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.

Weed in Review: 2.9.18

Weed in Review: Friday, February 9, 2018

In the United States

Jeff Sessions: marijuana helped cause the opioid epidemic. The research: no. The research shows that, contrary to Sessions’ remarks, medical marijuana may help mitigate the crisis. Medical marijuana is an effective painkiller. The best review of the research to date on marijuana, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, looked at more than 10,000 studies to evaluate pot’s potential benefits and harms. The review concluded that there’s “conclusive evidence” for marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain, as well as multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

Seattle Moves To Dismiss Marijuana Misdemeanors: Seattle’s mayor and city attorney announced plans to ask the courts to vacate all misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions that were prosecuted before it was legalized in Washington state in 2012 — a move that could affect the records of hundreds of people. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes estimate more than 500 criminal convictions will be erased from court records.

Get ready for weed yoga: The first legal cannabis spa may be on its way: Owners of the Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa and Lounge submitted a social consumption application on Wednesday to the city of Denver in hopes of becoming the first “fully licensed, state-legal cannabis spa.” Which means you’ll be able to get baked and relax on the premises. If approved, Utopia will offer patrons “cannabis-infused massages, ganja yoga, and other cannabis-friendly activities to patrons 21 and older, as well as meditation coaching, educational seminars, and patient support and networking groups,” according to a press release.

Sessions’ war on pot could speed up marijuana legalization nationwide: This bureaucratic salvo is stirring fears that the Trump administration could be on the verge of a crackdown that could potentially jeopardize the nation’s growing number of legally operating pot businesses. However, based on my research and what I’ve learned while teaching the first US college course on the marijuana business at the University of Denver, I see no reason for supporters of legalization to panic. In fact, I believe that Sessions may have actually accelerated the process toward federal marijuana legalization.

Military veterans defy Jeff Sessions, fight for medical marijuana to kick opioid addiction: Army veteran CW4 Perry Parks reaches to lift a symbolic pill bottle that was placed in front of the White House by a group of medical marijuana supporters to raise awareness of opioid addiction.

Military Vets Are Among Factors Changing The Politics Of Pot: The politics of medical marijuana are changing as veterans turn to the drug to treat service-related conditions. Trump administration efforts to enforce anti-pot laws have faced bipartisan pushback.

Marijuana Facts: Biology of cannabis plants (what makes cannabis so special?)

Law Enforcement Weighs How To Police Marijuana With Federal Pressure: Law enforcement from around country convened in downtown Portland, Oregon, last week with one goal in mind: figure out how to regulate cannabis during the Trump administration.

Portland’s First Cannabis Bodega Mixes Weed and Grocery: Jeffrey’s is Portland’s first true cannabis bodega, a one-stop for tinctures, drinks, and munchies. With its reclaimed-wood, subdued wall art, and electric chandeliers, the mood inside is somewhere between subdued boutique and Portland bar—leaving aside the DayGlo candy wall spanning Swedish Fish, Haribo and Ritter Sport candy bars. After you sample chorizo you can refill your vape cartridges.

Texas’ first cannabis dispensary has opened near Austin, but don’t expect to find pot brownies: At Compassionate Cultivation’s dispensary near Austin, customers won’t find marijuana to smoke or pot brownies and gummy bears to eat. One product is for sale: a specific kind of cannabis oil. Only Texans with intractable epilepsy can purchase it.

Gimme Shelter: Massachusetts Lawmakers Push to Become a Marijuana Sanctuary State: The federal prosecutor is threatening to move against businesses operating legally under state law. Two legislators say local police shouldn’t help if they do. [This bill] would bar law enforcement officials in the state from complying with any federal-ordered crackdown on legal cannabis operations. They filed the bill in reaction to two significant events.

Ohio’s medical weed program:  Medical marijuana is expected to be available for the first time in Ohio this fall. Here’s what you need to know from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program…




Medical Research Updates

Allowing Access To Marijuana May Help States Fix Their Opioid Problem: The opioid epidemic has continued into 2018, and several state and local governments are now suing drug companies and doctors for alleged misleading advertising about the costs and benefits of opioids. While lawsuits may grab headlines, it’s not clear whether they will have any effect on the epidemic itself. So in the meantime, other remedies need to be considered, and marijuana may be one.

Colloquium on Cannabis Research: Five Facts About Cannabis Genomics: Daniela Vergara is a postdoctoral researcher in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. She has been studying the biology of Cannabis plants since 2013, by exploring the genomes of multiple cultivars including hemp and medical/recreational marijuana, and also by analyzing their biochemical diversity with data provided by Steep Hill labs. Lecture:  Friday, February 23 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Boulder, CO.

What Are Cannabis Flavonoids and What Do They Do?: When we consider the 200 or more bioactive compounds that have been discovered in cannabis, often the more widely understood phytocannabinoids and terpenes tend to steal the spotlight. But these aren’t the only important compounds produced by cannabis. Take flavonoids for example. They account for roughly 10% of these known compounds with around 20 varieties known to exist in cannabis.

The Top Medical Cannabis Studies of 2017: Ipart one of this series, we took a look at some of the most impactful studies in medical cannabis, specifically those relating to CBD. This next installment highlights several cannabis wins beyond CBD, as it shows promise in healthy aging, neurodegenerative disease, and more.


Uruguay Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Rate Has Plummetted: The small, progressive South American nation has ended its war on drugs and has no regrets.

Cash-strapped Greece sees growth in medical cannabis: Greece’s government says it’s fast-tracking plans to legalize growth of medical cannabis, arguing that growing interest from investors could help efforts to pull the country out of years of crisis. Legislation to legalize cannabis production was submitted to parliament Wednesday and is due to be voted on later this month.

Colombia Wants to Supply the World with Cannabis: One of the few countries that allows its businesses to ship cannabis abroad, Colombia is well-positioned to become a player in the international cannabis market. The South American country legalized cannabis for recreational use six years ago. Andres Lopez, head of the government agency that oversees the medical cannabis program, expects Colombia to meet 45% of global demand for the product by next year.

Final Hit: Nepal Cannabis Crackdown Targets Temple Hashish: Over the past six months, nearly 280 people have been arrested and 115 criminally charged in police raids on the city’s Pashupatinath Temple complex, a UN World Heritage Site that is annually visited by thousands of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and India alike. If a cannabis crackdown is going to be futile anywhere, it is in the Himalayan fastness of north Indian and Nepal, where the use of the herb and manufacture of its concentrated resin stretch back centuries and even millennia.

Here’s how you can make medicinal cannabis in New Zealand a reality: Parliament’s health select committee is looking for public submissions on the Government’s Bill that allows terminally ill people to possess and use cannabis. The Bill last week passed its first reading unanimously and opening it up for public submissions is the next step in the process.

Cannabis Beer Soon To Be Available — In Canada: [A]ccording to Lauren Eads, the Drinksbusiness.com, Canada’s Province Brands (PB) “filed the provisional patent for the ‘world’s first beers brewed from the cannabis plant.’” Other companies have produced wine and beer laced with cannabis, but according to the Drinksbusiness article, PB is the first company with a global reach to produce beers brewed entirely from the cannabis plant. The company bills its products as “alcohol-free, yet highly intoxicating.” They claim the products are low in calories, low in sugar, and — very important in today’s consumer climate — gluten free. The patent filing is about six months old.


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