California’s First Wine & Weed Symposium Major Success

“Our goals were to educate the wine industry on the current state of legalization of cannabis and to establish a dialogue between the two industries,”

CALIFORNIA:  The Wine Industry Network (WIN) hosted nearly 500 people to the first Wine & Weed Symposium on August 3rd at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA. The one-day business focused conference was intended to create a dialogue between the wine and cannabis industries and examine the impact that the legalization of recreational cannabis Read the full article…

Uruguay: Pharmacies Begin Selling Cannabis Over The Counter

Cannabis sales are limited only to those citizens who participate in the state's marijuana registry. Foreign tourists are not permitted to purchase cannabis at this time.

URUGUAY: Select pharmacies began selling cannabis over the counter last week, as long-awaited regulations took effect on Wednesday. Cannabis sales are limited only to those citizens who participate in the state’s marijuana registry. Foreign tourists are not permitted to purchase cannabis at this time. Marijuana flowers are capped at a price of $1.30 a gram. Federal officials initially approved legislation in 2013 Read the full article…

Criminal Justice Referrals Driving Youth Marijuana Treatment Admissions

Since the late 1990s, both youth use of marijuana and the prevalence of cannabis use disorder by young people have declined significantly.

NEW YORK:  Over half of all young people entered into drug treatment for marijuana are placed there by the criminal justice system and this percentage is increasing, according to data published online in the journal Substance Use & Misuse. A team of researchers from Binghamton University in New York and the University of Iowa reviewed youth marijuana treatment admission data Read the full article…

New Hampshire: Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession Offenses

Governor signs marijuana decriminalization bill into law.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation into law decriminalizing minor marijuana offenses. The new law, which takes effect in mid-September, eliminates criminal penalties for the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis and/or up to five grams of hashish for those age 18 and older. First and second time offenders will face a $100 Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Dispensaries Deter Crime

crime is down in towns with legal weed

CALIFORNIA: The forced closure of medical cannabis retail facilities is associated with an uptick in crime, according to data published in the Journal of Urban Economics. University of Southern California researchers assessed the impact of dispensary closures on crime rates in the city of Los Angeles. Investigators analyzed crime data in the days immediately prior to and then immediately Read the full article…

Poll: Americans Want States, Not The Feds, To Have Final Say Regarding Marijuana Policies

Americans Want States, Not The Feds, To Have Final Say Regarding Marijuana Policies

NEW YORK: By a margin of more than six to one, Americans say that individual states should be autonomous with regard to laws governing the use and sale of marijuana, according to survey data compiled by Survey USA and commissioned by the advocacy group Marijuana Majority. Seventy-six percent of respondents – including supermajorities of Republicans (72 percent), Independents (78 Read the full article…

From Threat To Joke: How Are Your Cops Treating Weed?

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By Bailey Hirschburg My old spectrum for judging cops on pot ranged from “Officer I’m still cool” to “Sheriff Buzzkill.” But I’m wondering if it’s out of date. “Officer I’m still cool” was typically a local cop at protests or public events. He would always remind you he didn’t MAKE pot laws, he was just ENFORCING them. Read the full article…

Poll: Marijuana Safer Than Opioids, But Moms Shouldn’t Use

Pot is safer than opiods

By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press COLORADO: Americans think it’s safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain, but they were less comfortable with children and pregnant women using pot to treat medical conditions, according to a new Yahoo/Marist poll released Monday. Two-thirds of the respondents in the telephone survey said opioid drugs such as Vicodin Read the full article…

Poll: Support For Marijuana Legalization Climbing

pot is popular

ILLINOIS: The percentage of Americans who “think the use of marijuana should be legal” has increased dramatically over the past ten years and now stands at a record high, according to polling data compiled by the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey. The survey has tracked adults’ opinions on legalizing marijuana since the early 1970s. The survey reports that 57 Read the full article…

Canada: Trudeau Administration Seeks To Legalize Marijuana By July 2018

Canadians love to smoke pot

CANADA:  Legislation is anticipated from the Trudeau administration in early April to regulate the use, production, and sale of marijuana. In 2015, the Liberal Party pledged to “legalize and regulate” marijuana if Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister. The forthcoming legislation will likely be modeled after recommendations issued in 2016 by a federal task force. Members of the task force called on Read the full article…