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New medical cannabis policies in New Zealand are coming for controlled substances

New Zealand’s ministry of health is coming up with a scheme for medicinal marijuana in the country. This scheme will legalize domestic and commercial cannabis cultivation and production for medical uses.

The ministry is looking to making good quality medical marijuana more accessible to people so that more patients can access medical cannabis products. Physicians will be responsible for prescribing medical marijuana products.

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FDA public comment period on cannabis closes

The public comment period associated with an FDA hearing on cannabis that invited experiences and challenges with cannabis products to be shared with the Administration has now closed.

In May, the USA’s Food and Drug Administration held a public hearing to obtain scientific data and information about the safety, manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling, and sale of products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds. One of particular interest to the FDA is cannabidiol (CBD), which can be derived from hemp; marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.

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Multiple USPS workers convicted of delivering drugs through the mail

Two United States Postal Service workers have been convicted this week in separate schemes to deliver marijuana

In Mobile, Alabama, Unterria Rogers was sentenced to 5 years for helping to run a marijuana delivery service that coincided with the city's postal routes. 

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EU Novel Food proposal ‘not workable’ in the U.K

While the U.K. CBD industry desperately seeks clarity on regulations, the politically time-consuming machinations of Brexit will prevent any serious progress until 2020, says a leading industry figure.

Blair Gibbs, Policy Lead for the Centre For Medical Cannabis (CMC) was speaking to CBD Testers at last week’s Europe CBD Expo in London. The key issues facing the U.K. CBD industry, right now, is whether the Government, and its regularity agency the Food Standards Agency (FSA), will press ahead with implementing the EU’s Novel Food directive.

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Michigan announces cannabis social equity program in 19 communities

With $42 million having been announced in medical marijuana revenue during the first four months of sales in Michigan, the state’s policymakers face a distinct challenge. How do you make sure that a decent slice of that money goes to those who have had their lives turned upside-down by Drug War prohibition over the years? The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency [MRA] made part of its strategy to this end clear this week when it released details for a sweeping social equity program that will support cannabis entrepreneurs in 19 communities.

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The DEA seized 2.8 million cannabis plants last year

A report shows that while the DEA seized a lot less marijuana in 2018 compared to past years, it cost the agency almost twice the cost per plant.

According to recent figures published in the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program Report, the agency and its partners confiscated 2.82 million marijuana plants around the U.S. in 2018, a significant decline from the 3.38 million total cannabis plants it confiscated in 2017.

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Cop Blocked: Concrete blocks no barrier to illegal dispensary owners

The city’s latest strategy to permanently shutter black market pot dispensaries has, quite literally, been pushed aside.

Their entrances sealed with 2,000 kilogram concrete blocks following raids by police and bylaw officers, one CAFE dispensary location was back in business Thursday afternoon after heavy-duty forklifts were used to move aside the slabs.

Pry bars sit in the forks of a hired telecarrier forklift outside the CAFE pot shop on Bloor St. W. on Thursday, July 18 2019

On Wednesday, a CAFE Dispensary on Fort York Blvd. was shut down, the storefront sealed with concrete blocks.

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Medical marijuana laws not linked to reduced opioid misuse

Medical marijuana laws had little impact on curbing non-medical use of prescription opioids, according to a new study that raises doubts over legal marijuana as an alternative to current substance use disorder treatments.

Non-medical use of prescription opioids slightly increased in states with medical marijuana laws, the study published Wednesday in JAMA Network Open found. Researchers analyzed substance use behavioral data from more than 672,000 individuals ages 12 and older from 2004 to 2012.

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The unheard voices of the cannabis social equity movement

Social equity is a tricky beast to name -- it’s all new and a little crazy in an exciting way. Those familiar with the state initiatives know that they’re far from perfect, but most of what you hear about it focuses on the process, not the people.

Since the launch of our SEED program in 2018, I’ve worked with ONE Cannabis to establish a social equity model that empowers applicants with the experience and capital necessary to realistically build out a profitable dispensary. I spend more time with these applicants than with my coworkers and lean on my background as both a rabbi and cannabis entrepreneur to bridge the cultural gap between the worlds of social equity and corporate partnership.

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New Nevada law: Job seekers can’t be denied employment because of positive marijuana test

Nevada has become the first state to prohibit almost all employers in the state from denying employment to job candidates who test positive for marijuana.

Signed into law June 5 by Gov. Steve Sisolak (D), A.B. 132 is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. Nevada voters approved recreational use of marijuana in 2017.

“As our legal cannabis industry continues to flourish, it’s important to ensure that the door of economic opportunity remains open for all Nevadans,” Sisolak said in a statement, according to Newsweek. “That's why I was proud to sign A.B. 132 into law, which contains common-sense exceptions for public safety and transportation professionals.”

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