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Fri
12
Aug

Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission adopts Updated Guidelines

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MONTGOMERY - The process from seed to sale is moving along for the state’s medical cannabis commission. Following last month’s meeting, the commission says they are on track for the next steps of the process because they approved their rules and regulations.

 

“These rules will interact with license, with applications, with patients, caregivers,” said commission member Will Webster.

Four amendments to the rules were discussed during Thursday’s meeting.

“We’ve actually made some pretty significant changes to the rules and regulations because of the comments we got from the public,” said John McMillan, director of the commission.

Fri
12
Aug

Global Hemp Inc. sues Global Hemp Association over Cybersquatting, Counterfeiting

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Global Hemp Inc. filed a complaint against Global Hemp Association and its directors, alleging the defendants of deceptive trade practices, trademark infringement, unfair competition, counterfeiting, and cybersquatting.

Global Hemp Inc., an Illinois corporation, has participated in the hemp industry since the mid-1990s. Global Hemp Inc. has registered several Global Hemp marks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The defendant, Global Hemp Association, is a nonprofit Utah organization, which has allegedly infringed on Global Hemp Inc.’s registered marks.

Fri
12
Aug

Underage and shopping for cannabis? Good luck scoring in this U.S. State

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Colorado regulators shared that licensed retailers have 98 per cent compliance for checking IDs.

Now that cannabis is legal in more U.S. states, some people are concerned about teens and access. And while access surrounding the drug might push some young people to try it or to fear it less, legal retailers, at least those in Colorado, are doing everything in their power to prevent this from happening.

This past week, Colorado regulators shared that there’s a 98 per cent compliance with requiring people to show identifications before entering cannabis stores. The report indicates that 190 compliance checks have been done so far in 2022, with only four instances of retailers failing to ask for IDs.

Fri
12
Aug

How Would The Cannabis Administration And Opportunity Act Work?

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Is the CAOA a perfect model for legalization? Probably not, as I am not sure there is a way to legalize cannabis that will please everyone. However, it is comprehensive and would completely change the cannabis industry.

A few weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), introduced the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA).

The nearly 300 page bill is comprehensive and is unlikely to pass before the midterm election (if at all, thanks to the filibuster). However, it does provide a real glimpse as to what we can potentially expect when federal cannabis legalization actually happens. Today, I will cover a few interesting portions of the CAOA.

Thu
11
Aug

Public tip leads U.K. police to illegal cannabis grow with 1,000-plus plants

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Local police say a U.K. neighborhood has been safer after a tip from the public allowed police to home in on an illegal cannabis grow housing 1,021 plants.

Officers with the Merseyside Police made the discovery at a property in West Derby after receiving a report at 12:20 p.m. on Aug. 8, notes a police statement. The caller noted that plants were being grown on land near the entrance to a Tesco car park.

Upon arrival, officers recovered approximately 1,021 plants. Police are asking for people to report any information about the illegal grow or those responsible.

Thu
11
Aug

Legal Cannabis Use needs Workplace Protections, Some States Say

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California legislators are primed to follow a few pioneering states when they decide whether to advance a bill granting employees statutory protections to use cannabis.

If the proposal becomes law, California will become the seventh state to protect adults who legally use cannabis from employer sanctions. An additional 15 states have narrower laws that protect medical marijuana patients from adverse treatment from employers for their legal use of cannabis, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Individuals can legally use cannabis in more than half of states but often can be fired if traces of cannabis are detected in their bodies, even though that detection doesn’t prove current intoxication or impairment.

Thu
11
Aug

Alton City Council to discuss future of marijuana stores

There will be a handful of property demolitions on the next Alton City Council meeting agenda, but the focus may also be on the future of recreational and medicinal marijuana stores in the city.

Third Ward Alderman Ray Strebel introduced two resolutions to facilitate the discussion of zoning for the stores, and add a section to the city code to reflect what is described as in the "best long-term interest" of the city.

The demolition proceedings will target properties at 1,135 Harrison Street, 2,619 Plainview Terrace, and adjacent properties at 3,602 and 3,604 Thomas Avenue.

Thu
11
Aug

Hermosa Beach Council votes to allow Cannabis Home Delivery

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A city sponsored survey released in March, 2022 found Hermosa Beach residents favor retail cannabis sales in the city by a 10 percent margin. Source: FM3 Research

Cannabis home delivery in Hermosa Beach will become legal under an ordinance approved by the city council on a four to one vote at its Tuesday, August 9 meeting.

Thu
11
Aug

Ukraine’s battle for Medical Cannabis – the Campaigners on the Frontline

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Advocates in Ukraine have called on the global cannabis community for support.

While the war against Russia rages on, medical cannabis advocates in Ukraine say access is vital as the country faces an impending mental health crisis. 

“The smell of cannabis in Europe always gave me a sense of freedom,” says Nazariy Sovsun, a resident in the city of Kyiv.

“This is something we want for Ukraine too.”

Nazariy has worked in drug policy since 2011. He and Maksym Kharkavyi, are members of Freedom March, a longstanding movement, which has advocated for the legalisation of cannabis in Ukraine since 2005.

Wed
10
Aug

Legalization of recreational marijuana will be on the Missouri ballot in November

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Missouri voters will have the ability to legalize recreational marijuana use through a constitutional amendment, now that the petition has gained enough signatures to go on the ballot.

 

 

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft ruled on two petitions Tuesday. One, dealing with ranked choice voting, did not gain enough signatures, but the petition on recreational marijuana did.

The marijuana petition received the number of needed signatures in six of Missouri’s eight congressional districts, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

The petition will appear as Amendment 3 on the ballot, and if a majority of Missouri voters approve it, recreational marijuana will be legal in the state.

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