• 420 Events: Which Weed Events are Canceled or Not Canceled This Year
    As the coronavirus continues to threaten public safety in the United States and around the world, the cannabis community has been rallying. Considered an essential service, many dispensaries have remained open, offering curbside pickup or delivery to cannabis patients all across the country. And though social distancing and self-isolation work hand in hand with pickup or delivery, large events and social gatherings have been shut down to slow the spread of the virus, 4/20 events and other national cannabis events included. While it is painful to put cannabis culture on hold, it's important to stay indoors to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urges the restriction of gatherings of more than 10 people — especially in high-risk areas.  So if you were planning on attending a 4/20 event, check below for cancellations, postponements and events that have been moved to online-only come April 20. Events that have been moved online (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) California High Times Hemp Cup — moved online to April 4, 2020 Where: High Times Magazine Facebook Live at 4:20pm PST High Times Cannabis Cup — moved online to May 16, 2020Where: to be announced Maryland SSPD Policy Conference — moved online to May 1 – 3, 2020Where*: Friday, May 1 — virtual sessions 3:00pm EDT - 8:30pm EDT, Saturday, May 2 — virtual sessions 11:00am EDT - 6:30pm EDT, Sunday, May 3 — virtual sessions 1:00pm EDT - 6:30pm EDT* Virtual link sent to ticket holders Vermont Women in Cannabis Summit — moved online to April 11, 2020Where*: Virtual sessions and livestream 8:00am EDT - 4:00pm EDT* Virtual link sent to ticket holders Washington DC National Cannabis Unity Conference — moved online to March 27, 2020Where*: Virtual sessions and livestream 12:00pm ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-26
  • Poll: Americans Want Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to stay open as ‘Essential Services
    A majority of Americans believe that medical cannabis dispensaries should be kept open as “essential services” amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. The survey asked simply: “Do you believe medical marijuana dispensaries should or should not be considered essential services?” Fifty-three percent said the cannabis providers should be regarded as essential, 26 percent said they shouldn't and 21 percent said they didn't know. Source: YouGov As state governments across the country grapple with the COVID-10 outbreak, officials have had to make difficult decisions about which businesses are critical enough to remain open and which should be forced to temporarily shut down. In many states with legal cannabis—including California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey—officials have determined that medical marijuana dispensaries are, in fact, essential services that can continue to operate. Many states have also given the “essential” designation to recreational marijuana stores, though some have enacted policies stipulating that consumers can only obtain cannabis products through curbside pickup or delivery services to encourage social distancing. It's a trend that has reflected the mainstreaming of marijuana in U.S. society, with governments increasingly recognizing that the medicine is valuable and that dispensaries should be treated like other necessary businesses like pharmacies. YouGov conducted the new online poll, which involved nearly 5,400 people on Wednesday.
    Most Americans (53%) believe medical marijuana dispensaries should be considered essential services.Democrats (62%) are more likely than Independents (52%) and Republicans (43%) to say this.Subscribe to YouGov Daily for more daily top-line data: https://t.co/9Q2fWMVkxo pic.twitter.com/rsWLKuPMQn— YouGovUS (@YouGovUS) March 25, 2020 A breakdown of demographics shows that, as in generally the case with cannabis reform issues, Democratic respondents were more likely (62 percent) than Republicans (43 percent) to agree that dispensaries should be considered essential services exempt from business closure requirements. Fifty-two percent of those who identify as independent said the shops should stay open for patients. A majority of people across all age groups except those 55 and older said dispensaries are essential. Source: YouGov But while dispensaries in many states can continue to serve patients, COVID-19 has had a deleterious impact on drug policy reform efforts across the country. In California, campaigns to amend the state's cannabis program and legalize psilocybin mushrooms are suspending in-person activities and asking the state to allow for electronic signature gathering. Activists ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-26
  • Utah Lawmakers Amend Medical Cannabis Laws To Grant Access To More Patients
    Utah patients may now use a recommendation letter to purchase medical cannabis. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-26
  • WM Strains Madness: A Flower is Crowned
