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Tips for Landing a Job in the Cannabis Industry

January 19th, 2017 - Kelly Weimert
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As marijuana’s legalization begins to expand nationwide—both medically and recreationally—it’s no overstatement to say that the revenue its generating is booming. In fact, analysis by the Tax Foundation found that nationwide legalization could generate up to $28 billion in tax revenues for federal, state, and local governments. Vast economic growth is happening wherever marijuana legalization […]

How 280E is Killing the Cannabis Industry

January 19th, 2017 - Rachelle Gordon
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The legal cannabis industry is growing rapidly, with many analysts believing it could soon be a multi-billion dollar business. A recent report from The Arcview Group stated that the United States canna-business could be worth $22 billion annually by 2020. However, there is a big problem looming over cannabis companies – Section 280E of the […]

What the DEA’s Letter Means for CBD Oil Companies

January 12th, 2017 - Bethan Jenkins
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On December 14, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Agency made an update to the Federal Register item (21 CFR Part 1308) that has since sent shockwaves across the marijuana industry. The DEA CBD oil Rule confirms that as of January 17, 2017, a harsher cannabis law will be put into place to wipe out CBD oil […]

How the Canadian Cannabis Task Force Memo Could Affect the Market

January 11th, 2017 - Jackie Tortello
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A recent report from the Canadian Cannabis Task Force announced how the Canada recreational legalization could impact society, shape Canadian economy and influence the views of parents, children and medical researchers. The Canadian Cannabis Task Force made 80 recommendations to the government. Some of those recommendations suggested that marijuana should be sold in public spaces […]

How Has Recreational Legalization Affected MMJ Patients?

January 5th, 2017 - Jeremy Martin
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For Bill Fredericks the pain began slowly. A sports injury to his toe that wouldn’t quite heal began affecting his entire foot and then his knee. Over time he would deal with chronic lower back pain, preventing him from exercising and distracting him at work. An employee in Seattle’s booming construction industry, Fredericks needed complete […]

White Collar Cannabis Careers – the Rise of the Pot Paper Pushers

December 27th, 2016 - Rachelle Gordon
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Cannabis is now legal for medical or recreational use in 28 states and the District of Columbia – nearly 60% of Americans live where they can obtain pot legitimately. With this newly emerging multi-billion dollar industry comes not just the ability to purchase weed over-the-counter, but thousands of jobs as well. Any business, especially one […]

Who Are the Conservatives That Support Cannabis?

December 23rd, 2016 - Kelly Weimert
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No matter on which side of the political spectrum a legislator falls, cannabis legalization is a topic lawmakers on every side are now being regularly confronted with. Republicans, Democrats and everyone in between are having to come to terms with their beliefs, thoughts, and feelings about future legislation on marijuana reform as it continues to […]

Florida Residents Could Face a Long Wait for Amendment 2

December 21st, 2016 - Lukas Barfield
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The November election brought big wins for medical cannabis patients and recreational cannabis enthusiast around the country. Both medical and recreational cannabis rode the winds of change in the 2016 election. California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine all passed recreational cannabis, and North Dakota, Florida and Arkansas passed much needed medical cannabis. This brings the number […]

Scientific Review Shows Mixed Uses for Cannabis

November 17th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Most cannabis research has focused on the negative impacts that the drug has on individuals to support the War on Drugs effort. With the widespread legalization of cannabis in recent years, the research has started to shift towards the medical benefits of the drug, but the data is still very sparse. Researchers in the U.S. […]

Cannabis Legalization Sweeps the West Coast

November 9th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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More than a quarter of the U.S. population will now live in a state where medical or recreational cannabis is legal following the 2016 elections. Voters in California, Nevada, and Massachusetts endorsed the recreational use of marijuana in state-wide polls, while Arizona rejected the measure and Maine’s votes are still being counted. Meanwhile, voters in […]

CFN Media to Film Interviews at CWCBExpo in Los Angeles on September 8-9

September 6th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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CFN Media, the leading creative agency and digital media network dedicated to legal cannabis, today announced that it will be filming and interviewing exhibitors and thought leaders attending the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo) at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on September 8th and 9th, 2016. “We are excited […]

Melissa Etheridge to Moderate Sports Panel on CTE, Concussion and CBD at Cannabis World Congress in Los Angeles

September 2nd, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) is pleased to announce that Melissa Etheridge, Grammy and Academy Award Winning singer-songwriter, will return to the event as Moderator for its thought-leadership panel, “CTE, Concussion and CBD.”  Taking place on Thursday, Sept. 8th, former pro athletes, leading medical researchers and advocates for alternative medicines, will discuss […]

Ohio’s Cannabis Licensing Requirements: Racial Justice or Discrimination?

