• February 26, 2019

    Inside the First Ever Pre-Oscars Cannabis Gifting Suite

    By Victoria Omega

    In the lead up to Hollywood’s biggest night, the Oscars, one cannabis brand was setting a new standard for luxury Hollywood gifting suites.

    On Friday February 22 at The Venue (an upscale VIP venue in Hollywood, located within the Dolby Theater complex, where the Oscars were held on Sunday night), the Universe’s large

  • February 21, 2019

    Which Lakers Legend Just Joined’s Advisory Board

    By Victoria Omega

    This Four-Time NBA Champion Will Sit on BudTrader’s Advisory Board, and has Invested Substantially in the Cannabis Social Media Platform

    Can you guess which Lakers legend just signed on to’s Advisory Board? If you guessed four-time NBA champion John Salley, then you deserve a prize!

    Cannabis social media pla

  • February 07, 2019

    Congressman Rohrabacher Tweets His Support for Hemp Border Wall

    By Victoria Omega

    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Tweets His Support for the Cannabis Community’s Hemp Border Wall Proposal: In a Tweet Addressed to President Trump, Steve Bannon and Erik Prince, Rohrabacher Says “A Hemp-Based Concrete Border Wall is a Win for USA”

    WASHINGTON D.C., February 7, 2019 - In a Tweet posted today from his official Twitter

  • January 21, 2019

    BudTrader to Donate Weed to Any Fed Employee Affected by Shutdown

    By Victoria Omega

    SAN DIEGO, CA, January 21, 2019 -- In the midst of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history,, the largest cannabis social media platform, has announced via a post on it’s official facebook page: ( that it will donate cannabis to Federal employees who are “unable to pay for their med

  • December 11, 2018

    Pot CEO Proposes Using Hempcrete to Build The Border Wall

    By Victoria Omega

    Pot CEO Proposes Using ‘Hempcrete’ to Build a U.S./Mexico Border Wall Funded By a 3% Federal Cannabis Tax, Built by Military Veterans; Brad McLaughlin’s Proposed Plan Would Construct 1,954 Miles of Border Wall Using Industrial Hemp Materials Grown by U.S. and Mexican Legal Cannabis Industries.

    Brad McLaughlin, CEO of

  • November 28, 2018

    Online Traffic for BudTrader Massachusetts Sky Rockets 174% as Cannabis Sales Begin

    By Celeste Wilkinson

    LOS ANGELES, CA, November 29, 2018 -, a social media platform in the legal cannabis space, announced that it’s BudTrader Massachusetts State Platform saw a 174% increase in daily site views in one week since recreational cannabis sales began in the state on November 20th, 2018. In that time, BudTrader Massachusetts also gained 25,00

  • November 28, 2018

    BudTrader Donates Toys For 300 Kids to Kathy Ireland Kids Xmas Event

    By Victoria Omega, the largest social media platform in the legal cannabis space, is conducting a Toy Drive to collect Christmas presents for disadvantaged children. BudTrader is working with entrepreneur and philanthropist Kathy Ireland in support of the Kathy Ireland’s Children’s Christmas Celebration, to be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at

  • November 05, 2018

    Where is Marijuana on the Ballot This Tuesday?

    By Christopher Ingraham for The Washington Post

    It has been a big year for marijuana policy in North America. Mexico’s supreme court overturned pot prohibition last week, while Canada’s recreational marijuana market officially opened its doors in October.

    Stateside, recreational marijuana use became legal in Vermont on July 1, Oklahoma voters approved one of the country’s most

  • October 25, 2018

    BudTrader Adds MMA Legend Ian McCall to its Advisory Board

    By Victoria Omega

    LOS ANGELES, CA, October 24, 2018 -, the largest online cannabis marketplace, is proud to announce the addition of MMA legend Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall to their Advisory Board, and as an investor in the company. The former UFC champion recently announced his retirement from the ring, and is using his free time to pursue opportunit

  • October 23, 2018

    Facebook Opens Its Doors To Cannabis Entrepreneurs

    By Julie Weed for Forbes

    Until last week, Facebook prevented cannabis-related pages from showing up in its users’ search results. Thirty U.S. states have some type of legal cannabis sales, but Facebook banned the search results to prevent illegal sales of the substance via its platform. On the eve of Canada’s federal legalization of recreational cannabis use, the co

  • October 15, 2018

    What Canada Can Learn from California on Marijuana Legalization

    By Thomas Fuller for New York Times

    Dear Canada:

    You’re in for a wild ride.

