young man's side.
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SMITHS FALLS, Ontario - When Canada became the first major
industrialized nation to legalize recreational marijuana, visions of
billions of dollars in profits inspired growers, retailers and
investors, sending the stock market soaring in a so-called green rush.
A year later, the euphoria has vanished.
"No one wants to invest in it now," said John-Kurt Pliniussen, a
professor of marketing at the Smith School of Business at Queen's
University in Kingston, Ontario.
That is because those who have invested have generally lost money.
During the first year after legalization, the value of shares in
Canada's six largest marijuana companies tumbled by an average of 56
percent, according to stock price data.
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wants to restrict public access to
people's criminal records for convictions of less than an ounce of
marijuana - an executive action announced Monday that she said was "in
keeping with our commitment to meaningful criminal justice reform."
The administrative order requires city officials - specifically the
chief operating officer, city attorney, solicitor and chief judge of
the Municipal Court - to establish a standard process by which people
can apply to have those court records made off-limits to everyone
except law enforcement by Feb. 1.
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LOS ANGELES - Every Sunday, about two dozen people gather at a green
cabin along the main drag of Big Bear, Calif., a small mountain town
known for its namesake lake. They go there for Jah Healing Church
services, where joints are passed around.
April Mancini, a founder of the church, said she was drawn to the idea
of cannabis as a religious sacrament back in 2013, after she met a
Rastafarian who was running the place as an unlicensed medicinal dispensary.
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Last year, after the vote to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana in
Michigan was certified, people lined up outside provisioning centers with
the expectation that they would be allowed to buy some in those locations
- - only to find that a state medical certification was still required.
Nearly a year later, folks are still wondering when they'll be able to
walk into a store and buy some weed.
The conventional answer to that question is probably sometime early in
2020. That's based on the Marijuana Regulatory Agency's stated plan to
start taking applications from businesses that already have medical
marijuana business licenses this fall. MRA people have said that they will
process these applications with dispatch. And since these already
medically licensed businesses have already gone through the rigorous
licensing process, it should be quicker and easier than the first time around.
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The sports industry's embrace of cannabis products is continuing to
evolve as U.S.A. Triathlon has become the first national governing
body of an American sport to make a sponsorship deal with a company
that sells products containing cannabidiol, or CBD.
CBD is a nonintoxicating compound that, like the intoxicating compound
THC, is found in varying amounts in hemp, a legal cannabis plant. In 2018,
the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from its list of banned
substances. THC and scores of other cannabinoids remain on the banned
list, but by removing CBD, WADA opened the door for elite athletes to use
and endorse CBD products.
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For the past three and a half months, marijuana has essentially been
decriminalized in Miami. After Florida legalized hemp July 1, the
Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office announced it would no longer
prosecute most minor marijuana charges because the substance is
virtually indistinguishable from hemp.
Nevertheless, the City of Miami Beach has passed a municipal ordinance to
discourage people from smoking weed in public. At a meeting last week,
city commissioners unanimously voted to outlaw public smoking of marijuana
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SACRAMENTO - Gov. Gavin Newsom led the campaign to legalize marijuana in
California three years ago but has since angered some in the industry by
refusing to allow pot in hospitals and outlawing its use on tour buses and
Newsom took the action on tour buses and hospitals as he signed
several other bills in the last few weeks that will ease pot
restrictions, including measures waiving taxes on cannabis provided
for free by charities to people with serious health problems and
allowing parents to provide medical marijuana products such as oils,
creams and pills to their sick children on K-12 school campuses.
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SAN FRANCISCO - For years, a divisive debate has raged in the United
States over the health consequences of nicotine e-cigarettes. During
the same time, vaping of a more contentious substance has been swiftly
growing, with scant notice from public health officials.
Millions of people now inhale marijuana not from joints or pipes
filled with burning leaves but through sleek devices and cartridges
filled with flavored cannabis oils. People in the legalized marijuana
industry say vaping products now account for 30 percent or more of their
business. Teenagers, millennials and baby boomers alike have been drawn to
the technology - no ash, a faint smell, easy to hide - and the potentially
dangerous consequences are only now becoming evident.
