New Hampshire Senate Delays Action on Marijuana Legalization Bill

Throughout much of this year, New Hampshire lawmakers have been considering a bill to legalize recreational weed. But now, after some initial successes, the bill has now stalled out. Yesterday, the New Hampshire Senate referred the bill back to the Judiciary Committee and voted to delay any further consideration of a recreational bill until December

Continue Reading

Illinois House May Vote on Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Today

As the sun set on Illinois Thursday, the state’s House Judiciary-Criminal Committee began discussing House Bill 1438, a bill to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. The discussion lasted three hours before finally coming to a vote at 11:20 p.m., passing with a 13-6 margin. The after-hours deliberation was necessary to get the bill to the

Continue Reading

140 People Scheduled to Testify on First Day of FDA Hearings on CBD

When the word dropped that the federal government was interested in knowing our conclusions on CBD, it seems to have spurred a wave of action. 140 people are signed up to testify at tomorrow’s public hearing in Silver Spring, Maryland, where agency representatives will consider testimony on the use and utilization of the drug. Topics

Continue Reading

[UPDATED] New Jersey Senate Expected to Vote on Medical Cannabis Expansion Today

Updated (May 30th, 2019): The New Jersey Senate voted in favor of the bill, with a tally of 33-4. The measure now heads to Governor Murphy’s desk. Original: 2019 has been an up and down year for cannabis law in New Jersey. With lawmakers considering new legislation on both the recreational and medical fronts, cannabis

Continue Reading

Governor of Colorado Signs Public Cannabis Consumption Bill

On Wednesday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill legalizing and regulating public cannabis consumption. Colorado cannabis advocates have been fighting for legalized public and social use since 2013. But their latest and most expansive attempt, House Bill 1230, finally broke through the Colorado Legislature this year. While establishing regulations for retail shops to set

Continue Reading

Illinois Senate Approves Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization Bill

Illinois cannabis advocates have been eagerly awaiting a recreational regulation bill forecasted by the governor and last night, they got the forward movement they craved. On Wednesday, the state’s Senate passed a bill legalizing a regulated cannabis industry, along with consumption, possession, and sale for residents 21 years and older. The plan, which will now

Continue Reading

Iowa Lawmakers Plan Attempt to Override Veto of Medical Marijuana Expansion

Two Democratic lawmakers in Iowa are calling for a special legislative session to override last week’s veto of a medical marijuana expansion bill by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. On Friday, Reynolds vetoed a bill (House File 732) that would make more patients eligible to use medical cannabis products and increase the allowable THC dosage for

Continue Reading

Study Links Medical Cannabis Legalization to Lower Opioid Prescription Rates

After two decades of going all-in on opioids, the medical community is now desperately searching for ways to de-escalate their use. What a powerful cabal of pharmaceutical manufacturers convinced doctors was a panacea to cure chronic pain and ease suffering has revealed itself to be the agent of a suffering of another sort: the nationwide

Continue Reading

Wisconsin Police Raid Rastafarian Church, Arrest Leaders For Distributing Cannabis

A showdown between a Wisconsin Rastafarian church and law enforcement over the church’s right to distribute marijuana to its congregants reached a climax on Wednesday morning. Dane County Narcotics Task Force raided Lion of Judah House of Rastafari, arrested its two founders, and detained several people on site. “We are practicing religious freedom,” said Jerry

Continue Reading

Researchers Find Synthetic CBD Effective in Treating Seizures in Rats

Researchers at the University of California Davis have determined that a synthetic analog to cannabidiol can be effective for treating seizures in lab rats. Results of the research led by Mark Mascal, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Chemistry in collaboration with the University of Reading, U.K., were published last week by the

Continue Reading