    It’s been 10 months since recreational marijuana became legal in California, and my email inbox here in San Francisco fills up every week with companies offering new products.

    There’s cannabis roll-on pain reliever, sparkling water infused with marijuana, cannabis for pe

  • October 12, 2018

    Doctors Can Prescribe Medical Cannabis starting in November in UK

    By New Scientist staff and Press Association

    Doctors in the UK will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients from 1 November, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.

    Javid had decided to relax the rules about the circumstances in which cannabis products can be given to patients, after considering expert advice from a specially commissioned review.

    The new re

  • October 10, 2018

    Are Republicans Going Green? Pot CEO Meets with Lawmakers in D.C.

    By Victoria Omega for The Marijuana Journal

    For decades, cannabis legalization was an off-limits topic in Washington D.C., particularly among Republican politicians. Only a few years ago, a conservative lawmaker who wanted to talk about marijuana was branded as an outsider, and any discussion of legalization within the party was seen as an abandonment of the GOP’s deeply entrenched iden

  • October 01, 2018

    LAX Airport to Allow Marijuana in Carry-Ons

    By Lilit Marcus for CNN

    Los Angeles International Airport, better known as LAX, has announced that it will permit travelers to bring small amounts of legal marijuana through security in their carry-on bags.

    But wait: That doesn't mean you can toke up at the airport.

    Pot is legal in several US states, but not on the federal level, so you still need t

  • September 28, 2018

    A Tale Of Two Markets: Cannabis Delivery In California And Oregon

    By Lauren Yoshiko for Forbes

    There are a lot of differences between California and Oregon. Ten months of sun versus ten months of rain. In-n-Out versus Voodoo Doughnuts. Vans; Doc Martens.

    Sure, we now have recreational cannabis in common. In certain regions in both states, you can even have it delivered to your home. But that’s where the retail cannabis trends

  • September 24, 2018

    Seattle Throws Out 15 Years of Marijuana Convictions

    By Michael Harriot for The Root

    Citing the war on drugs’ disproportionate impact on people of color, judges in Seattle have agreed to vacate the marijuana convictions of hundreds of people who were punished for pot possession before the state made weed legal.

    According to the Seattle Times, in April, city attorney Pete Holmes filed a motion asking the city’s seve

  • September 24, 2018

    A Restaurant Wants to Give Cannabis to Lobsters Before Killing Them

    By Mihir Zaveri for NYT

    Your death is imminent. It will be painful. Minutes beforehand, your executioner hands you … a joint.

    “If somebody offered me that option and said, ‘Hey, do you want to do this first?’” said Charlotte Gill, the owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, Me., “I would say a resounding ‘yes.’”

  • September 20, 2018

    BudTrader Gives Swag Bags with 420 Products to Celebs at TV Award Show Nominees Gift Lounge

    By Victoria Omega

    LOS ANGELES, BudTrader, the largest online weed platform, has gifted 300 swag bags filled with luxury cannabis products to nominees of a top television awards show at Debbie Durkin’s 12th annual EcoLuxe Lounge. The event took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, September 14.

    The EcoLuxe Lounge was created by producer Debbie

  • September 13, 2018

    Powerful U.S. House Panel to Begin Issuing More Licenses To Grow Marijuana

    By Tom Angell from Forbes

    A powerful U.S. House panel that oversees federal drug enforcement efforts approved a bill on Thursday to require the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to begin issuing more licenses to grow marijuana for research. Prior to the vote, a bitter dispute broke out over a provision of the legislation that prevents anyone with a

  • September 12, 2018

    How Medical Marijuana Is Opening The Door To Recreational Cannabis

    By Jordan Waldrep from Forbes

    On October 17, 2018, Canada will become the first G-7 Country to allow citizens to consume recreational marijuana. This is the fulfillment of a campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as the culmination of the cultural normalization of cannabis that has been ongoing since medical marijuana was approved in 2002. While this is a tre

  • September 11, 2018

    Cannabis Tech Platform BudTrader Organizes End of Summer Beach Cleanup this Saturday September 15

    By Victoria Omega

    SANTA MONICA, CA, September 11, 2018 -- Hundreds of volunteers from all over Southern California are expected to join and celebrity guests for BudTraders 2nd Annual End of Summer Beach Cleanup at Santa Monica Beach this Friday, September 15th.

