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Meet ‘Bongzilla’: 24-foot bong in Las Vegas celebrates cannabis culture

There are two flights of stairs curling around the head-turning glass bong, all 24 feet of it. There also will be an elevator to ferry people from the ground floor — where the pipe’s 100-gallon reservoir sits — to the mouthpiece high above.

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Marijuana & Hemp

6/12/2019

article Colorado surpasses $1 billion in marijuana tax revenue
(Colorado) -- Colorado has surpassed $1 billion in tax revenue from marijuana sales since recreational use was legalized in 2014. Marijuana tax, license and fee revenue...

6/11/2019

article Judge denies South Dakota tribe’s request to grow hemp this year
(South Dakota) -- The American Indian tribe that’s suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over delayed hemp regulations will have to wait until the...

6/10/2019

article Judge rejects Flandreau's hemp bid
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge has denied the Flandreau Santee Sioux’s request for a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the...
article Canada ‘Blew’ Its Chance to Be the World’s Pot Leader
(Canada) -- Canada “blew it” on cannabis legalization and is rapidly losing ground to the U.S. as a result, according to the founder of one of the top...
article Las Vegas mega-dispensary to open store in California
(Las Vegas) -- It was a logical leap. Larry Scheffler and Bob Groesbeck, who opened the 40,000-sq.-ft. Planet 13 cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas last year, have...

6/8/2019

article Nevada to try limited banking for cash-heavy pot industry
(Nevada) -- A new state law allowing Nevada to test out a limited marijuana banking system is expected to bring some relief to the state's booming cannabis industry...

6/7/2019

article Federal Agency Changes On The Horizon For Hemp And Hemp-Derived Products - Including CBD
(USA) -- Two recent announcements from the federal government may indicate a loosening of restrictions regarding hemp and hemp-derived products. First, the...

6/6/2019

article County supervisor tours region’s first tribal cannabis operation
(California) -- Earlier this year, county Supervisor Dianne Jacob raised a fed flag after learning the Santa Ysabel tribe had opened a cannabis-growing and retail...
article Hemp farmer sues MN over crop crackdown, says state broke its own rules
(California) -- An industrial hemp farmer from southern Minnesota says state officials are trying to destroy his multimillion-dollar business without due process or...
article South Dakota Tribe Sues USDA Over Hemp Plan
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota-based Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture and agency Secretary Sonny Perdue over the failure of...
article USDA Issues Legal Opinion on Hemp
(USA) -- On May 28, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a legal opinion resolving significant ambiguities about the legality of hemp following the...

6/5/2019

article Flandreau tribe sues USDA, Sonny Perdue over hemp
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is asking a federal judge to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve its plan to regulate hemp production...

6/4/2019

article Tribe waits on plans to grow industrial hemp
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe wants to grow industrial hemp and is seeking that right through a court hearing today. On March 8, the tribe applied...

6/3/2019

article Manufacturers push for legal clarity at FDA's first public hearing on CBD
(USA) -- As hundreds of people packed into an auditorium at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first public hearing on cannabis and CBD Friday, the marathon...

6/2/2019

article Marijuana advocates hit unexpected roadblocks
(USA) -- Advocates of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes scored their most significant legislative victory of the year Friday when the Illinois state House...

6/1/2019

article USDA Issues Opinion on the Transportation of Hemp
(Washington) -- On May 28, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (the “USDA”) issued a Legal Opinion on Authorities for Hemp Production. The...

5/24/2019

article Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe's fight to legalize industrial hemp
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota tribe's fight to legalize industrial hemp is making its way to federal court. Court papers say the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe met...

5/23/2019

article WSU researchers team with Puyallup tribe on medicinal cannabis research
(Washington) -- Researchers at Washington State University are teaming up with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in an effort to chart the tribe’s outcomes prescribing...

5/22/2019

article WSU researchers team with Puyallup tribe on medicinal cannabis research
(Washington) -- Researchers at Washington State University are teaming up with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in an effort to chart the tribe’s outcomes prescribing...
article WSU researchers team with Puyallup tribe on medicinal cannabis research
(Washington) -- Researchers at Washington State University are teaming up with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in an effort to chart the tribe’s outcomes prescribing...

5/18/2019

article Guy Farmer: Cannabis Board vs. Gaming Control Board: No comparison
(Nevada) -- As a former spokesman for Nevada’s effective and respected gaming control agencies, I cringe every time Gov. Steve Sisolak compares his proposed...

5/15/2019

article Las Vegas, Which Just Authorized Cannabis Lounges, Aspires to be the 'New Amsterdam'
(Las Vegas) -- More than two years after Nevada legalized marijuana for recreational use, Las Vegas will soon become one of the few jurisdictions in the country to...

5/13/2019

article Hemp industry blooms; will marijuana be far behind?
(Wisconsin) -- When Abbie Testaberg married her husband, Jody, in 2010, she told him to quit his job. He had been working for a medical marijuana co-operative in...

5/12/2019

article Tribes Officials Still Playing the Waiting Game with Province
(British Columbia) -- Cowichan Tribes is still waiting to get its first license to sell recreational cannabis in Duncan. According to Cowichan Tribes Chief William...

