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Tue
17
Aug

N.J.’s weed industry rules will come this week, bringing state a big step closer to legal sales

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New Jersey’s commission to regulate the sale of cannabis this week will adopt its initial rules and regulations, marking a milestone in the years-long effort to launch legal weed sales in the Garden State.

Tue
17
Aug

About $350K of cannabis found after smell gets picked up by air-conditioning units

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“We received reports from a local factory of a strong smell of cannabis permeating through the building. It transpires it was being taken in via air-conditioning systems.”

Police in the U.K. were called after the smell of cannabis was brought inside a local factory by linked air-conditioning units.

Officers went to the factory’s rooftop and were able to determine where the smells were coming from by a “process of deduction,” eventually seizing about £200,000 ($350,000) worth of cannabis from two nearby properties, reports Yorkshire Live.

Tue
17
Aug

SB County Sheriff Requests Harsher Punishment for Illegal Cannabis Farms

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San Bernardino County Sheriff, Shannon Dicus, Sent out a letter to local legislators today.

In the letter, Sheriff Dicus is asking for harsher punishments for individuals running illegal cannabis farms. Last month I interviewed the Sheriff during his first week in office. He made comments about how illegal marijuana farms were causing a lot of issues across the county.

He said, "Because it is just proliferated our deserts, waters being pumped out of the ground at just ridiculous rates. We have residents all over the county that are very upset with smelling it; people protecting their groves are actually confronting civilians who live in the area, and it's just a big problem."

Tue
17
Aug

How the New Marijuana Law Impacts Employers in CT

On June 22, 2021, Governor Lamont signed the Act Concerning Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis into law, legalizing the use of recreational marijuana in our state.

The new law allows adults (21 and older) to have on their person up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana or have up to 5 ounces in a locked container. It also allows for the expungement of some marijuana-related convictions, sets up a framework for businesses to apply for licenses to grow, manufacture, retail and distribute, and carries out restrictions on employers and protections for employees.

Tue
17
Aug

Marijuana advocates look to incoming Hochul to speed up state’s legal weed rollout

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Backers of New York’s successful push to legalize recreational marijuana are pinning their hope on incoming Gov. Kathy Hochul to give the stalled rollout process a shot in the arm.

Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, implementation of New York’s adult-use program has been stuck in neutral, according to Michael Hiller, an attorney specializing in cannabis law. But Hochul’s stance on the legalization of recreational marijuana suggests she will make it a priority when she takes office. “Lt. Gov. Hochul’s approach to legalization, which appears to be motivated by her desire to raise tax revenue, appears to be more genuine and focused,” Hiller said.

Mon
16
Aug

California Supreme Court Nixes Pot For Prisoners

The California Supreme Court ruled this week that inmates in the state prison system do not have a right to possess marijuana under Proposition 64, the landmark 2016 ballot initiative that legalized cannabis in the state. The ruling overturns a lower court decision in 2019 that found that prisoners could possess marijuana but could not smoke or otherwise ingest it while behind bars.

Mon
16
Aug

South River allows marijuana grow facilities, but no retail

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SOUTH RIVER – The borough will allow licensed facilities to grow and process marijuana wholesale, but will not permit retail pot stores to open.

The Borough Council unanimously approved two ordinances earlier this month that allow certain licensed marijuana facilities to operate in nonresidential areas in the borough. 

"By allowing this, you're bringing in manufacturing, which is the largest tax revenue this town will actually see," Councilman Peter Guindi said. "Besides what the town may implement once this does come into our town, the state actually not only supersedes us, but they have even stricter rules and regulations. I can tell you that this is something where it's not going to be a storefront, nobody's going to be allowed in it."

Fri
13
Aug

Adult-Use Cannabis In Argentina: President Supports The Debate In Popular Show, Says Alcohol Is More Harmful Than Weed

By El Planteo.

"What's in your life’s black box?" In tune with the new winds of communication 2.0, generational change and new ways of relating to content, the famous Spanish streamer, Ibai Llanos, interviewed Lionel Messi after his arrival to Paris. On the same day, one of the most popular journalists on the Internet was able to do the same with the Argentine president.

Fri
13
Aug

Cannabis CEOs signal confidence on marijuana banking law passing

Marijuana advocates have been stacking victories over the last few years at the state level with nearly 20 U.S. states having now approved adult recreational marijuana use.

But even as momentous as those changes have been, reform at the federal level has proved elusive — until now, if you trust the confidence coming from the leaders of America's largest cannabis companies.

Fri
13
Aug

Using Hemp To Build Bridges Between Canada And China: The Mary AG Story

Despite frosty international relations, one company is using hemp to build bridges between Canada and China.

Mary AG signed a memorandum of understanding this week to create an in-depth partnership with CBDer Biotechnology.

The partnership marks Mary AG's first application of farm-level technology, taking its knowledge in automated systems and applying that expertise to a holistic, controlled growing condition that incorporates automated plant health assessment.

Mary AG's joint ventures Yunnan Moquan and CBDer are currently the only companies licensed for indoor industrial hemp cultivation in China's one and only legalized province for cannabinoid extraction.

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