Teens Are Getting Sick From Products With High THC Levels

With THC levels close to 100 percent, today’s cannabis products are making some teenagers highly dependent and dangerously ill.

#addiction-psychology, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #marijuana, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #research, #teenagers-and-adolescence

New York’s Weed Rush Is Here. They Came to Cash In.

For generations, entrepreneurs and dreamers have moved to New York City to strike it big. Now they’re coming to sell a lot of cannabis.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #marijuana, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

‘Legacy’ Pot Dealers in New York Want to Go Legal. Can They?

For “legacy” cannabis entrepreneurs, becoming a taxpaying, regulation-observing business has its challenges.

#buddys-bodega, #marijuana, #new-york-state

With Legalized Pot in the Air, a Federal Trial Riles Advocates

Although some states have approved cannabis sales, the federal government still considers it a serious drug. That muddle was on display in a case where a man faced 10 years to life in prison.

#baltimore-md, #decisions-and-verdicts, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #mandatory-sentencing, #marijuana

N.J. Legal Marijuana Sales Begin With Early Lines and Free Food

Recreational cannabis customers in the state can now legally buy up to an ounce of marijuana per sale.

#law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-jersey, #sales-and-excise-taxes

Legal Marijuana Sales Will Start Next Thursday in New Jersey

All adults will be able to purchase cannabis at certain medical-marijuana dispensaries starting April 21.

#marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-jersey

Is Driving High as Dangerous as Driving Drunk?

There’s limited data on how marijuana impacts driving performance, but experts urge caution before getting behind the wheel.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #content-type-service, #marijuana

Legal Marijuana Sales Expected to Start Within Weeks in New Jersey

A state commission has granted seven medical-marijuana companies permission to start selling cannabis to all adults at dispensaries.

#dianna-houenou, #entrepreneurship, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-jersey, #new-york-metropolitan-area

House Votes to Decriminalize Cannabis

Democrats, with some Republican support, voted 220-204 to remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, moving to catch up to the states.

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #mace-nancy, #marijuana, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Cannabis for Better Sex? Here’s What the Science Says.

The research is thin, but anecdotal experience suggests that the right dose and delivery method can make a positive difference for some people.

#content-type-service, #gynecology-and-gynecologists, #marijuana, #men-and-boys, #research, #sex, #women-and-girls

New Zealand Protesters Seeded Marijuana Plants on Parliament Grounds

New Zealand officials say anti-vaccination protesters seeded cannabis during a three-week occupation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #marijuana, #new-zealand, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wellington-new-zealand

These Weed Sellers Aren’t Waiting for Permits: ‘Like a Dream Come True’

Here’s what it’s like to walk through Washington Square Park in Manhattan in the wake of legalization.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #law-and-legislation, #manhattan-nyc, #marijuana, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #washington-square-park-manhattan-ny

New Yorkers With Marijuana Convictions Will Get First Retail Licenses

Officials intend to reserve the first 100 or more retail licenses to sell marijuana in New York for people who have been convicted of related offenses, or their relatives.

#entrepreneurship, #hochul-kathleen-c, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #smoking-and-tobacco

Can This Family Get a Stake in the Big Business of Marijuana?

New Jersey’s cannabis law was partly designed to remedy wrongs in a criminal justice system that disproportionately ensnares Black and Latino people. But the hurdles for small-business owners are high.

#criminal-justice, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-jersey, #race-and-ethnicity, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

On Super Bowl Sunday and the Dark Side of Gambling

Our society’s rules for gambling are becoming more internally consistent and more socially disastrous.

#advertising-and-marketing, #atlantic-city-nj, #gambling, #las-vegas-nev, #marijuana, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #united-states

Cannabis Events Come Out of Hiding in New York City

As New Yorkers wait for marijuana sales to be legalized, some small businesses are putting down roots.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #happy-munkey-llc, #immersive-van-gogh-exhibit, #marijuana, #new-york-city

Why Trump and DeSantis Are Talking About Australia

For conservatives, the country has become a symbol of coronavirus “tyranny.”

#australia, #carlson-tucker, #desantis-ron, #fox-news-channel, #louisiana, #marijuana, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

German Start-Ups Lay the Groundwork for a Marijuana Bonanza

Two of the three parties in Germany’s new governing coalition support legalization, a potentially radical shift in the conservative country.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #germany, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #politics-and-government

Cannabis to Help You Diet? One Edibles Company Thinks So

An edibles company says one of its products will lead not to the “the munchies” but to weight loss. There’s just one problem: the science.