5/11/2019

article As Wisconsin's hemp industry blooms, will marijuana be next?
(Wisconsin) -- When Abbie Testaberg married her husband, Jody, in 2010, she told him to quit his job. He had been working for a medical marijuana cooperative in...
article Yurok Tribe passes hemp ordinance
(California) -- The 2018 Farm Bill was a big step forward in more ways than one. Not only does the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 allow for the drastic expansion...
article Cannabis Lounges Are Coming To Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas is perhaps the one portion of the United States where, unless you are some sort of stark-raving mad tyrant on a mission to lodge your foot...

5/10/2019

article 'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law. The ordinance, adopted by the council on Thursday, authorizes the...

5/9/2019

article Yurok Tribe Gives Thumbs-Up to Hemp: Tribal Council Moves to Legalize Non-Psychoactive Cannabis on Tribal Lands, Develop Regulations and Explore Business Opportunities Around Newly Legal Crop
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe today became the first jurisdiction in the county to signal that it’s ready to move forward with extensive hemp cultivation,...

5/8/2019

article Wiisag Corporation close to planting 1st outdoor medical cannabis grow-op in a First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Neyaashiinigmiing could be the first First Nation in the country to host a licensed outdoor medical marijuana grow operation on its territory....

5/7/2019

article Hoopa Election Board Rejects Controversial Ballot Measure About Cannabis Legalization
(California) -- The Election Board of the Hoopa Valley Tribe last night rejected a proposed measure for the June ballot that would have asked tribe members whether...

5/3/2019

article Cannabis Lounges Are Coming to Las Vegas—but Not the Strip
(Las Vegas) -- In October 2017, just a few months after legal cannabis sales kicked off in Nevada, dispensary owner John Mueller sat down with Clark County Sheriff Joe...

5/2/2019

article It's a new era for hemp in Wisconsin, and Oneida Nation is seizing the opportunity
(Wisconsin) -- Come autumn, you'll see fields of green on the Oneida reservation. Amid changing tides for hemp in Wisconsin, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will grow...

5/1/2019

article LADUKE: Alex White Plume: the ‘hemperer’ and the governor
(South Dakota) -- It’s twenty years since Alex White Plume planted his first hemp crop on Wounded Knee Creek, here on the Pine Ridge reservation. Spring’s...
article OP/ED: Cannabis: the new green that’s filling state coffers
(USA) -- This month, Colorado will deposit its one billionth dollar of tax revenue from cannabis— generated from an assortment of licenses, taxes, and fees. Seven...
article The Hoopa Valley Tribe Can’t Decide Whether to Allow Weed Cultivation, Nor Whether They Already Answered that Question
(California) -- Members of the Hoopa Valley Tribe last year voted to rescind a two-decade-old ban on growing marijuana on tribal lands. But did they know what they were...

4/28/2019

article A grassroots movement: Advocates hope to legalize marijuana in Red Lake Nation
(Minnesota) -- Kevin Jones Jr. and Jeanne Thunder have a message for the tribal members behind every door they knock on: it's time to legalize marijuana in Red Lake...
article BUYER BEWARE - Not All CBD is Created Equal
(USA) -- When I tried CBD for the first time in late 2017, it almost felt as if I was breaking the law. The hemp-based tinctures I was given were clearly home-grown,...
article Family-owned CBD shop ‘WalkUp Too Wellness’ has arrived
(Tennessee) -- “I’m a CBD believer! I haven’t taken any prescription pain medication since using CBD oil. It allowed me to walk again,” said...
article First legal hemp seedlings sprout
(Kentucky) -- It’s one day before the traditional planting day for hemp and Chris Flippo’s greenhouse is filled with seedlings anywhere from one inch to a...
article ‘SOTC’: Hemp’s Comeback In Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- At one time Kentucky was the greatest producer of hemp in the United States, but that changed decades ago when the industry went nearly dormant. Now hemp...

4/27/2019

article Opportunities are growing for hemp
(New Mexico) -- One year ago, Jeff Apodaca was vying with then-Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s gubernatorial race. Today...

4/25/2019

article Oglala Sioux Tribe Hemp Commission (sub req)
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe is still in the preliminary steps of developing a viable hemp-based market on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. While the tribe...

4/24/2019

article One cannabis tour to rule them all
(California) -- I have been trying to get myself to a cannabis grow operation for a while now, but plans have always fallen through. I wasn’t able to make it up to...
article Agate Dreams introduces online cannabis ordering and pickup service
(Washington) -- Agate Dreams recently became the first retailer in North Kitsap to offer an online cannabis ordering and pickup service. “We offer a wide variety...

4/21/2019

article Las Vegas Paiutes thrive in legalized marijuana market
(Nevada) -- Benny Tso stands on the curb of a concrete sidewalk looking up at a snow-covered mountaintop, five miles in the distance. Tso, who served as the chairman of...

4/20/2019

article Cheech and Chong help celebrate the opening of a Tacoma marijuana store on 4/20
(Washington) -- Cannabis history came full circle Saturday when Cheech and Chong — the two men responsible for creating the stoner-comedy film genre in the 1970s...

4/19/2019

article Another Upper Peninsula tribe says "yes" to recreational marijuana
(Michigan) -- Another Native American tribe in the state has voted to legalize recreational marijuana, making them to second tribe in Michigan to do so. The Sault Ste....
article Sault Tribe legalizes recreational marijuana
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors approved a resolution at its April 16 meeting to legalize marijuana on the Sault Tribe...
article How First Nations are leaving their mark on the cannabis industry
(Saskatchewan) -- Delbert Wapass will be paying close attention when two new Prairie Records cannabis shops open up in Saskatoon on April 20 — also known as 4/20....

