Cooking With Cannabis: High-End Cuisine Rediscovers a Once Taboo Ingredient - Cannabis News

Western palates aren’t yet accustomed to cannabis, but they soon might be.

As states continue to roll back tight regulations on the recreational and medicinal uses of marijuana, there’s a highly skilled and creative subset of people who are crafting the way the future era of legal pot is going to taste.

We’re talking about chefs, of course.

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New York Moves Toward Legal Marijuana With Health Dept. Endorsement - Cannabis News

New York moved a significant step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, as a study commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will recommend that the state allow adults to consume marijuana legally, the governor’s health commissioner said on Monday.

The announcement by the commissioner, Howard Zucker, signals a broad turnaround for the administration of Mr. Cuomo, a second-term Democrat who said as recently as last year that marijuana was a “gateway drug.”

“We looked at the pros, we looked at the cons, and when we were done, we realized that the pros outweighed the cons,” Dr. Zucker said, adding, “we have new facts.”

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Marijuana in the workplace: Balancing competing obligations - Cannabis News

As an employer, you may have an obligation to accommodate employees who use marijuana for medical reasons, or you may want to relax your policies to cope with a talent shortage.

It’s a Catch-22 with big implications for your workplace: Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law — in other words, illegal.

Yet many states have legalized marijuana for medicinal and even recreational use, with new laws being passed all the time.

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How to order cannabis leaf tempura from an L.A. restaurant's secret menu - Cannabis News

Along with the tempura cannabis leaf, Shibumi’s special dishes include vegetables flavored with cannabis-infused sauce, made like a miso paste, which is often mixed in with sesame paste in Japan.

You enter the sleek Shibumi restaurant via a clandestine doorway next to a parking garage in downtown LA.

Now the hush-hush concept continues inside – those in the know can request off-menu cannabis-infused dishes, including a battered pot leaf.

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Medical marijuana passes by a landslide in South Carolina Democratic primary - Cannabis News

South Carolina Democrats gave medical marijuana a landslide victory Tuesday, with 82 percent declaring in an advisory vote that doctors should be allowed to prescribe the drug.

The question “Do you support passing a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients?” was approved by Democrats in all of the state's 46 counties during Tuesday's primary.

The nonbinding ballot initiative is the latest boost for legalized medical marijuana, which has been embraced by key committees in both the S.C. House and Senate.

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Canada: How do employers accommodate cannabis in the workplace?

Legal recreational cannabis coming into effect in Canada has left a lot of employers feeling unprepared with how to deal with employees using marijuana at work.

Lorenzo Lisi and David Reiter, Partners at Aird & Berlis LLP spoke at the O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo in Toronto last week in a panel called Cannabis in the Workplace: Policies, Planning to Avoid Liability and Industry Stigma.

The discussion provided insight on how to manage cannabis consumption in the workplace and how to accommodate those who require cannabis for medical use.

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Boehner, 7 U.S. Mayors Blast Feds on Marijuana Legalization: ‘Prohibition Has Failed’ – Cannabis News

Former Ohio Republican Congressman and Speaker of the House John Boehner joined several U.S. mayors this week in telling the federal government to get out of the way of marijuana legalization.

Boehner, a longtime staunch opponent of marijuana, joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a cannabis investment firm that pursues cultivation and dispensary businesses in addition to touting cannabis’s “transformational power to heal and change the world.”

Speaking with WCPO-TV on Monday, Boehner touted the effectiveness of medical marijuana treatment for military veterans, opioid addicts and children with epilepsy.

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Marijuana Cultivation Is Where Cannabis Workers Can Earn The Largest Salaries - Cannabis News

“If there’s anywhere in the sector where we’re seeing a talent shortage or skill shortage, it’s on the cultivation side."

In order for an individual to earn a substantial salary in the cannabis industry, and we’re talking about pulling down the kind of cash that not only provides for their family but also puts them in a new car and allows them to live in a stylish new home, a new report suggests that the cultivation game is the way to go.

It seems that growing marijuana has officially become a legitimate ticket out of the stagnant mediocrity associated with traditional career choices.

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Bill to End Federal Cannabis War Gathers Steam - Cannabis News

A strange-bedfellows mix of powerful state governors and members of Congress signed on to end the decades-old war on marijuana – via the newly introduced STATES Act.