    The champion of the first Weedmaps Strains Madness has been crowned. Your winner is none other than OG Kush. Let's take a look at the competition by the numbers: Strain with most votes: OG Kush (5,179)Strain with the least votes: MAC (831 votes) Best performing seed: 5th seeds (Gelato, Pineapple Express, Cherry Pie, 9lb Hammer) Worst performing seed: 7th seeds (Kush Mints, Northern Lights, Godfather OG, Harlequin) And with that, let's dive into how OG Kush won it all.    Winner: OG Kush OG Kush has been crowned the champion. Simply put: OG Kush dominated the competition.  As a strain known for being high in THC and having a storied background in weed and rap culture, OG Kush brought it's A-game to every matchup and dusted off some pretty sturdy competition in Pink Panties, Northern Lights, and Wedding Cake. OG faced it's toughest competition in the fourth round when it met up with Gelato, perhaps the heir apparent of OG Kush's place at the top of the “best strains” conversation. In a prior recap, I called this the “MJ v. LeBron debate, but for weed.” And just like that debate, it went in favor of the OG.   When facing up against Pineapple Express in the finals, many of you were pretty vocal of your support of the kush in the Instagram post comments. Someone even said they would quit smoking if OG Kush didn't win. As I said in the finals recap, Pineapple Express is a mainstream strain. In fact, the mainstream brought Pineapples Express to the world of weed, rather than the other way around, with the 2000s stoner classic, Pineapple Express. It's easy to see OG Kush's win as a signal that OG weed culture still runs strong in the Weedmaps audience. But OG Kush is a strain that can appeal to newer consumers, too. The reported effects (giggly, euphoric, focused) on OG Kush's strain page gives it a broader appeal.  Final thoughts: OG Kush's reputation as a strong strain translated to its strength in the field of competition. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-25
  • Closed Massachusetts Dispensaries Pivot To Making Hand Sanitizer
    Some dispensaries in Massachusetts are now manufacturing hand sanitizer for health care workers. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-25
  • Washington Marijuana Dispensaries Can Remain Open During Stay-At-Home Order
    Despite Washington State's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, dispensaries may remain open. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-25
  • Sources Say Cannabis Sales in US Have Spiked During COVID-19 Pandemic
    While many industries have taken a considerable hit, the cannabis industry seems to be booming. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-25
  • New Data: Feds Prosecuted Fewer Cannabis Cases in 2019 as more States go Legal
    Federal prosecutions for marijuana trafficking declined again in 2019, and drug possession cases overall saw an even more dramatic decline, according to a new report published by the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Monday. While drug cases still represent the second most common category of crimes in the federal criminal justice system, the data indicates that the bulk of those instances are related to methamphetamine trafficking, which has steadily increased over the past decade. But for marijuana, a different kind of trend has emerged. As more states have moved to legalize cannabis, federal prosecutions have consistently declined since 2012. To illustrate the shift, marijuana trafficking cases represented the most common drug type that was pursued in 2012, with about 7,000 cases. As of fiscal year 2019, those cases are now the second least common, with fewer than 2,000 cases. Notably, the year of that peak, 2012, was when Colorado and Washington State became the first to legalize for recreational purposes. Though the report doesn't attempt to explain why cannabis cases are on the decline, advocates have postulated that state-level marijuana reform has helped curb illicit trafficking by creating a regulated market for consumers to obtain the products. “Twenty-five percent of the public now live in jurisdictions where the sale of marijuana to adults is legal,” Justin Strekal, political director of NORML, told Marijuana Moment. “Of course there will be a corresponding drop in the number of illegal sales.” Another possibility is that evolving public opinion and state policies have contributed to a shift in perspective among prosecutors, who may no longer wish to prioritize enforcing cannabis prohibition in the era of legalization. While all marijuana sales—even in states with legalization laws—remain federally prohibited, the Trump administration has in practice continued the Obama-era approach of generally not interfering with the implementation of local policies even though then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally rescinded a memo on the topic from the prior administration. In any case, the new U.S. Sentencing Commission report also shows a broader decline in drug possession cases in general. In fact, the most significant reduction in crime category for 2019 was drug possession, which fell from 777 federal cases the previous year down to 563 — a 28 percent drop.
    The largest decreases were seen in drug possession (-28%); money laundering offenses (- 9%); and fraud, theft, and embezzlement (-4%) offenses.— SentencingCommission (@TheUSSCgov) March 23, 2020 It was just ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-25
  • ¿Puedes consumir marihuana después de una cirugía?
