Entries by Brian Wong

Five staffers let go over marijuana use, White House says

The firings came despite the Biden administration’s efforts to balance federal hiring guidelines with state legalization laws.   The Biden administration said Friday that it had terminated five White House staffers over marijuana use as it tries to balance federal law and hiring guidelines with the drug’s legalization in numerous states. “We announced a few weeks ago […]

Cannabis compound inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication in human lung cells

Researchers in the United States have conducted a study showing that a cannabis plant compound inhibited infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in human lung cells. SARS-CoV-2 is the agent responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that continues to sweep the globe posing a threat to global public health and […]

Mexico moves closer to becoming the world’s largest legal cannabis market

“We’re taking away this beautiful plant from criminals and putting in the hands of retailers and farmers,” said former Mexican President Vicente Fox. Mexico is inching closer to becoming the world’s largest legal cannabis market as lawmakers prepare to debate a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana. The Chamber of Deputies, Congress’ lower house similar to […]

Proposed CA law would do-away with most pre-employment marijuana tests

HAYWARD, Calif. (KTVU) – A Hayward assemblyman introduced a new bill in the state legislature to end most common pre-employment drug screenings for marijuana. Assembly Bill 1256, proposed by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, would make it unlawful for employers to use tactics such as hair or urine tests to determine if someone has consumed marijuana in the past. If passed, […]

Tilray CEO says he expects U.S. federal cannabis legalization within two years

Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Canadian cannabis company Tilray, is optimistic that the United States will take steps toward federal legalization of marijuana in the near future, a move that will shake the industry forever. “I expect that pressure from the North and the South will ultimately lead the U.S. to implement a federal program here […]