Hawaii Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Cannabis for Personal Use

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Hawaiian Legislature on Tuesday passed House Bill 1383, which makes Hawaii the twenty-sixth state to decriminalize cannabis. As of January 11, 2020, the penalty for possession of less than three ounces of cannabis for personal use will be reduced to a misdemeanor and will incur a $130 dollar fine. Prior to […]

New York: Rochester District Attorney to Cease Prosecuting Low Level Marijuana Offenses

New York: Rochester District Attorney to Cease Prosecuting Low Level Marijuana Offenses | NORML ROCHESTER, NY — The District Attorney for Monroe County (population 748,000), Sandra Doorley, has announced her intent to no longer prosecute minor marijuana possession offenses. Her decision follows meetings with representatives of NORML’s Rochester affiliate. “A marijuana arrest and prosecution is a barrier for those trying […]

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Guidelines for Canada’s Cannabis Edibles Tight, but Also Vague

Single-serving products will be limited to 10 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive drug in cannabis. Legal edible cannabis products coming to retail stores later this year may not be recognizable to consumers who have enjoyed brightly packaged high-potency products from the grey market. Ottawa’s approach to legalization is decidedly not the disco reggae dance party […]

Tell Congress to vote for federal marijuana policy reform this week

Later this week, we have a chance to make a major breakthrough in reforming marijuana policy at the federal level. We need your help to make it happen. The House is expected to vote on the McClintock-Blumenauer amendment, which would prevent the Department of Justice from using funds to interfere with the implementation of state laws that […]

California Appeals Court Rules for Prison Cannabis

SACRAMENTO – The California Court of Appeals, Third Appellate District, issued an opinion on Tuesday that effectively overturns the cases of five defendants convicted of possessing cannabis in prison, according to CourthouseNews.com. However, the case for the defendants did concede that use of cannabis in prison remains a felony offense, as well as being prohibited […]

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Cannabis Is Becoming a Huge Job Creator

Discussions about job growth in the U.S. tend to focus on industries such as technology and health care. But the biggest boom may be happening in cannabis. Even though cannabis use in some form is legal in only two-thirds of the states, our burgeoning industry is among the fastest-growing job markets in America. According to […]

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Curaleaf in Record $1 Billion Deal for Cannabis Oil Company

Curaleaf said Wednesday it will buy cannabis oil company Cura Partners for $1 billion, the largest acquisition to date in the legal marijuana industry and a sign of how quickly the budding sector is maturing. Combined, the companies generated total revenue of about $200 million last year. That would make it the largest cannabis company […]

4/20 Goes Mainstream as Cannabis Celebrates its Holiday

Festivities abounded this weekend, when cannabis holiday 4/20, and religious holidays Passover and Easter coincided under a full “pink” moon. Vibes are being felt globally–and more importantly–in mainstream markets–as companies climbed on the marijuana marketing bandwagon. Now, more than ever before, people in the U.S. and all over the world are increasingly pro-cannabis. Here are […]

THC, CBD, and the FDA: What to Expect at the Federal and State Level

With CBD (cannabidiol) becoming mainstream and federal cannabis legalization on the horizon, many are asking how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will regulate cannabis-based products going forward. The 2018 Farm Bill, which was signed in to law in December 2018, exempts hemp and hemp-derived products, including hemp-derived CBD, from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). […]

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Companies’ Cannabis Policies Don’t Always Evolve With State Law

Legalization is spreading and the “4/20 Holiday” is predicted to be bigger than ever when it comes to legal cannabis sales. That means more Americans will be using marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, but have employers’ drug use policies changed with legalization? The situation is a challenging one for businesses. Marijuana Moment’s Legislative Tracking […]

Finding the Right Counsel: One Size Rarely Fits All

If you’re reading this, you most likely already have a lawyer, should be looking for one, or are experiencing a combination of the two. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard the words “we’re not ready for that” or “we know what we need to get done,” only to watch as a budding […]

A2LA Accredits First Cannabis Lab in PA

According to a press release sent out this morning, the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) accredited their first Pennsylvania cannabis-testing laboratory. Located in Harrisburg, PA, Keystone State Testing finalized their accreditation for ISO/IEC 17025 on February 21, 2018. A2LA also accredited the laboratory to two cannabis-testing-specific programs, ISO/IEC 17025 – General Requirements for the […]

Maintenance and Calibration: Your Customers Are Worth It!

Ultimately, the goal of any good company is to take care of their customers by providing a quality product at a competitive price. You take the time to use good practices in sourcing raw materials, processing, testing and packaging to make sure you have a great final product. Yet in practice, sometimes the product can […]

The Necessity of Food Safety Programs in Cannabis Food Processing

When processing cannabis, in any form, it is critical to remember that it is a product intended for human consumption. As such, strict attention must also be paid to food safety as well. With more and more states legalizing either medical or recreational cannabis, the potential for improper processing of the cannabis triggering an illness […]