Recreational cannabis use is illegal in the majority of US states, but the relaxation of hemp and CBD sales has created a set of companies that could more easily grab cannabis product market share if it is legalized. Companies selling CBD products are establishing their brands among consumers, and acquiring shelf space and retail relationships. If recreational cannabis is legalized, those companies can enter that market more quickly than a business starting from scratch.

California's cannabis excise tax generated only $74.2 million in the second quarter of 2019, the state says, announcing numbers that are short of projections that were set months ago. It's the latest sign that the country's largest marijuana market has struggled to take off since sales of recreational pot became legal last year.

Will wine tasters be set off their cabernet sauvignon should Napa County decide to allow farmers to legally grow marijuana? Local vineyard industry leaders told the Napa County Board of Supervisors that they would at a meeting on Tuesday. In response, the board decided to send the issue of local pot grows to the county’s voters in next year’s March elections.

Niall Phelan, who co-founded craft brewer Rye River, has been appointed as chief operating officer of a Canadian brewer of cannabis beers that plans to begin selling its products in the Irish market early next year.

A group of Colorado researchers recently studied how cannabis use affects athletes, and found a possible role between the plant and pain management.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas took the first step Tuesday toward launching its medical marijuana program, as state regulators named the five businesses they intend to license to grow the drug.

(Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file)

Though its history goes back centuries, the trusty water pipe is at a crossroads, as marijuana legalization changes how pot enthusiasts consume their cannabis.

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 2nd Annual Hawaii Cannabis Expo kicked off at the Blaisdell Center on Friday.

Legal pot sales top $1 billion in 2 states

Residents and visitors to the two states at the vanguard of the marijuana legalization movement spent about $1 billion on pot and pot products last year, according to state data.

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania officials said Wednesday that they will begin accepting applications early next year for medical marijuana growers and dispensaries, with a target date of mid-2018 for legal sales to begin in the state.

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania officials said Wednesday that they will begin accepting applications early next year for medical marijuana growers and dispensaries, with a target date of mid-2018 for legal sales to begin in the state.

Seantrel Henderson isn’t your typical user. Marijuana serves as a pain reliever for the 24-year-old Buffalo Bills offensive lineman who was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease one year ago. Doctors told Henderson medical marijuana was the best medicine for his inflammatory bowel disease, which caused the 2014 seventh-round selection to have 80 centimeters of intestines removed during two different surgeries last year. Still, the NFL suspended Henderson 10 games in late November for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the second time this season. 

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? One only has to look at the rift between the marijuana industry (aka, the unstoppable force) and the federal government (the immovable object) to get a good feel.

Mike Huckabee Marijuana Policy Project

Marijuana Policy Project on Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced he is running for president on May 5, 2015.

Where does he stand?

Former Gov. Huckabee is opposed the legalization of marijuana for any purpose, including medical use. He has expressed support for allowing states to develop their own marijuana policies free of federal interference, and he said he is “willing to let states operate under the 10th Amendment.”

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Forbes on Mike Huckabee

Position: Against

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Forbes on Chris Christie

Position: Against

Jim Gilmore Marijuana Policy Project

Marijuana Policy Project on Jim Gilmore

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore announced he is running for president on July 7, 2015.

Where does he stand?

Former Gov. Gilmore opposes the legalization of marijuana for any purpose. In 2000, he signed onto a National Governors Association policy plank that urged the federal government to increase funding for the War on Drugs and declared legalization is “not a viable alternative, either as a philosophy or as a practical reality.”

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Forbes on Jim Gilmore

Position: Against

Rick Santorum Marijuana Policy Project

Marijuana Policy Project on Rick Santorum

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania announced he is running for president on May 27, 2015.

Where does he stand?

Former Sen. Santorum is opposed to the legalization of marijuana for any purpose, including medical use. He does not believe states have the right to set their own marijuana policies and supports enforcing federal prohibition laws in states that have rejected them.

Rick Santorum Image Gage Skidmore Via Wikimedia Commons

Forbes on Rick Santorum

Position: Against


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