    Las investigaciones que muestran como el cannabis ayuda aliviar el dolor de otras afecciones médicas, pone a pensar a muchos próximos a un procedimiento a preguntarse: ¿Es seguro usar cannabis después de una cirugía? ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-24
  • WM Strains Madness: Championship Tuesday
    And we find ourselves at the end of an intense competition between your favorite strains! The results from the last round are below: The field now looks like this: Quick thing: don't forget to vote on Weedmaps' Instagram stories. Polls will stay open until Wednesday 4:20 p.m. PST.  And with that, let's dive into the final matchup and the last 2 strains remaining.   (1) OG Kush v. (5) Pineapple Express And then there were two: OG Kush and Pineapple Express.  There really couldn't be two better representatives of the current weed culture. One is thought to be responsible for the co-evolution of West Coast weed and rap in the 90s. The other serves as the macguffin to what is widely considered the best stoner film of the 2000s. Both have done quite a bit to put weed into the mainstream and have each benefited from the exposure. Given their popularity and place deep within the culture of cannabis, it's really no surprise to find them in the final matchup. Here is what a co-worker said when we announced the final matchup in Slack:  “Snicklefritz” is a Dutch term of affection for mischievous children, but it's also a term James Franco's character uses for bad weed in the Pineapple Express. Impressively, he's using a deepcut from Pineapple Express to call OG Kush sub-par … in a matchup against Pineapple Express the strain. Weed culture is beautiful, people.  As for who will take home the flower crown, it should be a close matchup. Both have performed well, earning the most overall votes. On Instagram polls, OG Kush collected a total of 7,318 votes to Pineapple Express' 7,092 votes. If total votes is an indicator, OG Kush has a slight edge, but it should come down to the wire. Don't forget to vote!  Winner: TBD The post WM Strains Madness: Championship Tuesday appeared first on Weedmaps News. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-24
  • Michigan Cannabis Businesses Deemed Essential During Coronavirus Closure
    Michigan has joined other states in deeming cannabis businesses essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-24
  • Massachusetts Closes Recreational Pot Shops Amid Outbreak
    Medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to stay open. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-24
  • Denver Mayor: Cannabis Stores Can Remain Open
    Denver is ramping up social distancing protocols, but cannabis businesses can remain in business. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-24
  • Marijuana Businesses Are Ineligible For Coronavirus Disaster Relief, Federal Agency Confirms
    The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) reiterated on Monday that marijuana companies are not eligible for disaster relief loans to lessen the blow of the coronavirus outbreak. Because cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, the marijuana industry is being denied access to these aid opportunities, including programs administered by SBA. The agency's Northwest branch confirmed that in a response to a tweet from a cannabis business owner who inquired about eligibility. “With the exception of businesses that produce or sell hemp and hemp-derived products [that were federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill], marijuana-related businesses are not eligible for SBA-funded services,” the post states.
    With the exception of businesses that produce or sell hemp and hemp-derived products (Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Public Law 115-334), marijuana-related businesses are not eligible for SBA-funded services (OMB, 2 C.F.R. § 200.300).— SBA Pacific NW (@SBAPacificNW) March 23, 2020 Greg Hubly, the Washington State-based business owner expressed frustration and said there are “10 families I'm responsible for and know all this talk about business relief is just more bullshit messaging for my industry.” SBA recommended that he explore relief options provided by state or local agencies.
