California: Governor Signs Measure into Law Allowing Medical Cannabis Use in Hospitals

Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed legislation into law providing for the use of medical cannabis products within hospitals and other eligible health care facilities. Senate Bill 311 (a/k/a Ryan’s Law) provides for “a terminally ill patient’s use of medicinal cannabis within [a] health care facility.” The proposal prohibits patients from either inhaling or vaping herbal cannabis […]

Mississippi: Lawmakers Request Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana Access

Legislative leaders in Mississippi have requested that Republican Governor Tate Reeves convene a special legislative session in the coming days to address medical marijuana access. The request comes after lawmakers last week revealed that they have reached an agreement on a draft legislation to regulate medical marijuana access in the state. If the Governor agrees […]

Psilocybin updates across the US

The snowballing of psilocybin legislation has begun in earnest, and just within the past week we are seeing some real action being taken on different levels. NIDA For one, studies continue to be conducted across the board. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a top federal agency, has approved a grant for researchers at Johns […]

Agtech firm iUNU acquires high-tech greenhouse software provider Artemis

iUNU, a Seattle-based agricultural technology company that created the computer vision and machine learning LUNA cultivation platform, has acquired New York-based Artemis, a leading enterprise software and cultivation management platform serving the hemp, cannabis and fruit and vegetable industries, the two companies announced Monday. Adam Greenberg, CEO, iUNU The companies are joining forces to both […]

Kansas City, MO: City Council Approves Measure Eliminating Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing for Most City Workers

Members of the Kansas City, Missouri city council approved a local ordinance that will prevent pre-employment marijuana testing for most prospective government employees. Ordinance No. 210627, which was approved with an 11 to 1 vote, says, “It shall be unlawful for the City of Kansas City to require a prospective employee to submit to testing […]

Next Week: House Judiciary Committee to Advance Historic MORE Act

Members of the House Judiciary Committee have scheduled a hearing next week to mark up HR 3617: The Marijuana, Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021. The Act repeals the long-standing federal prohibition of marijuana — thereby ending the existing state/federal conflict in cannabis policies and providing state governments with greater authority to regulate […]

USDA-funded hemp weed-management study commences at 5 universities

A Cornell researcher will lead a weed-management study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture to develop best management practices for weed control in hemp crops. Lynn Sosnokie, assistant professor in Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science, is collaborating with researchers at several other universities on the $325,000 […]

Student researchers examine hemp-derived CBD concentration in consumer products

Students at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale are examining the content of CBD products to ensure consumers are getting what they pay for in each dose. The project was started over the summer by two SIU researchers and a student in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. The team […]

Analysis: Growing Number of States Allow Reimbursement of Medical Cannabis Costs by Workers’ Compensation Insurance

A limited but growing number of states permit eligible patients to be reimbursed for their medical cannabis-related costs through their workers’ compensation insurance (WCI) plans, according to a just-published analysis of state policies conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said that these policy changes are further […]

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