DEA Announces Increased Access to Marijuana Research

On August 26, 2019, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) issued a press release stating that DEA will be undertaking steps to increase access to DEA registrations required under federal law to cultivate and/or manufacture marijuana for research purposes. In making this … Read more about DEA Announces Increased Access to Marijuana Research

NIDA Announces Expansion of Cannabis Research

In an official statement issued earlier this month, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (“NIDA”) released a notice of special interest on public health research priorities with specific regard to cannabis. Published on August 14, NIDA’s announcement provides a written statement of purpose that … Read more about NIDA Announces Expansion of Cannabis Research

Revisiting the War on Drugs & Its Impact

July 14 marked the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s message to Congress asking for the establishment of a federal plan to tackle substance abuse, citing a dramatic increase in juvenile arrests for drug offenses. Nixon’s letter was the start of a new era of American drug policy as, the … Read more about Revisiting the War on Drugs & Its Impact

Monumental Changes to Out of State Ownership in the Colorado Cannabis Industry

On May 29, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed HB19-1090 (“HB-1090”) into law. HB-1090 repeals regulations that prohibit publicly traded companies from holding ownership interests in Colorado marijuana businesses. HB-1090 dramatically alters the regulatory landscape surrounding ownership of licensed … Read more about Monumental Changes to Out of State Ownership in the Colorado Cannabis Industry

NFL Announces Research into Cannabis Pain Management

This month, the National Football League (“NFL”) announced that it, along with the National Football League Players Association (“NFLPA”), will be investigating the medicinal potential of cannabis and cannabinoids – such as cannabidiol (“CBD”) - as alternative pain management treatments. In the … Read more about NFL Announces Research into Cannabis Pain Management

MAPS Announces Progress in Two PTSD Studies

In the organization’s monthly newsletter, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (“MAPS”) announced two milestones in separately conducted clinical trials, both dedicated to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”). This month, MAPS  received approval for the … Read more about MAPS Announces Progress in Two PTSD Studies

Denver City Council Votes on Social-Use Cannabis

Monday night, Denver City Council voted to remove the sunset provision from Initiative 300 (“I-300”), the legislation used to establish social cannabis businesses in Denver. Up until this week’s decision, social-use cannabis regulations were scheduled to expire before 2021, however city council’s … Read more about Denver City Council Votes on Social-Use Cannabis

Hawaii Approves Cannabis Legislation for Senate Review

Following a late-January legislative hearing, Hawaii’s Senate Judiciary Committee decided on Thursday to approve the state’s current bill to legalize cannabis. Passed in a unanimous 5-0 vote, the legislation has been co-sponsored by 12 of the 25 members of Hawaii’s Senate and cites, “the … Read more about Hawaii Approves Cannabis Legislation for Senate Review