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Fri
09
Oct

If her daughter was sick and weed could help, U.S. congresswoman says she would break the rules, too

A Virginia congresswoman could picture herself defying U.S. federal law if her own daughter was sick and a marijuana medication would help, she told a couple whose daughter uses cannabis to combat symptoms of a rare form of brain cancer.

Whispering to Melanie Davis, Madison’s mother, Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria told her in a video posted on Facebook, “I’d want to do the same thing for my daughter if I ever had to make that choice.”

Fri
09
Oct

New Zealanders Finally Vote On Cannabis Legalization

As it stands right now there are only two countries on earth that have passed an adult-use cannabis legalization measure.

The first to ever do it was Uruguay in 2013.

Uruguay’s legalization model is somewhat limited in that only residents can legally purchase adult-use cannabis.

Canada became the first G-7 nation to legalize cannabis for adult-use when it passed a nationwide legalization measure in 2018. 

Fri
09
Oct

A New FDA Guidance Should Make CBD-Based Medicines Easier To Approve

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is releasing new draft guidelines that are meant to streamline approvals for generic oral CBD medications.

In a notice published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, the agency said it is soliciting public feedback on its guidance to researchers who are interested in submitting abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for CBD solutions.

To expedite the approval process, FDA said applicants can request a waiver of an in vivo bioequivalence study if they meet certain requirements. This guidance comes two years after the agency approved the brand-name CBD-based epilepsy medication Epidiolex from GW Pharmaceuticals.

Thu
08
Oct

These 4 states are voting to legalize and tax marijuana sales

Things may go green in four states this fall, as voters will decide on legalizing and taxing marijuana.

Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota all have measures up for a vote to legalize and levy recreational marijuana.

Thus far, 11 states have legalized recreational pot: Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state.

Levying legal weed is looking attractive at a time when states are anxious to boost their coffers.

Jurisdictions often slap an excise tax, along with a state general sales tax, on pot sales.

Just  don’t count on legalized marijuana to singlehandedly save state budgets.

Thu
08
Oct

Florida Supreme Court gets another dose of medical marijuana

In a case that could have a dramatic impact on the state’s pot industry, the Florida Supreme Court made the unusual move Wednesday of hearing a second round of arguments in a challenge to a state law aimed at implementing a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

Tampa-based Florigrown LLC is challenging the 2017 law, which created a regulatory structure for the state’s medical marijuana industry. Florigrown, whose owners include prominent strip-club operator Joe Redner, alleges that the law improperly carries out the amendment.

Thu
08
Oct

The Importance Of Compliant Cannabis Banking

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized the sale or use of cannabis. Yet, the federal government is struggling to keep up, and cannabis legislation has been stagnant. As a result, there is no safe harbor in the cannabis industry, meaning there is no legislation that assures the safety of banking cannabis. So, many who enter the cannabis industry have preferred stealthier ways of banking. While banking workarounds to open, or compliant, banking may work, they come at a cost. In the long term, businesses that openly bank have access to more reliable financial options.

Thu
08
Oct

Kamala Harris says Weed will be Legal if Elected

Thu
08
Oct

USA Hemp Pilot Program Extended

An extension of the USA’s hemp pilot program through September of 2021 was welcomed by many industry participants.

After passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that saw hemp no longer a Controlled Substance, states had a deadline of October 31, 2020 to submit final plans to the USDA for approval as the pilot program in place since the 2014 Farm Bill was signed into law was set to expire at the end of this month.

Thu
08
Oct

Which Congressional Cannabis Act Could Have the Most Substantial Impact?

Nearly 50 pieces of cannabis legislation have been introduced during the 2019-2020 legislative session of the U.S. Congress.

Thu
08
Oct

Climate change and wildfires, not the law, are the biggest threats facing west-coast cannabis growers

The largest wildfire in the history of California, the August Complex, is still burning.

It has scorched more than a million acres in Northern California and is threatening three counties, Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity, that have the largest concentration of cannabis farms in the U.S., reports Inside Climate News.

According to local law enforcement officials, many growers have defied evacuation orders to stay behind and protect their crops and livelihoods.

As California cycles though wildfires and droughts with increasing intensity and severity, cannabis farmers and the medical patients they serve, are under threat.

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