4/18/2019

article Sault Tribe board votes to legalize pot
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors approved a resolution at its April 16 meeting to legalize marijuana on the Sault Tribe...
article Cheech and Chong to Help Tribal Cannabis Shop Celebrate Grand Opening
(Washington) -- Pot icons Cheech and Chong will be on hand to celebrate the grand opening of the Puyallup Native American tribe’s new retail cannabis shop this...

4/17/2019

article Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Votes to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
(Michigan) -- Another tribe in Northern Michigan has taken a step toward legalizing recreational marijuana on their reservation. Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa...

4/16/2019

article Cheech and Chong to help Puyallup Tribe open second cannabis store
(Washington) -- Commencement Bay Cannabis has opened a second location in the Tacoma area. The new store across from Puyallup Tribal Administration offices on Portland...

4/15/2019

article South Dakota AG's statements on hemp, CBD oil cause confusion
(South Dakota) -- When the owner of the Hemporium in Rapid City read the attorney general's recent proclamation about hemp and CBD oil, he felt "shock."...
article First Native American community in Michigan legalizes marijuana
(Michigan) -- The Bay Mills Indian Community in the Upper Peninsula is the first tribal community in Michigan to legalize marijuana for adult use. “Our tribal...

4/12/2019

press release Evo Hemp Partners with Forest Coffee Trading Company on New CBD Cold Brew Coffee
(USA) -- Evo Hemp has partnered with Forest Coffee Trading Co., a direct trade coffee roasting company located in Denver, Colorado, to offer a new cold brew coffee with...

4/10/2019

article 'A leader in Indian Country': Bay Mills Indian Community legalizes recreational marijuana
(Michigan) -- The Bay Mills Indian Community has legalized the recreational use of marijuana on the reservation, becoming the first tribe in Michigan to do so. The tribe...
article Bay Mills First Tribe in Michigan to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
(Michigan) -- The Bay Mills Indian community in Chippewa County is the first tribe in the state to legalize recreational marijuana. The tribe’s ordinance mirrors...
article Upper Peninsula Native American tribe legalizes recreational marijuana
(Michigan) -- An Upper Peninsula Native American reservation has opted to legalize recreational marijuana. The Bay Mills reservation, which is about 20 miles west of...
article Colville Tribes to sell marijuana
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribes have entered into an agreement with the state of Washington to sell marijuana, according to an April 8 press release from the tribes...

4/9/2019

article Czech students design hemp-fibre housing construction for Mars
(Europe) -- Czech students of architecture have joined forces with their colleagues from the Dutch city of Delft to design their vision of a housing construction for...
article FDA Releases Warning Letters to CBD and Hemp Oil Companies
(USA) -- Last week the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) made public three new warning letters to Cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp oil product companies sent by FDA and the...
article McConnell Supports Legislation to Fix Farm Bill's Hemp ‘Glitches’
(Washington D.C.) -- Two truck drivers were jailed last February in Oklahoma and Idaho after being stopped by police. In Oklahoma, officials impounded more than 17,000...
article Unilever subsidiary Schmidt’s Natural to launch hemp, CBD deodorant products
(USA) -- Unilever Plc (UN.N) is dipping its toe into the cannabis space with one of its subsidiaries launching a CBD-infused product Tuesday, signalling a growing...
article In a Bible Belt City: No to Casinos, Yes to Cannabis
(Virginia) -- In a sign of the changing times, a city in Virginia is opposing the building of a casino but in favor of allowing legal medical marijuana. This is clearly...

4/5/2019

article Amid Equity Rhetoric, California Blocks Tribal Participation in Cannabis Industry
(California) -- A glaring omission in the language of Prop 64, California’s 2016 cannabis legalization initiative, was any provision whatsoever for the state...

3/26/2019

article Can Pot Help Treat Opioid Addiction and Alzheimer’s? The Tulalip Tribes Are Paying Stanford to Find Out.
(Washington) -- America's relationship with weed is exceedingly foolish. Adult stoners in legal states can buy nearly as much weed as they want almost whenever they...

3/25/2019

article Shut out of California’s legal marijuana market, Indian tribes pursue sales on their own land
(California) -- The legalization of recreational marijuana in California left American Indians out in the cold. Proposition 64, approved by voters in 2016, lets local...

3/24/2019

article Shut out of the legal pot market, Indian tribes pursuing cannabis sales on their own land
(California) -- The legalization of recreational marijuana in California left American Indians out in the cold. Proposition 64, approved by voters in 2016, lets local...
article Bingo and bongs: More seniors seek pot for age-related aches
(California) -- The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an...

3/23/2019

article What's South Dakota missing without legal industrial hemp?
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota is on track to become an island in a country with widespread legalized industrial hemp. Surrounding states are still figuring out how to...

3/22/2019

article Jamestown S’Klallam to open cannabis store in Blyn
(Washington) -- The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe plans to open a cannabis store this fall. The yet-to-be named operation, which will be located next to the Blyn Fire...
article Las Vegas won’t approve marijuana lounges — for now
(Las Vegas) -- The campaign to bring marijuana lounges to Las Vegas isn’t over, but it has been postponed until May at the earliest. The Las Vegas City Council...

3/21/2019

article Could hemp be Washington’s next cash crop? Lawmakers eye new system amid CBD boom, marijuana expansion
(Washington D.C.) -- Hemp is back, and Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pushing to make it easier for farmers to plant the long-outlawed cousin of...

