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Tue
17
Mar

The story of cannabis in Ireland is a tale of chronic pain and a hesitant government

It’s been said that there are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen. The adage is perhaps never more accurate than when applied to medical marijuana in Ireland.

We have come a long way over the past several years, from when I introduced the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill in 2016 to the recent introduction of the Cannabis Access Programme. It has taken a wonderful display of human solidarity and decency, but the campaign to have cannabis-based products made available for prescription has finally convinced the Irish government to distribute cannabis to people who need it for medicinal purposes.

Mon
16
Mar

Nepal Looks to Legalize Marijuana

One of the highest countries in the world is seeing a new effort to legalize marijuana. 

Nepal, located 2,565 meters above sea level, has seen a wave of momentum on the cannabis reform front. 

Mon
16
Mar

4 Ways Coronavirus Can Affect the Marijuana Industry

In case you missed it, the World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement that most people were expecting this past Wednesday, March 11: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is officially a pandemic.

Mon
16
Mar

Cannabis and Hemp in Lithuania – What’s The Current Situation?

Crawling in last, Lithuania is definitely no leader in the fight for cannabis legalization.

When it comes to cannabis there are many different interests at play, by many different parties. The medical world is looking for cures, and promoting legalization at least for medical use, giving patients with different illnesses a way to better their situations. Of course, non-medical growers and retailers are pushing for full legalization and always have an eye on the ever-changing laws surrounding full cannabis ratification.

Mon
16
Mar

Idaho House Lawmakers Kill Hemp Legalization Bill

Lawmakers in an Idaho House of Representatives legislative committee voted against a bill that would have legalized hemp agriculture in the state. The 8 to 7 vote by the House State Affairs Committee killed the measure, SB 1345, that was passed by the Idaho Senate with a vote of 27 to 5 in February.

Had the bill succeeded, farmers in Idaho would have been able to grow hemp, which was legalized by the federal government with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. The measure also directed the Idaho Department of Agriculture to develop a plan for the permitting, testing, and transportation of the crop in the state.

Mon
16
Mar

Dutch queue for cannabis as coronavirus closes cafes

Cannabis smokers aiming to keep calm and carry on despite coronavirus queued up outside Dutch "coffee shops" on Sunday after the government ordered their closure to beat the outbreak.

Customers lined up in their dozens as they tried to beat a deadline for the closure of the marijuana cafes and stockpile weed supplies for what could be weeks of lockdown.

The Netherlands' famed coffee shops have become as much a part of the country's popular image abroad as sex clubs in Amsterdam's famed red light district, which were also ordered to shut by 6:00 pm along with all bars and restaurants.

Mon
16
Mar

Cannabis Legalization in South Carolina: Where It Stands Now and Where It’s Headed

There are currently 33 states that have legal programs for medical cannabis, but fewer than half of those are traditionally red, southern states. Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida are southern states that have some kind of medical cannabis program, but South Carolina does not. Groups like SC Compassionate Care Alliance would like to change that and provide patient access to the plant medicine. 

Mon
16
Mar

Florida Senate kills THC cap for medical marijuana; House concedes

The House last week approved a THC cap for medical marijuana. It only would have applied to minors.

But the chronologically limited proposal, on what had been an unrelated health care bill, hit a Senate roadblock.

And that was the end of this year’s quest to cap THC levels in cannabis, even as the Senate passed the bill 39-0.

House members previously approved a Rep. Ray Rodrigues amendment (434551) to HB 713 that would resuscitate a 10% cap on whole flower and derivatives for patients under 21.

Mon
16
Mar

South Africa Introduces Some of the Most Lax Laws on Cannabis Yet

After years of banning cannabis in all forms, South Africa is quickly jumping through hoops to become one of the more lenient countries when it comes to using cannabis, and a likely massive competitor in the world hemp growing market.

Fri
13
Mar

Alabama Senate approves medical marijuana bill

The Alabama Senate voted 22 to 11 Thursday to allow the use of medical marijuana for certain medical conditions. 

The vote on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, came after about 5 hours of often intense debate. It goes to the House of Representatives, where it has faced difficulties in the past.

"There could have been more of an organized effort to slow it down, and I appreciate the body not doing that," Melson said after the vote. "We tried to address some very serious things. I’m not taking this bill lightly. It’s a big step for Alabama, and there’s still a long way to go."

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