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The medical marijuana program in Illinois is seeing record growth
since changes in the law greatly expanded the program and made it
easier for patients to participate.
More than 87,000 patients have qualified for the program since stores
opened in November 2015 - including a spike of almost 37,000 in the fiscal
year ending June 30, a 93% increase, according to state records. The surge
of new patients exceeds the number signed up in any previous fiscal year,
based on the latest annual report on medical cannabis by the Illinois
Department of Public Health.
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There's no getting around it: Year one of legalized cannabis in Canada was
It was an unmitigated disaster for many investors. The bubble burst, and
the shares of most large Canadian marijuana producers dropped by at least
50 per cent. The public markets are largely closed to the industry; at the
moment, there's simply no appetite for more pot stocks.
The Trudeau government's goal wasn't to make shareholders or investment
banks rich, though. It was to whittle down the black- market marijuana
business. Giving cannabis users a place to buy regulated marijuana would
generate new tax revenue, open up new business opportunities and reduce
the burden on police and the courts.
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The medical marijuana "Unity Bill" that sets up a basic legal
framework for the implementation of State Question 788 will take
Nearly three dozen other new laws will also take effect this week.
Here's a look at some of the new laws.
Also known as the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection
Act, House Bill 2612 sets up a framework for regulating Oklahoma's
medical marijuana industry.
The lengthy bill that was a compromise between legislators and those
in the medical marijuana industry sets guidelines for marijuana
testing, tax collections, seed-to-sale product tracking, packaging,
employment and more.
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The legalization of marijuana as a medicine in 33 states, 11 of which
allow its use as a recreational drug, has made weed a dynamic American
industry, among the economy's fastest-growing sources of new jobs.
California alone, with $3.1 billion in projected marijuana sales for
this year, has a legal market as large as that of any country on the
Entrepreneurs grumble nonetheless. Not since Ronald Reagan ran for
president have American newspapers been so full of anecdotes about
heroic jobs-creating businessmen stymied by regulation.
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Even as states across the country have legalized marijuana,
potentially opening the door to a multibillion dollar industry, the
impact of marijuana criminalization is still being felt by people -
mostly black and Hispanic - whose records are marked by low-level
convictions related to the drug.
But on Wednesday, New York began the process of expunging many of
those records, as part of a new state law to reduce penalties
associated with marijuana-related crimes, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew
M. Cuomo confirmed.
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SEATTLE -- Five years after Washington launched its pioneering legal
marijuana market, officials are proposing an overhaul of the state's
industry rules, with plans for boosting minority ownership of pot
businesses, paving the way for home deliveries of medical cannabis and
letting the smallest growers increase the size of their operations to
become more competitive.
Liquor and Cannabis Board Director Rick Garza detailed the proposals
-- part of what the board calls "Cannabis 2.0" -- in an interview with
The Associated Press. It's an effort to picture what the legal
marijuana market will look like over the next five years, after
spending the past five years largely regulating by reaction as the
difficulties of building an industry from infancy absorbed the
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Canada has been at the forefront of cannabis research, education and
regulation for the past 2 decades, yet uncertainty remains about how
the drug should be used in medicine. Physicians lack evidence-based
information and formalized training about cannabis, which stems, in
part, from the drug's previously illegal status that hindered
research. Among the public, however, many perceive cannabis as a
natural and safe medical treatment. Patients increasingly seek advice
about cannabis from physicians, request prescriptions or experiment
with cannabis for medical problems on their own. However, physicians
must adhere to good medical practice regardless of public pressure and
provide counselling to patients based on up-to-date knowledge and
evidence. Now that cannabis is legal in Canada more research should be
forthcoming, but the evidence base remains weak.
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A group of Colorado researchers recently studied how cannabis use
affects athletes and found a possible role between the plant and pain
The study, "Cannabis use in active athletes: Behaviors related to
subjective effects," looked at cannabis use patterns and its effects
in a community-based sample of adult athletes. According to the
study's authors, there had been no previous academic research done on
cannabis use's subjective effects for adult athletes.
