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Wed
06
Nov

Illinois rolling out social equity provisions for cannabis users and businesses

When lawmakers crafted the law legalizing marijuana in Illinois, they tried to make sure it would right what many see as past wrongs linked to the drug.

In addition to expunging hundreds of thousands of criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, the law’s architects added provisions meant to benefit communities that have been the most adversely affected by law enforcement’s efforts to combat the drug.

Tue
05
Nov

Pennsylvania aims to move forward both on medicinal & adult use cannabis programs

A new effort to legalize recreational cannabis is coming to the Keystone State. Pennsylvania lawmakers Daylin Leach and Sharif Street are hoping to build support for their latest proposal, Senate Bill 350 which they introduced on October 15th. The bill would allow for both home delivery and the automatic expungement of many previous criminal convictions related to marijuana. The bill’s supporters estimate it will generate $500 million in tax revenue within twelve months.

In contrast to the approach of many other states, Senate Bill 350 contains a provision allowing home grower permits for personal use. The bill also envisions “use lounges” where individuals can legally consume marijuana brought from outside the establishment.

Tue
05
Nov

CBD topicals are not immune from FDA scrutiny

Read original article here.

Tue
05
Nov

USDA rule won’t yet impact Hawai‘i hemp production

Fibers from a stalk of hemp. Public domain image.

The newly developed US Domestic Hemp Production Program will effect now immediate changes on hemp being grown in Hawai‘i.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently established the program through an Interim Final Rule in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill. The Interim Final Rule will not immediately impact industrial hemp that was or is being cultivated under the 2014 Farm Bill programs, including Hawai‘i’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, according to a Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture press release.

Tue
05
Nov

London calling: Mayor backs re-examining U.K. cannabis laws to reduce violent crime

The Mayor of London is calling for a review of U.K. cannabis prohibition, which he believes to be instrumental in the link between violent crime and drugs.

Although Sadiq Khan has previously opposed loosening the country’s drug laws, he said it is time for U.K. legislators to participate in an “evidence-based” discussion about prohibition, legalization and policing as the city struggles with knife-related assaults and stabbings.

Tue
05
Nov

Balcanns sets out to create new standard for medicinal cannabis

Macedonian-based grower is on a mission to produce high quality, low-cost solutions to meet unmet market needs.

Demand for medicinal cannabis in Europe has reached new levels and is expected to grow by more than 400% through 2023. With a market of over 742 million people and a total healthcare spend of €2.3 trillion, the continent is on track to become the largest medical cannabis market in the world.

Licensed producers globally are struggling to keep up, with ongoing issues surrounding supply, quality and consistency. The result has left patients across the continent paying top dollar for inconsistent medical cannabis.

Tue
05
Nov

What needs to happen for marijuana to become legal at the Federal Level

Statistics show that only about 4% of bills filed in Congress every year will become law. And there are literally thousands of bills introduced each year.

Tue
05
Nov

Dealing in dagga in South Africa: Cops continue to clamp down on cannabis

The South African Police Service (SAPS) issued a warning on 4 November 2019, that the sale of cannabis is still illegal if not specifically allowed under the Medicines and Related Act Substances Act.

This means that dispensaries or outlets, online sites and social media platforms which are marketing and selling cannabis and cannabis related products to the public, remain illegal.

Tue
05
Nov

Legal cannabis may be coming to South Dakota

South Dakota groups submitted separate signed petitions Monday that would allow residents to vote next year on whether to legalize medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.

Monday was the deadline for submitting signatures to the South Dakota secretary of state’s office for measures for the November 2020 ballot.

Mon
04
Nov

California authorities found and destroyed $1 billion worth of marijuana plants

A tip about supposedly legal hemp production led California investigators to fields of marijuana plants. About 10 million of them.

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