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Tue
06
Aug

Priority licencing for some Australian medical cannabis projects

Australian Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced last week the Federal Government will prioritise medical cannabis projects granted Major Project Status.

So, what does this mean? According to Minister Hunt, projects with this status will be given priority for medicinal cannabis licences through the Office of Drug Control (ODC) from the beginning of September. However, they’ll still need to meet all the criteria that other applicants must.

Tue
06
Aug

What really happened with that CBD Flower arrest in the UK?

Mark Rivers, owner of the Mushroom Headshop and CBD botanicals shop, has become the first person in the U.K. to get a conviction for selling CBD Flower. Much like his trademark gold chains, this case has left its mark. An important precedent has been set.

Victim of ignorance or savvy profiteer? If you believe Mark Rivers, he didn’t know any better. After reviewing all the information at hand, the more cynical amongst us may suspect he willingly tried to pass off illegal products.

Tue
06
Aug

Portland, Maine unveils proposed rules for cannabis businesses

Portland officials unveiled a proposed licensing regime for adult use and medical marijuana operations on Friday that would cap the number of retail stores at 20 citywide and possibly lead to more restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The proposed rules, which recommend a $10,000 a year annual license for marijuana retail stores, will receive an initial review by City Council’s Health & Human Services and Public Safety and its Economic Development committees on Tuesday. No votes or public hearings are expected and it’s unclear when the committees will make a recommendation to the full council.

Tue
06
Aug

How FD&C Act restrictions impact the CBD industry

In 2018 the FDA approved the GW Pharmaceuticals cannabis derived drug Epidiolex. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the main constituent of Epidiolex, an anticonvulsant drug intended to treat certain forms of epilepsy such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Once the FDA approved Epidiolex as a drug, by default they also categorized CBD as a drug instead of a supplement. This has created a myriad of challenges for the CBD industry. SInce most hemp derived CBD products are marketed in a fashion similar to supplements, they are running afoul of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (FD&C Act).

Tue
06
Aug

Will Florida be the next State to legalize recreational marijuana?

A cannabis advocacy group is poised to get the question of legal weed put on the ballot in the 2020 election.

While 2019 was predicted to be a banner year in the push to legalize marijuana in more parts of the United States, aside from Illinois making admirable advancements in this department, the year for cannabis has been nothing short of a dead dog. New York and New Jersey screwed the pooch earlier this year when it came time to establish a taxed and regulated pot market. And regardless of what you might have heard, Congress, as a whole, is nowhere even close to marijuana-friendly.

Tue
06
Aug

Ohio Lawmaker blames recreational marijuana for mass shootings

Ohio Rep. Candice Keller believes “the acceptance of recreational marijuana” and more social shifts are the true culprits of gun violence.

In the wake of mass shootings, we seek explanations for such senseless and unnecessary violence. That impulse led one Ohio lawmaker to blame the legalization of recreational marijuana as one reason the United States has seen an increase of mass shootings.

Tue
06
Aug

St. Kitts and Nevis to introduce legislation decriminalizing marijuana

The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has introduced legislation to decriminalize marijuana, tying the move to the dual-island nation’s history of slavery. In his Emancipation Day message, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said last week that his administration had introduced legislation to amend the Drugs (Prevention & Abatement of the Misuse and Abuse of Drugs) Act, which bans the cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana.

Mon
05
Aug

A complete voters' guide to 2020 US Presidential Candidates on cannabis issues

Read entire article here.

Executive Summary

According to the newly established VPR Brands Guide, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) would be the best candidate for a single-issue cannabis voter to support in the 2020 presidential race. Her score – which combined her legislative leadership, positions stated, other actions taken, and willingness to emphasize her support for cannabis issues during the current campaign – exceeded those of runner-up Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and third-place candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

Mon
05
Aug

Hemp entrepreneurs face banking challenges

Opening a checking account or getting a loan can be tough for hemp businesses in Southwest Colorado and across the nation because federal regulations haven’t caught up to the industry.

The 2018 Farm Bill declassified hemp as a controlled substance, but federal guidelines for financial institutions interested in doing business with the hemp industry haven’t been written, making it difficult for some hemp business owners to open accounts and get loans.

When Brandi Barattini tried to find a bank for Cannagenics Inc., a Durango hemp farming company and wholesaler, it was difficult to find services or find out why services weren’t available, she said.

Mon
05
Aug

Advice to immigrants: ‘Do not mess with marijuana’ even where it is legal

In late December 2017, Lisa Kum received a call from her husband, Sothy. 

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