"There was not a lot of research on how weed helps," explains Dr.
Joanna Zeiger, one of the researchers who conducted the study for
Canna Research Group. "Athletes typically don't sleep well and are
anxious, so we wanted to see what percentage of them use cannabis,
their patterns of use, and what the effects are."
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A year after medical marijuana became legal in Oklahoma, state
lawmakers and marijuana advocates seem to have found a balance in
implementing State Question 788 and moving the industry forward into
the near future.
Sweeping legislation -- the result of a major compromise between
legislators and cannabis advocates -- to regulate the medical
marijuana industry will go into effect later this month.
Meanwhile, there are whispers of an initiative petition to put the
question of legalizing recreational marijuana to a statewide vote,
which could shake up Oklahoma's fledgling marijuana industry and the
new regulatory framework.
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Claire Alcindor's fourth pregnancy last year was the hardest. The only
way she could keep food down was by smoking marijuana, which also helped
with her depression.
She was living in Maryland, in a location where marijuana is legal, but
still worried "people would think I'm a bad mom" - or worse. Friends
warned Child Protective Services might start investigating her. But it
seemed worth the risk, especially given the reported effects of some
prescription nausea and depression drugs.
"I needed to eat, I needed to stay alive and survive this pregnancy,"
says Alcindor, who now lives in Las Vegas.
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It's becoming increasingly obvious that legalizing marijuana
consumption was a colossal public-health blunder.
A good part of the evidence comes from south of the border, where
several states legalized pot much earlier than Canada. This has
allowed time for robust scientific follow-up - follow-up that is
beginning to reveal a frightening picture.
Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2012, and recreational use in
2014. One result is that emergency hospital visits by adolescents with
marijuana-related symptoms have jumped from 84 a year in the pre-legal
era, to 500 in 2018.
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The Canadian cannabis industry is booming.
From giant industrial operations such as Canopy Growth to smaller
cannabis retailers, to an array of cannabis "lifestyle"=9D brands and
"cannabis brand consultancy"=9D firms, the industry is a lucrative fronti
for those seeking wealth in a rapidly growing market.
And oh, is there wealth to be had. Canadians spent $1.6-billion on
legal weed in 2018 - double the total spent on medical cannabis the
year before - despite the fact that non-medical cannabis was legally
available only after Oct. 17. Statistics Canadaa's National Cannabis
Survey from the first quarter of 2019 found that use of non-medical
cannabis has increased among men and people aged 45 to 64. The survey
reported that 646,000 people tried cannabis for the first time in the
prior three months, half of whom were aged 45 or older.
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New York has decriminalised the use of marijuana - becoming the 16th
US state to do so.
The move, which would make possession of a small amount of the drug a
violation rather than a felony, was signed into law by governor Andrew
The measure also demands that criminal records of offences linked to
low-level marijuana cases either be marked as expunged, or destroyed -
an apparent reflection that in the past communities of colour suffered
unduly from different application of the law.
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Mark A. R. Kleiman, a prominent drug policy apostate who favored what
he viewed as a sensible middle ground on marijuana - eliminate
criminal sanctions for selling and using it but preclude full-blown
commercial legalization - died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 68.
Kelly Kleiman, his sister and only immediate survivor, said the cause
was lymphoma and complications of a kidney transplant he received from
her in April.
Author, blogger, adviser to government and a teacher at New York
University and the University of California, Los Angeles, Professor
Kleiman considered himself a "policy entrepreneur."
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No doubt there is such a thing as ideological drift in politics,
especially in primaries. Candidates often become unmoored and move
right or left in a search for their party's most ardent activists.
But sometimes this drift isn't ideological. It's generational.
Last week, Teresa Tomlinson rolled out a package of policies she would
pursue if she succeeds in her quest to replace U.S. Sen. David Perdue
next year. One of them was something of a surprise.
"It is time we address at the federal level the decriminalization,
legalization, and regulation of marijuana as a medicinal and
recreational substance," the Democrat posted on her website.
Smoking pot cost Kimberly Cue her job.