Momentum seemed to build over the weekend for the bill, introduced Thursday by Sen. Corey Gardner (R-CO) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

On Friday, the governors of California and New York, as well as their counterparts in ten other states, urged Congressional leaders to advance the bill.

California Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed the plan to exempt legalization states from federal pot law in a joint letter with Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Washington Gov. Jay Isnlee and others.

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Mayors From Across U.S. Call On Feds To Deschedule Marijuana - Cannabis News

A group representing mayors of cities across the country is pushing the federal government to enact a series of major marijuana law reforms.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is also calling on cities in states that have legalized cannabis to expunge people’s past convictions.

“The looming threat of federal prosecution or shutdown lends uncertainty to states and local governments and legally compliant commercial cannabis business operators, patients and adult-use consumers, and harms state and local efforts to regulate cannabis for the safety and health of its residents,” reads one of the two measures adopted by the mayors group on Monday.

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Senators Approve Medical Marijuana For Military Veterans - Cannabis News

A key U.S. Senate panel voted on Thursday to allow doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue medical marijuana recommendations to military veterans.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the amendment, offered by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), on a voice vote.

The measure “simply allows veterans to discuss that option [medical cannabis] with their VA doc or physician,” Daines said during a brief debate.

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Stoner Food Has Gotten Fully Baked - Cannabis News

In 420-friendly states, a growing cadre of chefs, confectioners, and entrepreneurs is intent on pulling weed out of its dank past and into our locavore, organic, chef's-menu-laden food present.

If you've taken two bites of a weed brownie, you know that they can fail in a number of ways: They're dry and crumbly, or flavorless, or stale, or too weak, or (more likely) too strong, maybe so strong that you forget what it feels like to stand up, and you begin to long for a bottle of Sprite as big and welcoming as the Statue of Liberty.

The first weed brownie I ever ate was a grave mistake, taken before a New York–to–Boston bus ride that became a study in acute paranoia and the healing properties of a rest-stop McDonald's.

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With Trump’s Support, STATES Act Could End Nationwide Cannabis Prohibition - Cannabis News

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives introduced a bill  that could change the cannabis legalization landscape across the United States.

In a move that’s been anticipated for weeks, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Entrusting States (STATES) Act this morning on Capitol Hill.

The measure would exempt state-legal marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, allowing every state to legalize and regulate cannabis (or keep it illegal) as they see fit.

In a joint press conference, Sen. Gardner emphasized that the Act would not mandate full nationwide legalization. Rather, it would allow each state to legalize or prohibit cannabis on its own. 

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Michigan voters will decide marijuana legalization after Legislature fails to act - Cannabis News

The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday decided to punt the issue of legalizing marijuana for recreational use to voters to decide in the November election.

Senate Republicans had wanted to take up and pass the measure so they could amend it and keep it off the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

But they deferred to the House of Representatives to see whether Republicans could muster the votes — 55 needed for passage — and they never got close.

"There's simply not support in the chamber to pass this right now. The voters are going to have to decide," said Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-Dewitt. 

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Pro-Cannabis Candidates Clean Up In California Primary Election 2018 - Cannabis News

With 61 percent of Americans now in support of cannabis legalization, it should come as little surprise that pot-positive candidates swept to victory in Tuesday’s Primary Election in the progressive bastion of California.

In every important race, winning politicians knew which way the cannabis smoke was blowing.

California’s June 5 primary vote determines which two top candidates face each other in the General Election in the Fall.

All 80 seats in the state Assembly, plus 20 of the 40 seats in the state Senate, all 53 US House seats, and one US Senate seat is up for grabs. 

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Canadians will spend up to $7B on cannabis in 2019, Deloitte predicts

After cannabis is legalized throughout Canada later this year, Canadians are expected to increase their consumption of the drug by up to 35 percent and spend as much as $7 billion on legal and illegal sales in 2019.

Accounting firm Deloitte makes those predictions in a new report based on an online survey of 1,500 adults living in Canada's 10 provinces conducted between March 6 and March 20. The survey didn't include residents of territories.

Legal cannabis sales are expected to reach up to $4.34 billion, while illegal sales could be anywhere from $510 million to $1.04 billion, and medical cannabis could account for between $770 million and $1.79 billion of the market, the report says.

