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Aug

What Is Preventing Cannabis Legalization In The US?

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Cannabis legalization in some form or another is legal nearly everywhere in the U.S. As of August 2021:

Mon
30
Aug

South Dakota residents still can't buy legalized marijuana

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Bill Stocker is not your typical marijuana reform advocate—he’s retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and the Sioux Falls police department.

“I have 37 years in uniform, and I am a disabled veteran,” Stocker says.

You might recognize Stocker from tv ads supporting Amendment A. That was the constitutional amendment legalizing hemp and marijuana.

Stocker supported the ballot measure because he thinks law enforcement’s capacity is stretched too thin. He says officers should not focus on marijuana but on other drugs, South Dakota Public Broadcasting reported.

“Fentanyl is the problem, not marijuana,” Stocker says.

Fri
27
Aug

Cannabis caregivers and patients form new lobby

 

Groups representing thousands of medical caregivers and patients are now united under one organization in an effort have a louder voice when it comes to creating new rules in Augusta. The newly formed Cannabis Council of Maine includes representatives from the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, Maine Growers Alliance, Maine Craft Cannabis Association, and the Maine Cannabis Coalition.

Fri
27
Aug

Nevada Cannabis Licenses are Being Federally Investigated

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Nevada industry players have been getting interviewed by the FBI over the cannabis licensing process. 

The investigation is to see if any people or businesses tried to bribe politicians or other government officials in any way to obtain licenses to operate. Since 2016, recreational cannabis has been legal in Nevada, and there has been controversy over the process the entire time. Applicants who didn’t get licenses have brought corruption charges against those who are in business, and there has been discussion about the cannabis companies associated with politicians and business leaders, and whether they obtained their licenses ethically. 

Fri
27
Aug

New York Governor Vows to Launch Cannabis Industry That Cuomo Stalled

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul—who replaced the disgraced former governor Andrew Cuomo—promised to pick up where Cuomo failed, and get the state’s adult-use cannabis market off the ground. New York residents grew wearisome, waiting for the industry to materialize as the former governor was consumed with scandals.

For background, former governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature approved the law last March that legalized adult-use cannabis in New York. But Cuomo became embroiled in a dispute with the state Senate, so he didn’t nominate an executive director for the new Office of Cannabis Management—nor did he name appointees to the Cannabis Control Board, even though the Marijuana Taxation and Regulation Act was passed several months ago.

Fri
27
Aug

Despite changing policies, two MMA fighters have been suspended for weed

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After years of suspensions and sanctions, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced in July that it would no longer be fining or otherwise penalizing athletes for cannabis-related infractions.

So it was a surprise to many when lightweight fighters Yancy Medeiros and Justin Jaynes were handed four-and-a-half month suspensions this week after testing positive for THC.

Fri
27
Aug

Delta-8 debate: Is it legal? Depends who you ask

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 Delta-8 is the latest trend to hit hemp shops across the country, including here in Kentucky. But the hemp-based product is not without controversy. The legality of Delta-8 might depend on who you ask.

What is Delta-8?

Delta-8 THC is a compound derived from hemp. In flower form, it looks like marijuana, but it's different than the Delta-9 THC compound in marijuana, which is what gives folks a "high."

Some users have reported much milder effects. Others have described euphoria.

Wed
25
Aug

Could 2021 Be the Year of Federal Cannabis Legalization?

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The legalization of cannabis in the U.S. has been long in the making. Back in the early 1970s, states such as Oregon, Texas and Colorado began the process of decriminalizing small amounts of cannabis. Fast forward 50 years or thereabouts, and the momentum toward legalization is undeniable.

True, cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, but state after state is legalizing the substance for medical and adult use. California was the first to do so for medical usage in 1996. Since then, several others have jumped on the medical cannabis bandwagon, and a total of 19 states have legalized cannabis for adult use. It seems, then, that it’s just a matter of time before the federal government follows suit.

Wed
25
Aug

California Designates $100 Million for Cannabis Licensing

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In June, the state legislature of California approved $100 million to help cannabis companies. The majority of such businesses – 82 percent as of April – have been operating under provisional licenses. These earmarks will help them move to annual licenses, instead.

“The licensing process can be expensive, time-consuming and difficult,” Jamie Steigerwald, industry expert and Chief Marketing Officer of Los Angeles marijuana delivery service Nug Avenue, stated recently. “Moving from a temporary license to a permanent one involves studying any negative environmental effects and explaining how to alleviate them. These grants will go to cities and counties so that they will be able to support businesses as they navigate this complicated process.”

Wed
25
Aug

Las Vegas Cannabis Dispensary Joins World's Largest P2P Cancer Fundraising Event: American Cancer Society's Relay For Life

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Sanctuary Dispensaries, located in the heart of the Arts District near the Las Vegas Strip, is the first cannabis dispensary to directly support cancer research and cancer patients by joining the American Cancer Society's (ACS) Relay for Life. As originally posted on Benzinga- by Maureen Meehan

Getting involved is a natural move for Sanctuary Dispensaries: One of the dispensaries' founders, Dr. Pejman Bady, MD, got into the business to help his mother who had been diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer and given four months to live. With the help and relief of medicinal cannabis, she lived for another six years.

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