Ms. Cue, a 44-year-old chemical engineer from Silicon Valley, received
an offer this year from a medical device manufacturer only to have it
rescinded when the company found out that she smoked prescription
marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.
"My email was set up with the company," she said. "My business cards
were printed." But after a pre-employment drug test came back positive
for marijuana, a human resources representative told her the job was
no longer hers.
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Two major universities are creating the first career paths for young
people interested in the business of marijuana.
The University of Maryland announced in June that its School of Pharmacy
will offer a master's degree in medical cannabis, and a new course is
also being added this fall at Cornell University's School of Integrative
Plant Science called "Cannabis: Biology, Society and Industry."
"I advise a lot of students in a lot of majors and they're all like,
this is going to be cool," said Antonio DiTommaso, program director
for agricultural sciences at Cornell. "I think some of it is just a
novelty, but it's really going to be based on the cropping, the
agronomics, the medicinal aspect, the chemistry, consumer attitudes
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Southern California immigrant with DACA status travels to Mexico so he
can become a legal permanent resident. But instead of getting the OK
for a green card, he's prevented from re-entering U.S.
Jose Palomar packed only a small suitcase because he thought his trip
to Mexico would be brief.
Seeking legal permanent residency, he had no choice but to go. But
now, nearly two months later, he's still in Mexico and barred from
returning to his home in the United States.
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Marijuana's role in the health care universe has grown exponentially
over the past few years. Currently, 33 U.S. states have legalized the
use of medical marijuana, and more and more states are considering
making it legal for recreational purposes as well. As cannabis becomes
more accessible, many people are turning to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
and cannabidiol (CBD) products to treat health issues like rheumatic
and musculoskeletal disease (the aches and pains of arthritis).
Unfortunately, because cannabis remains illegal and classified as a
Schedule 1 drug under federal law (defined as being of no medical
use), there has been a troubling lack of scientific and medical
research on the effectiveness of cannabis treatments. This dearth of
evidence-based data has left many health care providers unable to
counsel their patients on everything from whether a cannabis treatment
could be effective for their condition, to what dosages are
appropriate, to how cannabis might interact with their other
medications or health conditions.
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Creation of a Cannabis Commission to regulate medical marijuana in the
state was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives on
Thursday night with no votes to spare.
House Bill 3468, by Rep. John Jordan, R-Yukon, sets up an independent
commission that would be activated if voters approve State Question
788 on June 26. That question would legalize medical uses of medical
marijuana, although opponents say its broad construction would
essentially make policing recreational use impossible.
"If you're for full-on recreational marijuana, this is not your bill,"
Jordan said in explaining the bill.
It's been about three years since one DeKalb County city made history
with the most liberal marijuana enforcement policy in the state. Since
then, several more municipalities have followed suit, eliminating the
possibility of jail time and severely reducing the fine for possessing
one ounce or less of weed.
Months after the state Legislature passed a bill legalizing medical
marijuana sales, the push toward recreational decriminalization on the
local level is continuing; the city of Chamblee is currently
considering a measure that echoes the rules in Clarkston, which passed
its marijuana ordinance in July 2016.
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A law that took effect July 1 legalized hemp and CBD products
containing traces of THC, the compound in marijuana that gets you
high. But field tests and crime labs haven't caught up.
Texas hemp enterpreneur Zachary Miller, interviewed here by a
television reporter, was arrested in Okaloosa County after products
found in his car tested positive for THC. THC is illegal in Florida
unless prescribed by a doctor for medical use but trace amounts are
allowed in now-legal hemp products. [Courtesy of Zachary Miller]
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The waiting room at NiaMedic Healthcare & Research Services looked just
like every other doctor's office at the Saddleback Medical Center in
California's Laguna Hills: unflattering overhead lighting, landscape
paintings and a smiling person in scrubs behind the reception desk. It
was the ideal location to attract NiaMedic's target demographic:
seniors. Saddleback is nestled in the rolling hills of a region
surrounded by at least 15 retirement communities, including the over
18,000-resident Laguna Woods Village. But the patients who come through
NiaMedic's doors generally start with the same question: Can marijuana help?