    Even though federal law prohibits the SBA from providing direct assistance, there are great resources for small businesses available from state and local sources. We hope these are helpful: https://t.co/o8Eppy7EuI— SBA Pacific NW (@SBAPacificNW) March 23, 2020 Last week, an SBA spokesperson similarly clarified that marijuana companies aren't getting a cut of the federal dollars being appropriated for business disaster relief. “Because federal law prohibits the sale and distribution of cannabis, the SBA does not provide financial assistance to businesses that are illegal under federal law,” SBA's Carol Chastang told Cannabis Business Times. “Businesses that aren't eligible include marijuana growers and dispensers, businesses that sell cannabis products, etc., even if the business is legal under local or state law.” This barrier to aid access for what's becoming a massive industry in states across the U.S. has elicited strong pushback from reform advocates and stakeholders. A coalition of marijuana industry trade groups — including the National Cannabis Industry Association, National Cannabis Roundtable, Minority Cannabis Business Association and Cannabis Trade Federation—signed a joint letter last week, urging congressional leaders to lift restrictions and allow cannabis businesses to obtain the same relief as any other legitimate market. “The ineligibility of ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-24
  • New York Governor Says State Will Still Pursue Marijuana Legalization Despite Coronavirus
    The governor of New York said on Monday that he expects lawmakers to push ahead with plans to legalize marijuana even as the state works to address the coronavirus pandemic. During a briefing on the public health crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was asked about his legislative priorities for the budget, which is facing an April 1 deadline to get passed. While he recognized that there are certain policy items he included in his proposal to lawmakers that are more complicated and may have to be delayed, he said the legislature should still pursue cannabis legalization. “We will pass a budget and address the policy items that we laid out and we discussed because it's not just about passing a budget and the numbers,” Cuomo said. “There are many policy initiatives that I laid out back in January, and we're going to pursue all of them.” “The only caveat was if you have a really complex issue that normally would require weeks of nuanced, detailed negotiation to do it right, that we won't do. Because I don't want to pass any bills that are not really intelligent that I then have to come back and deal with again next year,” he said. “If it's a highly complex issue, I get it and then let's put it off because we don't want to do something sloppy.” While the governor didn't explicitly state that marijuana reform represented one of those complex issues that needs more time, past experience in the legislature indicates it may be. Cuomo included legalization in his budget last year, but that didn't pan out as negotiations failed to produce passable legislation as disagreements persisted on issues such as how to allocate tax revenue. “Amid the coronavirus pandemic, we recognize that New York is facing a very challenging moment and appreciate the work of our elected officials to both navigate these turbulent waters and keep their eyes on long-term policy priorities for our state,” Kassandra Frederique of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) said in a press release. “DPA's position is that if the state legislature and Governor are going to have substantive discussions about adult use legalization for the budget, then the conversation must center marijuana justice,” she said. “It is exceedingly important for New York to do legalization right—our regulation framework must center people who have been impacted by the drug war, create equity and diversity, and support small businesses and farmers. It is crucial for New York's legalization effort to focus economic justice and ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-23
 
  • 420 Events: Which Weed Events are Canceled or Not Canceled This Year
    As the coronavirus continues to threaten public safety in the United States and around the world, the cannabis community has been rallying. Considered an essential service, many dispensaries have remained open, offering curbside pickup or delivery to cannabis patients all across the country. And though social distancing and self-isolation work hand in hand with pickup or delivery, large events and social gatherings have been shut down to slow the spread of the virus, 4/20 events and other national cannabis events included. While it is painful to put cannabis culture on hold, it's important to stay indoors to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urges the restriction of gatherings of more than 10 people — especially in high-risk areas.  So if you were planning on attending a 4/20 event, check below for cancellations, postponements and events that have been moved to online-only come April 20. Events that have been moved online (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) California High Times Hemp Cup — moved online to April 4, 2020 Where: High Times Magazine Facebook Live at 4:20pm PST High Times Cannabis Cup — moved online to May 16, 2020Where: to be announced Maryland SSPD Policy Conference — moved online to May 1 – 3, 2020Where*: Friday, May 1 — virtual sessions 3:00pm EDT - 8:30pm EDT, Saturday, May 2 — virtual sessions 11:00am EDT - 6:30pm EDT, Sunday, May 3 — virtual sessions 1:00pm EDT - 6:30pm EDT* Virtual link sent to ticket holders Vermont Women in Cannabis Summit — moved online to April 11, 2020Where*: Virtual sessions and livestream 8:00am EDT - 4:00pm EDT* Virtual link sent to ticket holders Washington DC National Cannabis Unity Conference — moved online to March 27, 2020Where*: Virtual sessions and livestream 12:00pm ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-26
  • Poll: Americans Want Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to stay open as ‘Essential Services
    A majority of Americans believe that medical cannabis dispensaries should be kept open as “essential services” amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. The survey asked simply: “Do you believe medical marijuana dispensaries should or should not be considered essential services?” Fifty-three percent said the cannabis providers should be regarded as essential, 26 percent said they shouldn't and 21 percent said they didn't know. Source: YouGov As state governments across the country grapple with the COVID-10 outbreak, officials have had to make difficult decisions about which businesses are critical enough to remain open and which should be forced to temporarily shut down. In many states with legal cannabis—including California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey—officials have determined that medical marijuana dispensaries are, in fact, essential services that can continue to operate. Many states have also given the “essential” designation to recreational marijuana stores, though some have enacted policies stipulating that consumers can only obtain cannabis products through curbside pickup or delivery services to encourage social distancing. It's a trend that has reflected the mainstreaming of marijuana in U.S. society, with governments increasingly recognizing that the medicine is valuable and that dispensaries should be treated like other necessary businesses like pharmacies. YouGov conducted the new online poll, which involved nearly 5,400 people on Wednesday.
