Legal Cannabis-User’s Widow Denied Workers’ Comp. Death Benefits

A deceased Colorado electrician’s family is being denied half their workers’ comp. death benefit because of THC found in the victim’s system, according to a The Denver Channel report. Electrician Adam Lee died while on the job at Loveland Ski Area. An autopsy revealed the presence of high levels of THC in his body but current […]

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Proposal Released for California’s Permanent Cannabis Regulations

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released a proposal on Friday, July 13 outlining permanent cannabis industry regulations for the state. The 136-page document details every proposed rule for the burgeoning cannabis industry, but the BCC also released a fact sheet summary of industry changes under the proposed regulations. Industry-wide changes The proposal’s industry-wide changes include […]

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New York Gov. Office Report Recommends Legalizing Cannabis

A report commissioned by the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released today by the New York Department of Health recommends the legalization of cannabis, Syracuse.com reports. The New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker told reporters in June that the report would recommend legalization but did not release the full report until today. “The positive effects […]

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Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney Announces Limited Cannabis Enforcement Policies

Massachusetts‘ top federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, announced on Tuesday that he will focus his cannabis enforcement efforts on the overproduction and diversion of products into other markets, “targeted” distribution to minors, and organized crime, the Boston Globe reports. Notably, Lelling is not giving the industry a blanket exemption from federal laws but still plans […]

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B.C. Partners With 31 Licensed Producers for Looming Adult-Use Marketplace

British Columbia, Canada has signed agreements over production rights for the province’s adult-use cannabis market with 31 different licensed producers, the province’s Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) announced on Wednesday. The LDB will be B.C.’s sole wholesale distributor of cannabis. All 31 of the cannabis cultivators are currently registered with Canada‘s federal government under the nation’s medical cannabis […]

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Israel to Vote On Cannabis Decriminalization

Israel’s legislative body, the Knesset, is expected to vote this week on a law that would decriminalize cannabis possession, according to a High Times report. The law would change the penalty for cannabis possession from jail time to a simple fine for the first three offenses. The fine ranges from 1000 – 2000 shekels, approximately $275 – […]

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California Dispensaries Struggle to Find Compliant Products

California’s new testing regulations took effect July 1 and dispensaries across the state are fighting against the weight of new restrictions. According to a Desert Sun report, many are struggling to get anything on their shelves at all and no dispensary has enough product to fill their shelves. “I’m getting pictures every day of retailers that went […]

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Denver Revokes All Licenses for Sweet Leaf Retailer

Sweet Leaf, once one of the largest cannabis retailers in Colorado, has had all of its cannabis licenses revoked by the city of Denver, Westword reports. The decision was expected, as earlier in April a city official had called for the move during a hearing by the city to determine a course of action. Sweet Leaf held […]

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Adult-Use Legalization Question Expected for North Dakota’s November Ballot

North Dakota advocates have successfully submitted enough signatures in favor of adult-use cannabis legalization to put the issue on November’s ballot, the Bismarck Tribune reports. Advocates submitted some 18,700 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office on Monday; they needed a total of 13,452 signatures to put the issue before voters. “The measure legalizes the use, sale, possession, […]

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Caribbean Community of Nations to Consider Legalizing Cannabis

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) of nations have embraced a report by their own regional commission on cannabis and intend to rethink the legal status of cannabis, Tom Angell reports for Marijuana Moment. In a report covering the latest session of CARICOM, the organization decided: Heads of Government recognised that the current classification of marijuana as an […]

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Canadian Cannabis Workers Targeted By U.S. Border Patrol

The U.S. Border Patrol has been giving lifetime bans at the border to those associated with Canada’s legal cannabis industry, according to The Star Vancouver. Because the border is under federal jurisdiction — even in states like Washington that have legalized cannabis — Border Patrol agents are required to obey U.S. federal requirements and issue […]

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California Cannabis Festivals Struggling Under New Rules

According to an East Bay Times report, California’s new cannabis rules are causing difficulties for cannabis festivals. During the first year of adult-use legalization, promoters had planned to switch away from the loose, medical industry’s system that they had been using (where every attendee had to get or already have a doctor’s recommendation). However, many California jurisdictions […]

