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Fri
07
Oct

Amazon, Supporter of Cannabis Reform, Continues To Ban Grinders

Grinder sellers are tired of getting dropped after being flagged by Amazon algorithms.

On one hand Amazon, the world’s largest retailer, openly supports specific pieces of cannabis legislation for reform and allows unregulated employees to consume cannabis on their own time. But on the other hand, harmless accessories like grinders are inconsistently flagged and banned from the platform, sending mixed messages, as Harris-Bricken’s Canna Law Blog pointed out.

Fri
07
Oct

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.

Fri
07
Oct

Biden offers pardons for pot possession, signals deeper reform for U.S. Cannabis laws

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Biden offers pardons for pot possession, signals deeper reform for U.S. cannabis laws.

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden is pardoning people convicted under federal law of possessing marijuana — and signalling that he’s willing to revisit whether cannabis should remain a controlled substance in the United States.

In a pre-recorded video released unexpectedly Thursday by the White House, Biden announced three key steps that he is taking “to end this failed approach” to cannabis laws in the U.S.

In addition to the pardons, which could affect more than 6,500 people with federal convictions, Biden said he wants governors to consider a similar move at the state level, where the numbers are vastly higher.

Fri
07
Oct

The Winners and Losers from Biden’s big pardoning News

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While the marijuana industry wants cannabis to be de-scheduled, some have argued that moving the cannabis plant to a lower Schedule 2 or 3 drug could be even worse as the whole industry could be handed over to pharmaceutical companies.

As my phone lite up with news about President Biden’s big cannabis industry news, I immediately realized politics are a game of give and take, so why right now, Joe?  Why did President Biden pick Thursday to announce the pardoning of thousands of cannabis offenders and tell his Attorney General Merrick Garland to expeditiously review the cannabis plant’s listing as a Schedule 1 drug?

Fri
07
Oct

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.

Thu
06
Oct

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.

Thu
06
Oct

These two U.S. states got more tax money from Cannabis than from alcohol or cigarettes

‘There is no standard cannabis tax in the U.S. the way there is an alcohol tax, cigarette tax and gas tax’.

With every new year, legal cannabis states provide support that the plant is a good source of income.​

Indeed, in fiscal year 2022, the states of Washington and Colorado had more revenue from cannabis sales than from alcohol or cigarettes.

These numbers were recently published by the Tax Policy Center.

In all, the group reported that “19 states now have enacted taxes on recreational marijuana purchases, but the tax regimes vary quite a bit.”

The tweet adds, however, “Over time, states can collect a significant amount of revenue, and Colorado and Washington collected more from taxes on cannabis than alcohol or cigarettes in 2022.”

Wed
05
Oct

Driving high? Chemists make strides toward marijuana breath analyzer

A UCLA chemist and colleagues are now a step closer to their goal of developing a handheld tool similar to an alcohol Breathalyzer that can detect THC on a person's breath after they've smoked marijuana.

In a paper published in the journal Organic Letters, UCLA organic chemistry professor Neil Garg and researchers from the UCLA startup ElectraTect Inc. describe the process by which THC introduced, in a solution, into their laboratory-built device can be oxidized, creating an electric current whose strength indicates how much of the psychoactive compound is present.

Tue
04
Oct

Treating Cannabis Businesses with the respect they deserve

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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.

Tue
04
Oct

Most Americans don’t think Weed is dangerous, but they’re split

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56% of those who think that drug misuse is getting more serious in the US don’t see cannabis as one of the causes. (Benzinga)

The majority of Americans don’t think cannabis is dangerous, a new survey by Rasmussen Reports revealed. The poll questioned 1,000 Americans about drug misuse and whether they believe marijuana is dangerous or a gateway “to more dangerous drugs,” reported Marijuana Moment.

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