A new era dawns for marijuana in Colorado. But some believe relaxed rules go too far.

The 2019 legislative session may one day be remembered as a turning point for the marijuana industry in Colorado — the moment it came to be viewed not as a challenge to be controlled, but as an opportunity to be embraced. Cannabis advocates and critics alike largely attribute the shift to the man in the governor’s...

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Industrial hemp rule delays may mean no Butte County crop this year

“The only thing we are lacking is regulation,” Mendoza told the board. The feds plan to have rules completed by fall to govern the 2020 growing season, but allowed states to develop interim rules for this year. The state Department of Food and Agriculture submitted a set of rules last Nov....

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Nikki Fried: Florida Hemp Program Would Create An ‘Industrial Revolution’

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried ran on a platform of what she called 'the three W’s': weapons, water and weed. Within months of her swearing in, it’s that last W that’s already generating a buzz around the state. The Florida legislature passed a smokable medical marijuana bill...

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Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed, Pot? Just Call It a Job Machine

SAN FRANCISCO — David Dancer is a 48-year-old marketing executive who has worked for big brands like Charles Schwab and Teleflora. A year ago, he got a call from a recruiter for a different kind of company: MedMen, a cannabis retailer that has been called “the Apple Store of weed.” The opening...

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Why the 1970s Effort to Decriminalize Marijuana Failed

That booming paraphernalia market, however, would also prove to be decriminalization’s undoing. By 1978, rates of adolescent marijuana use had skyrocketed, with 1 in 9 high school seniors smoking pot every day and children as young as 13 reporting that the drug was “easy to get.” This angered a growing...

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5 Burning Questions You Might Have About Visiting A Marijuana Dispensary

If you don't live in one of the 11 states where recreational marijuana use is legal, the thought of going to a marijuana dispensary might seem intimidating. But buying marijuana at a dispensary is really no more nerve-wracking that going to a high-end coffee shop with super knowledgeable baristas — if have...

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Congressional Democrats Focus Heavily on Cannabis Reform

For the first time ever, congressional democrats included a panel at their policy retreat that was focused entirely on cannabis reform. Last Thursday morning was the panel at the House Democrats’ gathering, with cannabis advocates sharing their point of view on why reform is not only a necessity in this...

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USDA Issues First Guidance on Legal Hemp, But Don’t Expect Federal Regulations Until Late 2019

While the roll-out of hemp regulations in the wake of the 2018 Farm Bill is continuing in fits and starts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture did open the door to hemp seed imports. Jessica Wasserman, a partner in Greenspoon Marder’s cannabis law practice, tells Cannabis Business Times that it’s...

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Insights on marijuana and opioid use in people with cancer

A new study reveals that many people with cancer use marijuana, and rates of use in the U.S. have increased over time. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also found that patients with cancer are more likely to use prescription opioids than...

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