    Most Americans (53%) believe medical marijuana dispensaries should be considered essential services.Democrats (62%) are more likely than Independents (52%) and Republicans (43%) to say this.Subscribe to YouGov Daily for more daily top-line data: https://t.co/9Q2fWMVkxo pic.twitter.com/rsWLKuPMQn— YouGovUS (@YouGovUS) March 25, 2020 A breakdown of demographics shows that, as in generally the case with cannabis reform issues, Democratic respondents were more likely (62 percent) than Republicans (43 percent) to agree that dispensaries should be considered essential services exempt from business closure requirements. Fifty-two percent of those who identify as independent said the shops should stay open for patients. A majority of people across all age groups except those 55 and older said dispensaries are essential. Source: YouGov But while dispensaries in many states can continue to serve patients, COVID-19 has had a deleterious impact on drug policy reform efforts across the country. In California, campaigns to amend the state's cannabis program and legalize psilocybin mushrooms are suspending in-person activities and asking the state to allow for electronic signature gathering. Activists ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-26
  • Utah Lawmakers Amend Medical Cannabis Laws To Grant Access To More Patients
    Utah patients may now use a recommendation letter to purchase medical cannabis. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-26
  • WM Strains Madness: A Flower is Crowned
    The champion of the first Weedmaps Strains Madness has been crowned. Your winner is none other than OG Kush. Let's take a look at the competition by the numbers: Strain with most votes: OG Kush (5,179)Strain with the least votes: MAC (831 votes) Best performing seed: 5th seeds (Gelato, Pineapple Express, Cherry Pie, 9lb Hammer) Worst performing seed: 7th seeds (Kush Mints, Northern Lights, Godfather OG, Harlequin) And with that, let's dive into how OG Kush won it all.    Winner: OG Kush OG Kush has been crowned the champion. Simply put: OG Kush dominated the competition.  As a strain known for being high in THC and having a storied background in weed and rap culture, OG Kush brought it's A-game to every matchup and dusted off some pretty sturdy competition in Pink Panties, Northern Lights, and Wedding Cake. OG faced it's toughest competition in the fourth round when it met up with Gelato, perhaps the heir apparent of OG Kush's place at the top of the “best strains” conversation. In a prior recap, I called this the “MJ v. LeBron debate, but for weed.” And just like that debate, it went in favor of the OG.   When facing up against Pineapple Express in the finals, many of you were pretty vocal of your support of the kush in the Instagram post comments. Someone even said they would quit smoking if OG Kush didn't win. As I said in the finals recap, Pineapple Express is a mainstream strain. In fact, the mainstream brought Pineapples Express to the world of weed, rather than the other way around, with the 2000s stoner classic, Pineapple Express. It's easy to see OG Kush's win as a signal that OG weed culture still runs strong in the Weedmaps audience. But OG Kush is a strain that can appeal to newer consumers, too. The reported effects (giggly, euphoric, focused) on OG Kush's strain page gives it a broader appeal.  Final thoughts: OG Kush's reputation as a strong strain translated to its strength in the field of competition. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-25
  • Closed Massachusetts Dispensaries Pivot To Making Hand Sanitizer
    Some dispensaries in Massachusetts are now manufacturing hand sanitizer for health care workers. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-25
  • Washington Marijuana Dispensaries Can Remain Open During Stay-At-Home Order
    Despite Washington State's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, dispensaries may remain open. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-25
  • Sources Say Cannabis Sales in US Have Spiked During COVID-19 Pandemic
    While many industries have taken a considerable hit, the cannabis industry seems to be booming. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-25
  • New Data: Feds Prosecuted Fewer Cannabis Cases in 2019 as more States go Legal
    Federal prosecutions for marijuana trafficking declined again in 2019, and drug possession cases overall saw an even more dramatic decline, according to a new report published by the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Monday. While drug cases still represent the second most common category of crimes in the federal criminal justice system, the data indicates that the bulk of those instances are related to methamphetamine trafficking, which has steadily increased over the past decade. But for marijuana, a different kind of trend has emerged. As more states have moved to legalize cannabis, federal prosecutions have consistently declined since 2012. To illustrate the shift, marijuana trafficking cases represented the most common drug type that was pursued in 2012, with about 7,000 cases. As of fiscal year 2019, those cases are now the second least common, with fewer than 2,000 cases. Notably, the year of that peak, 2012, was when Colorado and Washington State became the first to legalize for recreational purposes. Though