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Posted Date: 06/05/2017

PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey has vetoed legislation, Senate Bill 1337, that sought to establish regulations for the creation of a regulated statewide hemp industry. The measure determined that “the development and use of industrial hemp can improve the [state’s] economy and agricultural vitality,” and sought to govern its “licensing, production, and management.” […]


Posted Date: 06/05/2017

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California State Assembly passed legislation Thursday night that would prohibit state and local agencies from using resources to assist federal law enforcement authorities with marijuana enforcement against people in compliance with California state law. The successful Assembly floor vote means the bill, Assembly Bill 1578, has cleared its first house, before today’s […]


Posted Date: 06/05/2017

Scientists have conducted over 140 controlled clinical trials since 1975 assessing the safety and efficacy of whole-plant cannabis or specific cannabinoids, according to a new literature review published in the journal Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences. A team of German researchers identified 140 clinical trials involving an estimated 8,000 participants. Of these, the largest body […]


Posted Date: 06/05/2017

The oral administration of CBD (cannabidiol) reduces seizure frequency in children with intractable epilepsy, according to placebo-controlled, randomized trial data published in The New England Journal of Medicine. A team of investigators from the United States and England evaluated the effects of pharmaceutically standardized cannabidiol extracts (aka Epidiolex) versus placebo in 120 children and young […]


Posted Date: 06/05/2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA — There exists “minimal evidence” in support of an association between cannabis use by itself and the onset of psychotic symptoms in young people, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Investigators from the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry assessed the relationship between drug use and […]


Posted Date: 06/05/2017

BALTIMORE, MD — Cannabis exposure in utero is not associated with any significant, long-lasting adverse outcomes in offspring, according to a scientific review published online ahead of print in the journal Preventive Medicine. A pair of researchers from the University of Maryland, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of […]


Posted Date: 06/01/2017

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) thought he had the perfect case to help burnish his tough-on-pot prosecutorial credentials as he eyes the governorship in the socially conservative state. It didn’t work out that way, though. Eric Hagen, who was set to be sacrificed on the altar of Jackley’s ambitions, walked free last week […]


Posted Date: 06/01/2017

CARSON CITY, NV — Nevada’s anticipated July 1 start to recreational marijuana sales could be delayed following a judge’s ruling earlier this week on a complaint from the alcohol industry. A district judge issued an order Tuesday banning the state’s Department of Taxation from enforcing a May 31 application deadline for medical marijuana dispensaries applying […]


Posted Date: 05/31/2017

In the euphoric aftermath of marijuana legalization victories in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada last November, the marijuana blogosphere was alive with predictions about which states would be next to free the weed. But unlike the first eight states, which all legalized it via the initiative and referendum process, for legalization to win this year, […]


Posted Date: 05/31/2017

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) has vetoed a marijuana legalization bill, ending for now an effort that would have seen the state become the first to legalize pot through the legislative process. But Scott left open a “path forward” for passing the bill later this year, saying that if a handful of changes were made […]