Top Cannabis News From 12/11 - 12/15

Denver Marijuana Shops Raided by Police, Legal Marijuana Decreased Drug Use In Young Teens, Scientists Call on Feds to Allow Research on CBD for Pets

Police Raid Eight Sweet Leaf Marijuana Center Locations in Denver and Aurora

Denver police on Thursday raided eight Sweet Leaf Marijuana Center locations in Denver and Aurora and arrested 12 people as part of a yearlong investigation into illegal marijuana sales. Read more.

Marijuana's Connection to Homelessness Still Unclear, Experts Tell City Council

Legal cannabis and homelessness are two hot-button issues in Denver, and the two came to a head on Monday, December 11, during a meeting of the Marijuana Committee of Denver City Council. At that meeting, several representatives of Colorado homeless-service providers and experts from research institutions explained to councilmembers and the public that, for the most part, the data just isn't there to prove a connection between legal cannabis and homelessness. Read more.

State's New Monthly Marijuana Sales Numbers Show Interesting Trends

The Colorado Department of Revenue is going to start displaying legal cannabis sales-revenue data on its website dating back to 2014, when retail cannabis sales began. Previously, the DOR had included only monthly tax and license revenue reports. Read more.

Teen Marijuana Use in Colorado Down Post-Legalization

Regular marijuana use among Colorado middle and high school students declined after the start of legal cannabis sales to adults in the state, new federal data show. Read more.

Scientists Call on Feds to Allow Research on CBD for Pets

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBD, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there’s little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects. That’s because Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can benefit. Read more.

Hemp’s First Year on North Carolina Farms Wraps Up, A Lot Was Learned

Industrial hemp is still in its infancy in North Carolina, but the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and North Carolina State University are committed to growing the industry. Read more.