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Wed
23
Jan

Kentucky lawmaker introduces bill downgrading personal possession of marijuana penalty

A bill introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly looks to make possession of marijuana for personal use subject to a non-criminal fine instead of a criminal offense.

State Senator Jimmy Higdon (R-District 14), introduced SB82 last week. Under the proposed law, a person 18-years-old or older would be able to possess one ounce or less of marijuana in plant form, 5 grams or less of marijuana resin/concentrate, or products containing 300 grams or less of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Wed
23
Jan

Will Connecticut be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana?

With many states considering legalizing recreational marijuana, it's possible there will be several new states to add to the list of legalized ones in America. And Connecticut could be next, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Wed
23
Jan

Congressional ‘Green Tide’ could make 2019 marijuana’s best

A lot of folks believe 2019 will be the best year the United States has seen yet in the realm of cannabis reform. Not only did the Democrats take back control of the House, there is no more Pete Sessions to block cannabis legislation from reaching the floor for debate. By all accounts, it seems likely that Congress will give some attention to pot reform in the coming months, which is a huge step forward from the stagnation the country has experienced on this issue for the past several decades.

Wed
23
Jan

Pot website offers free medical marijuana to government workers amid shutdown

Another business is joining those aiming to ease the pain of the partial government shutdown for federal workers — a marijuana marketplace says it’s giving away free weed.

BudTrader.com, which describes itself as the “largest online cannabis marketplace” and has been dubbed the "Craigslist of weed," will offer free medical marijuana to government workers who can’t pay because of the shutdown.

The shutdown — which affects an estimated 800,000 federal workers and has stretched on for more than a month — stems from disagreements between President Trump and congressional Democrats over his request for more than $5 billion in funding for a border wall separating the United States and Mexico.

Tue
22
Jan

CropLogic advances on Oregon plans as US legalises hemp

In December last year, US President Donald Trump raised some eyebrows when he signed the 2018 Farm Bill — a bill including the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which sees hemp officially removed from the Controlled Substances Act.

In short, this means that hemp can now be regulated as an agricultural crop, representing a major win for hemp growers and hemp CBD companies (CBD stands for cannabidiol — you can learn how CBD interacts with the body here).

Tue
22
Jan

This bipartisan pair of Congressmen could end cannabis prohibition in America

The bipartisan pair of congressmen that brought sweeping justice reforms to the United States last year are now pushing to end cannabis prohibition in America, write Calvin Hughes and James McClure.

Tue
22
Jan
Tue
22
Jan

Cannabis legalization could help fund education needs in Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly is back in session, and the state’s education needs could mean that cannabis legalization will be a major policy contender in 2019. Several lawmakers recently voiced their concerns about Maryland’s education funding — or lack thereof — and some are weighing all viable options to get the necessary resources.

Tue
22
Jan

5 ways the war on drugs violates civil rights

Today is Martin Luther King Day, a holiday to celebrate one of the great Civil Rights leaders in U.S. history. And while America has made progress on many of the issues King fought for, there are other issues that still need to be addressed. And one of the biggest violations of American civil rights is the War on Drugs, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Here are five ways the War on Drugs violates civil rights.

Tue
22
Jan

Gov’t shutdown holds up hemp farmers, keeps non-violent drug offenders in jail

Primary schools are being forced to ration vegetables and TSA employees are too “sick” to work airport security without pay– the federal government shutdown is undeniably wreaking havoc on the United States. And the cannabis world is far from immune, either: waterless hemp farmers and non-violent drug offenders stuck in prison are anxiously waiting for Trump’s wall gambit just like the rest of us.

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