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20
Sep

Canada: Alberta won't permit cannabis lounges until edible products are regulated

Albertans hoping to spark up in a cannabis cafe or lounge will have to wait until edible cannabis products are regulated, says the province. In a statement, the province said while they await more information on an easy-to-eat pot product, they will be ready to regulate brick-and-mortar consumption sites at a later date.

Health Canada has set a prospective date of July 2019 for the sale of edible marijuana products. Ward 3 Coun. Jyoti Gondek said a lack of government communication has caused issues that could have been prevented.

Thu
20
Sep

Cannabis investors: Why you shouldn’t expect much on October 17

Cannabis stocks have been flying for the past few years, and with legalization now out of the way and a date set for recreational pot sales, expectations continue to get higher. However, there’s more proof than ever that the government is simply unprepared for legalization and why the kick-off for recreational pot sales will start without much fanfare.

Wed
19
Sep

Regulating California's legal marijuana market is a 'work in progress'

Good news for California. The state's adult cannabis market is estimated torake in $7.7 billion by 2021, according to leading cannabis researchers ArcView Group in partnership with  BDS Analytics.

Wed
19
Sep

Michigan's medical marijuana gray area gets grayer

The state Medical Marihuana Licensing Board could not have handled setting up and rolling out the medical marijuana facility licensing system in a more ham-fisted manner. It seems as though the whole thing was set up by people who fear marijuana and don't want it to work.

Wed
19
Sep

Are these marijuana stocks the next big thing?

The cannabis industry has been fueled by a new series of institutional investors and the changing tide of the public perception of the substance. This has helped to fuel a massive amount of growth that has been unparalleled by any other industry in recent times.

Wed
19
Sep

Canada, U.S. urged to compromise on cannabis at border

Canadians involved in the legal cannabis industry are facing deep potholes on the road to entering the United States — and immigration lawyers say the federal government needs to help them navigate a way through.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency sent tremors through the country’s burgeoning cannabis sector last week with word that legalization in Canada won’t change the fact that American laws treat marijuana as a banned substance, and industry insiders as drug traffickers.

Despite the fact that some jurisdictions in North America permit the use of medical and recreational marijuana, U.S. federal law continues to prohibit its sale, possession, production and distribution, an agency spokesperson said in a statement.

Wed
19
Sep

Why cannabis companies look like they will be gobbled up by tobacco and alcohol

One of the biggest stories we have been following is the coming legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada. On October 17th, Canada will become the first G-7 country to legalize recreational use of cannabis. Since the final bill was passed on June 19th, the largest Canadian producers seem to have been on a tear. But there is something more going on here.

Wed
19
Sep

Chelsea Handler: 'The criminalization of marijuana is racist and specifically aimed at targeting minorities'

Comedian Chelsea Handler doesn't pull any punches - not even when it comes to herself. When Civilized asked her recently what the epitome of white privilege is, she took an unflinching swipe at herself. 

"My career," she told Civilized. "I get rewarded over, and over, and over again for just being a loudmouth and doing what I want. Being white, pretty, everything was at my fingertips. I didn't have any real struggle and I never realized it until a few years ago. I'm embarrassed when you look around and see how easy it was." She also unleashed the ultimate backhanded compliment for President Donald Trump and his beleaguered administration.

Wed
19
Sep

South Africa’s highest court legalizes cannabis for personal use

South Africa is the country to most recently legalize cannabis.  

South Africa’s highest court has legalized using cannabis for adults in private places as well as growing cannabis for private use upon ruling that the previous law that banned cannabis is unconstitutional.

“It will not be a criminal offense for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his own personal consumption,” said Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

The ruling comes after a decision made last year by a provincial court that legalizes cannabis for private use in Western Cape where the country’s capital, Cape Town, is situated.

Wed
19
Sep

Marijuana industry fights 'stoner,' 'pot' and other words that stigmatizes people

There’s a badge on her uniform, possibly a gun on her hip, and her arms are spread a little, suggesting she’s ready for anything. You might think that you’re looking at a police officer walking a beat.

But what you’ve seen on billboards and, more recently, the internet is an effort by MedMen Enterprises of Culver City to remind you that marijuana users come from all walks of life. They can be cops, nurses, teachers, scientists, construction foremen and grandmothers. All these people appear in MedMen ads that also feature the word “stoner” with a line drawn through it. As in, let’s get rid of this.

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