In a surprising move late last week, Iowa Rep. Jeff Shipley (R) filed two pieces of legislation in the Iowa state legislature to legalize specific psychedelic substances as treatments. The first bill would approve the medical use of psilocybin, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (“MDMA”), and ibogaine – … Read more about Iowa Bill to Legalize Psilocybin Mushrooms and MDMA
Ohio Congressman Warren Davidson suggested that crowdfunding through a cryptocurrency might provide a viable solution to the funding issues for the proposed wall along the US/Mexico border. In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, the Republican representative suggested that both the proposed … Read more about Lawmaker Suggests Cryptocurrency to Fund Border Wall
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican - Kentucky) spoke to reporters last week and said that while legislators are still trying to come to a consensus on the Farm Bill, a provision legalizing hemp will be included in the legislation. When asked by reporters about the hemp provisions … Read more about McConnell: Farm Bill Will Include Hemp Legalization
Utah voters are expected to legalize medical marijuana in the state by way of a proposition on the November ballot. Utah Governor Gary Herbert has announced that there has been a compromise reached between medical marijuana supporters and the Mormon Church, a powerful political force in the state … Read more about Mormon Church Compromises on Medical Marijuana
Vape and Play, the second social marijuana consumption establishment to open in Denver, received the city licensing director's sign off on August 24, 2018, paving the way for the business to open this fall at 1753 S. Broadway. The license was approved by Denver's executive director of the Department … Read more about Denver’s Second Licensed Marijuana Consumption Business to Open
In a blow to hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) product manufacturers who intend to use CBD as a food additive, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in conjunction with the California Food and Drug Branch (FDB), has released a clarification document titled: "FAQ - Industrial Hemp and … Read more about CBD in Food? California Says No Way, (San) Jose.
On June 7, 2018, Senators Elizabeth Warren (Democrat - Massachusetts) and Cory Gardner (Republican - Colorado) introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow states to regulate cannabis without incurring any federal interference. The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States … Read more about STATES Act a Game Changer for Cannabis
Last week, California lawmakers moved to create a bank backed by the state that would help handle money from the state's newly created recreational marijuana market. The bill, SB930, which would allow charter banks and credit unions regulated by the California Department of Business Oversight to … Read more about State-Backed Cannabis Bank Bill Passes California Senate