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May

Analysis: Cannabis shops linked to lower crime, increased property values

When your state legalizes cannabis, there’s no guarantee that a store will open near you. That depends on your local city or county council, which regulates if and where retails stores are allowed.

As more municipal officials are faced with a decision to allow or ban cannabis dispensaries, a new study highlights those dispensaries’ links to lower crime, declining teen use, and increased property values.

Fri
24
May

Why K-9 dogs in New York face an uncertain fate if marijuana is legalized

New York's newest police canines are learning their way in a 10,000-square-foot, Colonial-style dormitory nestled deep in the hilly woods off a winding road near Lake Otsego.

Skiff, Amber and Kelley — State Police's three narcotics-dogs-in-training, all named after fallen troopers — have lived there with their handlers since February, learning how to sniff out drugs in a basement obstacle course that includes a simulated three-room apartment, complete with a kitchen.

On the wall is a whiteboard listing all the drugs the dogs are being trained to detect — heroin, cocaine, MDMA, LSD, meth and PCP, among them.

Fri
24
May

4 top Presidential Candidates have co-sponsored a Federal Cannabis Reform Bill

Several 2020 presidential candidates have signed onto Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries' (D-NY) promising federal cannabis reform bill, writes Calvin Hughes.

Presidential hopefuls Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have all added their names to the list of co-sponsors to a new bill that would see marijuana removed from the Controlled Substances Act.

Fri
24
May

One in five roadside marijuana tests may be inaccurate, study claims

While legislation regarding medical and recreational cannabis use may have been relaxed in numerous countries over recent years, driving while stoned remains a criminal offense everywhere, and for good reason. However, enforcing this common-sense law is not as easy as it might sound, with new research indicating that roadside tests for marijuana are wildly inaccurate.

Fri
24
May

Oregon Cannabis Export Bill on its way to becoming law

In an unprecedented move, the Oregon will likely be the first state to allow the export of cannabis products across state lines.

After passing the senate with 19-9 vote – 2 republicans and 17 democrats voted in favor – Bill 582 is on its way to the House where it’s expected to easily pass. The Senate vote was said to be the largest obstacle this bill would face, meaning it will likely become law fairly soon.

Fri
24
May

Kansas Governor signs CBD/THC Bill into law

Early this week Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed Senate Bill 28 into law, which provides an affirmative defense against prosecution for possession of certain cannabidiol products containing tetrahydrocannabinol in specific circumstances.

Fri
24
May

Texas (yes, Texas!) will have a medical marijuana program — Sort of

In a stunning turn of events, the Texas Senate unanimously approved the expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program to include more qualifying conditions and make the process easier for patients. The bill had previously passed in the House and now awaits final legislative approval before heading to Gov. Greg Abbot’s desk for his signature.

Fri
24
May

The Bankers Associations of every US State say marijuana businesses need safe banking

The Bankers Associations of every US state have voiced their support for allowing legal marijuana businesses access to banking services.

As it stands right now, legal marijuana businesses in the US are largely banned from accessing the key banking services that nearly all legitimate business now rely on. Current federal regulations are such that if a bank does choose to work with state legal cannabis businesses, they can be prosecuted under money laundering laws for dealing with an industry that is still illegal on the federal level. However, Bankers Associations across the country are calling for a change to this federal policy which they say "presents serious public safety, revenue administration, and legal compliance concerns."

Thu
23
May

Federal law complicates medical marijuana for veterans

Nearly 70 percent of Missouri voters approved medical marijuana in November.

The Show-Me State became one of 33 that has legalized medical marijuana, but the plant is still illegal in every form on the federal level.

That puts states with marijuana allowances at odds with the U.S. government and it complicates the medical treatment for some of the very people medical marijuana was supposed to benefit – military veterans.

A disabled Air Force veteran, who wants to remain anonymous because marijuana is still illegal to use in any form in Missouri, says he currently uses it for medicinal purposes. He says his chronic pain treatment got out-of-hand.

Thu
23
May

Israeli medical cannabis exports could reach $60 billion by 2027

Back in January, we reported that Israel made the groundbreaking decision to approve the export of medical Cannabis. Now, analysts are predicting that the industry could see unprecedented revenue within a decade.

Ayelet Shaked, Justice Minister of Israel, made a statement back in January about the Israeli government’s decision to legalize the export of cannabis: “I am glad this is finally happening. It opens a huge market in Israel. The technology is here in Israel, and until now we simply had to give the technology to other countries. Therefore, I am glad we can reap the profits here in Israel.”

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