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    Regulating reefer

  • FDA warns 4 CBD producers about making medical claims

    Don't say it cures cancer, warned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    November 8, 2017

    On October 31, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to four cannabidiol (CBD) producers over their claims that the cannabinoid can treat cancer and other serious ailments. While much of the mainstream media covered the news as a crackdown on medical marijuana, most of the offending products claim to contain CBD derived from hemp.

  • Colorado rolls out new edibles regulations

    The new rules should help newbie consumers avoid having an experience like Maureen Dowd

    October 17, 2017

    Colorado’s biggest problem when it legalized marijuana was edibles. Reports of people eating doses they couldn’t handle made the news, and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd added fuel to the fire when she wrote about her frightening experience under the influence of a pot-infused chocolate bar.

    “I was panting and paranoid,” Dowd reported in 2014.

  • New York’s medical marijuana program continues to evolve

    Changes are coming to one of the most restrictive medical cannabis programs in the nation.

    August 14, 2017

    New York, whose medical-marijuana law is one of the most restrictive in the country, has been taking steps aimed at bettering its program. The state has been taking steps aimed at bettering its program — in March, the Department of Health added chronic pain as a qualifying condition.

  • How cannabis patents could lead to future lawsuits

    Why would anyone patent a Schedule I substance?

    July 11, 2017

    It’s hard to make sense of cannabis regulation.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to categorize marijuana as a Schedule I drug. That means the government believes it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” putting it in the same league as LSD and heroin.

  • Oregon bans strain names that could appeal to kids

    Names like Grape Ape, Death Star, and Candyland will be banned, but the rules won't affect medical marijuana dispensaries.

    October 28, 2016

    The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), tasked with regulating the legal cannabis industry, announced on Sept. 23 its plan to start banning cannabis strain names that could appeal to children. While the agency has yet to finalize the rules, it did release a temporary list of forbidden strain names.