Category Archives: Legal

Mexico Set to Become World’s Largest Legal Cannabis Market

Mexico is home to the world’s most powerful drug cartels, who have terrorized the country for years. But the country is poised to try something different in tackling the gangs by legalizing at least one of their products: marijuana. Mexico is set to become the world’s largest legal cannabis market as its Congress wraps up […]

So Your State Legalized Cannabis. What’s Next?

When my government career pivoted to the legal medical cannabis industry over 10 years ago, I recognized that public acceptance and consumer demand were trending upwards. But I could not have predicted the widespread acceptance we see today. In fact, I vividly remember discussing with my Colorado colleagues in 2010 how we might see the […]

Arizonans Can Now Use Recreational Pot But Can’t Buy It Legally Yet

When Gov. Doug Ducey certified elections results Monday, parts of Proposition 207 — the voter-approved initiative that legalized recreational marijuana — went into effect. There’s somewhat of a Catch-22, though. “Consumers right now can’t actually purchase marijuana legally. While you can possess it, you’re in this kind of gray area where you can’t acquire it, […]

Israel Announces Plan To Legalize Recreational Cannabis Within 9 Months

According to recommendations of interministerial team, marijuana will be sold to users aged 21 and up, but not for consumption in public. Israel is planning to legalize cannabis for recreational use within nine months while balancing “liberalism and responsibility,” Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn said Thursday. Nissenkorn presented the recommendations of an interministerial team that has […]

New Zealand Votes Against Legalizing Cannabis, Preliminary Results Show

New Zealanders voted to legalize euthanasia in a binding referendum, but preliminary results released Friday showed they likely would not legalize marijuana. With about 83 per cent of votes counted, New Zealanders emphatically endorsed the euthanasia measure with 65 per cent voting in favour and 34 per cent voting against. The “No” vote on marijuana […]

More Older Adults Turn To Cannabis To Treat Common Ailments

Cannabis use is becoming more accepted nationwide, with fewer than a dozen states making it fully illegal. One group turning to cannabis more than ever is older adults. A study published in April found the number of Americans age 65 and older who smoke marijuana or enjoy edibles increased 75% from 2015 to 2018. Now, […]

Utah’s New Medical Marijuana Program More Popular Than Officials Expected

Six months after medical marijuana became legal for purchase inside Utah for the first time, the program has already surpassed enrollment projections. But high demand has also led to shortages in both product and providers interested in recommending medical marijuana to patients. “It’s been going. It’s been going well, as with all new programs and […]

More Seniors Turning to Cannabis and Backing Its Legalization

Seniors’ use of cannabis and their support for its legalization is on the upswing. According to nationwide polling data compiled by the Pew Research Center, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of “Boomers” (those born in the United States between the years 1946 and 1964) now say that marijuana ought to be legal for adults. That percentage […]

Cannabis Industry Looking to Expand as Election Brings Prospect of Us Legalization

After nearly a year of next-to-no deal-making, cannabis companies are gearing up for mergers and acquisitions as realistic stock valuations and the prospect of U.S. legalization attract buyers to a sector that has been decimated by oversupply and other issues, executives and investors say. Profitable cannabis companies want to buy their way into niche segments […]

Medical Cannabis Blazed a Trail for Cannabis in Michigan. Now, Recreational Takes the Lead.

Medical marijuana started the conversation in Michigan. It changed perceptions of the long-illegal cannabis plant and helped set the course for Michigan’s eventual full marijuana legalization in 2018. Marijuana, many learned between 2008 and 2018, was no longer just for “stoners.” It’s now generally accepted by most states that marijuana has medicinal uses. THC, the […]