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May

How Jesse Williams is fighting to decriminalize marijuana

While Jesse Williams might be best known as Dr. Jackson Avery on the long-running series Grey’s Anatomy, he’s also become an active social justice activist over the past several years. That angle of social justice is how he viewed the opportunity to work with Spike Jonze on MedMen’s “The New Normal” advertisement, which documents the history of cannabis in America.

During a recent appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Williams expanded about some of the themes found in the video and he felt compelled to join the project.

Thu
09
May

‘Game changer’: Health Canada changes cannabis licensing process

Health Canada is changing the way it issues cannabis industry licences in a move that will likely alleviate a bottleneck that observers attribute to a long-running shortage of legal pot in the country.

Effective immediately, the regulator says new applicants seeking to produce, sell or process cannabis must already have a fully built facility. Previously, applicants were only required to make a paper submission.

“This is a game changer,” said Matt Maurer, a cannabis lawyer with Torkin Manes LLP, in a phone interview with BNN Bloomberg.

Thu
09
May

Great-Grandmother arrested at Disney World over medical marijuana

A great-grandmother from North Carolina got a big surprise when she arrived at Disney World—a 12 hour stay in the Orange County jail, writes Calvin Hughes.

Hester Jordan Burkhalter, 69, had been planning and saving for her trip to the Happiest Place on Earth for two years, but the fun was over almost as soon as she arrived, after she was caught with CBD oil by police officers outside of the Magic Kingdom.

Thu
09
May

Louisiana House approves Hemp Legislation — But does it go far enough?

The Louisiana House unanimously passed a bill to make hemp cultivation legal on Wednesday — but advocates continue to point out that the legislation does not go far enough to provide clarity in the state’s legal system. Given recent law enforcement policing of CBD distributors, that’s a major issue.

Thu
09
May

Alabama Senate debates medical marijuana bill

The Alabama Senate on Wednesday began a historic debate on medical marijuana but adjourned before taking a vote on a bill authorizing it in the state. 

The measure, sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, would allow the use of medical marijuana for certain conditions if other treatments prove ineffective. A patient would need recommendations from two physicians and would have to submit to random drug testing. 

“It’s not a Republican or Democrat issue to me,” said Melson, an anesthesiologist by training. “It’s a patient issue. And when you’ve got certain patients out there that have medical conditions and they can benefit from it, I think it’s time to give them the opportunity to participate in it.”

Thu
09
May

Why State-by-State marijuana legalization is a mess

A majority of the United States has legalized cannabis in some way, and it’s very exciting, I get it. Fewer people are being arrested, more people are getting off opioids, and accurately dosed pot chocolates might be the best thing to happen to weekends since the invention of television. But this state-by-state legalization thing that we’re doing is kind of a mess, mostly because federal prohibition hampers the whole thing from the get-go. And, since absurd restrictions still disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, as long as pot remains illegal on the federal level, your relationship to weed will continue to be, primarily, a function of your power.

Thu
09
May

CBD coming to a cookie jar near you: Report

Could CBD — the cannabis-based miracle elixir — be coming to a cookie jar near you?

According to the New York Daily News, Mondelez International — which own brands like Chips Ahoy, Oreo, and Cadbury chocolate — is considering adding the chemical found in hemp and marijuana to some products.

But Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put told CNBC not expect a little extra in your Oreo just yet.

“Yes, we’re getting ready, but we obviously want to stay within what is legal and play it the right way,” Van de Put said, adding that CBD may go against the company’s wholesome image.

However, CBD doesn’t make one high and is different than the buzz-inducing THC.

Thu
09
May

North Dakota: Governor signs Law reducing marijuana possession penalties

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed legislation into law reducing marijuana possession penalties.

Thu
09
May

Are you breaking the law by taking CBD on vacation?

Most people know that’s it’s not a good idea to travel internationally with cannabis in their possession. Since 9/11, airport screening has increased dramatically around the world, and that means that anyone could get in trouble for carrying a controlled substance.

CBD is legal – sort of –  in some countries in Europe, but can you take it with you on vacation? Even though cannabis and CBD are legal in some states in America, they are still prohibited by the 1930’s prohibition act, according to Federal law. But what about a patient who has legally been prescribed cannabis or a CBD product by a medical professional, but is scared to travel abroad or even domestically due to multi-layered airport security measures?

Thu
09
May

Most State Attorneys General say legal pot businesses should have safe access to banks

A letter signed by 38 Attorneys General from US states and territories has been sent to Congress calling for banking access for marijuana businesses, writes Calvin Hughes.

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