Every five months Irvin Rosenfeld gets a FedEx shipment, courtesy of the federal government, containing six metal canisters, each with 300 perfectly rolled joints of what today would be considered rather mediocre weed. But the quality of the government-issue reefer matters less than the fact that Uncle Sam has been supplying him with it regularly since 1982, when Rosenfeld won the right to smoke cannabis for reasons of medical necessity under the auspices of the…"From MMJ to Special K"
I’m pretty sure that more ink has been spilled on the Secure and Fair Enforcement Act (“SAFE Banking”), than any other proposed cannabis law. It just won’t pass and it just won’t die. Specifically, SAFE Banking was introduced in 2017 and it passed the House seven times (seven times!) with bipartisan support since 2019. The public likes it too: here’s a November 2022 Data for Progress poll revealing that “By a +65-point margin, voters support…"How Important is the SAFE Banking Act, Anyway?"
Lawmakers in Michigan last week passed a resolution in which they called on members of the United States Congress, as well as the Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs, to “prioritize research and investment in non-technology treatment options for servicemembers and veterans who have psychological trauma as a result of military service.” The resolution spans three pages and was sponsored by more than 20 members of the Michigan legislature. It was approved in…"Michigan Lawmakers Call On Congress To Consider Psychedelic Treatment For Vets"
In recent years, the growing acceptance and legalization of marijuana for recreational and medicinal use have spurred extensive research into its effects on health and well-being. Amid this evolving landscape, a noteworthy study has surfaced, shedding light on a pressing concern: heavy metal contamination in marijuana. This study, conducted by a dedicated team at Columbia University, has revealed unsettling data indicating that certain marijuana users may unwittingly expose themselves to heightened levels of heavy metals,…"Why Are Heavy Metals, Like Lead and Cadmium, Testing So High in Cannabis Users’ Blood and Urine?"
The number of clinical trials using cannabis-based medicines to treat patients with symptoms from a variety of conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, and autism spectrum disorder, has increased dramatically since 2010, a new report found. Analysis and findings have been published this week by Prohibition Partners in The Pharmaceutical Cannabis Report: 3rd Edition, in collaboration with Cannabiscientia, just hours before the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent a recommendation to the Drug Enforcement Administration…"More than 600% Increase in Cannabis Clinical Trials Since 2010"
Earlier this year, the Food & Drug Administration disclosed that it would not regulate non-pharmaceutical CBD products, thereby putting the onus on Congress to devise an appropriate regulatory framework for cannabidiol and other hemp-derived cannabinoids. Solicited by a formal Congressional Request for Information (RFI) on ideas for how to regulate hemp-derived CBD, public feedback included a diverse range of perspectives from businesses, trade associations, and other stakeholders. But today’s “hemp” market has moved way beyond…"Memo to Congress: Fix the Farm Bill"
It’s no secret that the cannabis industry is on a steep decline in a variety of states, including California. We have time and again written about the specific woes plaguing the California cannabis industry. High taxes, a staggering credit crunch and collections problems, receiverships, rampant local prohibition, overregulation by the state, and the raging illegal market are just a few. Now, queue the California cannabis voters who may have initially supported this democratic experiment but…"California Cannabis Repeal? A Humboldt County Study"
In the world of cannabis fanatics, the search for the perfect strain is similar to Paddington Bear’s quest for the perfect marmalade cannabis strain. Among the myriad of options, one strain stands out like a beloved bear in a red hat, that is Marmalade. This strain has garnered a loyal following for its unique combination of flavours, effects, and overall experience. Aroma Marmalade cannabis strain alone evokes images of tangy sweetness, and this strain does…"Just Call Me Paddington Bear : Why Marmalade is My Favourite Weed Strain"
Each of the eight participants in the first 2024 Republican primary debates went to Milwaukee knowing they had to make an impact. It’s likely that they imagined this would be easier given the absence of Donald Trump, the attention-grabbing frontrunner currently crushing his opponents with ease despite his frankly impressive list of state and federal indictments covering a variety of crimes. Unfortunately for them, his absence only reminded viewers why he easily coasted to victory…"The First Republican Primary Debate Sucked for Everyone Except Trump"
NIH Survey Finds Cannabis Use Among Adults Highest Ever Recorded by Agency In 2021, the Monitoring the Future (MTF) panel study revealed noteworthy shifts in substance use patterns among young adults aged 19 to 30. Notably, the utilization of marijuana and hallucinogens within the past year experienced a significant surge compared to data from five and ten years prior. This surge marked a historic pinnacle for this age group since 1988. Simultaneously, the…"A New USA Record! – Government Survey Finds The Highest Level of Adult Cannabis Use Ever Recorded in US History"