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Dec

Task Force in North Carolina Recommends Legal Cannabis

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During the tough financial times of COVID, many states are turning to legal or medical cannabis to boost the economy and repair the damage done by the war on drugs. The North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice would like to see its home state follow suit in embracing the newly emerging industry.

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21
Dec

DEA Hit With Another Lawsuit From Scientists Seeking to Research Cannabis

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The time is nigh for the DEA to cooperate in ensuring that medical marijuana research can move forward. Finally.

Mon
21
Dec

Death Penalty for Cannabis: Which Countries Will Kill You

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It’s almost hard to believe that as the UN voted on recommendations to globally open the legality of cannabis, that some countries are still so against it that they’ll kill you for crimes related to it. Yup, it might be 2020, but you can still receive the death penalty for cannabis crimes in many different places.

Mon
21
Dec

The Federal Government Doesn't Necessarily Have to Legalize Marijuana. This is Why

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One of the biggest arguments right now for ending marijuana prohibition in the United States is that it would generate beaucoup bucks in tax revenue and provide the nation with a trapdoor out of the economic sludge brought about by the coronavirus. After all, marijuana sales are a boon in states where it is legal.

In Colorado, one of the first states to legalize the leaf for recreational purposes, dispensaries have sold more weed in 10 months than they did all of last year. The state is poised to end the year with almost $2 billion in pot sales, providing millions of dollars in state tax revenue.

Mon
21
Dec

5 Lessons the U.S. Can Learn From Canadian Cannabis Legalization.

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Following the results of the 2020 presidential election, cannabis advocates across the nation breathed a sigh of relief; for the first time in our history, cannabis decriminalization was being supported by the party in office. Since 2012, 15 states and Washington, DC, have legalized cannabis for adults over the age of 21. And 36 states have legalized medical cannabis — meaning that a majority of Americans now have some form of access to cannabis, whether medically or recreationally. On December 4th, the House passed the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, a historic bill which will remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and serves as the first step in ultimately deciding the fate of federal decriminalization in the United States. 

Fri
18
Dec

Investigators believe 17-year-old may have been shot dead after fight over US$40 worth of weed

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Georgia teen suffered fatal injuries when he was shot once after running off.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia is investigating an incident in which a 17-year-old youth was fatally shot shortly after a reported dispute over US$40 worth of weed.

Deputies found the unresponsive body of Lester Denison near a wooded area on Fender Rd. in Jesup, Ga. when they responded to a report of at least one shot being fired around 10 p.m. on Dec. 15, according to WJCL.

Sheriff John Carter said that witnesses at the scene reported that a fight had taken place over cannabis, WJCL reports. According to WTOC, witnesses told investigating deputies that the money was owed for the marijuana.

Fri
18
Dec

Rand Paul introduces bill to boost hemp THC limits

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The bill would raise THC limits from 0.3 per cent to one per cent.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introduced a bill on Tuesday that could raise the THC limits on industrial hemp in the U.S. from 0.3 per cent to one per cent.

In a statement, Paul said conversations with Kentucky hemp farmers and processors informed the Hemp Economic Mobilization Plan (HEMP) Act of 2020.

Currently, any hemp crops that test above 0.3 per cent must be destroyed.

Historically, Kentucky has been the U.S.’s leading hemp producer, though production was mostly banned for nearly 45 years following federal policies introduced in 1970.

Fri
18
Dec

Legislature should legalize marijuana or voters will do it for them

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Public and political support for legalizing recreational marijuana use has surged. Florida lawmakers need to accept that reality and come up with effective legislation. If not, the public will legalize pot via constitutional amendment. (Photo by strelov/Getty Images)

When it comes to legalizing marijuana in Florida, the question is no longer whether it should be legalized. The question is whether lawmakers want a role in that process.

We think they should. But first, lawmakers have to accept a simple reality.

It’s time to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults.

There are plenty of reasons, not the least is that resistance has become futile. The political will to legalize pot is strengthening. A growing majority of Americans want it.

Fri
18
Dec

Program aims to create social equity in cannabis industry

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Gov. Jared Polis signed a landmark bill affecting the cannabis industry on June 29 in front of Simply Pure in Denver. The dispensary was the first in the nation owned by a Black couple.

HB20-1424 creates a new social equity license that is intended to boost minority participation in the cannabis industry. The program goes into effect Jan. 1.

The bill also authorizes the governor to pardon individuals for possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana — the current legal limit for medical patients — removing a barrier to ownership of marijuana businesses.

Fri
18
Dec

Cop Budgets Benefit from Cannabis Legalization, Sparking Backlash in 'Defund the Police' Er

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Far more popular than any politician, cannabis legalization is still being sold to American voters on a wobbly raft of lofty and discursive promises, uneasily lashed together with sinews of money. 

Several years into the experiment, cannabis is absolutely a multi-billion-dollar industry, but legal weed hasn’t fixed systemic racism, cured the ills of the drug war, or democratized business opportunities. Legalization hasn’t even guaranteed Americans reliable access to legal cannabis, in the states that have legalized.

But at least one promise has been kept: legalization has been great for cops.

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