#advertising-and-marketing, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #clinical-trials, #colorado, #drug-enforcement-administration, #food-and-drug-administration, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #national-institutes-of-health, #science-and-technology, #university-of-mississippi

How Oklahoma Became a Marijuana Boom State

Weed entrepreneurs have poured into Oklahoma from across the United States, propelled by low start-up costs and relaxed rules.

#california, #colorado, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #oklahoma, #united-states

Malta Becomes First E.U. Country to Legalize Marijuana

The government said that the new law was aimed at ending the criminalization of people for smoking the drug and at reducing criminal trafficking.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #european-union, #law-and-legislation, #malta, #marijuana

Marijuana Use in Pregnancy May Lead to a More Anxious, Aggressive Child

A new study adds to a growing body of evidence that indicates prenatal marijuana use can impact children’s development and behavior.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #marijuana, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #research

That Tainted Halloween Candy Myth Just Won’t Go Away

Despite a lack of evidence, warnings about dangers lurking in treats have been an annual ritual for decades. The newest twist involves weed.

#candy, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #children-and-childhood, #consumer-protection, #content-type-service, #drug-enforcement-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #halloween, #marijuana, #poisoning-and-poisons

Japan Stays Tough on Marijuana as Other Nations Loosen Up

Some Japanese who have gone abroad and been exposed to the benefits of cannabis derivatives, particularly CBD, are hoping Japan will change course. But the government shows little inclination.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #east-asia, #japan, #kobe-japan, #marijuana

If Cannabis Is Legalized, Should All Drugs Be?

It depends.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #marijuana, #methamphetamines, #opioids-and-opiates, #oregon, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs

How to Talk to Teens About Edibles

Pot brownies and colorful gummies may look harmless and can be easy to hide, but it’s important for caregivers to help adolescents understand the risks.

#advertising-and-marketing, #content-type-service, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #teenagers-and-adolescence

Discovery of Marijuana Preceded Deadly Tucson Shooting, U.S. Says

Investigators say they found more than five pounds of marijuana and 50 packages of edibles before one of the suspects opened fire on federal agents in Tucson, Ariz.

#amtrak, #arizona, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #marijuana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #railroads, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #tucson-ariz

New York Marijuana Dispensaries Open On Tribal Lands

With New York state officials slow to establish regulations, members of the St. Regis Mohawks have raced ahead, opening a number of dispensaries for recreational marijuana.

#akwesasne-mohawk-casino, #law-and-legislation, #lawrence-ny, #marijuana, #native-americans, #new-york-state, #plattsburgh-ny, #saint-regis-mohawks

Pilot in Deadly Albuquerque Balloon Crash had Drugs in System, F.A.A. Says

The hot-air balloon piloted by Nicholas Meleski crashed into power lines on June 26 in Albuquerque, killing him and all four of his passengers.

#albuquerque-nm, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #balloons-aeronautics, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #federal-aviation-administration, #marijuana, #martinez-martin-d-2021, #meleski-nicholas-d-2021, #montoya-john-1959-2021, #montoya-susan-1956-2021, #national-transportation-safety-board, #pilots, #sisneros-martinez-mary-d-2021

Frenchy Cannoli, Ardent Evangelist for Hashish, Dies at 64

He left France at 18 for a nearly two-decade sojourn to India, Nepal, Mexico and Morocco to learn the secrets of making hash and became an authority.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #cannoli-frenchy-1956-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #hashish, #marijuana

Where Does Weed Come From? A New Study Suggests East Asia.

A group of biologists and other scientists said humans began growing cannabis about 12,000 years ago not just for food, but also for hemp and, yes, probably to get high.

#agriculture-and-farming, #central-asia, #east-asia, #europe, #genetics-and-heredity, #marijuana, #neolithic, #research, #science-advances-journal

Schumer Proposes Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, offered draft legislation to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and begin regulating and taxing it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sha’Carri Richardson and Her Now Uncertain Path to the Olympics

Richardson has a magnetic combination of speed and charisma. But her use of marijuana before an event has jeopardized her chance to compete in Tokyo.

#doping-sports, #louisiana-state-university, #marijuana, #olympic-games-2020, #richardson-shacarri, #track-and-field

Sha’Carri Richardson Suspended for One Month After Positive Test for Marijuana

Richardson, a gold-medal favorite in the women’s 100 meters, was suspended for a month but might still compete in the Tokyo Olympics.

#fraser-pryce-shelly-ann, #marijuana, #olympic-games-2020, #richardson-shacarri, #track-and-field, #usa-track-and-field

Sha’Carri Richardson Tests Positive for Marijuana

It was unclear whether the sprinter, who won the women’s 100-meter race at the U.S. Olympic trials, would be allowed to compete in the Tokyo Games.

