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How legal weed has changed the USA

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Turn an illicit product into a highly taxed and regulated one and you have a classic business experiment.

Do it with a little-studied psychoactive substance that has both medical promise and addictive potential and you have a public health trial, too. That’s what the US has done with cannabis, otherwise known as marijuana, pot or weed. Changes in state laws since 1996 have given 74% of the US population access to some form of legal cannabis. Now President Joe Biden is taking steps toward decriminalizing marijuana on the federal level.


Statement from President Biden on Marijuana Reform

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As I often said during my campaign for President, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.

Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit. Criminal records for marijuana possession have also imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities.  And while white and Black and brown people use marijuana at similar rates, Black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates.

Today, I am announcing three steps that I am taking to end this failed approach.


Agriculture commissioner Sid Miller faces legal and ethical questions in reelection bid


A close friend and political consultant’s felony indictment is among the controversies plaguing the incumbent Republican.

The Agriculture Commissioner has a broad range of responsibilities, including issues related to farming and ranching, rural health care and even public school cafeterias.

But in 2019, the commissioner took on an additional job: overseeing the licensing for the new industry of hemp.

Two-term Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller starred in a video his department made explaining the good, the bad and the ugly about growing hemp. He also issued a warning.


2023 Farm Bill: Potential savior for hemp-derived cannabinoids?

With 2023 just a few months away, Congress is going through its every-five-year exercise of passing a new Farm Bill, the omnibus legislation that funds agriculture projects across the country and a wide variety of other initiatives, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

Unlike 99% of bills introduced on Capitol Hill, the Farm Bill is a must-pass piece of legislation. Without it, the health and security of the U.S. food supply could be put at risk.


UK Police Commissioners call for harsh penalties for Cannabis at conservative Party Conference

On October 3, at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, police commissioners called to reclassify cannabis and create stricter penalties for those who possess and sell it, reported local media. (Benzinga)

The commissioners argued that the current classification is not appropriate given new data suggesting cannabis is more harmful than previously thought. For that reason, they want to re-schedule cannabis as a Class A drug, raising penalties for those who possess and sell cannabis.


Council votes against removing Cannabis buffer between residential areas

LAS CRUCES - The Las Cruces City Council voted against removing the 300 foot buffer between a cannabis shops and residential areas.

The City’s Community Development Department clarified that the council is not voting on the distance between childcare or schools to cannabis shops and they are not talking about consumption outdoors.

The director for Community Development Larry Nichols also said that all of the applications asking for special permits are cannabis businesses wanting to move into existing buildings. The community development director added that there have been no permits submitted for a new facility.


The ‘poster child’ for social equity marijuana licenses looks to succeed, even against tall odds

Alicia Deals said she can’t pass up a ‘divine opportunity’ to make a difference

Alicia Deals is the poster child for Arizona’s social equity program, and she is willing to pass up an immediate payday — risking no payday at all — in order to try to forge her own path in a complex and heavily regulated industry.

Deals is one of 26 winners of marijuana establishment licenses the Arizona Department of Health Services distributed in April through a much-anticipated lottery, and she is intent on becoming a successful cannabis entrepreneur. With her newly acquired license, she hopes to bring the benefits of the cannabis industry to one of the program’s targeted areas.


Treating Cannabis Businesses with the respect they deserve


Cannabis sales in the United States could top $72 billion by 2030, according to New Frontier Data analysis of the cannabis economy, thanks to strong consumer demand, high likelihood of additional state market activations, and increasing normalization of cannabis consumption.

That bullish projection can only play out if the cannabis industry gets the support it needs from banks and insurance companies – something that is still lacking due to the federal illegality of the product. Cannabis is still a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, alongside drugs like heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. The federal government’s robust and unwavering stance on legalizing cannabis has spooked most of the mainstream players in the property and casualty (P&C) market.


German Finance Minister: Expect Cannabis Legalization in 2023


When it comes to the push for adult-use cannabis legalization there’s no place on earth that is as exciting as Germany right now.

Late last year a new coalition government was elected in Germany, and the ‘Traffic Light Coalition,’ as it is commonly referred to, made it clear very quickly that it sought to legalize cannabis for adult use and launch a regulated market.

Speculation has swirled ever since regarding how long it will take for Germany to make the transition, and the nation’s Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) recently weighed in predicting that legalization would become a reality in 2023.


Cannabis dispensary set to open in Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista, recreational cannabis has arrived.

A nationally-known purveyor called Trulieve — with a slogan of “Cultivating the greater good so you can live without limits” —will open its doors on Saturday morning. The new business, 1633 S. State Route 92, Suite 7, plans a soft opening between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., said Chief Executive Officer Steve White.

Following the soft opening, the store, which is almost 2,000 square feet, will be open seven days a week for those same hours offering medicinal and recreational cannabis. White said at least 20 employees have been hired to work at the dispensary.


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