Pot Smokers in Nevada No Longer Need to ‘Study’ for That Pre-Employment Drug Test

A new law in Nevada prohibits employers from denying a job merely because the applicant tested positive for marijuana. June 27, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While some employers have said they will no longer base hiring decisions on whether a job applicant uses marijuana, state lawmakers in Nevada have taken the extra step of making doing so against the law. In a bill recently signed into law, the Nevada State Legislature made it illegal for employers to reject a job applicant because they failed a marijuana test. The law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, includes “common-sense exceptions for public safety and transportation professionals,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said, according to Newsweek. Related: Colorado Has Collected More Than $1 Billion in Marijuana Tax Revenue Cannabis in Nevada Lawmakers, most notably in New Jersey and New York, have agonized but failed to create a regulated marijuana sales […]

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Colorado Has Collected More Than $1 Billion in Marijuana Tax Revenue

The cannabis windfall has become an annual event in Colorado. June 25, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Colorado reached a milestone in June when it reported collecting a cumulative $1.02 billion from marijuana taxes, licenses and fees since the state started collecting them in 2014.   What’s more, sales in the state have accelerated. In March 2019, dispensaries across the state reported record sales for a one-month period, according to numbers from the state’s Department of Revenue. Total sales of marijuana products that month alone were $142.4 million. Overall, there have been $6.5 billion in total marijuana sales in Colorado since recreational cannabis sales began in January 2014. Related: Recreational Weed States of America Growing the economy. The injection of cash into the state treasury, as well as the explosion of jobs and businesses in the cannabis industry, have made Colorado the model for the rest […]

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Most States Provide No Legal Protection If You’re Fired for Using Medical Marijuana

There are 33 states where medical marijuana is legal but only 13 where you have recourse if you’re fired for it. May 28, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The idea of states’ rights is what opened the door to marijuana legalization around the country. But here’s the thing about states’ rights for both employees and employers: You better know exactly what those rights are in the state where you live. That’s especially important for marijuana users who want to hold on to their current job. Cannabis is now legal for medical use in 33 states. Doctors can, and do, prescribe it to patients for issues such as chronic pain. But all that is meaningless in many states when it comes to the relationship between you and your employer. Depending on where you live, you can still get fired for using legal medical marijuana. “The […]

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Study Finds Marijuana Users Have Better Chance of Surviving Heart Attack

May 21, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A new study involving millions of medical records and analysis of patient outcomes has found that those who use marijuana have a better chance of surviving after being hospitalized with a heart attack. While researchers from the University of Colorado said further study is needed, they also wrote that they “would strongly suggest that marijuana use is associated with a significant decrease in in-hospital mortality” for those admitted with a heart attack. It’s yet another in a growing list of potential medical uses for cannabis that is being stymied, at least in the United States, by the continued illegal status of marijuana at the federal level and the lack of quality cannabis for research purposes. Related: Researchers Find People Who Use Cannabis Are More Motivated to Exercise The Impact of Heart Disease How cannabis could impact heart […]

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Researchers Find People Who Use Cannabis Are More Motivated to Exercise

Millions of Americans who never use marijuana have worse couch lock than those who do. May 16, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Turns out guys like Ricky Williams and the people who participate in the 420 Games might have been onto something this whole time. A new survey of marijuana users has found that 81 percent of respondents use marijuana just before or after exercise. Many report that cannabis motivated them to work out, improved their recovery after exercise and helped them to enjoy exercise more. The researchers in the study wrote that motivation, recovery time and enjoyment are all significant. “Given that these are all recognized barriers to exercise,” they wrote, “it is possible that cannabis might actually serve as a benefit to exercise engagement.” Related: Why Athletes Are Using Cannabis for Training and Recovery Turning around the stereotype. The survey findings fly in […]

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Harvard, MIT Receive $9 Million Donation to Conduct Marijuana Research

The donation from an alum of both schools will use the cannabis legally available in Massachusetts. May 14, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The rapid spread of marijuana legalization has been coupled with concerns among medical researchers about gaps in knowledge on what cannabis can and cannot do in terms of health benefits. Unfortunately, with the United States federal government continuing to list cannabis as an illegal drug, it’s been hard to get funding for research. It also doesn’t help that what little marijuana is available for research is of far worse quality than what people routinely purchase at the local dispensary (or on the black market, for that matter). However, cannabis research in the U.S. got a shot in the arm this month when Charles Broderick, head of a New York-based global equity firm, dontated $9 million for cannabis research to be […]

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Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee Rejects Use of Pot for Depression but OKs It for Anxiety

May 13, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Those hoping for a state to approve the use of marijuana to treat depression and insomnia will have to wait longer. After considering the idea, a state medical board committee in Ohio has decided not to recommend pot use for either condition. They did, however, decide to recommend marijuana use to treat anxiety and autism. None of this is cast in stone. The committee’s recommendations must first get approved by the medical board in June, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Part of the reason for the rejection of marijuana treatment for depression is because there has been so little research done in the United States. Committee members felt not enough “high-quality research” had been done, according to the Enquirer. To make its decision, the committee had to bring in doctors and other medical professionals to testify, including […]