3/20/2019

press release CBD Easter candy has arrived
(USA) -- Easter candy is getting the CBD treatment. David Klein, the maker of quirkily-flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans, is now infusing candy with cannabidiol (CBD),...
article So far, legalizing pot isn’t paying off in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Government leaders throughout Massachusetts envisioned dollar signs when marijuana legalization passed. Taxes would help fund the subway, police, and...

3/15/2019

article USDA Starts Process to Regulate Hemp
(Washington D.C.) -- USDA has begun the process of gathering information to create regulations for commercial production of industrial hemp. The regulations will include...
article Delta wants more restrictions on cannabis cultivation in ALR
(British Columbia) -- The City of Delta wants to see more provincial action on restricting cannabis cultivation on the Agricultural Land Reserve and a tough stance on...

3/14/2019

article Bipartisan Bill Shields Federal Workers From Being Fired For Marijuana
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies couldn’t fire employees in legalized states simply because they test positive for marijuana if a bipartisan bill that was...
article USDA Receives Hemp Legalization Feedback From States And Stakeholders
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave stakeholders in the nation’s hemp economy an opportunity to provide input on...
article Why GTI’s $290 Million Bet on Essence Cannabis Dispensary is No Gamble
(Las Vegas) -- Armen Yemenidjian gave up his gaming license to start Integral Associates in Nevada. Today, that company is recognized as Essence Cannabis Dispensary....

3/13/2019

article Hemp Opportunities Growing Like Weeds
(USA) -- While farmers and other businesses across the country are eager to break into the newly legalized hemp industry since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill,...

3/11/2019

article Bill Improving New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program Passes Senate Floor
(New Mexico) -- Yesterday Senate Bill 406 passed the Senate Floor (33-2). The measure, sponsored by Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Bernalillo) seeks to and expand access...

3/9/2019

article A viral video that appears to show police officers searching a cancer patient's hospital room for marijuana sparked outrage on social media
(Missouri) -- A Missouri cancer patient and local police are at the center of social media outrage after a video that appears to show officers searching his hospital...
article Hemp hangs on, Keystone XL protest bills fly through Legislature
(South Dakota) -- This week may have been South Dakota legislators’ last full week in session, but that didn’t mean activity in Pierre slowed down. Monday...
article Missouri Police Searching for Marijuana in a Stage 4 Cancer Patient's Hospital Room Incites a Viral Video
(Missouri) -- A stage 4 pancreatic cancer patient says he feels his rights have been violated after police search his hospital room for marijuana in a video that has...

3/7/2019

article Supervisor asks state for clarification on tribal pot laws
(California) -- County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob has sent a letter to the state asking if a recently opened cannabis dispensary inside the former...
article Las Vegas: Mega-Destination For Weed Lovers
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas, Nevada is set to become the next mega town for medical and recreational Cannabis lovers and fans alike. Since the legalization of MJ in the Sin...

3/6/2019

article Akwesasne challenged by developing cannabis economy
(Ontario) -- The Mohawks of Akwesasne have never shied away from economic opportunity, even if it involved risk. When the Canadian government legalized medical cannabis...

3/5/2019

article Are Weed Churches Legitimate Houses of Worship, or Just Another Way Around Marijuana Law?
(California) -- When I arrived for Sunday services at the Hundred Harmonies Church near Los Angeles, on a chilly morning last November, I was immediately handed a joint...

3/1/2019

article Santa Ysabel tribe opening new marijuana dispensary
(California) -- From an old casino to new marijuana dispensary. The Santa Ysabel tribe is the first tribe in the county to enter the lucrative marijuana business with...
article Colville tribes to explore CBD production
(Washington) -- When the federal government removed industrial hemp from the Schedule 1 Narcotics List with passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, they gave...
article GOP Congressman Files Bill To Protect Native American Tribes That Legalize Marijuana
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American tribes that choose to legalize marijuana would be protected from federal intervention under a bill introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-...
article Trump Administration Wants More Input On Marijuana Rescheduling
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is asking the public to submit comments to help inform the U.S.’s position on the potential global reclassification...
article Colville tribes to explore CBD production
(Washington) -- When the federal government removed industrial hemp from the Schedule 1 Narcotics List with passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, they gave...
article Trump Administration Wants More Input On Marijuana Rescheduling
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is asking the public to submit comments to help inform the U.S.’s position on the potential global reclassification...

2/28/2019

article Gottlieb to Talk to Congress Regarding Approaches to CBD
(Washington D.C.) -- Hemp and CBD are making the news again, this time thanks to potential legal and regulatory movement. Scott Gottlieb, M.D., commissioner of FDA, gave...
article H.R. 1416: To protect the legal production, purchase, and possession of marijuana by Indian tribes, and for other purposes.
(Washington D.C.) -- This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 27, 2019. It will typically be considered by...
article Saskatchewan First Nation files claim in court over cannabis dispensary
(Saskatchewan) -- A First Nation operating a cannabis dispensary without a provincial permit has laid the groundwork for taking the federal and Saskatchewan governments...
article USDA starts process to regulate industrial hemp
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun the process to create regulations for a program for commercial production of industrial hemp in the U.S...
article Planet 13 near Las Vegas Strip building café, pizzeria
(Las Vegas) -- A marijuana dispensary near the Strip has started building a café and a pizzeria on-site. Planet 13 announced Thursday that it kicked off construction of...

