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Tue
22
Dec

Maine’s largest cannabis company sues to open state’s medical marijuana market to outsiders

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The state’s largest cannabis company has asked the court to strike down the residency requirement in Maine’s medical marijuana law, making the same constitutional argument it used to successfully open the state’s recreational market to out-of-state investors earlier this year.

Wellness Connection of Maine and its parent company, High Street Capital Partners of Delaware, filed papers in U.S. District Court in Maine last week to overturn the state’s requirement that medical marijuana dispensaries be owned by Mainers. It is seeking an injunction to prohibit the state from enforcing that part of the law until the dispute is settled in court.

Mon
21
Dec

What effect would marijuana legalization in Virginia have on youth use?

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Some local opponents of marijuana decriminalization and legalization say it increases underage use, but new studies indicate otherwise.

Since 2012, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and 11 states and the district have legalized recreational use. Other states, including Virginia this year, have decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot and are considering legalization.

At the federal level, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted earlier this month to decriminalize marijuana possession, manufacturing and distribution. The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to block the bill from becoming law, though.

Mon
21
Dec

Marijuana legalization looms in New York as deficit balloons

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The debate over legalizing marijuana for adult, recreational use in New York has been brewing for the last two years after Democrats took control of the state Legislature, but disagreements on the issue coupled with a global pandemic have kept it out of reach for lawmakers.

That could change next year as the Legislature returns to Albany, but Democrats still remain divided on certain aspects of the issue that are likely to complicate negotiations.

Chief among them is what the state will do with the tax revenue from the marijuana industry, which is expected to generate around $300 million annually when the program is stabilized, according to projections from the state.

Mon
21
Dec

Detroit to Issue Recreational Marijuana Licenses by Summer 2021

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City officials Mayor Mike Duggan and councilman James Tate have just announced the licensing scheme that will be launched on the 19th of January 2021, with the first licenses expected to be issued by June.

 

“It’s by far the most controversial provision,” said Duggan. “The city will not issue a license to any business unless 50% of the licenses in that category are Detroiters. Which means if you’re from outside the city, you can’t get a license unless a Detroiter already has one. We’ll never go below 50%.”

Mon
21
Dec

Task Force in North Carolina Recommends Legal Cannabis

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During the tough financial times of COVID, many states are turning to legal or medical cannabis to boost the economy and repair the damage done by the war on drugs. The North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice would like to see its home state follow suit in embracing the newly emerging industry.

Mon
21
Dec

DEA Hit With Another Lawsuit From Scientists Seeking to Research Cannabis

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The time is nigh for the DEA to cooperate in ensuring that medical marijuana research can move forward. Finally.

Mon
21
Dec

Death Penalty for Cannabis: Which Countries Will Kill You

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It’s almost hard to believe that as the UN voted on recommendations to globally open the legality of cannabis, that some countries are still so against it that they’ll kill you for crimes related to it. Yup, it might be 2020, but you can still receive the death penalty for cannabis crimes in many different places.

Mon
21
Dec

The Federal Government Doesn't Necessarily Have to Legalize Marijuana. This is Why

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One of the biggest arguments right now for ending marijuana prohibition in the United States is that it would generate beaucoup bucks in tax revenue and provide the nation with a trapdoor out of the economic sludge brought about by the coronavirus. After all, marijuana sales are a boon in states where it is legal.

In Colorado, one of the first states to legalize the leaf for recreational purposes, dispensaries have sold more weed in 10 months than they did all of last year. The state is poised to end the year with almost $2 billion in pot sales, providing millions of dollars in state tax revenue.

Mon
21
Dec

5 Lessons the U.S. Can Learn From Canadian Cannabis Legalization.

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Following the results of the 2020 presidential election, cannabis advocates across the nation breathed a sigh of relief; for the first time in our history, cannabis decriminalization was being supported by the party in office. Since 2012, 15 states and Washington, DC, have legalized cannabis for adults over the age of 21. And 36 states have legalized medical cannabis — meaning that a majority of Americans now have some form of access to cannabis, whether medically or recreationally. On December 4th, the House passed the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, a historic bill which will remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and serves as the first step in ultimately deciding the fate of federal decriminalization in the United States. 

Fri
18
Dec

Investigators believe 17-year-old may have been shot dead after fight over US$40 worth of weed

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Georgia teen suffered fatal injuries when he was shot once after running off.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia is investigating an incident in which a 17-year-old youth was fatally shot shortly after a reported dispute over US$40 worth of weed.

Deputies found the unresponsive body of Lester Denison near a wooded area on Fender Rd. in Jesup, Ga. when they responded to a report of at least one shot being fired around 10 p.m. on Dec. 15, according to WJCL.

Sheriff John Carter said that witnesses at the scene reported that a fight had taken place over cannabis, WJCL reports. According to WTOC, witnesses told investigating deputies that the money was owed for the marijuana.

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