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Tue
21
May

Industrial Hemp Bill tabled in Australia’s Northern Territory

Legislation introduced to NT’s parliament last week seeks to make it legal to grow and process industrial hemp in the Northern Territory.

The Hemp Industry Bill 2019 would create the authorising environment for the regulation of cannabis with less than or equal to 1% THC for food, fibre and seed production uses.

Under the legislation, crops would need to be sown using approved hemp seed  that will typically produce plants with a THC concentration in the leaves and flowers of not more than 0.5%. While that seems to fly in the face of the 1% mentioned earlier, this is quite a common type of requirement allowing for a bit of wiggle room as seeds may produce plants with more than  0.5% due to environmental conditions beyond the grower’s control.

Tue
21
May

Civil rights groups calling on Congress to evaluate DEA’s war on drugs effectiveness

Civil rights groups such as ACLU, NAACP and Drug Policy Alliance sent a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations last month to ask for a suspension of DEA’s war on drugs until the effectiveness of their actions has been reviewed.

Tue
21
May

South African company approved to export cannabis to Canada

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) recently opened the door to medical marijuana production.

The SAHPRA has granted three licenses to companies to grow medical marijuana for research purposes, local use and export.

House of Hemp backed by Afriplex received the first license to produce medical marijuana by SAHPRA earlier this year. Now, Leaf Botanicals have signed an agreement to export locally-grown cannabis to Canada.

While there is a lot of anecdotal evidence of marijuana being a panacea, there is still surprisingly little evidence to back the many claims. Marijuana is currently only recognised to aid in patients with chronic pain and multiple sclerosis in South Africa at the moment.

Tue
21
May

Presidential hopeful Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants the cannabis industry's support

President candidate Kirsten Gillibrand met with several top cannabis influencers in New York on Monday in a listening session to determine what she could do to improve the problems facing the quickly growing industry.

Tue
21
May

New Jersey Lawmakers may vote on medical marijuana expansion this week

New Jersey lawmakers could vote as early as Thursday on a major medical marijuana expansion bill. Senate Bill 10 advanced out of a pair of committees on Monday, but only after undergoing multiple amendments. The amended version is not yet publicly available, but details are forthcoming. Still, the bill’s core framework remains the same, aiming to expand patient access to caregivers and licensed medical cannabis products.

Mon
20
May

Industry trembles after FDA cracks the whip

Powered by a $6.1 billion annual budget and prosecutorial alliance with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), last month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) simultaneously charged three cannabidiol (“CBD”) companies with violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. 301, et seq. (“FDA Act”) and Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 41-58 (“FTC Act”) by: (1) placing “‘unapproved’ and ‘misbranded’ human drugs and adulterants” and “unapproved and unsafe animal drugs” into interstate commerce; and (2) making false or unsubstantiated health claims.

Mon
20
May

Seven reasons why policymakers should be cautious when legalizing marijuana in Africa

Legal Marijuana is lucrative enough to write off Africa's debt in a decade, however, it will come with a cost. Here's why.

Capitalists are quick to point out the economic benefits of a viable business, its contribution to the GDP in excess of billions of dollars on the continent. Legal Marijuana in Africa shouldn't however be all about its attendant economic gain, but its impact on the social well being of the people. Here are seven reasons Cannabis Market is undesirable in Africa:

1. Outlawing sales despite abuse 

By the time Cannabis dealers get unhindered access to the international market and realize its lucrative nature, it will be impossible to outlaw its sales despite the abuse.

Mon
20
May

Alberta's cannabis industry gears up for edibles legalization

When cannabis industry leaders descended on Edmonton for a one-day conference, a topic that lit up multiple panels was the second wave of legalization and the implementation of edibles into the market.

The WeCann Conference, co-hosted by The Cannalysts and Grant Thornton LLP earlier this month, had a variety of speakers and panels on cannabis-related topics ranging from agriculture to retail.

Trisha LeBlanc, national cannabis industry leader at Grant Thornton LLP, said there was considerable discussion on the issue of shelf space for edibles in Alberta.

Mon
20
May

Cannabis legalization stalls in New England

After making progress on marijuana reform, the legalization movement has stalled in two New England states, writes Calvin Hughes.

Cannabis became legal in Vermont last July, but state lawmakers did not put a regulated market for marijuana in place at that time. So while adults in Vermont can possess, grow and consume cannabis, they can't buy it legally.

Mon
20
May

Social equity a key issue in cannabis legalization movement

Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities.

But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New Jersey, among other states weighing whether to join the 10 that allow recreational use of pot.

Complicating the law-making process, sometimes even among supporters, are questions about how best to erase marijuana convictions and ensure that people who were arrested for pot benefit from legal marijuana markets.

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