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Wed
03
Jun

Hawaii Legislature Considers Bill Providing Employment Protections to Medical Cannabis Users

On January 17, 2020, Hawaii Senators Rosalyn Baker (D) and Brian Taniguchi (D) introduced Senate Bill 2543, which proposes to provide employment protections to job applicants and employees who use medical cannabis. If enacted, Hawaii would join the growing number of states to pass similar laws.

Wed
03
Jun

New Zealand to Consider Referendum on Legal Cannabis

As per a 2017 agreement to revisit legal cannabis later on, a referendum on legalizing cannabis will be held during the 2020 elections in New Zealand this September.  

Wed
03
Jun

Marijuana Legalization Might Bring Economic Relief in New Mexico

 

 

Marijuana legalization looks like a ray of hope for many US states that need to recover their economic losses. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on most of the industries, which impacted the economy. Currently, marijuana is the only sector that has seen robust sales due to continued demand. Earlier, Texas said that marijuana legalization could help it recover the economic losses from the crisis. Now, New Mexico feels the same.

Tue
02
Jun

COVID Behind Bars: The Story of a Nonviolent Marijuana Offender

John Knock was sentenced to two life terms plus thirty for a marijuana-related offense. 

He’s 72 now. Amid the COVID crisis, he is waiting for a hearing or opinion on his motion for Compassionate Release before the District court.

His sister, Beth Curts, has spent a lifetime gathering stories from people like John who are serving outrageous sentences for having participated in cannabis-related enterprises, and advocating for the relief she believes these people deserve. “Mother Teresa for pot prisoners”, they call her.

And then the COVID crisis broke.

Tue
02
Jun

Vermont Agency of Agriculture finalizes hemp rules

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has finalized rules for growing hemp for the current growing season.

The rules set standards for record-keeping, reporting, testing, and labeling. They also include provisions for disposal of non-compliant crops and products, and inspections and enforcement.

The rules are designed to protect public health, safety, and welfare, and to support the Vermont brand and production of quality agricultural products.

“The process of educating hemp registrants on how the rules apply to their operations is just beginning, and the Agency looks forward to this next phase,” Cary Giguere, the agency’s director of Public Health and Agriculture Resource Management, said in a written statement.

Tue
02
Jun

THC breathalyzer program could help police detect marijuana impairment

Oklahoma law enforcement officers patrolling the state’s roads and highways may soon have a new tool for testing drivers who they believe may be under the influence of marijuana.

Signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt on May 2, HB 4161 directs the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety to spend $300,000 to create a pilot program to explore the use of breathalyzers to detect tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the primary psychoactive component of marijuana.

Tue
02
Jun

5 Lessons Learned In 5 Years Of Cannabis Legalization

The slow crawl toward federal cannabis legalization has been occurring in the form of scattered decriminalization and medical efforts for decades. The last 5 years, in particular, can provide cannabis entrepreneurs with valuable insight into mistakes made. 

As the modern cannabis industry enters its fifth true year of learning, I have taken serious note of pitfalls to avoid. Profitability will remain elusive if new and old cannabis entrepreneurs don’t learn from past mistakes.

1. Avoid bad business partners and greedy consultants

Most companies in the cannabis space were in California and Colorado before 2015. Then, other states started coming online in rapid-fire. Those years mark the lost years of bad partnerships and bad “consultants”. 

Tue
02
Jun

Data Shows Decrease In Marijuana Arrests in Virginia In 2019

Arrests for marijuana

Mon
01
Jun

Florida medical marijuana sales boomed last week

The week ending May 28 was a strong week for Florida’s medical marijuana sector in general, with gains overall and in smokable flower.

Mon
01
Jun

Let the People Choose: Will Kiwis Vote to Legalize Recreational Cannabis?

New Zealand has an interesting election coming up this September. Sure, they’ll vote for who they want in government, but they’ll also vote on the 2020 New Zealand Cannabis Referendum for whether they want to legalize recreational cannabis.

In early December, 2019, a Cannabis Legislation and Control draft bill was released. Earlier this month, an outline came out for the public describing what recreational cannabis legalization in New Zealand might look like as per that bill. Here are some of the proposed provisions that New Zealanders will be considering when voting September 19th:

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