2/27/2019

article Gambling sponsorship now allowed in new PGA Tour endorsement policy
(USA) -- The PGA Tour unveiled a new endorsement policy for members during a mandatory meeting on Tuesday at the Honda Classic that covers a dramatically changing...
article LETTERS: ‘Mini-casinos’ for pot are dangerous
(Massachusetts) -- I’m amazed at how fast all the ‘mini-casinos’ are popping up just in Massachusetts. President Trump, you better get that wall up...

2/26/2019

article Clash, torching of Akwesasne police SUV was a message to band council, says Mohawk sovereigntist
(Montreal) -- A raid by Akwesasne Mohawk Police of a cannabis shop on Cornwall Island triggered a confrontation Friday night that ended with a police vehicle on fire on...
article Clash, torching of Akwesasne police SUV was a message to band council, says Mohawk sovereigntist
(Ontario) -- A raid by Akwesasne Mohawk Police of a cannabis shop on Cornwall Island triggered a confrontation Friday night that ended with a police vehicle on fire on...

2/25/2019

article Tribe opens dispensary in former Santa Ysabel casino
(California) -- The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel last month opened a marijuana dispensary inside what once was the tribe’s casino off state Route 79 south of Lake...
article Many tribes say billion-dollar cannabis business is a gateway to economic development
(Indian Country) -- The way that Ely Shoshone Tribe Chairwoman Diane Buckner sees it, cannabis is indeed a gateway to economic development, health programs, housing, and...

2/22/2019

article CBD Business And Regulation Focus - The 2018 Farm Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- So, can you ship hemp across state lines now? Not without risk. The 2018 Farm Bill makes it possible to produce hemp in some states without...

2/16/2019

article ICYMI: Could cannabis be the new casinos for Southern California Native Americans?
(California) -- At the end of a road off scenic Highway 79, in rural San Diego County, a building that once let visitors try their hand at slot machines and poker tables...

2/15/2019

article Trafficking charges dropped against former Tribal ReLeaf dispensary workers
(New Brunswick) -- Trafficking charges against two former employees of Tribal ReLeaf, an on-reserve cannabis dispensary, were dropped Thursday. Co-accused Gerald Bear...
article Farm bill: Hemp gets pass on interstate commerce
(Idaho) -- The 2018 Farm Bill forbids states from preventing the transportation of hemp, and a Colorado company that wants its seized shipment back from Idaho is citing...

2/14/2019

article Hemp Bill Alive Despite Noem
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota House of Representatives rejected a call from the state’s governor to shelf plans to legalize hemp in South Dakota. By a vote of...
article Could cannabis be the new gambling for Native Americans? So far, tribes are being shut out
(California) -- At the end of a road off scenic Highway 79, in rural San Diego County, a building that once let visitors try their hand at slot machines and poker tables...
article Native Americans Turn To Cannabis Cultivation To Lift Their Tribes Out Of Poverty After Gambling Fails
(California) -- Some Native American tribes are looking towards the emerging, semi-legal cannabis industry to lift their tribes out of poverty, after casinos failed to...
article Trafficking charges dropped against former Tribal ReLeaf dispensary workers
(New Brunswick) -- Trafficking charges against two former employees of Tribal ReLeaf, an on-reserve cannabis dispensary, were dropped Thursday.

2/13/2019

article Cannabis Lobbying Heats Up As Congress Looks At Pot Banking
(Washington D.C.) -- The cannabis industry and others who stand to benefit from pot legalization have been boosting their lobbying presence on Capitol Hill. Banks,...

2/9/2019

article Noem asks lawmakers to shelve hemp bill
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem has asked lawmakers to table efforts that would allow the cultivation of industrial hemp in the state. The Republican governor said in...

2/8/2019

article Shendo Carries Bills on Medical Cannabis, Fracking
(New Mexico) -- District 22 Sen. Benny Shendo Jr., D-Bernalillo, McKinley, San Juan, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, has thus far sponsored two pieces of legislation,...

2/7/2019

article Council approves hemp feasibility study
(North Carolina) -- At its Feb. 5 Budget Council session, Tribal Council approved a resolution to contract a feasibility study for hemp and cannabis opportunities. The...
article House panel passes hemp bill
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota farmers are one step closer to legally growing hemp after a Thursday committee hearing. The House Agriculture and Natural Resources...

2/6/2019

article Marijuana or hemp? Manufacturers snagged by Farm Bill confusion
(Washington D.C.) -- Cannabis entrepreneurs say they’re facing jail time and hefty legal fees because of the plant’s complicated biology, with the vaunted...

2/5/2019

article CA’s Tribal Nations Are Shut Out of The Legal Cannabis Industry
(California) -- The former tribal hall for the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel is disintegrating; its stucco walls sloughing off like the skin of diamondback rattlesnakes,...
article Evo Hemp: ‘Within six months we’ll be seeing CBD products in every major retailer’
(USA) -- While some retailers are more cautious than others about using the term 'CBD,' many leading food and drugstore chains are actively exploring building...
article More than a fig leaf: MAPLE Act of 2018 offers protection for non-U.S. citizens involved in cannabis industry
(USA) -- In mid-October 2018, recreational use of marijuana became legal across Canada. In advance thereof, on October 9, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol warned...

