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Mexico seeks to blunt power of cartels with marijuana legalization

The cultivation, sale and consumption of cannabis is legal worldwide only in a few places such as Canada, Uruguay and a handful of American states.

Mexico, an important player in the global marijuana black market, could soon be added to the list. Last week, the lower house of Congress approved draft legislation to that effect and it's likely that the upper house too will sign off on it. In November last year, the upper house already passed the bill but it had to go through yet another vote following a few modifications.

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Big Changes Could Be Coming for Cannabis in Oregon

Last year was a big year for cannabis.

In December, the Oregon recreational cannabis industry topped $1 billion in sales for the first time, ending the year at $1.1 billion—up from $795 million the year before. This sudden spike in sales should come as no surprise. Thousands throughout the state suddenly found themselves quarantined at home with plenty of time to kill. (Pro tip: cannabis is an excellent tool for killing time.)

 

But while the pandemic may have been the source of the industry’s sudden boom, it was also the source of a great many unforeseen obstacles.

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Hemp enters its second season in Wyoming

Wyoming will be entering its second season in which the state is issuing licenses to hemp producers and processors. 

The crop is still highly regulated and remains in a niche market. That means there aren’t a lot of farmers trying it, and those that are endure a lot of trial and error. 

Mother’s Hemp Farms owner Dave Tenhulzen said he planted 144 acres of hemp at two sites last year: one near Deaver and another just outside of Powell. The approximately 30 acres that were harvested near Powell produced about 90 tons of raw hemp.

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Why New York Legalizing Recreational Cannabis Won’t Kill The Illicit Market

The city that never sleeps has always had a strong illicit cannabis market and adult-use legalization is unlikely to stub it out anytime soon.

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New Mexico Senate To Vote On Cannabis Legalization Bill

A New Mexico legislative committee approved a bill to legalize recreational marijuana early Thursday, setting the scene for a vote on the proposal by the full state Senate. The 5 to 4 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee keeps the bill, House Bill 12 (HB 12), on track for approval during the current legislative session, which ends on Saturday.

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Wyoming medical marijuana bill advances out of committee

Asecond Wyoming bill related to marijuana advanced out of the House Judiciary on Thursday after a 6-3 vote.

Public comment for House Bill 82, which would authorize funding for a report on medical marijuana, was given at the same time as that for House Bill 209, a full legalization effort, on March 12.

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Thanks to Covid-19, home growers of cannabis have taken over a share of the market from drug dealers

Back in the days when “skunk” was mainly associated with cartoon character Pepé Le Pew and hydroponics was a way of improving cucumbers, most of the United Kingdom’s cannabis supply was imported from places such as Morocco and Lebanon. This changed in the past two or three decades in the UK and many other countries as organised criminal gangs set up growing ope

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Missouri starts revoking marijuana business permits at companies that didn't meet operating deadline

Missouri health authorities recently began revoking a handful of medical marijuana business permits after most of the state's would-be cannabis companies weren't ready to open for business roughly a year after winning the licenses, which would allow them to grow and sell the plant for lawful patients provided they met their "commencement" deadlines.

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Kentucky To Submit New State Hemp Plan To USDA

The US state of Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner says the USDA’s final rule for hemp is a big improvement on the interim version.

Kentucky is among the U.S states still overseeing its hemp sector under provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill, after it had its 2018 Farm Bill-based state plan knocked back by USDA. It was quite a blow for the state given the amount of work Kentucky put into hemp’s return and it being the first cab off the rank to submit a plan to the USDA.

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House Reintroduces SAFE Banking Act to Protect and Advance Legal Cannabis

The US House just reintroduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, an act that if passed, would help the cannabis industry have access to financial services.

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