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Nov

More medical marijuana? Ohio lawmaker says it’s time to expand uses

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One of the lawmakers who sponsored the law that legalized medical marijuana in Ohio says it’s now time to broaden the program.

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26
Nov

It’s Official: New Ruling German Coalition to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Use

The news has been rumbling for a week after a German language magazine first reported the news. Now it is official. Germany will be legalizing recreational use cannabis as early as 2022.

Even the most die-hard “medical only” German voices within the cannabis industry have been posting the news all over their social media including LinkedIn for the past week, even before the news was official. But as of Wednesday, that has changed, officially. The new so-called “Traffic Light Coalition” will indeed be legalizing recreational use cannabis with a bill to do so introduced in the German Bundestag next year.

Fri
26
Nov

Legalized Cannabis: A Rarity Around the World, With Germany Next in Line

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The next German government plans to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, which would make Germany the third nation to do so after Uruguay and Canada.

While many countries have decriminalized the use and possession of the drug, abandoning prison sentences for consumers, just a handful have gone as far as to make it fully legal, including for medicinal purposes.

Here is an overview:

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Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize the production, distribution and consumption of marijuana in 2013.

Its citizens and residents can buy up to 40 grams (1.4 ounces) of weed a month from pharmacies, grow it themselves at home, or join cannabis clubs where members tend to the plants together.

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26
Nov

New GOP weed approach: Feds must ‘get out of the way’

Republicans from statehouses to Congress are pushing legalization bills.

Republicans are warming to weed.

Nearly half of Republican voters support federally decriminalizing cannabis, and GOP lawmakers are now beginning to reflect their constituents’ view by increasingly supporting broad legalization at the state and federal level.

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26
Nov

185 pounds of marijuana seized during traffic stop in Osage County

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A routine traffic stop revealed a car brim-full with narcotics in Osage County on Wednesday.

An Osage County sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle at milepost 160 on I-35 for a traffic violation and located narcotics in the car, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Bounmy Phongsavat, 40, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was taken into custody and transported to the Osage County Jail Facility on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fri
26
Nov

Dover passes ordinance to allow recreational marijuana businesses

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Cannabis businesses will be allowed to operate in town under new regulations approved at Tuesday's Board of Aldermen meeting. 

The 15-page ordinance, approved unanimously, establishes zoning codes and licensing requirements for recreational marijuana dispensaries. It also sets up an application process to open a dispensary in town.   

"A lot of people had input into this ordinance," said Alderman Eddie Correa. 

"We believe [this] is a thorough, very comprehensive piece of legislation. We believe it includes a lot of components for the applicants and has always put our community first."

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26
Nov

New poll shows majority of residents in Massachusetts believe legalization of cannabis is overall positive for state

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A poll published this week showed that only a fraction of residents in Massachusetts believe legalization of marijuana has negatively impacted the state.

Fri
26
Nov

Marijuana arrests plunge after recreational legalization

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To understand how rapidly New York overhauled its marijuana laws, look no further than its impact on the criminal justice system.

Fewer and fewer people are being arrested on marijuana offenses in New York, underscoring the major effect of the drug’s decriminalization in 2019 and, ultimately, its legalization this past March.

From April through October of this year, just 116 people statewide were arrested on a top-level misdemeanor or felony charge related to marijuana possession or sale in New York, data compiled by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services shows.

Thu
25
Nov

Jury Finds Pharmacy Chains Contributed to Ohio’s Opioid Crisis

Pharmacy chains will be appealing the verdict that they created a public nuisance by contributing the Ohio’s opioid crisis.

A federal jury in Ohio on Tuesday found that pharmacy giants Walgreens, CVS and Walmart contributed to the opioid crisis in that state, a verdict that could serve as a bellwether for thousands of similar cases pending from coast to coast. The decision is the first verdict returned by a jury that holds a pharmacy retailer responsible for its role in the devastating epidemic of opioid overdoses that has plagued the United States for decades.

Thu
25
Nov

Southern California fire leads to discovery of thousands of illegal marijuana plants

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Authorities said they found more than 11,000 marijuana plants at an illegal growing operation Wednesday after one of the buildings caught fire.

The blaze was reported at about 4:30 a.m. on San Timoteo Canyon Road in Redlands, east of Los Angeles. Firefighters needed about an hour to douse the flames and they discovered the marijuana operation, police said.

Marijuana plants were found in the second building and thousands more were in a third building that wasn't damaged, police said.

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