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Marijuana Business

Report: Legal Marijuana Industry Employs Over 200,000 Full-Time Workers

The state-licensed cannabis industry gained over 64,000 new employees in 2018, and now employs over 200,000 full-time workers, according to data compiled by Whitney Economics and the online content provider Commenting on the new findings, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said, “The federal government needs to deschedule marijuana to allow [read more]

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Marijuana Legalization

San Francisco District Attorney’s Office To Expunge Over 9,000 Past Marijuana Convictions

The Office of the San Francisco District Attorney has announced that it will automatically expunge over 9,000 marijuana-related convictions. Last February, city officials announced efforts to proactively review and vacate past marijuana-related crimes. To date, the office has sealed several thousand cases and is taking actions to resentence an estimated 5,000 additional felony cases. On [read more]

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Marijuana Studies

Study: Children With Autism Possess Decreased Endocannabinoid Levels

Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) possess lower levels of endogenous cannabinoids than do matched controls, according to data published in the journal Molecular Autism. Israeli researchers compared endocannabinoid serum levels in 93 patients with ASD versus controls. They reported “substantially lower” serum levels of the primary endocannabinoid anandamide, as well as its related [read more]

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Marijuana Legalization

Buffalo Mayor Calls A Halt To Low-Level Marijuana Arrests

The mayor of Buffalo has requested the city’s police department to cease making low-level marijuana arrests. The policy change is similar to those in other major cities around the country, including Baltimore, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Norfolk, Virginia. Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo offered no objection to the change, stating that “legalization appears to be on [read more]

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Medical Marijuana

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Bills Expanding Medical Access To Cannabis Products

Legislation is heading to the Governor’s desk to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis products. Senate Bill 1557 expands the pool of health professionals who can approve cannabis therapy to include nurse practitioners and physician assistants. It also permits qualifying patients access to a broader spectrum of products containing both plant-derived CBD [read more]