medical marijuana

Pot-Based Prescription Drug Looks for FDA OK

A quarter-century after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, additional medicines derived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according to drug companies, small biotech firms and university scientists.

Medical Marijuana: Who's on Hook for Consumer Safety?

Last week, a new bill was introduced by lawmakers that would remove the federal ban on marijuana and let states produce, regulate and tax it. Though it's unclear how much traction the bill will achieve, it shifts the debate from a moral to an economic one and raises a number of questions about consumer safety.

Medical Marijuana Biz Blooms With the 'Walmart of Weed'

WeGrow, a just-opened marijuana superstore in Phoenix, boasts 21,000 square feet of cannabis gardening tools and a "plant whisperer" who makes house calls. It dubs itself the "Walmart of Weed," and hopes its big-box mentality will lure the country's budding legions of medical-marijuana users.

Higher Hurdles for Colorado's Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs

Colorado is instituting tougher regulations for this booming industry. Dispensaries must now comply with rules regarding licensing, local zoning laws and criminal background checks for owners. They also have to grow at least 70% of the marijuana they sell. Stricter standards will push many out of business.

Murder Conviction Based on Dog Witnesses Is Tossed

In 2007, a man was convicted of murder despite strong evidence that he wasn't the killer after three apparently very compelling witnesses matched him to the scent of the victim's clothes. Those witnesses? A trio of bloodhounds named Quincey, James Bond and Clue. I wish I was joking.

Who Will Sell New Jersey's Legalized Pot?

New Jersey was the fourteenth state to legalize medical marijuana, but current governor Chris Christie is placing such harsh restrictions on the prospective business that some question whether the state will ever get its pot business off the ground.

White Collar Reset: Kidney for sale?

In my last installment, I entertained the notion of opening a medical marijuana store in the New York City suburb my wife and I call home. This week,...

Weed making inroads among retirees

Although California has a huge population of residents carrying prescriptions for medical marijuana, the social stigma attached to the drug has led...

Oaksterdam votes today on pot tax

Voting ends today in Oakland, Calif. on a measure to create a new business category, for the first time officially recognizing medical marijuana...