Steve Monas

October 4, 2019

FBI: Cannabis arrests on the rise for 3rd year running

Janet BurnsOctober 4, 2019   Share   Print (FOTOKITA/iStock) The number of US cannabis arrests continued to climb last year, new federal data show, in spite of increasing legal and public approval for the plant. Law enforcement made an estimated 663,367 cannabis-related arrests in 2018, […]
October 4, 2019

Oklahoma Public School District Rejects Donation From Local Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Even as the press reports on Oklahoma’s public education budgetary woes, it appears that not all schools are open to accepting all donations. A marijuana dispensary chain was surprised to have their monetary gift to Ponca City Public Schools rejected. The district’s superintendent Shelly Arrott […]
October 3, 2019

Cannabis Merchants Find Cash Workarounds, but Take Chances with the Law

It’s a rare problem with no easy solution: U.S. cannabis businesses are forced to operate in cash, but they can’t access banking services and, often, neither can their customers.  Because the federal government still considers marijuana a controlled substance, banks back off from accepting deposits […]
October 3, 2019

Doctor Convicted After Prescribing Over 500,000 Opioids In Less Than Two Years

After prescribing opioids to a West Virginia woman who subsequently died, a Virginia doctor has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. A district court ruled that Joel Smithers was guilty of over 800 federal drug charges, including illegally distributing controlled substances without a legitimate […]
October 3, 2019

How to Microdose Weed at Work Like a Boss

Any cannabis consumer can tell you that being too stoned is a terrible feeling, especially when you have important things to do. Wouldn’t it be amazing to experience the benefits of cannabis without being too high to function at work? With microdosing, you can.  Microdosing […]
October 3, 2019

End-of-life hospital care in California could soon include cannabis

Meg HartleyOctober 3, 2019   Share   Print (Bokasana, lambada/iStock) The awkward legal-ish status of cannabis is something that affects many. And out of those, perhaps terminal patients are the most in need. When someone is painfully dying in a hospital, they are generally pumped […]
October 2, 2019

Star signs and cannabis strains: October 2019 horoscopes

October is the witchiest month, so it shouldn’t come as much of a shocker that the intense energy of Scorpio season will roll in with a mysterious cackle and some wild energy at the end of the month. Always makes for an interesting Halloween season! […]
October 2, 2019

Justice Department Accuses DEA of Having Role in Opioid Crisis

As legal battles between pharmaceutical companies and a number of local, state, tribal, and now federal government groups heat up, a new report implicates the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the ongoing opioid crisis. Ultimately, the report argues that the DEA contributed to the spread […]
October 2, 2019

These Cannabis Brands Are Prioritizing Women Workers’ Health Needs

The cannabis industry is the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. job market. What does that mean for working women? In 2019, despite increased attention on issues affecting women in the workplace, a majority of working women still face gender equity issues. The average gender pay […]
October 1, 2019

Advocates Stress Need for Equity in Cannabis During Museum of Weed Panel

Members of the diverse communities that were savaged by the war on drugs are working together to be sure that they will not be cast aside in today’s cannabis industry.  Whether they’re politicians, pastors, entrepreneurs or activists, social equity advocates are united in ensuring that […]