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Tue
07
Jun

Legal weed has states improvising role as consumersā€™ safety cop

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Whatā€™s safe in pot? Depends on where you are

The spread of legal marijuana across the US is bringing with it a unique challenge: Absent federal guidelines, states are cobbling together hodgepodge rules that leave users without a uniform safety net.Ā 

Take New Jersey, which on April 21 became the latest state with legalized pot. Regulators there are re-examining their own rules on issues as varied as mold limits and batch size for contaminants testing. As with all the 19 states that allow recreational marijuana use for adults, itā€™s up to local officials to decide whatā€™s best.

Tue
07
Jun

NYC Mayor Adams says he won't crack down on illicit weed sales, tells Big Apple to light up & enjoy

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New York, New York, so nice they named it twice, got a message from its mayor who told Big AppleĀ residentsĀ they should feel free to buy,Ā sell and consume weed where ever they wish.

Mayor Eric AdamsĀ promised not to take a ā€œheavy-handedā€ approach toward those illicitly selling marijuanaĀ in the city. Now that recreational cannabis is legal, though sales won't launch until later in the year,Ā the mayor said he sees no need to crackĀ down on sales in the interim. (Benzinga)

Tue
07
Jun

Bill Maher thinks Republicans will ā€˜stealā€™ pot legalization

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Time is ticking, and political commentators are starting to wonder about the presidentā€™s inaction on cannabis reformā€”an issue with high support among Democrats. And since Democrats are currently in control of the White House and Congress, itā€™s on them to push a bill to the finish line.

During a June 3Ā ā€œOvertimeā€ segment on YouTube, theĀ Real Time with Bill MaherĀ host read an audience-submittedĀ  question to his guest, former Attorney General Eric Holder, about why President Joe Biden hasnā€™t pushed for the federal legalization of pot. After all, decriminalization of cannabis at the federal level was one of President Bidenā€™sĀ promisesĀ on the election trail.

Tue
07
Jun

Why I think federal prohibition fails young people

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As leaders in this space, we need to consider the current approach to cannabis and its impact on the people we want to protect.

The United States has been painstakingly slow to embrace federal cannabis reform. Despite 18 states now having legal, non-medical cannabis access, there are still Americans in jail on cannabis-related charges. According toĀ findingsĀ from Pew Charitable Trusts, one in three of the possession-related arrests made in 2019 were for marijuana.

Preliminary data and research from outside jurisdictions are demonstrating that cannabis legalization could be shaping up to be a more sensible and controlled approach than prohibition, particularly in protecting a key segment of the population ā€” young people.

Tue
07
Jun

Dr. Oz faces John Fetterman in unprecedented Senate race ā€” and cannabis is on the table

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In addition to his lucrative evidence-free advice, Dr. Oz recently said that legalizing recreational cannabis in PA would make people lose their motivation to go to work.

Celebrity Doctor Mehmet OzĀ officially became Pennsylvania's Republican Senate candidate when his opponentĀ Dave McCormickĀ conceded on Friday despite Oz'sĀ razor-thin lead of less than a thousand votes. (Benzinga)

Oz will now face Democrat Lt. Gov. John FettermanĀ in whatā€™s expected to be one of the most-watched and most expensive Senate races in U.S. history.

Mon
06
Jun

Morocco to set up agency to regulate legal cannabis

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Morocco's national regulatory agency overseeing the use of cannabis for medical use met for the first time Thursday in one of the last steps before legalisation in the world's top cannabis-resin producer.

Morocco, the world's largest producer of cannabis resin according to the UN, adopted a law in 2021 authorising "the legal uses of medical, cosmetic and industrial cannabis".

For its first meeting, under the chairmanship of Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit, the board of directors of the "National Agency for the Regulation of Cannabis Activities" (ANRAC) approved its organisation chart and budget for the year 2022.

Mon
06
Jun

Is it legal to send weed or edibles through the mail?

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Individuals who are caught shipping marijuana, even from one legal state to another, can be prosecuted by the federal government.

The legalities of traveling andĀ shipping cannabisĀ or products made from it can be overwhelmingly confusing. There are many things to consider, and these are important to know especially for medical patients who rely on cannabis for managing diseases, have trouble getting to a dispensary near you, or need to dispose of marijuana after traveling to a cannabis-friendly state.

Mon
06
Jun

New York Senate passes gray market cannabis bill

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The New York Senate has approved legislation that gives officials new authority to address the stateā€™s unregulated cannabis market.

The New York Senate voted this week to approve a bill to crack down on the stateā€™s cannabis gray market, giving regulators the authority to seize illicit weed and increasing fines for unlicensed operators. State Senator Liz Krueger introduced the measure on Sunday and by Wednesday, the Senate had voted to approve the bill, offering an indication of the legislatureā€™s interest in addressing New Yorkā€™s unregulated pot market before legal sales of recreational cannabis begin later this year.

Mon
06
Jun

New York Senate passes gray market cannabis bill

New York

The New York Senate has approved legislation that gives officials new authority to address the stateā€™s unregulated cannabis market.

The New York Senate voted this week to approve a bill to crack down on the stateā€™s cannabis gray market, giving regulators the authority to seize illicit weed and increasing fines for unlicensed operators. State Senator Liz Krueger introduced the measure on Sunday and by Wednesday, the Senate had voted to approve the bill, offering an indication of the legislatureā€™s interest in addressing New Yorkā€™s unregulated pot market before legal sales of recreational cannabis begin later this year.

Mon
06
Jun

New York Senate passes gray market cannabis bill

New York

The New York Senate has approved legislation that gives officials new authority to address the stateā€™s unregulated cannabis market.

The New York Senate voted this week to approve a bill to crack down on the stateā€™s cannabis gray market, giving regulators the authority to seize illicit weed and increasing fines for unlicensed operators. State Senator Liz Krueger introduced the measure on Sunday and by Wednesday, the Senate had voted to approve the bill, offering an indication of the legislatureā€™s interest in addressing New Yorkā€™s unregulated pot market before legal sales of recreational cannabis begin later this year.

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