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Thu
05
Sep

What's with North Americans crossing the border with cannabis and getting in trouble?

Late last month, a Canadian woman faced a lifetime ban for attempting to cross the U.S. border with cannabidiol (CBD) oil in her possession — the decision was eventually overturned.

Wed
04
Sep

Illinois sets strict rules for cannabis growers on how much water, energy they can use

Both recreational and medical cannabis growers in Illinois will have to meet high standards for their energy and water use.

A state law signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in June places limits on the amount of water and electricity growers can use, as well as setting requirements for water runoff and wastewater.

“This is a high-resource-use industry, and it doesn’t have to be,” said state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago. “Illinois can show the way to do it in a better way.”

Wed
04
Sep

Barbados-based medical marijuana businesses required to ensure local ownership

The Ministry of Agriculture in Barbados is requiring that any foreign cannabis companies that set-up shop in the country must ensure that locals own at least 30% of the business. This Medical Cannabis Bill 2019 was introduced in the House of Assembly in a bid to establish a legal industry. If this bill is adopted, Barbados would permit medical cannabis just as Jamaica, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Antigua & Barbuda have. The Agriculture Minister gave a presentation on the bill which revealed that international companies have to create subsidiaries for local Barbadians.

Wed
04
Sep

These Congressional Republicans support the cannabis industry

The marijuana legalization movement has a lot of friends in high places these days that were not always there for the cause.

It goes without saying that, despite just how popular cannabis has become over the past few years, it was not always the opinion of those who write our laws in the United States that we should embrace the herb similar to alcohol and tobacco and allow it to become a part of legitimate society.

It was the Democrats that initially took the reins on this issue, fighting for it on Capitol Hill without any success. But them something bizarre started to happen.

Wed
04
Sep

Quebec Superior Court overturns province's ban on homegrown cannabis

Quebec Superior Court Judge Manon Lavoie overturned the province’s ban on homegrown cannabis on Tuesday, meaning that Quebecers are now free to cultivate cannabis at home without facing legal repercussions.

In June 2018, the provincial government passed Quebec’s cannabis law, which included provisions banning the cultivation of cannabis at home.

However, Lavoie ruled that these provisions are unconstitutional as they infringe upon the jurisdiction of the federal government, which has sole responsibility for legislating on criminal matters.

As a result, homegrown cannabis in Quebec is now regulated by Canadian law, which allows citizens to grow up to four cannabis plants.

Wed
04
Sep

What the Johnson & Johnson opioid ruling means for the cannabis industry

In late August, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) was hit with a hefty $572 million fine for its role in the opioid crisis in Oklahoma, which was still

Wed
04
Sep

Only 3 U.S. States have no medical marijuana

For all cannabis legalization’s progress, and all the excitement drug-policy reform and a booming CBD and cannabis market make, much of the United States remains outwardly hostile to marijuana — in some cases, outwardly so.

Against this backdrop, a few states stand out for soldiering on with the drug war.

Tue
03
Sep

Former New Zealand Prime Minister backs cannabis legalization

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has urged Kiwis to vote in favour of recreational cannabis being legalized at next year’s referendum.

She recently set up a think tank called The Helen Clark Foundation and it has just issued a report called “The Case for YES”. It recommends expunging minor cannabis convictions and ushering in a legal market that can regulate marijuana in a responsible fashion.

Tue
03
Sep

Russia advocates strict Drug Control Policy

Russia and few countries like Canada are at loggerheads over the issue of cannabis and hold conflicting views on drug related legislation. As per the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC’s) World Drug Report 2019, Russia along with the US and China was one of the three countries that together accounted for 43% of injected drug use globally.

Russia has identified the drug and crime policy as an area challenging the existing Western-dominated order and has strongly advocated a hard-line approach that seeks to eliminate the illegal drug market. On the other hand, the US has softened its stance on drug policy since the last decade.

Tue
03
Sep

Talks are underway to change Utah’s unique requirement that marijuana be sold in special blister packs

Medical cannabis advocates have been talking with legislative leaders about getting rid of a requirement that buds and leaves be packaged in "blister packs."

"What we’re looking at is maybe altering the way that blister pack would be, in order to make it specific to how that particular dose would be most efficiently packaged, not cause any impurities, allow it to be given to a dose-specific element with a patient," Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, told FOX 13 in a recent interview. "There could be some tweaking on how that bubble pack looks, what it looks like and how it’s used."

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