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Wed
26
Jan

Thailand becomes first country in Asia to decriminalize marijuana

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Thailand on Tuesday became the first country in Asia to approve the de facto decriminalization of marijuana, though authorities have left a grey area around its recreational use.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that the Narcotics Control Board had approved the dropping cannabis from the ministry’s list of controlled drugs. The delisting by the ministry’s Food and Drug Administration will now need to be formally signed by the health minister and enters into effect 120 days after its publication in the government gazette. It follows the removal of cannabis — a plant species to which both marijuana and hemp belong — last month from the list of illegal drugs under Thailand’s Narcotics Law.

Wed
26
Jan

Drug Task Force finds handgun, cash, marijuana during drug-dealing arrest

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The Wayne County Drug Task Force caught a Richmond man again. Kenton Ray Bennett Jr., 33, was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop made by first-shift Richmond Police Department patrol officers, according to a Drug Task Force news release. Bennett was convicted and sentenced in March 2016 after a previous arrest by the Drug Task Force.

On Tuesday, Bennett was arrested on a warrant that resulted from a lengthy Drug Task Force investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics, the release said. The warrant charged Bennett with two Level 4 felony counts of dealing heroin and fentanyl.

Wed
26
Jan

Amazon supports GOP’s marijuana legalization bill

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Amazon, Inc. announced its support on Tuesday for a Republican-backed congressional bill that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level and let states decide how and whether to ban or regulate it. Congresswoman Nancy Mace’s (R-SC) State Reform Act, released in November, would remove cannabis as a Federal Schedule I substance and introduce a new 3% federal tax on that substance. It was the first bill issued from the Republicans and it created quite a stir at the time.

Wed
26
Jan

Wisconsin Senate Republicans vote against recreational cannabis

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Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate stopped an effort by Sen. Melissa Agard (D-Madison) to force a vote on legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. The Senate took up a bill Tuesday that would increase penalties for a person who uses a butane torch to extract resin from a cannabis plant. Agard introduced an amendment to the bill that, instead of making penalties harsher, would have completely legalized all uses of cannabis. 

Wed
26
Jan

Delta-8 THC is legal in Texas… for now

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The legal status of Delta-8 THC, the popular cannabis derivative sold in smoke shops and CBD stores all over Texas, has been on a rollercoaster over the last few months.

As of now, though, it's legal. Delta-8 is the milder cousin of definitely-illegal-in-Texas weed. It's consumed mostly in the form of edibles and vape cartridges.

Why it matters

If Delta-8 THC is criminalized, countless Texans could face felony charges, jail time and fines up to $10,000 for selling or possessing a product that consumers believe is legal.

Tue
25
Jan

California gives $764K grant to San Diego’s cannabis business division

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 San Diego’s Cannabis Business Division received a $764,261 grant from the California Department of Cannabis Control, intended to develop tools to help businesses comply with local and state laws, it was announced Monday.

“The grant funding will help streamline and enhance the local regulatory process,” said Mayor Todd Gloria.

“We want to ensure that our local cannabis community has the resources to develop a marketplace that benefits both businesses and the community alike.”

Tue
25
Jan

Man charged with growing marijuana, having weapons of mass destruction

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A man was arrested after police allegedly busted a marijuana growing operation and found weapons of mass destruction. George Costas Skouras, 44, allegedly grew and sold marijuana at his Springettsbury Township home. Springettsbury Township Police served a search warrant Thursday and discovered "a large marijuana growing operation," according to court documents. Police also found mushrooms and powder that was being compressed into pill form, according to a criminal complaint.

Tue
25
Jan

Flaws in federal cannabis bills threaten the legal market

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Flaws in proposed federal marijuana legislation threaten the legal cannabis market, especially failure to pause the Dormant Commerce Clause, say Shaleen Title, the distinguished cannabis policy practitioner in residence at the Ohio State University Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, and Andrew Kline, who co-leads the cannabis practice at Perkins Coie. They suggest some changes.

Cannabis is gaining acceptance, with more than three dozen states and territories having legalized the plant in some form. Cannabis reform has widespread support nationally, with a recent Pew Research Center poll showing that 91% of Americans support legal recreational or medical marijuana use.

Tue
25
Jan

What's the state of cannabis in the Empire State?

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A candid conversation with a local cannabis consultant about what's going on in New York.

The race for New York has begun. All types of entrepreneurs looking to enter the state's cannabis marketplace are busy preparing for the soon-to-be-released application process. Hemp farmers are poised to switch to marijuana crops, legacy entrepreneurs are operating in the open, regulators are shaping the laws, and no one is excited about opening the borders.

I spoke to Kalean Castetter, a long-time upstate resident, son of a legacy grower, owner of a hemp-infused wine company, and now cannabis consultant, to get his insights into how things are shaping up in New York.

Mon
24
Jan

Driver busted for cannabis after vehicle stopped at Stoner Drive

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California patrol cops find garbage bags containing about 40 kilograms of weed in BMW.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) troopers made a serendipitous, if not stunningly stereotypical, cannabis bust this weekend after a car was stopped on the corner of Stockdale Highway and Stoner Drive in Buttonwillow, Calif.

Cannabis seizures are nothing new in California, but the location of Saturday afternoon’s traffic enforcement stop distinguished itself.

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