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Fri
22
Jan

Dutch government set to offer six month reprieve for 'life saving' cannabis oil

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Brexit had meant that Bedica and Bedrolite oils, which are solely produced by Dutch firm Transvaal Pharmacy, were unable to be legally prescribed for UK residents.

But a Dutch chemist responsible for producing the oils revealed today that the Dutch health ministry had granted a six month reprieve which allows for his company, Transvaal Pharmacy, to prescribe the oils to UK residents.

Fri
22
Jan

New Zealand police ground annual aerial cannabis hunt

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New Zealand police are putting an end to the annual practice of searching for cannabis grows using helicopters and planes, reportsStuff

The operation has reportedly been taking place for more than 20 years and costs upwards of $700,000 annually.

“With the increased harm in many communities arising from other drugs, particularly methamphetamine, a one-size-fits-all annual aerial national cannabis operation no longer represents the most appropriate deployment of police resources,” a police spokesperson told Stuff.

Fri
22
Jan

Thailand: Government sets up legal cannabis business registration guide

woman holding a cannabis pizza

Parties interested in producing, selling or owning cannabis and hemp will be able to register to do so from Jan 29 when certain parts of the plant are due to be removed from the Type 5 narcotics list.

A variety of savoury dishes, including pizza, kaprao and khao yum and drinks, which were made using cannabis as an ingredient are shown here. The dishes were displayed at an event to develop cannabis-mixed recipes. Only parts of the plants grown for medical research in legally permissible locations are used.  Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya.

Fri
22
Jan

The First Piece Of Cannabis Legislation In 2021 Has Been Drafted

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Will We See Cannabis Reform In 2021?

With all, that’s going on in the cannabis industry federal cannabis reform is at the top of the list. Many investors feel with proper cannabis reform it will help the cannabis industry reach new levels. Now that Joe Biden has taken office many feel this will help the push for cannabis reform in the United States.

Fri
22
Jan

Oakland's Social Equity Programs Continue to Leave Every Other City in the Dust

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The City of Oakland, California, continues to pave the way towards social and economic equity in the cannabis business. The city has launched a new million-dollar workforce development grant program. The program is designed to recruit, train, and employ citizens who have disproportionately and unjustly suffered from the War on Drugs. This includes people who have lived in overpoliced neighborhoods in Oakland for at least two years and have endured a cannabis conviction in Oakland. 

Fri
22
Jan

Texas May Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana

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Many people might not think of Texas as a state where marijuana legalization is possible. But the state's changing demographics have led to at least the potential for changes in cannabis laws.

There's also plenty of money involved. As data from other states attest, the legalization of marijuana paves the way for entrepreneurial opportunities, job creation, and increased tax revenue to go to projects that improve communities and support those most impacted by the War on Drugs.

Fri
22
Jan

This Is Why Cannabis Will Lead America's Economic Recovery

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Walking through the streets of downtown Seattle, I struggle to get used to the fact that the drab gray, one-bedroom loft located above the Occidental Square coffee shop I frequent rents for $4,000 per month. I struggle to come to grips with the knowledge that my fiance and I could easily sell our home in West Seattle today, move to any state in the south or the midwest and buy a 7-bedroom, 4,000-square foot mansion, on a lake, for the same price. 

How is that possible?

Thu
21
Jan

House bill impact on hemp regulation in ND

Some changes could be coming to how North Dakota regulates hemp.

The law requires the state to sample and test hemp products.

Under House Bill 1045, the state will now be able to charge a fee for that testing.

The bill will also allow North Dakota labs to be considered for the procurement process instead of those samples being shipped to the lowest bidder in the country.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the changes are more in line with what the federal law states.

“Federal law supersedes state law any way it’s easier just to make reference to federal law so this bill does that,” said Goehring.

Once the bill is passed by both the House and Senate, and signed by the Governor, it is eligible to go into effect immediately.

Thu
21
Jan

Ireland: Medical cannabis programme to begin this year after funding received

Funding has been made available for a new programme providing cannabis-based medical products to patients to begin later this year, the Department of Health has announced.

Use of products licensed under the Medicinal Cannabis Access Programme can apply where conventional treatments are unsuccessful.

The types of conditions that might benefit from such an approach include spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, and severe, treatment-resistant epilepsy.

Thu
21
Jan

What will a Biden-Harris administration mean for cannabis reform?

With President-elect Joe Biden planning to sign as many as 15 executive orders during his first day in office, cannabis reform will have to wait, but the question is for how long?

Both Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have voiced support for the legal cannabis industry and with the Democrats now in control of both chambers of Congress, the reform movement should grow stronger in the coming weeks and months. 

 

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