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Fri
16
Mar

Legalization laws are forcing employers to rethink cannabis policies

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) holds a panel on state and national drug law each year at its employment law and legislative conference, but this year, shifts in state law — and deep tragedy — have brought the issue to the forefront.

James Reidy, attorney at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA, jokingly said he’s become known as the “pot lawyer” partly thanks to the wave of marijuana laws and court precedent that has forced employers to reconsider their drug and alcohol policies and testing procedures.

At the same time, the opioid crisis continues to rout communities and is draining employers of talent and productivity dollars, prompting many into action.

What’s an employer to do? That’s the question of the day.

Mon
12
Mar

Jeff Sessions says US prosecutors won't crack down on 'small cannabis cases'

Federal prosecutors won’t take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department’s decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday.

Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on “routine cases” and will continue to focus on drug gangs and larger conspiracies, Sessions said.

The comments come after the Trump administration in January threw the burgeoning marijuana legalization movement into uncertainty by reversing the largely hands-off approach that prevailed during the Obama administration, saying federal prosecutors should instead handle marijuana cases however they see fit.

Wed
07
Mar

Technology: Micron Waste accelerates development of cannabis waste digester

CFN Media Group ("CannabisFN"), the leading creative agency and media network dedicated to legal cannabis, announces publication of an article covering Micron Waste Technologies Inc.'s (CSE:MWM) (CNSX:MWM) (MWM.CN) (OTC:MICWF) aerobic digestion and treatment technology that addresses a critical issue facing the cannabis industry - organic waste disposal.

Mon
05
Mar

Congress will decide medical marijuana's future this month

While many are focused on DACA and funding for the wall in the next appropriations bill to be considered by Congress before the March 23 deadline, another issue that will also be litigated is the future of states that have allowed medical marijuana.

Since 2014, Congress has included a funding rider that prevents the Justice Department from taking action against states that have allowed the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana. 

Mon
05
Mar

'There is no such thing as medical marijuana,' says US health secretary

Medical marijuana doesn't exist as far as the federal government is concerned. That's the message US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar shared with reporters yesterday, writes James McClure.

Fri
02
Mar

Cannabis grower becomes president of a major independent film studio

Earlier this year, Guy Griffithe became president of Bridgegate Pictures, a major independent studio making films with actors like John Cusack, Christina Ricci, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage, Vicellous Shannon and John Travolta.

What made the announcement interesting is that Griffithe is also a partner in Green Acres Pharms, and his affiliation with a boutique cannabis operation did not affect his opportunity to run a film studio. The Bridgegate president even plans to produce cannabis-themed content. 

Mon
26
Feb

Jeff Sessions brings the war on marijuana to Washington, DC

Few industries have grown with the speed and consistency of legal marijuana in recent years. Depending on the source, the legal cannabis industry is growing at between 23% and 35% annually, with North American sales estimated to push well past $20 billion a year by 2021. With numbers this large, it's no wonder why investors have piled into pot stocks and pushed their valuations considerably higher.

Support for cannabis has also shifted dramatically in what could be considered a relatively short time period. Gallup, which has polled Americans on their perception of weed since 1969, found this past October that 64% of respondents supported the national legalization of pot.

Fri
23
Feb

New Zealand's Hikurangi Cannabis signs $160mn, multi-tonne deal to supply USA's Rhizo Sciences

Hikurangi Cannabis signs $160mn, multi-tonne deal to supply USA’s Rhizo Sciences

New Zealand pharmaceutical cannabis firm Hikurangi Cannabis has agreed to produce and export tonnes of medical cannabis to American company Rhizo Sciences.

Based in Ruatoria, Hikurangi will produce three tonnes next year, rising to 12 tonnes a year by 2021. Currently, it has a crop of around 5,000 plants.

Rhizo Sciences works with licensed processors and investors to develop large scale production and export facilities to supply the growing demand for medical cannabis.

Wed
14
Feb

Trump should be blocked from overruling state marijuana laws, NJ senators say

A bipartisan group of 16 U.S. senators, including Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, want the full-year spending bill now being drafted to prevent the Trump administration from enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug.

Tue
13
Feb

Seattle to dismiss old Marijuana charges following California's lead

The mayor of Seattle has just announced that city officials are starting work on legislation that would vacate or dismiss charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Mayor Durkan wrote in an editorial: “People’s lives were ruined for misdemeanor marijuana offenses.

Too many here in our community faced huge legal bills and fines, or had a harder time getting loans, apartments, and good-paying jobs.”

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