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NZ medicinal cannabis is facing a looming crisis

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New Zealand is facing a collapse of legal medicinal cannabis supply after March 31, when a deadline to meet stiff new government rules is expected to keep the products of three of the country’s five main importers out of the market, reports NZ Herald’s Kate MacNamara in this Herald Premium article.

Last April, the government unveiled a new regulatory system to create more safe, widespread and affordable access to medicinal cannabis. It has not yet approved a single product.

Mon
08
Feb

Idaho Senate Passes Constitutional Ban On Legal Marijuana

medical bottle spilt over with cannabis buds over a prescription

The Idaho Senate approved a measure on Wednesday that would amend the state’s constitution to prevent the legalization of marijuana and other drugs not approved by the federal government. The proposed constitutional amendment was approved in the GOP-led Senate with a vote of 24 to 11, just one vote more than the two-thirds majority required to advance the measure.

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08
Feb

California Overturns Regulation Allowing for Cannabis Billboards

marijuana plant in the sunshine

California just overturned a state ruling that allowed for cannabis billboard advertising along state and interstate highways. While cannabis billboards are still allowed, they are prohibited on any highway that crosses state borders, a new restriction for the industry. 

Mon
08
Feb

Home grown? Medical cannabis companies mostly out-of-state

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Once again, out-of-state business entities and owners took the majority of dispensary and processor permits for West Virginia’s long-awaited medical cannabis program.

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Medical Cannabis announced that 100 dispensaries between 32 companies with locations in 23 counties had been selected. The Office of Medical Cannabis announced the selection of 10 growers in October 2020 and 10 processors in November 2020.

Fri
05
Feb

Ohio farmers still learning how best to grow, process, sell hemp a year into legal cultivation

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Farmers and researchers across Ohio are learning some of the most basic agricultural information about hemp after the state’s first year of legal cultivation.

Unclear growing conditions coupled with unpredictable market forces mean even if farmers successfully grow a crop they sometimes don’t know much about, processing it into products that consumers can buy could be prohibitive to running a business.

“[Hemp] grows well in Ohio,” said Sano Ti Amo co-owner Karen DeLuca. “We had great success in our field even though it was an experimental field, but you need a place to take it.”

 

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05
Feb

Letting you grow medical weed at home advanced by N.J. lawmaker

plant growing from the pot

After years of hesitancy among lawmakers to seriously consider allowing people to grow their own marijuana at home, two lawmakers have introduced bills in the past week that would overhaul the ban.

Sen. Troy Singleton, D-Burlington, introduced a home grow bill Thursday that would allow medical marijuana patients or their caregivers to register as home cultivators. They could then grow up to four mature marijuana plants and four immature plants.

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05
Feb

Lawmaker pushes to create new pot shop licenses — just weeks after similar effort went up in smoke

state Rep. La Shawn Ford

Amid uproar over the state’s troubled efforts to issue new cannabis licenses, state Rep. La Shawn Ford on Wednesday said he introduced a “shell bill” that will ultimately be used to create as many as 110 additional dispensary permits.

The Chicago Democrat filed the legislation last Wednesday and now plans to add language that would create the new licenses. The proposal is similar to a bill that cleared the Senate but ultimately went up in smoke during last month’s lame duck session.

Fri
05
Feb

Cannabis and the South: How Things Change

tree growing in the forest

When it comes to the North vs the South in America, there is usually a pretty evident divide when it comes to social issues. From abortion to religion in schools to drugs, the South is generally slower to adopt new policies. In the case of cannabis and the south, a lot of change has happened in the last few years, signaling a massive shift in overall public perspective.

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05
Feb

Does Democratic Senate Really Have Enough Power To Legalize Marijuana Nationwide?

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Democrats will still need to work closely with Republicans to garner enough support for legal weed. But divisiveness will make that difficult.

Democratic Senate leadership has vowed to legalize marijuana at the federal level in 2021. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer with Senators Cory Booker and Ron Wyden announced earlier this week that they will soon introduce legislation to end marijuana prohibition nationwide. This is precisely what cannabis advocates hoped would happen when the Democrats took control over the Senate and knocked Mitch McConnell down a notch.

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05
Feb

Maine lawmaker proposes more flexible review of cannabis-related advertising

Rep. Colleen Madigan, D-Waterville

A Maine lawmaker is proposing changes to the state’s marijuana advertising rules following complaints that the current system is too restrictive and subjective. 

Proposed by Rep. Colleen Madigan, D-Waterville, “An Act To Amend the Law Regarding the Advertising and Marketing of Adult Use Marijuana” would create an appeal process for businesses found in violation of the state’s marijuana advertising rules. Despite the title, Madigan said in an interview Thursday, the bill, which is still in draft form, would apply to both medical and recreational businesses.

State officials say this SeaWeed Co. logo violates rules against using images of people or animals to sell cannabis products. Courtesy of SeaWeed Co.

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