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The Weed Blog | 8/16/2018
 Last Ditch Lawsuit Claims Utahs MMJ Ballot Violates Mormons Religious Beliefs


A second lawsuit has been filed to block legalization by members of the Church or Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, now filing their second lawsuit to block voters from legalizing medical cannabis, are attempting to prove that the ballot initiative, Proposition 2, violates their religious beliefs. Proponents of the measure have called the lawsuit a wacky attempt to stop Utahns from voting on it this coming November. The group leading the lawsuit say the MMJ legalization measure would violate the religious beliefs of one Walter J. Plumb, an attorney and active member of Mormon Church who also happens to be the primary financier....
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The Joint Blog | August 13, 2018
 Study: Cannabis Terpenes have Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Analgesic, Anticonvulsive, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Anticancer, Antitumor, Neuroprotective, Anti-Mutagenic, Anti-Allergic, Antibiotic and Anti-Diabetic Attributes


Anthony Martinelli

A new study has found that cannabis terpenes have attributes that are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, anxiolytic, anticancer, antitumor, neuroprotective, anti-mutagenic, anti-allergic, antibiotic and anti-diabetic.
The study was published by the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Its abstract starts by stating that Cannabaceae plants Cannabis sativa L. and Humulus lupulus L. are rich in terpenes both are typically comprised of terpenes as up to 3-5 percent of the dry-mass of the female inflorescence. Some terpenes are relatively well known for their potential in biomedicine and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries, while others are yet to be studied in detail. With that in mind, The current, comprehensive review presents terpenes found in cannabis and hops. The....
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Marijuana Business Daily | August 8, 2018
 Too much of a good thing in Oregon as cannabis businesses adapt to flooded market


Bart Schaneman
Theres one major pain point for Oregon marijuana business owners that eclipses all others: a supply glut caused by too much cannabis and insufficient demand. The surplus of wholesale cannabis has shifted the dynamics of the states MJ industry. It has forced growers to cut costs and eliminate staff. And it has created a buyers market for retailers stocking up on low-priced product. It used to be a growers market, said Shane McKee, chief cultivator of vertically integrated company Shango, based in the Portland area. But with todays supply glut, the leverage has shifted in f....
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The Joint Blog | August 9, 2018
 Recently the United States Food and Drug Administration FDA, for the first time ever, gave approval to a marijuana-based medicine. The company behind the medicine now says he expects the government to reschedule cannabis within 90 days.


Anthony Martinelli
We expect to make Epidiolex available to U.S. patients this fall, following rescheduling which is expected to occur within 90 days of FDA approval, said GW Pharmarceuticals CEO Justin Grover in a recent earnings call. We have been building commercial inventory in recent months and are in a position to ship product into the U.S. supply chain, once rescheduling is complete. In June, Epidiolex became the first marijuana-derived medicine to ever be approved by the FDA. According to Grover, roughly 1,200 people in other countries are currently receiving Epidiolex, mostly for Le....
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Smell The Truth | August 8, 2018
 Nearly one-fifth of Californians are still buying marijuana from black market, study finds


Oscar Pascual
Some cannabis consumers are still buying their products on a criminal level, despite Californias newly regulated legal market. A report published by the Bay Area-based cannabis delivery company Eaze found that 18 percent of Californias marijuana consumers are buying from unlicensed suppliers, reports Marijuana Moment. The report comes over a month after Californias Bureau of Cannabis Control BCC implemented a list of guidelines that all legal distributors must meet in order to sell products legally. The move towards a regulated market has also left few legitimate product....
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Marijuana Business Daily | August 6, 2018
 Study shows depth of Oregons cannabis glut, illegal transport
A new report on Oregons marijuana industry sheds more light on the massive oversupply there and the huge illegal trade across state lines, issues that need to be addressed immediately, the states top federal law enforcement official said. The report confirms what we already know the industry is out of control, Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said in a statement Thursday. The study, released by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area a coalition of local, state and federal agencies found: As of 2018, only 31 percent of available cannabis inventory....
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Marijuana Business Daily | August 6, 2018
 Study shows depth of Oregons cannabis glut, illegal transport
A new report on Oregons marijuana industry sheds more light on the massive oversupply there and the huge illegal trade across state lines, issues that need to be addressed immediately, the states top federal law enforcement official said. The report confirms what we already know the industry is out of control, Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said in a statement Thursday. The study, released by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area a coalition of local, state and federal agencies found: As of 2018, only 31 percent of available cannabis inventory....
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NORML | August 3, 2018
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 8/3/18


Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative RoundupLegalize marijuana Congressman Charlie Crist D-FL and Congressman Drew Ferguson R-GA filed a new bill in the US House of Representatives this week to shield federal employees from being fired for marijuana use that is legal in the state in which they live. The Oklahoma Board of Health reversed course this week and revoked their previous set of proposed rules that went against the intent of SQ 788, which voters approved in the June special election. This reversal comes shortly after the states Attorney Gener....
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NORML | July 16, 2018
 House Rules Committee Blocks FY19 Marijuana Amendments


Justin Strekal
Late Monday night, the House Rules Committee led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions R-TX blocked two amendments related to marijuana from receiving consideration by the full House, thus ending their consideration and silencing the ability for the lower chamber to offer protections from Attorney General Jeff Sessions when it comes to cannabis. The amendments included allowing the District of Columbia to implement adult-use sales program, originally passed by voters in 2014, and protections for banks to provide services to marijuana businesses. In a release sent....
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The Joint Blog | July 13, 2018
 Consuming raw, natural medical cannabis flower is associated with significant improvements in insomnia patients, finds a new study published by the open access journal Medicines.


Anthony Martinelli
For the study 409 people with a specified condition of insomnia completed 1056 medical cannabis administration sessions using the Releaf AppTM educational software during which they recorded real-time ratings of self-perceived insomnia severity levels prior to and following consumption, experienced side effects, and product characteristics, including combustion method, cannabis subtypes, and/or major cannabinoid contents of cannabis consumed. Within-user effects of different flower characteristics were modeled using a fixed effects panel regression approach with standard er....
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