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Thu
21
Mar

Ottawa estimates up to 10,000 Canadians could be pardoned by proposed cannabis amnesty bill

Approximately 10,000 individuals are expected to apply for free pardons for convictions of cannabis possession incurred during prohibition if the federal government approves a bill to compensate those with criminal records, Ottawa is estimating.

Before legalization came into force last autumn, the possession of 30 g of cannabis or less was punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The federal government is proposing to waive the $631 fee, as well as the five-year wait, necessary to apply for a pardon.

Wed
20
Mar

Michigan: Proposed changes to medical marijuana rules worry some caregivers, dispensary owners

“The state will vote on that resolution Thursday. Now if it passes dispensaries like this one in Ypsilanti tell me they’re worried they’re going to end up paying a lot more for product they once bought directly from caregivers.”

Owner of Sticky Ypsi Jake Abraham says all of his product now, is from caregivers — personal growers allowed 72 plants for up to 6 patients. Abraham buys their excess product.

If the state’s medical marijuana licensing board approves a resolution from LARA- the state’s regulatory arm, the excess product would first need to go to a licensed grower and processor to be state tested.

“I’ll have to overpay for my product and it will be about half the quality of what I’m getting now.”

Wed
20
Mar

Legalization of recreational marijuana will change policing, experts say

Law-enforcement officials at a conference Tuesday in the resort said legalization of recreational marijuana will change the way they police and stressed the need to educate young people about the dangers of the drug.

Dozens of law-enforcement officials gathered at the Law Enforcement Against Drugs, or L.E.A.D., conference at Harrah’s Resort to learn about how recreational marijuana could change the way they police their communities.

“The train has left the station,” said Robert Kugler, chief of police of Saddle Brook, Bergen County. “We’re not going to be able to stop it. We need to get in front of it.”

Wed
20
Mar

Strathroy pot producer set to become major player in cannabis market

A Strathroy, Ont.-based cannabis producer had secured financing from a major Canadian bank for an expansion that will make the company one of the largest pot producers in the country. 

Eve & Co. Incorporated has secured a $18.7 million loan to add an extra 1-million square feet to its facility west of London. 

When the greenhouse expansion is complete, the company will be able to boost production from 10,000 kg annually to 50,000 kg annually. 

Wed
20
Mar

Donald Trump's 2020 budget would let DC sell recreational cannabis

President Trump's 2020 budget request includes a loophole that would let Washington, DC finally open up dispensaries for recreational cannabis, writes Calvin Hughes and James McClure.

Wed
20
Mar

Pennsylvania State Lawmakers unveil Bill to legalize recreational marijuana

The ideas of making pot legal and wiping away marijuana convictions have officially been put forward in the state senate.

We first told you about the proposal earlier this year. Now, state lawmakers have officially proposed it.

They want to legalize recreational pot for all adults 21 and older in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers say it would generate lots of tax money to use in the state's healthcare and educational systems.

"Colorado has been a success. The tax revenue is putting money into the schools, the health care system," said Greg Cox of Lancaster. "If the budget is tight these days, why not make it legal to get the tax revenue?"

Wed
20
Mar

New Jersey makes huge stride in legalizing marijuana

New Jersey has finally taken a step forward in the long, arduous journey to legalizing recreational marijuana by advancing a new piece of legislation. The proceedings were “testy” and included some “back-room wrangling,” according to the Associated Press. But questions remain if the measure will ultimately pass and reach Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.

Wed
20
Mar

Marijuana won’t solve opioid crisis, but could be part of the solution

Die-hard cannabis advocates would like to convince the population that cannabis legalization will be the magical cure-all for the opioid epidemic. It’s the same group that proselytizes weed as a panacea for cancer and other ailments that claim hundreds of thousands of lives on an annual basis.

This spiel about cannabis being a miracle elixir is the new reefer madness—a plant that previously earned users labels of stoners and potheads is suddenly all we need to live longer, healthier lives.

Tue
19
Mar

The status of cannabis in Massachusetts

Recreational use of cannabis is now legal in Massachusetts. This is a massive victory for personal freedom and a clear sign of progress for those still in dire need of natural and clean alternatives to traditional medicines.

Along with this legalization, many are curious whether they should still get their medical marijuana cards or wait for more recreational dispensaries to open across the state.

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