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Wed
01
Apr

Hemp: A ‘promise renewal’ for rural development in Europe

Francesco Mirizzi this month was appointed Senior Policy Advisor at the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) after having worked for two years in Copa-Cogeca, the biggest farmers organization in the European Union. He is an EU and international lobbying expert with experience both in the private and public sectors (Pernod Ricard SA, Puglia Regional administration), and has experience in the hemp, cotton, flax, wine, spirits, hops, olives and olive oil industries. Mirizzi has covered policy areas such as rural development and international bilateral relations, and acquired knowledge on the European Economic Area and the European Free Trade Association enlargement during a traineeship at the European Commission.

Wed
01
Apr

Majority Of Americans Agree: Pot Shops Are Essential

A new poll shows that a majority of Americans believe that cannabis dispensaries should be considered essential services that are allowed to remain open during lockdowns ordered to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The online poll, conducted by YouGov on March 25, found that 53% of U.S. adults believe that cannabis dispensaries should be considered essential services.

Wed
01
Apr

Cannabis Delivery Proves Essential During COVID-19 Quarantine

There are so many disturbing and upsetting developments that have occurred over the last month concerning the global pandemic, Coronavirus, that it is hard to count. But one specific development has been pretty interesting in regard to cannabis legalization. State after sate has determined cannabis to be an “essential” part of life. This is quite the validation the industry has been seeking since prohibition. And with this “essential” new status has come a surge in sales across the board as users stock pile the items they feel they need the most to get through these trying times.

Wed
01
Apr

NY Governor: Cannabis Legalization 'Not Likely' In New York Budget

Marijuana legalization is “not likely” to be included in the final budget in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said on Tuesday, explaining that the issue proved too complicated as the state grapples with the coronavirus.

Another sign that the policy change isn't happening as Cuomo and advocates had planned comes from a pair of newly revised budget bills that exclude the proposal, making it all but certain that legalization won't make the final cut.

“Too much, too little time,” the governor said of the proposal during a press conference.

Wed
01
Apr

Illinois House Rep Asks For Urgent Passing of Cannabis Home Delivery Legalization

The COVID-19 pandemic could accelerate the legalization of marijuana deliveries in Illinois.

Sonya Harper, a Democratic state House representative from Chicago, had already introduced a bill last month that would open the door for both medical and recreational cannabis customers to receive their products via delivery.  

Tue
31
Mar

Georgia: Legal Hemp Farming Approved for Summer

Whether or not farmers in Georgia would be able to grow the crop this year was in doubt until the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the state’s hemp plan this month.  This is according to a report by local news outlet AJC.com, which states that the federal government had put Georgia’s plan on hold late last year but gave it the go-ahead when state legislators appropriated $200,000 to regulate the program in this year’s budget and proposed additional funding next fiscal year.

Tue
31
Mar

DEA sued again over limiting marijuana research for years

The Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI) is suing the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) again over the agency’s stalling of the expansion of marijuana research. 

A previous lawsuit filed by the Arizona-based research institute, which studies the efficacy of cannabis for treating different medical disorders, asked the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to force the DEA to justify its drawn-out process of approving new applications for cannabis growers.

Researchers in the U.S. seeking to conduct scientific studies on cannabis currently have access only to marijuana supplied by the University of Mississippi, described by some scientists as “subpar.”

Tue
31
Mar

New Software Ensures Cannabis Advertising Complies With Regulations

Cannabis technology platform Fyllo announced on Monday that it is launching a new software tool that helps companies ensure that advertising and other creative content is compliant with applicable regulations. The new tool, known as Compass, allows brands in the cannabis industry to quickly verify compliance using Fyllo’s proprietary Compliance Recognition Technology.

Tue
31
Mar

Cannabis Standards Rely on Transparency, Compliance and Collaboration

According to Vividata’s National Cannabis Consumer Study, 70% of consumers are not sure they know the difference between THC and CBD. Moreover, quality remains the top criterion in selecting a cannabis product for purchase.

Tue
31
Mar

Bermuda: Limit on imported medical cannabis increased

The threshold for the importation of medical cannabis has rocketed to 2,000 grams a year from an annual limit of just one gram per year.

A spokeswoman for the health ministry said the Government was “processing an application for a commercial importer” in the wake of the increased quota.

The move came after Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Attorney-General, announced that the Government planned to introduce legislation in May to regulate medical and recreational cannabis.

She added that, in the interim, “individual patients can apply to import their own medicinal cannabis”.

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