2/4/2019

article Farm Bill says hemp gets a pass on interstate commerce, despite county official claims
(Idaho) -- The federal Farm Bill forbids states from preventing the transportation of hemp, and a Colorado company that wants its seized shipment back from Idaho is...

1/31/2019

article Oglala Sioux Tribe secures 'big victory' for hemp in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- Because of the efforts of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST), every reservation in the country now has protection against state laws that would interfere...

1/29/2019

article Cannabis And Coin Q&A: Jeff Doctor, CEO Turtle Island
(British Columbia) -- Using the phrase 'Native American' for the original people who lived on American soil is a misnomer. A Native American was originally used...
article Industrial hemp producers harvest knowledge, crops
(Washington) -- The Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) planted 120 irrigated acres of industrial hemp last June, and had a successful harvest in October of an average...
article Researchers Reaffirm Marijuana Reduces Opioid Abuse and Call on Politicians to Consider Legalization
(New York) -- Several studies have suggested a link between legalized marijuana and lowered rates of opioid abuse, but a new study is taking it a step further and...

1/28/2019

article BLOG: The Enemy Within… CBD under attack
(California) -- Since the passage of the Farm Bill, at the end of December, I’ve been carefully tracking any new state legislation relating to either industrial...

1/25/2019

article The Sioux Chef Founder, Chef Sean Sherman, To Speak At Tribal Green Symposium
(Las Vegas) -- Award-winning author and Founder of The Sioux Chef, Chef Sean Sherman has been announced as the Featured Speaker of the 2019 Tribal Green Symposium...

1/24/2019

article Native American church in Antioch ordered to halt marijuana use for healing
(California) -- A new Antioch church that offers marijuana as part of its healing process has been ordered to stop doing so by Friday or face legal action. Antioch...

1/23/2019

article Cannabis legalization under study in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- As states across the nation loosen restrictions on cannabis products, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is launching a study into the feasibility...

1/22/2019

article Hemp bills introduced in Washington Legislature
(Washington) -- Washington's slow move into hemp has reached another crossroads. Bills in the Washington Senate and House seek to capitalize on the federal...
article Hemp or marijuana? Pawhuska case reveals Oklahoma isn't ready for legal hemp industry
(Oklahoma) -- Hemp or marijuana? Soon it may just be several tons of rotting plant material. The unresolved saga of the massive crop shipment seized by law enforcement...

1/21/2019

article Del Norte Supervisors will decide to move forward with cannabis license with Elk Valley Rancheria
(California) -- The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors will decide if they should move forward with a cannabis license with the Elk Valley Rancheria. The tribe is...
article Big Changes On The Horizon For Medical Marijuana In Florida
(Florida) -- Despite the fact that oral arguments were just held in the appellate case involving the State of Florida’s appeal of a court decision legalizing...

1/14/2019

article 'Biggest marijuana bust of all time'? No, just legal hemp, attorney says after Pawhuska police seize 17,000 pounds
(Oklahoma) -- It was hemp. The 17,258 pounds of plant material seized by Pawhuska police this week was industrial hemp, a product that’s legal to possess or...

1/9/2019

article Delete Cannabis Apps Before Coming to the U.S.
(USA) -- Cannabis became legal throughout Canada on October 1, 2018. In the U.S., 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational and medical cannabis...
article FDA 2018 Year in Review: Cannabis
(Washington D.C.) -- This year, FDA took two significant actions related to the cannabis plant: (1) the agency approved the first drug with an active ingredient (...
article Tribe sells hemp to Oregon company
(Oregon) -- The Colville Confederated Tribes sold a portion of the hemp they grew in the Swawilla Basin area to a Hood River, Oregon company in late 2018. "From...

1/4/2019

article Tribe sells hemp seed to Oregon company
(Washington) -- The Colville Confederated Tribes have sold hemp seeds grown in their 120 acre agricultural hemp project to Hemp Northwest, a Hood River, Oregon hemp food...

1/1/2019

article A HIGH roller! Native American dispensary sells $11,000 gold leaf-coated cannabis cigar in Las Vegas - the most expensive pot product ever sold
(Las Vegas) -- A sky-high price was paid for a luxurious marijuana cigar at a Paiute dispensary near downtown Las Vegas on Friday making it the most expensive pot...

12/29/2018

article Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year
(USA) -- The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the...
article Paiutes sell most expensive pot product to date at Las Vegas dispensary
(Nevada) -- A marijuana specialty product sold for a record price of $11,000 Friday night at a mega-dispensary on tribal land near downtown Las Vegas. Brandon Hawkins,...

12/27/2018

article How OCN's leader took the Manitoba First Nation from 'paycheque to paycheque' to cannabis business leader
(Manitoba) -- For a man who doesn't smoke, drink or gamble, it might seem odd the cannabis business was calling to him — but Opaskwayak Cree Nation Onekanew (...
article How OCN's leader took the Manitoba First Nation from 'paycheque to paycheque' to cannabis business leader
(Manitoba) -- For a man who doesn't smoke, drink or gamble, it might seem odd the cannabis business was calling to him — but Opaskwayak Cree Nation Onekanew (...
article New regulation says edible marijuana products have to be marked with special symbol
(Las Vegas) -- The new year is expected to bring a pretty big change to the marijuana industry with new labeling requirements for food products that contain cannabis.

12/26/2018

article Grignon: Hemp Can Help Sustain Native Americans
(USA) -- When you begin to look into the fight for hemp legalization, you start to unearth stories you weren’t expecting to find. That’s exactly what...