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans say smoking marijuana is 'morally acceptable' - Cannabis News

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say that smoking marijuana is "morally acceptable," while 31 percent disapprove of pot on moral grounds, according to a new survey released Monday by Gallup.

That's a sharp jump from 2013, when a similarly worded question in a Public Religion Research Institute survey found that slightly fewer than half of Americans said it was morally acceptable to smoke marijuana.

The shift in moral acceptance of marijuana mirrors the shift in support for legalization over that time period, which rose from 48 percent at the end of 2012 to 64 percent last fall, according to Gallup.

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California Senate supports state-backed bank for pot money - Cannabis News

California lawmakers moved Wednesday to create a state-backed bank to handle the billions of dollars flowing from the newly legal recreational marijuana market.

The world’s largest legal recreational marijuana economy, created under a law that took effect this year, is projected to grow to $7 billion.

The bill approved by a bipartisan 29-6 state Senate vote is designed to help pot entrepreneurs who usually deal in cash because most banks won’t accept money from a product that remains illegal under federal law. 

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Southern California Women Are Hosting Fancy “High Teas” With the Help of a Cannabis Brand - Cannabis News

Despite the name, the point isn’t to get high at Kikoko’s tea parties.

It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica, and roughly 7o people have gathered for a tea party. Over the clinking and clanking of tea cups and saucers, the guests converse about the usual things—their work, the weather—but ultimately weed is the word on everyone’s lips.

That’s because cannabis is in their cups. 

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Congress Will Consider These Marijuana Amendments Next Week - Cannabis News

A powerful congressional panel is set to weigh four marijuana measures next week.

One proposal would allow military veterans to receive medical cannabis recommendations from their doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Another would protect veterans from losing access to their VA benefits as a punishment for medical marijuana use.

A third would shield VA employees who are veterans and who use marijuana in accordance with state law from being fired. And another concerns water rights for marijuana and hemp growers. 

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Marijuana entrepreneurs headed to Detroit for CannaCon - Cannabis News

Detroit will be home for several thousand marijuana enthusiasts and entrepreneurs this weekend when CannaCon hits the Motor City.

“Michigan has some up and coming laws that are being changed,” said Joe Kennedy, sales manager for the convention, which will be held on Friday and Saturday at Cobo Center. “So we have two days of seminars with top people in the industry.”

The marijuana market in Michigan is poised to explode. The state is expected to start issuing licenses for medical marijuana businesses next month. And Michigan voters could see a proposal to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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Pot for All: How Congress Is Trying to Make Weed Legal - Cannabis News

From decriminalization to opening up the banking industry, both sides of Congress are preparing cannabis bills – but with much different approaches.

Over the past decade, marijuana legalization has happened at break-neck speed at the state and local level.

And yet, pot-related reforms have moved glacially at the federal level, especially since prohibitionist Jeff Sessions was confirmed as attorney general.

But his staunch opposition and attempt to roll back Obama-era protections for local marijuana businesses has actually attracted new support to a flurry of marijuana related bills that have been picking up support in this Congress.

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US Veteran’s Battle: Get VA to Accept Marijuana for PTSD Treatment - Cannabis News

Veterans groups across the country are building alliances to end cannabis prohibition in order to enable research and save lives.

Mike Krawitz, 56, is a disabled US Air Force veteran who believes in medical cannabis’ ability to save lives by keeping people off the drugs with dangerous and deadly side effects — primarily opioids.

Krawitz believes there is a correlation between the number of opioid prescriptions and suicides among veterans. “Use cannabis, die less,” Krawitz told Marijuana.com, his tone completely serious.

“The scientific community has confirmed that cannabis saves lives by avoiding overdoses. VA [Veterans Administration] doctors know this but are obliged not to recommend cannabis for pain and PTSD. And that is unethical.."

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Insurance is budding in California's cannabis industry - Cannabis News

Like any business, the cannabis industry has a unique set of risks and exposures to account for.

Nearly 22 years ago, California voters enacted a ballot measure legalizing the medical use of cannabis.

Today, cannabis is now legal in 47 states (adult-use, cannabinoid only, hemp, and medicinal).

