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Thu
09
Jul

Those harmed by marijuana being illegal should benefit when it becomes legal

In light of the impending November 2020 ballot question, in which New Jersey residents will be asked to vote on the legalization of adult-use cannabis, it is imperative now more than ever that legalization is enacted through the meticulous lens of social equity.

Meticulous in the sense that social equity programs must be more than an afterthought, more than an addendum to a bill and more than simple promises to act.

Social equity provisions must be statutorily enacted to ensure a stable foundation that will hold strong as New Jersey’s nascent cannabis industry continues to evolve.

Thu
09
Jul

“Come out firing”: Australian cannabis growth continues

With Australia’s cannabis industry growing exponentially, could legislation become more progressive?

With Australia’s cannabis economy growing exponentially following the country’s 2016 move to permit the medical use of cannabis, industry analysts are projecting further legislative shifts in favour of cannabis and hemp once the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have subsided. In mid-June, the government approved an amendment to its legislation governing the export of narcotics, with the goal of improving access to international markets for producers and exporters of cannabis-based goods.

Thu
09
Jul

Cannabis law and policy in Gibraltar

Hassans International Law Firm Partner Aaron Payas, CFA gives MCN an overview of Gibraltar’s cannabis landscape.

In October 2019, the government of Gibraltar approved the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use, paving the way for the birth of a functioning cannabis industry within the territory. Hassans International Law Firm Partner Aaron Payas, CFA gives MCN an overview of Gibraltar’s current and future cannabis landscape.

Thu
09
Jul

Guam: Cannabis board resumes finalizing proposed rules

The government board responsible for setting the rules on Guam's recreational cannabis industry meets today for the first time in months.

The Cannabis Control Board missed an early April deadline to adopt the rules and regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before a state of emergency was declared in mid-March, the board was preparing to finalize the rules for public comment. When GovGuam closed, officials who are members of the Cannabis Control Board had to focus on the COVID-19 emergency.

The board has not made public any portion of the draft cannabis regulations.

Social distancing and other safety protocols, however, will continue to pose a challenge on the public review and comment period.

Thu
09
Jul

Could Hemp Reform Contribute to the UK’s ‘Green Recovery’?

The environment – and modern society’s impact on it – has consistently made headlines over the last few years. With Extinction Rebellion closing down London for weeks alongside various other large-scale demonstrations around the world, the need for change has never been more clear. 

Wed
08
Jul

Ontario's private pot shops to stop delivery and curbside pickup

Ontario’s privately-run cannabis stores will no longer be permitted to deliver or offer curbside pickup once an emergency order issued by the province in response to COVID-19 expires.

“As our province carefully moves towards recovery, the (emergency order) to temporarily allow for cannabis retail curbside pickup and delivery will end when the declaration of emergency expires, along with other temporary measures that had been put in place to support people and business during the public health emergency,” said Richard Clark, communications director for Ontario's Finance Minister, in an emailed statement.

Wed
08
Jul

Cannabis medicine, education, and policy in Switzerland

Professor Rudolf Brenneisen of the Swiss Society of Cannabis in Medicine tells us about medical cannabis in Switzerland.

Wed
08
Jul

More states allowing telehealth consults for cannabis authorization

Until recently, the term “telehealth” was known in the medical community, but not the cannabis community.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak sent the country into lockdown, medical marijuana users in many states can now check in with a health care provider by video for authorization, rather than an in-person meeting.

According to MPP.org, 31 states currently allow telemedicine for cannabis patients – 11 of which have temporarily altered their laws as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic.

Wed
08
Jul

Arkansas: Cannabis Supply Problem, Real or Not, Roils Industry as State Adds Licenses

As Arkansas’ medical marijuana industry blossoms, with the state issuing more licenses for cultivation centers and dispensaries to serve more than 60,000 authorized Arkansas patients, cultivators are pushing back against a narrative that short wholesale supplies have kept prices too high for some patients to buy.

“The argument for issuing additional grow licenses was based on the idea that cultivators charge too much for cannabis,” one grow operation executive told Arkansas Business. “They said basically that there’s no supply and patients can’t get their medicine. That’s simply not true. We welcome competition and the issuing of new licenses, but not under a false premise.”

Wed
08
Jul

Is Cannabis Legal in Mexico? 3 Things You Need to Know

Ever since the Spanish colonists began farming hemp in Mexico over 400 years ago, cannabis has been a delicate topic in the country – first used as a painkiller, then banned in 1920, and today, almost legal… but also, not at all. The marijuana (or marihuana) rules are hazy, and the consequences of breaking them are no joke. We broke down the top three things you need to know before using cannabis South of the Border.

These laws only apply to the use of cannabis inside the country. Bringing cannabis of any amount or any kind – recreational or medical – across the border into Mexico is considered international drug trafficking, and can lead to arrest.

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