12/24/2018

article BLOG: Farm Bill Creates Legal Framework for Hemp
(Washington D.C.) -- The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) has become law after the signing of the bill by the President this week. This bill will have a...

12/20/2018

article More Hemp, More Licenses, Recreational Pot? The Future Of Weed In Florida Is Hazy
(Florida) -- When Nikki Fried was elected commissioner of agriculture, proponents of marijuana cheered because she was their advocate. But what does her newly elected...
article Uxbridge working with more marijuana businesses
(Massachusetts) -- Uxbridge selectmen voted to enter a host community agreement with Deep Roots Inc., which is seeking a microbusiness license to cultivate up to 5,000...

12/19/2018

article The Path to Pot: Federal law could exclude tribes from NY's marijuana market
(New York) -- As New York heads perhaps towards a future of regulated recreational marijuana, it calls into question the unique status of Native American reservations....

12/18/2018

article Elko Colony votes on marijuana
(Nevada) -- Members of the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe voted Monday on whether they would like the Elko Band Council to pursue a marijuana dispensary on the colony....
article Expert Sees a ‘Strong Need’ for Insurance for Cannabis Industry
(USA) -- There’s “still a really strong need” for specialty insurance to cover cannabis businesses as well as medical professionals prescribing...
article Can a casino and medical cannabis coexist under the same roof? This Virginia city could soon find out
(Virginia) -- Virginia regulators on Tuesday denied a request to move a medical cannabis facility approved for the city of Bristol, choosing to leave the dispensary in...

12/17/2018

article No, you can’t smoke hemp (and other things to know now that it will be legal)
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress voted this week to legalize the cultivation of hemp in the US after months of debate and negotiation between lawmakers. Hemp legalization...

12/16/2018

article Hemp industry expected to blossom under new Farm Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. hemp industry is expecting business to expand and investors to beckon after Congress on Wednesday passed farm legislation that included a...
article Council Delegate: Production of hemp on Nation could make up lost revenue
(Arizona) -- On Dec. 7, the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project Negotiation Subcommittee (NIIP) received updates and discussed the Navajo Nation’s position of hemp...

12/14/2018

article Pine Ridge hemp farmer eyes victory in new farm bill
(South Dakota) -- The new farm bill passed by Congress this week legalizes hemp. If the bill is signed by the president -- as expected -- it will mark a major victory...

12/12/2018

article Marijuana Industry Border Issues Would Be Solved Under New Congressional Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Marijuana can really mess up border and immigration issues for people who partake in consumption or participate in the industry, but that would...
article Mayor Emanuel proposes legalizing marijuana, casino to pay for pensions
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel will lay out his recommendations for dealing with city pensions. He will propose that lawmakers legalize marijuana and allow a casino in...
article State issues license to Westport medical marijuana dispensary
(Connecticut) -- The state has officially issued a medical marijuana license to a dispensary in Westport. Residents and business owners had been divided on the proposal...
article A cannabis futurist foresees dirt-cheap weed, THC appetizers, and a big impact from Canada
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s not a matter of if the United States will legalize cannabis, it’s simply a matter of when, says Jonathan Caulkins, with an air of...

12/11/2018

article Kahnawake passes its own cannabis law, but businesses will have to wait a bit longer to set up shop
(New York) -- The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake has passed its own law regulating the cannabis industry on-reserve, but there won't be marijuana grow-ops or...

12/8/2018

article Does cannabis cost, or pay? CCU study claims marijuana costs $4.50 for every $1 it generates
(Colorado) -- Coloradans spend $4.57 to mitigate marijuana’s effects for every tax dollar it generates, claims a recently released study. Colorado Christian...
article Marlboro maker places $2.4 billion bet on marijuana
(USA) -- One of the world's biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion buy-in. Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. is taking a 45...

12/7/2018

article Cannabis businesses start up on Tsuut'ina First Nation
(Edmonton) -- Stephanie Crowchild received her first shipment of cannabis oils earlier this week and the Tsuut'ina Nation member is already looking to order more....

12/6/2018

article Meet the Former Cop Behind Canada’s First Indigenous Licensed Cannabis Producer
(Montreal) -- Eighty years ago, the police chief on the Caughnawaga reserve across the St. Lawrence river from Montreal spent weeks supervising the picking, carting, and...

12/5/2018

article Feds try to squash Blackfeet medical marijuana legalization
(Montana) -- Blackfeet Agency Superintendent Thedis Crowe of the BIA rejected the Blackfeet Tribal Council's legalization of medical marijuana, which is aligned with...
article ‘Stay of Prosecution’ issued BIA’s rejection of Ordinance 95 Amendment appealed by Tribe
(Montana) -- It was at the Oct. 4 General Council meeting that Blackfeet Councilman Rodney “Minnow” Gervais Jr. made a case for the Blackfeet Tribe amending...

12/3/2018

article Humboldt Supervisors consider zoning change to allow for controversial cannabis facility
(California) -- Humboldt County Supervisors are considering a zoning change, to allow for Mercer Fraser to move forward with a cannabis manufacturing facility in Willow...
article Final California marijuana industry rules may not be made public until January
(California) -- Although California’s final cannabis industry regulations will reportedly be completed Monday, many industry insiders likely won’t be able to...

11/30/2018

article Northwest entrepreneurs cheer on provision to legalize hemp in Farm Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A new five-year federal Farm Bill that could get a vote from the House and Senate next week contains a provision to fully legalize hemp production...

