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02
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Hemp growing boom is getting underway in Ireland

Ireland is undergoing a hemp awakening with the number of cultivation applications soaring dramatically.

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) received 77 licence applications by July 2019, compared to 24 for the whole of 2018 and just seven in 2016, reports the Irish Mirror. It says there are now almost 1,000 acres registered for cultivating crops of hemp and this is expected to rise to as much as 5,000 acres.

Mon
02
Sep

A look at legalization in Canada almost one year in

Few in the cannabis community would argue the fact that one of the biggest stories in the movement in the last 5 years was the legalization of adult-use marijuana in Canada. The first large, developed country to legalize on a federal level, Canada was poised to set the tone for legalization around the world.

But, as I feared, Canada’s government has created an industry that is so restricted it has no hope of competing with the black market. Restrictions have created supply issues which have, in turn, kept prices high.

Fri
30
Aug

Illinois Lawmakers partner with tech nonprofit to expunge cannabis convictions

At a news conference on Tuesday, law enforcement officials from Illinois’ Cook County announced that they would be collaborating with Code For America to initiate expungement proceedings for possession charges of up to 30 grams of cannabis.

Here’s a quote from the announcement courtesy Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx, which we hope is heard ‘round the world:

“It is prosecutors who were part of the war on drugs, we were part of a larger ecosystem that believed that in the interest of public safety, that these were convictions that were necessary to gain. In the benefit of hindsight and looking at the impact of the war on drugs, it is also prosecutors who have to be at the table to ensure that we are righting the wrongs of the past.”

Fri
30
Aug

We are nearing the end of cannabis prohibition

One constant in history is the law of unintended consequences. As we've learned from hemp’s legalization via the 2018 Farm Bill, and with the ongoing push for federal legalization of recreational cannabis, the end of prohibition will not come in one mighty roar, but as a series of regulations that legitimize markets and create entrepreneurial opportunities, as well as tough entry barriers. Simply put, regulation changes everything.

Fri
30
Aug

Cannabis trial: Dutch cities picked for cafe supply experiment

Cannabis cafes in the Netherlands are to be supplied legally with drugs from regulated producers as part of a trial aimed at tackling the black market.

Under Dutch law, cannabis can be sold over the counter in licensed coffee shops, but it is currently illegal to produce and supply the drug.

The country's loose policy on cannabis has seen criminal enterprises flourish.

From 2021, cafes in 10 cities will get a legal supply of "quality" cannabis as part of a four-year experiment.

Cultivating cannabis is a contentious issue in the Netherlands, a country famous for its liberal drug laws.

Fri
30
Aug

Opioid crisis: Is cannabis legalization a good idea?

On August 26, an Oklahoma judge ruled against Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The state’s attorney general filed the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the company caused an opioid crisis. The judge fined Johnson & Johnson for $572 million. Thousands of lawsuits will likely go to trial. There are claims that opioid manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Purdue Pharma wrongly marketed opioid painkillers. According to Reuters, Purdue is ready to settle the opioid cases against it for $10 billion–$12 billion.

Thu
29
Aug

Minnesota Governor directs State Agencies to prepare for cannabis legalization

The governor of Minnesota has ordered state agencies to ready themselves for the advent of cannabis legalization — but many lawmakers think such a marijuana bill is unlikely to pass this year.

“My agencies have been tasked to put all of the building blocks in place, from Revenue to the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health,” said Governor Tim Walz. “We will have everything ready to go, and we will be able to implement it in Minnesota the minute the Legislature moves this.”

Thu
29
Aug

Marijuana legalization: Does Texas support it?

Marijuana laws have been all over the place in Texas. Many states have passed laws permitting marijuana for medical use. While some states have decriminalized marijuana, others have legalized recreational marijuana. However, Texas has been strict with marijuana laws. So, what’s happening now?

Thu
29
Aug

Michigan may require warning labels for cannabis health risks during pregnancy

A Michigan legislative committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would require labels on cannabis products to warn consumers about the risks of marijuana use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The Michigan House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee voted 11-2 in favor of the measure, which will head next to the House floor for a vote by the full body.

Under the proposed legislation, all cannabis products would be required to be packaged with a label reading: “Warning: Use by pregnant or breastfeeding women, or by women planning to become pregnant, may result in fetal injury, preterm birth, low birth weight, or developmental problems for the child.”

Thu
29
Aug

U.S. banking rules are holding back Global cannabis trade

One of the main roadblocks to the growth of the global cannabis trade is the fear of prosecution hanging over banks, claims a new report.

The Cannabis Legal Report published by London-based Prohibition Partners, finds that medical cannabis now legal in 43 countries with an ever-increasing number of countries also allowing access to CBD products 

It says this  ‘significant’ shift in attitudes to cannabis has been driven by ‘a kaleidoscope of forces including widespread political upheaval, technological innovation and new societal norms’.

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