Massachusetts Officials and Lyft Launch Joint Sober Driving Campaign

With anticipation over the legal adult-use cannabis market building up, Massachusetts state officials are bracing for what they expect will be a surge in drug-related traffic accidents. To get ahead of the problem, state police, cannabis advocates and two popular ride-sharing platforms, Uber and Lyft, are teaming up to launch an education and enforcement campaign

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Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Votes to Legalize Marijuana

5,871 miles of open Pacific Ocean waters separate the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) from the coast of California. But the 15-island chain that makes up the United States’ westernmost territory is poised to do something no U.S. state has ever done. On Wednesday, 18 of CNMI’s 20 legislators voted to approve a

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Fewer Canadians Faced Cannabis Charges in Years Leading to Legalization

This story was originally published in Straight Cannabis. Even if one never spends a minute in jail, a charge for possessing cannabis can haunt a Canadian citizen for life. It can turn up in job interviews and at the border with the United States. Given the plant is relatively harmless to adults, a charge is a

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Study Finds Nearby Marijuana Dispensaries Don’t Impact Teen Weed Use

A California study has determined the presence of nearby medical marijuana dispensaries does not affect the rate of cannabis use by adolescents. Published in the July issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, the research “aimed to examine the availability of medical marijuana dispensaries, price of medical marijuana products, and variety of medical marijuana products in

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Florida Judge Finds Limit on Medical Cannabis Facilities Unconstitutional

In 2016, Florida voters broadly legalized cannabis for medical use by passing Amendment 2. The constitutional amendment went into effect on January 3, 2017. But over the course of that year, Florida’s legislature passed a series of bills limiting the medical marijuana program in substantial ways. One of those restrictions was a cap on the

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Oklahoma Governor Approves Revised Medical Marijuana Laws

Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma on Monday approved and signed revised regulations that exclude a number of obstructive proposals for the state’s new medical marijuana program. The emergency rules were approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Health last week. The regulations will govern the implementation of State Question 788, a medical marijuana initiative approved

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Study Finds Teens Who Vape More Likely to Consume Cannabis Later

The peer-reviewed medical journal Pediatrics has just published a new study on the relationship between teen tobacco use and subsequent cannabis use in teens. Researchers already know that smoking cigarettes can lead to trying marijuana, consuming it more often, and potentially lead to developing dependencies on both tobacco and cannabis. But studies have so far only

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Nevada’s Marijuana Tax Revenue Expected to Reach $70 Million This Year

When Nevada voters legalized cannabis for adult use in 2016, they did so not just with an eye toward the social and civic gains of legal weed, but also toward generating revenue through state taxes. Prior to the legalization vote, advocates made the case that a regulated cannabis industry would generate millions of dollars in

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Wrigley Gum Heir Becomes Chairman of Medical Marijuana Company

Chewing gum heir William H. Wrigley Jr. II has been named the chairman of the board of a medical marijuana company. The new position comes following a substantial investment in Surterra Wellness by the billionaire. Last September, Wrigley, who goes by the name Beau, made his initial investment in Surterra. And this year, he led

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Weed Grower Busted With Freshly Baked Pot Brownies on the Stove

Although it’s safe to say the legal marijuana industry has vastly changed the perception of weed, the illicit black market still remains largely intact. Sure, there are plenty of people ditching their friendly neighborhood drug dealers for the dispensary down the street. But considering the hefty price tag of legal weed—not to mention the fact that

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