Alaska Raked in $11 Million in Marijuana Tax Revenue This Year

The State of Alaska collected more than $11 million dollars in marijuana tax revenues from cultivators in the 2018 fiscal year, officials said Wednesday. The amount exceeded predictions from the Alaska Department of Revenue by nearly $2 million. The numbers reported Wednesday are for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The figures only include taxes

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Governor of Illinois Passes Law to Give Students Access to Medical Marijuana in School

The Associated Press is reporting that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed HB 4870 into law. The bill requires schools to let parents or guardians administer medical cannabis to children at school. Parents and caregivers of sick children are celebrating Gov. Rauner’s signing of the bill, which passed the state House in April and the

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Study Shows Increased Cancer Survival Rates Among Mice Given CBD

Laboratory mice with pancreatic cancer that were treated with cannabidiol (CBD) in conjunction with chemotherapy lived as much as three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study released Monday. CBD is a non-psychoactive substance found in cannabis that shows great promise in the treatment of several serious medical conditions

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San Francisco Bans Cannabis Dispensaries in Chinatown

On Tuesday, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 to ban dispensaries in the city’s historic Chinatown district. The vote changes the city’s planning code to prohibit both medical and recreational dispensaries from doing business in the neighborhood. San Francisco Supervisors say they made the move in an effort to protect Chinatown’s long-time residents and

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Research Suggests That THC May Be Effective in Treating Epilepsy in Children

The results of two recent studies suggest that THC may be effective in treating epilepsy. The news comes amid numerous reports that another cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), may also be a viable treatment for seizure disorders. The work of medical researchers in Canada and Australia may indicate that cannabis medications with a combination of cannabinoids may

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New York City Officially Ends Prosecution of Marijuana Possession and Use

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced on Tuesday that his office will no longer prosecute most charges for the use or possession of marijuana. Beginning Wednesday, prosecutors will not file charges for such offenses committed in New York City. A release from the district attorney’s office outlining the new policy listed two possible exceptions. Offenders

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Canadian Company Starting Cannabis Education Courses for Employers

A Canadian consulting company will soon be starting cannabis education for employers, according to a report from the CBC. The Alberta firm, Cannabis at Work, will offer courses to help employers navigate the Canadian legalization of cannabis. The classes are designed to help companies understand how the law impacts employers that may have workers who

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Detroit Officials Vote to Limit Number of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Allowed in City

The Detroit City Council voted Tuesday to limit the number of medical marijuana dispensaries that will be allowed to operate within city limits. No more than 75 cannabis retail shops will be permitted under an ordinance adopted by the council without debate. The measure, which was proposed by council member James Tate in June, also

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Philadelphia University Launches ‘Shark Tank’-Style Competition for Weed Start-Ups

The Jefferson Accelerator Zone, a “command central’ for entrepreneurial innovation at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, is sponsoring a “Shark Tank”-style competition for weed and hemp start-ups. The contest, the first ever of its kind to be sponsored by a university, will award substantial prizes and legal services to one winner and two runners-up. Applications

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After Cannabis, Canadian Government Won’t Decriminalize Any Other Drugs

Despite the legalization of cannabis currently underway in Canada, the country will not be decriminalizing any other drugs, according to a government official. Thierry Belair, a spokesman for Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, told the CBC that the federal government has no plans for further decriminalization. The government announcement comes amid calls from major Canadian cities to

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