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Tue
12
Oct

NJ Marijuana Decriminalization-How To Confirm Your Record Has Been Expunged

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Since the beginning of July, the New Jersey Judiciary has expunged more than 362,000 marijuana and hashish cases from court records, potentially making life much easier for many folks seeking employment or housing. But, because the goal is to keep these records out of the public's eye, the only way for one to guarantee that their case has been expunged is through an in-person visit to the court. Adhering to part of the marijuana decriminalization law that took effect over the summer, New Jersey is in the middle of an awareness campaign aimed at informing impacted residents of the change and on educating them about how to receive a certification stating that their case has been cleared.

Tue
12
Oct

Federal judge removes Missouri's residency requirement for marijuana business owners

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Late last week, a federal judge made an order that could dramatically change the development of Missouri's young medical marijuana industry.

Missouri voters authorized a highly regulated medical cannabis system almost three years ago. Voters backed a state constitutional amendment that made it mandatory for marijuana companies operating businesses like dispensaries, grow operations and manufacturing centers to be at least 51% owned by residents. Residents were defined as those living in the Show-Me State for a minimum of one year before applying for a marijuana facility permit.

Mon
11
Oct

New laws dealing with marijuana regulation take effect this week

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New laws dealing with marijuana regulation take effect Monday.

One of the most notable changes deals with the hemp-derived THC compound Delta-8.

Democratic state Representative Yousef Rabhi was among the sponsors of the law to put Delta-8 and similar products under the watch of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency—or MRA.

“If you regulate Delta-8 and other THC compounds, you’re putting them under the same regulatory structure which means the sale to minors is now going to be prohibited whereas before, technically, it was not because it was a hemp-derived product,” Rabhi said.

MRA executive director Andrew Brisbo said the change means consumers will no longer be able to find Delta-8 at gas stations or convenience stores.

Mon
11
Oct

Panama Set to Have Legal Medical Cannabis, But Hemp Bill Stalls

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Once the bill is signed into law, Panama will be in a somewhat odd situation: It will gave a legal regime for medical cannabis, but not one for hemp.

Back in October 2019, Deputy Kayra Harding introduced a bill (Proyecto de Ley No. 323) to promote the development of the hemp industry in Panama. The bill would establish a licensing regime for hemp cultivation and processing. Hemp is defined as cannabis whose THC content does not exceed 1.5% on a dry weight basis. However, legislative consideration of the bill has been slow.

Mon
11
Oct

Kansans create special chamber of commerce to advance business of medical cannabis

Oklahoma, Colorado and Missouri allow sale of pot for health purposes.

Advocates of legalizing marijuana sales formed the Kansas Cannabis Chamber of Commerce to move the political, business and health debate forward in a state bordered by dispensaries in Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri and a renewed push to open markets in Nebraska.

The Kansas House overwhelmingly approved a bill during the 2021 session that would have created a highly regulated medical cannabis structure, but it wasn’t taken up by the Kansas Senate. Gov. Laura Kelly said she would sign medical marijuana legislation, if the Legislature sent a package to her desk. Polling last year indicated two-thirds of Kansas adults supported legalization of marijuana sales.

Mon
11
Oct

$2 million worth of marijuana was found in a Florida storage facility, and the sheriff's office wrote a Facebook post looking for the rightful owner

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The Brevard County Sheriff's Office in Florida is looking to reunite $2 million worth of marijuana with its rightful owner, according to a snarky post on the department's Facebook page.

"If you happened to have lost or misplaced approximately 770 pounds of high grade marijuana and would like to have your property returned, please contact our Narcotics Agents and we will be more than happy to reunite you with your lost property!!" read the statement written by Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
The drugs were found in a mini-storage facility in Viera, on Florida's eastern coast. The post went on to say everyone loses or misplaces important items all the time, and the Sheriff's Office "always strives to do the right thing."
Mon
11
Oct

What Are The Next States To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In 2022?

Which States Will Legalize Recreational Weed Next?

Gone are the days when predictions on state legislations could be given based on the ruling party. The stereotypical belief of States being red or blue has been tossed out over time, especially in talks regarding cannabis legalization.

Everyone wants a piece of the cake.

There is a long list of states that may be the next to legalize the use, possession, and cultivation of recreational cannabis in the United States of America. While some are going to have to do through the ballot boxes, others may do so through their legislature. The point is these states are after the same thing, which is the establishment of a functioning recreational cannabis industry.

Fri
08
Oct

Bill would allow school nurses to give medical marijuana

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Recently introduced legislation in the state House of Representatives would allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students.

Fri
08
Oct

EPPD to ask City Council to spend $360,000 in tax money on marijuana testing

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The El Paso Police Department is looking to ask City Council to raise its budget by $72,000 next year to allow the department to test marijuana cases at a lab."Marijuana and hemp are very much so identical one of the only characteristics that differs hemp from marijuana is the amount of THC," said Sgt. Robert Gomez, an EPPD spokesman. The difference between marijuana and hemp products is the level of THC in them. In Texas, the legal quantity for THC is 0.3% anything more and it gets qualified as illegal. The major problem not only for EPPD - but also for other police departments across the state - is distinguishing illegal marijuana from legal hemp, and only a lab can make that determination.

Fri
08
Oct

Accused marijuana grower won’t serve time in joint

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A Needville man arrested in January 2019 and charged with growing marijuana next door to a church and across the street from the high school has had his case dismissed.

Michael Ferguson successfully completed a pretrial intervention program and charges were dismissed in September, the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office reported.

By completing pre-trial diversion, Ferguson essentially will never have been tried, and thus have no criminal record in connection to the case.

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