College Students Sue After Getting Expelled From College For Using Medical Marijuana

Fearing the loss of federal funds, schools are banning medical marijuana on campus even in the 33 states where it’s legal. November 7, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Much like cities and counties, colleges and universities find themselves caught between state laws that allows medical marijuana use, and federal laws that consider cannabis a dangerous drug. The difference is that colleges and universities are getting sued over the issue — and, until marijuana is legal at the federal issue, the problem is expected to continue. In a series of recent lawsuits, students are looking to recover tuition costs, or get reinstated into degree programs, after several have gotten expelled for using legal medical marijuana. The court system has become the students’ only path to resolve the issue. RELATED: How Medical Cannabis Programs Fare In States With Recreational Markets An Arizona Student Recently Sued A College After […]

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Should Pregnant Women Use Marijuana? New Study Helps Reveal The Answer

The immediate answer for most would be “no,” but a new study shows details of how cannabis impacts pregnant women and their babies. October 31, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Pregnant women need to be extremely mindful of what they put into their bodies. And, one thing that many wonder about is legal marijuana consumption and how it impacts the woman and her baby. A new study from the University of Denver aims to answer that question. Due to the dearth of marijuana research in the United States, there is a “limited understanding” of how cannabis impacts pregnant women and their babies “if they are exposed to cannabis inside the womb,” said Pilyoung Kim, the professor of psychology at the University of Denver, who is leading the research. RELATED: Chelsea Handler Gets Into The Cannabis Business Professor Kim Wanted To Answer Women’s Questions About Weed […]

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Florida Man Needs To Stop Calling Police About His Stolen Weed

It’s the latest in a weird list of stories that show many people remain clueless about complex cannabis laws. October 29, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s always a good idea to call the police if something has been stolen from you. It’s only a bad idea if the item stolen is something that is illegal to have in the first place. A Florida man who recently called police to tell them that his roommate had stolen $20 worth of cannabis just learned that the hard way.  As explained by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy who responded to the call: ”A guy’s calling in saying his roommate stole his weed. Twenty dollars’ worth and he’s upset. He keeps calling 911. So, I got to give him a call and tell him to stop calling about his weed.”  If the officer seems amused, that’s […]

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Most Democratic Candidates Favor Marijuana Legalization — With One Important Exception

Joe Biden is the lone frontrunner who hasn’t backed marijuana legalization at the federal level October 24, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As Mexico prepares to join Canada in legalizing marijuana at the federal level, a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate suggested that the United States should do the same as part of the battle against the opioid crisis. In an extraordinary moment noticed by marijuana advocates, former U.S. congressman Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, Texas, said during the October Democratic primary debate that he had met a veteran who had become addicted to opioids. “Now imagine that veteran, instead of being prescribed an opioid, had been prescribed marijuana, because we made that legal in America [and] ensured the VA could prescribe it, expunge the arrest records for those who’d been arrested for possession and made sure that he was not prescribed something to which […]

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Cannabis Arrests Are On The Rise — Again

The places where you can buy marijuana are increasing, but so are the number of arrests on marijuana-related charges. October 22, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While more U.S. states continue to legalize marijuana, more U.S. citizens keep getting arrested for marijuana-related crimes. FBI crime statistics show that, for the third year in a row, the number of marijuana-related arrests increased in 2018. How is that possible? The crime stats from the FBI don’t offer an explanation, only raw data. However, it was clear that arrests have increased in areas where marijuana is not yet legal. In the West, where many states have legalized cannabis, marijuana possession arrests accounted for only 13.4 percent of all such arrests nationwide. It’s a different story in other parts of the country, however, with the most arrests happening in the Northeast (48.9 percent), with the Midwest (45.8 percent) and the […]

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Black Market Weed Is Still Popular In Some States, But It’s Also Very Dangerous

October 17, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The marijuana black market remains strong across the country, even in places with legal adult-use sales such as California. The main reason for this is that black market marijuana is cheap, although consumer confusion about decriminalization may also contribute to the problem. What’s certain is that, for consumers, black market cannabis is dangerous. Legal cannabis businesses — both for medical and recreational marijuana — must meet state standards for the growing of marijuana, the product of marijuana-related products (including CBD), and the sale of cannabis-related products. In the black market, of course, no such standards exist, which is why the entire industry is urging for a regulated market. “When we take this off the market, this black market marijuana, it could save a life,” Captain Holly Francisco of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department told ABC […]

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Mexico’s Proposed Law To Federally Legalize Marijuana Aims At Cutting Out Drug-Related Crime

The United States could find itself sandwiched between two huge countries with legal marijuana markets. October 10, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Mexican lawmakers are debating the details of legislation that would legalize marijuana nationwide. Some are projecting that legislation could be ready for consideration as soon as late October, making for a quick turnaround on the issue.  If Mexico legalizes marijuana for adult use nationwide, the country will become only the third in the world to do so. Uruguay and Canada have both made cannabis legal at the federal level. The decision would put the United States, where marijuana is illegal at the federal level, between two large countries that are getting a big head start in creating legal cannabis markets.  Lawmakers are considering 13 different proposals during hearings that will include comments from the public, according to Mexico News Daily. These include […]

