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Cannabis advocates and illicit growers have burning questions about government contracts

The B.C. liquor board’s announcement last Thursday of the cannabis companies it will partner with come Oct. 17 has small-business advocates raising red flags while some of B.C.’s illicit growers are decidedly indifferent.

A comparison of the liquor board’s list of suppliers alongside Health Canada’s records of the licensing status of those cannabis companies reveals five of the 31 partners announced by the liquor board have yet to obtain “sales” licences allowing them to provide cannabis to a retailer.

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Marijuana mayhem: Drivers in Canada set up to get busted for stoned driving

“It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.” – Unknown

While the Canadian stoner class eagerly awaits the official launch of the nation’s recreational marijuana market, law enforcement is devising a semi-evil plot to bust motorists -- potentially innocent ones -- for stoned driving. It is a situation that is bound to spawn an uprising in controversy, lawsuits and heaping piles of unwarranted convictions.

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Brazil is mulling over marijuana legalization

The largest country in South America is mulling over marijuana legalization. Earlier this week, Brazil's socialist Worker's Party has introduced a bill that would legalized medical as well as recreational cannabis in the South American country. And while support for legalization is high among voters, the opposition to marijuana reform remains strong in Brazil, writes Calvin Hughes.

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A drive-thru cannabis dispensary just opened up in Washington State

The first drive-thru cannabis dispensary just opened for business in Washington state. And the staff of Joint Rivers are thrilled to be following in the footsteps of the Nevada-based shop Cannabis Marketplace, which became the very first drive-thru dispensary when it opened in November 2017, writes Calvin Hughes.

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The 3 biggest problems with marijuana's Schedule I Classification

Although 30 states have legalized cannabis in some capacity, the federal scheduling of pot is a major headache for businesses and medical patients.

Practically everywhere you look, legal cannabis is expanding at a breakneck pace. For instance, Canada passed the Cannabis Act (officially bill C-45) on June 19, setting up Oct. 17 to be the first day that adults can legally purchase recreational weed. Canada is also the first industrialized country in the world to have given the green light to adult-use cannabis.

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British public backs legalization of cannabis so it can be sold like cigarettes and alcohol, poll reveals

51 per cent say it is time to treat the drug in the same way as other legal substances. A majority of the British public back the legalisation of cannabis so that it would be sold in shops like alcohol and tobacco, a poll has revealed.

There was also majority support for decriminalisation, something that would free up police time and resources to deal with serious crime. The exclusive BMG Research poll for The Independent comes days after cannabis oil was for the first time brought into the UK legally, to treat an epileptic boy.

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The 3 biggest risks facing Canada's legal marijuana industry

This has been nothing short of a transformative year for the legal cannabis industry. On June 19, Canada's Senate approved an amended version of Bill C-45, which is more commonly referred to as the Cannabis Act. Effectively, this approval allows Canada to become the first industrialized country in the world, and the second overall behind Uruguay, to green-light the sale of recreational marijuana to adults.

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Where states stand on legalizing recreational and medical marijuana

While marijuana is illegal under federal law, a patchwork of state laws across the country determines where you can and cannot legally smoke pot.

Vermont’s law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect on July 1.

After Oklahoma’s ballot initiative, the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana is on the ballot in several other states this year. In November, an initiative to legalize recreational pot will be on the ballot in Michigan and an initiative to legalize medical marijuana will be on the ballot in Utah.

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The marijuana industry's love-hate relationship with Jeff Sessions

Sessions' war on weed is derailing medical research, as well as inciting calls for reform at the federal level that might otherwise not be heard.

Don't blink, or you might miss some incredible changes occurring in the legal cannabis space.

To our north, Canada became the first industrialized country in the world to pass a law legalizing recreational marijuana last month, while to our south, Mexico gave the green light to medical cannabis in June 2017.

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Mexico considers legal cannabis as solution to narco crisis

Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (known by his initials as AMLO), is pledging a new, demilitarized approach to ending the country’s endemic narco-violence and his newly named interior minister is a vocal supporter of cannabis legalization. Will a legal cannabis sector provide a way out of Mexico’s long narco crisis?

Those who have been hoping for a new direction in Mexico’s approach to the ultra-violent drug cartels were heartened by president-elect Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador’s announcement that his interior minister will be Olga Sánchez Cordero.

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