Articles By Nushin Rashidian

United States

CDC Issues First Health Advisory on Delta-8 THC, Citing Rise in Adverse Events

As individual states grapple with how to handle delta-8 THC, which has become widely available, federal agencies have been slow to respond.

California

California Cannabis Bills Await Gov. Newsom’s Signature

Here are the cannabis bills that passed by the end of the legislative session, including ones that aim to curb the existing illegal market, regulate the CBD industry, and guide cannabis advertising.

Caribbean

Saint Lucia Tackles Long-Promised Cannabis Reform

With revenue from a new industry in mind, the country aims to catch up with some Caribbean neighbors.

Research

More College Students Than Ever Before Are Consuming Cannabis

The latest Monitoring the Future study data, released Wednesday by NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, also found that hallucinogen consumption is up while alcohol consumption is down.

United States

White House Request for Comments on Equity and Drug Policy Spurs Slew of Cannabis Responses

In response to an Office of National Drug Control Policy request for information on the “application of equity in U.S. national drug control policy,” there was a significant focus on cannabis.

Congress

As Comments Close on the Most Comprehensive Cannabis Reform Plan in Congress, Themes Emerge

From the need to respect existing state programs to a call for less “onerous” taxes and regulations, here’s what people had to say about the CAO Act from Senators Schumer, Booker, and Wyden.

California, Research

California Lawmakers Clear Path for Federally-Licensed Cannabis Growers

As the US Drug Enforcement Administration hands out its first cultivation-for-research licenses in decades, a first-of-its-kind bill clarifies this activity is exempt from state cannabis law.

Virginia

As Virginia Prepares for Legal Cannabis Rollout, Who Is Lobbying?

While Gov. Ralph Northam signed adult use into law in April, sales won’t begin until 2024, and lawmakers have room to make tweaks. Here are the cannabis companies lobbying along the way.

California

A “Window” Into What’s Next for California’s Cannabis Appellations

The state will soon be the first jurisdiction in the world to recognize cannabis appellations, similar to those that exist for wine, like Champagne.