For years, California has been depicted laxly when it comes to marijuana. But when it comes to marijuana and the insurance coverage needed to protect citizens and businesses, it is anything but.

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6 Upcoming Cannabis Books - Cannabis News

These exciting new books will keep your cannabis knowledge up to date.

Cannabis has found its way into just about every facet of culture and lifestyle from food and fashion to medicine and spirituality and beyond.

With so much happening in the weed world, sometimes you need more than an article or think piece to really get some in-depth understanding and keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the industry.

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Urged by Alaska veterans, Sen. Sullivan supports cannabis research at VA - Cannabis News

Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan is co-sponsoring a bill that would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to research medicinal cannabis.

The bill calls on the VA to look into the “efficacy and safety” of cannabis in the treatment of veterans diagnosed with “chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder” and other conditions.

Twenty-nine states have legalized the medicinal use of cannabis, but it still remains illegal under federal law.

That’s why it has been unclear if the VA is allowed to research cannabis, and the bill would specifically authorize the department to do so. 

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New Jersey's busiest marijuana dispensary is now the biggest on the East Coast - Cannabis News

The medical marijuana dispensary that opened inside a former T-shirt factory in Bellmawr three years ago has moved into a modern new space across the street and is now the largest retail purveyor of cannabis on the East Coast.

The 6,150 square-foot Curaleaf dispensary opened this month in an industrial park in Camden County, about 10 miles south of Philadelphia.

The new facility is designed to handle 1,000 patients a day, said Jordan Isenstadt, a spokesman for Pallia-Tech, the company that owns Curaleaf.

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Nevada exceeds pot tax revenue expectations; rec sales have topped $304 million - Cannabis News

Nevada is skating past its first-year goals for recreational marijuana revenue.

The state has collected $48.97 million in total marijuana tax revenues since sales began.

Adult-use cannabis sales topped $41 million in March, the most successful month since legal sales began in July last year, according to a report Wednesday from the Nevada Department of Taxation. 

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Marijuana Business Owners Rally On Capitol Hill As Cannabis Bills Gain Momentum - Cannabis News

More than 200 cannabis industry leaders from almost half the states in the country are converging this week on Capitol Hill to tell lawmakers it’s time to modernize federal marijuana laws.

As part of the National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) lobby days, taking place Tuesday and Wednesday, marijuana business owners will hold at least 200 separate meetings with U.S. House and Senate offices.

They are seeking support for a number of far-reaching bills that would limit or end the federal government’s interference with state cannabis laws and allow state-legal businesses to use banking services and be taxed more fairly.

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Cannabis Industry Delivers 100,000+ Jobs And Billions In Tax Revenue - Cannabis News

Jobs are growing in the cannabis sector and the so are the businesses offering them.

125,000-160,000 people work full-time in the legal marijuana industry according to Chris Walsh, industry analyst and Editorial Vice President of MJBizDaily.

That includes growers, processors, sellers and those that service and supply those companies.

There are more marijuana sector employees than librarians or kindergarten teachers in the United States Walsh said.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Preparing City for Marijuana Legalization, Instructs NYPD to Halt Arrests – Cannabis News

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to instruct the New York Police Department to stop arrests of New Yorkers smoking weed in public while additionally forming a task force to ease what he sees as an inevitable full legalization of recreational marijuana.

De Blasio will direct the NYPD to hand out summonses to people caught smoking pot by officers in public areas across the city, but not arrest them, aides told the New York Daily News Sunday.

The move is partially a follow-up on his announcement last week to "overhaul and reform" enforcement that has created a wide racial disparity in marijuana arrests.

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Beyond Cannabutter: Light and Infused Carrot Chiffon Cake - Cannabis News

Fly high with this light-as-a-feather chiffon cake bursting with herbaceous carrot and bright citrus notes.

It’s pillowy soft and oh-so-luscious—especially when served with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a pinch of lemon zest.

End your springtime dinner party on a sweet note with this infused dessert.

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Canadian organizations band together to fight for craft cannabis

A collective of Canadian organizations will present an open letter to the provincial and federal justice ministers  to sound the alarm on regulations that would stifle the country’s craft cannabis industry.

