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Fri
09
Aug

Cannabis and the United Kingdom: Where are we now?

The Path to Medicinal Use

Thu
08
Aug

How do illegal dispensaries stay open?

Open, then closed, then open again. Authorities across Canada keep surprising illicit dispensaries with all manner of raids, seizures and general disruption… but for some, it never seems to take.

Police pull cannabis-filled mason jars from the shelves, and by the next day, operators have restocked. Cities lock the premises, and in almost no time at all, the locks are cut and business remains resolutely booming.

Thu
08
Aug

Why is the DEA dragging its feet to approve marijuana suppliers for research?

Don’t expect people in power to back up their promises, kids. This week marks three years since the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced it would administer additional licences for marijuana cultivations specifically designed for research purposes.

While in previous years, blame was placed squarely at the feet of former Attorney General⁠—and noted prohibition evangelist—Jeff Sessions, the excuses have run thin.

Legislators at the state and federal level have credited a lack of research for the reasons why they wouldn’t push through decriminalization or legalization measures.

Thu
08
Aug

Mexico set to embrace cannabis legalisation

The Mexican government is to stage a raft of public meetings next week in preparation for proposals that will legalise cannabis throughout the country.

Lawmakers in Mexico City teed up the prospect of legalisation last year when the nation’s Supreme Court ruled that ‘prohibiting personal use of cannabis is unconstitutional’.

That ruling paved the way for the Latin American giant to relax current laws around marijuana – a move which experts believe will happen in early 2020.

A series of countrywide hearings will run on August 12, 14 and 16 allowing the public to have their say on various elements of law reform surrounding a host of topics from full legalisation of recreational cannabis to medical marijuana.

Thu
08
Aug

Bernie Sanders says he’d legalize marijuana by executive order

Joe Rogan’s podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” is quickly becoming a stop on the campaign trail, along with deli counters in New Hampshire and county fairs in Iowa. The entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard have already made a visit to Rogan’s podcast, but Sen. Bernie Sanders is the biggest name in politics yet to stop by the show.

Thu
08
Aug

The legal status of CBD oil in Italy

The issue of legalisation of cannabis and its derived products has been under discussion for decades in Italy. However, with each passing year, the legal status of cannabis and CBD products only gets murkier.

Wed
07
Aug

3 ways marijuana legalization 2.0 will disappoint investors

In just over four months, euphoria will strike the Canadian cannabis industry once again. After becoming the first industrialized country to legalize recreational marijuana in October 2018, Canada is prepared to launch derivative pot products by mid-December. This launch of derivatives is being referred to as "marijuana legalization 2.0."

Wed
07
Aug

Bags stuffed with cash add to pressure for cannabis banking law

Senator Jeff Merkley once shadowed a cannabis grower and dispenser as he tried to pay his state taxes. He stuffed a backpack with US$70,000 in US$20 bills and drove 50 miles -- unguarded -- with the bulging bag in the back seat. Once he arrived at the Oregon Department of Revenue, he went through multiple rounds of security to deposit his satchel in a room packed with guards looking after the millions of dollars pouring in from other cannabis companies.

Wed
07
Aug

Poland pushes forward on reform

Given all the fuss about newly opened markets in Europe of late (see all the hullabaloo recently in the UK), it would be remiss for anyone in the industry to forget about Poland.

The Eastern European country that shares a large part of its border (if not recent history and long cultural influence) with Deutschland has been proceeding slowly into the cannabis space for the last couple of years.

There are a couple of similarities (and differences too) about the market development in the country to its Teutonic sister to the West as well as the emerging fight over access that is sparking patient revolutions all over the continent now.

Wed
07
Aug

Michigan finds out after legalization, the wait for retail sales is the national norm

It’s been nearly eight months since Michigan’s marijuana legalization law took effect and the first retail sales are still months away.

Michiganders will have to wait until at least November to know if they’ll be able to buy marijuana at a store in time for Christmas -- or wait until after the New Year.

The gap between legalization and the start of retail sales in states starting their own recreational marijuana industries is the national norm, according to an MLive analysis.

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