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Tue
09
Jul

Teen cannabis use has significantly dropped in States where weed is legal

Opponents to cannabis legalization often argue that allowing regulated sales of the substance will be bad for youth.

Mon
08
Jul

New York eyes plan to clear criminal records for over 200K pot arrests

New York State officials are scrambling to figure out how to erase more than 200,000 criminal records for marijuana possession as a bill to strike those charges awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature.

The state Division of Criminal Justice Services would have to seal 126,136 Class B misdemeanors charges statewide, along with another 76,053 violation convictions that had been previously unsealed by the courts, Newsday reported.

Mon
08
Jul

The FDA’s problem with hemp-CBD

In May 2019, Gallup pollsters asked Americans about their trust in federal agencies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ranked near the bottom, beating only the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Only 44% of respondents rated the FDA as doing an excellent or good job. In turn, 33% viewed the FDA’s performance as “fair” and 22% ranking the FDA as “poor.” That paled in comparison to the US Postal Service (74% good/excellent) and fell below even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (50% good/excellent).

Mon
08
Jul

Province rakes in $30 million from cannabis tax in first six months of legalization

The Alberta government scored $30 million in cannabis taxes in the first half-year of recreational pot legalization.

Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis also took in nearly $77 million from Oct. 17, 2018, until March 31 of this year from both its online sales, for which it has a monopoly in Alberta, and through its sales to private pot retailers.

From those purchases, it recorded a profit of $4.7 million.

That $30 million in tax cash culled from retail sales was $4 million over expectation, states the province’s fiscal year-end financial statement.

Mon
08
Jul

Connecticut pot growers finally finding some banks open to holding their cash

Faced with a dilemma that has caused major headaches in most states which have adopted legal forms of marijuana, Connecticut growers and dispensaries have developed a work-around for a problem any business would love to have:

What to do with the piles and piles of cash that have been accumulating?

Mon
08
Jul

How high is too high? 5 years after legalization, Colorado struggles to test marijuana impairment for drivers

 In 2014, when recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado, Matt Karzen, an assistant district attorney in Routt County at the time, noticed a lot of criminal cases coming to his office involving drivers arrested on suspicion of driving stoned. 

It was the first time such cases had gone through local justice system under the laxer laws, and he was not sure how they would play out in court. So, his office brought a case in front of a jury as a sort of litmus test for convicting high drivers.  

Mon
08
Jul

A new cannabis survey reveals the No. 1 legalization hurdle

As recently as a decade ago, marijuana was considered to be a taboo topic. Politicians skirted the issue if ever questioned, and Americans mostly avoided the discussion of what was largely an illicit drug throughout the United States.

Mon
08
Jul

Trinidad & Tobago set to decriminalise marijuana, joining other Caribbean islands

In late 2018, Prime Minister Keith Rowley announced that the Trinidad and Tobago government would decriminalise marijuana as early as June 2019 — but with discussions continuing into July, the public is wondering what exactly this proposed law will entail and when it might come into effect.

If the legislation is passed, Trinidad and Tobago will join only a handful of other Caribbean countries that have decriminalised cannabis in an effort to reduce drug trafficking, lighten the load on the judicial system, ensure religious inclusion and help boost local economies.

Fri
05
Jul

Why South Africa should decriminalise cannabis completely

A new in-depth research report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy suggests that global drug control policies and scheduling by the UN is completely broken – and some drastic changes need to be made to bring it in line with modern science.

Fri
05
Jul

Cannabis is a control issue in the Bahamas

THE Cannabis conversation we are having right now in The Bahamas is all about control.

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