“The timing is good right now because it’s right in the middle of the B.C. Legislative process. We think there is still time to make these changes and make it possible for the B.C. cannabis sector to survive,” says Michael Davis, spokesperson for the Ethical Cannabis Producers Association.

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Ohio recreational marijuana measure gets green light to collect signatures - Cannabis News

Supporters of an Ohio marijuana legalization measure can now collect signatures to put the proposed constitutional amendment on a future statewide ballot.

The Ohio Ballot Board on Thursday approved the "Marijuana Rights and Regulations" amendment as a single issue.

The amendment would give people age 21 and older a constitutional right to possess, produce, transport, use, and share cannabis.

The amendment allows the state legislature to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation and sales.

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Rohrabacher–Blumenauer Renewal OK’d by Congressional Committee - Cannabis News

A powerful Congressional committee on Thursday voted to extend federal protections for state-legal medical marijuana. It’s the latest example of how Congress is progressing on cannabis, one small step at a time.

The US House Appropriations Committee passed by voice vote an amendment introduced by US Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) that would ban the Department of Justice from using its funds to intervene with state laws that allow the growth, distribution, and use of cannabis for medical use.

The bill will now be considered by the full House of Representatives.

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Poll: Most Georgians now say recreational marijuana should be legal - Cannabis News

Most voters in Georgia now say that marijuana should be legal for recreational purposes, according to an exclusive poll commissioned by 11Alive News and conducted by SurveyUSA.

According to the poll, 55% of Georgia voters believe that recreational marijuana should be legalized, while 35% said it should remain against the law.

Two years ago, 48% supported legalizing recreational marijuana. At that time, opposition was at 38%.

Voters also overwhelmingly support the idea of state-regulated cultivation of marijuana in order to produce legal medical cannabis oil, according to the poll, with 71% saying they'd be in favor. 

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MIT Professor Makes Business of Marijuana Part of Graduate Classroom - Cannabis News

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Scott Stern says the perception of marijuana in our culture is changing, and the mainstream opportunities are too hard to pass up.

With Massachusetts preparing to open the recreational marijuana marketplace in just a few months, MIT's Sloane School of Management is turning over a new leaf.

The business of pot is now part of Professor Scott Stern’s graduate classroom.

He says the perception of marijuana in our culture is changing, and the mainstream opportunities are too hard to pass up. 

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Floridians push for right to smoke medical marijuana - Cannabis News

A Bradenton woman who says her suffering from ALS is decreased because of smokable medical marijuana gets her day in court Wednesday. She and other plaintiffs are challenging the state's ban on smokable medicine.

As lawmakers debated the rules for medical marijuana, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was adamant.

“We don’t think there should be smokable marijuana,” Gualtieri told lawmakers in January 2017.

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Marijuana In College: Why Universities Are Offering Cannabis-Focused Classes (And Where You Can Find Them) - Cannabis News

It's no surprise people are looking to get educated on marijuana and the business possibilities around it.

The legal cannabis industry is growing at an unprecedented pace.

While estimates vary, U.S. sales in 2017 stood somewhere between $8.2 billion and $8.8 billion according to BDS Analytics.

This figure is expected to surge to roughly $35 billion by 2022, GreenWave Advisors managing partner Matt Karnes told Benzinga in a recent conversation. 

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Weed-based beauty products could be worth a lot of green - Cannabis News

CBD oil, made from a compound found in marijuana, is being widely used in natural skincare and beauty products.

Weed-filled beauty products are getting a lot of buzz.

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, made from a non-intoxicating compound found in marijuana plants said to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and help anxiety, is making its way into mainstream beauty products like lotions, lip balms, face serums and eye creams.

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Aurora to buy MedReleaf for $2.5 billion in biggest ever pot deal - Cannabis News

Aurora Cannabis Inc will buy rival MedReleaf Corp for C$3.2 billion ($2.51 billion) in the biggest deal yet to unify major Canadian pot growers, as the country moves toward legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

The deal announced Monday is the latest in a wave of mergers in the industry as marijuana producers — emboldened by pot legalizations in Europe and a number of U.S. states — seek to cut costs and gain scale.

Canada’s relaxed regulations, a mature industry and free-flowing capital have offered firms a unique opportunity to advance research without the legal and political risks that bog down growers in the United States and elsewhere.

