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Wed
15
Jan

Hawaii’s Decriminilazation Of Marijuana Is In Effect

Hawaii is the 26th state to decriminalize marijuana, even if their policy on the drug is one of the most conservative ones in the country.

In 2019, Hawaii became the 26th state in the U.S. to decriminalize marijuana. On January 11th of this year, the law that prevented the incarceration of people over the possession of marijuana went into effect.

Residents of Hawaii with three grams or less of marijuana will now face a $130 fine as their sole punishment. Under this law, possession of larger amounts of the drug, distribution of it and repeat offenses could still lead to more severe punishments.

Wed
15
Jan

Legal Marijuana States Buying ‘Nasal Rangers’ Because Of Weed’s ‘Stinky Smell’

Residents in small towns hate the smell of marijuana, so they’re calling upon the Nasal Rangers to save them.

States with legal marijuana states struggle with illegal weed. This may seem paradoxical—how can something be illicit if it’s legal and regulated by the state?—but many longtime cannabis consumers want to avoid high taxes and fees associated with legal marijuana. That’s why they still buy weed from black market: it’s cheaper and there’s little to no consequence if a cop finds them in possession of marijuana. Last year, the Associated Press reported that 80% of all California marijuana deals still occur “under the table.”

Tue
14
Jan

Austin Politician Proposes Ban on Using Government Funds for THC Testing

When Texas legalized hemp last year, it threw the state’s marijuana policing into some kind of chaos. All of a sudden, officers were largely left without proper testing technology to determine if suspects’ leafy greens possessed a THC percentage above the legal cutoff of 0.3 percent. As a result, law enforcement authorities across the state began to throw up their hands and throw out low-level possession cases.

Tue
14
Jan

Why Do We Care What Law Enforcement Thinks About Medicine?

Some lawmakers in Tennessee are hoping to introduce and pass medical marijuana legislation this year. To increase their chances for success, they are putting a lot of effort into educating law enforcement officials in the hopes of at least weakening their opposition to medical cannabis.

Tue
14
Jan

U.S. sees uptick in amount of cannabis smuggled across the U.S.-Canada border

Seizures of cannabis at the Canada-U.S. border showed a significant increase in the year after Canada’s federal legalization of cannabis, note new numbers released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

CBP officers confiscated 2,214 kg of cannabis from people trying to enter the U.S. between Nov. 1, 2018 and Oct. 31, 2019, compared to 1,259 kg the previous year — a roughly 75 per cent increase.

That said, the discrepancy in the number of individual seizures was much lower before and after legalization, which jumped from 3,139 to 3,917, respectively.

Tue
14
Jan

Arizona Already Has 6 Marijuana Bills Filed for the 2020 Legislative Session

Arizona already has 6 medical marijuana-related bills filed by lawmakers to kick-off the state’s 2020 legislative session.

Of the bills, these are the ones that would directly affect Arizona medical marijuana patients:

HB 2178

Tue
14
Jan

`Badly Out of Sync’ Marijuana Laws Come Under Congress Scrutiny

The growing disconnect between state laws legalizing marijuana and federal prohibitions is coming under scrutiny in Congress.

“The federal law and the state laws are badly out of sync,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Her panel plans a rare hearing on the topic Wednesday.

Eshoo said she wants to raise questions about how research is done on marijuana use and whether federal laws are blocking needed studies.

Tue
14
Jan

Australian Capital’s Cannabis Laws Present Confusion and Controversy

Possession and home cultivation of cannabis become legal in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) at the end of the month, but a lack of provisions to establish an approved marijuana supply chain likely means the area’s illicit market will continue unabated. The ACT, home to Canberra, Australia’s national capital, passed measures in June that make it the first of the country’s jurisdictions to legalize cannabis for personal use.

Tue
14
Jan

Neighboring states' marijuana laws show just how bad Iowa is

This year is set to be another big one for drug reform in the United States. Not so in Iowa, where politicians with old-timey views on science and personal freedom insist on preserving strict prohibition.

Take a look at the six states bordering Iowa, ranging from staunchly conservative to moderately liberal, and you can see how embarrassing the situation is. Iowa already has some of the region’s harshest criminal penalties for marijuana possession, and there’s a good chance we will look even worse by comparison at the end of 2020.

Tue
14
Jan

High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations.

Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a half-million acres (200,000 hectares) last year, more than 450% above 2018 levels, so there's intense interest in the rules the U.S. government is creating. Critical comments on the draft have poured in from hemp farmers, processors, retailers and state governments.

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