Category Archives: Politics

In Congress, a Changed House Finally Looks at Cannabis Banking

Six years after introducing the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, a cannabis banking reform measure, co-author Denny Heck finally saw it enjoy its first committee hearing in Congress on Wednesday. The number of banks and credit unions willing to handle cannabis money is growing, but they still represent only a tiny fraction of […]

6 Simple Ways to Make Your Dispensary More Trans-Friendly

As a nonbinary trans person who uses gender-neutral pronouns, I face the world of cissexism and transphobia every day. I am almost always misgendered, or identified as the wrong gender, whether I’m walking down the street, buying groceries, or at the doctor’s office. When I do decide to correct strangers, I’m usually walking into a […]

The Roll-Up #72: No CBD Burger for Me, Please

The Roll-Up features co-hosts Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Alyssa Yeoman in a Friday morning roundtable about the week’s top cannabis news. Leafly Podcast Episode 72: No CBD Burger for Me, Please This week: This week we discuss the research-proven efficiency of dabbing (science!), discuss seniors and medical marijuana, discuss New York’s crackdown on CBD-infused foods, […]

Newfoundland Cannabis Store Closes Amidst Supply Shortages

As of January 31, Newfoundland and Labrador will go from having six independent cannabis retailers to having five, as one of the original licensed retailers closes its doors. Tina Greening, the business manager of Puff Puff Pass Head Shop in Clarenville, says the decision to close less than four months after nationwide cannabis legalization came […]

Q&A: Cannabis Trade Federation CEO Neal Levine on the future of federal marijuana legalization

America’s legal cannabis market owes part of its success to Neal Levine. Levine worked as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for LivWell Enlightened Health, which earned a reputation as one of the largest employers in the cannabis industry. He has since moved on to be named as the chief executive operator of the Cannabis […]

Baltimore Prosecutor Files Rare Petition to Erase Cannabis Convictions

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s top prosecutor has filed a rarely used legal petition intended to vacate 3,778 convictions for cannabis possession, arguing an extraordinary legal strategy is necessary to “right an extraordinary wrong.” In a highly unusual “Maryland v. Maryland” filing in state court, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby used a petition called “writ of error […]

Legal cannabis website offered federal workers free marijuana during government shutdown

Federal employees must be relieved at news that the government shutdown has temporarily come to an end, but they will probably miss the free weed. The legal cannabis search engine BudTrader.com offered free medical marijuana to government workers who couldn’t pay due to President Donald Trump’s shutdown, the Hill reports. “I don’t think federal employees […]

Is Cannabis Against Your Religion?

Is consuming cannabis a sin, haram, not kosher? For many, it’s a serious question. In the Judaic tradition, scholars still debate the question of whether God meant Moses to use cannabis as part of an anointing oil when he spoke of a plant called kaneh-bosem, in Exodus 30:22-30. The Bible says the body is a […]

Minnesota Proposal Would Legalize Cannabis Sales in 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers have proposed legislation that would legalize adult-use cannabis, hoping to start what they acknowledge will be a long and contentious discussion. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says he doesn’t think the legislation will pass this year. Edina Democrat Melissa Franzen introduced the measures in the House, and […]

Weed in Your Suitcase? Canada Considering a Fine, Not Felony

OTTAWA — Travellers caught sneaking small amounts of cannabis into Canada could soon be forced to pay fines. Although stiff criminal penalties will remain options on the books, the federal border agency is developing administrative sanctions to give it more flexibility to deal with people who arrive at the border with cannabis in the era […]