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10
Aug

A man who was sentenced to life in prison for selling $30 of marijuana will be freed

A military veteran serving a life sentence for selling less than $30 worth of marijuana will soon be released from prison, his attorney said.

Mon
10
Aug

Arizona Court Rules Marijuana Initiative Can Be on November Ballots

Late Friday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith ruled that the Smart and Safe Act ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older in Arizona did not mislead voters about key provisions in its 100-word summary, as a frivolous lawsuit by a local anti-marijuana group claimed.

Mon
10
Aug

Thailand Bets on Private Medical Marijuana to Lift Economy

Thailand’s ailing economy, particularly its tourism and agriculture sectors, is poised to get a boost from new rules that ease the private cultivation and sale of medical marijuana.

The Cabinet amended the Narcotics Act on Aug. 4, pending Parliament’s approval, to allow private medical operators -- a category including some traditional medicine practitioners and farmers -- to grow and trade the crop including for both export and import. The move expands a cornerstone policy of Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who bet that the controlled legalization of marijuana would boost the wellness, travel and agriculture sectors.

Fri
07
Aug

Cannabis Legalization Is Not A Priority for Congress, Biden, or Trump. Here's Why.

The industry doesn't have the political clout or voter passion behind them to push weed over the finish line, but you can help.

Despite evidence that two-thirds of Americans support legalizing cannabis, federal moves towards legalization have been small and halting. Even simple measures, such as regulating banking in states where cannabis is legal, have a tough time getting support in Washington. Think about that.  How many issues in today’s polarized society have a two-thirds consensus? You’d think politicians could unite to present a rare bipartisan win and get on with it. You’d also think that presidential candidates scrambling for votes in a close election would want to tap into that 66 percent.

But unfortunately, you'd think wrong. What is going on?

Fri
07
Aug

Cannabis Is Poised to Rescue the Economy From Collapse

But first, we need to do these 5 things.

Billions of dollars are sitting at the doorstep of Capitol Hill, begging to participate in the economy. But with some wise moves by the Federal government and regulatory agencies, cannabis-generated revenue could be a significant answer to our financial crisis stemming from the pandemic. 

For proof, look at the numbers. In 2019, the cannabis industry generated $629.3 million in tax revenue. Thirty-three thousand jobs were added in the United States, bringing the total to 250,000 jobs. The federal legalization of marijuana would create more jobs, provide potential breakthrough medical advancements, and possibly help reverse social injustice.

Fri
07
Aug

Man sentenced to over a year in prison for growing more than 40 cannabis plants at home

Gary Widdowson, 34, had the cops visit on an unrelated matter. But then they found cannabis in the house.

Authorities were at Gary Widdowson’s house on an unrelated matter but what they stumbled upon landed the 34-year-old a prison sentence.

Police found more than 40 plants growing in his home, in addition to scales and dried cannabis. Widdowson, a resident of Vicars Walk, U.K., was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to “two counts of possession with intent to supply at a previous hearing,” Worksop Guardian reports.

Fri
07
Aug

The 4 States Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana in November 2020

Despite many growing pains this year, the marijuana industry continues to be one of the fastest expanding in the world.

With only a few months before Americans visit the polls, nearly a dozen states have proposed cannabis initiatives, The Motley Fool reports. However, many of them are still pending official review before being added to ballots.

Of all the states, marijuana legalization initiatives in these four states appear to have the best chance of being voted into law at the ballots this November:

  • Arizona (recreational)
  • Mississippi (medical)
  • New Jersey (recreational)
  • South Dakota (medical and recreational)
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Fri
07
Aug

San Diego County Declines To End Cannabis Ban

San Diego County cannabis activists have set their sights on the upcoming election as their next chance to affect change.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors declined to take action on a proposal that would end a ban on cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas of the county and establish the framework for a social equity program in a regulated marijuana industry. The motion to approve the proposal from Supervisor Nathan Fletcher died a quick death at a meeting on Wednesday when it failed to receive a second from any of his colleagues on the board.

Thu
06
Aug

Michael Thompson was given a 60-year prison sentence for selling three pounds of pot. He is now presumed to have COVID-19

Supporters are concerned the 69-year-old diabetic, who is not set to be eligible for parole until he reaches his late 80s, may not survive the ordeal

Although Michael Thompson has been in jail for more than 25 years for selling weed, he may be facing a death sentence.

Thompson is Michigan’s longest-serving non-violent offender. He was convicted of selling three pounds of cannabis to a police informant in 1994 and was incarcerated in 1996 after being sentenced to 42 to 60 years in prison.

Wed
05
Aug

Texas Now Accepting Applications To Manufacture, Sell Consumable Hemp Products

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Monday it has launched a new program to regulate the manufacturing, processing, distribution and retail sale of consumable hemp products.

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