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10
May

Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill (SB 158) Approved By Kansas House of Representatives

 

Members of the Kansas House of Representatives voted to approve a bill on Thursday that would legalize the medicinal use of cannabis. The measure, Senate Bill 158 (SB 158), was passed in the House by a vote of 79 to 42.

Mon
10
May

Alabama Legislature Passes SB 46 To Bring Legal Medical Cannabis To The State

A senate bill to legalize medical marijuana in Alabama, SB 46, is now heading to the governor’s desk. 

The bill cleared its final hurdle in the state legislature on Thursday, when it passed out of the state House of Representatives by a vote of 68 to 34. The legislation passed out of the state Senate in February by a vote of 21 to 10.

The ball is now in Republican Gov. Kay Ivey’s court. A spokesperson for Ivey said that the governor would review SB 46.

Fri
07
May

Kansas Continues To Push For Legal Cannabis After The House Committee Passes A Reform Bill

Kansas Is Aiming To Legalize Marijuana

Earlier this week a Kansas House committee has passed a bill that would legalize medicinal cannabis. Those who are a part of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee have approved various amendments. This took place before the Committee passed the legislation in a 12-8 victory in favor of the bill. This would make the second time that the state’s House has approved a cannabis reform bill this session.
After passing in March, it was sent to the House floor but was then rereferred back to the committee for further consideration.

Fri
07
May

The Success of the Legal Cannabis Ecosystem Relies on This

Whether we realize it or not, our everyday needs depend on a complex infrastructure of multiple supply chains. Virtually every product we purchase, from any industry, is the result of a sequence of production and distribution processes.

Fri
07
May

What’s next now that New Mexico has legalized recreational marijuana?

Javier Martinez remembers the puzzled faces of a group of constituents as he pitched the legalization of marijuana over pizza dinner in Southeast New Mexico.

“The looks were like, ‘why the hell are you doing this?’” the Democratic state representative from Albuquerque recalled. It was a tough crowd including immigrants from Mexico, where the drug cartels kill thousands and profit billions from illicit marijuana exports.

His argument? If you make it legal on the U.S. side, if you regulate our growers and set clear rules for our retailers, the cartels will get stuck with their illegal crop on the Mexican side.

Fri
07
May

The Top 3 CBD-Friendly States in the U.S.

The passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill), legalizing hemp on a federal level and requiring states to implement industrial hemp programs, sparked a new “green gold rush” in the states. Entrepreneurs from all walks of life sought to capitalize on this green cash crop and industry that, in 2020, saw approximately $1.2 billion in total CBD product sales according to data compiled by Statista.   

Fri
07
May

Will Americans Tolerate Marijuana Odors As Legalization Progresses?

Consumers have been forced underground with the herb all their lives and now that it is finally being recognized as a legal substance, they refuse to keep hiding.

It’s getting to the point where it is almost impossible to be anywhere in the United States and not catch a whiff of marijuana coming from somewhere at some point. More than half the nation has legalized the leaf for medicinal and recreational use.

Even though cannabis users aren’t supposed to smoke the stuff in public, the odors seem to be out there, invading everyone’s olfactory senses, regardless of whether they like it or not. For some folks, the scent of marijuana wafting through the air is not a problem. But the smell can get others noticeably offended.

Fri
07
May

Idaho Senate Passes Bill (SB 1218) To Ban Marijuana Advertising

In a move that could limit the options of advocates promoting cannabis legalization initiatives, the Idaho Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban advertising for marijuana in the state. The Senate passed the measure, SB 1218, with a vote of 21 to 14, sending the legislation to the state House of Representatives for consideration.

During debate on the bill, Sen. Scott Grow, the sponsor of the measure, said that billboards in western Idaho advertise cannabis businesses just over the border in Oregon, where recreational marijuana is legal for adults.

Thu
06
May

Were Hundreds of Cannabis Advocates Shadow Banned for Encouraging Environmental Clean Up?

On April 21, hundreds of cannabis advocates took to social media to share the local clean-up they did for #Canna4Climate, a new effort created by WeedTube that encourages the cannabis community to give back on the day between the cannabis appreciation holiday 4/20 and Earth Day on 4/22.

It was a worthy and necessary cause, but nearly every cannabis advocate who participated in #Canna4Climate experienced a sharp drop in engagement and exposure on Instagram the week of 4/21.

Thu
06
May

Marijuana Laws Affecting the Workplace: Tools Employers Can Use to Stay Ahead During High Times

As Judge Richard A. Licht (quoting a slightly more famous source) said in a 2017 court opinion: “I get high with a little help from my friends.” Four years later, employers may be asking themselves which of their employees are getting high and what can they do about it.

States have been busy when it comes to marijuana laws. Before the mid-2010s, employers tended not to worry about state marijuana laws because of marijuana’s illegal status under federal law. However, those days are over, and state marijuana legalization laws continue to affect how employers can run their workplaces.

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