CSU Researchers Test Hemp’s Heartiness In US

Colorado State University has started to research hemp by planting 17 varieties of hemp on just less than a half acre.

COLORADO:  Somewhere in Northern Colorado, just starting to peek out above the corn stalks that surround it, is an often misunderstood and recently approved test crop. Colorado State University is starting to research hemp, a plant with practical uses but which is also the same species as marijuana, cannabis sativa. CSU researchers planted 17 varieties 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…

Metro’s Top Cop Says He Wants To Keep Medical Pot Businesses Safe

Clark County's top law enforcement officer told a room full of marijuana business owners Thursday that he wants to work with them.

NEVADA:  In a state where selling pot could once net you life in prison, Clark County‘s top law enforcement officer told a room full of marijuana business owners Thursday that he wants to work with them. Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who heads the 3,200-officer Metropolitan Police Department, made light of the historic nature of his appearance at a Read the full article…

Scientists Fear Legalization Will Lead To GMO Marijuana

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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…

Doctor Fights Charges He Misled Patients About Marijuana

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ILLINOIS:  Supporters of an Illinois doctor who’s in trouble for a marijuana recommendation say his case could have a chilling effect on other doctors’ participation in the state’s medical cannabis pilot program. Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, 36, faces possible suspension or revocation of his license for multiple violations of the Medical Practice Act. He is Read the full article…

Questions Linger Around State’s Medical Marijuana Program

The New York State Department of Health continues to say medical marijuana will be available to patients by this coming January, but families and advocates aren't so sure.

NEW YORK:  The New York State Department of Health continues to say medical marijuana will be available to patients by this coming January, but families and advocates aren’t so sure. Christine Emerson has been fighting for the medicine for her daughter Julia. “It takes 3 months to grow and harvest the plants,” Emerson said. “So 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…

Official: Oregon Hemp Industry Not What Was Envisioned

A state agriculture official said Tuesday that Oregon's hemp industry is not turning out the way lawmakers envisioned.

OREGON:  A state agriculture official said Tuesday that Oregon’s hemp industry is not turning out the way lawmakers envisioned, so the department will recommend changes to the law regulating how it is grown. The law authorizing industrial hemp production in Oregon was written to regulate it as an agricultural crop, with large fields of densely Read the full article…

Marijuana Enforcement Division Mulling Some Big Changes

Politicians, state administrators, doctors and industry stakeholders have been meeting and discussing potential game-changing rules for Colorado’s marijuana industry — all of which will be presented at a hearing at the end of the month.

COLORADO:  Over the past several weeks, dozens of politicians, state administrators, doctors and industry stakeholders have been meeting and discussing potential game-changing rules for Colorado’s marijuana industry — all of which will be presented at a hearing at the end of the month, when public feedback will be sought. As part of the state Marijuana Read the full article…

When California’s Raging Wildfires Burn Marijuana Fields, Should You Worry?

Wildfires have burned tens of thousands of acres across California in recent weeks, including many areas where marijuana growers plant their crops.

CALIFORNIA:  Wildfires have burned tens of thousands of acres across California in recent weeks, including many areas where marijuana growers plant their crops. Can firefighters battling blazes near them — or really anyone, if they get close enough — get high? “Unfortunately, no. Or fortunately, no, depending on your perspective,” said Ryan Vandrey, an associate Read the full article…