#fraser-pryce-shelly-ann, #marijuana, #olympic-games-2020, #richardson-shacarri, #track-and-field, #usa-track-and-field

What Happens to the ‘Weed Spot’ Now That Weed Is Legal?

New Yorkers on not having to sneak off to smoke marijuana.

#black-people, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #new-york-city

Connecticut Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, With Sales Set for May 2022

Legislation signed Tuesday permits the possession of up to one and a half ounces of cannabis and provides a clean slate for some with past convictions.

#connecticut, #lamont-ned, #marijuana

Vintage Vases Find New Life as Bongs

Two trends in one: Upcycled antique glassware and marijuana accessories.

#antiques, #glass, #marijuana, #smoking-and-tobacco

Washington State Allows Free Joints for Covid Jabs

The promotion, called “Joints for Jabs,” is one of many across the United States whose aim is to get more Americans vaccinated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #marijuana, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

Amazon to stop screening employees for marijuana

Amazon in brief blog post announced it will no longer include marijuana on its drug screening program. In short, the company is now treating weed like alcohol, which means off-work employees can partake in a beer or a spliff without fear of repercussions. Of course, just like with alcohol, Amazon says it will continue to do impairment checks and screen for drugs after on-the-job incidents. 

The only exception mentioned involves positions regulated by the Department of Transportation — read: truck drivers and heavy equipment operators. Applicants for those jobs will still be screened for the marijuana. 

This change comes as America is quickly warming to federal legalization of cannabis. Voters across the country, including conservative strongholds, are increasing passing measures granting citizens access to the plant. From medical to recreational use, America is waking up to legal pot and Amazon doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of history.

Amazon, in its statement written by Dave Clark, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon, acknowledges the changing political landscape, which is opening doors to legal weed and criminal expungement.

And because we know that this issue is bigger than Amazon, our public policy team will be actively supporting The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act)—federal legislation that would legalize marijuana at the federal level, expunge criminal records, and invest in impacted communities. We hope that other employers will join us, and that policymakers will act swiftly to pass this law.

This updated policy is one of the latest steps Amazon is making as its workforce is drawing closer to unionization.

#amazon, #cannabis, #marijuana, #tc

Why The Coronavirus Pandemic Was a Breakout Moment for the Cannabis Industry

For many Americans, having enough marijuana was as essential as stocking up on toilet paper. And suppliers found a way to get it to them.

#aether-gardens, #canna-provisions, #florida, #fluent-cannabis, #las-vegas-nev, #marijuana, #massachusetts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #small-business

Yes, Pot Is Legal. But It’s Also in Short Supply.

Cannabis corporations are rushing to meet what is expected to be a “tidal wave” of demand in New York and New Jersey.

#hemp, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #mid-orange-correctional-facility, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #warwick-ny

Yes, Pot Is Legal. But It’s Also in Short Supply in NY and NJ

Cannabis corporations are rushing to meet what is expected to be a “tidal wave” of demand in New York and New Jersey.

#hemp, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #mid-orange-correctional-facility, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #warwick-ny

How Weed, Calif., Finally Embraced Weed, the Drug

For decades, a rural California city winced at the puns. Now it’s cashing in.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #marijuana, #weed-calif

Former Mayor of Fall River, Mass. Is Convicted of Corruption

Jasiel F. Correia II, who at 24 was the Massachusetts city’s youngest mayor, was convicted of charges related to extorting marijuana vendors and defrauding investors.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #correia-jasiel-f-ii, #elections-mayors, #extortion-and-blackmail, #fall-river-mass, #frauds-and-swindling, #marijuana

The Temple and the Weed Farm

The Arizona town of Snowflake has two great institutions.

#arizona, #greenhouses, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana

‘A Land Grab’ for a Piece of New York’s Marijuana Business

Cannabis companies and brokers are rushing into what could be a $4.2 billion industry, but for all the excitement, there are significant challenges.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #cresco-labs, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-brokers, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

He Fought to Make Weed Legal in New York City. Now What?

Dana Beal, a longtime Yippie, staged protests and fought the law and spent time in jail to make weed available for all. Is there a future in pot activism?

#act-up, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-york-city, #yippies, #youth-international-party

France Seeks Change in Law After Outrage Over Verdict in Anti-Semitic Killing

The proposed bill, which would prevent intoxication being used as a basis for a plea of insanity, was prompted by a verdict allowing the killer of a Jewish woman to avoid trial.

#anti-semitism, #delirium, #france, #halimi-sarah-d-2017, #marijuana, #politics-and-government, #traore-kobili

The Country’s Evolving Marijuana Debate

Democrats at the national level increasingly see the drug as a unity issue.

#democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #united-states-politics-and-government