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Fri
28
Dec

Virginia to again consider marijuana decriminalization

When it comes to marijuana, Virginia has lagged behind many states where the drug has been decriminalized or legalized for recreational use.

With lawmakers approving an expansion of the state's medical marijuana program in 2018, supporters of decriminalization are hoping that momentum will continue in 2019. But Virginia Republicans don't appear willing to support decriminalization.

Fri
28
Dec

Medical marijuana sales, cultivation pitched in Georgia

The Georgia legislature is set to consider bills allowing for the sale and cultivation of medical marijuana based on a study committee's recommendation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a joint House and Senate committee last week recommended lawmakers should consider providing 10 grow licenses, 10 manufacturing licenses and an "adequate number" of dispensing licenses. Lawmakers' next legislative session will begin in January.

Current state law allows individuals with 16 specific conditions to possess low potency marijuana oil, but marijuana remains illegal to grow, buy, sell and transport.

That has created a legal conundrum where about 6,000 Georgia patients are registered to legally possess the drug but can't legally obtain it.

Fri
28
Dec

One Indigenous reserve bans Ontario Cannabis Store deliveries, others consider it

A northern Ontario Indigenous community has become the first to ban the province’s monopoly pot delivery service from its territory, a move that at least one Southwestern Ontario First Nation – maybe more – is looking to follow.

In Southwestern Ontario, where illegal marijuana stores have proliferated in the past year, Indigenous leaders have voiced concerns about the fallout from legalized marijuana, but none has completed the required steps under Ontario’s new marijuana law to ban the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) from delivering to their communities.

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, a community 580 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, became the first to do so last week, according to the OCS.

Fri
28
Dec

Canada: Some black market pot dealers drumming up business outside legal cannabis stores

Some black market marijuana dealers have been engaged in a literal turf war with their legal competitors.

In recent days, at least one brazen illegal seller has been offering samples of his wares and a dial-a-dope service outside stores that sell the bud under government licence.

The dealer, dubbing himself Medi Man, has been handing out samples of cannabis bud in a tiny baggie stapled to a business card offering various grades of pot and its derivatives, including edibles, to store customers.

Prices listed for bud are as low as $100 an ounce — a third or a quarter the price of its legal counterpart.

“Money back guaranteed — minimum order $100 … delivery 7 days a week 9 AM – 9 PM,” reads the card.

Thu
27
Dec

Cannabis deliveries to be legal everywhere in California

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released the newest changes to regulations for adult-use cannabis and manufacturing earlier this month. Some proposed rules have bummed out the cannabis industry while others are relatively exciting. One of these proposals is the allowance of cannabis delivery throughout California—even to municipalities that have banned it.

Released Dec. 7, the language in the Phase III regulations says that “a delivery employee may deliver to any jurisdiction within the State of California provided that such delivery is conducted in compliance with all delivery provisions of this division.” Such needs for compliance include driving an unbranded car and tracking the vehicle with GPS. 

Thu
27
Dec

TN lawmaker believes Medical marijuana bill will pass next year, help combat opioid crisis

A new medical marijuana bill will be proposed in the 2019 legislative session. Its co-sponsor believes the bill has a better chance of passing than in years past. 

State Senator Dr. Steve Dickerson has co-sponsored five medical marijuana bills in the Tennessee legislature. He says this new bill has a better chance at passing, in part because of Governor-Elect Bill Lee. 

Lee has expressed some concern about medical marijuana but also, appears to be open to the prospect. 

"For me, the data is not substantive enough to show that medical marijuana is the right approach right now," Lee said in News 2's Governor's debate with Karl Dean. "But if the people of Tennessee brought that and the data proved it, I would consider signing that bill if it passed." 

Mon
24
Dec

Mayor of New York backs marijuana legalization

The mayor of New York has officially voiced his support for legalizing marijuana last week following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to legalize cannabis across the state.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that if the state of New York legalizes cannabis that past low-level marijuana convictions should be expunged and that sales from marijuana should be “closed to corporate interests”. He said that the market should be open to New Yorkers, especially Hispanic and African-American residents who have for too long been unfairly targeted for marijuana use.

“Legalization, done the right way, will marry opportunity with justice,” said de Blasio.

Mon
24
Dec

Pot in Pennsylvania: Yes, there's strong public support for recreational marijuana

The idea of legalizing marijuana may have significant opposition in the General Assembly, but polls show the public supports the idea.

Mon
24
Dec

Why do men support marijuana legalization more than women?

When it comes to most political issues, women tend to be more progressive than men, write Joseph Misulonas. But there's one issue where that's not the case: marijuana. But why?

Two researchers, Laurel Elder and Steven Greene, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post to discuss their study about why men support marijuana legalization more than women. They tackled several hypotheses about why men support marijuana more and offered their own conclusion.

Mon
24
Dec

5 Winners in the global cannabis race

The global cannabis market could be as big as $150 billion by 2025.

October saw Canada embrace full legalization.

And cannabis just got another big boost: in December, the U.S. Senate approved a Farm Bill full of pro-hemp provisions.

Whole Foods Market expects hemp products to be among the Top Ten items in 2019.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound found in cannabis that is popping up all over the U.S. market.

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