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U.S. Cannabis Market To Hit $30 Billion By 2025 As More Than 38 Million Americans Try Marijuana

Even by ‘conservative’ estimates, the U.S. marijuana markets looks set to skyrocket over the next few years. October 8, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The U.S. cannabis market is projected to hit $30 billion in annual cannabis sales by 2025, according to a new report from an industry expert. The “U.S. Cannabis Report 2019 Industry Outlook” from New Frontier Data in Washington, D.C., also reports that more than 38 million American adults consume cannabis at least once per year. That includes both marijuana purchased legally as well as on the black market.  The report estimates a compound annual growth rate in legal marijuana sales of 14 percent between now and 2025.  RELATED: Investment Opportunities Grow As Cannabis Expands Into New Consumer Markets And These Are Conservative Estimates In a press release on the new report, New Frontier Data CEO Founder and CEO Giadha Aguirre de […]

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24/7 Marijuana Delivery Hits Las Vegas

This is not a surprise in a state where the legal marijuana industry has boomed pretty much since Day 1. October 1, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. From casinos to grocery stores, most everything in Las Vegas is open 24 hours a day. Now, that same commitment to meeting consumer needs at any hour of the day is getting applied to cannabis. Residents in and around Las Vegas can now get weed delivered to their door 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The deliveries are done by MedMen, the same company that recently launched marijuana delivery in California. MedMen CEO and co-founder Adam Bierman recently told Vegas Inc. that the company plans to offer the same customer experience through delivery that it provides in its three Las Vegas area locations. The service is free for customers in Nevada. Bierman said the company’s […]

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There’s No Connection Between Marijuana And Violence, Experts Say

A new book claims otherwise, but experts say there is not a connection between the two. September 19, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Marijuana and violence have been getting connected in odd ways over the past month or so. A new book argues that there is a connection, and a famous TV host has also raised the issue. Experts, on the other hand, have lined up to argue that they are both wrong. The latest controversy over marijuana and violence got kickstarted by FOX News host Tucker Carlson when he recently interviewed  former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson. Speaking about the mass shooter in Dayton, Ohio, Carlson said the young man was “known to be a long-time user of marijuana. It turns out, in fact, that many violent individuals have been avid marijuana users. Is there a connection?” Related: Marijuana Labs Adding Tests […]

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Researchers Overwhelm Canadian Government With Marijuana Research Requests

After becoming just the second country to legalize marijuana nationwide, Canada has the potential to lead the world in cannabis research – if they can cut the bureaucratic red tape. September 17, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Marijuana research in Canada stands in stark contrast with what is happening in the United States. With its progressive approach, Canada has more in common with world-leading Israel when it comes to cannabis research. At least, it has that potential. But red tape is currently standing in the way of success. In the United States, a federally funded researcher has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration because of the poor quality of marijuana available for research. Currently, cannabis used for research in the U.S. is grown in only place, the University of Mississippi. In Canada, researchers don’t have an issue with the quality of the marijuana, but […]

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Can Marijuana Help Treat CTE? Former NFL Star Partners With Harvard To Find Out

Calvin Johnson, known to millions as Megatron, has also launched a medical marijuana dispensary in Michigan. September 12, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Former NFL star Calvin Johnson has joined a growing list of former professional athletes who are getting into the marijuana industry. He is a partner in a new enterprise that is set to open medical marijuana dispensaries across Michigan. But Johnson is also taking his part in the industry a step further, giving money to Harvard University to help fund a study on the potential of cannabis treating CTE; which, according to a 2017 study from Boston University researchers, was found in 99% of former football players’ brains studied. Johnson, who spent his career with the Detroit Lions and is making a six-figure donation to the research through his medical marijuana company, Primitive, told ESPN that he believes his company “can […]

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Olivia-Newton John Weaned Herself Off Morphine By Using Cannabis

The ‘Grease’ actress opted for cannabis to help with her Stage 4 cancer treatment. September 10, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to the many celebrities who have endorsed the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of cancer, few are as powerful as the one from Olivia-Newton John. That’s because John is battling stage 4 cancer. She’s been dealing with cancer since the early 1990s, when she first was diagnosed with breast cancer. It returned in 2013, but she beat it again. It then returned in 2017, when doctors told her it had metastasized and was in her bones.  In short, John, who is now 70 years old, has been there. She’s still there. In a long interview with “60 Minutes Australia,” John talked about death, her battle with cancer and how marijuana helped her battle the disease. It’s of […]

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Gronk Gets Into The CBD Business

Saying the CBD helps manage his pain, ex-NFL star Rob Gronkowski partners with CBDMedic. September 3, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Retired NFL player Rob Gronkowski, a star of the New England Patriots, has inked a deal with Abacus Health Products in Woonsocket, Rhode Island that includes buying a stake in the company and agreeing to promote its products. His decision reflects his belief that CBD products made by the company under the brand CBDMEDIC can help others manage pain the way it has helped him. At a news conference announcing the deal, Gronkowski – known as “Gronk” to legions of Patriots fans – said he used CBDMEDIC and was “blown away with how well it worked. I am pain free, and that is a big deal.” Related: New Study: Adult-Use Cannabis Availability Reduces Opioid Deaths Cannabis is effective in dealing with pain. Although […]

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What Are Cannabis Flavonoids And Why Are Researchers So Interested In Them?

