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What You Missed: The crawl to legalized medical marijuana in South Carolina continues

Give Republican state Sen. Tom Davis credit: He’s persistent. The Beaufort Republican has been working for years to try and get medical marijuana legalized in South Carolina, and now he’s indicated he’s willing to make several concessions in his proposed legislation in hopes of quelling the fears of some medical professionals and cops who have been stridently against the bill. According to Schuyler Kropf at The Post and Courier, Davis is set to cut down the number of illnesses marijuana could treat. Some of the ailments it could still be used for include neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, epilepsy and cerebral palsy, in addition to chronic pain.

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19
Mar

San Francisco Pot Shops Deemed Essential Businesses, Reopen Amid Outbreak

Cannabis dispensaries in San Francisco were allowed to reopen on Tuesday after city officials determined that they are essential businesses that should not be subject to closure during the ongoing shelter-in-place order. The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) had ordered cannabis retailers to close on Monday along with other businesses deemed non essential as the city struggles to cope with the spreading coronavirus pandemic.

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19
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How The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Affect The Cannabis Industry

As the world finds itself engrossed in the largest public health crisis of our lifetimes, the Covid-19 pandemic, the novel coronavirus disrupting life for every American and most across the globe, is naturally on the top of everyone’s minds. As difficult as it is to think about the cannabis industry and reform movement at a time like this, the reality is that the coronavirus’ impact on our economy and society is also impacting cannabis, with the effects likely to get significantly worse in the coming weeks and months.
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19
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New cannabis law in Mexico criticized as restrictive on hemp

Mexican hemp stakeholders say a new cannabis law moving through the legislative process would significantly hamper hemp interests because it treats hemp the same as marijuana. The new law is now before Mexico’s full Senate after having been passed by the body’s commissions on justice, health and legislative studies.

“There´s no difference between the license that regulates marijuana and the license that regulates hemp,” said Raul Hector Elizalde Garza, a lawyer and President at Hempmeds, Latin America. That will significantly limit the development and sales of low-THC hemp products, Elizalde Garza said.

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18
Mar

Washington State Liquor And Cannabis Board Addresses COVID-19

All retail stores must designate an employee or officer who must establish and implement social distancing and sanitation measures.

Wed
18
Mar

1 Country Just Legalized Medical Marijuana and Another May Be on the Way

Marijuana legalization has made significant progress over the years, and Malawi is the latest country to permit its use. The African country of about 19 million people will now allow cannabis to be used in medicine and in the creation of hemp fibers. While it doesn't permit the recreational use of marijuana, it's another significant step forward for Africa, where Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa have all loosened their laws relating to cannabis.

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Illinois allowing curbside medical marijuana sales until March 30

Illinois is allowing cannabis dispensaries to sell to medical cannabis to patients and OAPP participants outside a limited access area until March 30, provided they follow certain guidelines.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation this week offered guidance for cannabis dispensaries to continue business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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18
Mar

New Law Brings Texas One Step Closer to Legalizing Marijuana

Texas is one step closer to joining the 34 states where medicinal marijuana is legal after state legislators passed a law written by North Texas Republican representative and registered nurse Stephanie Klick to expand the conditions that can be treated with medicinal cannabis. Although the law narrowly defines which conditions can be treated with medicinal marijuana, it is a significant expansion. 

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18
Mar

Hemp Bill Hits South Dakota Governor’s Desk

Legislation that would legalize and regulate hemp in South Dakota has again made it to the Governor’s desk. Perhaps it will have better luck this time around.

It was just over a year ago that another bill that would have allowed industrial hemp to be grown and processed in the state, House Bill 1191, was vetoed by Governor Kristi Noem who said the state wasn’t yet ready for the crop.

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18
Mar

New York Expediting Marijuana Legalization Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes New York will still legalize recreational marijuana this year, though others aren’t so sure.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the coronavirus outbreak has not stopped his intention to legalize recreational marijuana in New York. Because the government doesn’t know how the coronavirus will affect their ability to convene and pass legislation, Cuomo talked of an “accelerated” budget process in the coming days to push through bills.

“I want to see as much as we can get done,” Cuomo said during a press conference this week. ”I want to see as much as we can get done. Only caveat, I want to do things right.”

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