Designer MMJ from Israel
Dec19

Designer MMJ from Israel

What shape will mmj take in the future?  Maybe something like this.   An Israeli company is seeking government approval of a genetically bred cannabis strain that improves its medicinal value while reducing the psychological effects of marijuana. KanaboSeed – a joint venture formed by software developer BreedIT and licensed medical marijuana grower Seach Ltd. – submitted applications for approval of two strains with increased CBD...

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Have Feds Quit Fighting MMJ?
Dec19

Have Feds Quit Fighting MMJ?

I want to be more excited about this news.  Instead I find myself suspicious.  We are going to follow this story as it develops, but it may be that the federal government has stopped resisting medical marijuana in the states.    Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. The...

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Poll:  Decision Belongs to the States
Dec18

Poll: Decision Belongs to the States

A new poll sees cannabis as a state, not a federal, issue.   When presented with the option, 60 percent of respondents said that state officials ought to possess the authority to "control and decide whether to legalize marijuana." Only 34 percent of those polled said that the federal government ought to enforce marijuana laws. Similarly, a supermajority of voters (67 percent) agreed, "Congress should pass a bill giving states...

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How Big Is Medical Marijuana?
Dec17

How Big Is Medical Marijuana?

Here are some new facts:   Just how quickly has the medical marijuana industry grown? Here’s one indication: In three years, the portion of the U.S. population living in states with medical cannabis dispensaries has more than doubled. In 2011, just 22% of residents lived in states with existing dispensaries. By the end of 2014, 46% of the population resides in states with operating or planned dispensaries. With that expanded map...

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Congressional Update
Dec15

Congressional Update

At long last Congress is paying some attention to changing drug policy.   Language approved by the US House of Representatives on Tuesday restricts the Justice Department's ability to take criminal action against state-licensed individuals or operations that are acting are in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. The amendment, which states "None of the funds made available in this act to the Department...

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Florida Re-Legalization Fight Continues
Dec11

Florida Re-Legalization Fight Continues

MMJ in Florida got knocked down in the recent election.  Down is not out.  The fight goes on.   Though medical marijuana failed at the Florida ballot box earlier this month, plenty of cannabis companies in the state aren’t about to cash in their chips and go home. Not only have MMJ proponents promised to continue the fight at the state Capitol, but many cannabis entrepreneurs in Florida believe that it’s just a matter of time...

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