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Jul

Under a new scheme, Ireland will be 'sowing weed instead of pulling weeds'

An Independent TD (or Teachta Dála, a member of the lower house of Irish Parliament) is calling for approval for a new plan in which wetland owned by a semi-State company, Bord na Mona would be re-purposed to cultivate medical cannabis.

Under the new plan, Ireland will be “sowing weed instead of pulling weeds,” according to TD Michael Fitzmaurice, The Sun reports.

Tue
16
Jul

Is The Federal Government finally serious about marijuana research?

A long-gestating back-and-forth between scientists, cannabis advocates, and legislators has been the paucity of marijuana research. Lawmakers at the state and federal level have both referenced a lack of scientific literature around medical cannabis as reason not to push through reform. That happened just this year when Texas expanded its medical marijuana program but refused to post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition. There wasn’t enough research available, Texas legislators claimed, to support marijuana’s efficacy in treating PTSD.

Tue
16
Jul

Study finds legal cannabis reduces illicit grows in National Forests

Conversations about the effects of legalizing cannabis frequently focus on a few key issues: economic opportunity, social justice, the potential for new medical treatments, and other health benefits. What’s less talked about, however, is how cannabis legalization impacts the environment. Researchers have long documented the ways unchecked outdoor cannabis cultivation can strain resources and negatively impact the environment. And data from the U.S.

Tue
16
Jul

Should parts of the recreational cannabis system in Canada be reworked?

After nearly 10 months of having legal cannabis in Canada, the lawmakers are wondering if they should rework parts of the system as it has seriously underperformed in certain provinces.

Canada’s recreational system hasn’t been really the moneymaker many analysts expected it to be. In fact, most of the provinces are still operating with a loss.

Everyone knew there would be significant growing pains in this industry, but some provinces are doing the exact opposite of growing.

This brought up questions such as the one Finance Minister Ernie Steeves dared to ask – should some parts of the recreational cannabis system be reworked?

Tue
16
Jul

Illinois to expunge criminal records for marijuana related offenses

Illinois is now the 11th state to legalize the selling and use of recreational marijuana for adults, a chief success for cannabis supporters who integrated "social justice" proposals into the measure.

When Gov. J.B. Pritzker's signed the new law it became the first of its kind to be passed by a state legislature and bear the signature of a governor. It was the crowning moment of a legislative year in which legalization efforts sputtered in New York and New Jersey despite heavy pressure from proponents. Illinois, which has more than 12 million residents, is the second-most-populous state to permit recreational cannabis, behind California. Regulators will spend the next few months developing a system for taxing and testing cannabis and will launch sales Jan. 1, 2020.

Mon
15
Jul

7 reasons marijuana has virtually no chance of being legalized in the U.S. before 2021

If investors were to look around, they'd probably find a number of fast-growing trends, such as blockchain, cloud computing, and gene therapy in the healthcare sector. But there's perhaps no industry with a more impressive growth rate at the moment than marijuana.

Mon
15
Jul

City-wide plan for Las Vegas marijuana consumption sites on hold

A city ordinance regulating the operation of on-site cannabis consumption spaces will not go into effect following the passage of conflicting statewide legislation.

Mon
15
Jul

Congress exerting pressure on FDA for clarification on CBD regulations

Many are accusing the FDA of dragging their feet when it comes to approving and regulating CBD products. Following a dedicated public meeting recently, many expected some long-awaited guidance by now.

Lawmakers are now putting pressure on the Food and Drug Administration to get moving and draft their rules on the regulation of CBD products. However, to their defense, the whole issue is so complex, it’s taking the FDA longer than expected to get their heads around the matter and issue some guidance.

Mon
15
Jul

Utah farmers and entrepreneurs compete to grow medical cannabis

The wide metal barn on the Utah alfalfa farm owned by Russell and Diane Jones will host their youngest son’s wedding next month. By September, they hope the structure will be full of marijuana plants.

The Joneses are fourth-generation farmers, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and among 81 applicants for one of a handful of coveted spots as a licensed medical marijuana grower in conservative Utah.

Though leaders of their faith once opposed the bid to legalize medical marijuana, Russell Jones says he researched the drug’s pain-relieving benefits as he battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now he and his wife want to be part of an emerging industry that some doubted would ever come to the state.

Mon
15
Jul

Coast Guard busts submarine carrying over $500 million worth of cocaine, weed

A video of a drug bust released Thursday by the United States Coast Guard looks like a scene out of a Hollywood action movie

The footage shows members of the Coast Guard in pursuit of a semi-submarine—a vessel that was partially underwater, and partially exposed—that had been barreling through the eastern Pacific Ocean while carrying more than 17,000 pounds of cocaine.

“Stop your ship!” a member of the coast guard can be heard yelling in the minute-long footage, as his vessel bears down on the semi-submarine.

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