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Tue
13
Nov

California: Cannabis delivery services struggle to operate legally as laws change

The cannabis industry is growing in San Luis Obispo County and many people are purchasing products from companies that deliver, but most of those companies do not yet have approval from the state.

In California, local laws dictate where and how weed can be bought and consumed. Out of the hundreds of companies in San Luis Obispo County that deliver pot for medicinal use, less than a handful are licensed by the state.

A state-regulated product goes through dozens of checkpoints and each packaging should contain the date the plant was harvested, the batch number and many other defining characteristics. Ernest Hall says he’s proud to sell clean, tested products.

Tue
13
Nov

Michigan's recreational marijuana law should take effect next month

Local government and law enforcement officials in Michigan are beginning to digest the fact their state will be the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana use.

Proposal 1, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, passed easily in Tuesday’s elections. Michigan Secretary of State figures show the measure garnered a 55 percent vote in favor with 82 of 83 counties reporting as of Wednesday afternoon.

Tue
13
Nov

Texas representative introduces bill to decriminalize marijuana

State Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat from El Paso, introduced a bill on Monday to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the Texas House of Representatives. The measure, House Bill 63, was submitted by Moody on the first day of the pre-filing period for the 2019 legislative session.

If passed, “a person who knowingly or intentionally possesses a usable quantity of marihuana [sic] in an amount that is one ounce or less does not commit an offense but is liable to the state for a civil penalty not to exceed $250,” according to the text of the bill.

Mon
12
Nov

Massachusetts: First marijuana retail shops are finally opening; Here's what you should know

Retail stores that sell recreational marijuana are anticipated to open in Massachusetts. More than two years after Bay State voters approved a ballot question broadly legalizing recreational marijuana, state regulators have provided final sign-offs to the stores, and all that's left is the "commence operations" notice.

The specific opening dates are still unclear. It's a milestone for a new industry, as well as a state that once put a captain in the public stocks for kissing his wife on a Sunday. Now Massachusetts has legalized recreational and medical marijuana, and built a resort casino in the western part of the state and a slots parlor on the state border with Rhode Island. Sports betting is a possibility if state lawmakers decided to move ahead next year.

Mon
12
Nov

Ohio: Some medical marijuana should be available by year's end

Ohio officials say it could be a leafy green Christmas for some medical marijuana patients as small amounts of cannabis become available for sale before the end of the year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Commerce says the state's first harvested marijuana plants should be processed, tested and on dispensary shelves next month.

Spokeswoman Kerry Francis says delays in certifying testing labs that gauge potency and examine plant products for contamination has thwarted plans to make cannabis available this month.

Mon
12
Nov

How will Matthew Whitaker approach cannabis as new Attorney General?

On Wednesday, Jeff Sessions, former Alabama Senator and indefatigable opponent of legal cannabis, lost his job as Attorney General of the United States. Trump, who appointed Sessions to AG upon taking office, soured toward Sessions after he recused himself from the Mueller investigation. Since that recusal, Trump has repeatedly blasted Sessions, publicly expressing his discontent with his AG. And with the hurdle of the midterm elections behind him, Trump finally asked Sessions to resign.

Mon
12
Nov

How Michigan could be paving the way for legalization in the Midwest

By a relatively wide margin, Michigan voters on Tuesday said “yes” to legalizing adult-use cannabis for adults, in a vote that spanned party lines and pushed against vehement opposition groups.

The adoption of the ballot proposal makes Michigan the 10th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older; and the first state in the Midwest to do so, with a margin of 56-44. In 2008, the state adopted a proposal to legalize the use of medical cannabis. So why did it take a decade for Michigan to go from medical to recreational marijuana?

Fri
09
Nov

Mexico moves closer to legalizing cannabis

The party of the president-elect of Mexico submitted legislation earlier this week that would legalize the possession, growth, use and sale of cannabis.

If the legislation passes, it would be a major change to the laws currently in place in Mexico. Senator Olga Sánchez Cordero has been chosen to be the interior secretary by president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and said that prohibition has only contributed to poverty and violence within Mexico.

“Today, the nation has taken the decision to change,” she told Senators. “We don’t want more deaths. It will be a major contribution to bringing peace to our beloved country.”

Fri
09
Nov

California court tosses out strict local regs on homegrown cannabis

Some cities in California are still clinging to prohibition. An effort led by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Drug Policy Alliance saw a judge toss out Fontana, California’s overbearing restrictions on personal cannabis cultivation this week.

Judge David Cohn of the San Bernardino County Superior Court struck down most of Fontana’s local ordinance meant to regulate personal cultivation. While California’s Proposition 64 did allow for local municipalities to regulate the practice of personal cultivation, the plaintiffs argued the number of hoops to jump through and money required to home-grow cannabis in Fontana was essentially a quasi-ban.

Fri
09
Nov

Where do Thai lawmakers stand on legalizing medical marijuana?

Thailand's legislature has officially proposed allowing the licensed medical use of marijuana, making it a potential trailblazer in Asia in legalizing what used to be regarded strictly as a dangerous drug.

The National Legislative Assembly on Friday submitted proposed amendments to the Health Ministry that would put marijuana and the plant kratom, popular locally as a stimulant and painkiller, into a legal category that would allow their licensed possession and distribution under regulated conditions. The ministry will review the amendments before forwarding them to the Cabinet, which will return it to the legislature for a version that will then be voted on. The process may be completed before the end of the year.

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