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Wed
20
May

Will States Impacted By Coronavirus Turn To Marijuana Legalization?

States still searching for the best path forward in balancing economic and health concerns amid the continuing coronavirus outbreak also face another challenge once businesses reopen: recovering billions lost in state tax revenue, as well as millions of lost jobs.

In the long term, marijuana legalization might provide an answer. Even in historically conservative Texas, where marijuana is not legal but has been decriminalized, a movement is growing to legalize cannabis. Many believe the resulting tax revenue can help the state recover.

Wed
20
May

Is Lesotho Selling Out Its Own Citizens to Ride the African Green Rush?

Africa’s growing Green Rush has seen a surge in changing cannabis regulation, but how much of it is for the good of the people?

Lesotho was the first African country to legalize the cultivation of medical cannabis for exportation, but why aren’t they offering it to their own people? And who is profiting from all this weed?

Tue
19
May

How WA Marijuana Businesses Have Stayed Open During Pandemic

A trip to the marijuana store is one of the few retail experiences we have outside of visiting the grocery store. So what can be learned from marijuana businesses during this stretch?

On January 21, 2020, a man in Washington State was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus after he traveled to China. This was the first confirmed case in the United States. A little over a month later, on February 29, a man in Washington died from what we were now calling COVID-19. This was the first reported COVID-19 death in the United States, though we would later learn that two residents of a nursing home in Washington State had died a few days before and a man in California’s autopsy later confirmed that he had succumbed to the virus on February 6.

Tue
19
May

Missouri medical marijuana dispensaries set to start opening, with new rules now in place

Medical marijuana dispensaries may open soon in Missouri, even despite setbacks posed to state government due to COVID-19.

Medical marijuana has technically been legal for Missouri cardholders since January 1, but administrative drawbacks make it less feasible for retailers to sell cannabis at present.

The state is requiring that cannabis plants in Missouri be grown from seeds, beginning on or after the January 1, 2020 cutoff.

Dr Randall Williams reported late last month that, although the issue was toward the bottom of his department’s list of concerns, the state is aiming to allow medical pot shops to open in “late July or early August.”

Tue
19
May

Massachusetts reopening plan for recreational marijuana calls for curbside delivery to start May 25

After being shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced recreational marijuana stores can reopen on May 25 for curbside delivery only as part of a comprehensive statewide reopening plan unveiled Monday.

Mon
18
May

Arizona Supreme Court Rejects Digital Signatures for Cannabis Reform

Despite the fact that several campaigns in Arizona are trying to stay relevant by collecting digital signatures, the Arizona Supreme Court won’t accept anything other than in-person signatures, even considering the COVID-19 pandemic. This will impact the Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative 2020. 

Mon
18
May

Loophole Legalization: How Spain’s Cannabis Clubs Came to Be

They say that rules were made to be broken, and Spain’s cannabis clubs are the perfect example. Exploiting legal ambiguities has been a part of human existence since the inception of rules, but some loopholes are just way cooler than others.

A common misconception of Europe is that there are countries, or locations, where cannabis is entirely legal. Technically this isn’t true at all. Not even with the coffee shops in the Netherlands, Christiana in Denmark, or Spain’s cannabis social clubs. Technically cannabis is not fully legal in any of these places, yet all of these places have legal loopholes, or a government willing to turn a blind eye. In the case of cannabis clubs throughout Spain, it’s an interesting legal framework that put it all into place.

Mon
18
May

Slovakia Is Only EU State to Ban CBD

The argument over whether to legalize cannabis has led to many countries making distinctions between different components of the plant.

These distinctions have meant that the cannabinoid CBD has been treated more leniently than the rest of the plant, and is often no longer subject to the same regulation. But this is not the case everywhere, and in the EU, Slovakia is the sole holdout in keeping CBD illegal.

Mon
18
May

Federal mental health grants canceled because Maine has legal marijuana

Because Maine allows the medical use of marijuana by students, the federal government is cutting off $3.3 million in already approved funding to support mental health programs for youngsters.

It isn’t clear whether the new federal policy may impact other grants received by the state.

The state won a five-year federal grant in 2018 that provided $1.1 million annually for a program called Maine-AWARE to assist in bolstering the social service infrastructure to support student mental health in three districts across the state.

Maine received the money for the first two years, but recently learned it won’t get any more due to a policy change in Washington that cuts off states that allow students access to medical marijuana.

Mon
18
May

Louisiana House votes to expand medical marijuana program

Friday was a busy day at the Louisiana House of Representatives, though most of the bills lawmakers sent to the state Senate were approved without controversy.

Perhaps surprisingly, given the vigorous debate on the subject during past sessions, a measure to expand the state’s medical marijuana program was swiftly approved by a 76-15 vote. House Bill 819 by Rep. Larry Bagley, a Stonewall Republican, adds nine conditions for which doctors can recommend medical marijuana products; Louisiana’s program does not include raw marijuana that can be smoked.

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