Month: March 2019

Alaska’s on-site marijuana consumption rules await lieutenant gov’s pen

Published March 7, 2019 Alaska has moved closer to allowing on-site consumption of cannabis at specially authorized stores, a move that could generate $2.4 million in new revenue, according to an informal industry analysis. The state’s Department of Law found no legal problems with the rules approved by marijuana regulators in December that will govern […]

Psychologists Urge Justice Department to Authorize Cannabis Applications

The American Psychological Association (APA) called on the Department of Justice to evaluate the more than two dozen applications for research cannabis cultivation that have gone unanswered since 2017. APA President Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., penned the letter directly to U.S. Attorney General William Barr in which he noted there was “no longer any […]

Illicit cannabis sales in Canada decline after legalization

Early sales of regulated adult-use cannabis chipped away at the illicit market in the final quarter of last year – the first period of legal recreational cannabis sales – with black market purchases declining 8% in the October-December period, according to fresh data from Statistics Canada. Legalization came into force in mid-October. Illicit cannabis sales declined from […]

New Mexico House approves adult-use marijuana bill combining state, private retailers

Published March 8, 2019 The New Mexico House narrowly approved a compromise bill that would allow the sales of recreational marijuana through a combination of state-run and private stores. The compromise legislation OK’d Thursday incorporates features of a Senate bill that called for state-run stores and tight restrictions with what was initially a much more business-friendly […]

L.A. City Council pushes ahead with cannabis licensing and enforcement proposals

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday forged ahead with two cannabis industry proposals: one to clamp down on illegal shops and one to start another licensing round. The first proposal, to cut off utilities for unlicensed shops that have been running amok in L.A. for years, passed quickly. The second, however, involved much more heated […]

Women Report Better Sex, Stronger Orgasms After Using Marijuana

Want a more satisfying time in the bedroom? A quick toke or two may do the trick, according to a new study in the journal Sexual Medicine. While scientific evidence about the effects of marijuana use on sexual functioning is limited, there’s plenty of anecdotal claims online about cannabis improving libido, arousal, and orgasm. So […]

Chart: Farmer and rancher perceptions of cannabis reflect nationwide acceptance

As cannabis becomes more mainstream, there’s increasing acceptance of growing and using the plant – even among conventional farmers and ranchers. In a recent Farm Journal survey, respondents said they were more comfortable with CBD and medical applications of cannabis than THC and recreational applications. Survey respondents also were more agreeable to growing than consuming […]

Study: Researchers Link Low Endocannabinoids to Autism Disorders

Autism spectrum disorders, which can be diagnosed in children as young as 18 months, can affect people in a host of ways: sensitivity to noise, gastrointestinal disorders,  seizures, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and attention issues. In the U.S., about one in 59 children are affected by some form of autism, according to the Centers for […]

Studies: Patients Using Cannabis for Pain Relief Depend Less on Opioids

More than 3.8 million people in the United States misuse opioids, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, 130 people die from opioid-related drug overdoses each day. In this context, the use of medicinal cannabis as an opioid alternative is gaining momentum, with many touting it as a safe source of […]