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A new study says cannabis legalization doesn’t create violence, it reduces it

A group of researchers from the University of Bologna in Italy recently conducted a study that dismisses the association between legal weed and increased violence, writes Calvin Hughes.

After comparing the rates of violent crimes in Washington and Oregon between 2012 and 2014, the results show a decrease post-cannabis legalization.

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Oregon county aims to increase marijuana enforcement

An Oregon county is trying to crack down on illegal marijuana production by hiring two enforcement officers, and to limit new legal grows considering a pause on the processing of applications to produce cannabis.

The move on Wednesday by the Deschutes County Commissioners marks the latest effort by some Oregon counties to control the legal marijuana industry that they say is growing too fast.

Officials in Josephine County, in a prime pot-growing area of southern Oregon, last week sued the state in federal court, asserting state laws that made pot legal are pre-empted by federal law that criminalize it. County commissioners in December tried to ban and restrict pot farming on rural residential lots, but the state Land Use Board of Appeals put the restrictions on hold.

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Australian Pharma company announces plans to build cannabis facility in Malta

Australian pharmaceutical company MGC Pharma has announced plans to construct a 4,000 metre-squared state-of-the-art medical cannabis production and cultivation facility in Malta. 

In the wake of a new law regulating medical cannabis, Malta Enterprise selected five foreign companies by tender to start producing the drug in Malta.  

Canadian giant Nuuvera had already confirmed it will be setting up a branch in Malta and now MGC Pharma has done likewise. 

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Former house speaker John Boehner is joining the board of a marijuana company — and an analyst is calling it a 'monumental event'

Former House Speaker John Boehner is jumping into the marijuana industry, in a move one analyst describes as "monumental" for the sector.

Boehner is joining the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a firm that owns marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries in 11 US states.

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Dispensary tasting room bill passes house, heads to senate

A bill that would allow dispensaries to apply for tasting-room licenses continued to build momentum in the Colorado General Assembly on Tuesday, April 10, after passing its third reading in the House.

HB 1258 will now head to the Colorado Senate, but not without a couple of changes from the original version. State Representative Susan Beckman, who opposed the bill in both committee and floor hearings, introduced successful amendments to enforce consumer education at potential tasting rooms and prohibit any dispensaries within 1,000 feet of localities banning cannabis businesses, respectively.

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UK: Politician says legalizing marijuana is the way to end violent crime

A dramatic rise in stabbing deaths related to gang battles over turf is plaguing London. In a bold statement, one politician says legalizing marijuana is the way to end violent crime.

In February, there were 15 homicides in London, UK. In March, another 22 killings brought the city’s 2018 murder count up to 50. And if the trend continues, London is on pace to surpass the 130 murders it saw in 2017. These numbers reflect a drastic uptick in violent crime. In fact, they represent the first time in the modern era that London has seen a higher murder rate than NYC.

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‘It’s not an event, it’s a process’: MP Bill Blair talks cannabis legalization

Bill C-45 to legalize cannabis in Canada is entering the home stretch. In the meantime, provinces are preparing their distributors, growers, police, and the public to roll out legal cannabis in polite, Canadian fashion when the light finally turns green.

This includes Bill Blair, Liberal MP, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers of Justice and Health, who’s currently on a country-wide, town-hall tour fielding cannabis question from Canadians. Last week, The West Blockinterviewed Blair about what he’s heard from Canadians so far and how legalization is shaping up as it approaches the finish line. Here are five takeaways:

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Apr

Hawaii lawmakers consider allowing edibles and tourist medical cards

Hawaii medical marijuana patients may not have to toil over the stove baking edibles for much longer.

Amendments passed recently to House Bill 2729, a wide-ranging medical cannabis bill, would allow dispensaries to manufacture edible, cannabis-infused products such as baked goods, gum, drinks or candy. They would need to be sold with a warning label and could not contain more than 10 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

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American lawmakers and business owners are lobbying to ban fake urine

Amid a nationwide debate on drug testing and addiction, some think synthetic pee is the biggest problem.

In the face of the nation’s deadliest addiction epidemic in recorded history, American legislators have honed in on a new target to deter drug use — fake pee.

According to the Washington Post, state lawmakers and understaffed employers across the country are lobbying to ban synthetic urine products that they say are used to trick drug-testing employers and probation officers.

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Despite statewide legalization, many California towns have banned marijuana

Over a third of the state is a “pot desert” where locals must drive at least 60 miles to find a legal cannabis store.

In November 2016, 57% of California voters said yes to Proposition 64, a ballot measure legalizing the recreational use and sale of cannabis throughout the Golden State.

But Prop 64 also allows individual municipalities to “opt out” of allowing legal canna-businesses in their jurisdictions, and a surprising majority of towns and cities have chosen to do just that.

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