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Thu
04
Jul

‘Five years’ to decriminalization of cannabis in U.K., say Politicians

CANNABIS supporting British politicians believe that within five years it could be decriminalized in the U.K.

Speaking at Cannabis Europa, Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) Norman Lamb said the last time the House of Commons voted on the issue – in December last year – there were 52 votes in favor. He said: “It could happen, and it could happen really quickly. I don’t believe it will take much for the main Parties to shift their position.

Wed
03
Jul

Cannabis decriminalization comes to New Mexico

On Monday, cannabis officially become decriminalized in New Mexico, writes Calvin Hughes.

Some three months after legislation was approved by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) marijuana possession officially became decriminalized in the state this week. Individuals caught with as much as a half ounce of cannabis will now receive a $50 fine as opposed to jail time.

Wed
03
Jul

Ontario to issue 50 new pot shop licences under new vetting process

Ontario will issue 50 new cannabis retail licences this year, a move aimed at expanding legal pot sales in the country's largest marijuana market while helping to stamp out the illicit industry, the provincial government announced Wednesday. 

The province plans to issue 42 new licences for private-sector retailers who successfully pre-qualify to be part of a new lottery system later this month. The remaining eight licences will be allocated for outlets in First Nations communities. 

Wed
03
Jul

Advocates push Ohio to approve marijuana for autism, but science is unclear

Ohio appears to be on the verge of allowing patients to buy medicinal marijuana to treat autism, even as researchers who conducted the studies cited by those promoting approval urge caution.

The State Medical Board of Ohio’s expert review committee will brief board members on the issue in a meeting tentatively scheduled for August 14. The board will vote on approval in the fall.

Supporters point to research suggesting that cannabis could improve brain development in children with autism, but researchers who did those studies warn it’s premature to support approval based on their work.

Parents can administer marijuana to children as caregivers under Ohio’s 2016 medical marijuana law.

Wed
03
Jul

High cannabis taxes keep black market alive in California

Two years ago, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 64, which legalized adult cannabis use. Fast forward two years later, and the illicit market is “getting worse, not better.

Wed
03
Jul

Governor of New Jersey signs Bill to expand State Medical Cannabis Program

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey signed a bill on Tuesday that expands the state’s medical cannabis program. Under the measure, the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act, the state will add more licenses for providers in the medicinal cannabis program, patients will be allowed to legally possess more medicine, and registered medical marijuana patients from other states will be permitted to possess cannabis.

Wed
03
Jul

Will Puerto Rico produce the United States cannabis supply?

Drugs are central to Puerto Rico’s place in the world. Without Puerto Rico, the world would run out of medicine; without medicine, Puerto Rico would run out of money.

Tue
02
Jul

Minnesota alzheimer’s patients can now register for medical marijuana

Starting July 1, people with Alzheimer’s disease can register for medical marijuana in Minnesota. And once registered, they’ll be able to obtain medical cannabis from the state’s two manufacturers beginning August 1. The Minnesota Department of Health first announced plans to add Alzheimer’s disease as a qualifying condition in December 2018. Alzheimer’s disease is the only qualifying condition Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm approved after a citizen’s review panel proposed adding seven new conditions, including opioid use disorderand traumatic brain injury.

Tue
02
Jul

Cannabis industry a boon for the Colorado economy

According to Governor Jared Polis, legal cannabis companies has led to the generation of $1 billion in revenue in Colorado. Part of the revenue generated by the marijuana industry is kept aside to help protect the youth against substance consumption. The other portion is utilized as funds for constructing new school buildings.

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