On October 1st, West Hollywood, California saw the opening of the first licensed cannabis cafe in the United States. A place where people can come to try exquisite meals while, at the same time, puffing away at a joint or devouring some cannabis-infused edibles.
The American Nurses Association of America (ANAA) published a statement in October of 2016, asking the federal government to further research on cannabis as remedy, proclaiming its support for the use of cannabis and specifically, cannabinoids, for use in treating disease and alleviating symptoms.
The word “inevitable” is used quite a bit when people talk about progress in the cannabis law reform movement and when they discuss legalization itself. It’s a word that tends to degrade all the work that has come from activists over the last several decades, even though that’s not what those who use the word are intending most of the time.
While many states pondered adult-use cannabis legalization this year, only Illinois found success with its Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA), which passed the state legislature and earned the governor’s approval this past summer. With 2020 rapidly approaching, many states with failed 2019 legalization efforts may try again, while others have announced plans to put forth their first attempts at policy reform.
A Cheshire businessman has admitted to buying cannabis and turning it into what he claims was a painkilling oil to help his terminally ill brother, in an attempt to highlight “the stupidity and cruelty” of drug prohibition.
Astronauts have taken medication to space since the early days of off-planet exploration—but next spring, a Colorado company plans to be the first to send plant cultures of coffee and hemp, a variety of marijuana, to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission will test if zero gravity will mutate or genetically alter the plants, so presumably someday you can have a CBD-infused coffee on Mars.
In the announcement by ANVISA, the National Agency for Health Surveillance of Brazil, a new class of medical cannabis products will be prescribed by doctors and sold through pharmacies, enabling safe and legal patient access.
Around the world attitudes towards the use of cannabis are shifting.
Mexico’s new government plans to legalise recreational cannabis use, as does the incoming government of Luxembourg. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is considering a referendum on what its approach should be.
country legend Willie Nelson played two shows at San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre and gave an interview to local news station KSAT-TV about touring life and his career-long love affair with cannabis. In the chat, the 86-year-old musician revealed, “I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful.” Because of that, he’s given up smoking pot: “I don’t smoke anymore [to] take better care of myself,” he explained.