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Mon
18
May

Surprise! There's Cannabis Reform Legislation in the Latest COVID-19 Relief Bill

For more than two months now, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted economic activity to a degree we've never previously witnessed. All told, the U.S. unemployment rate is nearing 15%, which is a level unseen since the Great Depression.

Mon
18
May

Oklahoma may launch marijuana breathalyzer pilot program

Oklahoma could launch a pilot program to conduct marijuana breathalyzer tests to determine if people are driving under the influence.

Oklahoma’s Legislature passed legislation last week to require the Department of Public Safety use $300,000 to pay for a medical marijuana pilot program to test out marijuana breathalyzers.

Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee, said Oklahoma could be one of the first states in the nation to use this new technology.

“We have a lot of problems when it comes to medical marijuana and DUI laws and determining impairment, he said.

There are few accurate roadside tools to determine marijuana impairment.

Mon
18
May

Missouri Legislature Passes Bill Banning Certain Forms of Marijuana Edibles

Missouri hasn't yet thrown open its medical marijuana market, but it's already placing limits on the trade. On Thursday its House of Representatives passed a bill barring the sale of certain edible marijuana products, among other restrictions. It now goes to Governor Mike Parson to be signed into law, a process that is usually a formality.

The lawmakers' fear is that certain forms of edibles might be attractive to children, so the law bars any such product molded into "the shape of a human, animal, or fruit, including realistic, artistic, caricature, or cartoon renderings."

Fri
15
May

Poll: Respondents in Adult-Use Marijuana States Say Legalization Has Been Successful

Most adults living in states where marijuana use is legal view the policy change as successful, according to state-specific polling data compiled by YouGov.com.

Respondents in California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and Washington were asked their opinion regarding whether their state’s adult-use legalization policy “has been a success or a failure.”

Fri
15
May

West Virginia Cashing in on CBD: Hemp farmers apply for permits as new rules go into effect

While it may be hard to describe what exactly hemp is, it is easy to say what it’s not: marijuana.

Industrial hemp is a strain of the cannabis sativa plant that has been cultivated for thousands of years, used extensively for making rope and textiles. Hemp-fiber remnants have been found in Mesopotamia from the B.C. era and China in the early A.D. years.

In West Virginia, hemp production began statewide in 2014 with a pilot program. Nationwide, industrial hemp legalization was included in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Fri
15
May

U.S. cities ignoring cannabis crimes to prevent pandemic spread

America’s relationship to cannabis is changing because of the coronavirus pandemic. Governors openly lament that their state didn’t legalize cannabis, marijuana retail is considered “essential business” and some scientists have suggested CBD could help treat COVID-19.

Thu
14
May

Israel approves medical cannabis exports

Israel gave approval on Wednesday for exports of medical cannabis, paving the way for sales abroad that the government expects to produce hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

“This is a significant step for exporters and the Israeli industry, which will enable both expansion of export opportunities as well as rising employment … in the field,” said Economy Minister Eli Cohen.

Cohen gave final approval for the exports more than a year after the cabinet backed a new law to permit them. Cohen’s order takes effect in 30 days, allowing exporters to apply for a licence from the Health Ministry.

Thu
14
May

Trial And Error: Cannabis And The Big Four Sports Leagues

It seems likely that cannabis will end up like alcohol, only monitored for actual abuse with corresponding treatment options and monetary fines depending on number of offenses.

Anyone who knows me knows that I really enjoy sports of all kinds. I was a college soccer player and played competitive club soccer in Florida before that from the age of 7 onward (and I now play in an adult co-ed league in Los Angeles). Unfortunately, COVID-19 has put the damper on watching live professional sports on TV, and clearly no one can attend any sporting events right now or likely anytime soon. Pro athletes have time on their hands now to train and/or rest up accordingly, which got me to thinking about our pro leagues’ treatment of cannabis and how it has evolved over recent years.

Thu
14
May

The Legal Situation of Cannabis in Denmark

Denmark is quickly becoming one of the largest cannabis growers in Europe. As of the 2nd of March, 2020, the Danish government has authorised more than 40 cannabis companies to cultivate and handle marijuana in order to produce medicinal-grade products.

But what’s the legal situation of cannabis in Denmark? Can residents or tourists use marijuana without getting into legal trouble? Let’s find out.

Thu
14
May

Legalized Religiously – How Rastafari Tradition Is Helping Ease Cannabis Regulation in the Caribbean

Throughout history, cannabis has established itself as a popular recreational tool and powerful medicine, used in these ways worldwide according to local culture. For the Rastafari, though, it’s also a part of their religious tradition. As cannabis laws are reassessed globally, the push for religious freedom has helped loosen regulation for the Caribbean communities.

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