A bill to add PTSD to the list of Colorado’s medical marijuana qualifying conditions is headed to the governor’s desk.
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More than 20 states, plus Washington, D.C. and two U.S. territories, have an allowance for medical marijuana to be used in treating PTSD.
Despite the public policy adoption of medical marijuana as a treatment for PTSD, questions loom for some in the medical and mental health communities.
Veteran Stephen Otero’s PTSD symptoms led to a suicide attempt. Otero, now with a healthy lifestyle and marijuana as medicine, hopes to help other vets.
If medical marijuana were legalized nationally for certain conditions, the pharmaceutical industry could lose more than $4 billion annually to the cannabis industry, a new study hypothesizes.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration banned the organizer of this year’s 4/20 rally from hosting the event for three years citing a series of violations at the marijuana celebration.
Colorado federal lawmakers this week amplified efforts to protect state-enacted marijuana laws and cannabis businesses.
Cannabis products firms Wana Brands and AltMed have inked a deal that’s one part national expansion play and another part investment in a growing trend: pharmaceutical-quality medical marijuana.
A working group for the National District Attorneys Association decreed the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause should reign supreme in a time of rapidly shifting state marijuana laws, but stopped short of stating explicitly what enforcement should look like.
Who you gonna call with your pot questions? Denver now has a 24-7 hotline for marijuana health and safety queries: 1-877-741-3777.
In March 2017, licensed Colorado marijuana shops hauled in more than $131 million in sales; it’s the tenth month in a row sales have topped $100 million, and the sustained double-digit growth rate caught the attention of some analysts and economists contacted by The Cannabist.
Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn underscores the firm’s “big vision” for hydroponics and its Hawthorne subsidiary as more state marijuana laws change.
A congressional spending bill to fund U.S. government through September includes provisions protecting industrial hemp and state medical marijuana programs.
A federal marijuana banking bill co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives in Colorado, Washington and Alaska would allow banks to serve cannabis businesses without fear of federal penalties.
If the U.S. stopped viewing CBD as an illegal substance, it would unlock the marijuana compound’s immense potential as medicine, says Raphael Mechoulam.
“We wanted to understand his frame of reference on both cannabis and immigration,” although cannabis dominated the conversation, Hickenlooper told The Cannabist.
Concentrates and edibles are grabbing more market share from traditional flower, and medical marijuana patients spend three times more than recreational users.
ASTM International, a century-old standards organization, gave the official go-ahead to establish a standards-writing committee for the cannabis industry, officials announced Tuesday.
Northglenn City Council had the right to deny a medical marijuana license because the new dispensary was deemed superfluous, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Colorado Rep. Jared Polis talks with The Cannabist about marijuana policy, states’ rights and why AG Jeff Sessions needs to ‘get with the times.’ SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW
A Colorado bill seeking to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana has advanced to a House vote.
Denver is clamping down on CBD products that originate outside of Colorado. A bulletin issued Wednesday by Denver Environmental Health’s Public Health Inspections Division outlines a policy prohibiting out-of-state-made cannabidiol (CBD) products intended for human consumption. “It has come to DEH’s attention that some CBD products originate from unregulated manufacturing…
GB Sciences Inc., formerly operating as GrowBlox Sciences, inked a deal with Kush Cups to produce and distribute a line of cannabis-infused coffees and teas in single-use pods for Keurig-style coffee machines.
In February 2017, licensed Colorado marijuana shops brought in nearly $126.1 million in sales; it’s the ninth month in a row sales have topped $100 million.
A bipartisan collection of nearly four-dozen U.S. House members want the feds to lay off enforcement in states with legalized medical marijuana.
The latest marijuana-centric bill before Congress would place cannabis as a Schedule III substance, a classification shared by Tylenol with codeine.
Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke has introduced a bill repealing a federal law encouraging states to suspend or revoke driver’s licenses of people convicted of drug offenses.
Lawyers representing the Hemp Industries Association and hemp businesses have filed an opening brief in a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case against the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Cannabist sits down with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to talk about AG Jeff Sessions and fed enforcement, state pot clubs legislation, being the parent of a teen, and more. READ THE FULL Q&A
U.S. lawmakers on Thursday introduced a package of marijuana reform bills aimed at protecting and preserving existing state-based programs while laying framework for the federal regulation of cannabis.
A bill that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and regulate it like alcohol will make another go in Congress.
Q&A with two members of the National District Attorneys Association who are focused on marijuana policy, Stan Garnett of Colorado and Eric Zahnd of Missouri
Here’s a look at all Colorado marijuana legislation introduced in 2017, from pot-for-PTSD to private clubs and hemp bills. We’ll keep this list updated.
A synthetic THC drug made by Insys Therapeutics just cleared a federal regulatory hurdle to commercialization. Syndros is an oral solution containing dronabinol.
Three Colorado legislators are calling on Gov. John Hickenlooper to intervene in the state’s medical marijuana registry backlog, an issue that one lawmaker says is a matter of “life and death.”
Some big-name firms in cannabis have formed a national advocacy and marijuana lobbying organization, New Federalism Fund, to spur change on Capitol Hill.
The majority of U.S. states now have a medical marijuana law in place, but the laws don’t yet go far enough, says advocacy group Americans for Safe Access.
The Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry is in the thick of a 6- to 8-week backlog for mailed applications, affecting thousands of patients.
Grow Depot, a Colorado grow-supply business in Northglenn, is paying a federal fine because of its pesticide packaging.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week that he wants to enforce federal marijuana laws in an “appropriate way” nationwide and is weighing options such as initiating Supremacy Clause and RICO prosecutions.
Colorado marijuana sales: Shops kicked off 2017 by selling nearly $109 million worth of cannabis in January, marking a 23 percent increase from January 2016.
The University of Denver is broadening its cannabis curriculum by delving into the business-specific facets of the marijuana industry.
Colorado legislation to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana is headed to the full House.
A convoluted dispute is forming around AG Jeff Sessions laying down the law on marijuana and state legalization. We ask experts to break down the role of the Supremacy Clause and states’ rights.
Marijuana in the age of Trump, Part 2: The Cannabist talked with several law and drug policy experts, industry observers and state officials about what changes in federal enforcement could look like — from the threat of raids on cannabis businesses and seizure of state-collected pot taxes to court issues and the ways Colorado regulations have developed.
Amid a time of unknowns surrounding federal marijuana policy, one thing is certain: The status quo is no longer sustainable.
Lists: Cannabis bills before the 115th U.S. Congress, including medical measures and a proposal for federal marijuana legalization, plus Cannabis Caucus members
Setting standards for the marijuana industry: ASTM International, a century-old organization, launches cannabis committee with eye on quality and safety.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated his opposition to marijuana legalization while addressing a collection of the nation’s attorneys general on Tuesday.
Recreational marijuana will face “greater enforcement” in the Trump era, the White House’s spokesman said Thursday, signaling an abrupt change in approach that was greeted in Colorado by a wait-and-see attitude.
The Colorado cannabis industry says the IRS is conducting an unauthorized criminal investigation using the state’s seed-to-sale database. FULL REPORT
Maryland’s medical marijuana program faces a potential new delay after a judge Thursday ordered a temporary halt to the program pending a hearing as part of a lawsuit that alleges regulators failed to consider racial diversity in licensing businesses. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams granted a temporary restraining order…
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