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Wed
04
Dec

More Australian Medical Cannabis Ventures Awarded Major Project Status

Australia’s Morrison Government has granted Major Project Status to medical cannabis ventures in the states of Victoria and Queensland.

The status has been awarded to Hydroganics for a $333 million facility in South- East Queensland and Canopy Growth for a $70 million project in regional Victoria.

Once at full production, the Hydroganics facility at a secret location on the Sunshine Coast is expected to produce annual revenue of $366 million, with 90 per cent of that figure from overseas exports. The facility is expected to support 140 ongoing jobs.

Wed
04
Dec

Marijuana Legalization: Can Virginia Expect it in 2020?

Marijuana is strictly prohibited in Virginia. All forms of marijuana are illegal in the state. Yet, recreational cannabis sales went live in Michigan on Sunday. To know more about this, read Recreational Marijuana Sales Go Live in Michigan. Furthermore, Illinois will legalize marijuana on January 1, 2020. While the other states are pushing for legalization, let’s see what steps Virginia is taking.

Wed
04
Dec

Minnesota Expands Medical Marijuana Program With More Qualifying Conditions

Minnesota is expanding the state’s medical marijuana program to include chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration as conditions that can qualify for treatment, state health officials said Monday.

The state Department of Health also said it would allow more sites where patients can access medical cannabis. The changes take effect in August, Minnesota Public Radio News reported.

Tue
03
Dec

Wherever legalization goes, trouble follows for medical marijuana users

California’s pioneering medical marijuana system is feeling the pinch of legalization.

The number of Californians obtaining medical authorization cards to use weed for medical purposes continues to drop.

Only 1,269 patients have enrolled in the medical marijuana identification card program this year, according to the state’s public health department.

The voluntary program is designed to help cops identify those who smoke pot medicinally. Since 2016, it has also saved patients the tax on pot purchases.

Tue
03
Dec

CBD forecasts likely to be slashed on FDA warning: Analyst

CBD wholesalers should “have big concerns” about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s growing unease about the safety of the cannabis compound, according to one chief executive officer.

The FDA said Monday that it “cannot conclude that CBD is generally recognized as safe among qualified experts for its use in human or animal food.”

It added that “some of the available data raise serious concerns about potential harm from CBD,” including liver injury, drowsiness, diarrhea and changes in mood, and raised questions about its impact on children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Tue
03
Dec

The MORE Act Legalizing Marijuana Is Doomed — Here’s Why

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said in the past that he has absolutely no intention of legalizing marijuana.

The cannabis community rejoiced last month on the heels of news that Congress would, for the first time in American history, take a vote on a bill that would legalize marijuana at the national level. 

Tue
03
Dec

North Dakota Advisory Board Approves Pardons Of 26 People With Cannabis Convictions

North Dakota’s pardon advisory board took a significant step Wednesday in wiping criminal records clean for 26 people with low-level marijuana convictions, a first under a new policy aimed at fixing problems the records have caused for people trying to find jobs and housing.

Tue
03
Dec

What Travelers Need To Know About Flying With Weed

With the laws surrounding cannabis -- both marijuana and hemp -- constantly changing, confusion for cannabis consumers arises when it comes to traveling to and from states where weed is legal. This is especially true when it comes to flying with weed. 

Cannabis consumers should empower themselves with an understanding of the laws and regulations concerning cannabis so that they can consume weed legally and fly safely. First and foremost, that means knowing that marijuana possession is illegal under federal law. 

Tue
03
Dec

South Dakota lawmakers look to legalize hemp in 2020

A panel of South Dakota lawmakers has approved a draft bill that legalizes hemp to be grown, produced, processed and transported in the state under certain conditions.

The Legislature's industrial hemp study committee voted to send the bill to the 2020 legislative session during a meeting Monday, Dec. 2, in Pierre.

House Bill 236 bill defines industrial hemp as "the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including seeds, extracts, cannabinoids, acids, salts and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannibinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis."

Tue
03
Dec

U.S. Authorities Have Seized Over 500,000 Marijuana Vapes in the Past Two Years

As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too.

From New York City to Nebraska farm country to California, authorities have seized at least 510,000 marijuana vape cartridges and arrested more than 120 people in the past two years, according to an Associated Press tally derived from interviews, court records, news accounts and official releases.

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