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National Support for Marijuana Legalization Is at 66%

For the last year, support for legalizing marijuana in the U.S. has remained at 66%. That stability comes from a 30% increase between 2005 and 2018. Factors like gender, income, region, residency type or education don’t seem to make any kind of meaningful difference in support for marijuana legalization, Gallup said. Where things do start to vary is age, generation, race, religion and politics. “Americans have rapidly shifted to backing legal marijuana in the past decade after consistently expressing opposition for 40 years,” Gallup’s site says. “It appears the increases in support have halted for the time being, with no change in the percentage favoring legalization over the past year. However, given generational differences in support for legalizing marijuana use, it is likely the percen...

Michael J. Fox’s Foundation Supports Rescheduling Cannabis

Actor Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), is supporting the rescheduling of cannabis to lift the barriers for medical professionals to research the health benefits of cannabis. “The MJFF supports increased access to cannabis for medical research,” says the MJFF website. “Congress has begun to recognize this need, and there are several bills in the U.S. House and Senate designed to remove barriers that impede safe and legal access to cannabis by medical researchers. The MJFF public policy team is tracking these bills and working to educate members of Congress and their staff on their importance to the Parkinson’s community.” The MJFF believes that more research into marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) could lead to trea...

Cannabis Workers Unionize to Make the US’s 1st Cannabis Union

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 Keystone State and Vireo Health International, Inc. announced that workers at Pennsylvania Medical Solutions, voted overwhelmingly to ratify a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and officially join the ranks of UFCW 1776KS. Pennsylvania Medical Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vireo, a leading physician-led, science-focused, multi-state cannabis company. The 3-year agreement marks the first vertically integrated medical cannabis union contract ratified in Pennsylvania. The agreement will cover employees working in Vireo’s Scranton-based, state-of-the-art 89,000 square-foot manufacturing facility that supplies precisely formulated medical marijuana products to third-party dispensaries throughout the state. The agreement also includes...

U.S. Authorities Narrow Search to One (Illegal) Vape Brand

By Michael R. Blood, Associated Press (AP) — It’s a widely known vaping cartridge in the marijuana economy, but it’s not a licensed brand. And it’s got the kind of market buzz no legitimate company would want. The vaping cartridges that go by the catchy, one-syllable name “Dank” — a slang word for highly potent cannabis — are figuring prominently in the federal investigation to determine what has caused a rash of mysterious and sometimes fatal lung illnesses apparently linked to vaping. Most of the cases have involved products that contain the marijuana compound THC, obtained from illegal sources. The suspect Dank vapes are a familiar product in the underground marijuana economy — it’s not a legal, tested brand. It’s merely a name on a box or a cartridge, packaging that’s easily obtained o...