Declaring cannabis ‘very necessary’ marks a watershed 2d in ancient previous

Bruce Barcott and David DownsMarch 26, 2020 A Terrapin Care Station employee in Colorado conducts curbside pickup as an essential business during COVID-19 outbreak. (Courtesy Terrapin Care Station) The COVID-19 pandemic has forced government officials to make life-or-death decisions about which goods and services are essential, and which are not. Essential businesses stay open; those…

Is my dispensary birth and can they ship cannabis perfect now?

Is my dispensary birth and can they ship cannabis perfect now?

David Downs & Max Savage LevensonMarch 17, 2020 Rules change daily. Some stores are closed, others are open for pickup, and some can now deliver. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Is my cannabis dispensary still open? In the season of COVID-19, that question just got a lot more complicated. Cities, counties, and states across the US began…

Meet Mary Jane Rathbun, mother of the pot brownie

Mary Jane Rathbun was in the midst of baking when she heard a knock on the door of her small apartment in the Castro district of San Francisco. The then-60-year-old opened her home to a young man intent on buying some special brownies. By this point in 1981, Rathbun had been selling pot brownies for…

Why is Fresh York’s medical marijuana program insanely costly?

New York State’s Assembly and Senate passed a bill legalizing medical cannabis for severe conditions only in 2014. It was praised as progressive, but neighboring states’ policies far outpace the accessibility of the New York program.  Notoriously byzantine in its policies, New York appointed a limited number of vendors, requiring them to vertically integrate their…

Utah’s first clinical marijuana dispensary is now open

The Associated PressMarch 2, 2020 In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. Utah’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Monday, March 2, 2020, as the state begins a slow rollout of a program that will allow residents with certain health conditions to use the plant for…

Why won’t your physician prescribe you cannabis?

Almost 60% of US healthcare providers feel negatively about medical cannabis, while less than 12% view it positively. These results, the product of a survey reported in the forthcoming March 2020 issue of Preventative Medicine, provide a startling insight into the relationship between medical cannabis and those who can prescribe it.  The survey, which investigated…

The most easy California cannabis seed and clone stores of 2020

David DownsFebruary 19, 2020 Capulator’s Sunset MAC unites Sunset Sherbet and Miracle Alien Cookies. (David Downs/Leafly) America’s cannabis-growing heartland—the Emerald Triangle—celebrated Valentine’s Day a little differently than the rest of us. While lovers popped bottles of champagne, Humboldt County growers prayed over and germinated their 2020 cannabis seeds, said Brian Smith, buyer and inventory manager…

Scientific cannabis invoice clears Alabama Senate committee

The Associated PressFebruary 19, 2020 Alabama is making strides toward legalizing medical marijuana. (allard1/AdobeStock) A bill to legalize medical cannabis cleared its first hurdle Thursday in the Alabama Legislature, giving hope to advocates after years of setbacks. Audience members applauded as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-1 for the bill, putting it in line for…

Why is Trump targeting clinical marijuana in an election yr?

Ben AdlinFebruary 11, 2020 Trump has talked up medical legalization, but his latest budget directly attacks it. (AP) Donald Trump has long claimed to support cannabis legalization. In 1990, he said the US was “losing badly the war on drugs” and would “have to legalize drugs to win that war.” As a candidate for president in…

Fresh Hampshire Senate passes homegrow invoice for medical marijuana

The New Hampshire Senate just passed SB 420 which will let qualified patients grow their own medical marijuana. The measure approved by senators on Thursday allows designated caregivers or patients to grow up to three mature plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings each. Although the state legalized medical cannabis in 2013, growing the plant…

Test your governor’s grades on cannabis protection

Oscar PascualFebruary 3, 2020 California Gov. Gavin Newsom scored a B on cannabis policy, according to NORML. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) As US support for marijuana legalization continues to grow during a portentous election year, it’s important for voters to know where their lawmakers stand on the issue. That’s why the cannabis reform group NORML sees…