Canadian scientists believe they have unlocked the potential of a natural painkiller 30 times more effective than aspirin. August 22, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cannabis flavonoid, also called cannflavin, is the next area of study for marijuana researchers. That’s because understanding how cannaflavin works may unlock the secrets to using cannabis as an effective treatment for pain management. The research is still preliminary. But researchers in Canada believe they have developed a process that replicate cannflavin A and cannflavin B, types of flavonoids that may have more strength than aspirin when it comes to fighting pain and inflammation. Related: 5 Essential Cannabis Trends You Can’t Afford to Miss What are exactly are cannflavins? Before understanding cannflavins, it’s important to know about flavonoids in general. Flavonoids are widely distributed throughout the plant kingdom. They provide pigment for fruits and vegetables. They also provide many […]

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Federal-Licensed Researcher Sues Government Over “Sub-Par” Research Cannabis

Scientists in the U.S. are still limited to one source to get weed for research, but an Arizona researcher wants the court to force a change. August 20, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cannabis companies may burn the midnight oil developing better strains of weed for consumers, but the federal government still forces researchers to use marijuana that is far below the standards of cannabis sold in dispensaries. Very, very far below. Scientists have argued that the weed is so bad it calls to question whether they can reach scientifically valid conclusions using it for studies – especially since the research weed is genetically closer to hemp than cannabis. A scientist in Arizona has decided to force the issue by suing the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to change current rules and allow scientists to use cannabis from other sources than the federal government, […]

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Colorado Joins New York and Illinois in Allowing Doctors to Prescribe Weed for Pain

State lawmakers are starting to catch up with what medical marijuana users have advocated for years: Cannabis is good for pain management August 15, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Marijuana advocates have long supported the use of cannabis for the treatment of pain. State lawmakers, at least in Colorado, New York and Illinois, have finally decided to give the people what they want giving the green light to doctors to prescribe marijuana for the management of pain. Doctors can do the same in Illinois through a state pilot program that focuses on using cannabis to lower opioid use. It’s a substantial change from the laws in most states, which allow medical marijuana use for a narrow list of conditions. Typically, they include epileptic seizures and the discomfort and pain associated with treatment for cancer or AIDS.  One of the main drivers behind the change […]

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Florida and Texas Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Officials in both states have voiced their intention to stop prosecution of low-level marijuana cases. August 13, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When members of Congress voted to legalize hemp late last year, they likely did not envision that it would make it harder for law enforcement in places such as Florida and Texas. But that’s exactly what has happened. Officials in both Florida and Texas have voiced their intention to stop the prosecution of low-level marijuana cases. That’s because no reliable field test exists that can tell the difference between the presence of hemp, which won’t get you high, and cannabis, which will. The nose doesn’t know A state attorney in Florida recently announced he is done prosecuting some marijuana crimes until a reliable field test is developed. He also said he will not authorize search warrants in cases where officers or […]

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Candy, Snack Sales Going Up Where Marijuana Is Legal

Surprise, surprise. A study finds that snacking is most popular in weed-friendly states. August 6, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the most famous side effects of using marijuana is getting the munchies. To the surprise of exactly zero people, a new study has found that sales of munchie favorites such as snack food and candy have increased in states where marijuana is legal. The study, conducted by Nielsen, found that over the course of 52 weeks, snack and candy sales increased across the United States. But the increase was greater in legal states. According to Nielsen, “Marijuana consumption has been clinically and anecdotally shown to increase a consumers’ appetite and enjoyment of food. Sales data from within the U.S. Census divisions where cannabis has been legalized for recreational use support the munchies’ effect.”  Related: Cannabis Lounges Are Popping Up Across the Country […]

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Pennsylvania Green Lights Medical Marijuana For Anxiety

The measure brings the number of conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana in Pennsylvania to 23. July 30, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Pennsylvania medical officials have given the thumb’s up to doctors to prescribing medical marijuana for patients with anxiety disorders. This decision happens just one month after Ohio officials refused to do the same. The new regulation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health went into effect this month. While the measure allows for prescribing marijuana, it also mandates that cannabis not be the first choice, but rather used in tandem with traditional treatments.  In the same measure, the state is allowing medical marijuana to be used by those with Tourette’s Syndrome. That brings the number of conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana in Pennsylvania to 23, including cancer, epilepsy, intractable seizures, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis. post-traumatic stress […]

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