the report doesn't attempt to explain why cannabis cases are on the decline, advocates have postulated that state-level marijuana reform has helped curb illicit trafficking by creating a regulated market for consumers to obtain the products. “Twenty-five percent of the public now live in jurisdictions where the sale of marijuana to adults is legal,” Justin Strekal, political director of NORML, told Marijuana Moment. “Of course there will be a corresponding drop in the number of illegal sales.” Another possibility is that evolving public opinion and state policies have contributed to a shift in perspective among prosecutors, who may no longer wish to prioritize enforcing cannabis prohibition in the era of legalization. While all marijuana sales—even in states with legalization laws—remain federally prohibited, the Trump administration has in practice continued the Obama-era approach of generally not interfering with the implementation of local policies even though then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally rescinded a memo on the topic from the prior administration. In any case, the new U.S. Sentencing Commission report also shows a broader decline in drug possession cases in general. In fact, the most significant reduction in crime category for 2019 was drug possession, which fell from 777 federal cases the previous year down to 563 — a 28 percent drop.
    The largest decreases were seen in drug possession (-28%); money laundering offenses (- 9%); and fraud, theft, and embezzlement (-4%) offenses.— SentencingCommission (@TheUSSCgov) March 23, 2020 It was just ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-25
  • ¿Puedes consumir marihuana después de una cirugía?
    Las investigaciones que muestran como el cannabis ayuda aliviar el dolor de otras afecciones médicas, pone a pensar a muchos próximos a un procedimiento a preguntarse: ¿Es seguro usar cannabis después de una cirugía? ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-24
  • WM Strains Madness: Championship Tuesday
    And we find ourselves at the end of an intense competition between your favorite strains! The results from the last round are below: The field now looks like this: Quick thing: don't forget to vote on Weedmaps' Instagram stories. Polls will stay open until Wednesday 4:20 p.m. PST.  And with that, let's dive into the final matchup and the last 2 strains remaining.   (1) OG Kush v. (5) Pineapple Express And then there were two: OG Kush and Pineapple Express.  There really couldn't be two better representatives of the current weed culture. One is thought to be responsible for the co-evolution of West Coast weed and rap in the 90s. The other serves as the macguffin to what is widely considered the best stoner film of the 2000s. Both have done quite a bit to put weed into the mainstream and have each benefited from the exposure. Given their popularity and place deep within the culture of cannabis, it's really no surprise to find them in the final matchup. Here is what a co-worker said when we announced the final matchup in Slack:  “Snicklefritz” is a Dutch term of affection for mischievous children, but it's also a term James Franco's character uses for bad weed in the Pineapple Express. Impressively, he's using a deepcut from Pineapple Express to call OG Kush sub-par … in a matchup against Pineapple Express the strain. Weed culture is beautiful, people.  As for who will take home the flower crown, it should be a close matchup. Both have performed well, earning the most overall votes. On Instagram polls, OG Kush collected a total of 7,318 votes to Pineapple Express' 7,092 votes. If total votes is an indicator, OG Kush has a slight edge, but it should come down to the wire. Don't forget to vote!  Winner: TBD The post WM Strains Madness: Championship Tuesday appeared first on Weedmaps News. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-24
  • Michigan Cannabis Businesses Deemed Essential During Coronavirus Closure
    Michigan has joined other states in deeming cannabis businesses essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-24
  • Massachusetts Closes Recreational Pot Shops Amid Outbreak
    Medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to stay open. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-24
  • Denver Mayor: Cannabis Stores Can Remain Open
    Denver is ramping up social distancing protocols, but cannabis businesses can remain in business. ... read more
    Source: High TimesPublished on 2020-03-24
  • Marijuana Businesses Are Ineligible For Coronavirus Disaster Relief, Federal Agency Confirms
    The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) reiterated on Monday that marijuana companies are not eligible for disaster relief loans to lessen the blow of the coronavirus outbreak. Because cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, the marijuana industry is being denied access to these aid opportunities, including programs administered by SBA. The agency's Northwest branch confirmed that in a response to a tweet from a cannabis business owner who inquired about eligibility. “With the exception of businesses that produce or sell hemp and hemp-derived products [that were federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill], marijuana-related businesses are not eligible for SBA-funded services,” the post states.
