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Battle of the Coasts: Marijuana legislation from east to west

It’s taken a long time for cannabis to come into the mainstream with still a long way to go. When it comes to cannabis policies, the West Coast of the United States has been incredibly influential in reducing associated stigmas.

Though cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, states like Oregon, Washington, Colorado and of course, California, have pushed those legal boundaries, resulting in flourishing legal markets.

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06
Jul

New York governor announces further action to support medical marijuana and industrial hemp

New York’s Governor issued the following press release earlier this week:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced further action to support the development of medical marijuana and industrial hemp businesses in New York, directing the Department of Financial Services to provide guidance to support the safe and sound provision of banking services for these businesses.

Fri
06
Jul

Legal weed in New Jersey? Not so fast.

New Jersey's rush toward legal marijuana has slowed to a crawl.

Gov. Phil Murphy's first 100 days in office came and went without a legal weed bill passing the Legislature. Then, on July 1, Murphy signed a state budget that does not anticipate non-medical marijuana sales in the next year, forcing the administration to strip out $60 million in revenue that it had anticipated from taxes on the drug.

Fri
06
Jul

Massachusetts finally has a recreational dispensary, but it can’t sell weed yet

Massachusetts’ recreational market was supposed to open on July 1. The latest holdup is a lack of licensed labs for testing cannabis.

Massachusetts’ recreational market was slated to open on July 1st, but it only just licensed its first recreational dispensary and it likely won’t be open for weeks.

The state’s Cannabis Control Commission granted Cultivate Holdings of Leicester in central Massachusetts a license to sell recreational marijuana at its current medical dispensary. Customers won’t be able to purchase any recreational cannabis there—or anywhere else—until the CCC approves its first license for a testing lab.

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06
Jul

Who sets the high standards for medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana sits in limbo while politicians in the U.S continue to debate its value.

In the meantime, patients use medical marijuana to treat a wide array of symptoms in the thirty states (and Canada) where it is legal.

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06
Jul

A survey suggesting homeless people have come to Colorado for the legal cannabis is attracting some heat

Over one-third of incarcerated homeless people in Colorado who have migrated to the state since 2012 have signalled legal cannabis as one of the reasons for their move, according to a new study. But there seems to be little consensus over the significance of this report, writes Calvin Hughes.

The study was commissioned by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice and surveyed 507 mostly homeless inmates across seven cities and county jails in Colorado. The results seem to bolster local law enforcement's claim that legal cannabis has been attracting homeless people to Colorado. Of course, this is not the whole story.

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06
Jul

'We should be lowering regulatory and other barriers to conducting cannabis research,' says Senate committee

A group of US Senators is calling on the federal government to loosen the red tape that's put a chokehold on cannabis research. In a recent report attached to the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services for Fiscal Year 2019, the Senate Appropriations Committee used strong language to push for cannabis reform, writes Calvin Hughes.

Fri
06
Jul

Sweet Leaf officially ceases to exist in Denver

Denver wiped itself clean of Sweet Leaf marijuana stores today, July 5, after Denver's Department of Excise and Licenses executive director Ashley Kilroy revoked all of the dispensary chain's business licenses within city limits. The decision was somewhat expected, as city hearing officer Suzanne Fasing recommended the same move in April after a five-day hearing over the fate of the company's licenses.

Fri
06
Jul

Profit vs. prudence: Food sector prepares for edible cannabis in Canada

On Oct. 17, smoking cannabis will become legal in Canada. As for cannabis edibles, they will take a bit longer: Cannabis-infused food products will be legal in a little less than a year’s time.

Once edibles are available, things will get complicated in Canada’s food industry. But, with the right regulations, this is a profit opportunity that doesn’t come by every day.

Initially, Bill C-45 did not include edibles. It was only last fall, when the parliamentary health committee decided that edibles would need to be included as well if the country was going to adopt a comprehensive approach to legalized cannabis.

Thu
05
Jul

Canada: Inside the debate over whether home growing should be legal

Prohibitionists say it brings crime and impacts home values, among other things. Cannabis lovers say it’s their right to grow their own medicine.

Wherever legalization arrives, home growing, along with edibles, is always among the most contentious topics.

Conservative communities worry about odors. Police consider home grows crime incubators since it’s easy for a hobbyist to go into business. Fire Departments, also with some justification, worry about the high-pressure light bulbs and the elaborate wiring growers use.

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