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New Jersey makes huge stride in legalizing cannabis

New Jersey has finally taken a step forward in the long, arduous journey to legalizing recreational cannabis by advancing a new piece of legislation. The proceedings were “testy” and included some “back-room wrangling,” according to the Associated Press. But questions remain if the measure will, ultimately, pass and reach Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.

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Cannabis UK: When will medicinal cannabis be available? Why has it been delayed?

It was revealed doctors in the UK would be able to prescribe cannabis-derived medicine.

The drug is banned in the UK, but it was announced the rules would be relaxed about cannabis products due to a number of health benefits.

But the excitement was short lived as virtually no patients seeking medicinal cannabis on the NHS have been able to access it.

And now the access to medical cannabis is could be delayed further.

England’s Chief Medicinal Officer Dame Sally Davies called for robust scientific trials to check the safety of the medicine in Parliament on Monday.

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Malaysia can be the world's biggest marijuana producer. Here's how.

While Thailand recently became the first in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana, its neighbor Malaysia is still mulling.

Now Jeram assemblyman Mohd Shaid Rosli is trying his best to make his fellow politicians realize the money making capabilities of the herb.

Despite laughter, the lawmaker has proposed that parts of the Kuala Selangor constituency be turned into an agricultural hub to cultivate and research the marijuana plant for medical purposes.

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Medical marijuana advances in South Carolina Senate

A key Senate subcommittee has passed the Compassionate Care Act, which legalizes marijuana for medical purposes.

The subcommittee, chaired by the bill’s author, State Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, voted 5-1 for the bill. The one dissenting vote was state Sen. Tom Corbin, R-Greenville.

The subcommittee added amendments to the bill that Davis and other supporters hope will soften opposition from groups like the State Law Enforcement Division, the S.C. Sheriff’s Association, the S.C. Medical Association and Attorney General Alan Wilson.

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Pennsylvania town decriminalizes marijuana, sees future in legal pot

Civic leaders in the borough of Steelton, Pennsylvania unanimously passed an ordinance to decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana on Tuesday evening. At a special meeting called to considerer the proposal, members of the borough council voted 5-0 to remove criminal penalties for first-time offenders possessing less than 30 grams of cannabis. Simple possession will instead be charged as a summary offense and be subject to a fine of $25 to $100.

Brian Proctor, the president of the borough council, said in a press release that the town was actively pursuing cannabis reform.

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Cannabis has young Israeli voters flocking to this right-winger

Call it a grass-roots movement.

Powered by his push to legalize cannabis, a politician edged out of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party because his views were too extreme may become the kingmaker in Israel’s next government.

Moshe Feiglin’s new Zehut party is riding support from younger voters to surge in polls, which now show it entering parliament after Israel’s April 9 elections. It’s not a single-issue party, but some supporters are secular leftists or regular stoners looking past Feiglin’s religious and nationalist zeal.

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Federal Cannabis Industry Banking Reform Bill gets a hearing next week

In the first in what are anticipated to be multiple Congressional hearings to address the federal prohibition and criminalization of marijuana, the House Financial Services Committee has scheduled to convene a markup on The Safe Banking Act, 

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Gov. Cuomo now hopeful for legal marijuana by June

Legalizing recreational marijuana in New York will not be done in concert with the state budget for 2020, an aide to Governor Cuomo said Wednesday.

This comes after the Democratic governor said Tuesday that legislators in Albany are signaling that the legalization will be done separate from the budget. Since the budget is due by April 1, the agreement will not be in place in time to meet that deadline.

The governor had originally said he was optimistic that marijuana would be made legal in this year's budget.

The plan was to use the revenue from taxing marijuana to fund improvements to the MTA.

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Pot sector players welcome edibles tax change, disappointed medical tax remains

Cannabis industry players welcomed the change in the Federal Budget to tax edibles, extracts, oils and concentrates based on the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol rather than weight, as it could ease pricing for some products and potentially boost product availability.

However, licensed producers and a patient advocate group say they are disappointed that medical cannabis will continue to be taxed, despite a campaign calling on Ottawa to exempt patients.

Organigram's chief executive officer Greg Engel said under the new framework, prices for some of these next-generation cannabis products, depending on potency of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, could see some relaxation.

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