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Thu
03
Oct

Hopes run high for Marijuana law reform in Greece

Last week was the first time that a Greek store selling marijuana paraphernalia, CBD Oil Shop, was blessed by a Greek Orthodox priest.

Archbishop Ireneos of Crete, blessed CBC Oil on 26 September, according to local custom where new businesses or shops are ‘blessed’ by priests for good luck.

Cannabis, originally from India, was introduced to Ancient Greeks around 300BCE. It was used for recreation, cloth, rope, boat sails, as well as in their pharmacopoeia for treatment of inflammation, pain, and injuries. Greece was one of the world’s major producers of hemp fibres and rope.

Thu
03
Oct

PA House Democrat wants to sell legal cannabis in State liquor stores

If Pennsylvania does legalize recreational cannabis, a union-friendly Democrat from the Philadelphia suburbs wants to give consumers a one-stop shopping experience.

On Wednesday, Rep. David Delloso, D-Delaware, rolled out a plan that would not only legalize recreational marijuana for people aged 21 and older, it would also allow cannabis to be sold through Pennsylvania’s more than 600 state-owned liquor stores.

Thu
03
Oct

NCIA releases Federal regulatory guidelines for cannabis post-legalization

On Tuesday, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) announced the release of a paper providing extensive guidance on how cannabis should be regulated at the federal level. The paper highlights the need to have a clearly defined regulatory approach and structure prepared as the nation moves closer to making cannabis legal for adults, and identifies the existing agencies best suited to regulate the wide variety of cannabis products available in state-regulated legal cannabis markets.

Thu
03
Oct

Los Angeles Lawmakers vote to adopt ordinance banning flavored tobacco products

Los Angeles County now has 30 days to buy flavored tobacco after its Board of Supervisors approved a ban on all such wares, including menthol products. The decision, which applies to the unincorporated areas of the county that are home to one million residents, comes amidst a rash of deaths related to vaping products, and concern over rising e-cigarettes usage by teens.

Wed
02
Oct

A year into a resurrected hemp market, how are States handling it?

Since federal passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last December, interest in hemp farming has catalyzed a national industry reborn after decades of prohibition. Reports from state agriculture officials indicate that licensed hemp acreage for 2019 has more than tripled, with the number of hemp licenses issued having quadrupled since 2018. It is increasingly likely that the U.S. hemp industry will see more acreage planted this year than in 1943, the peak of cultivation during World War II.

Wed
02
Oct

New Tennessee Policy may allow more State residents to consume marijuana

Tennessee legislators can’t get medical marijuana legislation passed to save their lives, but the state’s Bureau of Investigation has announced a new policy that may make it easier on cannabis consumers. The agency will stop testing quantities of marijuana that are under half an ounce.

The shift will supposedly make it prohibitively difficult for prosecutors to build a case against individuals charged with cannabis possession. Without evidence that the substance carried by individuals is cannabis, cops won’t have much to work with.

Wed
02
Oct

Mexico lawmaker says the government should regulate and sell marijuana

Mexico’s government shouldn’t only regulate pot, it should be the main bulk buyer and seller of the drug, lower house majority leader Mario Delgado proposed in a new bill.

A public company named Cannsalud would be authorized exclusively to acquire cannabis from growers with permits and then sell the drug to franchises authorized to sell small amounts to the public, according to the bill.

“This way the cannabis market wouldn’t be left to the autonomous regulation by individuals, but would involve the state as a permanent supervisor and controller of activity involving this substance within a legal framework that would guarantee benefits for all,” the bill states.

Wed
02
Oct

What does ‘Cannabis 2.0’ mean for Canada’s pot industry?

Get ready Canada, cannabis 2.0 is coming!

About one year after cannabis dried flower and oils were first legalized in October, a new wave of products will be hitting store shelves in December.

These products include 1) cannabis-infused foods and drinks, called edibles and drinkables, 2) concentrates that can be used with vaporizers, and 3) topicals, such as ones made from cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of cannabis.

Expectations for these new products are huge.

Wed
02
Oct

Dutch weed labels must be ‘as unattractive as possible’ per new rules for state-licensed cannabis

More details have emerged regarding the Netherlands’ upcoming experiment with producing government-regulated cannabis, which is technically illegal in the country.

Authorities are particularly concerned with ensuring that non-consumers of the drug don’t start using, and, thus, have decreed that cannabis grown by the state must be sold in “unattractive” packaging to minimize its appeal.

Tue
01
Oct

While Lawmakers discourage vaping in US, doctors in the UK promote it

While the U.S. scrambles to crack down on vaping, Britain has embraced electronic cigarettes as a powerful tool to help smokers kick the habit.

The Royal College of Physicians explicitly tells doctors to promote e-cigarettes “as widely as possible” to people trying to quit. Public Health England’s advice is that vaping carries a small fraction of the risk of smoking.

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