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Thu
06
Aug

Michael Thompson was given a 60-year prison sentence for selling three pounds of pot. He is now presumed to have COVID-19

Supporters are concerned the 69-year-old diabetic, who is not set to be eligible for parole until he reaches his late 80s, may not survive the ordeal

Although Michael Thompson has been in jail for more than 25 years for selling weed, he may be facing a death sentence.

Thompson is Michigan’s longest-serving non-violent offender. He was convicted of selling three pounds of cannabis to a police informant in 1994 and was incarcerated in 1996 after being sentenced to 42 to 60 years in prison.

Wed
05
Aug

Texas Now Accepting Applications To Manufacture, Sell Consumable Hemp Products

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Monday it has launched a new program to regulate the manufacturing, processing, distribution and retail sale of consumable hemp products.

Wed
05
Aug

Corruption in the Cannabis Industry

It seems the latest corruption scandals in the cannabis industry could be just the tip of the iceberg.

On December 19, 2019, an undercover FBI agent attended a meeting with two Calexico city officials, Bruno Suarez-Soto and David Romero.

He presented himself as a representative of investors seeking to open a cannabis dispensary in Calexico.

According to the charging documents, Romero and Soto accepted $35,000 in cash bribes for the rapid issuance of a city permit for the dispensary, and for revoking or hindering other applicants if necessary.

Wed
05
Aug

About 15 per cent of young Australians would try weed… if it was legal, that is

A clear majority of young people in Australia have never tried cannabis, but about one in seven would be open to giving it go if the plant was legalized, according to the results of a survey.

That was the finding of a recent study by researchers from the University of Queensland’s National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research and the School of Psychology, who considered poll data from 3,000-plus adolescents and young adults, according to the university.

Wed
05
Aug

2020 could still be a big year for cannabis legalization

Nothing in 2020 has gone according to plan, and cannabis legalization is no exception. According to Vox's criminal justice and public health reporter German Lopez, at least 18 states were predicted to legalize cannabis to some degree this year, either through their legislatures or via ballot measure. 2020 was supposed to be a big year for cannabis legalization. 

And then COVID-19 happened. 

Wed
05
Aug

Thailand May Expand Production of Medical Cannabis

As of today, the Cabinet in Thailand has approved amendments to the country’s narcotics act which would allow for private production and sale of medical cannabis—a huge step in the Thai cannabis market, which until now has been minimal. The amendments, which were proposed last month, have cleared the Cabinet, but still need to be approved by Parliament before they officially become law.  

Wed
05
Aug

Recent Survey Suggests Cannabis is Becoming a Bipartisan Issue in Michigan

As the country gets ready for the much-debated November 2020 elections that are fast approaching, election scorecards are being released, taking the pulse of the country and how we feel about hot-button issues. According to Michigan’s cannabis-focused election scorecard, the once-liberal issue of cannabis is now becoming increasingly bipartisan. 

Tue
04
Aug

Albany’s Racial Disparity In Marijuana Enforcement Continues

An analysis of police arrest data in Albany, New York shows that racial disparity in the enforcement of marijuana laws in Albany continues, despite assurances from the city’s police chief that the issue would be investigated following a report from a civil rights group last year.

Tue
04
Aug

California Bill Would Give Banks A Safe Harbor For Cannabis Business

Banking institutions and accountants offering services to cannabis businesses would have a safe harbor in California law under one of the weed-related bills awaiting state lawmakers’ action when they return to Sacramento this week.

One measure (A.B. 1525) says financial services, including public accounting firms, don’t commit a crime under any California law “solely by virtue of the fact that the person receiving the benefit of any of those services engages in commercial cannabis activity as a licensee” under state law.

Tue
04
Aug

EC Attempting To “Kill” EU Hemp Sector

The European Commission is poised to kill the EU’s hemp sector claims the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA).

It says the EC recently arrived at a preliminary conclusion that extracts from industrial hemp, which would include cannabidiol, qualify as drugs in EU legislation. This has thrown a spanner into the works for current Novel Food applicants, with the freezing of all applications relating to hemp extracts and natural cannabinoids under Novel Food Regulation. However, synthetic cannabinoids are not included.

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