Steve Monas

August 8, 2019

Study Finds Cannabis Dispensaries Reduce Opioid Deaths by 21%

In a study published this week in the journal Economic Inquiry, researchers found that the legalization of adult-use cannabis reduced opioid overdose deaths by 21%. Researchers found that ‘recreational marijuana access significantly decreases opioid mortality.’ The study, carried out by economists at the University of […]
August 7, 2019

One-In-Seven Americans Use CBD, According To A New Gallup Survey

Federal regulations haven’t been issued for cannabidiol (CBD) yet, but that’s not stopping Americans from utilizing the cannabis compound, according to a survey released by Gallup on Aug. 7, 2019. In fact, 1 in 7 Americans, or 14%, report using some form of CBD, primarily […]
August 7, 2019

Zimbabwe Will Repeal Laws Banning Cannabis Cultivation

Seeking to bolster revenue and exports, Zimbabwe will repeal its laws that prohibit the production of cannabis. The announcement came Tuesday from the country’s Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, who said that the reform will allow farmers to grow industrial hemp to export. Ultimately, the goal […]
August 7, 2019

French Legalization Debate Ignores Race, Religion, Mass Incarceration

Last summer in France, dozens of “CBD cafés” suddenly opened across the country. Exploiting a legal loophole originally created for hemp farmers, these pop-up businesses sold queuing customers oils, drinks and salves infused with cannabidiol, a cannabis compound that is a faddish if unproven “cure” for insomnia, […]
August 6, 2019

Louisiana Patients Finally Get Their Medical Marijuana

BATON ROUGE, LA — A Marine veteran struggling with PTSD and a woman fighting cancer became some of the first people to purchase medical marijuana in Louisiana on Tuesday, as the state became the first in the Deep South to dispense therapeutic cannabis, four years […]
August 6, 2019

Study: More Colorado Teens Are Choosing Edibles, Vapes Over Smoking Cannabis

The explosion in non-smokable marijuana products that has occurred as more and more states and countries legalize the drug seems to be having its effect, according to the latest large-scale survey on Colorado teen cannabis usage. The investigation, published on Monday in JAMA Pediatrics and […]
August 6, 2019

8 Reasons the Weedmaps Museum of Weed is the Can’t-Miss Pop-Up of the Summer

As you make your summer fun plans this year, consider taking a wild ride in Hollywood, California, through the long and endlessly intriguing history of cannabis.  The Weedmaps Museum of Weed, which opened Aug. 3, 2019, is an immersive, interactive, and highly educational experience meant […]
August 5, 2019

Study: Colorado Teens Reduce Cannabis Smoking, Increase Edibles

DENVER (AP) — Some teenagers in Colorado, where cannabis is legal for adults, are shifting away from smoking in favor of edible cannabis products, a medical study released Monday shows. About 78% of the Colorado high school students who reported consuming marijuana in 2017 said […]
August 5, 2019

St. Kitts and Nevis to Introduce Legislation Decriminalizing Marijuana

The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has introduced legislation to decriminalize marijuana, tying the move to the dual-island nation’s history of slavery. In his Emancipation Day message, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said last week that his administration had introduced legislation to amend the […]
August 5, 2019

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Sales are About to Begin

Medical marijuana is expected to start reaching select dispensaries in Louisiana on Aug. 6, 2019, after the state agriculture department completed final testing and cleared therapeutic cannabis for release to patients. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced Aug. 1 that GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned […]