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Tue
18
Sep

Canada: Quebec retailers will not be allowed to sell anything decorated with a cannabis leaf

Cannabis will be legal in Quebec next month, but the image of the cannabis leaf will remain prohibited in the Canadian province, writes Calvin Hughes.

Earlier this week, the provincial government announced plans to make Canada's already restrictive cannabis packaging regulations even more so.

Mon
17
Sep

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Ireland, support for legalization hits nearly 75 percent

Nearly three-quarters of Irish adults believe cannabis should be made available for medical purposes, writes Calvin Hughes.

Earlier this week, the Irish government published their most recent edition of 'Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland,' which details the island's drug statistics. One of the report's key findings was that cannabis continues to be the most used illicit drug with over one quarter (26.4 percent) of Irish adults reporting they've consumed cannabis at least once in their lifetime.

Mon
17
Sep

Canadian police could be allowed to consume cannabis during off-hours

If the newly published cannabis regulations for the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) are any indication of what things will look like for other police agencies across Canada, then off-duty officers will be allowed to consume cannabis just like they can enjoy an alcoholic beverage in their spare time once recreational marijuana becomes legal on October 17., writes 

Mon
17
Sep

5 Shutdowns to marijuana myths every cannabis enthusiast should know

Tired of all the debate? Let us help you debunk the most common marijuana myths.

Mon
17
Sep

Former U.S. Attorney believes ‘enforcement of cannabis laws was immoral.’

As Missourians prepare to vote in November on whether to legalize medical marijuana, proponents have support from someone who used to prosecute federal laws.

Former U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom said Saturday that the federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, along with heroin, is “absurd” and he said advocates of marijuana legalization were patriots because they are standing up for individual liberty. As a federal prosecutor, Grissom said, “I soon became a true believer that enforcement of cannabis laws was immoral.” Grissom was the keynote speaker at a conference in Kansas City of the Missouri Cannabis Industry Association.

Mon
17
Sep

Washington, DC sees mass synthetic marijuana overdose

Even in cannabis-legal Washington, DC, people are still getting severely sick due to synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana has caused a string of overdoses in the Washington, D.C. area this week, according to a report in the Washington Post. In one 24-hour period from Wednesday through Thursday, emergency medical personnel took dozens of people to local hospitals for treatment. City officials say the victims had been using K2 or Spice before being stricken.

Mon
17
Sep

Coca-Cola is eyeing the cannabis market; report says in talks with Aurora

The world's largest beverage company says it is interested in developing drinks containing CBD — the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

The world’s largest beverage company may be the next industry giant to jump into the cannabis drinks business.

Coca-Cola Co. says it’s monitoring the nascent industry and is interested in CBD — the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana — for beverages as soda consumption slows. The Atlanta-based soft drinks maker is in talks with Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis Inc. to develop the drinks, according to a report from BNN Bloomberg Television.

Mon
17
Sep

Black market marijuana is a big problem, and this new survey proves it

California's cannabis market is leading by example. However, it's not a good example.

The marijuana industry is just over a month away from making history. Following the passage of the Cannabis Act by Parliament on June 19, our neighbor to the north, Canada, is set to become the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational marijuana on Oct. 17. When fully legal, adult-use weed is expected to add billions in annual revenue to the industry.

Mon
17
Sep

The first country to legalize pot is taking it slow

The first country to legalize recreational marijuana is still going through growing pains in setting up its market.

Uruguay, which legalized the drug nationally in 2013, is in no rush. The Latin American country wants to do it the right way, and that means, at least initially, a lot of restrictions.

"They're very aware that they're the first in the world to do this," said John Walsh, director for drug policy and the Andes at the Washington Office on Latin America. "They've run with a tightly controlled model to show the world that they have control over the system."

Mon
17
Sep

Marijuana legalization in New York State is inevitable

The question “Should NY legalize marijuana sales to persons 21 years of age or older?” has already been decided. The public is in favor — 63 percent of us say yes. Those who agree represent all political parties, genders, races and ethnicities.

New York state has invested time and resources to study the health, social and economic impacts of legalization in states where marijuana is legal. Economists have run the numbers estimating sales and tax revenue and jobs creation potential for New York state. Conclusions overwhelmingly support legalization in New York state.

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