    Volunteers will meet at Tower 26 on the beach at 1PM, and will walk along the co

  • September 10, 2018

    New Studies Show That Marijuana Enhances And Increases Sex Experience

    By Sara Brittany Somerset from Forbes

    Recent scientific studies substantiate what many marijuana users have claimed all along — that it enhances sexual relations. Currently, almost all research into the effects of the cannabis plant is prohibited by the U.S. government due to its classification as a Schedule I substance. However, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized

  • September 06, 2018

    Why More Baby Boomers are Using Marijuana...

    By By Susan Scutti from CNN

    (CNN) - Seniors are increasingly passing the pipe. About 9% of US adults between the ages of 50 and 64 have used marijuana at least once during the survey year, while 3% of those over 65 have done so, new research finds. For middle-age adults, the percentage of cannabis users has doubled over nearly a decade, according to the study, published Th

  • September 04, 2018

    BudTrader Goes to TX, Gives Away 1000's of Sno-Cones, Cleans up Beach

    By Victoria Omega

    Crystal Beach, TX, September 5, 2018 -​ the worlds largest cannabis platform traveled from Los Angeles California to Crystal Beach, Texas this Labor Day Weekend, September 1st and 2nd, to attend Texas CannaFest 2018 a cannabis legalization rally. The event was organized by Cannabis Open Carry Walks (, an adv

  • September 04, 2018

    Three of the Most Overlooked Marijuana Markets

    By Sara Brittany Somerset from Forbes

    As the marijuana business grows globally, many stock watchers and research analysts are making predictions about where the most significant investment opportunities are. Investment site The Motley Fool recently published an analysis by Keith Speights of forecasts for the 2022 marijuana market. A lot can happen even monthly in the ever-evolving c

  • August 30, 2018 Coming to Texas Cannafest; CEO to Speak

    By Victoria Omega for The Marijuana Journal CEO Brad McLaughlin and his California-based team will visit Crystal Beach, Texas this weekend , where Brad is scheduled to speak at Cannafest Texas 2018.

    Over 25,000 guests are expected to attend the pro-cannabis rally, taking place this Labor Day Weekend, September 1st and 2nd in Crystal Beach, Texas. Cannafest will al

  • August 29, 2018

    These Universities are Allowing Cannabis Consumption On Campus

    By Mike Adams

    “But everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in school.” – Brownsville Station Going to college, for most budding young minds, is all about finding your place in the world and getting the education necessary to become a viable part of civil society, one that vastly surpasses the scholastic ranks of your idiot predecessors. Accomplishing

  • August 28, 2018

    Marijuana Stocks Just Keep Going Higher: ‘This Is Like Bitcoin Levels’

    By Max A Cherney

    Tilray Inc. and Cronos Group Inc. shares catapulted to double-digit percentage gains Monday, as a recent surge from marijuana-related companies extended for another session. A report that Smirnoff- and Johnnie Walker-maker Diageo was in talks with at least three Canadian pot companies with the intent to purchase a stake or initiate a collaborati

  • August 27, 2018

    This Is the Hottest New Trend in the $10 Billion Cannabis Industry

    By Jack Delaney

    This Is the Hottest New Trend in the $10 Billion Cannabis Industry Every expert we talked to said this trend will be the future of the cannabis industry. We've already found the two best ways to start profiting from this trend. One expert says it will make this city the epicenter of legal marijuana. Finding trends before they become mainst

  • August 24, 2018

    This State Police Agency Received Its First Report of Stolen Pot Plants...

