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Obama’s Opioid Offensive Again Ignores the Cannabis Solution

Startled by high numbers of American deaths from opioids, the Obama administration’s Attorney General Loretta Lync..

Join NCIA at the ICBC and in Its Efforts to Improve Cannabis Laws

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) has been at the forefront of cannabis law reform since its inception i..

Attorney Robert Laurie Talks Prohibition and Regulation Ahead of the ICBC

When you are in the cannabis industry, have been arrested for a cannabis offense, or contemplating a cannabis business, ..

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LivWell’s Neal Levine Talks Politics, Activism, Big Marijuana and the ICBC

Neal Levine, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for LivWell Enlightened Health ,..

International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC)

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Obama Leaves Behind a Marijuana Nightmare

At the twilight of his presidency, Barack Obama leaves unmet the huge need to change federal cannabis law. President Bar..

Cannabis Legalization Cuts Across the Political Spectrum

Cannabis legalization is crossing political barriers in 2016 as Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson announce..

Feds Drop Private Prison Contracts, Colorado Pot Docs Re-Suspended

WASHINGTON, DC Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced that the feds will cease using private prisons. Yates wrote..
George Washington and hemp plastic

Hemp Plastic – The Original Plastic

Industrial Hemp Plastic as a New Solution Industrial hemp plastic could be the beginning of the end to the Age
Overdose

On This International Overdose Awareness Day, Let’s Help DPA Save Lives

Since today is International Overdose Awareness Day, we wanted to do our part in spreading the word about the important work
Which States Accept My Medical Marijuana Card?

Which States Accept My Medical Marijuana Card?

As a newly-minted medical marijuana patient, you’ve just achieved some protection from law enforcement if you choose to travel around

Medical Marijuana’s Profound Healing Power Reduces Medicare Drug Use

The raw beneficial power of medical marijuana is actually lowering Medicare prescription use of opioids and antidepressants! In states where
Science behind how marijuana helps sleep

The Science Behind How Marijuana Helps Sleep

Science is starting to understand what marijuana smokers have known for years: how marijuana helps sleep. Because of this understanding,
Medical Cannabis in Germany

The Rise of Medical Marijuana in Germany

The recent weeks have seen some important governmental decisions regarding the German medical marijuana program. A month or so back, a court

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson

Join NCIA at the ICBC and in Its Efforts to Improve Cannabis Laws

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) has been at the forefront of cannabis law reform since its inception in 2010. NCIA works for sensible cannabis laws for for cannabis businesses while also supporting efforts to improve criminal law as well. With more than 1,000 members, NCIA has forged a powerful coalition […]

Russ Belville

Russ Belville

Cayman Islands Supporting Medical Marijuana

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Premier Alden McLaughlin is in full support of changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act that would make the Cayman Islands the first Caribbean nation to have a functioning medical cannabis program. The rules changes published by the island government are still subject to a […]

Marijuana Politics Staff

Marijuana Politics Staff

Happy Labor Day, Cannabis Industry!

The cannabis industry is full of possibilities, but also obstacles. It is a lot of hard work, but the rewards can be great. A strong, ethical cannabis industry will continue to help spread legalization laws around the globe, one of the reasons that we are proud to team up with […]

Don Fitch

Don Fitch

Obama’s Opioid Offensive Again Ignores the Cannabis Solution

Startled by high numbers of American deaths from opioids, the Obama administration’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch has again declared an offensive. Her plan of action: alert the 94 federal prosecutors to gear up for more of the same war on drugs. This time, physicians who oversubscribe opioids (in the DEA’s […]

Alibi Pierce

Weed-Driven Prostitution? The Colorado Springs Gazette’s Marijuana Scaremongering Continues

The Gazette is at it again. Not one to shy away from borderline libelous innuendo and flagrant cannabis scaremongering, the little paper (in both physical size and journalistic endeavor, but not circulation) from Colorado Springs can’t seem to control its pubescent-like impulse to mislead its readers when it comes to […]

Romain Bonilla

Romain Bonilla

Andrew Sullivan’s Next Book to Discuss Cannabis and Christianity

Political-commentating powerhouse Andrew Sullivan is working on a new book on the future of Christianity in which he plans to discuss the role of cannabis in religious practice. “Cannabis and psilocybin have been really important parts of my own faith life,” he told Marijuana Politics, “People always regard these things […]

