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Wed
30
Oct

Quebec will soon have highest legal age for cannabis consumption in Canada

Young adults in Quebec who have become accustomed to visiting the province’s legal retail stores for their cannabis will soon no longer be allowed to do so.

Until now, the legal age to purchase marijuana in Quebec was 18 but as of January 1, 2020, Quebecers will have to wait until they turn 21. The new law makes Quebec the province with the highest legal age for cannabis consumption. The legal age for consumption across most of Canada is 19 with the exception of Alberta which has a legal age of 18.  

Tue
29
Oct

Drug Policy Alliance gives statement on recommendations from New Mexico’s legalization workgroup

Below is a statement from Emily Kaltenbach, New Mexico State Director and Senior Director of Criminal Justice Reform Strategy for the Drug Policy Alliance, who served on the Governor’s working group on cannabis legalization, in response to the 

Tue
29
Oct

Michigan’s recreational marijuana market takes a big step this week

The state of Michigan will start accepting applications from businesses seeking recreational marijuana licenses Friday, November 1st.

But retail sales may still be a long way off. 

Tue
29
Oct

EU novel food and the legal status of CBD oil

There have been times when the Cannabidiol market in Europe suffered neglect because its safety for consumption was in doubt. However, in recent times, we have witnessed experts express that there is hope for cannabis products.

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Tue
29
Oct

What’s next for effort to legalize marijuana in N.Y.? State sen. optimistic for 2020

Legalizing adult-use of marijuana in 2020 is a possibility, assuming state legislators and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo can come to an agreement on a laundry list of concerns.

Speaking last week to a crowd of more than 200 people -- most vying for a share of revenue in the cannabis industry -- state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) laid out the issues presented by legislators on the fence about legalizing adult-use, and the ongoing negotiations with colleagues, law enforcement officials and constituents on how to proceed.

Tue
29
Oct

Number of illegal cultivation sites plummet in Nevada after marijuana legalization

The number of illegal cultivation sites for marijuana in Nevada have plunged since the drug was legalized in the state.

Twenty illegal cultivation sites were destroyed in 2018, compared to more than 150 sites in 2012, The Nevada Independent reported Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) numbers said. Nevada legalized recreational marijuana in 2017.

The American Addictions Centers analyzed DEA data, finding more illegal cultivation occurs in states where the drug is illegal, with Kentucky leading with 9,300 cultivated marijuana plants per 100,000 people.

Tue
29
Oct

Proposed Bill requires all CBD products in Illinois to meet testing requirements

A proposed bill would require all CBD products sold in Illinois to meet testing requirements that would be developed by the state Department of Agriculture.

CBD is a cannabis extract that does not cause a high but is marketed as a healing remedy to alleviate conditions such as anxiety or chronic pain. The product’s regulation is so lax that even those in the industry have voiced concerns, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Mon
28
Oct

Jamaica making progress on Cannabis

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, says progress is being made in the build-out of the local medical cannabis industry, with work advanced on regulations and guidelines.

He said the ministry is in receipt of the first draft of the import/export regulations for cannabis for final review and discussion.

The regulations, upon enactment, will give the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) jurisdiction or statutory authority to handle requests for import/export of inflorescence/flower and extract/resin.

Mon
28
Oct

Angela Merkel's party mulls legalizing cannabis in Germany

Germany's center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is openly considering a momentous u-turn in the party's attitude to the legalization of cannabis.

"Cannabis could be freed for personal use, of course with controlled production and distribution," CDU interior policy spokesman Marian Wendt told the RND network on Friday. "The resources freed in the police and judiciary should be used to fight the illegal trade."

Wendt's statement came after the German government's drug commissioner, Daniela Ludwig, also signaled a more liberal new drug policy in the conservative party.

Mon
28
Oct

European regulators slammed over CBD cosmetics’ confusion

A Leading industry body is calling for clarification on the regulations around CBD in European cosmetics – as the market prepares for massive growth.

Earlier this year the European Union’s (E.U.) cosmetics regulators proposed a new classification for CBD; it did not go down well with the industry. It’s a confusing situation as the EU’s dictat relied on a strict interpretation of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (SCND) which classifies cannabis as as a banned substance.

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