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Dilemmas of 'smokable hemp' —legal, oxymoron, or both?

Posted on September 27th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

cannabisSo-called "smokable hemp" is suddenly available in shops from coast to coast, legal under terms of last year's Farm Bill. But law enforcement is consternated, conservative politicians are apoplectic, and legislation is being prepared to ban the stuff at the state level. Is this permissible under federal law?

Cannabis and dopamine: link reveals both hopes and risks

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

THCResearchers are exploring the connection between cannabinoids and dopamine in the human brain, and particularly how THC affects our "reward system"—key to such phenomena as motivation, addiction and euphoria. Investigations are revealing both potential for treatments of psychiatric disorders as well as possible risks from heavy use, especially among the young.

Will Italy’s new government embrace cannabis legalization?

Posted on September 18th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

ItalyWith the fall of Italy’s far-right government, advocates are hoping the path may be cleared now for the country to become Europe's first to formally legalize cannabis. Meanwhile, thanks to a loophole in the law, low-THC varieties are sold openly in shops across the country. And Italy’s internal THC limit is actually slightly higher than the ultra-cautious European Union standard.

Homegrown contends with corporate cannabis in Canadian legalization regime

Posted on September 12th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

CanadaWith the legal cannabis market increasingly dominated by "Big Bud," more Canadians are turning to homegrown—both for reasons of economy and an ethic of self-sufficiency. And they are fighting in the courts and the public squares for their right to do so—challenging both the federal limit on plants per household and efforts by two provinces to ban homegrown outright. So far, they are winning. 

Surgeon General launches new anti-cannabis campaign

Posted on September 3rd, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , .

Reefer MadnessThe US Surgeon General has launched a new campaign hyping the supposed dangers of cannabis—a further disappointment for activists who held out hope that Trump harbored libertarian instincts and would legalize. All too predictably, the anti-legalization assumptions behind the new campaign are amply refuted by actual research.

Bogus dab carts behind wave of pulmonary problems?

Posted on August 20th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , .

vapeOver the past weeks, dozens of people across several states have experienced serious lung problems, even requiring hospitalization, apparently after using vape cartridges. It is unclear if cannabis products were at issue in all such cases, and authorities are still investigating. But the illicit market in unregulated knock-off dab carts may be to blame.

Cyber-snafus 'cripple' Washington state cannabis industry

Posted on August 5th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

Shadow Watch In Washington state, glitches in the "seed-to-sale" tracking system nearly paralyzed the cannabis industry statewide last month, costing retailers hundreds of thousands of dollars and forcing temporary lay-offs of employees. Similar headlines have been seen from across the country's legalized states—pointing to a persistent issue.

Tulsi Gabbard: friend of cannabis —and fascism?

Posted on August 3rd, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

Tulsi and BasharDemocratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has won support from many activists for her embrace of cannabis legalization (as well as her anti-war rhetoric). Gabbard has been more fearless in her disregard of the cannabis stigma than any of the others in the Democratic field.

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