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New Graphic Novel Tells The Story of Cannabis Prohibition in the United States

Did you know that in 2000 BCE India, cannabis farmers believed that the plant was created by a celestial tug of war between gods and demons? Or that the first recorded use of a joint was in 1850s Mexico? Did you know that during the Spanish conquests in 1519 CE, Cortes introduced hemp farming as […]

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 […]

Kamala Harris Wants To Legalize Weed: 'It Gives A Lot Of People Joy'

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has drawn a line in the sand with other presidential hopefuls: a green one. On Monday, Harris told the hosts of the New York City radio show “The Breakfast Club” that rumors that she didn’t support legalization were completely false. “That’s not true,” she told the show’s host Charlamagne Tha God. “Half […]

Former House Speaker Boehner gets behind marijuana lobbying group

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner announced a new, industry-funded group to lobby for marijuana reform in banking, taxes and research, a move that will put a political heavyweight behind the MJ industry’s efforts to overhaul federal cannabis policy. The National Cannabis Roundtable will consist of members representing all aspects of the industry, including growers, […]

Congressional hearing on marijuana banking boosts industry hopes for reform, but passage far from assured

Major issues facing the cannabis industry, such as limited access to banking services, have stalled in Congress without even getting a hearing, much less a floor vote. That will change Wednesday, when a subcommittee of the now-Democratic-controlled House Financial Services Committee hears testimony on the difficulty legal cannabis businesses have opening and maintaining bank accounts. The hearing […]

Denver Dispensary Offering 1-Cent Weed Deal to Support Teachers on Strike

On Monday, union teachers in Denver, Colorado went on strike. Coming on the heels of a late-January victory for striking teachers in Los Angeles, the Denver teachers’ revolt is taking aim at many of the same issues. More than simply a movement for better wages, striking educators across the country are fighting back against the […]

Inside the Murder Mountain Documentary Everyone is Talking About

Though the Humboldt County-centered, true-crime documentary Murder Mountain was first released by Fusion, it saw a surge in popularity after dropping on Netflix in late December. The six-episode series takes its name from Alderpoint, a small, census-designated area of Humboldt County that has earned itself the grim, alliterative nickname with salacious tales of mystery and […]

What drives patients to use medical marijuana: Mostly chronic pain

Slowly but surely, the stigma surrounding marijuana use is losing its grip in the U.S. Since the 1990s, advocates have pushed for a re-evaluation of cannabis (the plant species name often used interchangeably with marijuana) as a viable treatment for a host of ailments. As of 2018, 33 states and the District of Columbia have […]

Arbiters award 4Front Advisors $8.7M in dispute with Nevada cannabis firms

4Front Advisors, part of the Arizona-based multistate marijuana firm 4Front Holdings, won an $8.7 million arbitration award against Nevada-based CWNevada and NuVeda for breach of contract in failing to pay fees for services provided. Kris Krane, 4Front Holdings’ co-founder and president, told Marijuana Business Daily the award validates 4Front Advisors’ work in helping the two […]

More illicit California marijuana retailers busted by local law enforcement

Search warrants have been served at 10 inland Southern California marijuana dispensaries allegedly operating without licenses. Several enforcement actions in the Golden State have been reported in the past several months as state and local authorities continue efforts to crack down on illicit marijuana operations. It’s a development that could help some licensed MJ firms that have […]