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Thu
11
Jul

Has cannabis reform landed in the UK?

The British have finally decided that cannabis reform is overdue. In London at least, 63% of the population believe that recreational reform is a good idea.  According to a poll by The Evening Standard, the rest of England too, is getting close to a majority when the idea of recreational reform is in the room.

Wed
10
Jul

It's time to end the senseless and cruel policy of cannabis criminalization

For the first time in a generation, there will be a candid conversation in the Judiciary Committe about the failures of marijuana prohibition in the United States and how Americans have been impacted under the blanket policy of criminalization.

Specifically, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hold a hearing this Wednesday entitled “Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform” to discuss pathways forward as Congress prepares for a substantial shift in public policy.

Wed
10
Jul

Jamaica should benefit from reforms relating to cannabis

Director of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), Delano Seiveright, says emerging reforms in the United States and Europe relating to cannabis are exactly what Jamaica needs to benefit from the lucrative medical marijuana industry.

Mr. Seiveright, who recently returned from Great Britain where he joined some 80 panellists from countries across the globe at a Cannabis Europa Conference, said the stakes are too high for Jamaica not to be prepared to be a huge part of an estimated US$100-billion global medical marijuana market.

He said it is also important that the traditional local growers are given the opportunity to transition into the medicinal cannabis sector, where they are able to position themselves to capitalise on “what will be an inevitable boom”.

Wed
10
Jul

Ranked: Here's how much your State will spend on recreational cannabis in 2019

Perhaps it's appropriate that marijuana is green, because the "green rush" is rapidly turning into a big-money business.

Wed
10
Jul

Guam: Cannabis board approves a list of guidelines for recreational marijuana use

Responsible adults can grow and consume recreational marijuana at home, but selling it or trading it for something of value still is illegal, according to the Cannabis Control Board, which on Tuesday approved a list of 10 things the public should know about using it.

“People are saying things like it’s all legal now,” said board member Therese Arriola, who is director of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center. “There’s a lot of misinterpretation,” Arriola said. “We need to make sure that there’s clear statements and understandings out there."

Wed
10
Jul

Hawaii has decriminalized marijuana

Hawaii on Tuesday decriminalized marijuana, making it the 26th state to decriminalize or legalize the drug.

The new law removes the possibility of jail time as a penalty for up to three grams of marijuana, but maintains a $130 fine. Hawaii’s Democrat-controlled legislature approved the bill and sent it to Democratic Gov. David Ige in May. Ige didn’t sign it, but he also didn’t veto it, effectively letting it become law on Tuesday. The new law will take effect on January 11, 2020.

Wed
10
Jul

Taxing based on THC: What it means for concentrates

Stick around the cannabis industry long enough and you’ll hear someone say “states are the laboratories of democracy.” It’s an idea that was first published by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in 1932, when Brandeis wrote that states have the ability to “try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country,” and it’s a political idea that the cannabis industry has certainly embodied.

Tue
09
Jul

Ontario's slow rollout of weed outlets could help black market

Ontario has blamed a shortage of legal cannabis from the federal government for its slow rollout of retail outlets, a claim dismissed by the federal government and regulatory bodies from other provinces, raising prospects the black market for weed may thrive longer in Canada’s most populous province.

Canada became the first G7 country to legalize recreational marijuana in October 2018 but sales have been dampened by supply constraints and prices that are higher than those on the black market.

While the provinces can set their own cannabis guidelines, a provincially run distributor purchases the cannabis from federally licensed producers, and then allocates it to retail locations approved by the province.

Tue
09
Jul

Congressional Democrats launch petition calling for Nationwide Cannabis Legalization

A group of eight congressional Democrats have come together in support of a new petition calling for the end of federal cannabis prohibition, writes Calvin Hughes.

Tue
09
Jul

CannTrust audit sparks 'wake-up call' for better pot governance

Canada’s cannabis operators face a “wake-up call” to improve governance and compliance standards after CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TRST.TO) ran afoul of Health Canada regulations in the latest misstep by the nascent industry, according to a top lawyer specializing in the industry.  

CannTrust said early Monday that Health Canada, the federal regulator for cannabis in the country, became aware the company grew unlicensed cannabis in five rooms at its Pelham, Ont. Greenhouse between last October and March. Shares of CannTrust plunged more than 20 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday, hitting a near two-year low.

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