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Fri
12
Feb

What You Need to Know About Virginia’s Adult-Use Bill

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Legalizing and taxing commercial cannabis sales in Virginia could generate between $154 and $308 million by the fifth year of sales. Here’s what else you might find interesting.

On February 5th, state lawmakers voted to legalize cannabis in Virginia and establish a recreational market. Both chambers’ initiative would legalize possession of an ounce of marijuana or less, and begin the process of expunging certain cannabis-related misdemeanors on July 1st. Retail sales are predicted to start in 2024, per the plans of both the House and Senate.

Fri
12
Feb

More Than Half Of North Carolina Adults Support Legal Recreational Marijuana

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More than half of North Carolinians who responded to a recent survey said that they supported the legalization of recreational marijuana in their state, according to a poll conducted by Elon University. The survey found even stronger support for reducing penalties for marijuana offenses and the legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Fri
12
Feb

Smokable Hemp Bill Introduced in New York

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New York legislators have introduced a bill that would legalize smokable hemp flower, something that was conspicuously left out of the state’s recent suite of hemp regulations. 

Fri
12
Feb

The Bahamas Moves Towards Medical Cannabis

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Momentum is building towards a decision concerning legalising medical cannabis and industrial hemp in The Bahamas.

The Bahamas is a country within the Lucayan Archipelago of the West Indies in the Atlantic, north of Cuba. Home to around 389,000, it consists of more than 700 islands and cays.

The Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis  said last week that his Government is in the process of completing legislation for the legalization of medicinal marijuana in the country to table in Parliament. The comments were made at the commissioning ceremony for the Hope Town Shoreline Stabilization Project according to the Office Of The Prime Minister’s Facebook page.

Thu
11
Feb

Morocco authorities unearth nine tonnes of cannabis resin buried in sand

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There’s plenty of sand in Morocco, so burying 9.2 tonnes of cannabis resin bales in the middle of it might have made perfect sense to drug dealers. But the bid to escape detection by using an obvious hiding place didn’t work out at all.

The weed resin, packed into large bales, was found buried in sand on the outskirts of Guelmim in southwestern Morocco, according to the country’s national security service.

La Direction Générale de la Sûreté Nationale (DGSN) notes that the drugs were seized and an investigation has kicked off.

Thu
11
Feb

Is America’s Approach to Cannabis Racist? Study Shows It’s Worse Than You Think

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A recently published study showed that Black people are 3.6x more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people in the United States, and the gap is growing.

Thu
11
Feb

New York: How Marijuana Could Become a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

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The legalization of retail marijuana sales in New York has the potential to create a multi-billion-dollar industry within the decade, according to an economic analysis set to be released on Wednesday. 

The report, by New School economist James Parrot and labor market consultant Michele Mattingly, comes as state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo this year are once again considering whether to approve a framework for allowing retail-level marijuana sales in New York amid a budget gap and economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Thu
11
Feb

With Marijuana Ban Lifted, Do Original Decisions Stand?

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As of January 1, 2021, USADA and the UFC have made great changes to their anti-doping policy regarding marijuana. USADA will no longer penalize athletes who test positive for the drug.

 

UFC Senior Vice President of Athletic Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky expressed his enthusiasm for the changes, citing that this is a must change for the “pandemic era” and that, “its science-based”. This change will most likely result in mass changes across state athletic commissions as well.

Thu
11
Feb

Americans Would Prefer Legal Marijuana To $15 Minimum Wage

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Some of the latest Gallup polls show marijuana legalization has the powerhouse support of around 68% of the U.S. population.

Thu
11
Feb

Governor of Connecticut Pushes For Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis In Budget Address

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With its neighboring states embracing marijuana legalization, Connecticut is now ready to get in on the act.

The state’s governor, Ned Lamont, outlined his plan to bring recreational pot to Connecticut in his budget address on Wednesday.

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