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Fri
17
May

Canada's legalization of weed edibles is another global social experiment

This October, cannabis-infused edibles will be fully legal on the Canadian market.

Despite claims that broader cannabis legalization would change the social, economic and cultural fabric of the country, there is little evidence to suggest that this is the case.

The government itself claimed initially that its primary intent was to legalize cannabis without normalizing it. That’s exactly what it delivered. Allowing Canadians to have access to legal cannabis while keeping the social stigma against routine marijuana use alive was arguably the result the government was looking for.

Thu
16
May

Weed Week: Will Australia fear to tread where NZ steps with cannabis legalisation?

The New Zealand government has drawn the outline of the kind of recreational marijuana use it wants to see, including an age limit of 20 and regulation on how potent legal cannabis products will be allowed to be.

Interestingly, it includes a focus on making cannabis a health issue by noting that an increase in investment in health and social services will be required from any tax placed on pot products.

In Australia, constitutionally, adult use or recreational cannabis is a state — not a federal — prerogative, so it could be a state that moves first on this issue.

Thu
16
May

Is Canada’s cannabis industry hoping to change current policy?

Despite cannabis legalization being six months in the rear mirror, some industry players say Canadian cannabis companies are still struggling with a restrictive policy framework that is limiting the sector’s growth and helping the black market to flourish.

“There isn’t a lot of sympathy from government on what some of these challenges are,” says Ryan Greer, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s senior director of transportation and infrastructure policy, who also handles the chamber’s cannabis file.

“It’s sort of like, ‘Well, we legalized, so you should be happy and we’ve done our job’” Greer says.

Thu
16
May

What’s the real link between pot dispensaries and crime rates?

For years, opponents of marijuana legalization have voiced the same arguments whenever the subject of dispensaries comes up: having legal cannabis vendors, they say, promotes the spread of crime, brings property values down in the neighborhood and encourages teenage marijuana use. And even though the push for marijuana legalization has gained widespread national support, these arguments against dispensaries have held sway.

Thu
16
May

CBD E-commerce up in the air as Visa halts payment processing

Payment processors for the CBD industry recently notified all of their e-commerce customers who sell cannabidiol that they will no longer be able to process Visa Payments.

As of this morning, May 15, many CBD business had yet another obstacle thrown in their path when they were notified that they could no longer accept Visa payments on their sites. Some companies received less than 8 hours of notice before these changes took place and others were forced to stop accepting Visa payments weeks ago.

Thu
16
May

Texas may finally be serious about medical cannabis, but there’s a problem

To find the resistance, go to Texas.

Texas is a deep-red state floating in a sea of green. The Lone Star State is surrounded on all sides by jurisdictions — including another sovereign nation in Mexico as well as other U.S. states — with more relaxed and welcoming cannabis laws.

Thu
16
May

Oregon Senate passes historic cannabis export Bill

In a historic move today, the Oregon Senate voted in favor of a bill that would create a framework to allow Oregon to export cannabis to other states or countries that have also adopted legalization.

After passing with a 19-9 vote, the bill will now advance to the House, where it has already received support from lawmakers in both parties. The Governor’s office has also indicated support for the bill, meaning that today’s Senate vote is likely the largest hurdle the bill will face on its way to becoming law.

Before it would allow exports to occur, the bill requires an indication from the federal government that interstate commercial cannabis transactions won’t be prosecuted under federal law.

Thu
16
May

'Ending marijuana prohibition could drastically help opioid addicts': 2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard

There's no easy solution to the opioid epidemic, which claimed the lives of nearly 49,000 Americans in 2017 alone, writes James McClure. But Congressperson and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) says there's something that the federal government could do right now to help turn the tide of opioid addiction in America.

Wed
15
May

Industry groups call for CBD to be removed from prescription drug list

Health food and hemp industry groups are calling on Ottawa to change the regulations for CBD to treat the cannabinoid as a natural health product rather than a drug.

The Canadian Health Food Association and the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance say CBD, a non-intoxicating compound which can be derived from cannabis and hemp, should be removed from the prescription drug list.

The groups also asked in a joint paper for a regulatory pathway to allow for CBD derived from industrial hemp to be included in natural health products and supplemented foods, with the appropriate therapeutic and wellness claims.

Wed
15
May

The future of cannabis: Trends to watch out for

The value (and fun) in data analysis is its capacity to help divine the future and ascertain where best to invest time, energy and money. A new year hints at what’s coming—giving a clearer view of things ahead.

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