New York City Court Seals 360 Cannabis Cases

NEW YORK — Over 300 low-level cannabis possession convictions are getting sealed after prosecutors and defense lawyers worked together to ask a New York City court to do so. The people involved had no other New York misdemeanor or felony convictions or ongoing criminal cases. The Manhattan district attorney’s office, the Legal Action Center and […]

French Legalization Debate Ignores Race, Religion, Mass Incarceration

Last summer in France, dozens of “CBD cafés” suddenly opened across the country. Exploiting a legal loophole originally created for hemp farmers, these pop-up businesses sold queuing customers oils, drinks and salves infused with cannabidiol, a cannabis compound that is a faddish if unproven “cure” for insomnia, anxiety and more. The French government reacted quickly and by […]

Is Cannabis Safe When Pregnant? Study Seeks Answer, Draws Critics

CHICAGO (AP) — Pregnancy started out rough for Leslie Siu. Morning sickness and migraines had her reeling and barely able to function at a demanding New York marketing job, so like rising numbers of U.S. mothers-to-be, she turned to marijuana. RELATED STORY Conceive With Caution: How Cannabis Can Affect Fertility “l was finally able to […]

Louisiana Patients Finally Get Their Medical Marijuana

BATON ROUGE, LA — A Marine veteran struggling with PTSD and a woman fighting cancer became some of the first people to purchase medical marijuana in Louisiana on Tuesday, as the state became the first in the Deep South to dispense therapeutic cannabis, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to it. […]

Study: Colorado Teens Reduce Cannabis Smoking, Increase Edibles

DENVER (AP) — Some teenagers in Colorado, where cannabis is legal for adults, are shifting away from smoking in favor of edible cannabis products, a medical study released Monday shows. About 78% of the Colorado high school students who reported consuming marijuana in 2017 said they usually smoked it, down from 87% two years earlier. […]

Medical Marijuana Expected Tuesday at Louisiana Dispensaries

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Medical marijuana is expected to start reaching select dispensaries in Louisiana on Tuesday, after the state agriculture department completed final testing and cleared therapeutic cannabis for release to patients. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced Thursday evening that GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned growers, can begin shipping out the product […]

Is Your Cannabis Legal? Sorry, You Can Still Be Deported

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In late December 2017, Lisa Kum received a call from her husband, Sothy. Sothy told Lisa to pick him up in Chicago because he was about to be released after three months of detention by immigration authorities on a marijuana-related charge. On the drive from Wisconsin with their daughter Emma, she […]

Woodstock Sues Woodstock Over Cannabis Branding Rights

A judge says the owners of the Woodstock music festival name can license it to create a cannabis brand marking the 50th anniversary of the famed gathering. That anniversary will occur in approximately two weeks. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe on Monday rejected a claim that the deal would infringe on the name of another […]

Medical Cannabis Could Reach Louisiana Pharmacies Next Week

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s first medical marijuana products are one step away from pharmacies, with final testing planned for this week. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, whose department oversees the therapeutic cannabis program, said that if the product collected Monday from GB Sciences is free of contaminants, medical marijuana could reach patients early next […]

Idahoans Flock to Cannabis Shop on Oregon–Idaho Border

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Idaho customers gave a new cannabis shop just across the Oregon–Idaho state line a booming first day in business. When the store called Weedology opened this past Friday, customers from Idaho had been waiting in line for more than three hours, the Idaho Statesman reported. A large number of license plates in […]