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Fri
07
Feb

Vermont: Measure Permitting Retail Marijuana Sales Moves Forward

Senate-backed legislation to regulate retail sales of marijuana to adults continues to advance in Vermont.

Members of the House Ways and Means Committee voted 7 to 3 this week in favor of the bill, S. 54. The proposal now awaits consideration from the House Appropriations Committee. If approved, it will go before the full House for a vote.

Senate lawmakers have already approved a version of the bill by a veto-proof supermajority.

Fri
07
Feb

Cannabis Use in E-cigarettes Increases Among Teens

E-cigarettes and vaping devices made news several times last year as deaths caused by vaping-related illness raised a new round of questions about the safety of this trend.

Now, new survey shows that vaping marijuana is rising among teens — and at record rates. As a result, the medical community is becoming increasingly concerned that as usage soars it could have significant effects on teen health.

 

What is vaping?

Fri
07
Feb

Governor of Connecticut Reigniting Push For Marijuana Legalization

A proposal to legalize marijuana in Connecticut went up in smoke last year, but legislative advocates—including the state’s governor—are ready to give it another go.

In his state of the state address Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont said that ending the prohibition on pot represents “an opportunity to right the wrongs of a war on drugs that has disproportionately impacted our minority communities.” 

Fri
07
Feb

The sky could be the limit for Bahamas medical cannabis users who grow plants for personal use

The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana Medical proposes that cannabis users in the country should have the right to grow as many plants as they need — and they just might get it.

The commission’s report to the House of Assembly was tabled by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis this week, edging the Bahamas closer to serious reform with regard to medical cannabis and home cultivation.

A previous version of the draft of the report had recommended limiting patients with a physician-ordered prescription to cultivating just five plants at home.

Thu
06
Feb

High time: Netherlands moves to clean up absurd cannabis policy

If there’s one contradiction that goes to the heart of why Dutch drugs policy has lost its way, it’s this: that while it’s legal for “coffee shops” to sell cannabis for personal consumption, growing the cannabis they sell is illegal and subject to stiff penalties that have forced production underground.

The result of this wholly irrational arrangement has been to undermine pretty much every significant policy initiative since 1972, when a Labour-led coalition government took the innovative step of focusing public resources predominantly on hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

Thu
06
Feb

A Look at Legalization in Washington Seven Years Later

A little over seven years ago voters in Washington approved I-502, which legalized adult-use possession and sales in the state. TV station KREM in Spokane recently took a look at how well the state has fared under legalization.

They broke down the determination of success or failure into several categories, including tax revenue and legalization’s impact on criminal justice and public health. In those categories, it seems that tax revenue is exceeding expectations, and while little has changed in terms of people actually going to jail for marijuana, certainly fewer people are being entered into the criminal justice system over simple possession.

Thu
06
Feb

Michigan recreational marijuana sales near $18 million in two months

Michigan recreational marijuana sales are nearing $18 million two months after the new industry’s Dec. 1 launch.

With $17,699,952 in sales between Dec. 1 and Feb. 2, the state has generated $2,938,192 in tax revenue, including $1,769,995 in excise taxes and $1,168,197 in sales taxes.

The excise tax on recreational marijuana is 10%. The sales tax is 6%.

For comparison, Illinois, a state that began selling recreational marijuana Jan. 1, generated nearly $40 million in sales during the first month, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Thu
06
Feb

Could CBD Cause Impaired Driving?

Now that the entire nation is presumably hopped up on CBD, are the roads even safe to travel on anymore?  

Cannabidiol, the non-intoxicating cannabis compound best known by its three-letter abbreviation CBD, is perhaps the most crucial discovery of mankind since the dawning of rolled toilet paper. Well, let’s not get carried away. Where would we be without that stuff, am I right?

Thu
06
Feb

The new ‘runner’s high’: the benefits of mixing cannabis and exercise

A study of cannabis users found 82% of people partaking in exercise use cannabis before or after their workout, reporting it increases enjoyment, enhances recovery, and heightens motivation.

Is cannabis the new ‘runners high’? Eight out of 10 cannabis users (in states where it is legal) say they partake in the drug shortly before or after exercise. Most reported that it motivates them to work out, helps them enjoy exercise more and improves their recovery, according to University of Colorado Boulder research.

Wed
05
Feb

Missouri Patients Can Possess Marijuana, Even if They Still Can’t Buy It Legally

In 2018, voters in Missouri made it clear that they wanted access to medical marijuana. But, a year and a half later, they don’t quite have their program up and running yet. Following the timeline provided, the state moved forward with issuing medical marijuana identification cards for registered patients – but the state’s 192 dispensaries that have been approved are still months away from opening. This has left nearly 30,000 patients without a way to access their medicine legally – but that won’t stand in the way of their right to possess it

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