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To legalize recreational marijuana, New Jersey may have voters make the decision

It was a gaffe, but it was telling.

Hours after a well-orchestrated push to pass a legal-weed bill died in the Trenton statehouse, Gov. Phil Murphy announced to the clicking of cameras that a “postmortem” would be done.

The men standing next to him at the lectern — Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin — chuckled and quietly corrected him.

“Or post-op,” Murphy amended. In the coming days, he said, the three Democrats and their staff would surgically analyze why the legalization vote had to be abruptly canceled March 25 and they would swiftly get the bill back on the agenda.

Mon
13
May

Hemp production now legal in Connecticut

The production of industrial hemp is now legal in Connecticut – after a considerable push from farmers. Governor Ned Lamont signed the measure into law Thursday.

The bill passed with unanimous support in both chambers of the General Assembly.

Proponents say it will create new opportunities for farmers and that hemp has thousands of uses, including medicinal.

Fri
10
May

More people try cannabis for the first time when it’s legal

When there’s no need to keep sneaking around, no more looking out for snitches when you slip a dealer some cash, no chance that the cops will kick down the door to your apartment and drag your butt to jail, marijuana, gets a little less intimidating. The drug formerly known as one of the most dangerous substances in the world just becomes, dare we say, kind of boring.

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10
May

Mexico announces plans to end the prohibition of drugs

The President of Mexico has announced plans to pursue a dramatic shift away from drug prohibition. The National Development Plan for 2019-2024, presented by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his administration last week, states that a “prohibitionist strategy is unsustainable” because it leads to violence and public health harms, and criminalizes people who use drugs. The plan proposes to negotiate with the United States and in multilateral settings like the United Nations to end the prohibition of drugs and redirect the resources now invested in the war on drugs toward treatment programs.

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10
May

New Zealand’s cannabis market may shrink after legalization

Several months ago the Kiwi Parliament passed a law legalizing medical
cannabis, and now they are debating what should be done in regards to recreational cannabis.

The green wave has been growing over the pass few years, and now it has reached some of the most distant places in the world.

New Zealand has had a law that classified cannabis as an illegal drug since 1927, way back when it was known as Indian hemp.

The law was known as the Dangerous Drugs Act, and by passing this law the New Zealand parliament scheduled, among other substances, cannabis, resin collected from it, and all extracts and tinctures made from it.

Fri
10
May

China Boasts ‘Cannabis Boom’ — But Still Metes Out Death Penalty for Marijuana

China’s arrival in the global cannabis industry became official this week, winning a headline in America’s “newspaper of record.”

“China Cashes in on Cannabis Boom,” read the May 4 headline in the New York Times. “China has made your iPhone, your Nikes and, chances are, the lights on your Christmas tree. Now, it wants to grow your cannabis.” 

Fri
10
May

Governor of North Dakota quietly signs Bill to lessen penalties for pot possession

North Dakota may not be the most publicly visible state when it comes to cannabis laws. The most recent example of the state’s relative quiet when it comes to weed is the fact that the governor just signed a new bill to lower the penalties for marijuana possession—and the whole thing happened without a whole lot of fanfare. Regardless, the move represents what could be a big step for cannabis law in North Dakota.

Fri
10
May

Medical marijuana Bill approved by full Alabama Senate

Alabama has taken one more step towards becoming the 34th state to legalize medical marijuana. Early on Thursday morning, the state’s Senate voted 17-6 to approve HB 243 a.k.a. the CARE Act, which would establish a list of qualifying conditions for individuals seeking cannabis treatment, as well as a governmental agency to regulate the program.

Fri
10
May

CBD oil UK Law: Is it legal?

If you’ve been closely following the CBD oil UK law state of affairs, there is a reason why you have landed on this article: confusion. Well you’re not alone with this feeling as many people are confused. On the one hand, organisations such as MHRA are turning a blind eye to the growing demand for CBD-related products. However, major high street retailers are banking bags of money each day due to their distribution of CBD supplements.

Are these retailers breaking the law? Or is CBD oil legal in the UK? This article will, to the best of my ability, attempt to answer those questions. So without further delay, let’s get this breakdown started.

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10
May

Asia's medicinal cannabis market could be worth over $US5.8 billion by 2024, report says

The Asian medical cannabis market could be worth an estimated US$5.8 billion by 2024, Prohibition Partners, a market intelligence and strategic consultancy firm, has found in its latest report. According to analysis, which was released this Thursday, if legislation is introduced in a number of the continent’s major markets, this estimate could quadruple by 2027.

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