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Humphrey Bogart had a way with life's little vices. When he bought you
a drink, the critic Kenneth Tynan recalled, he wouldn't just pass it
across - "he'd take me by the wrist and screw the glass into my hand
as if it was a lamp socket." Bogart's manner with a cigarette was so
vivid that his surname became an admonishing hippie-era verb: "Don't
bogart that joint."
I've tried repeatedly, over the course of my life, to become a druggie.
It's never taken. But even I know what it means to bogart something: to
hoard it, to refuse to share. It wasn't until I read Lizzie Post's
helpful and inquisitive new book, "Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the
World of Cannabis, From Dispensaries to Dinner Parties," however, that I
fully understood the term's provenance.
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Kush. Bud. Herb.
Who knows what to call marijuana these days?
Born of the need for secrecy, slang has long dominated pot culture.
But as entrepreneurs seek to capitalize on new laws legalizing
recreational and medical marijuana, they too are grappling with what
to call it.
Heading to the dispensary to buy a few nugs or dabs? Marketers seeking
to exploit the $10 billion market would prefer that you just called it
Shirley Halperin, an author of 2007's "Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to
Stoner Language and Life," has seen the shift in recent years. Not long
ago, she met with an executive to talk about his company's products. "He
physically winced when I said the word 'pot,'" she recalled. "Businesses
don't want to call it 'weed.'"
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DENVER - Serenity Christensen, 14, is too young to set foot in one of
Colorado's many marijuana shops, but she was able to spot a business
opportunity in legal weed. She is a Girl Scout, and this year, she and
her mother decided to sell their cookies outside a dispensary. "Good
business," Serenity said.
But on the other side of Denver, legalization has turned another high
school student, David Perez, against the warehouselike marijuana
cultivations now clustered around his neighborhood. He said their
skunky aroma often smacks him in the face when he walks out his front
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It is wise to know where your cannabis comes from. Intoxicated by
bullish demand forecasts, pot investors aren't paying nearly enough
attention to supply.
U.S. states currently decide whether to legalize cannabis within their
own borders, even though the drug remains illegal at the federal
level. It is a misnomer to speak of a single U.S. pot industry,
considering the patchwork of self-contained cannabis economies across
Pot can't cross state lines today, even between two states where the
drug is allowed. Should federal laws change, high-cost growers and
areas with less favorable climates for cannabis growing will be undercut.
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Marking a historic moment in an expanding national movement, Illinois
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation that makes recreational
marijuana legal in Illinois.
After debate in Springfield earlier this year - during which one
lawmaker even cracked eggs into a frying pan to depict the "brain on
drugs" - the bill allowing possession and sales to begin on Jan. 1 was
approved by the House and Senate.
Illinois became the 11th state to legalize cannabis and the first
state in which a legislature approved commercial sales. Vermont
lawmakers legalized possession, but not yet commercial sales. Approval
in other states came via referendum.
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This was supposed to be the year full cannabis legalization in the
U.S. moved much closer to being a reality. Instead it has been a
disaster for advocates. Although Illinois legalized recreational use
on the final day of its legislative schedule, a half-dozen other
deep-blue states that were expected to legalize failed to
follow-including New York.
Advocates want to believe legalization on their terms, with few
restrictions on marketing and age limits potentially as low as 18,
remains inevitable. Polls show that between 62% and 66% of Americans
support legalization. But cannabis supporters are wrong, and the
pushback against marijuana has only begun.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois' new governor delivered on a top
campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation making the state the
11th to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering
legal remedies and economic benefits to minorities whose lives critics
say were damaged by a wayward war on drugs.
Legalization in Illinois also means that nearly 800,000 people with
criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or
less may have those records expunged, a provision minority lawmakers
and interest groups demanded. It also gives cannabis-vendor preference
to minority owners and promises 25% of tax revenue from marijuana
sales to redevelop impoverished communities.
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If you've got the munchies for cannabis edibles, you'll have to go to
the liquor store.
The province has tapped the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. - which already
sells dried and fresh cannabis, cannabis oil and cannabis accessories
- - to sell edibles, extracts and topicals.
