Month: May 2019

Illinois lawmakers approve adult-use cannabis program that could hit $2 billion in sales

(This story has been updated to include statements from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.) Illinois on Friday became the country’s first state to legalize recreational marijuana cultivation and sales through its Legislature, a landmark move that paves the way for the creation of one of the nation’s largest adult-use cannabis markets offering “huge” business opportunities. Marijuana Business […]

Alabama bill to create medical marijuana study commission advances

Published 1 hour ago The Alabama Legislature might create a medical marijuana study commission that could recommend legislation for next year. The proposal is a compromise after a Senate-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana hit opposition in the House of Representatives. The House might vote Friday on the watered-down bill. State Sen. Tim Melson, a […]

How California Cannabis Cultivators Grapple With Extreme Weather

No matter how much experience they have under their belt, cultivators who choose to grow cannabis in an outdoor environment are at the full mercy of Mother Nature. Every few years, that constant battle intensifies for cannabis plants grown in the California sunshine, as they are forced to square off with El Niño, an irregularly […]

IL and NJ cannabis legislative moves, Harvard MJ research partnership & more

The Illinois Senate passes a recreational cannabis sales and taxation bill, an expansion of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program advances, Harvard and Canadian cannabis firm Atlas sign a medical research partnership – plus other important news from around the industry. Will Illinois mark an MJ first? Illinois could be on the verge of becoming the […]

New Jersey cannabis firms pivot to medical as adult-use prospects fade

Prospective businesses laid the groundwork in anticipation that lawmakers would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in New Jersey. They scouted locations, talked with municipal officials and worked with consultants. Some even secured real estate. But with a recreational market now still a ways off as legislators abandoned ship on their efforts to legalize it, […]

Arizona law firm ordered to pay $150K for meritless marijuana suit

Published 11 hours ago Arizona’s highest court has concurred that a Phoenix law firm must pay roughly $150,000 in legal fees for filing a frivolous lawsuit against the town of Snowflake and Copperstate Farms, a large medical cannabis grower. The suit challenged Snowflake’s decision in 2016 to issue a permit allowing Copperstate to cultivate marijuana […]

New Jersey Senate votes to advance medical marijuana expansion bill

Published 5 hours ago The New Jersey Senate voted 33-4 on Thursday to advance a bill that would boost medical marijuana sales and create new business opportunities in the state. Before the vote, the Senate amended Assembly Bill 10 to allow marijuana workers to join unions. Now, the measure will go back to the Assembly […]

How Can Whole-Plant CBD Oil and FDA-Approved Epidiolex Reduce Seizures?

One of the biggest roadblocks to treating any condition with cannabis medicine is restricted access. Even individuals with medical marijuana cards and approved conditions can still have trouble obtaining the treatment they seek due to haphazard state laws and a lack of federal regulation. On June 25, 2018, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the […]