August 29th, 2016 - Avraham Cohn
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Staying true to form, Cannabis has once again proven itself to be both controversial and deeply divisive.  In June 2016, Ohio passed its Substitute House Bill 523 which legalized the cultivation, sale, and use of Cannabis by authorized companies and individuals.  The mechanics and full regulatory provisions of the licensing process have yet to be […]

Cultivation Technologies Hosts Benefit for Dr. Piomelli’s Lab at UC Irvine

August 23rd, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The ‘End of Opiates’ will be held at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA on Friday, August 26, 2016, featuring engaging discussions from scientists at the forefront of cannabinoid research. All proceeds from the event will benefit Dr. Daniele Piomelli and his team’s cannabinoid research at the University of California Irvine. […]

Health Canada OK’s Limited Home Growing of Medical Marijuana

August 22nd, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Medical marijuana patients will be permitted to grow their own cannabis or get someone to grow it for them under new, expanded rules coming into effect on August 24, according to Health Canada in a technical briefing earlier this month. The news comes after a Federal Court judged struck down the Conservative government’s 2013 law […]

High Powered Panel to Discuss California Legalization at CWCBE LA

August 19th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBE) will be taking place from September 7th through the 9th in Los Angeles, California this year. At the conference, the ‘Failure is Not An Option’ panel will discuss the upcoming Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) Prop 64 in California and how its passage in November could […]

DEA Rejects Bid to Reclassify Marijuana

August 11th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) announced that marijuana would remain a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg said that the decision is rooted in science and gave ‘enormous weight’ to conclusions reached by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) earlier this year, adding that the decision wasn’t based […]

DEA Delays Marijuana Reclassification

July 22nd, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said that it expected to issue its decision on the reclassification of marijuana during the first half of the year in a letter to U.S. senators earlier this year. Despite several senators pushing the agency to make a decision, the July 1 deadline has passed and it seems that the […]

California’s Ballot Officially Includes Prop 64 to Legalize Adult Use Marijuana

July 6th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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California’s November 2016 ballot will include Proposition 64 to legalize adult-use marijuana in what would become the country’s largest market. With recent polls showing 60% support for Prop 64, the measure is expected to pass into law and potentially push the federal government into developing more comprehensive legislation to address the drug. Proposition 64 would […]

It’s Official: Marijuana Reform is Added to the Dems 2016 Platform

June 27th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The Democratic National Committee approved a plank calling for broad marijuana reform, which officials adds the controversial topic to the party’s 2016 platform. “We believe that the states should be laboratories of democracy on the issue of marijuana, and those states that want to decriminalize marijuana should be able to do so,” said the DNC […]

2nd Active NFL Player Publicly Supports Medical Marijuana

June 24th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Derrick Morgan of the Tennessee Titans became the second active NFL player to publicly support medical marijuana and encourage the league to study the drug’s potential long-term health benefits. The move is significant given former Baltimore Ravens player Eugene Monroe who announced support for the drug research and was cut from the team a month […]

Could Microsoft Make Cannabis Mainstream?

June 17th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) plans to break into the cannabis industry by providing tracking services to state governments through a partnership with KIND Financial. The move is a sign that the stigma associated with the cannabis industry is rapidly falling as a growing number of states legalize the drug. While Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska […]

Teen Cannabis Use Drops as States Legalize

June 10th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Cannabis use among teenagers continues to fall around the country, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The news comes as a growing number of states have legalized both medical and recreational forms of cannabis. The 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Study found that high school students’ reported lifetime […]

NFL May Be Changing Its Tune on Medical Marijuana

June 7th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Ravens Offensive Tackle Eugene Monroe has been pushing for the National Football League (NFL) to consider medical marijuana as a serious treatment for years. While the sports franchise has publicly avoided these conversations, the Washington Post reported that two prominent members of the NFL’s medical personnel discussed medicinal uses of cannabis with researchers from Johns […]

Nationwide Cannabis Tax Could Raise $28 Billion per Year

June 6th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Conventional tax rates on the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana throughout the country could yield $28 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue each year, according to The Tax Foundation, an independent think tank in Washington D.C. The vast majority of the revenue – $20.5 billion – would go to states that […]

Study Finds Limited Adverse Health Effects from Cannabis

June 3rd, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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The legalization of recreational cannabis has many opponents concerned over the effects on public health. After all, tobacco and alcohol have had profoundly negative effects on society over the years and cannabis appears on the surface to fall into the same category. A study published in JAMA Psychiatry may help ease some of these concerns. […]

Canada Looks to Legalization Marijuana in 2017

May 24th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Canada’s Liberal Party government will introduce laws next year to legalize recreational marijuana throughout the country, according to Health Minister Jane Philpott. The promise to legalize marijuana was a major campaign issue for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was elected last fall in a landslide victory. Unlike the United States, the country has already implemented […]

Denver NORML Proposes Social Use Cannabis Initiative

May 13th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Cannabis laws around the country have started off much stricter than traditional tobacco or alcohol laws. For instance, Colorado law requires cannabis users to smoke within their personal residence and doesn’t permit smoking in public places. The Denver chapter of NORML aims to change these laws to permit cannabis users to enjoy a legal product […]

Polls Finds Marijuana Support Higher than Any Presidential Candidate

May 12th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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A new Quinnipiac University poll found that the majority of voters in three swing states favor marijuana legalization – 56% of voters in Florida, 52% of voters in Ohio, and 57% of voters in Pennsylvania. Comparing these results to a separate poll, the support for recreational and medical marijuana legalization remains significantly higher than the […]

Cannabis Apps: What are the Must-Have Downloads?

March 9th, 2016 - Ryan Allway
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Mobile apps are used for everything from keeping up with friends to making online purchases these days. With the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis in several states, many users have turned to cannabis apps to find strains and dispensaries. WeedMaps, MassRoots, and Leafly have quickly become staples on the stoner’s smartphone, but there are […]


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