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Thu
23
May

Saint Kitts Court upholds right to consume marijuana in private

Adults in the Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis (population: 55,000) may legally consume cannabis in private, according to a ruling from the nation’s highest court.

The court determined that provisions outlawing the blanket use and possession of cannabis infringed upon citizen’s constitutional freedoms. The ruling does not negate existing laws outlawing the trafficking or sale of cannabis.

Thu
23
May

Canada pledging $24.5 million to fund research on cannabis and health

The Canadian government wants to learn more about the health benefits and risks of marijuana use, ponying up a significant amount of money to help support research.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research announced it would be dropping roughly $24.5 million to bolster cannabis research. The money will help support 26 projects throughout Canada “that cover topics such as the use of cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) oil for the treatment of pain and anxiety,” according to a press release from the agency.

Thu
23
May

No plans to legalize cannabis in Ireland, Health Minister claims

Legal cannabis in Ireland? Irish Minister for Health claims there is no plan for legalization

Minister for Health Simon Harris has stated there are no plans to legalize cannabis in Ireland following claims from an alliance of senior doctors that Ireland is ‘sleepwalking’ toward general legalization of the drug.

A report on the possession of drugs for personal use is expected to be brought before the cabinet before the summer, and some doctors are fearful about the direction Ireland is taking regarding drug usage.

Wed
22
May

New Hampshire Lawmakers advance home cultivation legislation

Members of the House and Senate have approved versions of House Bill 364, which allows qualified patients the option to grow marijuana at home. The Governor has not publicly commented on the bill, but has previously spoken out against broader legalization efforts.

Wed
22
May

California on a fast track to CBD sales legalization

In January this year, California introduced Assembly Bill 228 under which food, beverage, and cosmetic products with hemp extracts or derivatives are no longer considered adulterated by these ingredients, and will not be subject to sales restrictions or prohibitions based on the presence of hemp.

Three California committees – Assembly Business and Professions Committee, Assembly Health Committee and Appropriations Committee – all passed the bill unanimously. The most recent bill passing by the Appropriations Committee occurred last week. Once the California Assembly passes the bill and it gets signed into law by the Governor, CBD products will be legal to sell in the State of California.

Wed
22
May

Clark County, Nevada will use money from weed businesses to fight homelessness

Commissioners in Clark County, Nevada have passed a resolution allocating almost $1.8 million from the local commercial cannabis industry to help subsidize programs dedicated to providing assistance to the homeless.

A little more than $930,000 of the earmarked money will be provided to HELP of Southern Nevada’s rehousing services “for medically fragile, non-chronically homeless households after leaving local hospitals,” according to KTNV in Las Vegas. The station reported that a little more than $855,000 will be given to HELP “to assist the program costs” associated with a homeless youth center.

Wed
22
May

Tanzania legislator wants government to legalise use of marijuana

Dodoma.  Kahama Urban MP Jumanne Kishimba (CCM) wants the government to legalise the use of Bhang or Marijuana in Tanzania for medical purposes.

He told Parliament on Monday May 20, 2019, that four other African countries have already legalised marijuana cultivation for manufacture of human medicine.

According to the legislator, it would be good as a country to consider similar opportunities as the earliest time possible.

“As we speak, Uganda has legalised the cultivation of marijuana for therapeutic purposes,” he said, referring to recent news reports that the East Africa country has bought seeds to plant the weed.

He said that up to 80 per cent of medicines used to alleviate pain in cancer patients are from marijuana.

Wed
22
May

The surprising way Trump’s US-China Trade dispute hurts marijuana users

Major political disputes often create unpredictable ripples in the world of cannabis. Sometimes, these waves are small and kitschy. When President Donald Trump caused a government shutdown because legislators wouldn’t fund his border wall, that meant government workers were left without pay or medical services. So one company stepped in to provide those employees with free medical marijuana.

Wed
22
May

Washington Lawmakers pass legislation facilitating expungement of past cannabis convictions

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation, Senate Bill 5605, facilitating the expungement of past low-level marijuana convictions.

Wed
22
May

Licensed medical cannabis sales begin in Arkansas

Qualified patients now have limited access to medical cannabis products, after the state’s first licensed dispensaries began making sales this week. Voters initially approved medical cannabis access by passing a statewide initiative in November 2016.

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