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Man waits 20 years for ruling in 0.02 gram cannabis case

A ruling has finally been made in the case of a 63-year-old Maltese man who was charged with cultivating 0.02 grams of cannabis in 2001.

Eugenio Camenzuli was handed a suspended sentence and, as long as he does not re-offend, will not face any prison time.

According to Malta Today, during the first sitting of the case in 2006, Camenzuli faced six months in prison and a Lm200 ($684) fine, the minimum sentence for cultivating cannabis.

Camenzuli allegedly planted three cannabis seeds but tossed them out of his window when police arrived at his home.

Fri
13
Aug

Opinion: Does the cannabis industry have a double standard with science?

The gateway theory is not necessarily a concept that ensures a person who uses weed today will shoot heroin tomorrow.

The cannabis industry seems to be moving across the U.S. with the power of a Mack Truck screaming down the highway with a sign on the back that reads, “red-eye express.”

The business of growing and selling weed has matured into a multi-billion-dollar operation, despite the lack of support from the federal government and the fact that about 70 per cent of those surveyed think the business should be taxed and regulated like alcohol and tobacco.

Thu
12
Aug

As more licenses to grow cannabis are added, illegal growing has also risen in California

Recreational cannabis sales began in January 2018, and while many have played by the rules, the illegal growth and sale of the plant continues to undermine those following the rules.

Licensed to grow, manufacture and sell

State license issuance began in 2018, but data isn’t available for that initial year because they were issued as temporary licenses. Data sets begin in 2019, when 12-month annual and provisional licenses began to be issued, using the online licensing systems. Licenses remain active for one year, at which point they can be renewed for an additional 12 months. This list displays counts of when the licenses were first issued, but not each time one was renewed.

Thu
12
Aug

If NC legalizes medical marijuana, what would be allowed? Here are some answers

The North Carolina Senate is considering Senate Bill 711, The Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize medical marijuana in this state.

The sponsors say this act would give North Carolina the strictest medical marijuana law in the country.

Below are some questions and answers about who could get medical marijuana and how a medical marijuana law would be implemented if S711 becomes law.

This information is current as of  early August 2021 and is subject to change. The latest version of S711 is available at the N.C. General Assembly website.

Rules for patients

How would someone qualify to get medical marijuana?

Thu
12
Aug

Michigan Funding Two Major Medical Cannabis Research Projects For $20M

When voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana in November 2018, at least $40 million in tax revenue was slated to study marijuana’s effect on PTSD.

By Maureen Meehan

The state of Michigan is funding two major medical cannabis research projects to the tune of $20 million with tax revenue from the state’s recreational marijuana program, announced Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA).

Thu
12
Aug

Marijuana Use And Gun Ownership: What You Need To Know

Firearms remain out-of-reach for medical cannabis patients and recreational users, even if your state has legalized cannabis for either purpose.

Wed
11
Aug

State lawmakers announce bill that would legalize recreational cannabis

Several Wisconsin leaders announcing a bill to fully legalize cannabis in the state Tuesday.

The bill would make recreational use legal for adults, and would be taxed similar to how alcohol is taxed in the state.

The bill would also allow people to grow cannabis plants at home.

Madison senator Melissa Agard says legalization could bring the state $165 million a year or more in tax revenue.

"It is time for Wisconsin to do what we need to do to realize that prohibition has failed our state and it is past time to get this done for our community," Agard said.

This is her eighth time trying to pass legislation like this.

18 states have passed laws allowing full recreational use of cannabis.

Wed
11
Aug

Why conservative California Rep. Tom McClintock wants to ease federal marijuana laws

Rep. Tom McClintock doesn’t approve of marijuana use.

He sees “clear evidence” its use can cause neurological problems in children.

He’s a reliable Republican, conservative vote in Congress.

Yet he’s one of the few congressional Republicans who for years has consistently called for easing federal restrictions on the drug’s use.

“He has the best record on the marijuana issue of any Republican congressman in California,” said Dale Gieringer, California NORML director.

Wed
11
Aug

Group to begin work on Alabama’s new medical marijuana program

The 14 people who will oversee Alabama’s new medical marijuana program will gather for the first time Thursday.

Wed
11
Aug

Give Rastafarians a piece of the cannabis industry pie

Markland Allison, a Rastafarian resident of Mitchell’s Hill in Rock River, Clarendon, has strong views regarding the opening up of the ganja industry in Jamaica.

Jamaicans are encouraged to take advantage of the wealth that can be earned by entering the estimated US$42 billion industry – however, for Allison, it is just a pipe dream for the ordinary folks and Rastafarians.

Asking for a fair chance for Rastafarians across the country, he said his observation is that “classism in Jamaica is worse than racism in America”.

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