DEA Permits GW Pharma to Sell Cannabis Derived Drug Epidiolex

In yet another example of the sea change that’s occurring at the Federal level regarding cannabis regulation, the DEA has just rescheduled the cannabis-derived drug, Epidiolex. The drug, produced by GW Pharmaceuticals, was previously approved by the FDA in June. Epidiolex will drop from a Schedule 1 to a Schedule 5 controlled substance, the lowest rank, which defines a drug to have proven medical applications and very low potential for abuse, much akin to cough medicine. Epidiolex is designed to treat patients two years of age and older suffering from Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, which are rare forms of…

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Take a Tour Inside a Licensed Cannabis Production Facility

Canada is set to unleash recreational cannabis nationwide on October 17, 2018. Canadian cannabis stocks are soaring, dispensaries have planning grand openings, and cultivators are ramping up production. Here the Calgary Herald takes a tour of licensed medical cannabis producer BOAZ Pharmaceuticals, which is about to expand its license from medical to recreational in response to upcoming demand.

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LAX Airport To Allow Travelers to Possess Cannabis

In an update to its official airport policy, LAX will now allow travelers 21+ to carry cannabis within airport limits. The notice stresses that marijuana and other cannabis products remain illegal Federally. California law now supports both medicinal and recreational possession. The policy reminds passengers that many other states still prohibit possession of marijuana. All travelers must obey all respective laws within state prohibiting marijuana possession. The full statement reads: LAX Marijuana Policy While federal law prohibits the possession of marijuana (inclusive of federal airspace,) California’s passage of proposition 64, effective January 1, 2018, allows for individuals 21 years of…

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Seattle Court Rescinds Over 500 Cannabis Convictions Dating Back to 1996

The Municipal Court of Seattle rescinded over 500 cannabis convictions this week. The convictions were considered misdemeanors for minor possession taking place between 1996 and 2010. Seattle City Attorney, Pete Holmes, filed a motion to in April to remove the convictions. While the seven court judges did not take issue with the motion's rationale, in light of the state's medicinal and recreational marijuana laws, the complexity of wiping the slate clean became a cumbersome problem. “I think the parties would agree,” Seattle Municipal Court Judge Adam Eisenberg said at a July status conference, “this is an extraordinary motion.” One of…

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Coca-Cola Exploring CBD-Infused Beverages

Coca-Cola announced earlier this month that is exploring a partnership with Aurora, a Canadian cannabis company, to consider creating a CBD-infused beverage. The Senate, led by Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), passed a new Farm Bill in early September that legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp. Changing hemp’s status as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, in place since the 1970, will possibly create a multi-billion dollar industry for the multi-use product. This development is considered another step towards removing marijuana itself from its listing as a Schedule 1 regulated substance. A non psychoactive molecule native to the Hemp and…

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U.S. Territory First to Fully Legalize Through Legislature

For the first time in history a U.S. territory has legalized cannabis thanks to the pen stroke of its governor. Governor Ralph Torres (R) of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a Pacific U.S. territory with a population of 50,000, signed a bill enabling adults over 21 years of age to legally posses up to one ounce of cannabis along with related products including CBD. Licenses for producers, manufacturers and retailers will be issued to regulate the local market. The unprecedented act makes the CNMI the first location within the dominion of U.S. control (including all 50 U.S.…

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