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Jan

What we can learn from the Chinese medical cannabis system

China is more than 5,000 years old with a legendary history of herbal pharmacology. It should be no surprise that Chinese medical marijuana is thriving.

Thu
17
Jan

Wisconsin Governor announces he will make “first step” toward legalizing cannabis

Wisconsin’s new Democratic governor, Tony Evers, announced Tuesday his plans to include the initial steps of cannabis legalization in his state budget proposal for 2019. Speaking before Wisconsin Technology Council board members, Gov. Evers responded to a question about his views on cannabis. Evers said he personally favors adult use legalization, echoing Minnesota’s new governor, Tim Walz.

Thu
17
Jan

The cannabis lobby is upping its presence in Washington DC

It’s shaping up to be another big year for cannabis, as politicians and policymakers move to destigmatize, decriminalize, and — in some cases — legalize the drug nationwide. In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently presented his plan to legalize recreational cannabis throughout the state. Democrat Tim Walz, the newly elected governor of Minnesota, wants his state to be the next to legalize. And in Rhode Island, Democratic Gov.

Thu
17
Jan

Alberta's cannabis plan is 'absolutely idiotic,' according to US experts

Alberta recently announced plans to stop licensing cannabis retailers until Canada's cannabis supply shortage has been resolved—a move some US experts think is the wrong way for the Canadian province to approach the issue, writes Calvin Hughes.

Wed
16
Jan

Here's where Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand stands on cannabis

With primary season just over a year away, every day seems to bring a new contenders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2020, writes James McClure. Today, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her candidacy to be the 46th US president.

Wed
16
Jan

Former President of the Philippines reveals she uses medical marijuana

The former president and current House Speaker, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, is also the co-sponsor of a new medical cannabis bill.

 
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The Philippines has seen a rapid reversal in attitudes towards cannabis among its political elite. President Rodrigo Duarte joked that the stuff helps him stay alert last year. On Tuesday, former president and current House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo hyped marijuana’s power to vanquish her persistent neck pain.

Wed
16
Jan

Canadian citizen sentenced to death in China for alleged role in drug ring

A Canadian citizen has been sentenced to death by a Chinese court for his alleged role in a drug ring that attempted to export methamphetamine to Australia. The Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in China’s northeast province of Liaoning handed down the death sentence against Robert Lloyd Schellenberg of Abbotsford, B.C. in a hastily staged retrial of an earlier conviction on the charges.

Wed
16
Jan

Oklahoma Students may now use medical marijuana in schools, but school staff may not

One Oklahoma public school district is taking steps to ensure students can access medical cannabis treatments while at school. On Monday, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education voted to approve a policy protecting students, staff and caregivers who have a medical cannabis license. The Board’s action marks progress on an issue that has prompted ongoing controversy and debate since Oklahoma voters legalized medical cannabis last June.

Wed
16
Jan

States hold breath as Trump’s Attorney General nominee says he won’t prosecute pot in marijuana-legal States

Marijuana companies operating legally according to state laws where the cultivation and sale of the drug is allowed will not face action by the Justice Department, nominee for Attorney General William Barr said in testimony to the Senate on Jan. 15. If Barr is confirmed and follows through, this would reverse a decision made by Jeff Sessions, Trump’s first attorney general.

Wed
16
Jan

Marijuana stocks: Tilray stock falls as IPO lockup expires; AG nominee won't 'go after' marijuana companies

Tilray stock tumbled on Tuesday after the Canadian cannabis producer's IPO lockup expired. Investors looked past a deal the company struck to market and supply cannabis products with a firm that boasts a huge retail presence and scores of household-name brands as partners. While Tilray (TLRY) fell, other marijuana stocks were mixed.

Meanwhile, Attorney General nominee William Barr said he would not "go after" cannabis companies operating in states where it is legal.

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