Don’t Fight The Tape: Cannabis Stocks Subject To Broad Market Swings

Investors may be lulled into thinking that stocks they own or study in the cannabis space are insulated from what’s happening in the broader market.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Unless you’ve been hiding under a financial rock, you’ve seen just how volatile major stock indexes have been for the past week. It’s been a wild ride as the S&P 500, which represents the largest companies in America, has slid as much as 5% and risen nearly as much—in the same day! Read the full article…

Want To Reduce Illegal Immigration? End The Drug War.

Addressing drug war violence in Mexico and Central America will help curb illegal immigration into the U.S.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Several GOP presidential hopefuls have over the last few weeks offered wildly extreme and generally unrealistic proposals for deterring illegal immigration — largely spurred by Donald Trump’s grandiose plan to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, then let a few of the “good ones” back in, all while building a Read the full article…

Scientists Fear Legalization Will Lead To GMO Marijuana

cannabis has many medical benefits

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A team of researchers at Phylos Bioscience launched the Cannabis Evolution Project last year in an effort to map the genetic structure of marijuana, effectively protecting the biodiversity of cannabis from corporate interests, such as Monsanto, which might be tempted to capitalize on legal weed by securing exclusive patents on select strains. For years Read the full article…

Marijuana Does Not Affect Brain Volume, Study Finds

A new study suggests using marijuana does not cause changes in brain volume.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Using marijuana does not cause changes in brain volume, a new study suggests. Public health experts have cited concerns that using marijuana could be associated with structural changes in the brain. However, a new trial comparing the brains of marijuana users and non-users to their siblings reveals that marijuana use likely does not cause Read the full article…

Black Lives Matter Organizers Call For Marijuana Decriminalization

Activists leading the fight to stop the killing of African Americans by police officers unveiled a series of policy proposals on Friday.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Activists leading the fight to stop the killing of African Americans by police officers unveiled a series of policy proposals on Friday aimed at converting the attention the Black Lives Matter movement has generated into fundamental reforms that could transform the way law enforcement interacts with the communities it is charged with serving and protecting. Included Read the full article…

Bernie Sanders Announces Bill To Abolish Private Prisons, Hints At Marijuana Policy Platform

The presidential contender continues to rise in the polls and sensible Drug War reforms will only increase his standing with the Democratic base.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Bernie Sanders isn’t done talking about criminal justice reform — in fact, he’s merely getting started. The presidential contender continues to rise in the polls and sensible Drug War reforms will only increase his standing with the Democratic base. Appearing at a campaign rally in Nevada on Tuesday, the Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Read the full article…

Sheriffs Are Asking For Armored Trucks To Wage War On Marijuana. Yes, Really.

A number of sheriff's departments have requested mine resistant armored vehicles specifically in order to combat marijuana in their communities.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:   If you’re going to wage war on drugs, you need to be outfitted like a warrior. That seems to be the rationale behind hundreds of police department requests for armored trucks submitted to the Pentagon between 2012 and 2014. The requests, unearthed in a FOIA request by Mother Jones magazine, shed light on how Read the full article…

Company Patents Cannabinoid-Releasing Chewing Gum

AXIM Biotechnologies recently acquired intellectual rights for a U.S. patent for time-release cannabidiol chewing gum.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  It’s a perfect storm situation for AXIM Biotechnologies. July 9, The FDA announced serious warnings for NSAIDs anti-inflammatory drugs- drugs which AXIM say their medicated gum can replace. AXIM  recently acquired intellectual rights for a U.S. patent for time-release cannabidiol chewing gum. CanChew Biotechnologies will hold the patent for production with a 50 year licensing agreement with AXIM. Read the full article…

Ending Job Discrimination Against Marijuana Smokers

One of the most troubling aspects of current marijuana policy in this country, even in those states that have legalized marijuana, is the continuing job discrimination faced by those who smoke marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  One of the most troubling aspects of current marijuana policy in this country, even in those states that have legalized marijuana, is the continuing job discrimination faced by those who smoke marijuana. In 49 states (Arizona is the sole exception), a private employer is legally free to fire anyone who tests positive Read the full article…

Marijuana Law Creates Confusion But Finds Growing Acceptance In District

The new world of marijuana in the nation’s capital is one where residents have been able to legally possess, privately consume and grow limited amounts of pot since February.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  About 30 party guests wearing suits and summer dresses mingled in the candlelit back yard of a small, private home in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Northwest Washington and snacked on hors d’oeuvres to the sound of jazz. Instead of cocktails, they sipped gourmet coffee and tea infused with marijuana. In the Read the full article…