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Up to 12 States Could Vote on Marijuana This November

Marijuana legalization has been growing like a weed for the past two decades, but 2016 could prove to be its most monumental year yet. Although marijuana has gained 24 state approvals for medicinal use, and four states have legalized its recreational use, we could see up to 12 separate approvals for the currently illicit drug in November.

This expansion is especially important because current President Barack Obama has suggested that the best way to get the attention of Congress is to continue legalizing the drug at the state level. Doing so would eventually force lawmakers to reconsider the federal government's current Schedule 1 stance on the drug.

Mon
06
Jun

Ohio medical marijuana plan will need time to take root

It may be 2018 before a patient, armed with a state registration card, can walk into a licensed marijuana dispensary in Ohio, make a purchase, and walk out into the direct path of a police officer without breaking a sweat.

But those who want to get in on the ground floor of growing pot as Ohio literally sows the seeds for a new medical marijuana industry should know by next May what will be expected of them. 

Those wanting to get into the processing, testing, and retail side of the business, however, may have to wait a year until state regulators write the rules under which they will have to play.

Fri
03
Jun

UWI Principal Calls on Barbados Government to Push Laws Allowing Medical Marijuana Research

The Principal of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau has called on the Freundel Stuart administration to introduce the necessary legislation to allow the institution to conduct research into marijuana.

Professor Barriteau was responding to recent comments from Government Senator Jepter Ince, who suggested that the UWI needed to capitalize on the financial gains to be derived from research on marijuana usage for medical purposes. He was speaking last week during debate on the Caribbean Accreditation Authority Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (Incorporation) Bill 2016.

Fri
03
Jun

FDA Looks to Canada for Marijuana Regulation Advice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking interest in how to effectively regulate marijuana.

The agency is cohosting a conference later this month that will include a panel examining Canada’s system of legal medical cannabis, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Thursday.

Fri
03
Jun

UW to host June 14 conference on marijuana policy

City and state officials, entrepreneurs, attorneys and others will come together June 14 for a daylong conference at the University of Washington on the future of marijuana policy in the state.

Thu
02
Jun

Canada: Former cabinet minister Anne McLellan to head panel on marijuana legalization

The Liberal government has tapped former cabinet minister Anne McLellan to head a long-awaited task force that will examine the best way to legalize marijuana, the Ottawa Citizen has learned.

It will consult experts and others on a framework for the proposed legislation, including how to regulate and tax the drug. The panel will be asked to report back by the first week of November, sources say, as the government hopes to table its legislation in the spring.The task force will be unveiled before Parliament breaks for the summer, sources have confirmed, and report to Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief and current parliamentary secretary who is the Trudeau government’s point person on marijuana.

Thu
02
Jun

California: Cottage Cannabis Farmer Bill clears state Assembly

Assembly Bill 2516, which would create a new medical cannabis cultivator license for “micro farmers,” passed the Assembly on Wednesday.

“We are trying to ensure small medical cannabis growers on the North Coast can continue to do business as this industry moves forward,” state Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) said in a release. “It is not fair to require the small farmers to adhere to the same standards as larger operations. We are going to ensure the California Department of Food and Agriculture can develop regulations specific to small farmer practices.”

Thu
02
Jun

Uruguay sharpens details to start selling marijuana in July in 50 pharmacies

However, sales of recreational cannabis in pharmacies is no consensus in the trade sector, such as the Association of Chemistry and Pharmacy of Uruguay (AQFU), which has communicated to its various partners "it is not the place to sell  this drug" in contrast to the provisions of the current law.

Today official sources reported that the Uruguayan government finalized the details to begin the sale of marijuana for recreational use in some 50 pharmacies across the country starting July, following the adoption in 2013 of a law that regulates the production and sale of the grass.

Thu
02
Jun

Israel Justice minister mulls decriminalizing cannabis

Justice minister suggests fines will replace criminal proceedings, while local report says ministers will vote Sunday on draft bill

The Justice Ministry is exploring the possibility of Israel decriminalizing the use of soft drugs such as cannabis, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said Wednesday.

Shaked told Army Radio said that under potential guidelines, those caught using soft drugs would have to pay a fine, but it would no longer be considered a criminal act.

Thu
02
Jun

Proposal for Tempe marijuana dispensary near ASU headed to court

Tempe rejected a medical marijuana facility's request to open in a building on McClintock Drive just south of Rio Salado Parkway.(Photo: Chris Coppola)

A dispute over whether a medical-marijuana facility can locate across from Arizona State University property in Tempe is headed toward a showdown in Maricopa County Superior Court.

The dispensary, Healing Healthcare Inc.,  claims city officials wrongly invoked an ordinance that prevents dispensaries from locating within 500 feet of residential zoning districts when it sought to open in a building across from ASU's Karsten Golf Course, on McClintock Drive just south of Rio Salado Parkway.

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