Colorado Wants to Track Weed With Chemicals and the Blockchain

Colorado Wants to Track Weed With Chemicals and the Blockchain Troy Farah | Jan 24 2018 Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would explore “marijuana tracking technology” that can be added to the plant itself to allow law enforcement to trace a plant back to its grower. The bill would require a local cannabis research school to develop this marijuana-tracking technology, using either chemical agents, isotopes, nanotechnology, or other biological identifiers. It could even implement a distributed ledger or blockchain to encrypt it. “The applied agent must contain identifiersRead More

Prohibitionists’ Poll Backfires, Reveals 83% Support for Cannabis Reform

Prohibitionists’ Poll Backfires, Reveals 83% Support for Cannabis Reform Bruce Barcott | January 19, 2018 Trial lawyers have a well-known rule of thumb about witnesses: Never ask them a question you don’t already know the answer to. The ardent prohibitionists over at Project SAM, headed by Kevin Sabet and Patrick Kennedy, may want to consider that advice the next time they commission a poll. Vox reported earlier today that the anti-cannabis advocacy group hired Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, of Jacksonville, Florida, to ask 1,000 registered voters around the nation aboutRead More

Americans Say Marijuana Is Less of Health Risk Than Tobacco, Poll Finds

Americans Say Marijuana Is Less of Health Risk Than Tobacco, Poll Finds Joshua Jamerson | Jan. 19, 2018 Americans are polarized on many issues, but they tend to be on the same page when it comes to assessing the health risks from marijuana, compared with alcoholic beverages, tobacco or sugar. Americans Say Marijuana Is Less of Health Risk Than Tobacco, Poll Finds

It is too late to dismantle the marijuana industry

It is too late to dismantle the marijuana industry Cynthia H. Coffman | January 12 Colorado voters decided in November 2012 that our state constitution should protect legalized retail marijuana. A little more than five years later, I suspect that if we were to put that issue to a vote again, it would pass by even higher numbers. For better or worse, legalized marijuana has become more accepted around the country, with 29 states and the District now having some form of cannabis legalization. That is why it was surprisingRead More

Litigation is pointless — propose a bill to change federal marijuana law

Litigation is pointless — propose a bill to change federal marijuana law January 12, 2018 | Michael J. Bond Our elected leaders, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson once again appear to prefer fighting with the Trump administration rather than solving a problem. This time, they are reacting to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the federal government is rescinding two policy statements issued under the Obama administration, which basically allowed states to adopt rules for legalizing marijuana. Inslee claims Sessions’ move wasRead More

Oregon’s U.S. Attorney says he has “significant concerns” about state’s marijuana regs and enforcement

Oregon’s U.S. Attorney says he has “significant concerns” about state’s marijuana regs and enforcement Jan 12, 2018 | Polly Washburn Billy J. Williams, the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, said in an editorial published Friday that he has concerns about the state’s marijuana regulatory structure, and current enforcement practices. In an editorial published January 12 on OregonLive.com, Williams wrote, “I have significant concerns about the state’s current regulatory framework and the resources allocated to policing marijuana in Oregon.” Oregon’s U.S. Attorney says he has “significant concerns” aboutRead More

The Cannabis Alliance Summit Carried on as Usual Despite AG Sessions Declaring War on Legal Weed

The Cannabis Alliance Summit Carried on as Usual Despite AG Sessions Declaring War on Legal Weed Lester Black | Jan 8, 2018 One might assume a pot industry conference held the day after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for aggressive criminal prosecution against legal weed businesses would be fraught with an air of fear, dread or downright panic. But that wasn’t the case on Friday, when the state’s largest cannabis business association, The Cannabis Alliance, converged on Seatac for its annual summit. Sure, Sessions’ actions were a recurring topicRead More

What Is Marijuana’s THCA And What Does It Do For You?

What Is Marijuana’s THCA And What Does It Do For You? Adrian Devitt-Lee | Jan 06, 2018 Cannabis doesn’t actually produce THC or CBD. The plant produces all cannabinoids in an acid form. Instead of making THC and CBD directly, it synthesizes tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) from their cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) precursor. THCA is not psychoactive—it does not activate CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. In order to make psychoactive THC from THCA, one needs to heat it. This can be done by smoking or vaporizing rawRead More

Justice Department’s policy shift may slow booming pot industry

Justice Department’s policy shift may slow booming pot industry Jon Schuppe | Jan 6 2018 America’s marijuana industry, already threading a thicket of conflicting state and federal laws, entered a new era of uncertainty this week when the Justice Department scrapped a policy that allowed pot to flourish in states that legalized it. In his memo Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t directly order a federal crackdown on pot enterprises. But it was vague enough to leave that possibility open. So while growers, sellers and their financial backers aren’t panicking,Read More

For legal marijuana to thrive in the Trump era, Congress must legalize it

For legal marijuana to thrive in the Trump era, Congress must legalize it Dale Sky Jones | Jan.05.2018 In a not-at-all shocking move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded the Cole Memo, a list of Department of Justice enforcement priorities that has been the tenuous legal foundation for the burgeoning cannabis industry since August of 2013. News outlets, nonprofits, and blogs went crazy, cannabis stocks plunged and investors ran for the hills. What happened was simply a restoration of prosecutorial discretion to individual U.S. Attorneys to make enforcement decisionsRead More