    By Sasha Goldstein

    It’s August 2018. You’re growing cannabis outside your house in rural Vermont. You wake up one morning and find that someone stole your weed plants. Whaddya do? Call the cops! That’s right: About six weeks after cannabis legalization, Vermont State Police got the agency's first report of stolen pot plants. "We investigate this theft

  • August 23, 2018

    How Cannabis Supply Chains are Coming Out of the Shadows

    By Erica E. Phillips

    COACHELLA, Calif.—Low-slung industrial developments are rising along Avenue 48 here, a dusty stretch at the edge of relentless desert 140 miles from the Pacific Coast that’s becoming a hub for cannabis producers. Around the state, a nascent network of specialized distribution companies is springing up to connect these centers of licensed mar

  • August 22, 2018

    Wall Street Analyst Can't Believe How Much The Cannabis Industry Is Worth

    By Graham Rapier

    Wall Street is catching the cannabis bug. In a lengthy note to clients on Wednesday, RBC Capital Markets estimates that US marijuana sales are quickly catching up to those of beer and wine and that legal sales alone could be worth $47 billion within a decade. "In this US, the legal cannabis category is set to grow at a 17% CAGR over the n

  • August 22, 2018

    3 Things Cannabis Consumers Should Demand

    By Jacqueline McGowan

    California was presented with a much more unique challenge following the legalization of cannabis for adult use than any other state in America has thus far. This is due to the fact that we have had a thriving multi-billion dollar grey market in existence well before the new law took effect. Being the first state to legalize cannabis for medicinal

  • August 20, 2018

    Why The DEA Wants More Marijuana Grown

    By Tom Angell

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) isn't exactly known as big fan of marijuana. But in a new Federal Register filing set to be published soon, the anti-drug agency is moving to more than quintuple the amount of cannabis that can legally be grown in the U.S. for research purposes—from roughly 1,000 pounds in 2018 to more than 5,400 pounds n

  • August 18, 2018

    This Is Going To Change The Cannabis Industry

    By Nick Kovacevich from Forbes

    In May, women of all ages and occupations gathered south of San Francisco for a weekend of yoga, educational classes, spa treatments — and unlimited cannabis in every form imaginable, including smoothies, body creams and vapes. The so-called “cannabis tourists” came from all over the world to experience a Ganja Goddess Getaway, a wellness ret

  • August 17, 2018

    How This Company Is Making A Positive Impact In The Community.

    By By A.J. Herrington from High Times

    A grassroots campaign that is encouraging members of the cannabis community to help homeless people has a twist in its approach. In addition to offering food and personal care items to people on the street, Joints for Homeless suggests that people include a little cannabis in their kindness. Movement Founded In 2015 Shane Pettas AKA Boppin told

  • August 16, 2018

    Why Corona Beer Breaks Its Bank On A $3.8 Billion Stake Increase In Cannabis

    By Bloomberg by Stefanie Marotta

    Constellation Brands Inc. is positioned to grow a global cannabis empire with Canopy Growth Corp. and rocket the Canadian pot grower to a leading position on the world’s weed stage, according to analysts. The brewer of Corona beer is spending C$5 billion ($3.8 billion) to increase its stake in the Canadian cannabis grower to 38 percent, with t

  • August 13, 2018

    North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Measure Placed On November Ballot

    By Tom Angell for Forbes

    North Dakotans voted to approve medical cannabis two years ago, and now they will get the chance to decide on full marijuana legalization this November.

    Activists collected a sufficient number of signatures to qualify a ballot measure that would allow adults over 21 to use and grow marijuana, the secretary of state's office determined

  • August 07, 2018

    Top Cannabis Social Media Site Will NOT Be Deleting Alex Jones Account

    By Victoria Omega

    Santa Monica, CA – August 7, 2018 – There's at least one social media platform that won’t be banning Alex Jones., the self proclaimed largest cannabis social media and networking platform in the world with over 1.5 million users will not be banning any account that controversial Infowars host Alex Jones has on their platform.

  • August 06, 2018

    Boys Fight With Epilepsy Led To First Marijuana-Derived Pharmaceutical

    By Lesley McClurg for NPR

    The first prescription medication extracted from the marijuana plant is poised to land on pharmacists' shelves this fall. Epidiolex, made from purified cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound found in the cannabis plant, is approved for two rare types of epilepsy.

    Its journey to market was driven forward by one family's quest to find a treatme

  • August 03, 2018

    Cannabis Glass Artist Creates Pipes And Bongs Shaped Like Tasty Donuts

    By David Carpenter for Frobes

    Brian Owoc loves donuts.

