Weed in Review: 4.20

Weed in Review: Friday, April 20, 2018

Cannabis News In the United States

The History of 4/20: Around the world, April 20th is considered to be a holiday for weed with celebrations happening all over the place. The holiday ends usually at 4:20 pm, when everyone smokes together at once. Many people are unsure of the origins of this holiday, and they are still a little hazy.

Is the Senate Coming Closer to Ending Cannabis Prohibition?: The most recent news in the world of cannabis has shown that Congress could potentially be working to legalize the use of cannabis nationwide. One of Congress’s most vocal personnel against the use of drugs has now stated that he would like to begin the process of ending federal cannabis prohibition.

Yet another Texas poll shows strong support for marijuana legalization: According to a study conducted April 12-17 by Quinnipiac University, a solid 61% of Texans support “allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.” That follows a poll from 2017, which found that 53% of Texans would support rec legalization, along with a 2016 study that showed 71% were behind the legalization of medical cannabis.

800-plus recreational marijuana businesses seek priority licensing in Massachusetts: Massachusetts regulators are allowing would-be recreational cannabis businesses to submit applications for priority certification, and so far more than 800 firms have done so – a sign of strong demand for rec licenses.

Metric Coffee Unveils Cannabis Cold Brew on 4/20: Typically serving its patrons liquid fuel, beginning tomorrow, 4/20, Chicago’s celebrated micro-roaster Metric Coffee—which landed in West Fulton a year and a half ago—will help denizens mellow out. Partners Ben Houtkamp, Darko Arandjelovic, and Xavier Alexander are introducing a limited-run batch of Hellion Cold Brew—sister brand to Metric—laced with cannabis ($13), or more specifically CBD (cannabidiol), the plant’s legal, non-psychoactive compound that’s lauded for a laundry list of therapeutic and medicinal benefits, like decreasing anxiety, alleviating pain, and combatting inflammation.

High Times Cannabis Cup 4/20 Event Rejected in Southern California: The San Bernardino, California, City Council late Wednesday denied High Times’ application the needed approval to run the event, one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

City Hall Goes Green, for the Retail Cannabis Hiring Fair: San Francisco has blazed another trail in the legal marijuana movement. The city that opened the nation’s first public marijuana dispensary, the home of the author of the first-ever statewide medical-marijuana legalization and the birthplace of the Summer of Love just hosted the Retail Cannabis Hiring Fair — the first cannabis job fair held inside a city hall.

These Female Entrepreneurs Are Cultivating a Modern Cannabis Lifestyle: Behind many of these emerging companies are female entrepreneurs, who want you to see cannabis as a natural part of self-care, right alongside your stylish skin creams and cold-pressed juices.

Marijuana Edibles Make the List of Top 10 Food Trends This Year: Delectable pastries and popular candies infused with marijuana are enormously popular wherever they are legal.

3 “Marijuana Firsts” You Should Expect in 2018: 1. A developed country legalizes the sale of recreational marijuana, 2. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a cannabinoid-based drug, 3. Seniors change their tune on pot

Medical marijuana in Louisiana could be ready by fall 2018: Medical marijuana products could be available to Louisiana patients as early as September — 40 years after state lawmakers first approved marijuana for medical use.

Medical Research Updates on Cannabis

FDA Panel Votes To Approve Marijuana-Based Drug For Epilepsy: A panel of experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration voted thirteen to zero that the agency should approve a marijuana-based drug to treat rare forms of epilepsy.

FDA Seeks Comments on Potential Marijuana Reclassification Under International Drug Control Treaty: The Food and Drug Administration requested comments in a notice published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2018 concerning the “abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use” of five marijuana-related substances: cannabis plant and resin; extracts and tinctures of cannabis; delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); stereoisomers of THC; and cannabidiol (CBD).  The comments will be considered in preparing a response from the United States to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s request for information regarding “the legitimate use, harmful use, status of national control and potential impact of international control” for each of these substances.

Cannabis News Worldwide

Israeli pharmacies to begin selling cannabis products on April 20: On April 20, Israelis will be able to pick up medical cannabis products at their local pharmacies. That’s according to an announcement from the Ministry of Health. The pharmacy pilot program is the latest development in the Israeli government’s cannabis reform policy.

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Cannabis News In the United States

CANNABIS IN NEW YORK CITY Part 2, Is Cannabis Legal in New York City?: Well…it’s Complicated: In a word, no. For people without a state-issued medical cannabis card, cannabis possession and use are illegal in New York State, and in New York City. In New York City, possession of cannabis has been decriminalized but not legalized. Possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis may result in a $100 violation (similar to a traffic ticket) for a first offense.

