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Wed
22
May

New Hampshire Lawmakers advance home cultivation legislation

Members of the House and Senate have approved versions of House Bill 364, which allows qualified patients the option to grow marijuana at home. The Governor has not publicly commented on the bill, but has previously spoken out against broader legalization efforts.

Wed
22
May

California on a fast track to CBD sales legalization

In January this year, California introduced Assembly Bill 228 under which food, beverage, and cosmetic products with hemp extracts or derivatives are no longer considered adulterated by these ingredients, and will not be subject to sales restrictions or prohibitions based on the presence of hemp.

Three California committees – Assembly Business and Professions Committee, Assembly Health Committee and Appropriations Committee – all passed the bill unanimously. The most recent bill passing by the Appropriations Committee occurred last week. Once the California Assembly passes the bill and it gets signed into law by the Governor, CBD products will be legal to sell in the State of California.

Wed
22
May

Clark County, Nevada will use money from weed businesses to fight homelessness

Commissioners in Clark County, Nevada have passed a resolution allocating almost $1.8 million from the local commercial cannabis industry to help subsidize programs dedicated to providing assistance to the homeless.

A little more than $930,000 of the earmarked money will be provided to HELP of Southern Nevada’s rehousing services “for medically fragile, non-chronically homeless households after leaving local hospitals,” according to KTNV in Las Vegas. The station reported that a little more than $855,000 will be given to HELP “to assist the program costs” associated with a homeless youth center.

Wed
22
May

Tanzania legislator wants government to legalise use of marijuana

Dodoma.  Kahama Urban MP Jumanne Kishimba (CCM) wants the government to legalise the use of Bhang or Marijuana in Tanzania for medical purposes.

He told Parliament on Monday May 20, 2019, that four other African countries have already legalised marijuana cultivation for manufacture of human medicine.

According to the legislator, it would be good as a country to consider similar opportunities as the earliest time possible.

“As we speak, Uganda has legalised the cultivation of marijuana for therapeutic purposes,” he said, referring to recent news reports that the East Africa country has bought seeds to plant the weed.

He said that up to 80 per cent of medicines used to alleviate pain in cancer patients are from marijuana.

Wed
22
May

The surprising way Trump’s US-China Trade dispute hurts marijuana users

Major political disputes often create unpredictable ripples in the world of cannabis. Sometimes, these waves are small and kitschy. When President Donald Trump caused a government shutdown because legislators wouldn’t fund his border wall, that meant government workers were left without pay or medical services. So one company stepped in to provide those employees with free medical marijuana.

Wed
22
May

Washington Lawmakers pass legislation facilitating expungement of past cannabis convictions

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation, Senate Bill 5605, facilitating the expungement of past low-level marijuana convictions.

Wed
22
May

Licensed medical cannabis sales begin in Arkansas

Qualified patients now have limited access to medical cannabis products, after the state’s first licensed dispensaries began making sales this week. Voters initially approved medical cannabis access by passing a statewide initiative in November 2016.

Wed
22
May

Federal government offers millions to help B.C. police spot drugged driving

The federal government is boosting funding to help B.C. police recognize drug-impaired drivers and buy roadside testing devices, as many forces remain wary of the technology.

Bill Blair, the minister responsible for organized crime reduction and border security, announced on Tuesday the spending of $10.1 million over five years to increase the number of officers trained in field sobriety testing and as drug recognition experts.

The money will also help police forces buy approved roadside devices to develop standardized data collection and help the province get a clearer picture of the extent of drug-impaired driving, Blair said.

Tue
21
May

Cannabis testing in the workplace: Does it make sense with legalization?

With 10 states and Washington, DC having fully legalized cannabis for recreational purposes, and many other states legalizing it for medicinal purposes, company leaders might be wondering if it is still worth it to test employees for a substance that is on par with alcohol in an increasingly large portion of the country.

The answer to that question will largely depend on a company’s attitude toward safety, whether it has contracts with the federal government, how desperately it needs workers and the laws of the individual states where it operates, which can fluctuate wildly.

Tue
21
May

Israel: Medical cannabis to be made available by prescription for certain illnesses

In a recent development that can act as a major boost for the global medical marijuana industry, Israel has decided to make it easier for its citizens to purchase the product with greater ease. According to reports, the Health Ministry of Israel has decided to delist medical marijuana from the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance and has paved the way for citizens to get medical marijuana easier. Needless to say, an individual would still need to have a prescription on them. Once that is in place, buying medical marijuana will no longer be a problem. Specialist doctors will also be able to prescribe it as medication.

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