    "There's just something about donuts that makes people want to smile,” he says. “It is such a familiar, nostalgic, happy thing to so many people.”

    Twenty years ago — while working the graveyard shift as a baker at Dunkin’ Donuts — the Portland, Maine, glassblower remembers heading home fro

  • August 02, 2018

    BudTrader to Accept Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency from Advertisers

    By Victoria Omega for The Marijuana Journal

    Los Angeles, CA - August 2, 2018 –, the largest online cannabis marketplace, has announced that it now will accept Bitcoin as a payment method from advertisers on their site, as well as BitcoinCash and Litecoin.

    This announcement comes after PayPal suspended BudTraders account abruptly last week, due to a PayPal policy

  • August 01, 2018 Replaces Promo Models with Puppies up for Adoption

    By Victoria Omega

    San Diego, CA – August 1, 2018 –, the largest online cannabis marketplace, has taken a new approach to event marketing. At this year’s San Diego LGBT Pride Festival, the brand was without their famous BudTrader Babes, instead filling their booth with puppies available for adoption from local shelters. The attendees of the Pri

  • July 31, 2018

    Cannabis Combo Therapy Triples Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate

    By Genetic Engineering & Biotech News

    An international team of scientists has found that adding an already clinically approved component of medicinal cannabis to standard chemotherapy can improve survival times threefold in mice with pancreatic cancer. They suggest that if the results can be replicated in human trials, the dual therapy could quickly become adopted for routine use, a

  • July 30, 2018

    The Need for Public Banks to Protect Legal Weed

    By Charles Davis for The Daily Beast

    Getting high is increasingly legal, but legitimate businesses continue to face a black-market problem: Where to stash the money?

    The owner of a successful marijuana dispensary in Southern California was abducted from his Orange County home before being tortured and mutilated by kidnappers who mistakenly believed that he had buried tens

  • July 27, 2018

    Britain to Legalize Medicinal Use of Cannabis

    By Ben Hirschler for Reuters

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is to allow doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis, following a relaxation of the law governing drugs derived from the banned plant.

    Interior minister Sajid Javid said on Thursday that specialist physicians would be able to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products from the autumn. Recreational use will

  • July 26, 2018

    3 Ways to Keep Your Cannabis Tolerance Under Control

    By From Hello MD

    Cannabis high in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a powerful psychoactive medicine, and when you first start using it, you may find the effects to be very strong. That said, if you use cannabis regularly, you’ll likely build up a tolerance to it. You may find over time that your cannabis just doesn’t seem as strong as it used to be. Psychoactiv

  • July 24, 2018

    What Do You Get When You Mix Gangster Rap, Comic-Con Nerds & Cannabis?

    By Victoria Omega for The Marijuana Journal

    You Get the BudTrader Experience at San Diego Comic-Con 2018… And It Was Epic!

    Sometimes the sun, moon and stars all align and you get a perfect eclipse… That was the feeling at this weekend’s BudTrader Experience at San Diego Comic-Con. The notoriously epic cannabis tech brand had everything a Comic-Con attendee could ask fo

  • July 18, 2018

    BudTrader Comic-Con Experience Brings in Top Level Cannabis Sponsors

    By Victoria Omega for The Marijuana Journal

    The 420 Book Magazine, Cannabis Talk 101 Radio, Kush Bottles, Austin Legal Group, The Marijuana Journal and NFU Media’s Notes from the Underground Sign on to Sponsor BudTrader’s Events at SDCC July 19-21

    SAN DIEGO, CA - July 28, 2018 - The world’s largest legal online cannabis marketplace,, has announced the top-le

  • July 16, 2018

    Pot CEO Offers $10k Bounty to Get Lebron to His Comic-Con Booth

    By Victoria Omega for The Marijuana Journal Exec is Determined to Show Lebron the BudTrader Experience and Ask the New Laker a Few Pointed Questions

    SAN DIEGO, CA, July 16-- CEO Brad McLaughlin is setting his sights on throwing the most hype party experience imaginable at San Diego Comic-Con International. The cannabis tech entrepreneur will offer $10

  • February 01, 2017

    Legalizing marijuana in NY may ease opiate crisis, advocate says

    By Matthew Spina

    A drug-policy consultant will visit Buffalo on Tuesday to argue that New York should legalize recreational marijuana not simply because, in his view, the current system squanders police resources, targets certain minorities and fosters a dangerous, underground economy.

