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Apr

Experts examine health impacts of legalizing medical marijuana in Kansas

As conversation continues in the statehouse, experts are working to understand the impacts of legalizing medical marijuana.

The Kansas Health Institute first conducted a study on the impacts of legalizing medical marijuana back in 2015, but as the conversation of legalizing pot for medical purposes continues to grow, they decided an updated study was necessary.

"The purpose of the study is to really try to understand what would happen in terms of the potential health impacts in the state if this legislation passes," Tatiana Lin, team leader for population health strategy at the Kansas Health Institute, said.

Forty-six states have some kind of legislation in place legalizing medical marijuana. Ten of those states also legalized recreational use for adults.

Wed
03
Apr

Legalization of marijuana gains support in Thailand

Thailand is performing an astonishing U-turn in its policy on drugs.

Seventeen years ago, the Thai government launched a vicious war against narcotics that left thousands dead.

Today it has legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and appears to be seriously considering legalizing cannabis cultivation for recreational use.

But things are changing slowly and discreetly.

 

Weed growth

At the Highland Research and Development Institute, a research farm in the rolling hills of Chiang Mai, Dr. Sarita Pinmanee keeps her large field of cannabis plants hidden by a tall green fence.

However, the spiky leaves and thick pungent buds are unmistakable.

Wed
03
Apr

Albania clamps down on cannabis but trafficking of hard drugs increases

The US State Department has named Albania as a source country for cannabis and increasingly a transit country for cocaine and heroin trafficked by organised criminal groups to European markets, according to its latest International Narcotics Control Strategy Report.

The fight against corruption and drug trafficking is one of the priorities of the Albanian government led by Prime Minister Edi Rama, as part of its efforts to launch EU accession talks later this year. 

Wed
03
Apr

Arkansas Lawmakers introduce Bill to decriminalize marijuana

State lawmakers in Arkansas introduced a bill on Monday that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Under the measure, House Bill 1972, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana would be considered a violation instead of crime and would be subject to a fine of not more than $200. Currently, possession of less than an ounce of cannabis is a Class A misdemeanor in Arkansas. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Charles Blake and Sen. Joyce Elliot and co-sponsored by Rep. Vivian Flowers, all Democrats.

Wed
03
Apr

LA is the latest city to wipe mass cannabis convictions using computer algorithms

Los Angeles officials say they're going to automatically expunge 50,000 marijuana convictions using computer algorithms, writes Calvin Hughes.

50,000 cannabis convictions are about to be permanently wiped from the criminal records of LA residents for free and automatically, said LA district attorney Jackie Lacey. The county is now working with the non-profit tech organization Code for America to employ computer algorithms that can automatically identify and expunge the records of qualifying individuals.

Tue
02
Apr

Marijuana, hemp, CBD oil: Which of these is legal and where in the U.S.?

Despite all the breakthrough in medicine and numerous scientific evidence that cannabis has vast potential in curing various disease, the US laws are still baffling and do not allow all cannabis-related products to be produced or consumed freely. Bearing in mind the recent discussions, approvals and prohibitions, it is no wonder one can get rather confused about what is legal and what can get you in jail. For this reason, let’s demystify the rules about marijuana, hemp, and CBD oil.

Tue
02
Apr

Will employers still test for marijuana if recreational use becomes legal in Illinois? Don't keep a pipe at your desk just yet.

The prospect of marijuana legalization might inspire visions of weed-smoking breaks at work, or grabbing a joint with co-workers after a hectic day at the office.

But the reality of legalization in Illinois, if it happens at all, would likely be much hazier. Some employers might start turning a blind eye to employee use _ as long as workers can still do their jobs _ a trend that's already happening in some other states where it's legal. Other employers, however, might still ban its use, taking action against employees who test positive for pot, bolstered by federal law under which marijuana is still illegal, experts say.

What is clear is that employers will be faced with questions that, a generation ago, would have been unthinkable.

Tue
02
Apr

OPINION: A name by any other name, cannabis names should reflect chemical expression

When I first started using medical cannabis in 2015, my strain name knowledge was limited to pop culture standouts like Pineapple Express, AK-47 and OG Kush.

After trying a few different strains from my licensed producer (LP), however, what worked best for my particular needs was a 1:1 THC:CBD mix named Penelope and an approximately 20 percent THC indica named Bakerstreet. Each online strain description also listed its street name: Bakerstreet is more popularly known as Hindu Kush and Penelope as CBD Skunk Haze.

Tue
02
Apr

Brits to be banned from Amsterdam's cannabis coffee shops post-Brexit

British nationals are set to be banned from Amsterdam’s cannabis cafés when Brexit is complete, according to city officials.

Europeans are permitted to purchase small quantities of cannabis at coffee shops in the Dutch city thanks to the EU’s freedom of movement laws. But now that Britain is leaving the EU that privilege is about to go up in smoke.

Tue
02
Apr

Michigan Judge blocks officials from closing unlicensed cannabis dispensaries

Michigan regulators keep trying to shut down the state’s unlicensed medical cannabis businesses. But Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello keeps blocking them. On Thursday, Judge Borrello signed his latest restraining order against the enforcement of a dispensary licensing deadline. Since regulators began attempting to curtail unlicensed dispensary operations in September 2018, the deadline has been pushed back several times.

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