Category Archives: Politics

Marijuana education or illegal drug-selling? Instagram's not sure

By the time they opened this spring, the founders of the Peake ReLeaf medical cannabis shop in Rockville, Md., had already created a social media following. They knew that promoting cannabis on Instagram — often the platform of choice in the marijuana industry — can help build a customer base. But it also can be […]

Congress passes farm bill to legalize hemp

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday gave final approval to a provision of the Farm Bill that removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances, according to an Associated Press report. The Farm Bill, which was introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier in 2018, allows hemp farmers to buy crop insurance, apply […]

Does the Farm Bill Legalize CBD, Too? Not Exactly

President Trump is expected to sign the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018—also known as the farm bill—later this week, after Congress approved the measure on Wednesday. CBD is now a lot less illegal. But don’t wave it in the face of a DEA agent. With that signature, hemp will become legal nationwide. And cannabidiol (CBD) […]

Six alleged illegal retail pot shops busted in Colorado Springs; $1.375M seized, police say

Business was booming at several Colorado Springs marijuana shops, despite local ordinances that prohibit the retail sale of marijuana and pot products. Following a lengthy investigation, multiple executed search warrants, an arrest and additional arrest warrants issued, police on Tuesday said cash seized from the alleged illegal businesses came out to about $1.375 million, with […]

Hemp Is Finally Legal. Let’s See if It Can Save the World

In 1985, legendary cannabis activist Jack Herer published a magnum opus called The Emperor Wears No Clothes, which through painstaking research told the hidden history of hemp—a once-revered crop cultivated for more than 10,000 years that played a vital role in America’s economy from colonial times until the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 made growing […]

US Farm Bill, Which Would Legalize Hemp, Heads to Trump’s Desk

This story has been updated. The US House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid. The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. While the federal government aims to pass a new […]

Does cannabis cost, or pay? CCU study claims marijuana costs $4.50 for every $1 it generates

Coloradans spend $4.57 to mitigate marijuana’s effects for every tax dollar it generates, claims a recently released study. Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute scoured 2017 data to try to understand the economic and social costs of legal marijuana, said Jeff Hunt, CCU’s vice president of public policy and director of the Centennial Institute. “No matter where you […]

Medical Marijuana Patient, 78, Evicted in Freezing Cold for Taking Medicine

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A 78-year-old man who relies on medical marijuana for back pain finds himself homeless after being evicted from federally subsidized housing in a case complicated by conflicting state and federal marijuana rules. “It’s really a clear evidence of discrimination, and medical marijuana should be treated like any other medication when […]

What Trump’s New AG Pick Could Mean for Cannabis

President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday that he plans to nominate William Barr, a Republican lawyer and former Justice Department official, to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions. What would that mean for cannabis? Barr has already served once as US attorney general, from 1991 to 1993, during which he earned a reputation as a […]

Utah Groups Sue to Block Medical Marijuana Compromise

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A pair of advocacy groups in Utah sued Thursday to block a compromise agreement legalizing medical marijuana, accusing the Mormon church of unconstitutional domination and interference in a process that led to the gutting of a measure approved by voters. The lawsuit alleges the revised initiative creates overwhelming obstacles for […]