    Legalizing marijuana, says Nicolas Eyle, can help counter the deadly

  • February 01, 2017

    Lawmakers have doubts that the system to license marijuana sales in California will be in place by deadline

    By Patrick McGreevy

    State lawmakers voiced doubts Monday about the ability of state agencies to finish crafting regulations and a licensing system for the sale of recreational marijuana in California by the end of this year, as promised to voters.

    The possibility of delay was raised at a hearing at the Capitol by three state Senate committees looking into w

  • February 01, 2017

    Marijuana Prices Fall In 2016 As Growers Flood The Market With Pot

    By Debra Borchardt

    The falling price of legal marijuana is shaking up the dynamics of the marketplace.

    “Wholesale marijuana prices declined in 2016 from $2,500 to $1,000 per pound, with some dispensaries offering recreational ounces as low as $65 on,” said Brian Shapiro, C

  • January 25, 2017

    People in the US and Canada spent over $53 billion on marijuana in 2016

    By Melia Robinson

    People in North America spent $53.3 billion on legal, medical, and illicit marijuana in 2016. That's more cash than Americans blow in a year at McDonald's and Starbucks combined.

    According to a new report from        

  • January 25, 2017

    Eleven States Considering Pot Laws In 2017

    By Kate Mckee Simmons

    After four states legalized recreational marijuana last year and twice that many approved new medical marijuana laws, at least eleven more are considering changing their laws in 2017. Here are the states and the legislation they're proposing:

    1. Connecticut

    Not only are lawmakers hoping to  

  • January 25, 2017

    Will work for marijuana: Oops. Lawyer's license suspended

    By Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana lawyer who worked in exchange for marijuana has been suspended from practice for a year. The state’s Supreme Court rejected a disciplinary board’s recommendation to let attorney James Mecca keep working.

    Mecca pleaded guilty in 2014 to a misdemeanor first-offence charge of possessing marijuana in 2013

  • January 24, 2017

    Judge says Texas teacher shouldn't be punished for marijuana use in Colorado

    By Will Axford, Houston Chronicle

    A judge is recommending a Texas high school teacher should not face legal trouble for legally trying marijuana in Colorado.The New York Times   reports Maryam Roland, a science teacher at Parkland High School in El Paso, told school district officials that she ingested edible marijuana during the 2014-15 Christmas break in Colorado.  

  • January 24, 2017

    Marijuana is keeping my 4-year-old alive, mother says

    By Drew Mikkelsen

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – An Olympia mother testified before a State House committee Monday in favor of more lenient marijuana laws.

    Meagan Holt told state lawmakers she’s trying to do what’s best for her daughter. She just wishes it didn’t involve committing a felony.

    “This is my reality,” Holt testifi

  • January 24, 2017

    How Big Could the Opportunity Be for Marijuana Stocks in California?

    By Todd Campbell (TMFEBCapital)

    The market for marijuana is exploding as Americans overwhelmingly embrace legalization. Analysts are projecting tens of billions of dollars in future marijuana sales, making this an intriguing market for investors.

    In November, Californians overwhelmingly voted to embrace pro-pot laws that clear the way toward creating the United

  • December 09, 2016

    California Legalization Creates Accidental Tax Holiday for Patients


    California cannabis patients: Do you have a Department of Public Health-issued medical marijuana ID card? If so, you’ve just gotten out of paying state tax on cannabis until 2018. Thank the authors of Proposition 64—even though they didn’t mean it. That’s right, the statewide tax break was a mistake, the result of an unforeseen hiccup in

  • December 09, 2016

    California Just Legalized Cannabis! Now Comes the Hard Part


    California, let it sink in. No matter your feelings on Proposition 64’s convoluted details, tonight you legalized cannabis in a state where nearly 1 in 8 Americans live. You removed criminal penalties and laid the foundation for a legal, regulated market that could set the global standard. Tomorrow’s headlines might herald the fact that almost