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Early Research Is Hopeful About CBD and Depression

Scientists in Brazil have found that CBD interacts positively with serotonin receptors in the brain. May 7, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Just one dose of CBD helped mice and rats experience “acute antidepressant effects” due to increased levels of proteins in their brains’ medial prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. In other words, it made the mice feel much less behavioral despair when put through certain tests. That’s the findings of a study published this year in the journal Molecular Neurobiology by researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. They are using CBD in animal studies as a first step toward eventual human tests. The researchers wrote, “The main finding of the present study is that CBD induces not only a robust acute, but also sustained, antidepressant-like effect in different species and distinct animal models.” […]

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Mitch McConnell Is Positioning Himself as the Champion of the U.S. Hemp Industry

The Senate Majority Leader sees hemp as a boon for Kentucky farmers and his own reelection next year. April 18, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Politics is legendary for making for strange bedfellows but it doesn’t get any stranger than hearing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, staunch Republican from Kentucky, tell reporters earlier this month that he is behind quickly cleaning up any “glitches” with the U.S. hemp industry. That’s an issue most would associate with Democrats but money talks and there’s a lot of money talking about hemp. McConnell, who successfully led the charge to legalize hemp farming in the 2018 Farm Bill, has vowed to do whatever is necessary to get a regulated hemp system running smoothly. McConnel, speaking in football analogies, described hemp supporters as in the “red zone,” according to the Associated Press. “I’m prepared to do my job … all […]

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Why Is There No Green in the Garden State?

Despite wide support by New Jersey residents, cannabis legalization has stalled with the state’s lawmakers. April 11, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It wasn’t supposed to go down this way. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy made marijuana legalization a focal point for his administration, and surveys found that a majority of people in New Jersey supported legalization. But New Jersey lawmakers disagreed on the issue for a number of reasons, many of them revolving around the proposed law’s social justice component, and now the future of legalization in the Garden State is in question. In March, a vote was called off on legalizing recreational marijuana because not enough votes were there in the state senate to pass the bill, according to NJ.com. But the issue is not dead. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said, “we’ll be back at this,” and Gov. Murphy […]

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Presidential Candidates Back Marijuana Justice Act, But What Would It Do?

The bill would end the War on Drugs and allot funds to repair the damage it caused low-income communities. March 14, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Democratic congressional members, emboldened by a freshman class that put their party in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, have pressed fast-forward on introducing progressive legislation. The Green New Deal is one example. Legalization of recreational marijuana from sea to shining sea is another. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has reintroduced the Marijuana Justice Act, which he first proposed in 2017. It legalizes marijuana at the federal level, among many other sweeping changes. The chances of it passing Congress and becoming law are approximately zero — Republicans still hold a majority in the U.S. Senate and President Trump has a veto — but it should at least get a full hearing in the Democratic-controlled House. California Representatives […]

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Volunteer Coders Partner With San Francisco to Clear 9,300 Marijuana Arrest Records

People arrested with a joint long ago were saddled with criminal records for decades. March 12, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Marijuana legalization isn’t just about stopping arrests under War on Drugs-era laws for cannabis possession. In California, it’s also about clearing the records of thousands who were arrested during that era and still struggle with the stigma of a criminal record for actions that ara legal now. With the help of a volunteer organization that uses technology to make governments more efficient, San Francisco officials plan to expunge records of 9,300 marijuana-related convictions that go back as far 1975. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón called expunging the records “the morally right thing to do,” according to the Los Angeles Times. He then added, “If you have a felony conviction, you are automatically excluded in so many ways from participating in […]

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Will New Mexico Be The Next To Legalize?

The state senate has quietly kicked the process into high gear. March 7, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. New Mexico might be the sleeper hit of 2019.  While all eyes in the cannabis industry have been focused on New Jersey, where the state legislature has moved closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, New Mexico has quietly and quickly moved to do the same. The legalization issue often causes years of debate in other states — including New Jersey — but not in New Mexico. The state has gone from “let’s talk about this” to “let’s do it” in only a few months. Related: New Jersey Inches Closer to Legalizing Marijuana Without Voter Referendum Even Republicans in the state are on board, passing the Cannabis Regulation Act, which passed out of committee in February. Republican Sen. Cliff Pirtle said the bill was created because “we came to […]

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Booker, Harris Push Marijuana Legalization to Center Stage for 2020 Election

