Church of England Sees Green, Explores Investing in Medical Cannabis

The Church of England, the largest and most influential religious organization in Great Britain, announced this week that it will lift a longstanding prohibition on medical cannabis in order to explore investing in the fast-growing and potentially stupendously profitable industry. RELATED STORY Britain’s Medical Cannabis Wall Is Tumbling Down The organization’s Church Commissioners are responsible for managing […]

4/21 Organizers Want to Reclaim Cannabis From Corporations

On 4/20, cannabis consumers across the United States will light one up in celebration of cannabis culture. In 10 states and counting, that celebration is perfectly legal—and increasingly mainstream. But as the annual ritual transitions from grassroots activism to commercialized indulgence, advocates want to remind consumers that the social justice work isn’t over just yet. […]

The US Surgeon General Just Tweeted WHAT About Cannabis?

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams recently used his official Twitter account to make a startling claim: Contrary to the promises made by criminal-justice and drug-policy reform advocates, he said, the era of legal adult-use cannabis has actually led to more people of color being arrested. DYK that in most states that have legalized adult use […]

Is a Tobacco Giant Trying to Take Over the Vape Pen Market?

Altria, the parent company of tobacco giant Philip Morris whose $1.8 billion investment in a cannabis company was announced Friday, has over the past five years quietly patented dozens of devices that could be used to consume marijuana, a review of public documents at the US Patent and Trademark Office shows. Altria’s patents and patent […]

UK Cannabis Patient #1: Accessing the Most Expensive Medical Marijuana in the World

In Brighton, a beach town in the south of England where Carly Jayne Barton lives, an average year’s pay—pre-Brexit, for a good job—runs between £25,000 to £30,000. This means that if the 32-year-old Barton—who has chronic pain stemming from fibromyalgia, a serious health condition that qualified her to become the first UK resident with a government-recognized prescription […]

MedMen’s ‘Cannabis’ Trademark Try: PR Stunt or Genius Move?

In the middle of finalizing the biggest-ever deal in American cannabis industry history—the $682 million takeover of a rival company, announced earlier this month—Los Angeles–based MedMen was plotting something even more audacious: laying claim to the word “cannabis” itself. MedMed wants to trademark the word ‘Cannabis.’ But only on its t-shirts. Is that even a […]

New York Cops Still Making Cannabis Arrests, Despite Mayor’s Policy

Despite recent headlines about New York City dropping marijuana possession cases and expunging convictions, NYPD cops and prosecutors are still arresting and threatening people with jail time for cannabis possession. They’re using a legal loophole to do it. Scott Hechinger, a senior staff attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services, one of the city’s largest public defender […]

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