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02
Sep

Dear Women, You Are Needed in the Cannabis Business

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Dear Women in Cannabis,  

You are necessary in every facet of this growing industry.

While a 2019 survey by MJBizDaily said women held nearly one-third of the senior-level jobs at cannabis companies, the migration of male executives from male-dominated industries now threatens career opportunities for women in an industry once celebrated for its progressiveness.

Unfortunately, this migration included many of the toxic and misogynistic business practices that exist in industries like entertainment and tech, which are notoriously dominated by men.

Thu
02
Sep

Marijuana Yes, Abortion No: What's Going On In Texas?

Texas, one of the most conservative states in the U.S. seems to be moving one step forward and two steps back when it comes to civil liberties; in this case, marijuana and abortion.

On the one hand, the state is loosening its policies regarding cannabis, starting with changes to state law allowing more eligible patients to request a prescription for medical cannabis.

 

In addition, a Texas court declared unconstitutional a law prohibiting the smoking of hemp.( As originally seen on Benzinga by Franca Quarneti)

Despite these more progressive policies, a law banning abortion after six weeks went into effect statewide on Wednesday.

Thu
02
Sep

Social Justice Organizations Host Expungement Clinic in New Jersey

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Social justice advocates in New Jersey are flocking together to hold a special, free expungement clinic at Doubletree by Hilton Penn Station Hotel in Newark.

The clinic will be held on Tuesday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Those who attend will get free support on how to expunge low-level cannabis convictions now that cannabis is legal in the state. 

Thu
02
Sep

Arizona Court Clears Over 3,600 Cannabis Charges in Clean Sweep

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Righting the wrongs of the War on Drugs is in full gear in Arizona. According to an August 30 press release, the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County granted 3,643 petitions for expungement of cannabis-related charges since the process started last month.

The court announced that following the passage of Proposition 207 in 2020, an average of 650 people per week are filing petitions with the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County to have felony cannabis-related convictions wiped off their records.

Thu
02
Sep

From a drug war to medicine

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The flourishing of the medical marijuana (cannabis) industry leaves behind years of a bloody fight against the illegal trafficking of the drug.

The war on drugs has been raging for four decades in countries such as Colombia and Mexico, where cocaine production is concentrated. There have been thousands of victims, among them civilians, political leaders, authorities and members of criminal cartels.

In Colombia, the figures are intertwined with the different forms of violence the country has experienced over the last 40 years. 

Thu
02
Sep

Effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio clears another hurdle

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An effort to legalize marijuana use and sales in Ohio has cleared another hurdle on the path to getting the proposal submitted to the Legislature.

The Ohio Ballot Board, a panel of legislative appointees led by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, voted Monday to approve the proposed statute from the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol as a single issue.

Thu
02
Sep

City of Rensselaer supports marijuana grow facility, governor moving state process forward

One of Governor Hochul’s priorities for the executive session is to discuss nominees for the state's cannabis program.

The governor said this is a long overdue decision, and she would appoint nominees for the executive director and chair person, and they needed to be confirmed by the legislature.

“We lost five and a half months because there was not a decision to name an executive director or chair person, to get this going and get regulations in place.” Governor Hochul said.

Meanwhile, the City of Rensselaer leaders already have their eyes on a potential site for a growth facility. But they need more answers from the state first.

Thu
02
Sep

Some communities are leaving marijuana sales up to the public to decide

After a public hearing in July, the Watertown City Council voted to prohibit retail marijuana sales. However, councilman Leonard Spaziani said it’s not necessarily because they don’t want pot in their city, it’s because they want the people to decide.

“I'm going to vote no just so they can get their petition and put it on the ballot,” he said. “That's the American way.”

The same thing happened in the town of Geddes and in Camillus–where Town Supervisor Mary Anne Coogan said the town board opted out so the people can choose if they want to opt in.

“They're the ones that live here,” said Coogan. “They're the ones that have a voice.”

Wed
01
Sep

Swiss Doctors to Prescribe Cannabis Without “Exceptional Authorization”

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There is a not-so-quiet revolution going on in Switzerland at the moment. The country is getting ready for what is likely to be Europe’s most disruptive recreational trial.

In the meantime, all sorts of other consequential events are underway. Namely, the government is about to remove the requirement that prescribing cannabis doctors obtain special permission before prescribing cannabis.

Wed
01
Sep

German customs officers seize record 2.3 million cannabis seeds

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German customs officers announced Tuesday they found a record 2.3 million cannabis seeds during cargo checks at Cologne/Bonn airport.

Airport workers discovered the seeds in four containers of 50 kilograms each on May 30, 2021. They were headed to Lithuania from the US, where cannabis is legal in various states.

The discovery could only be revealed on Tuesday because of ongoing investigations and operations after the seizure, Cologne's customs offices said.

The contraband cargo touched down at Cologne/Bonn airport in transit, en route from the US to Lithauania

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