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Skunk-psychosis link claimed: more reefer madness?

Posted on March 21st, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

Reefer MadnessYet again, a scientific study linking cannabis use to psychiatric maladies gets widespread and sensationalistic media play. And once again, the assumptions behind the study are questionable, and the findings are further distorted by irresponsible reportage.

Does daily cannabis use, especially of high-potency "skunk" strains, lead to an increased risk of developing psychosis? Based on recent media coverage, you can be forgiven for thinking so. But you should really take a closer look before you believe the hype.

Legislative remedy to drug-test discrimination on Capitol Hill

Posted on March 20th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

THCLegislation introduced in the House of Representatives would protect the jobs of federal employees who use cannabis in states where their use is currently legal. The measure is being hailed by advocates as a critical blow for workers' rights in the age cannabis normalization.

Will Anchorage be the next Amsterdam? Alaska to allow on-site consumption

Posted on March 19th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

AlaskaWith approval of new regs, Alaska is set to become to the first state to officially oversee cannabis use at licensed retail outlets. Municipalities in Colorado and California have pursued this "Amsterdam model" by working around the state law. But The Last Frontier is once again breaking new ground in personal freedom for cannabis tokers.

Legal ambiguities on CBD status survive 'legalization'

Posted on March 13th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

CBDThe conventional wisdom—and certainly the impression made by much media and advertising—is that CBD is legal pursuant to the federal Farm Bill enacted late last year. As is often the case, however, there are some devils in the details.

Medicare for All must include cannabis coverage

Posted on March 12th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .

medical marijuanaInsurance companies in Canada are starting to cover medical marijuana, but high costs continue to be an impediment to access in the United States. Even in states that have legalized medicinal use of cannabis, the insurance industry will provide no coverage. Advocates are now starting to demand legislation to address this contradiction.

Caribbean emerges as new cannabis marketplace

Posted on March 11th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CaribbeanAs a commercial cannabis industry is established in Jamaica, more Caribbean nations are moving toward decriminalization and establishing medical marijuana programs. Saint Vincent & the Grenadines was the latest to take this move, and it looks like Saint Kitts & Nevis will be next. Dominica and Grenada are studying such proposals, and cannabis tourism is anticipated.

Mexico militarizes marijuana enforcement —despite legalization moves

Posted on March 10th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , .

Mexico Despite his boast to have "ended" the drug war and pledge to explore cannabis legalization, Mexico's new populist president is seeking to create a special anti-drug National Guard drawing from the military and police forces. This plan is moving rapidly ahead—and the military is still being sent against cannabis growers and traffickers.

FDA chief resignation leaves CBD purveyors in the lurch

Posted on March 8th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

CBDFDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb has suddenly announced that he is stepping down, leaving lots of unfinished business—including the status of CBD under the agency's regs. Biotech stocks are taking a tumble on the news, while tobacco is bullish and cannabis is mixed.

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