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Hemp makes marijuana crimes difficult to prosecute

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would like to think that, in addition to being the “Grim Reaper” of Capitol Hill, he hung the moon and is perhaps even the savior of American morality, it turns out that he’s probably not as smart as he’d like to believe. Because while he was scrambling around last year trying to become the godfather of industrial hemp legalization 2.0, not he, nor any of his lackey goons, stopped to consider that legitimizing a plant in the United States that is a first cousin to marijuana would somehow come back and bite him in his Kentucky tuchus.

But how?

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13
Sep

Sorry, marijuana fans: Illinois is having trouble preparing for recreational weed

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal mere miles from Evansville. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to get.

As we all know, Illinois legalized weed over the summer. Sales are set to begin on Jan. 1.

According to reports from The Chicago Tribune and others, though, preparation for the rollout has been messy and shrouded in confusion.

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13
Sep

California’s illegal cannabis industry three times bigger than regulated market

​It has been nearly three years since California voters overwhelmingly approved a measure legalizing recreational marijuana use, opening the door for boutique pot shops and cannabis bakeries. But a report this week found that the state’s illicit market is still plenty active in its own right.
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Sep

US DEA wants more marijuana produced in 2020

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration wants to increase the amount of marijuana produced for research next year – and by quite a margin.

The DEA is proposing a boost from 2,450 kilograms in 2019 to 3,200 kilograms in 2020. This year’s level was also quite a jump on 2018, when it was just 443 kilograms.

Fri
13
Sep

European novel food regulation – What’s it all about?

Makers and sellers of CBD products should be conforming to the European Union’s Novel Food regime introduced in January this year.

But, as things stand, just one firm Cannabis Pharma, a Czech Republic company, has made an application to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), with a handful of others said to be in the pipeline.

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13
Sep

Vaping furor intensifies as Trump vows tougher U.S. scrutiny

Faced with a worsening epidemic of teenage vaping and a mysterious illness stalking users of cigarette alternatives, the Trump administration promised to ratchet up its oversight of a burgeoning but increasingly troubled industry.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that vaping had become an urgent public-health concern in the U.S., “specifically with respect to children.” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters that 5 million kids say they’ve vaped this year, a steep and startling jump from the 3.6 million who told government surveyors they’d used e-cigarettes in 2018.

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13
Sep

U.S. hemp growers can get crop insurance beginning in 2020

American industrial hemp growers will be eligible for crop insurance under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) starting in 2020. Those firms and farmers who grow hemp for fiber, flower or seeds will be eligible beginning with next year’s crops, under the recently announced program. The insurance coverage is through USDA’s Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program, under the Department’s Risk Management Agency (RMA).

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13
Sep

Marijuana in China: Why the World’s second-largest hemp producer can’t stand cannabis

Growing up part of the Chinese-Canadian community, the prevailing attitude my seniors had towards cannabis was always the same – it’s addictive, and it will ruin your life.

And now that we’re in a post-legalization Canada, Chinese-Canadians are still hesitant to challenge this perspective.

The Canadians who emigrated here from China grew up under a government with a vocal anti-cannabis stance, often condemning it as a dangerous influence from foreign cultures.

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13
Sep

India, Pakistan cities in top three for pot usage despite being illegal

New Delhi, India, and Karachi, Pakistan, have ranked among the top three places for cannabis consumption according to data recently released, despite laws against the drug in both places.

Germany-based media campaign outlet ABCD and self-growing cannabis tech company Seedo reported the findings in its updated Cannabis Price Index after aggregating data from 120 cities around the world.

The report found New York had the most consumption last year at 77.44 metric tons of weed, while Karachi, Pakistan, came in second with 41.95 metric tons and New Delhi, India, in third with 38.26 metric tons. Los Angeles came in fourth place, and Mumbai, India, was sixth.

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09
Sep

Presidential pot: Why 2020 Democrats are ready to legalize marijuana

Once a politically dangerous subject, legal marijuana has become something of a de facto platform plank for the 2020 Democratic candidates: All support either legalizing or decriminalizing its use, and the differences lie in just how far the candidates are willing to take it.

But those differences — particularly former Vice President Joe Biden's reluctance to embrace full federal legalization and the lack of enthusiasm that increasingly organized young marijuana activists have for him — may play a role in determining who faces President Donald Trump next fall, experts said.

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