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This Washington Bar Lost Its Liquor License For Letting People Smoke Weed

This Washington Bar Lost Its Liquor License For Letting People Smoke Weed Steve Elliott | Jul 7, 2018 While ending arrests for adult marijuana possession is certainly a good thing, legalization itself is a mixed bag. Among the consequences of bringing the culture of cannabis out of the underworld and into the light is a certain bureaucratic regimentation. All at once, by-the-book guys in suits are in charge. This seems an almost inevitable outcome when the state is suddenly enforcing stringent rules on what, for decades, had been an outlawRead More


Farmer Tom Joins TV Town Hall To Talk Legalization and Normalization In Washington

Farmer Tom Joins TV Town Hall To Talk Legalization and Normalization In Washington July 3, 2018 | MJ News Network I’m always looking for opportunities to preach the good word about cannabis, as part of my #TodayWeFarm campaign. So of course I said yes when I was asked to be a panelist on KOMO News as they hosted ‘Cannabis Boom or Bust Townhall Meeting.’ Along with Seattle Hempfest’s Vivian McPeak, it was a major honor to stand up for patients and farmers. The discussion was led by KOMO’s Molly Shen and Matt Markovich, and included participation from lawRead More


‘Highland Hemp House’ goes up in Bellingham

‘Highland Hemp House’ goes up in Bellingham Alison Morrow | June 28, 2018 A three-story house is under construction in Bellingham, and crews are using hemp to build it. “I needed to renovate my house and I’m concerned about the environment and healthy living. About five years ago, I started to investigate and I learned about ‘hempcrete.’ It’s insulating, it moderates humidity, it’s renewable, it’s recyclable, it’s regenerative,” said homeowner Pam Bosch. Bosch’s house, the so-called Highland Hemp House, has become a staging ground for hemp activists and lawmakers whoRead More


First Cannabinoid Animal Drug Garners Favorable Study Results

First Cannabinoid Animal Drug Garners Favorable Study Results Amanda Carrozza | June 30, 2018 The use of cannabinoids in veterinary medicine has been a much discussed and debated topic as of late. As more pet owners become curious about the potential benefits of cannabinoid-based products for their pets—from pain support to anxiety relief—veterinarians have been tasked with delving further into the research and education available on the topic. And the race is on to get cannabinoid-based products to market. The 2 most well-known cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).Read More


Chuck Schumer Just Introduced His Bill To Decriminalize Cannabis Nationwide

Chuck Schumer Just Introduced His Bill To Decriminalize Cannabis Nationwide Miroslav Tomoski | Jun 27, 2018 Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced new legislation to decriminalize marijuana on Wednesday (June 27). The bill, known as the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, removes marijuana from federal scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act and allows states to decide if and how they would like to legalize within their own borders. In addition to decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level, the bill also gives the federal government control over advertising standards inRead More


MJ Freeway cannabis software system hits new glitch in Washington state; contract up for renewal

MJ Freeway cannabis software system hits new glitch in Washington state; contract up for renewal June 21, 2018 | Bart Schaneman Marijuana business owners in Washington state continue to grapple with problems in the state-selected traceability program, with some industry officials concerned the situation could trigger errors tied to tax reporting and regulatory compliance. The state has used MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems for its traceability software platform since December. The kinks plaguing the system come at a delicate time for the Denver software company. The Leaf Data Systems contractRead More


Marijuana mood is shifting nationwide

Marijuana mood is shifting nationwide Gillian Flaccus | June 12, 2018 Mayors from seven U.S. cities in states with legal marijuana said Monday they have formed a coalition to push for federal marijuana policy reform just days after President Donald Trump expressed support for bipartisan congressional legislation to ease the federal ban on pot. Mayors from Seattle, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and West Sacramento — all in marijuana-friendly states — sponsored a resolution at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston that asked the U.S. governmentRead More


Federal cannabis bill would help California marijuana businesses get banking

Federal cannabis bill would help California marijuana businesses get banking Kimberly Veklerov | June 8, 2018 A bipartisan effort in Congress to ease federal restrictions on cannabis, which President Trump said Friday he is inclined to support, would solve a few of the biggest problems facing the nascent industry in California, experts say. Most importantly, they say, the bill introduced Thursday — which gives states the authority to create their own marijuana laws — would open the door to banking for businesses by declaring that cannabis activities that comply withRead More


MMJ For Veterans Amendment Approved By Senate Committee

MMJ For Veterans Amendment Approved By Senate Committee Pat Beggan | 6/08/2018 The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved on Thursday an amendment to SB 3024 that ensures access to medical marijuana cannot be denied to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a press release. The amendment was introduced to the committee by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana), whose office makes clear it’s both a veterans and states’ rights issue. The amendment does not directly provide or fund medical marijuana but ensures that veterans may discuss with their VA doctorsRead More


Trump says he is likely to support ending blanket federal ban on marijuana

Trump says he is likely to support ending blanket federal ban on marijuana Evan Halper | Jun 08, 2018 President Trump said he likely will support a congressional effort to end the federal ban on marijuana, a major step that would reshape the pot industry and end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown. Trump’s remarks put him sharply at odds with Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on the issue. The bill in question, pushed by a bipartisan coalition, would allow states to go forward with legalization unencumbered by threats ofRead More