Perhaps the greatest proof the American people have rejected the War on Drugs is that presidential candidates can favor legalization at no political cost. February 19, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Two senators who are leading candidates in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination have already accomplished something early in the campaign – they’ve made legalization of marijuana at the national level a primary issue. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey already has introduced legislation to remove marijuana from the federal list of illegal drugs and continues to take that position as a candidate. And Sen. Kamala Harris of California this month very publicly declared her support for legalizing pot on “The Breakfast Club” morning radio show in New York City. She couldn’t have been much more straightforward. “Let me just make this statement very clearly: I believe we need to […]

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More Seniors Are Using Marijuana and It May Decrease Their Opioid Use

Usage is surging among seniors looking for alternatives to prescription painkillers but research faces many legal barriers. February 5, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The U.S. population is aging, which means a growing percentage of Americans are experiencing the aches and pains that come with the senior years. Apparently, many have found a way of managing those aches and pains: marijuana. Using cannabis for pain relief is a growing trend among seniors. The New York Times recently reported that “older Americans are flocking to marijuana.” They interviewed a 66-year-old Orange County, Calif., resident who uses a salve containing cannabidiol (CBD) on an aching toe she broke decades ago. She also said she smokes a little weed in the evening because “relaxing is healthy for you.” Related: 5 Ways Hemp Is a Boon for Health Seniors are a huge market. Seniors are a growing […]

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Even Texas Is Getting Serious About Decriminalization and Medical Marijuana

The Lone Star state just might liberalize marijuana laws, at least as much as Oklahoma has. January 17, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Texas, which leads the nation in marijuana-related arrests, may be on the verge of decriminalizing marijuana possession. While that’s a small move compared to what’s happening in other parts of the country, it’s significant in a conservative “red state” where marijuana laws have remained at War on Drugs levels. Nothing is a given, but marijuana legalization advocates are optimistic that Texas marijuana law could change this year. Jax Finkel, executive director for Texas NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), told the Dallas Morning News that she remembers when “legislators laughed” at the possibility of changing Texas marijuana laws. This year should prove different. “There will be change,” Finkel said. Related: Colorado Cannabis Business Leaders Share Lessons From America’s […]

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Florida Medical Marijuana System Now In Court

The suit is not about stopping medical marijuana in Florida but what the rules ought to be governing a lucrative market. January 1, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If there is one state that is the most melted in the national melting pot, it’s Florida. That’s fantastic in many ways, but it also means that many different people have strong opinions on serious issues. This, of course, includes marijuana. As with many conflicts, the debate over the state’s marijuana system has ended up in court. Florida is still expected to have one of the biggest medical marijuana markets in the country. It’s just taking a little bit longer to get off the ground. Court Rulings Florida controversies — and legal quagmires everywhere — tend to lean more to the complicated than the straightforward, but here is the broad outline. Voters approved a constitutional amendment […]

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Vaping Causes Stronger High Than Smoking Marijuana, New Study Finds

Researchers find more THC in vape than flower. December 28, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A new study has found that vaping can cause a more powerful high than smoking — at least among the small group of infrequent marijuana users involved in the study. The report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on JAMA Network Open, was conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine. It involved 17 subjects at an average age of 27. Most of them had not used marijuana for almost a year. The results were somewhat surprising. Researchers found that vaping provided higher levels of THC in the blood, the chemical in marijuana that causes the “high” feeling. For some subjects, this meant an increase in short-term anxiety, paranoia, memory loss and distraction over what they experienced when smoking marijuana. Related: Flower, Vape or Edible? Survey […]

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In Some States, Medical Marijuana Users Must Choose Between Ganja or a Gun

The Federal Government says gun owners can’t use marijuana. States believe otherwise. Legal chaos ensues. December 12, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A bizarre, new legal issue has emerged in recent months that may leave those wishing to use medical marijuana having to choose between using pot or owning a gun. That’s because federal law in the United States still lists marijuana as an illegal drug. And under federal law, it’s a crime if someone in possession of an illegal drug also possesses a firearm. Welcome to yet another reel around the thorny bush of federal vs. state marijuana laws. While an increasing number of states have legalized marijuana, the federal government refuses to budge. As a result, even common sense issues about the plant are cloaked in confusion. Related: 5 Facts About the First-Ever Cannabis Speakeasy That Just Opened in Las Vegas Guns […]

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Marijuana Among Restaurant Trends for 2019

CBD is becoming ubiquitous despite being, strictly speaking, not quite legal everywhere. November 22, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What do millennials, vegans, vegetarians, the wellness crowd and “Wall Streeters” all have in common? They’re all early adopters of a growing trend in the restaurant business: offering cannabis-based items on the menu. That’s according to a 2019 trends report from international restaurant consulting agency Baum and Whiteman. Members of each of the above groups have led consumer interest in seeing more marijuana on the menu at their favorite restaurant. Trend-setting eateries are already responding, and we’re not talking about the Maine restaurant that gets lobsters high before boiling them. Chefs in restaurants as diverse as juice bars, organic eateries and smoothie shops are getting cannabis on the menu. It’s an interesting, growing area of the cannabis business. Although, as Baum and Whiteman noted, […]

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