    With the exception of businesses that produce or sell hemp and hemp-derived products (Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Public Law 115-334), marijuana-related businesses are not eligible for SBA-funded services (OMB, 2 C.F.R. § 200.300).— SBA Pacific NW (@SBAPacificNW) March 23, 2020 Greg Hubly, the Washington State-based business owner expressed frustration and said there are “10 families I'm responsible for and know all this talk about business relief is just more bullshit messaging for my industry.” SBA recommended that he explore relief options provided by state or local agencies.
    Even though federal law prohibits the SBA from providing direct assistance, there are great resources for small businesses available from state and local sources. We hope these are helpful: https://t.co/o8Eppy7EuI— SBA Pacific NW (@SBAPacificNW) March 23, 2020 Last week, an SBA spokesperson similarly clarified that marijuana companies aren't getting a cut of the federal dollars being appropriated for business disaster relief. “Because federal law prohibits the sale and distribution of cannabis, the SBA does not provide financial assistance to businesses that are illegal under federal law,” SBA's Carol Chastang told Cannabis Business Times. “Businesses that aren't eligible include marijuana growers and dispensers, businesses that sell cannabis products, etc., even if the business is legal under local or state law.” This barrier to aid access for what's becoming a massive industry in states across the U.S. has elicited strong pushback from reform advocates and stakeholders. A coalition of marijuana industry trade groups — including the National Cannabis Industry Association, National Cannabis Roundtable, Minority Cannabis Business Association and Cannabis Trade Federation—signed a joint letter last week, urging congressional leaders to lift restrictions and allow cannabis businesses to obtain the same relief as any other legitimate market. “The ineligibility of ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-24
  • New York Governor Says State Will Still Pursue Marijuana Legalization Despite Coronavirus
    The governor of New York said on Monday that he expects lawmakers to push ahead with plans to legalize marijuana even as the state works to address the coronavirus pandemic. During a briefing on the public health crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was asked about his legislative priorities for the budget, which is facing an April 1 deadline to get passed. While he recognized that there are certain policy items he included in his proposal to lawmakers that are more complicated and may have to be delayed, he said the legislature should still pursue cannabis legalization. “We will pass a budget and address the policy items that we laid out and we discussed because it's not just about passing a budget and the numbers,” Cuomo said. “There are many policy initiatives that I laid out back in January, and we're going to pursue all of them.” “The only caveat was if you have a really complex issue that normally would require weeks of nuanced, detailed negotiation to do it right, that we won't do. Because I don't want to pass any bills that are not really intelligent that I then have to come back and deal with again next year,” he said. “If it's a highly complex issue, I get it and then let's put it off because we don't want to do something sloppy.” While the governor didn't explicitly state that marijuana reform represented one of those complex issues that needs more time, past experience in the legislature indicates it may be. Cuomo included legalization in his budget last year, but that didn't pan out as negotiations failed to produce passable legislation as disagreements persisted on issues such as how to allocate tax revenue. “Amid the coronavirus pandemic, we recognize that New York is facing a very challenging moment and appreciate the work of our elected officials to both navigate these turbulent waters and keep their eyes on long-term policy priorities for our state,” Kassandra Frederique of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) said in a press release. “DPA's position is that if the state legislature and Governor are going to have substantive discussions about adult use legalization for the budget, then the conversation must center marijuana justice,” she said. “It is exceedingly important for New York to do legalization right—our regulation framework must center people who have been impacted by the drug war, create equity and diversity, and support small businesses and farmers. It is crucial for New York's legalization effort to focus economic justice and ... read more
    Source: Marijuana.comPublished on 2020-03-23