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Mon
04
Oct

New York’s Cannabis Control Board to hold first public meeting about legalized marijuana on Tuesday

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 The Cannabis Control Board, the five-member panel charged with approving the comprehensive regulatory framework for the state’s cannabis industry, will hold its first public meeting Tuesday.

The board, which had its final appointments by Gov. Kathy Hochul last month, will oversee licensing of cannabis businesses and the approval of various actions taken by the Office of Cannabis Management.

Tuesday’s meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. Members of the public are allowed to attend virtually via video conference. Videos of each meeting also will be posted following the meeting.

Mon
04
Oct

Prosecutions for Marijuana Possession Have Plummeted Since Hemp Legalization

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More than six months after Texas legalized hemp, marijuana prosecution cases fell dramatically, with prosecutors filing fewer criminal charges while unleashing a struggle for police departments who now need to test substances in private labs, in order to prove illegal marijuana possession.

Since Gov. Greg Abbott signed the legalization of hemp at the beginning of June, focusing on agricultural practices and regulations, the number of misdemeanor marijuana possession cases dropped nearly two-thirds across Texas.

In 2018, Texas prosecutors filed about 5,900 new misdemeanor marijuana possession cases a month, as reported by the Texas Tribune, the first five months of 2019 saw an average of more than 5,600 new cases filed a month.

Fri
01
Oct

Constitutional amendment could allow you to grow your own marijuana

What if you could turn your work shed into a legal marijuana grow house? It’s really a possibility that Florida voters may get a chance to vote on it next year. The constitutional amendment being proposed would allow those 21 and older to grow their own marijuana. But it could only be grown inside a locked room. Eli Joyce with the grassroots group Regulate Florida is pushing to get recreational use on the 2022 ballot.

“We’re talking about possessing and growing a plant,” said Eli Joyce. “Adults have the right to deserve that option,” said Eli Joyce

Fri
01
Oct

Republicans move to further criminalize cannabis extracts

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While some Republican legislators won’t support cannabis legalization in Wisconsin, bills to further criminalize cannabis continue to be introduced. On Thursday, the GOP-majority Assembly Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention held a hearing on a bill (AB-440) that would enhance felony penalties associated with butane hash oil and related products. Hash oil is a form of cannabis THC concentrate which can be vaporized or consumed in the form of edibles. These sorts of extracts have also been given the term “dabbing,” after a particular way of vaporizing the product.

Fri
01
Oct

PACE Team members pull hundreds of pounds of marijuana off the streets

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Officials with the Hancock County PACE Team, including K-9 Manni, assisted in a drug bust along Interstate-70 in Henry County. The catch netted 400 pounds of sealed marijuana worth an estimated $1.4 million in street value, officials said. The Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement or PACE Team is a multi-jurisdiction, law enforcement task force consisting of officers from the Hancock County Sheriff’s and the Henry County Sheriff’s Departments. They patrol the stretch of Interstate 70 in Hancock and Henry Counties. Their focus is to attempt to apprehend individuals who are committing felonies and other criminal offenses along the highway.

Thu
30
Sep

Illegal activity in medical marijuana industry discussed at hearing

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Illegal activity within the medical marijuana industry was among the topics discussed at the recent interim study hearing at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

"This is very near and dear to my heart in Northwest Oklahoma," District Attorney Chris Boring shared. "It's bad. I hope that you guys can find some solutions and help us deal with this problem."

Lori Carter, deputy attorney general for public policy, presented information regarding the prosecution of illegal activities within the medical marijuana industry.

Thu
30
Sep

An Illicit Cannabis Farm So Huge, It Was Visible From Space

Okay, we know that NASA's international space station and other such spacecraft can pick up a heck of a lot of what's happening here on the third planet from the sun, but an indoor cannabis farm? 

Last week, authorities in Nevada, along with an impressive backup of national law enforcers, raided what they called the largest illegal marijuana grow in Douglas County history, and perhaps one of the largest ever to be discovered in the state, which legalized adult-use cannabis in 2017.

With 80 workers, the cannabis farm was also the largest employer in the area, rivaling several smaller firms in Douglas County, which is located some 20 miles south of Nevada’s state capital Carson City and borders Lake Tahoe.

Thu
30
Sep

McGuire details $1.5M in funding to fight "worst" illegal cannabis grows in 3 counties

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A total of $1.5 million in state funding will be coming to three North Coast counties to fight what officials are calling the "worst of the worst" illegal cannabis grows. North Coast Sen. Mike McGuire; alongside Mendocino County Supervisor John Haschak and the sheriffs of Trinity, Mendocino, and Humboldt Counties; announced Wednesday that the funding is meant to support enforcement of laws surrounding unpermitted cannabis farms.

McGuire said Wednesday that the Humboldt and Mendocino County Sheriff's Offices will each receive $600-thousand and the Trinity County Sheriff's Office will receive $300-thousand. The funding is supposed to help staff the departments target the sites generating serious environmental and violent crimes.

Wed
29
Sep

Nonprofit aims to have marijuana reform on 2022 ballot

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Civil rights group Mano Amiga, based out of San Marcos, is pushing to decriminalize marijuana in Hays County and its plan of action is to include it as part of a ballot measure next year.

What You Need To Know

Civil rights group Mano Amiga works to decriminalize marijuana in Hays County Mano Amiga's plan is to include it as part of a ballot measure next year

The group's goal is to have a similar cannabis policy to that of Travis County

Their goal is to match the same cannabis policy that exists in Travis County and end the disproportionate effects of cannabis arrests.

Kyle resident Joe Negrete has had two run-ins with law enforcement related to marijuana possession.

Wed
29
Sep

States decide whether to let USDA handle hemp

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Partially motivated by funding concerns, two prominent hemp-growing states recently decided to let the Department of Agriculture regulate hemp within their borders, and others are still in the process of deciding whether to hand over authority to USDA as the pilot programs authorized under the 2014 farm bill expire at the end of this year.

Four tribes and three states — Hawaii, Mississippi and New Hampshire — already have determined they will let USDA have the lead role, while most have plans that have either been approved or are under review. Nearly a dozen are undecided.

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