"The NSLC has done a good job in preparing and implementing our new
retail model as recreational cannabis was legalized across Canada,"
said Karen Casey, the minister responsible for the NSLC, in a news
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Recent efforts to legalize marijuana in New York and New Jersey have
been stalled - but not killed - by disputes over how exactly to divvy
up the revenues from marijuana sales and by worries about drugged
driving. Those are both important issues. But another concern should
be at the center of this debate: the medical implications of
legalizing marijuana, particularly for young people.
It's tempting to think marijuana is a harmless substance that poses no
threat to teens and young adults. The medical facts, however, reveal a
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TORONTO - Adam Ash, 37, wasn't the least bit shy in explaining why he
was at the Hunny Pot Cannabis Co., a four-story boutique on Queen
Street West in the middle of the city's downtown district.
"Marijuana," the Toronto resident said midday on a recent Monday, a
little bewildered as to why someone would even bother asking.
Glass containers of marijuana flower were laid out on tables
throughout the shop, amid glass cases of rolling papers, pipes, bongs,
grinders and vaporizers. Employees known as "bud tenders" worked the
floors, ready to provide advice and recommendations for picking just
the right strain.
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In the next few weeks, Nicholas DiPatrizio's lab at UC Riverside will
receive a shipment of marijuana.
DiPatrizio, a professor of biomedical sciences, then will begin giving
mice precise doses of cannabis oil to see how marijuana impacts their
weight and a host of serious health conditions often linked to obesity.
The study marks the first time UC Riverside has received federal
approval to conduct research on marijuana -- or any other substance in
the Drug Enforcement Administration's strict Schedule I category. It
also marks the school's first cannabis-related grant, with $744,000
from tobacco taxes being used to finance this three-year research
project on how marijuana affects metabolic health.
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ALBANY - New York's plan to legalize marijuana this year collapsed on
Wednesday, dashing hopes for a potential billion-dollar industry that
supporters said would create jobs in minority communities and end
decades of racially disproportionate policing.
Democratic lawmakers had been in a headlong race to finalize an
agreement before the end of the legislative session this week. But
persistent disagreement about how to regulate the industry, as well as
hesitation from moderate lawmakers, proved insurmountable.
"It is clear now that M.R.T.A. is not going to pass this session,"
Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan said in a statement on Wednesday
morning, using an acronym for the legalization bill she had sponsored.
"We came very close to crossing the finish line, but we ran out of
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A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can
prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point
of legal pot advocates.
Researchers repeated an analysis that sparked excitement years ago.
The previous work linked medical marijuana laws to slower than
expected increases in state prescription opioid death rates from 1999
to 2010. The original authors speculated patients might be
substituting marijuana for painkillers, but they warned against
Still, states ravaged by painkiller overdose deaths began to rethink
marijuana, leading several to legalize pot for medical use.
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Planet 13 in Las Vegas has attracted international attention since it
opened perhaps the world's biggest marijuana store last fall, with
3,000 people shopping each day for newly legal cannabis products while
surrounded by light shows and interactive art displays that feel
natural a few miles off The Strip.
Now Planet 13 has announced that its second location - and likely the
largest cannabis shop in California - will open early next year. And
since it's being billed as the "Disneyland of dispensaries," it's
fitting that it's opening just six miles from the theme park, in an
industrial stretch of Santa Ana.
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WASHINGTON - John A. Boehner, the former speaker of the House, once
stood second in line for the presidency and staunchly against
legalized marijuana. Now you can find the longtime Republican standing
before a wall-size photo of the Capitol, making an online infomercial
pitch for the cannabis industry.
"This is one of the most exciting opportunities you'll ever be part
of," Mr. Boehner says in an endlessly streaming video for the National
Institute for Cannabis Investors. "Frankly, we can help you make a
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Once Gov. Pritzker signs the bill into law, Illinois will become the
first state to approve cannabis sales through the Legislature, instead
of a ballot measure.
SPRINGFIELD - A recreational marijuana legalization bill will soon
land on Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk after the Illinois House on Friday
voted to pass the comprehensive measure.
