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Tue
16
Jun

Will President Trump’s Retreat From The WHO Make Any Difference To Cannabis Reform?

At the end of May, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S.

Tue
16
Jun

'Giant drug trafficker' wants to change tax law

The U.S. Tax Court once called Harborside Inc. “a giant drug trafficker, unentitled to the usual deductions that legitimate businesses can claim.” The cannabis company is now arguing that view is unconstitutional, in a case that could have big implications for the industry.

It sounds arcane, but Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code has long been a thorn in the side of legal pot companies. The law, introduced in the 1980s when a drug dealer tried to deduct business expenses, prevents any company that sells Schedule 1 or 2 controlled substances from claiming ordinary tax deductions available to other businesses. As a result, state-legal cannabis companies can end up paying tax rates upwards of 70 per cent.

Tue
16
Jun

Bernie Sanders And Cory Booker On What Legal Marijuana Would Mean For People Of Color

The senators analyzed how cannabis criminalization drives deep wedges into society with long-term, damaging consequences.

Sens. Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders held a virtual town hall meeting last week to discuss criminal justice reform, which included a lengthy dialogue about the role cannabis enforcement plays in social inequities. Booker said he and Sanders discuss “marijuana justice all the time” and how the War on Drugs influences systems of oppression.

Tue
16
Jun

Cannabis Companies Are Eligible For These Coronavirus Federal Payroll Tax Credits

Relief appears to be available for cannabis companies

The cannabis industry rarely looks to the federal government for support. Yet the raft of fiscal relief addressing COVID-19 has caused some in the industry to wonder what options, if any, might be available for them.

Thu
11
Jun

Why Marijuana Legalization Funds The Police

Bribing the cops is illegal, but not in politics. Without paying off the cops, California might not have legalized recreational cannabis.

But now, four years later, with the legal industry struggling and police unable to protect legal merchants from either the illicit market or organized thieves, there’s serious doubt whether devoting tax revenue from marijuana sales to police budgets was smart politics. And in light of calls to defund or cut police spending throughout the country, California’s experience is a warning for legalization efforts in other states. Should police get a cut before education, healthcare, or disadvantaged communities shut out of the legal market? And does law enforcement have any business making money off of legalization at all?

Thu
11
Jun

NORML Says Marijuana Prohibition More Damaging Than The Plant Itself

The National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws says the consequences of marijuana enforcement have damaging and sometimes fatal consequences.

Thu
11
Jun

Cannabis CEO Pens Open Letter To Trump Urging Release of Non-Violent Pot Prisoners

The CEO of BudTrader.com, Brad McLaughlin, wrote an open letter this week to Donald Trump, AG William Barr, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, and various other governmental authorities and entities.

Thu
11
Jun

76 Percent Of Consumers Support Expungement Of Felony Records For Cannabis Offenses

A recent survey found that 76 percent of people who consume cannabis believe that the records of people with past convictions of marijuana-related crimes should be expunged.

Wed
10
Jun

Data Shows Roadside Searches Decrease After Marijuana Legalization

Traffic searches, a longtime tool in the War on Drugs, dropped dramatically following marijuana legalization, new data reveals.

Two weeks have passed since George Floyd was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police, sparking nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic injustice. National organizations and lawmakers have admitted that rolling back Drug War policies is an important step to fixing inequalities that exist in criminal justice.

Mon
08
Jun

Study Finds Over-the-Counter CBD Products Less Potent Than Advertised

According to a new study published by the Journal of Dietary Supplements, many cannabinoid (CBD)-infused products that are purchased over-the-counter contain far lower percentages of cannabidiol than advertised on the products’ labeling. The study, titled Content versus label claims in cannabidiol (CBD) products obtained from commercial outlets in the state of Mississippi, was first reported on by NORML.

For the study researchers lab-tested 25 commercially available hemp/CBD oil products: All of these products are legally available, but none are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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