  • December 09, 2016

    Montana Dispensaries to Re-Open Immediately, Judge Rules


    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for Montana’s medical marijuana dispensaries to re-open after a three-month hiatus by ruling that a drafting error in a voter-approved ballot initiative should not delay the measure’s implementation. District Judge James Reynolds of Helena ruled the error that pushed back the effect

  • December 09, 2016

    Vermont Governor Weighs Pardons for Small Amounts of Cannabis


    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday invited residents convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana before the state decriminalized it to apply for pardons. Shumlin, a Democrat, said applications will be accepted now through Christmas. He said he’s using the governor’s pardoning power “to expedite our move

  • December 09, 2016

    Three Lives Transformed by Post-Legalization Pardons of Cannabis Offenses

    By Marley Natural

    “Just last week somebody went away for 30 years for carrying a gram of cannabis. If that person had just been in a state where it was medicinally or recreationally legal, they would be free … There is no justice in that.” –Dr. Rachel Knox, Medical Chair, Minority Cannabis Business Association As voters in nine states sit down to consider

  • December 09, 2016

    DEA Annual Report Finds Decline in Smuggling, Teen Use, and Prosecution


    The Drug Enforcement Administration released its 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary recently, and a few items are catching the eye of cannabis advocates around the country. Among the observations about the current state of cannabis in America, the report states: “While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, many states have

  • December 09, 2016

    Arkansas Political Leaders Name 5 to Cannabis Panel They Opposed


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas political leaders on Wednesday named five people to the state Medical Marijuana Commission, setting up a panel that will adopt policies and regulations that each of the elected officials opposed when ballot issues were considered at the polls last month. “We were rather vocal in our opposition to the amendme

  • December 09, 2016

    I Tried to Buy ‘Prop. 64 Friendly’ Cannabis in California. Here’s What Happened.


    Californians voted overwhelmingly to legalize adult-use cannabis last month, but with the celebratory joints now smoked down to roaches, plenty of Golden State residents are asking whether they can finally dispense with the rigmarole of getting a doctor’s recommendation to buy bud. Technically, the answer is no. But that hasn’t stopped some

  • December 07, 2016

    Comprehensive MMJ Bill Introduced in Texas Legislature


    Democratic Texas State Senator José Menéndez has filed a medical cannabis bill that would allow Texans with debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana under the recommendation and consultation of their doctor, KFDM 6 reports. Menéndez was the sponsor for SB 339, Texas’ current medical cannabis law, which allows for limited medical cannab

  • December 07, 2016

    Washington Business Association to Provide Financial Support for Low Income MMJ Patients


    The Washington Cannabuisness Association is launching a program to help low-income patients pay for their medicinal cannabis, the News Tribune reports. According to association Director Vicki Christophersen, the program is a necessity for many patients because medical cannabis is not able to be covered by insurance due to federal drug laws. “P

  • November 30, 2016

    Desperate Montana medical marijuana patients seek immediate re-opening of dispensaries

    By By Matt Volz, The Associated Press

    HELENA, Mont. — Montana medical marijuana advocates and patients are asking a judge to fix a mistake in a voter-approved ballot initiative that inadvertently delayed the re-opening of shuttered pot dispensaries by eight months. A state law that limited medical marijuana providers to three patients apiece took effect on Aug. 31 after a five-yea

  • October 14, 2016

    Hip-Hop Artist The Game Is The Latest Musician To Invest In Marijuana

    By Hugh McIntyre

    As different parts of the U.S. have started legalizing the sale of marijuana, musicians have been some of the first people to put on their entrepreneurial caps and find a way to combine their star power and the built-in audience that the drug already has to make money.

    Rapper The Game is increasing his presence in the w

  • October 14, 2016


    By Bill Weinberg

    Researchers at Stanford University have developed a “potalyzer”—a device that can detect human THC levels, so cops can determine if a motorist is too impaired to drive.

