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Tue
08
Dec

Could Florida be the next state to legalize marijuana in 2022?

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Four more states voted to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in November, and late Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

Two legalization amendments could make the 2022 ballot in Florida, and a powerful state senator has filed a bill to keep control of marijuana in the legislature’s hands.

Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota all voted to legalize recreational marijuana this past November. That brings the total number of states to legalize marijuana to 15.

Nick Hansen is leading one of the referendums in Florida.

Mon
07
Dec

“Archaic” Cannabis Scheduling Dumped By U.N.

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has voted to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotics – but only just.

The CND is comprised of 53 member countries and is responsible for implementing international drug control treaties as well as the Scheduling of drugs. In January last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) made number of recommendations to the CND in relation to altering the scope of control of cannabis and related substances.

Mon
07
Dec

Public Policy’s Approach To Cannabis Versus Alcohol

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Mind-altering substances have always been a complex subject, and myriad opinions abound.

As the public perception of alcohol, cannabis, and other recreational drugs has evolved and changed over time, so have the policies and regulations of those substances.

And public policies surrounding cannabis and alcohol continue to evolve, in the U.S. and around the world. 

For example, the recreational use of cannabis, long vilified by the government and mainstream media alike, now enjoys mainstream acceptance throughout much of the country.

The 2020 election served to further drive the national push towards legal recreational cannabis.

Mon
07
Dec

House Votes In Favor of MORE Act

The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor on this first-of-its-kind federal cannabis decriminalization bill. It was a partisan vote despite marijuana being a bipartisan issue. Democrats voted 213 YES and 6 NO, while Republicans voted 5 YES 156 NO.

Just after an election that saw four states legalize marijuana and two states legalize medical marijuana, it’s become clear that most Americans have a progressive view on marijuana. In fact, Pew Research reports that 67% of Americans support marijuana legalization.

Mon
07
Dec

Why Southern States Are Still Pushing Back On Marijuana Legalization

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The South may be quietly adjusting to the new legalization landscape. But for now, the good ol’ white guys prevail, and Christians have righteous morality straight from the Bible on their side.

As of the November elections, there are now 15 states and the District of Columbia who have legalized adult use. There are some 36 states that enacted or voted to enact medical marijuana laws.

Mon
07
Dec

What's Impeding New Jersey's Cannabis Amendment?

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The New Year's Day deadline until New Jersey's constitutional amendment authorizing recreational marijuana takes effect is fast approaching, along with the final scheduled legislative voting session of the year.

But New Jersey's Democratic-led Legislature finds itself at an impasse over measures decriminalizing marijuana and, until late Friday, also setting up the new recreational marketplace.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and legislators said they reached an agreement on setting up the marketplace, but didn't disclose details on Friday.

Mon
07
Dec

New initiative to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in Nebraska

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There’s a renewed push to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in Nebraska, lawmakers say they plan to obtain 250,000 total signatures to get both medical initiatives on the ballot in 2022.

Nebraska voters are already weighing the pros and cons to both proposals.

“There's a negative propaganda about it and I think... people should look deeper into it,” said Nick Hancke. “There’s a positive aspect to it than what’s been said about it.”

“I think everything has its limitations,” said Princess Brown. “So as long as it’s not something that is going to be abused, which we all know people do that, I do think it would be beneficial.”

Mon
07
Dec

Global Easing On Cannabis Could Jumpstart Markets

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The United Nations has voted to remove cannabis from its classification as a dangerous drug. This week the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs. This decision could potentially jumpstart the global medical marijuana industry. Many cannabis companies have eyed global expansion, but the markets have proven to be challenging as laws have remained strict.

Fri
04
Dec

House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

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WASHINGTON — The Democratic−controlled House on Friday approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, reversing what supporters called a failed policy of criminalization of pot use and taking steps to address racial disparities in enforcement of federal drug laws.

Opponents, mostly Republicans, called the bill a hollow political gesture and mocked Democrats for bringing it up at a time when thousands of Americans are dying from the coronavirus pandemic.

Fri
04
Dec

NBA to continue policy of not testing players for marijuana

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We all see which way this issue is trending, right?

While marijuana is still on its banned substance list, the NBA and players union agree to terms that would not text players in the Orlando restart bubble for pot. That is going to carry over to this season, reports Ben Dowsett.

Marijuana legalization is becoming more common nationwide. Recreational use is fully legal in 15 states plus the District of Columbia, and many other states have various levels of decriminalization or medical use allowances. With younger generations leaning much more heavily toward legalization, this trend is likely to continue across the nation.

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