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Cannabis smuggling arrests at LAX up 166% since legalization

Arrests for cannabis smuggling at Los Angeles International Airport are up 166 percent since the legalization of marijuana in California, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. Officials at LAX reported that cannabis was discovered in checked luggage and carryon bags 503 times last year. In 2017 there were 400 reports for marijuana possession at the airport while in 2016, the year California voters legalized cannabis with the passage of Proposition 64, pot was found on 282 occasions. About 20 percent of those reports involved trafficking and the rest were related to passengers who had been found possessing weed or cannabis products in quantities consistent with personal use.

Mon
13
May

U.S. market strategies differ from canadian cannabis leaders

Canadian cannabis companies are taking the world by storm, and industry leaders are taking notice.

Despite growing Canadian interest in the U.S. market one leading cannabis company boss says he prefers to focus on his home market – for the time being. Shares in Aphria have jumped some 25% since company chairman and interim CEO, Irwin Simon joined the business in December last year.

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13
May

One thing Maine’s legal pot industry can’t bank on: Support of financial institutions

The inability of Maine’s cannabis-related businesses to access traditional banking services is a huge drag on the industry, but that may be about to change.

Supporters of a congressional push to protect banks and credit unions that do business with legal cannabis growers, sellers, processors and product makers say it would transform the industry in Maine, especially with recreational sales right around the corner.

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13
May

Weaker than expected cannabis sales ding California budget

California is paying a price for the shaky rollout of its legal marijuana market.

State budget documents released Thursday show the Newsom administration is sharply scaling back what it expects to collect in cannabis tax revenue through June 2020 — in all, a $223 million cut from projections just four months ago.

The reduced income for the state treasury means that slower-than-expected pot sales are punching a hole in California’s budget.

The diminished optimism for retail pot sales comes as shops continue to be undercut by a thriving illicit market, where consumers can avoid taxes that can approach 50% in some communities.

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13
May

The 11th State to legalize recreational pot will be...

In terms of momentum, the marijuana industry has been practically unstoppable in recent years. Once considered a taboo topic that lawmakers regularly swept under the rug, cannabis has now become a mainstream topic in the United States, as evidenced by the fact that 2 out of 3 Americans support broad-based legalization, according to Gallup.

Mon
13
May

Industrial hemp has potential to be a big cash crop for area farmers

The majority of the buzz around the cannabis sativa plant in Oklahoma is focused on the legalization of medical marijuana.

Overshadowed are the steps at the federal and state levels to allow the cultivation and interstate trading of industrial hemp, something that could provide an alternative crop, and financial relief, to area farmers.

Industrial hemp was farmed quite successfully in Oklahoma during the 1940s, and many are seeing the potential for the state to be a major player in the industry.

It’s not marijuana

Hemp and marijuana are often confused, and the visual similarities are one of the biggest reasons hemp has been a dormant industry for decades.

Mon
13
May

Chuck Schumer, Hakeem Jeffries reintroduce Bill to Federally decriminalize marijuana

Another year, another federal marijuana decriminalization bill proposal? It’s starting to seem that way for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has joined forces with New York representative Hakeem Jeffries on Schumer’s second decriminalization bill in two years.

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13
May

What it's like starting a family business in the cannabis industry

The cannabis plant that we consume is a female plant, writes Diana-Ashley Krach. In cannabis breeding, the "mother plant" is what's used for clippings that turn into clones, which are identical plants that can be grown anywhere. But cannabis is maternal beyond simply bearing offspring; some use the analogy of a mother to describe the plant: she nurtures and heals, and can bring solace to those who need it. When used socially, cannabis brings people together, creates connections, and builds bonds. When used medically, cannabis improves quality of life.

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13
May

Marijuana reform is gaining momentum in the American Midwest

Marijuana reform is gaining momentum in the American Midwest as Nebraska and North Dakota have recently taken steps toward changing their outdated cannabis policies, writes Calvin Hughes.

Earlier this week, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R) quietly made a small but important change to the Roughrider State's marijuana policies. On Wednesday, he signed a bill that will see small amounts of cannabis decriminalized in the state come August 1.

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13
May

To legalize recreational marijuana, New Jersey may have voters make the decision

It was a gaffe, but it was telling.

Hours after a well-orchestrated push to pass a legal-weed bill died in the Trenton statehouse, Gov. Phil Murphy announced to the clicking of cameras that a “postmortem” would be done.

The men standing next to him at the lectern — Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin — chuckled and quietly corrected him.

“Or post-op,” Murphy amended. In the coming days, he said, the three Democrats and their staff would surgically analyze why the legalization vote had to be abruptly canceled March 25 and they would swiftly get the bill back on the agenda.

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