The Illinois House voted 66-47 after more than three hours of debate.
The Illinois Senate on Wednesday cleared the measure. The governor
issued a statement applauding the bill's passage and pledging to sign
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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Don't hold your breath if you're thinking the NFL
is on the brink of giving players the green light to smoke their pain
away with marijuana.
Go ahead, exhale. This is still going to take a while.
Sure, the league has put a progressive foot forward in striking an
agreement this week with the NFL Players Association in the name of
holistic health and wellness. There's a joint committee coming - not
joint as in blunt, but joint in that medical experts will be appointed
by the league and union - that is charged to study data on several
alternative methods of pain management and make recommendations.
SHANCHONG, China - China has made your iPhone, your Nikes and, chances
are, the lights on your Christmas tree. Now, it wants to grow your
Two of China's 34 regions are quietly leading a boom in cultivating
cannabis to produce cannabidiol, or CBD, the nonintoxicating compound
that has become a consumer health and beauty craze in the United
States and beyond.
They are doing so even though cannabidiol has not been authorized for
consumption in China, a country with some of the strictest
drug-enforcement policies in the world.
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To his die-hard fans, Mr. Sherbinski is a storied name in marijuana.
A celebrated California cultivator, he helped create the Gelato and
Sunset Sherbert strains that have been name-checked in more than 200
hip-hop songs, including "First Off" by Future and "Bosses Don't
Speak" by Migos.
At the Business of Fashion's Voices conference in London last year,
his brand, Sherbinskis, was introduced as "the Supreme of marijuana."
And when Sherbinskis released its first sneaker design last year at
ComplexCon, a two-day festival of hip-hop and fashion in Long Beach,
Calif., the limited-edition Nike Air Force 1 model sold out in two
hours. (There is a pair currently on eBay asking more than $1,000.)
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SAN FRANCISCO - David Dancer is a 48-year-old marketing executive who
has worked for big brands like Charles Schwab and Teleflora. A year
ago, he got a call from a recruiter for a different kind of company:
MedMen, a cannabis retailer that has been called "the Apple Store of
weed." The opening was for a chief marketing officer. He took it.
One of Mr. Dancer's early projects was a slick two-minute video by the
director Spike Jonze that begins with an anecdote about George
Washington as a hemp grower, a staple of dorm-room conversation. It
concludes with a suburban couple coming home with a bright red bag of
legally purchased pot, symbolizing "the new normal" - an ending that,
like his own career twist, seemed improbable not long ago.
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COSTA MESA, Calif. - In the forests of Northern California, raids by
law enforcement officials continue to uncover illicit marijuana farms.
In Southern California, hundreds of illegal delivery services and pot
dispensaries, some of them registered as churches, serve a steady
stream of customers. And in Mendocino County, north of San Francisco,
the sheriff's office recently raided an illegal cannabis production
facility that was processing 500 pounds of marijuana a day.
It's been a little more than a year since California legalized
marijuana - the largest such experiment in the United States - but law
enforcement officials say the unlicensed, illegal market is still
thriving and in some areas has even expanded.
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SAN FRANCISCO - A billion dollars of tax revenue, the taming of the
black market, the convenience of retail cannabis stores throughout the
state - these were some of the promises made by proponents of
marijuana legalization in California.
One year after the start of recreational sales, they are still just
California's experiment in legalization is mired by debates over
regulation and hamstrung by cities and towns that do not want cannabis
businesses on their streets.
California was the sixth state to introduce the sale of recreational
marijuana - Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington paved the
way - but the enormous size of the market led to predictions of
soaring legal cannabis sales.
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Philadelphia stands to gain at least two new medical marijuana stores
while Reading scored three more dispensaries with the awarding of
permits Tuesday morning by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
MLH Explorations LLC, a cannabis company aligned with Thomas Jefferson
University, won a permit to operate a retail outlet at 8th and Locust
Streets. The retail outlet will do business as Solterra Care - Locust
Beyond/Hello, which is readying a dispensary at 12th and Sansom
Streets for the first quarter of 2019, also plans to open a retail
store at 475 N. 5th Street in Northern Liberties. Beyond / Hello is
owned by Franklin Bioscience LLC which already operates a dispensary
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CBD, a cannabis compound, is in everything from gumdrops to bath bombs.
