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FDA Head Reveals New Details About Agency’s CBD Regulation Plans

FDA Head Reveals New Details About Agency’s CBD Regulation Plans February 27, 2019 | Kyle Jaeger Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb revealed new details about plans to pursue alternative pathways for CBD regulation and also acknowledged that federal prohibition drives research into medical marijuana overseas on Wednesday. Gottlieb’s latest comments were in response to questions from Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) during a hearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee. FDA Head Reveals New Details About Agency’s CBD Regulation Plans

Editorial: Minor violations shouldn’t close cannabis growers

Editorial: Minor violations shouldn’t close cannabis growers February 27, 2019 | The Herald Editorial Board When the rules were being made following the passage in 2012 of Initiative 502 — which legalized recreational marijuana and provided for its production and sale — uncertainty about how the federal government would react led to some no-nonsense and necessary regulations that attempted to show that Washington and other states took seriously their responsibilities to keep cannabis from falling into the hands of kids, crossing state lines or finding its way into the blackRead More

Ten Washington Lawmakers Claim Liquor and Cannabis Board Has a “Toxic Culture”

Ten Washington Lawmakers Claim Liquor and Cannabis Board Has a “Toxic Culture” Lester Black | Feb 26, 2019 Washington’s weed regulator is in hot water after a bipartisan group of ten state lawmakers said in a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee that the agency has a “toxic culture” and called on the governor to rescind his nomination of Russ Hauge, one of the agency’s board members. The lawmakers claimed in the letter that Hauge was “either ignorant of the facts, or purposely did not tell the truth” at a legislativeRead More

Alzheimer’s Research UK to fund clinical trial on cannabis-based treatment for dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK to fund clinical trial on cannabis-based treatment for dementia February 19, 2019 | RJ Kavanagh It is sad to note that when we read about medical cannabis and how effective it is in the treatment of certain conditions and symptoms, it almost always ends with a reminder or disclaimer: that clinical trials are lacking. Most articles related to cannabis and health never fail to mention that more studies need to be conducted in order to support anecdotal evidence or a more conclusive finding. So, naturally, when thereRead More

State board considers requiring pesticide testing on pot after California recall

State board considers requiring pesticide testing on pot after California recall February 25, 2019 | Q13 News Staff A recent recall of millions of dollars of marijuana in California has some cannabis consumers here in Washington asking if our laws are too relaxed. Currently, the state doesn’t require pesticide testing on recreational marijuana, but that could soon be changing. While the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board does require pesticide testing for medical marijuana, Washington is one of the only states with legal cannabis where vendors are not required toRead More

OLCC Commissioners Adopt Rules For Regulating Industrial Hemp Entering Oregon Regulated Marijuana System

OLCC Commissioners Adopt Rules For Regulating Industrial Hemp Entering Oregon Regulated Marijuana System February 22, 2019 | MJ News Network At its monthly meeting on February 21, 2019 the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved rules for regulating industrial hemp that enters into the OLCC regulated marijuana system. The new industrial hemp rules implement the provisions of House Bill 4089 approved by the Oregon Legislature and signed into law in 2018.  HB 4089 alters the way hemp items can enter the OLCC licensed system.  The rule change allowsRead More

Arizona Researcher Completes First Study Of Marijuana As PTSD Treatment

Arizona Researcher Completes First Study Of Marijuana As PTSD Treatment Will Stone | February 21, 2019 An Arizona researcher has completed the first ever clinical trial of marijuana to treat PTSD. Researchers hope to publish the results of the three-year study soon. Dr. Sue Sisley, a physician and the principal investigator, said there were days she thought the study may never come to fruition. “The first seven years was just navigating all the barriers to research — all the regulatory agencies and the rejections,” Sisley said. Arizona Researcher Completes FirstRead More

Sen. Kaine introduces bill to allow veterans access to medical marijuana through VA

Sen. Kaine introduces bill to allow veterans access to medical marijuana through VA Elizabeth Tyree | February 14th 2019 Sen. Tim Kaine joined Senator Brian Schatz to introduce legislation to allow doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discuss and potentially recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states that have established medical marijuana programs. The bill will create a temporary, five-year safe harbor protection for veterans who use medical marijuana and their doctors and direct the VA to research the effects of medical marijuana on veterans inRead More

Spokane Valley banker tells Congress to allow lenders to deal with marijuana businesses

Spokane Valley banker tells Congress to allow lenders to deal with marijuana businesses Feb. 16, 2019 | Kip Hill Spokane Valley banker Greg Deckard found himself on Capitol Hill earlier this week making an unlikely plea to federal lawmakers to allow his colleagues to do business with marijuana companies. “I wish it had been about something I’d had more knowledge about,” Deckard, chairman and president of Spokane Valley-based State Bank Northwest, said in an interview Friday. Deckard, who described himself as a conservative, doesn’t lend to marijuana companies, like mostRead More

Massive Harvard Study Contradicts Anti-Pot Propaganda Told to Us for Decades

Massive Harvard Study Contradicts Anti-Pot Propaganda Told to Us for Decades 07 Feb 2019 | Matt Agorist For decades anti-marijuana and even pro-marijuana advocates have repeated a narrative about the potentially negative effects associated with smoking marijuana and the male sperm count. Smoking weed, we were told, decreases your ability to produce sperm. However, an extensive study published by none other than Harvard researchers this week, reveals quite the opposite may be happening. The study, titled: Marijuana smoking and markers of testicular function among men from a fertility centre, was published onRead More