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Washington Cannabis: What to Watch for in 2021

Because this is the beginning of the year, and because I have had many clients ask me about the status of Washington’s cannabis market lately, I wanted to weigh in on my predictions for Washington cannabis developments in 2021. WSLCB Rules Even though we would consider Washington’s marijuana market quite mature when compared to many …

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Trump’s Final Clemency: Among Usual Suspects, Pot Prisoners and Hip Hop Producers

Editors note: as this story develops, we will update throughout the day with the most recent information. In addition to the predictable recipients of Donald Trump’s clemency powers—war criminals, corrupt political allies, racketeers, and gun law violators like Lil Wayne—a handful of non-violent pot and drug-related prisoners are also benefiting, thanks to criminal justice advocates …

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Michigan Dispensary Gives Cannabis for COVID Vaccinations

A Michigan dispensary has come up with an incredibly creative idea to get people on board with the concept of vaccination: offer free cannabis to those willing to get the vaccine.  Calling their promotion “Pot for Shots,” Greenhouse of Walled Lake in Michigan is determined to help up the vaccination rate and get us closer …

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Inflammation And Obesity: Can Cannabis Help Break The Cycle?

It is thought that CBD can work to combat inflammation throughout the body. Like many chronic lifestyle-related diseases, inflammation is at the core. Obesity may be no different. When it comes to obesity, doctors oftentimes prescribe medications to treat the accompanying co-morbidities, such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and dysregulated blood glucose. Some note, …

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Is France Moving Towards A Legalization Of Cannabis?

France has some of the harshest cannabis laws in Europe–it has been illegal in the country since 1970, the state doesn’t allow medicinal use, and there is no distinction in law between personal use and trafficking, as there is in some countries. However, France has the highest reported use of cannabis in Europe. Between 2015 …

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California Hasn’t Seen An Increase In Young Adult Cannabis Use Since Legalization

Adult-use cannabis in California has brought quite a few changes to the state, including easier access to needed medicine and a thriving cannabis tourism scene. However, there has been no marked increase in young adult cannabis use since the start of legalization.  The recently published study, which was published in the Addictive Behavior journal and …

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DEA’s Latest Policy Change Another Burden on Cannabis Research

CANNABIS CULTURE –  Dr. John Streicher of the University of Arizona says the DEA’s new regulations offer no help to researchers — and he’s not the only one. “From my point of view it makes no difference at all,” Streicher says under the new rules he will still need to file for a Schedule I …

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USDA Hemp Final Rule: Hits and Misses

Last Friday, January 15th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (the “USDA”) announced today’s publication of its hemp production final rule in the Federal Register, which will go into effect on March 22, 2021. This final rule builds on the interim final rule (the “IFR”) that was published on October 31, 2019. It includes revisions based …

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“America is Back”: Chelsea Handler Debuts Cannabis Line for Inauguration Day

The comedian curated the mix of products for the kit with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support Cage Free Repair, a cannabis reform nonprofit. Cannabis enthusiast Chelsea Handler has teamed up with dispensaries Sweet Flower and The Apothecarium to launch the “America is Back Kit,” a curated mix of her favorite brands and …

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At Last, Mexico Publishes Medical Cannabis Regulations

Last week, our neighbor to the South took a significant step forward in cannabis reform, when Mexico’s health ministry published rules regulating the use of medicinal cannabis. This will hopefully be the first of many major cannabis reform measures in Mexico this year. The Mexican government issued regulations on their three-year-old medical marijuana program. This …

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