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Wed
14
Aug

Florida and Texas decriminalize marijuana possession

When members of Congress voted to legalize hemp late last year, they likely did not envision that it would make it harder for law enforcement in places such as Florida and Texas. But that’s exactly what has happened.

Officials in both Florida and Texas have voiced their intention to stop the prosecution of low-level marijuana cases. That’s because no reliable field test exists that can tell the difference between the presence of hemp, which won’t get you high, and cannabis, which will.

Tue
13
Aug

France’s cannabis legalization debate misses one crucial point

Last summer in France, dozens of “CBD cafés” suddenly opened across the country.

Exploiting a legal loophole originally created for hemp farmers, these pop-up businesses sold queuing customers oils, drinks and salves infused with cannabidiol, a cannabis compound that is a faddish if unproven “cure” for insomnia, anxiety and more. The French government reacted quickly and by mid-June had officially prohibited the sale of CBD. The CBD cafés vanished within a month.

Tue
13
Aug

Missouri medical marijuana application process begins — and competition looks fierce

Missouri has begun accepting applications for its medical marijuana program as of Saturday, August 3, and the competition looks like it will be fierce.

Up to 2,000 applications are expected to vie for 348 licenses, and already over 600 applicants have paid the application fees before the applications even opened, according to the Missouri Department of Health.

The licenses are divided between different categories — 60 for cultivation facilities, 86 for processors, 192 for dispensaries and 10 for testing laboratories.

Tue
13
Aug

Europe: How the novel food authorisation is affecting the CBD oil industry

It was announced on January 2019 that the European Food Safety Association, EFSA is about to make a decision in order to classify CBD oil and other CBD products as a novel food. This decision was announced at the Novel Food Commission meeting which was held in Brussels in 2016. This led to a final imminent decision very soon and EFSA considered CBD products as Novel Food.

Tue
13
Aug

How the vocal anti-marijuana minority is sabotaging legal cannabis

On the eve of November 7, while the majority of Michigan voters celebrated the passage of Proposal 1 — the initiative to legalize adult-use marijuana — a dejected Scott Greenlee, the president of anti-cannabis organization Healthy and Productive Michigan, stood behind a podium and told his supporters via Facebook Live that their campaign against cannabis had failed. That they had lost, writes Andrew Memtook.

Tue
13
Aug

NYC to seal marijuana misdemeanor records for roughly 350 people

In a decision that attorneys say could open the door to other class-action lawsuits, a petition has been approved to seal the criminal records of 350 people with marijuana misdemeanors in Manhattan.

Tue
13
Aug

Barbados Parliament to consider medicinal cannabis Bill

Barbados this week will become the latest country to actively pursue a medical marijuana program.

Dale Marshall, the country’s attorney general, said that a bill will be introduced to the Barbadian parliament on Tuesday. The legislation is expected to be debated later this month.

“We have committed to medicinal cannabis because, as a fella said: ‘You gotta go where the science takes you,’ but there is always going to be some push back,” Marshall said, as quoted by NationNews.

Tue
13
Aug

Australia’s Northern Territory passes Hemp Bill

Farmers in the Northern Territory could be growing hemp as early as next year after the passing of the Gunner Labor Government’s Hemp Industry Bill last week.

The Bill, which was introduced in May, legalises growing and processing industrial hemp for food, fibre and seed production purposes in the Territory and creates the required regulatory framework.

Tue
13
Aug

Poland to hold marijuana licensing lottery

Poland will hold its first marijuana licensing lottery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Town Office conference room.

The Town office is located at 1231 Main Street (Route 26).

At this year’s town meeting April 6, Poland residents voted to allow manufacturing facilities, testing facilities and registered caregiver retail stores for medical marijuana, and cultivation facilities, product-manufacturing facilities, testing facilities and stores for adult-use marijuana.

The authorization and regulation of marijuana production and sales will follow state regulations and the town’s comprehensive land use code.

There will be four lotteries, according to officials. In each, Poland residents will be drawn first.

Tue
13
Aug

Greece approves licences for 26 medical marijuana grow-ops

The approval of 26 new medical marijuana grow operations has brought with it hope for economic recovery in Greece.

Greece approved 26 licences to grow marijuana for medical purposes, The National Herald, a New York-based newspaper for the Greek community, reported on Aug. 12.

A newly sworn-in government in Greece hopes the grow operations will revitalize the country’s economy, which is slowly recovering from the debt crisis a decade ago that led to three international bailouts totalling US$364.22 billion, the Herald reported.

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