Carl Wellstone

Carl Wellstone

Merle Haggard, Outlaw Country Legend and Cannabis Connoisseur, Passes Away at 79

Merle Haggard had a legendary career and life. Known as a pioneer of  the “outlaw country” movement, Haggard was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame in 1994. A friend of cannabis community icon Willie Nelson, Haggard was once anti-marijuana, but he evolved and became a cannabis connoisseur. Today, the […]

Alex Rogers

Alex Rogers

The Rise of Medical Marijuana in Germany

The recent weeks have seen some important governmental decisions regarding the German medical marijuana program. A month or so back, a court ruling declared that the first medical marijuana patient in Germany has the right to grow his own medicine at home. This ruling is seen as a precedent for all other patients and has prompted action within the […]

Cyd Maurer

Cyd Maurer

Rihanna & Snoop Dogg Want to Sell Us Marijuana? A Millennial’s Look at “Big Weed”

Let me be the first to say: I love Snoop Dogg, I love Rihanna, and I love cannabis. I mean, as the youngest child in my family, I still remember when my older, teenage siblings would ask me what my favorite song was, and at age 4 I would immediately […]

Ngaio Bealum

Ngaio Bealum

Steve DeAngelo and Ngaio talk weed and the future!

Cannabis visionary and awesome business person Steve DeAngelo (Harborside Wellness dipsensaries, ArcView Group, et cetera)  Has a new book out. The Cannabis Manifesto is his latest treatise about marijuana for today, and tomorrow. I got a chance to sit down with him and have a nice chat about weed, the […]

Sarah Duff

Sarah Duff

OMMP AND OLCC CHANGES FOR BETTER OR WORSE: IT’S TIME TO COMPLY

UPDATE: The Oregon Health Authority has announced new rules for cannabis extract processing licenses and early sales reporting. We begged for a delay in the plant number restrictions and tracking so Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) participants can learn what they are expected to do. The new temporary OHA/OMMP rules […]

Melody Greene

Oregonian Provides a Q & A on Marijuana Legalization

There is a daily countdown in Oregon as every adult over the age of 21 will be able possess, cultivate and consume cannabis on July 1st. While marijuana has been widely available and a relatively low law enforcement priority (especially in Portland),it still just feels good to know that we no […]

Allison Dumas

Allison Dumas

Legalization and one of its heroes

This past month has been a frenzy for leaders in cannabis reform in Oregon. In case you missed it, Tom Burns got fired, the medical marijuana community is at war with Oregon legislators who are trying to impose grow limits, inspections, and fees, and no one yet knows where they […]

OMBC Staff

OMBC Staff

After the Best Oregon Marijuana Business Conference Yet, Onto Vancouver

The Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC) was the biggest yet, bringing together hundreds of cannabis industry entrepreneurs and advocates this weekend in Eugene to hear about the latest developments in Oregon marijuana law. Not only was the conference the best-attended OMBC, but the consensus from attendees was that it was […]

ICBC Staff

ICBC Staff

Lift Cannabis Expo in Vancouver Sets the Stage for the ICBC

The Lift Cannabis Expo, taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 16-17, will be a great trade expo with more than 130 exhibitors. Anticipation is definitely high for the expo as Canada is poised to legalize cannabis in the near future and entrepreneurs and advocates need to prepare. […]

Jerry Schoon

Platforming for a Plant in Calhoun County, Iowa

Democrats for both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton met Saturday, March 12th for the Calhoun County Convention. The result of the convention was two delegates for each presidential candidate to advance onto the state convention. The Calhoun County Democratic Convention also did a fun activity called platforming. It is where Democrats throw […]

Marijuana Politics

Marijuana Politics

From Prison to Pot Industry Mogul

Nine years ago, Alex Rogers, co-owner of Marijuana Politics, was released from a German prison, where he had finished serving a six-month sentence for cannabis related offenses. He was 35 years old and completely broke. He had been living in Europe for seven years and upon his release from prison, […]

Smantha Brooks

Do You Want To Make Money Legally In Marijuana Business? Here’s The Way

It is presently legitimate to purchase, possess, and devour pot for recreational purposes in large portions of the states. In this article, we dig deep into the business to disclose who’s getting rich from it and whether there’s an open door for different investors to get in on the action. […]

Jeremy Daw

Jeremy Daw

What A Military Psychologist Forgot to Say About Cannabis

Combat veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress are hardly doing anyone harm by choosing a less toxic, safer alternative to alcohol to help soothe the stress of readjusting to civilian life, but never mind: clinical psychologist and Iraq veteran Bret A. Moore wants our vets to continue to just say […]