    The hand-held device uses sophisticated bio-sensors to detect THC molecules in saliva. Police officers will supposedly be able collect a spit s

  • October 14, 2016


    By R. Andrew Sewell, MD, corresponding author James Poling, PhD, and Mehmet Sofuoglu, MD, PhD


    The prevalence of both alcohol and cannabis use and the high morbidity associated with motor vehicle crashes has lead to a plethora of research on the link between the two. Drunk drivers are involved in 25% of motor vehicle fatalities, and many accidents involve drivers who test positive for cannabis. Cannabis and alcohol acut

  • October 14, 2016

    Maker of deadly painkillers is bankrolling the opposition to legal marijuana in Arizona

    By The Washington Post

    The campaign against marijuana legalization in Arizona received a major infusion of cash last week from a synthetic cannabis drugmaker that has been investigated for alleged improper marketing of a highly addictive prescription painkiller, according to campaign finance reports.

    The $500,000 donation from Insys Therapeutics, base

  • October 14, 2016

    Not so dope: Police test first marijuana breathalyzer on Cali drivers

    By RT

    As part of an initial field test, several erratic drivers were pulled over and asked to voluntarily blow into the breathalyzer. Two of the drivers who took part in the test admitted to smoking marijuana in the previous 30 minutes, and delivered a positive reading on the handheld device.

    Other drivers who confessed to smoking pot

  • October 14, 2016

    TV Goes to Pot: Marijuana-Themed Series Light Up the Small Screen

    By Rob Owen

    Marijuana is having its moment in American culture, with recreational pot use now legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts vote on recreational use in November. It’s a trend reflected in popular entertainment. Three TV series devoted to the subject air within the next month.

  • October 14, 2016

    Following Its Country Music, Nashville May Loosen Up on Marijuana


    NASHVILLE — Willie Nelson’s famous habit of smoking marijuana is not seen as a badge of outlaw courage here anymore, so much as the frivolous foible of an eccentric uncle. A popular FM station disgorging the Boomer rock hits of yesteryear calls itself Hippie Radio 94.5; one of its sponsors is a smoke shop that incessantly hawks glass

  • October 14, 2016

    Americans Admitting Cannabis Use Nearly Doubles

    By Chris Roberts

    Thirty million Americans can’t be wrong.

    More American adults than ever say they currently use cannabis, according to results of a Gallup poll released Monday, which showed an increase of nearly 100 percent in cannabis confessionals.

    According to the polling outfit’s Consumption Habits poll conducted

  • October 14, 2016


    By Associated Press

    NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — The hills on the Arizona border with Mexico are steep and bumpy as Paul Estrada drives along the fence, patrolling for drug and human smugglers.

    Passing traffic signs pocked with bullet holes, the sheriff’s deputy points at parts of the wall that are but a few feet tall and laments how easy it i

  • October 14, 2016

    Supreme Court to rule if police opinions about whether a driver is high should count as expert evidence

    By Ian MacLeod, Ottawa Citizen

    OTTAWA  — A dispute over the admissibility of police “opinions” at drugged-driving trials lands at the Supreme Court of Canada Thursday in a case spotlighting an emerging legal dilemma over the hazy science of marijuana impairment.

    With federal legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use ex

  • September 13, 2016

    Sustainability for the Cannabis Industry, Part II: The New Cannabis Cons- umer

    By Aaron G. Biros

    The DEA declined to reschedule cannabis, but not all is lost as policy changes indicate a growing.

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  • September 13, 2016

    Sustainability for the Canna- bis Industry: Part I

    By Aaron G. Biros

    The DEA declined to reschedule cannabis, but not all is lost as policy changes indicate a growing.

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  • September 13, 2016

    Education & Experience: Understanding the Operations

    By Aaron G. Biros

    The DEA declined to reschedule cannabis, but not all is lost as policy changes indicate a growing.

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  • September 13, 2016

    HPLC Column Selection for Cannabis Chromato- graphers

    By Aaron G. Biros

    The DEA declined to reschedule cannabis, but not all is lost as policy changes indicate a growing.

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  • September 13, 2016

    The Emerald Test Yields Positive Results for Cannabis Labs

    By Aaron G. Biros

    Snider brings years of investing experience to the cannabis business accelerator.

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  • September 13, 2016

    Hemp-Derived Products with a Contract Manufacturer

    By Aaron G. Biros

    Snider brings years of investing experience to the cannabis business accelerator.

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  • September 13, 2016

    Brad McLaughlin CEO

    By Brad McLaughlin