Medical marijuana takes on opioids Two states are seeking to battle the deadly opioid epidemic by offering medical cannabis as a safer alternative to prescription painkillers. The New York Department of Health will permit anyone with an opioid prescription to use medical marijuana as an alternative treatment. Lawmakers in Illinois recently passed a bill that would allow those with opioid prescriptions to be part of the state’s medical cannabis program. Medical marijuana is being taken seriously as an alternative to opiates, which is welcome news to cannabis advocates nationwide. Canada legalizes cannabis Canada legalized recreational cannabis this week, and it’s
California’s marijuana regulations When recreational cannabis became legal in California on January 1st of this year, regulators provided a six-month grace period for businesses to become compliant with the new laws. That point is now just two weeks away, and many marijuana enterprises aren’t ready for the change. Get more information about how this might impact the California cannabis market here. Uruguay dealing with cannabis shortage Uruguay, the first nation to legalize marijuana, is facing cannabis supply troubles. The government has only licensed two cultivators to provide the marijuana sold at pharmacies, and they aren’t producing close to the amount
Congress’s new cannabis bill A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill that aims to protect state-legal cannabis industries. The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act is sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner, and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and David Joyce announced a companion bill in the House. If passed, the STATES Act would protect states with legal marijuana from federal interference by amending the Controlled Substances Act. Get the details here. Canada is getting closer to legal marijuana Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is dedicated to making marijuana legal by this summer. Now, he’s
Pesticides at illegal pot farms Pesticide use is rampant at illegal marijuana farms on California’s public lands, according to researchers and federal authorities. Carbofuran, an extremely toxic pesticide, was found at 72 percent of grow sites in 2017. For reference, a quarter of a teaspoon of Carbofuran can kill a 300 pound bear. It’s nasty stuff. Learn more about this environmental hazard here. Medical marijuana for pets is a possibility in New York New York may be expanding its medical marijuana law to include pets. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow veterinarians to recommend medical cannabis to pets.
Royal reefer If you love marijuana and are into the British royal family, there’s a new cannabis strain for you. Meghan Markle’s Oregon-based nephew created “Markle’s Sparkle,” a strain that celebrates (and capitalizes on) his aunt’s marriage to Prince Harry. Do you think Queen Elizabeth will give it a go? DEA marijuana busts decline In 2017, Drug Enforcement Agency agents confiscated 37% fewer cannabis plants than they did in 2016. While that is a massive drop, the feds still seized over 3 million marijuana plants last year. That’s a lot of bud. Nevada cannabis sales Nevada’s recreational marijuana industry is
San Francisco gets tech help in righting cannabis wrongs California’s Proposition 64 is known as the law that legalized recreational marijuana in the Golden State. What many don’t realize is that Prop 64 also authorized a pathway for Californians to have their prior cannabis-related convictions reduced or cleared. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón decided that his office would automatically apply the new law to all misdemeanor and felony cases from 1975 onward. It’s a mighty undertaking, and the DA’s office needed some help. Enter Code For America, a tech nonprofit working to develop an app that would help automate the conviction-clearing process. As