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02
Jan

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb refuses to legalize medical or recreational cannabis

Cannabis advocates in Indiana shouldn't hold their breath in hopes of marijuana reform coming to the Hoosier state anytime time soon. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (R) steadfastly refuses to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational use, writes James McClure. 

Wed
02
Jan

Oregon may consider exporting marijuana to other states

Marijuana could take the next step toward joining pinot noir and craft beer on Oregon’s list of famous exports, under a proposal likely to go before state lawmakers in the new year.

The Statesman Journal reports that the Craft Cannabis Alliance, a business association led by founder and executive director Adam Smith, is working with legislators to let Oregon start exporting pot to other legal-weed states by 2021.

Among them is Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, who said he also plans to reintroduce provisions from Senate Bill 1042, a similar proposal that died in the statehouse in 2017.

Wed
02
Jan

Groups searching for loopholes to get legal pot in MI

As marijuana fans wait for the day when marijuana can be legally bought and sold – a day as long as a year away – some are trying to find loopholes in the recently passed Proposal 1 that will allow them to get their weed now.

But some enterprising individuals are trying to use that provision to generate another kind of green. 

“It’s pretty clear, giving away or otherwise transferring without remuneration – without compensation – up to 2.5 ounces to a person who is 21 years or older is authorized as long as the transference is not advertised or promoted to the public,” said Robert Hendricks, a business attorney specializing in marijuana law and one of the drafters of Proposal 1.

Wed
02
Jan

New York union hopes to bring cannabis workers on board

If New York State moves to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019, one labor advocate wants to see cannabis workers unionized, writes Calvin Hughes. 

Mon
31
Dec

Cannabis strength doubles across Europe in 11 years

Cannabis potency has doubled across Europe in the past decade, according to the first study to track changes in the drug across the continent.

The study, published on Sunday in the journal Addiction and conducted by researchers from the University of Bath and King’s College London, finds that both cannabis resin and herbal cannabis have increased in strength and price with potentially harmful consequences for users.

In herbal cannabis, concentrations of THC – the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis which has been linked to psychosis – increased from 5% in 2006 to 10% in 2016.

Mon
31
Dec

Poll says 1 in 4 Manitobans have bought pot since legalization or plan to do so

Since cannabis was legalized in October, more than a quarter of Manitobans have bought, or plan to buy marijuana, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by Probe Research and commissioned by the Winnipeg Free Press, found 11 per cent of respondents reported that they'd purchased from a licensed retailer. Five per cent said they'd bought from an unlicensed source and 15 per cent of respondents said they hadn't bought cannabis yet, but plan to.

The majority, 73 per cent of respondents, said they had no plans to purchase marijuana.

The poll took place between Nov. 27 and Dec. 6, and surveyed a random sampling of 1,105 adults living in Manitoba.

Mon
31
Dec

Medical cannabis should not make anyone homeless for the holidays

John Flickner, a 78-year-old, wheelchair-bound senior, is a certified medical cannabis patient in New York, who consumes cannabis from a vaporizer to avoid having to use the types of opioids that kill more than 115 Americans every day. Earlier this month Flickner was evicted from his home in a federally subsidized building in Niagara Falls, NY and lost access to doctors and transportation due to his use of medical cannabis to treat post-injury back pain and muscle spasms that make it difficult for him to breathe.

Mon
31
Dec

New Hampshire house speaker vows to legalize cannabis despite Governor Sununu's threat to veto any legalization bill

As New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R) continues to obstruct marijuana reform, cannabis advocates have begun to scoff at the Granite State's 'Live Free or Die' motto, writes Calvin Hughes.

"The only thing libertarian about our state is the motto," Greg Raymond, 30, a ski resort server in Whitefield told The Boston Globe. "Now it’s become an embarrassing motto: 'Live free or die, but don't touch that plant.'"

Mon
31
Dec

Illinois Gov says cannabis legalization will bring social justice, but black leaders aren’t convinced

On the 2018 campaign trail, Illinois Governor-elect JB Pritzker (D) promised to legalize recreational cannabis in the Prairie State, writes Calvin Hughes and James McClure. A move he said would have great implications for a state that has seen stark racial disparities in its criminal justice system, where people of color were disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition. To then-candidate Pritzker, legalization offered  a way to turn the page on Illinois drug policy and close the racial divide in law enforcement.

Mon
31
Dec

Detroit police refuse to stop spelling 'marijuana' with an H

State officials in Michigan can finally stop referring to cannabis as 'maihuana,' but cops in Detroit refuse to spell 'marijuana' with a 'j' instead of an 'h', writes Calvin Hughes. 

Until recently, 'marihuana' was the official spelling for cannabis in Michigan. All laws and official documents, emails, tweets and other forms of communication used that old-timey spelling, which made state legislators and law enforcers sound like they'd just wandered off the set of 'Reefer Madness.' 

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