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British public warm to cannabis and legalization

British public attitudes to cannabis have shifted significantly in the last  20 years, a new survey reveals – as increasing number of U.K politicians back decriminalization.

Back in 1989, 60% of the British public believed using drugs’ like cannabis was morally wrong and that has now fallen to only 29%, according to new research from from Kings College London and Ipsos MORI, as reported by SkyNews.

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28
Oct

Let’s break down how Bernie Sanders will legalize marijuana

The senator’s new policy represents the most ambitious and detailed plan of any presidential candidate thus far.

One of the biggest takeaways from Bernie Sanders’ newest policy announcement is also the goofiest. This strategy, which details the steps Sanders would take as president to “ensure permanent legalization of marijuana,” was released at 4:20 p.m. Apparently politicians still think this little bit of weed humor is still cheeky and original in 2019.

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28
Oct

Governor of Michigan takes her Vaping Ban decision to Supreme Court

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan said on Friday that she would appeal a decision blocking her ban of flavored e-cigarettes to the state Supreme Court, comparing the dangers of vaping to the Flint water crisis. Whitmer announced the ban in September, saying that the nation’s ongoing spate of serious lung injuries that have been linked to vaping constituted a public health emergency.

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28
Oct

Finland's parliament to consider cannabis decriminalisation

A citizens' initiative calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis use is headed to parliament for consideration by MPs.

The initiative received the required 50,000 signatures on Thursday evening, which means the document can now be handed to Finnish MPs for consideration.

The initiative calls for the decriminalisation of possession, use and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis.

Most of the support came in the final days of the initiative, which was started at the beginning of May. At the beginning of October the initiative had less than half of the needed signatures, but support surged over the past week in the run-up to the initiative's deadline, 1 November.

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Oct

Wisconsin lawmakers seeking to expunge marijuana convictions

When Madison barber and business owner Brian Britt, 42, stepped up to a folding table in the entryway of the Urban League of Greater Madison, he had a single goal in his mind: Wipe from his record the decades-old criminal convictions he says are holding him back.

In 2000, at age 22, Britt was convicted of marijuana possession with intent to deliver as a repeat offense and a gun charge. He served five years in prison.

Nineteen years later, he is hoping to make those convictions less public. It is the next step in an ongoing process, he said, which includes paying back child support.

"(I'm) cleaning my background up so I can get a better life," he said, "so things don't stagnate me like they used to."

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Oct

128 million people about to gain access to legal pot: What it means for marijuana stocks

Right now, around 41 million people have access to recreational marijuana that's legal at a federal level. Two countries have legalized recreational pot -- Canada and Uruguay. We can't include the millions of Americans who live in the 11 states that have legalized recreational marijuana in our total since marijuana remains illegal at the federal level in the United States.

But very soon another 128 million or so people will gain access to legal marijuana. Legislators in Mexico are finalizing regulations to make marijuana legal. The legislative effort came after the country's Supreme Court ruled last year that Mexico's ban on recreational pot was unconstitutional.

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28
Oct

Medical marijuana patients in Utah face difficulties after legalization

As Utah prepares to launch its medical marijuana program next year, residents who want to use the drug in the meantime are encountering skeptical doctors and the quandary of where to get the plant.

A law passed by the Utah Legislature in December 2018 allows residents to use medical marijuana before patient cards are officially doled out, which is expected to happen in March 2020 at the earliest, but they must obtain a signed letter of recommendation from a doctor, physician’s assistant or other medical provider.

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25
Oct

Police struggle to recruit informants because of pot legalization

As promised, marijuana legalization has profoundly changed American policing, but not in the way legalization advocates predicted.

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25
Oct

Support for marijuana legalization reaches all-time high despite vaping illness

A supermajority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, despite recent negative coverage due to vaping illnesses.

Fri
25
Oct

From seed-to-sale: What cannabis operators need to know before they grow

The cannabis market is one of the fastest-growing markets. By the end of 2025, Grand View Research estimates that the global legal cannabis market will grow to $66.3 billion. Its increasing legalization and use in the medical field, as well as recreational applications, are some reasons driving its growth.

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