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Fri
18
Oct

Could Ireland be softening its stance on cannabis?

Prevailing attitudes in Ireland still hold cannabis as a dangerous substance, in contrast to the support of strictly-controlled medicinal marijuana.

Despite being known as “The Emerald Isle,” cannabis remains illegal for recreational use in Ireland, while medicinal use has only recently been legalized and approved for specific conditions as a “last resort” treatment. Prevailing attitudes in Ireland still consider the marijuana plant as dangerous, in contrast to the support of strictly-controlled medical cannabis. Nonetheless, personal possession and consumption is treated as a minor offense. But could the Irish be softening their stance on cannabis and be in the early stages of legalization?

Fri
18
Oct

Cannabis legislation progresses, yet US companies and US cannabis investors are moving in reverse

Buoyed by wide-scale public support, legislation to legalize and properly regulate cannabis in the U.S. on the state and federal level continues to gain steam. So why are commercial and investment banks moving in the opposite direction? And what are the risks to U.S. companies and workers who are trying to build out this high growth, CPG (consumer packaged goods) sector? As a result, the U.S. retail investor has become collateral damage.

Fri
18
Oct

Nevada cracking down on marijuana businesses

Nevada officials have begun to crack down on marijuana businesses amid allegations of possible corruption and lax regulation in the state’s young but lucrative industry.

Fri
18
Oct

Taxes from legal pot could subsidize weed for low-income patients in New Mexico

proposal unveiled Wednesday for legal marijuana sales throughout New Mexico would use taxes to subsidize medical pot purchases for low-income patients and set aside money for police and loans to cannabis startup companies.

A panel appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, published recommendations for legalization that take cues from other states that regulate recreational marijuana markets.

Fri
18
Oct

As the Presidential election looms, where is Florida in their legalization of marijuana?

Florida already has a medical marijuana program in place, but the consensus seems to be that unleashing the leaf from its prohibition standard is the next logical step.

The presidential election is just about a year away from either making America great again, again or sending it down the path to a long recovery from the clown shoe politics of the past four years. In the midst of the madness, there is marijuana. Some claim the issue has achieved great strides in 2019, more prominent than ever before, while those of us who reside in a more real place has clearly noticed that legal weed is not really in any better position than it has been in a long time.

Fri
18
Oct

Mandatory testing now required for medical marijuana sales in Oklahoma

The content of your weed could be a lot more than just THC.

News 4 went to the labs responsible for testing medical marijuana in Oklahoma and found out some distributors in the industry are skimping on their safety procedures.

Just drive down North May Avenue and you can't look left or right without seeing a medical marijuana dispensary.

Some are even calling it "The Green Mile."

But are the products you're buying safe?

The industry was unregulated in Oklahoma until the Unity Bill went into effect recently, making safety testing at licensed labs mandatory.

"We're talking about $40 a pound," Wendy Hampton, CEO at Express Toxicology Services, said.

Their Edmond facility mostly tests marijuana sent to them by growers and processors.

Fri
18
Oct

A look at Canada's cannabis legalization, one year later

REGINA -- Vatic Cannabis Company was the first pot store to open in the Regina area when marijuana was legalized one year ago.

Since then, there have been ups and downs, but CEO Allen Kilback says the first year has been a great learning experience.

“A year ago, you couldn’t walk in this place, we had a lineup to get in, so the industry has changed quite a bit, obviously there’s more stores open, but the novelty of legal cannabis stores has worn out now,” Kilback said.

Many of their customers are regulars with ages between 19 and 91.

Kilback added they’re continuing to look at ways to lower prices and they’ve recently joined together with other independent cannabis stores to form the Saskatchewan Weed Pool.

Fri
18
Oct

Denver efforts to clear marijuana-related convictions from criminal records starts slowly - The Denver Post

 

Despite much fanfare, Denver’s attempt to help people shed the burden of minor marijuana convictions experienced a slow start.

Extremely slow.

In Denver, 60 people have successfully vacated their convictions in the city program’s first six months — less than 1% of the more than 13,000 eligible for expungement, according to city data. In Boulder, 11 people have cleared their record of the at least 4,000 people eligible, according to the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office.

Thu
17
Oct

Pot use admission at U.S. border snagging Canadian boomers, says lawyer

Canadians wanting to cross the U.S. border are being asked different marijuana questions than they were before cannabis was legal, says an American immigration lawyer who represents numerous aging baby boomers denied entry to America for past pot use.

Recreational marijuana will have been legal for a year on Thursday, but any celebrating still stops at the U.S. border, said Len Saunders, a Canadian-born lawyer based in Blaine, Wash.

“They are not asking questions of recent use because they know they can’t deny the person because it’s legal in Canada,” he said. Instead, he said they’re asking Canadians if they have ever smoked marijuana and that’s what’s been keeping him busy.

Thu
17
Oct

The problem with marijuana legalization

Those who support marijuana prohibition like to talk about all of the problems they feel are inherent to and result from legalization. As someone who wholeheartedly supports an end to prohibition, I can admit there are some major problems with legalization, especially in the U.S.

A glaring problem is that government lawmakers and bureaucrats are in charge of implementing it. This leads to a myriad of delays and compromises that we chronicle regularly here at The Marijuana Times. But some would say that an even bigger problem is the incremental, piecemeal way legalization is being enacted. 

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