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Fri
22
May

Italian Supreme Court Verifies Personal Cannabis Cultivation Is Legal

In an under-cover-of-darkness decision, the Italian Supreme Court made a clarification about Italian cannabis laws that verified it was not illegal for residents to grow their own cannabis for personal use. But how has this decision changed things?

On December 19th the Italian Court of Cassation, called on by the Supreme Court to interpret a long argued over provision of the Consolidated Law – the legal framework for dealing with drugs in Italy, gave a final interpretation of the law that stated personal cultivation of cannabis in small amounts is legal.

Thu
21
May

3 House Bills Put Marijuana Laws In Perspective

Legislators have been busy with marijuana laws across the country. Here’s a recap, in case you missed it.

When it comes to the cannabis industry, numerous changes occur at the state and federal levels — often in a short amount of time.

Here’s a look at the latest legislation news to come out of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Minnesota

On Sunday, the Minnesota Senate voted to eliminate the previously passed provision that allowed medical marijuana patients to buy raw and whole-plant forms of cannabis.

Since the endorsement of medicinal cannabis in Minnesota, sales of the flower are not allowed. Only the sale of extracts is supported, undermining the rights of marijuana users.

Thu
21
May

Study: Adult-Use Legalization Associated with Decline in Youth Treatment Admissions

The enactment of adult-use cannabis legalization laws is not associated with an increase in marijuana-related youth drug treatment admissions, according to

Thu
21
May

Oklahoma Could be First State to Implement Cannabis Breathalyzers

Oklahoma is currently working on the implementation of cannabis breathalyzers. This would be a huge step forward, as it would be the first time states could fairly test whether or not drivers are under the influence. 

Thu
21
May

Justice For All? How COVID-19 Is Affecting Litigation in the Cannabis Industry

The pandemic has affected every industry in the U.S., some worse than others, and the cannabis industry has not been immune. Unfortunately, some cannabis companies seeking justice in court could face such long delays that they may never get resolution.

Courts have never been known for speedy turnarounds even in the best of times, and in the midst of a pandemic, many legal proceedings have come to a grinding halt. To put things in perspective, in Denver, prior to COVID-19, a lawsuit typically took about a year from start to finish. And that’s extremely quick compared to other cities. In Chicago, for example, lawsuits can drag on for years. 

Thu
21
May

Virginia: CBD in Food Bill Signed Into Law

Virginia legislation to allow CBD in food products has been officially passed into law, reports the Associated Press.

According to the AP’s report, the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp and its derivatives no longer classified as controlled substances by the federal government, so the crop can be grown and distributed in most states. But under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, it is illegal to add CBD to food.

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Wed
20
May

Attorneys General Push for Marijuana Banking Reform

Attorneys Generals from 34 states and territories sent a letter today to Congressional leadership urging members to expeditiously pass

Wed
20
May

Governor of Maryland Vetoes Bill To Prevent Public Viewing of Past Pot-Related Offenses

A bill designed to keep marijuana-related convictions out of public view has been vetoed by

Wed
20
May

Report Shows Teen Cannabis Use In Uruguay Has Not Been Impacted By Legalization

Seven years after it became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana, Uruguay’s youth are no more likely to get high under the new law, according to a

Wed
20
May

Can CBD Companies Secure Federal Trademark Protection?

With the growing popularity of hemp-derived cannabidiol (hemp CBD) products in e-commerce, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has seen a significant influx of trademark applications used in association with CBD goods. However, many of these applications have been denied by the USPTO.

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