California's Local Governments Are Taking a Stand Against the Cannabis Tax 'Crisis'

California’s cannabis industry is acknowledged as one of the most profitable in the United States, with the industry yielding $333 million in cannabis taxes during the second quarter of 2021. However, state lawmakers are moving at a snail’s pace to lower cannabis taxes. Cannabis industry taxation in California is starving companies of the opportunity to thrive, compete, and profit. The state’s hefty cannabis taxes are strengthening the illicit market, and to make matters worse, the cannabis exc

Judge rules in favor of mother who used medical cannabis during pregnancy under doctor’s orders

A woman who consumed medical cannabis while pregnant did not act in a negligent manner against her unborn child, ruled a judge at the Arizona Court of Appeals. The ruling overturns Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) Director Mike Faust’s decision to feature Lindsay Ridgell – a former DCS employee – on the agency’s Central Registry. Based on the ruling, the woman will not be penalized by being placed on an employment-limiting list. Listings of this kind usually last for 25 years. The reg

Thailand envisions a future of premium cannabis tourism post-legalization

The Kingdom of Thailand’s drug laws are acknowledged as some of the most draconian in the world. Even possession of the cannabis plant, which the United Nations describes as a “less dangerous drug,” could land someone a hefty stint behind bars. However, based on a January announcement by Thailand’s narcotics board, cannabis that contains less than 0.2 percent of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) will soon be delisted as a narcotic. The narcotics board’s decision would mak

Fresh data shows that 8 U.S. states shifted $12.8 billion of recreational cannabis last year

More U.S. states might have legalized medical cannabis than they have recreational, but it’s safe to say that the adult-use sector is still yielding some high returns. In fact, data recently gathered by Cannabis Business Times indicates that eight U.S. states generated more than $12.8 billion in recreational sales in 2021. Last year, only 11 U.S. states had enacted adult-use cannabis programs. Since this time, the number has inflated to 18 (and counting.) Although there were seven fewer state

New U.S. Research Efforts Could Catalyze Medical Cannabis' Adoption in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Cannabis, despite being widely available for medical and recreational consumers across the United States, remains one of the most understudied plants. Fortunately, the U.S. federal government is granting a handful of American companies the option to cultivate and study cannabis for medical research purposes. Pennsylvania-based Groff North America is one of the companies that is getting a green light to experiment with the plant. The final goal is to introduce medicinal cannabis products to the

Report: More Than One Third of Parents Don't Understand the Difference Between CBD and Marijuana

The recently published findings of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan Health suggest that the majority of American parents don’t know much about CBD (cannabidiol) products. In particular, it revealed that a significant number of respondents did not understand the difference between CBD and marijuana. CBD is one of 114 identified cannabis compounds better known as cannabinoids. These compounds are renowned for indirectly/directly in

Recreational Cannabis Legalization in Germany? Medical Cannabis Businesses and Investors Hope So

The German federal government may only have legalized cannabis for medical purposes back in 2017, but the market has already earned enough appeal for big-name players to get involved. Now, as the country contemplates adult-use cannabis legalization, all eyes are on Deutschland. Early success with medical cannabis has contributed to the market’s rising popularity among local German people, with up-to-date figures showing that at least 128,000 people have registered to receive cannabis-based medi

CBD Insurance: Why CBD Businesses Need It for Product Liability

Companies in the cannabis and hemp space that don’t take out CBD insurance coverage could face serious financial and legal repercussions. Unforeseen events and circumstances, such as the hail storm that recently caused $25 million in damage to hemp crops across Central Oregon and the unexpected rise in insurance prescription claims that ate into 21% of Progressive Care’s net gross margins reported for 2019, can seriously impact a business. With this in mind, don’t ignore the importance of seek

Pro-Cannabis Movement LGN Says Legalization in Indonesia is "Very Possible"

Nestled between the Indian and Pacific oceans is the largest island country on the planet – Indonesia. Home to more than 240 million people, the sun-drenched archipelago is rich in culture, brimming with nature and suffused with a culinary scene that rivals most. If there is one thing that the Southeast Asian country is missing, however, it’s weed. The Indonesian government could be leaving some serious money on the table if it doesn’t follow in Thailand’s footsteps; medical cannabis was legali

UN’s approval of WHO recommendation will stimulate medical cannabis research opportunities

As we entered the month of December, the cannabis industry experienced a stroke of luck. Why? Because on December 2, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) voted to approve a World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation that officially eliminated the plant from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Otherwise known as “Recommendation 5.1”, the proposal is one of six that were voted on by 53 current member states of the CND; 27 voted in favor of the proposa

Q&A Session with Last Prisoner Project's Steve DeAngelo

CANNABIS CULTURE – For four determined decades, Steve DeAngelo has been at the forefront of the cannabis movement. During his years of championing for legal weed, “The Father of the Legal Cannabis Industry” played a major role in the passing of Prop 64 (California’s adult-use law) and Initiative 59 (Washington D.C.’s medical law.) A Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, DeAngelo co-founded SteepHill Laboratory, The ArcView Group and The Last Prisoner Project. The national leader even helped to

Study on CBD use amid COVID-19 suggests increased demand since pandemic started

Eleven months into the year 2020 and it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing the back of “the new normal” anytime soon. This is the phrase that has been tied to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which had claimed 1,422,671 lives globally as of November 27. While the outlook may seem bleak to many, there is a comforting prospect that has sprouted out of the hemp and CBD industry — the cannabis plant could be the antidote for coronavirus-related mental health woes. According to a July analysis o

CDC report: Less teens are being admitted for cannabis addiction

A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has demonstrated a noticeable reduction in teen admission rates for cannabis use disorder treatment. The findings have emerged in spite of the fact that adult-use cannabis legalization in the U.S. is becoming more widespread. The CDC’s report – which delved into the implications of relaxed cannabis laws on teen admission rates for CUD –focused on individuals aged between 12 and 17 who had been admitted to publicly-fu

Buying Hemp Oil Online for Your CBD Fix: What You Ought to Know

More people are finding ways to buy hemp-derived CBD oil online. Global CBD sales are expected to top $22 billion million by 2022, according to a report from Market Watch. CBD – short for cannabidiol – is emerging as a must-have ingredient in people’s everyday routine. This naturally-occurring compound can be derived from both cannabis and hemp plants. In this article, we discuss how to buy hemp CBD oil online. Hemp-derived CBD is non-psychoactive and has been hailed a therapeutic powerhouse; po
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