Exclusive: Lloyd’s of London to Exit U.S. Cannabis Insurance Industry

By Tony C. Dreibus Lloyd’s of London, the UK-based insurance marketplace, has instructed underwriters not to open or renew existing accounts with marijuana companies in the United States until it’s legal at the federal level, leaving potentially thousands of cannabis … Read the article

Nico’s Nuggets: Pinching Off & Pruning Plants

Need to know the fundamentals of successfully growing marijuana? Our cultivation expert, Nico Escondido, is armed with answers to your questions! Today’s submission

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Pot Activist Wants to Help Heroin Epidemic… With an African Plant and the Kardashians

Long time marijuana activist and organizer of the Global Million Marijuana March, Dana Beal has set his sights on tackling a new problem—the growing heroin epidemic. And he has quite the plan to do it.

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5 Best Videos to Watch When Baked #54

In this weekly segment, HIGH TIMES brings you the best vids to watch after indulging.

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Jeffco board asks for non-retail pot options for unincorporated areas

It’s unlikely that unincorporated Jefferson County will see retail marijuana shops soon, although the Board of Commissioners could be on board with allowing testing facilities in the near future.

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Getting high at altitude: How weed was legally woven into a film festival

At the Telluride Mountainfilm festival, we talked about weed law, policy and more while getting high, surrounded by government and festival officials.

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New ‘Dateline’ to explore Charlotte’s Web, calls Colorado ‘a new Lourdes’

A new episode of NBC’s “Dateline” airing on June 7 looks at medical marijuana and calls Colorado “a new Lourdes.”

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More International Officials Looking at Relaxing MJ Laws

More high-ranking government officials across the globe are taking up the cause of cannabis, with an Israeli police chief looking into fully legalizing medical marijuana and a German lawmaker sponsoring a bill to repeal the nation’s ban on cannabis. That … Read the article

New York MMJ Firm Hires Former Homeland Security, DEA Officials

A company that has applied for a permit to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in New York has hired the state’s former chief of homeland security and an ex-Drug Enforcement Administration official to prove it’s serious about security before … Read the article

Week in Review: Minnesota MMJ CEO Targets New York, Hemp Flub in Oregon + PA Bill Hits Wall

By John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus An executive with one of Minnesota’s two licensed medical marijuana businesses seeks a license in another state, hemp farmers in Oregon get some potentially troubling news, and medical cannabis legalization in Pennsylvania hits … Read the article