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U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer Says Cannabis May Be De-Regulated Nationwide Within Four Years - Cannabis News

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) believes the end of the battle to legalize marijuana across the United States is fewer than four years away.

"I made a bet that within five years, every state will be able to treat cannabis like alcohol and there will be universal access to medical marijuana," he told a crowd of cannabis business owners at Cultivation Classic in Revolution Hall Saturday afternoon.

"If we do our job, it's game over in 2 years." 

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Wisconsin: Milwaukee Unanimously Votes to Put Marijuana on November Ballot - Cannabis News

A Milwaukee County Board committee has voted unanimously to put a marijuana referendum on the November ballot.

The Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee gave their approval to the proposal yesterday.

Milwaukee County is the most populous county in the state of Wisconsin. The election would not by itself end the prohibition of marijuana.

It calls on the State of Wisconsin to legalize cannabis and allow for a regulated and taxed marijuana market. 

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State Marijuana Legalization Measures Headed For Passage, Polls Show - Cannabis News

A number of states are expected to vote on far-reaching marijuana ballot measures this year, and recent polling shows that all of them are poised to pass by substantial margins.

A survey released on Thursday, for example, found that 61% of Michigan adults said they favor legalizing cannabis, while only 34% are opposed.

Michigan officials determined last month that activists collected enough signatures to place a marijuana legalization measure on the general election ballot.

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Senator Kamala Harris backs Booker bill to legalize marijuana - Cannabis News

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a potential 2020 White House contender, is joining Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is also speculated to be a possible presidential candidate, in the fight to legalize marijuana under federal law.

Harris announced Thursday that she will be co-sponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act, which Booker introduced in August.

The legislation would eliminate marijuana's status as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act. 

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Vermont Chefs Talk Cooking With Cannabis - Cannabis News

Marijuana cuisine has come a long way since the pot brownies of a generation or two past, when home cooks tossed butter melted with weed (sometimes including stems and seeds) into a recipe.

In the spring of 2014, Dave Weiner was a food judge for High Times magazine's Cannabis Cup in Denver.

Weiner, who lives near Stratton Mountain, received a kit with about 45 edible products containing cannabis and an app for recording his scores.

He had a week to judge the food — from sour gummies to pizza sauce, from Thai iced tea push-up pops to beef jerky — in categories including effect, flavor, packaging and product originality.

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US marijuana sales may reach $10 billion this year, $22 billion by 2022 - Cannabis News

Retail sales of medical and recreational cannabis in the United States are expected to hit $8 billion-$10 billion this year – a nearly 50% increase from 2017 – and rise as high as $22 billion by 2022.

That’s according to exclusive projections from the 2018 edition of the Marijuana Business Factbook released Wednesday at the start of MJBizConNEXT in New Orleans.

The anticipated explosive industry growth is a backdrop for MJBizConNEXT, which is hosted by Marijuana Business Daily. The industry conference is expected to draw 3,000 marijuana professionals and 280-plus exhibitors from around the globe.

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DEA Head Criticized Over Marijuana Stance By Lawmakers - Cannabis News

The acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was put through the wringer by lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, pressed repeatedly to answer questions about the federal agency’s outdated marijuana policy.

Here’s a roundup of exchanges between DEA Acting Administrator Robert Patterson and members of the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing on the opioid epidemic.

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Canadian companies dominate global marijuana trade, says report

Canada’s rapidly growing cannabis industry now dominates the global trade in legal marijuana, says a report from a Washington, D. C., data analytics firm.

The companies that are frantically building growing facilities to supply Canadians with marijuana are also in a unique position to sell their products and expertise around the world, says the report from New Frontier Data.

The independent research firm’s report provides a snapshot of Canada’s cannabis industry.

Canadian cannabis companies are exporting their products to countries on multiple continents, the report notes.

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Medical marijuana for PTSD and pain signed into Georgia law - Cannabis News

Medical marijuana can be used by Georgians suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain, according to a bill signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday.

The legislation, House Bill 65, adds PTSD and intractable pain to the list of conditions eligible for treatment by cannabis oil.

Georgia’s medical marijuana law, first passed in 2015, now covers more than a dozen conditions, including late-stage cancer and seizure disorders. The law allows patients approved by a physician to possess small amounts of cannabis oil.

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