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Fri
24
May

Analysis: Cannabis shops linked to lower crime, increased property values

When your state legalizes cannabis, there’s no guarantee that a store will open near you. That depends on your local city or county council, which regulates if and where retails stores are allowed.

As more municipal officials are faced with a decision to allow or ban cannabis dispensaries, a new study highlights those dispensaries’ links to lower crime, declining teen use, and increased property values.

Fri
24
May

Why K-9 dogs in New York face an uncertain fate if marijuana is legalized

New York's newest police canines are learning their way in a 10,000-square-foot, Colonial-style dormitory nestled deep in the hilly woods off a winding road near Lake Otsego.

Skiff, Amber and Kelley — State Police's three narcotics-dogs-in-training, all named after fallen troopers — have lived there with their handlers since February, learning how to sniff out drugs in a basement obstacle course that includes a simulated three-room apartment, complete with a kitchen.

On the wall is a whiteboard listing all the drugs the dogs are being trained to detect — heroin, cocaine, MDMA, LSD, meth and PCP, among them.

Fri
24
May

Kansas Governor signs CBD/THC Bill into law

Early this week Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed Senate Bill 28 into law, which provides an affirmative defense against prosecution for possession of certain cannabidiol products containing tetrahydrocannabinol in specific circumstances.

Thu
23
May

Saint Kitts Court upholds right to consume marijuana in private

Adults in the Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis (population: 55,000) may legally consume cannabis in private, according to a ruling from the nation’s highest court.

The court determined that provisions outlawing the blanket use and possession of cannabis infringed upon citizen’s constitutional freedoms. The ruling does not negate existing laws outlawing the trafficking or sale of cannabis.

Wed
22
May

The Oxford English Dictionary just got high on reefer madness

Language constitutes reality, so it stands to reason when the country is afoot with change around the way we perceive and discuss cannabis, so too would the words we use to describe marijuana-related activities. Words that previously held pejorative, negative connotations like stoner or pot have slowly exited the lexicon, thanks to careful work by cannabis media. Don’t worry, you’re still allowed to make stoner jokes.

Wed
22
May

California on a fast track to CBD sales legalization

In January this year, California introduced Assembly Bill 228 under which food, beverage, and cosmetic products with hemp extracts or derivatives are no longer considered adulterated by these ingredients, and will not be subject to sales restrictions or prohibitions based on the presence of hemp.

Three California committees – Assembly Business and Professions Committee, Assembly Health Committee and Appropriations Committee – all passed the bill unanimously. The most recent bill passing by the Appropriations Committee occurred last week. Once the California Assembly passes the bill and it gets signed into law by the Governor, CBD products will be legal to sell in the State of California.

Wed
22
May

Washington Lawmakers pass legislation facilitating expungement of past cannabis convictions

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation, Senate Bill 5605, facilitating the expungement of past low-level marijuana convictions.

Wed
22
May

Federal government offers millions to help B.C. police spot drugged driving

The federal government is boosting funding to help B.C. police recognize drug-impaired drivers and buy roadside testing devices, as many forces remain wary of the technology.

Bill Blair, the minister responsible for organized crime reduction and border security, announced on Tuesday the spending of $10.1 million over five years to increase the number of officers trained in field sobriety testing and as drug recognition experts.

The money will also help police forces buy approved roadside devices to develop standardized data collection and help the province get a clearer picture of the extent of drug-impaired driving, Blair said.

Tue
21
May

How cannabis can benefit your sleep

Cannabis and the various compounds found within this plant have been found to have numerous benefits for sleep. 

As more states are making the use of medical marijuana legal, more people are considering the use of cannabis to aid with sleep and sleep disorders. While all effects of cannabis on sleep are still unknown, scientific research to date has confirmed beneficial relaxing and sedative effects. One study found cannabis was helpful for falling asleep, while another found that it could lengthen the time spent in deep, slow wave sleep.

Tue
21
May

Cannabis testing in the workplace: Does it make sense with legalization?

With 10 states and Washington, DC having fully legalized cannabis for recreational purposes, and many other states legalizing it for medicinal purposes, company leaders might be wondering if it is still worth it to test employees for a substance that is on par with alcohol in an increasingly large portion of the country.

The answer to that question will largely depend on a company’s attitude toward safety, whether it has contracts with the federal government, how desperately it needs workers and the laws of the individual states where it operates, which can fluctuate wildly.

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