Category Archives: medical marijuana

Tax guide: Best city to buy legal weed in California


America overthrew the British over some unfair taxation. Today, California cannabis consumers seem due for a mini revolt of their own. Weed lovers can save hundreds of dollars per year on legal herb by avoiding excessive “local cannabis business taxes” in California. These complex local charges have gouged consumers at the dispensary sales counter since […]

It’s official: Alabama legalizes medical marijuana

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MONTGOMERY, AL — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed medical marijuana legislation Monday as Republican opposition to the issue faded after decades of debate. The program will allow people with a qualifying medical condition to purchase medical marijuana with the recommendation of a doctor. The approval came eight years after a medical marijuana bill in 2013 […]

Mississippi meltdown: High court destroys state initiative system to stop medical marijuana

The Haymaker is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column about cannabis politics and culture. The past few months have seen amazing progress on cannabis reform in the American South. Last November, 74% of voters in Mississippi embraced the legalization of medical cannabis. In February, Virginia lawmakers legalized the full adult use of marijuana—and then […]

Alabama Legislature agrees to legalize medical marijuana

Alabama Legisl OKs MMJ

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers overcame years of resistance and gave final passage to medical marijuana legislation on Thursday, capping a long and emotional debate in which key Republican lawmakers described switching sides in favor of the proposal. The bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey, who is expected to sign it into law. […]

New PTSD study finds cannabis safe, but not as effective as assumed

Veterans and cannabis

Preliminary results from a long-awaited study indicate that cannabis appears to be a safe and well-tolerated treatment for patients managing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), although researchers did not find strong signals of effectiveness. The study, led by Marcel Bonn-Miller of the University of Pennsylvania and Sue Sisley of the Scottsdale Research Institute, was funded by […]

Marijuana tax rates: a state-by-state guide

state marijuana tax rates

Cannabis taxes can be a pain in the pocketbook, but they keep marijuana legal and well regulated. Tax rates vary dramatically from state to state. Many states tax medical marijuana at a minimal level or not at all. Adult-use states tend to tax non-medical cannabis at so-called sin tax rates, 20% to 35% and higher, […]