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Medical cannabis now completely illegal in just one state: Idaho

medical marijuanaWith Oklahoma’s passage of a medical marijuana law, advocacy organizations say there is now only one state in the entire union without some sort of legal provision for medicinal use of either herbal cannabis or cannabinoid extracts: Idaho. And with a governor's race this year, there may be hope even there. One by one, even the most culturally conservative states are succumbing to the demands of patients and the findings of science to pass laws to allow use of (at least) extracts containing cannabinoids, or (at most) actual herbaceous marijuana, for either medical or "recreational" purposes.

Legal cannabis unfolds in Vermont and Massachusetts —very slowly

Posted on July 1st, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

leafThe first of July opened a new chapter for legal cannabis in two New England states—at least in theory. Vermont's adult use law officially took effect, while Massachusetts was slated to see the first legal adult-use sales. But the Vermont law doesn't allow for commercial sales, and legal sales in Massachusetts remain delayed.

CEO of Bay Area cannabis firm steps down in 'Permit Patty' uproar

Posted on June 27th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

BlackLivesMatterA figure from the Bay Area cannabis industry was embroiled in America's fast-escalating culture wars when she threatened to call the police on a young Black girl selling water on a San Francisco street. In the outcry, she has stepped down from her own company—and helped draw a line over what behavior is considered acceptable in the cannabis community.

Colorado cannabis community energized by Jared Polis gubernatorial bid

Posted on June 26th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

ColoradoAs Colorado voters go to the polls today to choose gubernatorial candidates, the Democratic favorite is Jared Polis—now a progressive member of Congress and perhaps the foremost cannabis advocate on Capitol Hill. Support from the state's now-formidable cannabis voting bloc could put him on the path to becoming the most herbal-friendly governor in the United States.

The next likely countries to legalize cannabis

earthWith Canada now joining Uruguay as the second country to legalize cannabis at the national level, industry eyes are scanning the world map for which could be the likely third. Latin America may provide the candidate, as even UN experts now urge the region's governments to consider legalization as a way out of the endemic narco-violence. But pressure for legal cannabis is fast mounting in several European countries as well. Legalization may soon be on the legislative agenda in Australia, while New Zealand has promised to put the questions before the voters. 

Section 8 residents stand up for their right to cannabis

Posted on June 20th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

Section 8Under federal regulations, Section 8 housing residents risk losing their homes if they use cannabis. But residents who are also medical marijuana patients have started to stand up and demand their rights. Now, their efforts have seen fruit in legislation on Capitol Hill.

Can states—or the people— 'nullify' federal cannabis prohibition?

Posted on June 19th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

constitutionThe doctrine of nullification has a long and harshly contested legacy in the history of the United States—it has been invoked in defense of both just causes and frankly evil ones. But some argue that it is time to revisit the idea—to put an end to federal cannabis prohibition.

GPR55: the third cannabinoid receptor

Posted on June 18th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

THCFor a generation now, science has known of two cannabinoid receptors—specialized protein molecules that interact with the active compounds in the cannabis plant for the human body. These are CB1 and CB2, both discovered in the early '90s. Now there is growing awareness of a third such receptor that was identified in 2007. This receptor, GPR55, may be key to understanding a wide spectrum of therapeutic applications for cannabinoids—and especially the non-psychoactive cannabidiol, or CBD.

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