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Wed
24
Mar

Kansas Lawmakers Consider Strictly Regulated Medical Marijuana Program

State lawmakers in Kansas are considering a bill that would legalize medical marijuana under strictly limited conditions. Kansas is one of only 14 states without a comprehensive medical marijuana program, currently allowing patients with a recommendation from a physician to only use CBD oil with a maximum of 5% THC.

Tue
23
Mar

North Dakota could give the green light to recreational marijuana this session

A bill to legalize adult use of recreational marijuana, already passed in the House, now awaits action in the North Dakota Senate.

House Bill 1420 is seen in part as a way to forestall another ballot measure seeking to open the door to recreational marijuana more widely. In 2018, Measure 3 failed, only receiving 40% of votes cast. Rep. Jason Dockter, R-Bismarck, the bill’s sponsor, said he would rather have the Legislature have control over the laws rather than possibly having recreational marijuana in the North Dakota Constitution.

Tue
23
Mar

Policy changes ruled in favor of Kentucky's hemp growers

 
Tue
23
Mar

Weed Professionals Give Mixed Reception To Reintroduction Of Cannabis Banking Bill In Congress

In 2019, the SAFE Banking Act, a measure that would prevent federal banking regulators from sanctioning banks for working with legal cannabis businesses, passed in the House of Representatives only to languish in the then

Tue
23
Mar

Scotland's first cannabis clinic to open after regulators give green light

Regulators have approved Scotland's first medicinal cannabis clinic.

Stirling's Sapphire Medical Clinics has been authorised by Healthcare Improvement Scotland to provide safe access to medical cannabis to Scottish patients.

Business Insider reports that the private clinic is offering virtual appointments from today and will be offering face-to-face consultations when coronavirus restrictions allow it.

Tue
23
Mar

U.S. Senator Introduces Bipartisan Insurance Bill, CLAIM Act, for Cannabis Businesses

Last week, United States Senator Bob Menendez introduced a bipartisan bill that would help the cannabis industry gain much-needed access to insurance. 

Tue
23
Mar

Poland Pushes On: Cannabis Reform Is A Game of Inches

Here is the first thing you should know about the Polish cannabis discussion: People here go through extreme lengths to obtain cannabis if not set up shop. It sounds a lot like North America circa several years ago. That includes going to jail.

The country technically has passed medical reform, but this has mostly been driven by lobbyists and representatives of two large Canadian companies—namely Aurora and Canopy Growth. Indeed, Poland was on the map of both by 2018. Aurora announced its market entry, in fact, within a week of going public in New York. Canopy saw it as a market for its Danish product. 

Mon
22
Mar

Cannabis Prohibition Is About To End — Does History Have To Repeat Itself?

Federal cannabis legalization may not help residents of states that currently prohibit cannabis in some form unless those states enact their own legalization measures.

America is on the cusp of legalizing marijuana at the federal level. There appears to be enough support in Congress to amend federal law and make commercial marijuana activities legal. But a federal mandate may not mean that recreational marijuana will be accessible in all 50 states.

As we near the end of cannabis prohibition in the U.S., it is important that we look at the history of prohibition to better assess the potential outcomes that states’ rights may cause, even after cannabis is federally legal.

Mon
22
Mar

Morocco's bill to legalise cannabis divides growers

In Morocco’s impoverished Rif mountains, cannabis grower Mohamed El Mourabit hopes a plan to legalise the drug for some uses will raze what he calls a “wall of fear” surrounding farmers caught between poverty, traffickers and the law.

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