11/29/2018

article Deal reached in farm bill talks
(Washington D.C.) -- Farm bill negotiators said Thursday they reached an "agreement in principle," offering hope of breaking a months-long impasse over commodity and...
article Lawmakers Reach Farm Bill Deal by Dumping Food-Stamp Rules That Trump Backed
(Washington D.C.) -- Democrats and Republicans said they reached a tentative deal on farm legislation after jettisoning controversial work requirements for food stamp...

11/27/2018

article First Nations Health Authority Launches Cannabis Awareness Campaign
(British Columbia) -- The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has launched a public health campaign aimed at reducing cannabis use among Indigenous children and youth...

11/26/2018

article With Jeff Sessions out at the Justice Dept., the marijuana movement exhales
(Washington D.C.) -- He described marijuana as a “very real danger” and has said its effects are “only slightly less awful” than those of heroin...

11/24/2018

article Cannabinoids show promise for cancer patients
(Colorado) -- Braden Stevenson, a 17-year-old living in Longmont, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2016. A year later, after several rounds of chemo, doctors told him...

11/22/2018

article Agribition panelists encourage Sask. First Nations to explore economic potential of cannabis production
(Saskatchewan) -- Cannabis has been a hot topic all year — and a Wednesday panel discussion at the Western Canadian Agribition aimed to explore the economic...
article Saskatchewan Asserts That Cannabis Store on Indigenous Land Is Illegal
(Saskatchewan) -- A meeting next week to discuss a cannabis-related issue might just provide answers to questions bigger than who can sell cannabis in Canada. The Regina...

11/21/2018

article Marijuana is getting cheaper. For Colorado and some states, that’s a problem
(Colorado) -- Wholesale marijuana prices in Colorado have fallen by a third in just the past 12 months, continuing a price crash that began soon after the drug was...

11/19/2018

article Nevada officials visit San Francisco to explore how marijuana lounges are run
(California) -- A high-stakes NFL Monday night football game lights up an 82-inch television on the wall. Swing music plays in the background as about two dozen people...
article First Nations consider questions of profit — and sovereignty — at first national Indigenous cannabis conference
(Calgary) -- Cashing in on the “green wave” of Canada’s recreational cannabis industry is as much a question of sovereignty as it is profit for some...
article Saskatchewan to meet with First Nation operating unlicensed cannabis store
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan’s justice minister is to meet next week with the chief of a First Nation that has opened an unlicensed cannabis store. Don Morgan...
article SLGA offers to meet with Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation over pot shop
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is offering to meet with the chief of a First Nation that opened a cannabis dispensary without a...

11/18/2018

article Man Who Alleges His Humboldt County Marijuana Was Stolen by Police Filed a Federal Lawsuit Friday
(California) -- Zeke Flatten, a former police officer who alleged that law enforcement officers stole three pounds of Humboldt County cannabis from him last December,...

11/17/2018

article Cuthand: First Nation's dispensary raises issue of cannabis jurisdiction
(Canada) -- The Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation made the news this week and at least the news media are pronouncing the name the right way. The band council is the centre...
article Judge tosses Ohio medical marijuana license requirements for minority groups
(Ohio) -- A new Ohio medical marijuana grow facility could soon sprout in Northeast Ohio, after a Franklin County judge threw out a state law requiring that at least 15...

11/16/2018

article Port Angeles pot producer accused of selling on black market
(Washington) -- The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has issued two emergency marijuana license suspensions for North Coast Concentrates, saying it sold...

11/15/2018

article Indigenous communities have jurisdiction over pot rules: FSIN
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is disputing the province's position on who has jurisdiction over a pot shop opened on the...
article Marijuana producer in Port Angeles accused of selling on black market
(Washington) -- The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has issued two emergency marijuana license suspensions for North Coast Concentrates, saying it sold...

11/14/2018

article FSIN threatens more legal battles if province impedes Sask. First Nation's pot store
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) has voiced its support for a First Nation operating a pot store outside Saskatchewan's...

11/13/2018

article Marijuana advocate sees Sessions’ ouster as a plus
(Nevada) -- With Nevada’s marijuana industry flourishing, one of its greatest threats was eliminated this week when President Donald Trump forced the resignation...
article Province urges Sask. First Nation to shut down unpermitted cannabis store on reserve
(Saskatchewan) -- A cannabis store operating outside the Saskatchewan government's regulatory framework is now open in a First Nation community 70 kilometres...

11/5/2018

press release Tribal Green Symposium Announces Date Change
(Las Vegas) -- In response to Indian Country’s growing concerns for the 2018 Farm Bill, the Tribal Green Symposium has announced a date change for its second...

11/3/2018

article Resorts see possibility of marijuana lounges as a dilemma
(Las Vegas) -- Hospitality industry leaders expressed mixed feelings about the prospect of marijuana lounges in Las Vegas, which on one hand would give guests a place...
article 'I want to do it right': La Loche cannabis store owner says he wants to help community heal
(Saskatoon) -- The Saskatoon businessman who plans to open a recreational cannabis shop in La Loche, Sask., says he wants his store to play a role in the community's...

11/2/2018

article 'I want to do it right': La Loche cannabis store owner says he wants to help community heal
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatoon businessman who plans to open a recreational cannabis shop in La Loche, Sask., says he wants his store to play a role in the community...

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