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Aug

Schumer Calls On USDA To Delay Hemp Final Rule

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has urged the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to hold off on implementing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program final rule until 2022.

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Aug

Idahoans' support for medical marijuana has grown, but it might not be reflected in the Legislature

Ten years ago, when Bill Esbensen first began working with activists to push for some form of legal marijuana in Idaho, someone threatened to beat him up for it.

He was at a Willie Nelson concert in Boise, trying to collect signatures to get an initiative to legalize marijuana on the ballot. As he remembered it, the man who wanted to attack him for collecting signatures was probably older than 80.

“That was the attitude of people back then,” he said.

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14
Aug

WHO cannabis rescheduling and its relevance for the Caribbean

Following its first-ever critical review of cannabis, in January 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a collection of formal recommendations to reschedule cannabis and cannabis-related substances. 53 member states of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), two of which are Caribbean states, are set to vote on these recommendations in December 2020.

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14
Aug

Use Algorithms To Expunge Cannabis Convictions

Cannabis prohibition is one of the worst public policies in modern times. Prohibition is often used to trample on citizens’ rights around the world, including and especially citizens of color.

Efforts to dismantle global institutional racism must absolutely include ending cannabis prohibition.

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14
Aug

Canadian pot producers take fight to illicit market with cheap cannabis

It took some time, but Canadian cannabis producers appear​ to have finally embraced selling cheaper pot. 

The so-called value segment of the Canadian cannabis market - defined by one analyst as having a retail price below $6 per gram - has exploded in recent months: it accounted for slightly more than 40 per cent of all dried flower sales in July, up from 10 per cent of the market last September, according to industry data provider Headset. 

The popularity of these “value" products has helped companies like Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Canopy Growth Corp. report better-than-expected quarterly sales figures, while also providing consumers with a competitively priced product that could lure people away from the illicit market. 

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14
Aug

Kamala Harris Has A Complicated Marijuana History

The VP pick has evolved her views on cannabis reform, but her history has left her open to attacks from opponents.

When Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as his running mate Tuesday, he invited renewed interest in what cannabis reform would look like under his potential presidency. GOP figures, including President Donald Trump, immediately targeted Harris’s conflicting history with cannabis in his initial response to Biden’s historic decision.

In recent years, Harris embraced reform at the federal level by sponsoring a number of cannabis bills and has called to end the War on Drugs. So what makes her a target on cannabis reform? It has to do with her past.

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14
Aug

Oklahoma: Cannabis sales through June nearly eclipses all of 2019

Oklahoma cannabis users are on pace to spend twice as much this year compared to 2019.

As of June, Oklahomans spent more than $385 million this year on medical marijuana. That's nearly the entire amount spent during 12 months last year, according to an analysis of data from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Much of that boost came during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when collections of the 7% tax on medical marijuana rose dramatically. Sales have leveled off, however, and dipped slightly in June to an estimated $74.8 million.

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14
Aug

Illinois To Issue 75 Cannabis Dispensary Licenses In Coming Weeks

State regulators announced 75 new cannabis dispensaries will be permitted in the coming weeks following Tuesday's approval of rules for a tiebreaking process for granting licenses to recreational marijuana retailers.

The licenses are set to be the first issued by Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to anyone other than the owners of the few dozen companies that were already authorized to operate medical marijuana dispensaries before lawmakers voted to legalize the retail sale of adult-use cannabis.

Thu
13
Aug

AHA Wants Marijuana Removed From Schedule I

The American Heart Association says marijuana should be removed from the USA’s Schedule I controlled substance category – but not to encourage wider use.

Not all cannabis is equal in the eyes of the law in the USA. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis, but are treated very differently.

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13
Aug

Michigan marijuana companies targeted in class-action lawsuits claiming telemarketing violations

Florida attorney Andrew J. Shamis, who’s developed a cottage industry suing companies over use of unsolicited telemarketing, has set his sites on marijuana companies in Michigan.

Shamis with his Miami-based law firm, Shamis & Gentile, has sued at least three Michigan marijuana companies in federal court this year, including MichiCann Medical, which operates as 420 Dank in Detroit; AEY Capital, which does business as Gage Cannabis and Light ‘N Up Provisioning and Microbuddery in Flint.

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