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12
Dec

Peru passes long-awaited regulations to open medical cannabis market

atients and producers of medical cannabis in Peru can enjoy a fiesta as the country joins several of its Latin American neighbours in the rapidly expanding market.

While Peru first legalized cannabis oil for medical use two years ago, it’s been a long wait for the government to pass legislation to sanction further economic activity.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the Ministry of Health (Minsa) approved the technical legal document entitled Guidelines for the medicinal use of cannabis and its derivatives.

Thu
12
Dec

Texas Hemp Plan Submitted To USDA

The Texas Hemp Program outline has been sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approval.

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Commissioner Sid Miller said he anticipates the USDA will approve the plan quickly, a necessary step before TDA can start granting licences. The USDA has 60 days to approve state plans after they are submitted.

“We will have a Texas hemp licensing program by early next year,” said Commissioner Miller.

Thu
12
Dec

Is Federal Legalization Inevitable in the U.S.?

The word “inevitable” is used quite a bit when people talk about progress in the cannabis law reform movement and when they discuss legalization itself. It’s a word that tends to degrade all the work that has come from activists over the last several decades, even though that’s not what those who use the word are intending most of the time.

But beyond that, belief in the inevitability of something can be a dangerous thing. If any part of you believes that something will happen independent of your actions to make it happen, your will to provide that action starts to wane. Even if you think something is inevitable if you work as hard as you can at it, you can be setting yourself up for a disappointment you are not expecting and are not ready to recover from.

Thu
12
Dec

Thailand wins the Internet with this creative (and scandalous) weed promotion

Officials in Thailand are pulling out all the stops as they try to educate the country on the benefits of medical marijuana, including making an appearance alongside Dr. Ganja — a giant green mascot made out of cannabis.

With a PhD in looking good, Dr. Ganja has been prescribing a healthy dose of medical marijuana to a country in dire need of another stream of revenue and a low-cost treatment option for its low-income residents.

Thu
12
Dec

California Could Declare THC A Risk For Pregnant Individuals

More than three years after California voters broadly legalized marijuana, a state panel is considering if its potent, high-inducing chemical — THC — should be declared a risk to pregnant women and require warnings.

Studies have indicated that a rising number of mothers-to-be have turned to marijuana products for relief from morning sickness and headaches, though it’s effectiveness has not been backed by science.

Thu
12
Dec

GOP Shows Support For Legalizing Medical Cannabis In Wisconsin

For more than a decade, the Wisconsin Legislature has been where marijuana reform bills go to die. But a new bill to legalize some forms of medical marijuana, introduced by a pair of Republican lawmakers instead of the usual cohort of Democrats, may fare differently. At the very least, the new medical marijuana proposal may mean that the Wisconsin GOP’s brick-wall opposition to marijuana legalization is beginning to crack.

Wed
11
Dec

Where Cannabis Is Legal, Americans Are More Likely to Believe It Has Benefits

"Our results show that residents of states where marijuana has been legalized for recreational use have an overall more favorable view towards potential benefits of marijuana use and were more likely to attribute benefits to marijuana use that are not supported by evidence," write Salomeh Keyhani, MD, MPH, of University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues. They believe their findings raise concerns, at a time when the cannabis industry is growing rapidly and new products are being aggressively marketed.

Wed
11
Dec

Triple Boost For U.S. Hemp Growing Industry

The U.S hemp boom has been given further boost with the Federal Government announcing the introduction of the 2020 licensing round.

Hemp farmers are also being allowed access to an existing crop insurance program and moves are afoot to allow for a fully-functioning interstate hemp shipments. The Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it is now accepting licensing applications for 2020 from farmers whose states or tribes have not yet signed up to the hemp growing program.

Wed
11
Dec

Four Federal Agencies Release Guidelines for Banks Working with Hemp Industry

On Tuesday a coalition of federal agencies released a joint statement noting that financial institutions including banks and credit unions may work with individuals and businesses involved in the hemp industry.

“This statement provides banks with background information on the legal status of hemp, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule on the production of hemp, and the BSA considerations when providing banking services to hemp-related businesses”, states the joint press release, which was published by the Federal Reserve.

Wed
11
Dec

Lawmakers Say DEA Should Allow Researchers to Access State-Legal Marijuana

Federal cannabis law is consistently preventing progress in the movement – especially when it comes to providing patients with better access to medical marijuana for a variety of ailments. While forty-seven of the fifty states in the U.S. and our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., have made the move to legalize medical marijuana in some capacity, the government continues to stand in the way of research that would benefit patients and their doctors. Even after jumping through hoops to gain federal approval for medical marijuana research, the product available is subpar and there simply isn’t enough of it. 

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