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Tue
03
Dec

North Dakota Advisory Board Approves Pardons Of 26 People With Cannabis Convictions

North Dakota’s pardon advisory board took a significant step Wednesday in wiping criminal records clean for 26 people with low-level marijuana convictions, a first under a new policy aimed at fixing problems the records have caused for people trying to find jobs and housing.

Tue
03
Dec

What Travelers Need To Know About Flying With Weed

With the laws surrounding cannabis -- both marijuana and hemp -- constantly changing, confusion for cannabis consumers arises when it comes to traveling to and from states where weed is legal. This is especially true when it comes to flying with weed. 

Cannabis consumers should empower themselves with an understanding of the laws and regulations concerning cannabis so that they can consume weed legally and fly safely. First and foremost, that means knowing that marijuana possession is illegal under federal law. 

Tue
03
Dec

South Dakota lawmakers look to legalize hemp in 2020

A panel of South Dakota lawmakers has approved a draft bill that legalizes hemp to be grown, produced, processed and transported in the state under certain conditions.

The Legislature's industrial hemp study committee voted to send the bill to the 2020 legislative session during a meeting Monday, Dec. 2, in Pierre.

House Bill 236 bill defines industrial hemp as "the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including seeds, extracts, cannabinoids, acids, salts and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannibinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis."

Tue
03
Dec

U.S. Authorities Have Seized Over 500,000 Marijuana Vapes in the Past Two Years

As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too.

From New York City to Nebraska farm country to California, authorities have seized at least 510,000 marijuana vape cartridges and arrested more than 120 people in the past two years, according to an Associated Press tally derived from interviews, court records, news accounts and official releases.

Mon
02
Dec

How the House Judiciary Committee decided which marijuana bill to pass

One bill had bipartisan support in both houses of Congress and a hint from President Donald Trump that he would sign it. The other has only Democratic sponsors and little chance of passing a Republican-controlled Senate.

When the House Judiciary Committee took up marijuana legislation last week, it opted for the second bill.

Mon
02
Dec

The FDA's Stance on CBD Should Surprise No One

When the year began, the North American cannabis industry looked to have plenty of momentum. Canada had just become the first industrialized country in the modern era to green-light adult-use cannabis, Mexico looked to be on track to legalize recreational pot later in the year, and support for legalization in the U.S. remained high (pardon the pun).

But this has all changed as the year has worn on. Canada's weed industry has dealt with persistent supply issues, Mexico has kicked the can on recreational legalization into 2020, and the federal government in the U.S. continues to stymie any efforts to reform cannabis banking laws or the drug's Schedule I classification.

Mon
02
Dec

Field test kits will help police distinguish between marijuana and hemp

Field test kits for police to help distinguish illegal marijuana from legal industrial hemp — both cannabis plants — will be distributed to departments across Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science notified law enforcement agencies last month that 16,150 kits have been purchased for $97,500 using a grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

The two plants look and smell the same. But cannabis that has a level of THC — the chemical that produces a high — of 0.3% or less is now legal in the possession of growers, dealers and processors who are registered with the state government.

Mon
02
Dec

Zimbabwe can rake in US$19m from cannabis

Zimbabwe can rake in US$19 million in tax revenues and create between 60 000 and 90 000 jobs over a five year period from the production of medical cannabis and industrial hemp, a new report says.

According to research by New Frontier Data titled Hemp Cultivation in Africa: Zimbabwe Case Study 2019 released recently, the country stands to benefit economically from regulated cultivation of cannabis.

“Although Zimbabwe has deployed a limited medical cannabis programme, the country is looking closely at how to create a more robust and expansive regulated system,” the report says.

“Following the full implementation and activation of a regulated cannabis market, both taxes and employment would increase.”

Mon
02
Dec

Hemp stakeholders, lawmakers call for flexibility on THC

Hemp stakeholders and lawmakers supporting hemp in the USA have labeled proposed hemp rules from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as too restrictive, and called for tolerance up to a full 1% THC.

The U.S. Farm Bill, which became law last December, sets the THC level for hemp at no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis, but USDA rules allow for tolerance levels up to 0.5 percent THC. Any hemp crop with amounts of THC over that limit would violate the regulations. Proponents say that level should be increased to 1%.

Mon
02
Dec

Will Vaping Illnesses Push Federal Marijuana Law Reform?

The ongoing saga of people getting sick from vaping has dominated the news cycle in the cannabis community at various times over the last few months. With the federal government having their hands tied due to prohibition and the CDC seemingly woefully behind on identifying possible causes, many in the cannabis community have pointed out that this is the very thing legalization could majorly impact.

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