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Cannabis legalization begins its journey through the Mexican supreme court

Cannabis activist and lawyer Ulrich Richter is trying to push the legalization of cannabis through the 

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11
Apr

The booming industry of CBD hemp oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is one of the most sought-after cannabis products due to its multiple therapeutic properties.

Without psychoactive effects but with a highly appreciated relaxing, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic and anticonvulsant potential, CBD has proved to effectively alleviate seizures in those diagnosed with the Dravet syndrome. Its qualities are so many that more and more people are starting to cultivate hemp to extract oil from it on the grounds that the legislation in question is far more favorable than marijuana regulations.

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11
Apr

Maine takes a big step toward retail marijuana sales

A supermajority of the Maine House of Representatives endorsed a regulatory bill for the state’s new recreational marijuana market Tuesday, bringing the state the closest it has been to implementing a 2016 legalization referendum.

It’s the Legislature’s second bid in a year to set up a commercial system for marijuana cultivation and sales.

Wed
11
Apr

New rules for Montana marijuana providers testing, labeling

Medical marijuana providers in Montana will start testing, labeling and tracking their products as new rules take effect Tuesday for state officials to keep close tabs on pot plants from seedlings until they’re sold.

The sweeping regulations cover everything from employee ID badges to pesticide testing, and aim to regulate the industry after voters in 2016 reversed severe restrictions previously passed by lawmakers.

Kate Cholewa, spokeswoman for the Montana Cannabis Industry Association, said the providers who make up her organization’s membership have been preparing for the new rules but won’t know if they are fully in compliance until they are inspected.

“I think people are as ready as they can be,” she said.

Tue
10
Apr

Maryland lawmakers OK medical marijuana bill on last day

A measure to help improve diversity in Maryland's new medical marijuana industry received final approval by the General Assembly on Monday, as lawmakers worked toward a midnight deadline when the legislative session is scheduled to end.

Maryland lawmakers also will be working on measures designed to improve school safety and fight crime.

The medical marijuana measure increases the number of grower licenses from 15 to as many as 22. Two licenses are set aside for two companies that sued over the licensing process and four more will be up for grabs.

Tue
10
Apr

Pennsylvania medical marijuana board recommends sale of leaf, plant form

Pennsylvania's medical marijuana advisory board on Monday morning voted in favor of allowing "dry leaf or plant form for administration by vaporization."

The vote is a recommendation. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, who chaired the advisory board meeting, is expected to decide whether or not to accept the recommendation and ultimately allow sale of dry leaf and and plant forms at the state's medical marijuana dispensaries.

It wasn't immediately clear when she'll make a decision. 

The board, whose members include a state police representative, a county district attorney and several physicians, voted 11-0, with one member abstaining, in favor of the recommendation. 

Tue
10
Apr

The legal cannabis market continues to show growth opportunities

According to data provided by European investment bank Bryan, Garnier & Co. the legal global cannabis market is poised for growth of more than 1,000% over the next decade and could reach $140 billion dollars by 2027.

Arcview Market indicated recently that while California gets the media attention and Canada gets the investment dollars as the country expects to legalize cannabis for recreational use, the recent changes in European countries like Germany's move to make cannabis flower available for medical use in pharmacies was really the big news of 2017 from a worldwide perspective.

Snipp Interactive Inc. (OTC: SNIPF), Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTC: VBIO), United Cannabis Corporation (OTC: CNAB), Surna Inc. (OTC: SRNA), Namaste Technologies Inc. (OTC: NXTTF)

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10
Apr

Utah officials frown on new Colorado border-town cannabis store

Utah officials are wary after the first marijuana shop opened in the tiny town of Dinosaur, Colorado, just a few miles from the state line.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Todd Royce reminded residents of Utah, where recreational marijuana remains illegal, that they will still be charged and prosecuted if they bring the substance into Utah or consume it in the state, the Deseret News reported.

Retail and medical marijuana is sold in at least two other Colorado towns near the Utah state line — Cortez and De Beque — but neither is as close to the state’s border as Dinosaur, about 3 miles.

Tue
10
Apr

This city uses taxes from marijuana sales for safe driving program

In Oregon, a city uses taxes from marijuana sales for safe driving program. Here’s how public safety is improving.

Officials in Portland, Oregon have announced that this city uses taxes from marijuana sales for safe driving program they recently launched. 

The new safety education campaign, known as Struck, aims to make Portland’s streets safer by getting drivers to slow down.

It is part of a larger effort to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the city dubbed Vision Zero.

Tue
10
Apr

Dispensary under fire for similar name and logo as national bank

After receiving questions about its possible connection with a new cannabis superstore, Citigroup has put the dispensary under fire for similar name and logo as national bank.

If you search “Citidank,” Google asks, “did you mean: Citibank?” But the entire first page of results has nothing to do with the multi-billion dollar banking giant.

Instead, the search returns customer reviews, Facebook pages, and social media accounts for a southern California cannabis superstore. Citidank, the popular and highly-rated dispensary based in Cathedral City, is clearly riffing off the name Citibank. And now, it’s the dispensary under fire for similar name and logo as national bank.

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