Investment In Marijuana Industry Has Grown 600 Percent so Far in 2018: So much for concerns about a federal government crackdown. Much like the reaction by many public officials and consumers to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ rescinding the Cole memo, financial backers in the marijuana industry seem unconcerned. Certainly, they’ve been willing to pony up a boatload of dollars so far in 2018 to back marijuana-related ventures. How big a boatload? About $1.23 billion in just the first five weeks of the year, according to a report from Viridian Cannabis Deal Tracker, a service that monitors merger and acquisition deals and investment in the legal marijuana industry.

Indiana Senate Passes Bill Easing Cannabis Oil Restrictions: The measure was approved Tuesday on a 37-12 vote and previously passed the House. But because changes were made in the Senate, the House must still sign off on the measure or seek to negotiate the details further.

Lawmakers consider allowing medical cannabis use at school: Schools in Illinois could soon allow students to take medical cannabis at school. A House committee discussed HB4870 on Wednesday that would allow parents to give their kids cannabis on school grounds if ordered by a doctor.

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Organized opposition emerges for Oklahoma medical cannabis campaign: A statewide initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma has already been assured a spot on the ballot in a special election this June, and this week an organized political group emerged to fight the measure. State Question 788 will go before Oklahoma voters on June 26. Standing in MMJ’s way, however, is Oklahomans Against 788, a group run by a former law enforcement officer, Oklahoma City TV station KOCO reported.

Home delivery a big sales driver for Florida medical marijuana companies: Florida medical cannabis producers are seeing increased sales thanks to their ability to deliver products to customers at home. Some companies report that up to 50% of their sales stems from home deliveries, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.

North Carolina agriculture chief blasts DEA over hemp confusion: North Carolina’s top hemp regulator is sick of interference from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a speech at the Southern Farm Show in Raleigh last week that the federal drug agency is not supposed to use any resources to intervene in the growing and processing of hemp, Southeast FarmPress reported. “That’s the furthest thing from the truth,” Troxler said. “DEA still considers industrial hemp marijuana, a (Schedule 1) narcotic, and they regulated it that way.” Troxler said during the speech that state agriculture officials need to demand hemp clarity from Congress, according to Southeast FarmPress.

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Medical Research Updates on Cannabis

Medical Cannabis for Pain May Reduce Need for Opioids: The use of appropriate dosing of medical cannabis and following key treatment regimen recommendations can lead to “remarkable” improvements in pain and a reduced need for opioids in both adults and children, two pain specialists suggest.

Learn the latest on medical cannabis research at #AHCJ18: Ever since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, federal policy has held that marijuana has no accepted medical use and is a dangerous drug in the category of heroin and LSD. Yet, as 29 states have approved marijuana for medical use and nine passed laws allowing for adult recreational use, modern medical marijuana clinical trials have unfolded in the United States, forging new frontiers in cannabis research.

Clinical Trial: Use Of Herbal Cannabis Safe And Effective In Cancer PatientsJerusalem, Israel: Cannabis administration is associated with the subjective improvement of symptoms in patients with cancer, according to clinical data published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine.

Cannabis News Worldwide

Israel’s parliament unanimously votes to progress cannabis decriminalization: ‘The law is far from perfect, but it’s a foot in the door on the way to full legalization.’ The proposal would mean those caught smoking marijuana would be fined rather than arrested and prosecuted.

Marijuana College Classes In Canada: With recreational marijuana sales expected to start this summer in Canada, colleges have rushed to get cannabis-related classes on the curriculum. One such course comes from Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, which is now offering a monthly course on medical cannabis fundamentals for business. So many have signed up for the course that it will become a twice-a-month class starting in April. The course costs about $400 for two, seven-hour classes.

Women in Cannabis: So how do women differ from men as cannabis consumers? It turns out women choose more often to medicate with high CBD strains and cannabis oils. “Women are more apt to consume cannabis for personal care,” says Audrey Wong, Director of Provincial Distribution Partnerships at Aurora. “Consumers overall are moving from smoking to less harmful methods of consumption, and that’s especially true among women,” she adds.

Germany’s medical marijuana market poised for a breakout year: Germany is on track to become one of the world’s largest medical marijuana markets this year as insured patient numbers soar, MMJ imports rise and the country prepares for domestic cultivation.


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