In Maplewood Mall, holiday shoppers pick up CBD tinctures from an
organic hemp farm at the Nothing But Hemp kiosk. Festive gift sets
with CBD-infused body lotions, shampoos and soaps are available a few
miles away at Minnesota Hempdropz. Spot Spa in Minneapolis has CBD oil
massages on its list of services and tries to keep pricey gourmet
gumdrops from "aspirational" CBD purveyor Lord Jones on its shelves.
The problem? They continually sell out.
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Howard Dean, the former Democratic candidate for president, and
Michael Steele, the ex-head of the Republican National Committee are
joining the advisory board of Tilray Inc., the Canadian cannabis
grower, the company has announced.
Backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, Tilray was briefly
worth more than $28 billion -- valued at more than Twitter or CBS --
in September after it became the first cannabis company to be listed
on an American stock exchange. The company made a second splash this
year when it was chosen by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to provide
a small amount of marijuana for a study at the University of
California, San Diego.
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Legalizing marijuana is looming as a next big political showdown at
the Minnesota State Capitol.
Fully legalizing marijuana in Minnesota is looming as a next big
political showdown at the Capitol, as a growing number of states are
ending bans on recreational cannabis.
Gov.-elect Tim Walz, who favors ending marijuana prohibition, will
replace Gov. Mark Dayton, who doesn't. A new Democratic House majority
will debate proposals to legalize next year and will likely take votes
on the issue as soon as 2019 or 2020. And, not one but two legal pot
parties -- the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and Legal Marijuana
Now Party -- emerged with 5 percent of the vote in statewide
elections, giving them "major party status," which means automatic
ballot access and the chance for campaign subsidies.
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DETROIT - Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to
allow marijuana for more than medical purposes.
Today marks the first day for the legal recreational partaking of pot
in Michigan following voters' strong endorsement in the Nov. 6 election.
Staff at the Lansing City Pulse, a weekly alternative newspaper,
marked the day by handing out free joints across the street from the
Michigan is now among nearly a dozen states and the District of
Columbia with legalized recreational marijuana. Still, retail shops
are still months away and must involve state regulators.
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Barbara Tillis isn't sure when she'll get to see her son, Corvain
Every few months for the past four years, Tillis, has driven five
hours with her husband, daughter and Cooper's oldest daughter, making
the trip from Rialto to the federal prison in Atwater, near Merced.
They'd spend the day visiting and chatting, and guards would let each
family member give Cooper exactly one hug. When the visit was over,
they'd reluctantly pile into the car and drive home.
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SARASOTA -- Several panelists made their cases in a Thursday forum for
why marijuana should no longer be classified by the federal government
as a Schedule 1 drug as dangerous as heroin.
The program focused on the Herald-Tribune project "Warriors Rise Up,"
which found a gaping rift between what many combat veterans want to
treat their post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries
and what they can legally get.
Rather than a cocktail of painkillers, many veterans prefer the relief
they receive from marijuana. Because of marijuana's Schedule 1
designation under federal law, however, the VA has not considered it
an option -- even in states that have legalized the drug for medical
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Medical marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania are bracing for a surge
in new customers when vaporizable "flower" -- the most popular and
recognizable form of cannabis -- goes on sale on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
"We're expecting 300 to 400 patients at our Abington store the first
day," said Chris Visco, co-founder of TerraVida Holistic Centers.
"People will likely be in line at 8 a.m. We're hiring an extra
security guard and an extra valet parking person. This is a
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They sit in courtroom pews, almost all of them young black men,
waiting their turn before a New York City judge to face a charge that
no longer exists in some states: possessing marijuana. They tell of
smoking in a housing project hallway, or of being in a car with a
friend who was smoking, or of lighting up a Black & Mild cigar the
police mistake for a blunt.
There are many ways to be arrested on marijuana charges, but one pattern
has remained true through years of piecemeal policy changes in New York:
The primary targets are black and Hispanic people.
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