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Wed
26
Jan

Wisconsin Senate Republicans vote against recreational cannabis

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Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate stopped an effort by Sen. Melissa Agard (D-Madison) to force a vote on legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. The Senate took up a bill Tuesday that would increase penalties for a person who uses a butane torch to extract resin from a cannabis plant. Agard introduced an amendment to the bill that, instead of making penalties harsher, would have completely legalized all uses of cannabis. 

Wed
26
Jan

Delta-8 THC is legal in Texas… for now

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The legal status of Delta-8 THC, the popular cannabis derivative sold in smoke shops and CBD stores all over Texas, has been on a rollercoaster over the last few months.

As of now, though, it's legal. Delta-8 is the milder cousin of definitely-illegal-in-Texas weed. It's consumed mostly in the form of edibles and vape cartridges.

Why it matters

If Delta-8 THC is criminalized, countless Texans could face felony charges, jail time and fines up to $10,000 for selling or possessing a product that consumers believe is legal.

Tue
25
Jan

California gives $764K grant to San Diego’s cannabis business division

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 San Diego’s Cannabis Business Division received a $764,261 grant from the California Department of Cannabis Control, intended to develop tools to help businesses comply with local and state laws, it was announced Monday.

“The grant funding will help streamline and enhance the local regulatory process,” said Mayor Todd Gloria.

“We want to ensure that our local cannabis community has the resources to develop a marketplace that benefits both businesses and the community alike.”

Tue
25
Jan

Man charged with growing marijuana, having weapons of mass destruction

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A man was arrested after police allegedly busted a marijuana growing operation and found weapons of mass destruction. George Costas Skouras, 44, allegedly grew and sold marijuana at his Springettsbury Township home. Springettsbury Township Police served a search warrant Thursday and discovered "a large marijuana growing operation," according to court documents. Police also found mushrooms and powder that was being compressed into pill form, according to a criminal complaint.

Tue
25
Jan

Flaws in federal cannabis bills threaten the legal market

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Flaws in proposed federal marijuana legislation threaten the legal cannabis market, especially failure to pause the Dormant Commerce Clause, say Shaleen Title, the distinguished cannabis policy practitioner in residence at the Ohio State University Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, and Andrew Kline, who co-leads the cannabis practice at Perkins Coie. They suggest some changes.

Cannabis is gaining acceptance, with more than three dozen states and territories having legalized the plant in some form. Cannabis reform has widespread support nationally, with a recent Pew Research Center poll showing that 91% of Americans support legal recreational or medical marijuana use.

Tue
25
Jan

What's the state of cannabis in the Empire State?

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A candid conversation with a local cannabis consultant about what's going on in New York.

The race for New York has begun. All types of entrepreneurs looking to enter the state's cannabis marketplace are busy preparing for the soon-to-be-released application process. Hemp farmers are poised to switch to marijuana crops, legacy entrepreneurs are operating in the open, regulators are shaping the laws, and no one is excited about opening the borders.

I spoke to Kalean Castetter, a long-time upstate resident, son of a legacy grower, owner of a hemp-infused wine company, and now cannabis consultant, to get his insights into how things are shaping up in New York.

Mon
24
Jan

Driver busted for cannabis after vehicle stopped at Stoner Drive

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California patrol cops find garbage bags containing about 40 kilograms of weed in BMW.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) troopers made a serendipitous, if not stunningly stereotypical, cannabis bust this weekend after a car was stopped on the corner of Stockdale Highway and Stoner Drive in Buttonwillow, Calif.

Cannabis seizures are nothing new in California, but the location of Saturday afternoon’s traffic enforcement stop distinguished itself.

Mon
24
Jan

House Republicans begin retail marijuana debate with focus on lower taxes and school funding

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Del. Michael Webert's proposed bill would cut taxes on marijuana sales in half

GOP lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates are taking their first stab at legislation to open the retail marijuana market, introducing bills that would lower the tax rate on sales and redirect proposed social equity funding to school infrastructure.

But leadership in the chamber stressed that the effort remains very much a work in progress and that they expect plenty of changes as the legislation makes its way through the committee system.

Mon
24
Jan

As Missouri looks to legalize recreational marijuana, expungement gets renewed attention

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Legal experts worry expungement proposals currently being considered might cause more harm than good

The push to legalize recreational marijuana use in Missouri is coming from multiple directions, with a handful of proposed initiative petitions and at least one bill, and potentially more, backed by Republican lawmakers. 

Each hopes to place the issue on the 2022 ballot for voter approval.

And each proposal also includes a provision that, while often overlooked in the marijuana debate, is considered a transformative piece of the legalization puzzle — the expungement of nonviolent marijuana offenses from criminal records. 

The proposals differ on how they handle expungement. 

Mon
24
Jan

Florida’s roadmap to cannabis legalization

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The wait for legal cannabis in Florida may continue longer than proponents planned, but if everything goes accordingly from a planning and preparation standpoint, the wait may be worthwhile for consumers.

Ever since Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational cannabis use about a decade ago, dozens of other states have followed in their footsteps. In fact, nearly half of the states in the country have recreational cannabis laws on the books now, which makes one curious as to where Florida is on cannabis legalization.

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