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Study Shows Cannabis Legalization Doesn’t Impact Youth Cannabis Use

There has been much speculation about whether or not cannabis use in teens has gone up or down due to legalization and medical acceptance in states across the U.S. Some studies have looked for a positive impact on lowering teen use, while detractors have claimed cannabis is now more accessible.

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Retail Sale Of Marijuana In Maine To Begin On October 9

Mainers will be able to legally buy marijuana at retail shops on Oct. 9, the state announced Friday, nearly four years after residents voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

The state Office of Marijuana Policy will issue its first recreational marijuana business licenses on Sept. 8. That will give stores time to harvest, test and package marijuana products for sale a month later.

“Today’s announcement is a major milestone in honoring the will of Maine voters and a significant step toward launching a new industry in the state,” OMP Director Erik Gundersen said in a statement.

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Forecasting the Kamala Harris Effect on Cannabis

Cannabis industry members, as well as growers considering cannabis production, potentially stand to benefit from former Vice President and presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 election.

According to an article by Kyle Jaeger on MarijuanaMoment.com, Harris has evolved significantly on cannabis policy over her career. Though she coauthored an official voter guide argument opposing a California cannabis legalization measure as a prosecutor in 2010, she went on to sponsor legislation to federally deschedule marijuana in 2019.

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South Dakota Submits State Hemp Plan To USDA

South Dakota’s Department of Agriculture announced last week it had submitted its hemp plan to the USDA for review and hopefully, approval.

And what a road it has been for what was one the remaining hemp holdout states to get to this point.

Back in March last year, a bill that would have allowed hemp to be cultivated and processed in the state, House Bill 1191, was vetoed by Governor Kristi Noem. Governor Noem held the view the state wasn’t ready for the crop.

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Higher amount of Canadian marijuana being intercepting at border

The amount of Canadian marijuana intercepted at the U.S.-Canada border crossing in New York State is skyrocketing.

The Peace Bridge is no different. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have not seen anything like this before.

Exhibit A: On Monday, a tractor-trailer was discovered to be carrying almost two tons of pot. It was loaded onto 14 shipping pallets that were listed as lighting equipment.

With marijuana legal in Canada, but against federal law here, border crossing officers are finding more attempts to smuggle pot into the United States.

The Buffalo Field Office for customers and border security has jurisdiction from the Peace Bridge to the Port of Champlain.

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Montana Cannabis Legalization Initiatives Qualify For November Ballot

Two separate cannabis initiatives have qualified for the general election ballot in Montana, making it the sixth state in the nation that will be voting on a legalization measure in November. On Thursday, the office of Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton revealed that supporters for Initiative 190 and Constitutional Initiative 118 had collected enough signatures to qualify both measures for the ballot.

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14
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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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
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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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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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