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Wed
22
Apr

Australia’s growing industrial hemp industry

In 2017, after extensive campaigning by industry bodies and advocates, the federal government of Australia approved the legalisation of hemp-based foodstuffs for human consumption.

The cultivation of hemp for food had been banned in Australia since 1937, when widespread concerns over the alleged dangers of cannabis – shored up by representatives of the growing cotton and nylon industries, working to destabilise their competition – led to strict legal sanctions which would last until the 21st century.

Wed
22
Apr

Medical cannabis in Greece: legalisation and regulation

The Greek Ministries of Development and Investments and Rural Development and Food tell MCN about the future of Greece’s medical cannabis industry.

Wed
22
Apr

Marijuana Businesses Pay Taxes, But Can't Get Federal Disaster Relief

The federal government's prohibition against marijuana continues to rear its head. Few examples may prove as dire as the current one: federal funds aimed at providing relief for small businesses impacted by COVID 19 cannot go to marijuana businesses.

The cannabis industry has worked hard pitching into the coronavirus relief effort, including the donation of masks, gowns, and gloves. But when it comes to getting some help themselves from their own federal government, they are currently out of luck.

Tue
21
Apr

20 ways to address marijuana reform amid COVID

As Congress returns to address the global coronavirus pandemic, it should not leave out relief for cannabis workers, employers, patients, and individuals directly impacted by marijuana prohibition. 

The worst impacts of COVID-19 have disproportionately impacted the populations that were already the most vulnerable before the virus hit U.S. shores. Given the far-reaching consequences of marijuana criminalization, communities harmed by prohibition are at an elevated risk to economic and health challenges during this crisis. 

Tue
21
Apr

Recreational Cannabis Won’t Make Missouri Ballot

While Missouri voters were excited about the chance to vote on recreational cannabis this November, it turns out they will have to wait another year, as medical cannabis won’t be making the ballot. 

The organization that rallied to try and get cannabis on the ballot, Missourians for a New Approach, are suspending their efforts, according to the Springfield News Leader.  

Tue
21
Apr

Los Angeles Cannabis Entrepreneurs File Lawsuit Over Dispensary Approval Process

Potential cannabis business owners in Los Angeles looking to open new shops are suing the city, claiming the process for applying for a license is  “flawed.”

The L.A. Times reports that the lawsuit was filed last week by the Social Equity Owners and Workers Association. They are demanding that the city vet all applications based on a first-come-first-served basis or come up with a new system that is more “equal, fair, and transparent.”

Tue
21
Apr

Marijuana Legalization in Mexico Isn’t Likely in 2020

Marijuana legalization in Mexico looks hazy this year. While the country planned to legalize marijuana in October 2019, issues came up. After a lot of deadline extensions, the country was ready to legalize marijuana by the end of April 2020. However, the Mexican Supreme Court has extended the deadline again. The new deadline is partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, marijuana legalization probably isn’t in the cards for Mexico in 2020.

Mon
20
Apr

Kansas moves one step closer to commercial hemp program

The process of establishing a new commercial hemp program in Kansas has taken a critical first step.

The Hutchinson News reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the plan by the Kansas Department of Agriculture to change the state’s research-based commercial hemp program to a commercial program.

This approval makes it possible for farmers to grow hemp without being under the umbrella of a research program. Once this program is approved by the state, farmers will not have to make formal research proposals in order to grow the non-hallucinogenic crop.

But the program must jump through several more hurdles to change status. These include state-based rules and regulations.

Mon
20
Apr

Members of Congress Formally Request Marijuana Industry's Inclusion in Future Coronavirus Relief Packages

A clutch of congresspeople are pushing for the marijuana industry to be included in the next round of government relief for businesses and people affected by the economic fallout of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The lawmakers have made a formal request for such assistance in a brief letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

All told, the document bears the names of 34 members of the House. It's a bipartisan group which includes Democrats Katie Porter and Tulsi Gabbard, and Republican Matt Gaetz. 

Mon
20
Apr

Judge Upholds Closure of Massachusetts Adult-Use Cannabis Shops

A Massachusetts judge has upheld Gov. Charlie Baker’s order to close recreational cannabis retailers during the coronavirus pandemic, ruling against adult-use dispensary owners who challenged the closures in court. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Kenneth W. Salinger said in a decision handed down on Thursday that the plaintiffs are unlikely to win their case and denied their request to allow the shops to reopen.  

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