Politics

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Nov

County Board amends cannabis dispensary rules

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Kankakee County Board members debated modifying the county’s zoning requirements for cannabis dispensaries before approving an amendment that would allow the facilities to apply to locate in the county’s agricultural zones.

The text approved Tuesday amends County Code Sections 121-99 and 121-209 with new wording that allows dispensaries to be placed closer to surrounding businesses and operate outside and run drive-thrus in extraordinary circumstances, in addition to existing in agricultural zones.

Board Chairman Andy Wheeler said the suggested changes were dictated by the market.

Mon
15
Nov

New Jersey Set to Accept Cannabis Business License Applications

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New Jersey is finally going to start accepting licenses for recreational cannabis businesses, more than a year after the measure passed.

Cannabis regulators in New Jersey announced this week that the state would begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses next month, more than a year after voters in the state legalized recreational pot in the 2020 general election. At a meeting of the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) on Tuesday, officials revealed applications for adult-use marijuana cultivators, processors and testing labs. 

Mon
15
Nov

Police in India believe drug ring used Amazon to sell 1,000 kilograms of illegal cannabis

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The Confederation of All India Traders is urging national drug authorities to launch a probe after the company’s packaging material was found with suspects.

Madhya Pradesh Police has reportedly arrested two men in India who are alleged to have sold 390 packets of cannabis weighing 1,000 kilograms.

The discovery was made after police busted the drug smuggling ring and found Amazon packaging material with the dealers, according to Business Today India.

Mon
15
Nov

Inside an alleged marijuana conspiracy aided by law enforcement for cash and cars

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On the morning of July 21, 2020, more than a dozen police vehicles converged on Narrow Gauge Distributors, a medical marijuana cultivation business housed in a former shoe factory on High Street in Farmington.

By noon, investigators were tossing large marijuana plants pulled from the building into the back of a shipping container and hoisting boxes of evidence into a U-Haul truck. State and federal agents also were busy searching for and seizing marijuana, cash and firearms from other marijuana facilities and homes in western Maine.

For more than a year, federal authorities remained tight-lipped about why they had raided the buildings and what exactly they were investigating.

Fri
12
Nov

Inside the Rise — and Surprising Crackdown — of the Country's Hottest Weed Market

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In a deep-red state that became the nation’s hottest marijuana market, keeping regulations to a minimum didn’t keep the bad guys out.

LOVE COUNTY, Okla. — Shortly after sunrise on July 22, a dozen or so police officers from across Oklahoma descended on a property about 15 miles north of the Texas border. They moved past the fence with the “No Trespassing” signs and the pink building with the aluminum roof toward a collection of hoop houses. They didn’t know much about the occupants, although the cops strongly suspected they were of Chinese descent.

Fri
12
Nov

Paraguay: Anti-drug Agents Seize More than 13 Tons of Marijuana in 5 Days

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In just five days, the Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) took more than 13 tons of marijuana out of circulation. On September 30, 2021, agents arrested two Brazilians and two Paraguayans as they were negotiating the delivery of 1,198 kilograms of marijuana.

Authorities caught the individuals inside two vehicles at a shopping mall parking lot in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay. One of the vehicles was full of drugs packed in boxes, even on the passenger seats. “The shipment was destined for Brazilian criminal factions,” SENAD said in a statement.

Thu
11
Nov

24 Governors Call On Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Bill

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Governors across U.S. states and territories have penned a letter to congressional leaders, urging for cannabis banking access.

The governors of 24 states and U.S. territories sent a letter to congressional leaders on Thursday calling on lawmakers to pass legislation that would permit financial institutions to provide banking services to the regulated cannabis industry. The letter from the bipartisan group of two dozen governors seeks passage of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which was approved by the House of Representatives in September as part of a comprehensive defense spending authorization bill.

Thu
11
Nov

With faster start for marijuana sales possible, future of legal market hazy under Republican leadership

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)- A faster timeline for recreational marijuana sales is on the table in Virginia but the future of the legal market is hazy after Republicans swept statewide elections and likely flipped the House of Delegates. 

Earlier this year, Democrats legalized simple possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana when the party had total control in Richmond. 

With a now divided government, key details are still up for debate, including when sales will start, the structure of the market, what role social equity will play in licensing and where all that tax revenue will go. 

Thu
11
Nov

Long Branch introduces zoning rules, taxes to sell cannabis in the city

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LONG BRANCH - The mayor and council have introduced zoning rules for cannabis businesses within city limits. 

The rules, if adopted, will limit the areas in the city where cannabis businesses can set up shop, and set the available licenses to one each for each of the six marketplace classes of cannabis businesses allowed by state law. It will also create a 2% sales tax on retail sales and a 1% sales tax on wholesale sales. 

The licenses are for a cannabis cultivator, manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, retailer, and delivery — which includes home delivery.  

New Jersey voters approved recreational cannabis use in the 2020 election, and in February Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that legalized the drug for use for adults 21 years and older. 

Thu
11
Nov

Leon commissioners schedule marijuana workshop, pause on homeless shelter and CRTPA proposals

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Leon County Commissioners scheduled a workshop for this spring that looks to explore alternatives to arrest for people caught with small amounts of marijuana. 

The issue has been on the wish list for several years and has had some success already after a 2018 program launched by State Attorney Jack Campbell aimed at issuing civil citations for such offenses. 

Still, on March 22, Campbell is likely to join Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil and county commissioners to address continued efforts to reduce penalties for possession of marijuana. 

McNeil will also join a workshop the same day where issues with bail, reentry initiatives and a review of the County’s electronic monitoring program will be addressed.

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