The Industrial Hemp Farming Act is back — is this the year Congress legalizes the crop?

Published: Aug 15, 2017, 11:22 am • Updated: Aug 15, 2017, 11:54 am By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff These are times of cautious but rising optimism for supporters of industrial hemp. Since 1970, all forms of Cannabis sativa L., including hemp, have been classified as a Schedule I drug…

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Will this be the year Congress expands veterans’ access to medical marijuana?

Published: Jul 14, 2017, 3:21 pm • Updated: Jul 14, 2017, 5:30 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday amended must-pass legislation to add language expanding access to medical marijuana for military veterans. Again. The Veterans Equal Access Amendment to the 2018 Military…

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See you at the fair: Expect more cannabis displays at state fairs starting next year

Published: Jul 12, 2017, 3:01 pm • Updated: Jul 12, 2017, 3:01 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff In another sign of how quickly cannabis is becoming Americana, the plant may have soon have a tent at your local county fair alongside prize vegetables and livestock. A growing number…

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Inside story: World’s first cannabis artist-in-residence shares his year of weed immersion

Published: Jul 3, 2017, 9:40 am • Updated: Jul 3, 2017, 12:13 pm By Katie Shapiro, The Cannabist Staff Considering the historic connection between cannabis and creativity, it was only a matter of time before a cannabusiness and an artist made it official. In July 2016, Montreal-based filmmaker and photographer…

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New Mexico medical marijuana balloons in just a year, now has 40,000 patients

Published: May 15, 2017, 8:19 pm • Updated: May 15, 2017, 8:22 pm By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The medical marijuana industry in New Mexico has grown substantially since being organized in 2007. About 8,000 New Mexico residents have obtained a medical marijuana license since Jan. 1, which…

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Legal Cannabis Can Save $1 Billion A Year and Cut Overdose Rates By 25%

How Cannabis Saves Money for Medicaid It seems that Medical Cannabis is growing in popularity in the United States and in the world seeing that roughly 80% of the US population is in favor of legalization. There are numerous benefits that can be obtained due to legalization. Despite prohibitionists clamoring…

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Colorado marijuana DUIs down 33 percent from first three months of last year

Published: Apr 17, 2017, 6:20 pm • Updated: Apr 18, 2017, 8:40 am By Hayley Sanchez, The Denver Post The number of citations for driving while under the influence of marijuana dropped by 33.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the same period last year, but the number…

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Colorado man who mailed marijuana edibles out of state sentenced to year in fed prison

Published: Feb 22, 2017, 3:24 pm • Updated: Feb 23, 2017, 8:57 am By Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post An Arvada man who sent boxes of illegal marijuana edibles through the U.S. Postal Service to buyers in New York City, Maryland and Texas was sentenced Wednesday to a year and…

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Legal marijuana businesses could add up to $5M per year to Alaskan peninsula’s economy

Published: Feb 17, 2017, 11:10 am • Updated: Feb 17, 2017, 11:10 am By Associated Press KENAI, Alaska — With several marijuana businesses up and running on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, industry estimates show the businesses could contribute $ 5.3 million annually to the local economy. Eight marijuana…

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