Sarah Jane Gallegos

Dispensaries Compete to Impress on First Day of Sales

Many Marijuanapolitics.com reporters enjoyed making their first legal cannabis purchase in the state of Oregon yesterday. It seems there are new dispensaries opening daily.  I visited shops in each of Portland’s communities to see how each neighborhood was bringing their own flavor to this historic day. Here are some of […]

Jack Rio

Warm Springs, Cold Shoulder

On December 17th, members young and old of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs reservation voted overwhelmingly to proceed with a new commercial venture in recreational cannabis. Nearly 9 out of 10 tribal members said yes. But, in what might be described fairly as a travesty, while the tribe’s business office […]

Ben Landman

Marijuana Legalization States Cash in the Most

In recent years, four states and the District of Columbia have legalized the sale of retail marijuana by popular vote. 25 more states permit medical marijuana or have decriminalized marijuana possession. Starting as early as 2011, polls consistently showed Americans’ support of legalizing marijuana. A number of states are likely […]

Casey Houlihan

Casey Houlihan

Oregon Releases Draft Rules For Oct. 1st Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

The Oregon Health Authority has released the first draft of the rules to implement Senate Bill 460’s limited retail sales of cannabis for adult-use beginning on October 1st. According to the initial draft of the rules, all existing medical marijuana dispensaries will have the option to sell limited marijuana retail […]

William Levy

William Levy

The Top 10 Marijuana Strains of 2016

Different kinds of marijuana have different effects and flavors so naturally people have their own preferences when it comes to choosing strains and types. A regular marijuana user might like to switch things up a bit and try new strains. We reached out to PotValet for their take on 21016’s […]

Aaron Herzberg

The California Primaries, Candidates and their Marijuana Positions

With the California Primaries just four days away, many participants and enthusiasts in the cannabis space are looking to the five remaining presidential candidates (or three, depending on your perspective) to see what are their Marijuana positions and who would be their greatest ally. It’s a difficult question to answer, […]

Hazel Floyd

Medical Marijuana Farmer’s Markets and Meetings: Reasons to Mark Your Canna Calendar and Head to Arizona

Farmers markets have always been a popular way to obtain locally-grown products and try new products, so you can see how a growth in medical marijuana farmers markets in Arizona has been achieved. The availability means that there are some good reasons to mark your canna calendar and set the […]

Jeremy Kwit

Jeremy Kwit

Medical Marijuana Production Limits: OPEC in Oregon

The joint legislative committee overseeing implementation of voter-approved marijuana legalization seems to have have found a new policy framework in the least democratic of places: OPEC. Apparently the 12 member states that comprise the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi […]

Leland Berger

Leland Berger

AUMA is the Hillary of United States Cannabis Legalization Initiatives

I had such high hopes for California when we were drafting Measure 91 in Oregon. I hoped that criminal penalties would give way to fines, and that California could improve on what we created in many significant ways. I understand that each state is different and that California is the […]

Elaina Garcia

Elaina Garcia

Hemp Plastic – The Original Plastic

Industrial Hemp Plastic as a New Solution Industrial hemp plastic could be the beginning of the end to the Age of Plastic! Let’s face it plastic is a problem, it is not environmentally friendly  and we STILL don’t even  know it’s expiration date but Hemp holds many possibilities as an […]

Jamie Shaw

Legalization Playlist

This blog originally appeared on www.lift.co. You can see Jamie moderate a panel of legal experts at the upcoming International Cannabis Business Conference, October 13-14. Legalization is on the way in Canada. The government appointed task force is holding consultations from coast to coast, but one thing was missing. Epic […]

Tessa Kaplan

Tessa Kaplan

Marijuana and Technology Today

Most people don’t think of Marijuana and technology in the same breath.  We’re all very aware of the absolute explosion of technology and the recent boom in its popularity now that smart phones and other devices have become ubiquitous.  Marijuana likewise, has seen exponential advancements in how it is produced, […]

Redeyes Online

Redeyes Online

5 Surprising Benefits And Uses Of Marijuana Tea

Most people are aware of the fact that drinking tea is good for them, but may not have considered Marijuana tea. Tea is packed with antioxidants, is low in calories, helps with hydration, and can relax the body before sleep. While most cultures use traditional tea leaves when brewing, more […]

Andi Bixel

Andi Bixel

Inside Scoop: Top 6 Marijuana Branding Tips from Andi Bixel of Drip Ice Cream

  At Saturday’s Oregon Marijuana Business Conference in Ashland, Bixel will present on branding, marketing and packaging. Widely known as an industry leader in creative branding, she sits on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s packaging and labeling subcommittee.   Use the OLCC pre-approval process on labeling and packaging. The OLCC […]

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