Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Sales Legalization Bill

Efforts to create a taxed and regulated marijuana market in Vermont advanced Thursday after the state Senate approved a bill to allow legal cannabis sales.The legislation was approved by a roll call vote of 23 to 5—a veto-proof margin. After an additional procedural vote in the Senate, likely on Friday, the proposal will head to the House of Representatives.If enacted into law, S. 54 would establish the Cannabis Control Board as the state’s regulatory body for a legal marijuana market. Five

City of Sonora to sue California over statewide marijuana delivery policy

The city of Sonora, in central California, plans to file suit against the state Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) over a policy adopted in 2018 that allows commercial marijuana to be delivered anywhere in the state, regardless of local bans on MJ commerce.According to The Union Democrat, the Sonora City Council voted 5-0 to proceed with litigation over the matter, and city officials believe they won’t be the last municipality to take the state to court over MJ delivery.“It won’t just be us,”

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Study Indicates Dabbing is Most Efficient Way to Smoke Cannabis

According to a study published in the February issue of Forensic Science International, dabbing is the most efficient method of inhaling cannabis.Based on the findings, dabbing is a much more efficient way of absorbing cannabinoids. More than three-quarters of the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are absorbed into the lungs when dabbing. Smoking cannabis, on the other hand, destroys about three-quarters of the available THC, leaving only up to 27 percent of the THC that is absorbed by the

Snoop Dogg’s cannabis company facing legal battle from NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs over ‘copying’ logo

Snoop Dogg has become embroiled in a legal quarrel with one of the NHL’s biggest brands after the Toronto Maple Leafs opposed the rapper’s bid to trademark his new cannabis company. Snoop, referred to in the legal paperwork for the trademark by his real name Calvin Broadus, was attempting to protect the intellectual property and branding of his marijuana start-up Leafs by Snoop and filed for a trademark in July last year. The Maple Leafs insist that the ‘unusual spelling of Leafs could lead to

Football Great Joe Montana Looking To Score With Cannabis

Hall-of-Fame quarterback Joe Montana, looking to hit pay dirt in the legal marijuana industry, is part of a $75 million investment in a pot operator, it was announced Thursday.San Jose, California-based Caliva said it will use the investment to grow a company that includes a farm, a retail store, distribution center and a delivery service. It also distributes its branded products in dozens of other retail outlets in the state.The former San Francisco 49ers star said his venture capital firm was

North Dakota Begins Issuing Medical Cannabis Cards

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota began issuing medical marijuana cards this week to patients and caregivers after nearly two years of work developing and implementing a distribution system for the drug approved by voters in 2016.Medical marijuana could become available in eastern North Dakota within a few weeks, with dispensaries operating statewide by early fall.That’s welcome news for people like Sheri Paulson, an eastern North Dakota farmer who suffers from multiple sclerosis.“It’s

Cannabis Companies Advertise in Times Square on NYE for the First Time

Weed companies sponsored ads for the millions of revelers milling beneath the Big Apple’s flashing digital billboards.The ball wasn’t the only thing that dropped in Times Square this past rainy New Year’s Eve in New York City.For the first time ever, cannabis companies dropped some ads on the millions of revelers milling beneath the Big Apple’s flashing digital billboards.The Denver Business Journal called Times Square’s brightly-lit billboards, which flash day and night, some of the country’s

Legal Marijuana Industry Toasts Banner Year

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, conservative Utah and Oklahoma embraced medical marijuana, and the U.S. East Coast got its first commercial pot shops. Canada ushered in broad legalization, and Mexico’s Supreme Court set the stage for that country to follow.U.S.

Trump signs farm bill making hemp federally legal

ASHEVILLE — On Thursday, a group of local hemp advocates celebrated a $867 billion farm bill authorized by President Donald Trump.The 2018 Farm Bill, a sweeping piece of legislation, bolstered farmers with the passage of The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation delisting hemp as a controlled substance and allowing for the continued growth of North Carolina’s hemp farming industry. “The biggest takeaway is that hemp is now classified as an agricultural commodity,” said Blake Butler,