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U.S. FDA Reboots Cannabis Public Comment

The USA’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again inviting submissions on CBD and cannabis products generally to assist it in the preparation of regulations.

As we mentioned earlier this week, the FDA said it was to take new steps to provide a public and transparent way for new information to be submitted to it in real time as it becomes available.

Last year, the FDA kicked off a comment period in April to advance the agency’s continued evaluation of potential regulatory pathways for products that contain or are derived from cannabis.

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International Cannabis Policy Decisions Need To Be Based On Science

For many centuries the medical benefits of the cannabis plant were widely known and rarely debated.

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House Panel Advances Medical Marijuana For Veterans Bills

Two bills that would change federal policy regarding the medicinal use of cannabis by military veterans were approved by the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday, a move that sets the stage for a potential floor vote on the measures by the full House.

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Tennessee Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill—But There’s A Catch

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee cleared a major hurdle on Wednesday, passing out of a state Senate committee. But that step forward may be accompanied by a step backwards, as the panel tacked on an amendment to the legislation that would almost certainly lead to a significant delay of its implementation .

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Lebanon set to legalise medical, industrial cannabis cultivation

Lebanon's parliament is set to vote on a law that would legalise the cultivation of cannabis for medical and industrial use in an effort to boost its crippled economy and curb illicit production of the psychoactive plant.

The draft law, which has been endorsed by parliamentary committees and is now headed for a final vote, would only affect cannabis that contains less than one percent of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabidinol, or THC.

THC gives cannabis the recreational effects that have made it the most widely used illicit substance across the globe. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 147 million people, or 2.5 percent of the world population, consume cannabis.

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Utah Takes First Steps Into Medical Cannabis Marketplace: 'They Saw The Will Of Their Citizens'

March 1, 2020, marked the launch of Utah's medical cannabis program and its marketplace.

Spending in the new market could reach $84 million by 2024, according to data from BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research. 

The state health department began accepting applications March 1, and the state's first dispensary — referred to as a pharmacy in Utah — opened the following day. 

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NJ Court Rules Medical Marijuana Patients Cannot Be Fired For Failed Drug Test

New Jersey workers can’t be fired for failing a drug test as a result of using medical marijuana, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday.

In a decision that backed an appellate court’s earlier ruling, the New Jersey Supreme Court said that patients approved under the state’s medical marijuana program are indeed protected under the Law Against Discrimination. 

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Iowa House Passes Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill, Lowers THC Limits

The Iowa House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would add more qualifying medical conditions to the state’s medical marijuana program and change the cap on THC for patients. The bill, House File 2589, was passed by a vote of 52 to 46.

Under the bill, post-traumatic stress disorder and “severe, intractable autism with self-injurious or aggressive behaviors” would be added to the state’s list of medical conditions that qualify a patient to use medical marijuana. The measure also changes “untreatable” pain to “chronic” pain on the list.

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Ohio Attorney General Rejects Marijuana Legalization Proposal Language

The effort to get a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational marijuana for adults on Ohio’s ballot this year hit a snag on Tuesday, with the state’s Republican attorney general rejecting the summary language proposed by the group backing the measure.

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New poll finds overwhelming public support for FSA CBD regulation

A new YouGov poll commissioned by The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (The ACI) demonstrates overwhelming support for recent FSA guidance concerning CBD and support for FSA CBD regulation.

The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry recently issued a poll in conjunction with YouGov, which demonstrates overwhelming public support for regulation of CBD products in the UK from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

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