In May of 2019, after serving 15 terms in Congress and sponsoring numerous marijuana industry-supported pieces of legislation, California representative Dana Rohrabacher became the majority shareholder and member of the advisory board for BudTrader, the so-called “Craigslist of Weed.”
One-sixth of patients who developed lung injuries after vaping marijuana obtained the product from legal dispensaries, a new federal report says, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said reinforced its current recommendations to not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products.
Lawmakers in Santa Fe will soon be faced with a 30-day legislative session to pass a budget. But this year, instead of putting all hands on deck to address the serious issues with the state's child services programs and the bottom-of-the-barrel ranking in education, legislators will be trying to ram through a bill to commercialize marijuana.
New Mexico lawmakers will meet in Santa Fe next week and are expected to talk about making recreational marijuana legal.But a recent poll done by Emerson College shows 63% of New Mexico voters oppose making recreational marijuana legal."There is more nuance to marijuana policy than either full commercialization or full prohibition," said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and a former senior drug policy adviser to the Obama administration.
A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast - it had already passed in three of the region's states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York.
As it stands now, marijuana is legal in New York state, for medical-use purposes only. However, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo continues to push to legalize the drug for recreational use. Steve Ammerman, Spokesman for the New York Farm Bureau, says "It's an agricultural product and who better to grow something in New York state than New York farmers.
ALBANY -- New York lawmakers are preparing to consider legalizing marijuana just as a new federal study shows that high school students are vaping the drug with far greater frequency than they were two years ago. The research, funded by the National Institutes for Health (NIH), found marijuana vaping among 12th graders has more than doubled over the past two years.
After new reports of lung illnesses linked to legal THC vapes, cannabis advocates and opponents can agree on one thing: Government officials should give consumers more information about where the dangerous products were purchased.
It's not just bootleg THC vapes making people sick. Some got their products from licensed dispensaries.
New evidence shows that legitimate THC vaping products are also making people sick, meaning that illegal, off-brand vapes aren't the only products to blame for the current outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that at least six patients suspected of having the vaping lung illness purchased THC products at licensed marijuana dispensaries in that state.
CLOSE As Wisconsin and other states eye possible legalization of marijuana for medical or recreational use, many effects of using cannabis are still not fully understood. But one thing is certain: Scientists advise against use by young people over concerns of negatively impacting their brain development.
Biden says marijuana may be a 'gateway drug.' Like most of his generation, he's not ready to legalize it.
On the question of marijuana, former vice president Joe Biden might seem out of step with the crowd. There are his competitors in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, many of whom have said they want to legalize the drug. There's the American public, two-thirds of which says that weed should be legal, according to new data from the Pew Research Center.
TRENTON - For the second time this year, top Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey pulled the plug on legislation to legalize cannabis sales for recreational use, killing any likelihood Gov. Phil Murphy will deliver on a key campaign promise before 2021.
Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman have combined their voices in calling for Pennsylvania to fully legalize marijuana. At a Capitol news conference on Wednesday, Wolf, moved beyond his previously stated position of wanting to study the experience of the 11 other states as well as the District of Columbia that have passed marijuana legalization laws, to announce he thinks it's time for this state to join them.
There is little daylight between the Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls on the issue of marijuana, with nearly all of the candidates supporting legalization and efforts to reverse the negative consequences of the government's decades-old war on drugs.
The vaping crisis is in full swing across the country, including New Jersey. Legislative leaders such as Senate President Stephen Sweeney have called for banning vapes outright, while Gov. Phil Murphy has put together a team to recommend next steps after seven deaths and hundreds of cases nationwide of a mysterious respiratory illness linked to vaping.
CLOSE DENVER - Cancer-care expert Dr. Diana Martins-Welch finds herself in an unusual position: Last week she started telling her medical marijuana patients to quit vaping cannabis and pick up a joint instead. "I would never have thought I'd be in a position to tell someone to smoke marijuana.
Political contributions to lawmakers from marijuana industry groups and related companies this year have already exceeded totals from 2018, a new study finds. The marijuana industry gave $305,675 to members of Congress in the first half of 2019, compared with $248,504 for all of last year, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission filings by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a group that opposes legalization.