Top Cannabis News From 11/20-11/24

A Woman's Place Is in the Grow House, Past Marijuana Crimes Can Go Away in Some States, Can Marijuana Alleviate the Opioid Crisis?, Sessions: Obama Marijuana Policy Remains In Effect

A Woman's Place Is in the Grow House

The stigma surrounding marijuana is rapidly disappearing. Medical and recreational use is increasing dramatically. Today an entirely new sector is breaking “grass” ceilings as never before. Read more.

In These States, Past Marijuana Crimes Can Go Away

When Californians voted to legalize marijuana last year, they also voted to let people petition courts to reduce or hide convictions for past marijuana crimes. State residents can now petition courts to change some felonies to misdemeanors, change some misdemeanors to infractions, and wipe away convictions for possessing or growing small amounts of the drug. Read more.

Can Marijuana Alleviate the Opioid Crisis?

Jennifer, a 37-year-old Virginia school teacher now unable to work due to unrelenting pain caused by a genetic spinal disease, stared hopelessly at the bottle of opioids her doctor had prescribed her. Beset by desperation discomfort, she faced a difficult choice. The opioids would provide limited relief but came with a high risk of addiction. Or she could try marijuana, which would likely be safer but put her on the wrong side of the law. Read more.

Sessions: Obama Marijuana Policy Remains In Effect

Obama-era guidance that allows states to legalize marijuana without federal interference remains in effect, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday during a congressional hearing. He also conceded that cannabis is not as dangerous as heroin and that a current budget rider prevents the Department of Justice from prosecuting people who are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. Read more.