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Saskatchewan Establishes Fines for Cannabis Crimes

Authorities in Saskatchewan, Canada have established a provincial fine structure for cannabis offenses for after federal legalization takes place in October. According to a Global News report, the fines will range from between $200 and $2,250 depending on the severity of the offense.  Justice Minister Don Morgan said the goal was to create “an appropriate disincentive for […]

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Mexico’s President-Elect Favors Drug Decriminalization

Mexico’s general elections were held on Sunday, July 1 and the emerging victor for the country’s presidential run, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is likely to push for criminal drug law reforms, according to a teleSUR report. President-elect López Obrador, who is a former mayor of Mexico City, is already considering decriminalizing recreational cannabis use and regulating […]

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Alberta Chooses Cannabis Producers to Serve Its Adult-Use Market

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission (AGLC) announced the 13 licensed producers who will serve the province’s adult-use marketplace when cannabis becomes federally legal in Canada on October 17, the Calgary Herald reports. Only two of the companies, Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth, actually have production facilities located in Alberta. The other 11 companies are: […]

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Efforts to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis Progress in Oklahoma

Hot on the heels of Oklahoma‘s successful medical cannabis vote, advocates in the state are collecting signatures to put adult-use legalization on the November ballot, Oklahoma’s News 4 reports. The initiative, State Question 797, would allow adults who are 21 or older to possess, use, grow, process, and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. Advocates with ‘Green the […]

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Texas GOP Endorses Cannabis Decriminalization, Rescheduling, & Industrial Hemp

The Republican Party of Texas officially endorsed the decriminalization of cannabis last month. Party leaders also called on the federal government to reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act and to legalize industrial hemp. “Civil Penalty: We support a change in the law to make it a civil, and […]

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Cleveland, Ohio Forms Adult-Use Cannabis Council

Cleveland, Ohio City Councilman Blaine Griffin has organized a working group on cannabis policy for the city, News 5 Cleveland reports. The group was created to bring together law enforcement and city departments to begin the bureaucratic process of transition to legal cannabis. “We believe it’s time for us to start having that discussion and seeing if […]

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Major Beer Companies Test Cannabis Market Waters

Several large beer corporations have begun experiments in the cannabis space, according to a Forbes report. Market analysts predict a greater battle for each consumer dollar as cannabis becomes legalized in more U.S. states and eventually the continent and world. Major beer companies are already attempting to get a slice of that pie with cannabis-infused beers […]

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Vermont Adult-Use Legalization Takes Effect Sunday

Vermont’s adult-use cannabis laws take effect this weekend; Vermont was the first state to legalize via the legislature instead of a ballot initiative. Starting Sunday, July 1 adults in Vermont will be able to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and home grow up to six cannabis plants, two of which may be mature and up […]

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California Dispensaries Offloading Cheap Product; Shortage Looms with Regulatory Transition Period Ending Sunday

On Sunday, July 1, California’s adult-use cannabis industry will undergo a major overhaul. When the industry kicked off in January, it came with a six-month grace period of “mandatory” but unenforced compliance. Most companies took advantage of this and have been conducting business as usual but, as that time comes to a close this weekend, […]

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New Hampshire Democrats Add Legal Cannabis to Party Platform

The New Hampshire Democratic Party has made cannabis legalization a part of the party’s political platform this week, according to an Associated Press report. The move will appease advocates, who fear the state is falling far behind neighboring Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont — the New England states that have already legalized cannabis for adult use. Specifically, the […]

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Russia Condemns Canada’s Cannabis Legalization

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned Canada’s recent legalization of adult-use cannabis, according to a Newsweek report. The Ministry said in an official statement that the move was a breach of Canada’s “international legal obligations.” “We expect Canada’s partners in the G7 to respond to its “high-handedness” because this alliance has repeatedly declared its adherence to the […]

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Sen. Chuck Schumer Introduces Cannabis De-Scheduling Legislation

The Senate’s top Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York), has introduced legislation that aims to end cannabis prohibition and let states decide for themselves the legality of the plant. The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would decriminalize cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act; however, the federal government would maintain the authority to prevent […]

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