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Thu
05
Dec

Oregon Cops Can’t Tell the Difference Between Hemp and Pot. That’s Making Life Easy for Black Market Growers.

Nathan Howard grows many varieties of cannabis at East Fork Cultivars, his farm in Takilma, Ore., an unincorporated community of 378 people on the state's southern border.

In one field, he grows a variety of pot called Kush Petals. In another, he grows hemp. Good luck telling them apart.

"We're growing adult-use cannabis on one side of the fence, and 50 feet away we're growing a plant that looks literally the same," says Howard. "In aroma, in the way it smokes, the way it turns into ash, it's indistinguishable.

Thu
05
Dec

New Zealand Announces Draft of Cannabis Legalization And Control Bill For Debate

The New Zealand government has a plan to legalize and regulate cannabis, and it wants to know what the public thinks. Next year, it will be up to voters to decide whether they’re for or against recreational legalization as proposed in the draft legislation. Lawmakers plan to introduce a final, more detailed draft of the bill at the start of 2020. That final version will take into account public feedback on the draft released December 3. At the moment, New Zealand wants the public to consider the basic parameters of the legalization proposal.

Thu
05
Dec

Do you deliver? DEA orders up 3.2 million grams of cannabis for research purposes in U.S.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is upping the amount of cannabis it approves for research purposes by 30 percent this year while authorizing the production of fewer opioids.

The federal agency published its proposed quotas back in September and — after a period of public comment — decided to stick with the 3.2 million g of marijuana it initially suggested, Marijuana Moment reported.

Thu
05
Dec

Legal Marijuana Might Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents

Cannabis advocates swore up and down that the legalization of marijuana would bring about a handful of sure things: It would put a damper on the underground market, make it more difficult for minors to get their hands on it, contribute millions of dollars to state tax coffers, all the while not contributing to an influx in crime. But throughout the past several years, we have witnessed evidence of a handful of unintended benefits to come from putting legal weed on the books. Some evidence shows that legal access to the herb can help dampen the opioid problem, while others show that pot is an exit drug, capable of helping people out of the grips of alcohol and drug addiction.

Thu
05
Dec

Ireland gets ready to go green, medical only

Canadian cannabis giant Aurora Cannabis has scored one of the first approvals for a medical cannabis product in the Republic of Ireland, the company announced this week.

Thu
05
Dec

U.S. Virgin Islands looks to cannabis legalization for new source of funding

Calling it “a new revolution that has taken the nation by storm,” the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands is assembling the territory’s legislature to look at legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes.

The amendment introduced by Albert Bryan Jr. would expand on the medical marijuana program approved last year and make the Virgin Islands the third U.S. territory to take the step, behind Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Marijuana Moment reports.

Wed
04
Dec

Cannabis Companies in Maine are Preparing for the Long Licensing Process

Three years after voters legalized the plant for adult use, things are finally picking up for the cannabis industry in Maine. With the application set to go live from the state Office of Marijuana Policy on December 5th, many companies are already doing what they can to get prepared. As with any state to legalize marijuana, there are plenty of hoops for these businesses to jump through in order to obtain a license to grow, process or sell marijuana. If all goes as expected, the first sales are expected to happen mid-March 2020. 

Wed
04
Dec

Brazil approves medical marijuana rules, blocks cannabis cultivation

Brazilian pharmaceutical regulator Anvisa on Tuesday approved regulations for the roll-out of medicinal cannabis-based products but in a separate vote blocked a proposal to allow domestic medical marijuana plantations.

Anvisa’s approval of rules to regulate the nascent medical marijuana market represents a major shift in a country that has suffered years of deadly drug violence.

Nonetheless, the decision to prohibit domestic plantations shows that Brazil, led by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, is not yet willing to join peers Colombia and Uruguay and develop its own vertically integrated medical marijuana sector.

A spokesman for Anvisa said that Brazilian firms interested in manufacturing cannabis-based products would need to import inputs from aboard.

Wed
04
Dec

DEA to Grow Even More Garbage Cannabis in 2020

It’s always good news when the only dealer that can supply your Devil’s Kale tells you they are soon going to have even more cannabis to buy. Yes!

Except when it’s bad news, because your dealer is the Drug Enforcement Administration. And much like someone with untreated ADHD using a 40 watt sun lamp in a cardboard box to grow three sickly plants, the DEA is the nation’s worst grower.

Wed
04
Dec

New Zealand releases draft cannabis legislation, unveiling purchase limits and supply details

The government of New Zealand has released its draft cannabis legislation as the referendum regarding federal legalization draws nearer with the next election.

The legislation stresses education and harm reduction, and borrows heavily from both the Canadian legalization model, which allows private companies to produce and sell cannabis products, and that of Uruguay, which adopted a more government-controlled, as opposed to profit-focused, model.

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