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Tue
08
Dec

When it comes to cannabis legalization, safety needs to be part of the equation

In September, the House postponed a vote on the MORE Act (H.R.3884), which would de-schedule cannabis. Now that this legislation has passed the House and moves onto the Senate, safety leaders must again warn lawmakers to exercise caution.

Mon
07
Dec

“Archaic” Cannabis Scheduling Dumped By U.N.

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has voted to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotics – but only just.

The CND is comprised of 53 member countries and is responsible for implementing international drug control treaties as well as the Scheduling of drugs. In January last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) made number of recommendations to the CND in relation to altering the scope of control of cannabis and related substances.

Mon
07
Dec

Global Easing On Cannabis Could Jumpstart Markets

The United Nations has voted to remove cannabis from its classification as a dangerous drug. This week the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs. This decision could potentially jumpstart the global medical marijuana industry. Many cannabis companies have eyed global expansion, but the markets have proven to be challenging as laws have remained strict.

Mon
07
Dec

House Votes In Favor of MORE Act

The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor on this first-of-its-kind federal cannabis decriminalization bill. It was a partisan vote despite marijuana being a bipartisan issue. Democrats voted 213 YES and 6 NO, while Republicans voted 5 YES 156 NO.

Just after an election that saw four states legalize marijuana and two states legalize medical marijuana, it’s become clear that most Americans have a progressive view on marijuana. In fact, Pew Research reports that 67% of Americans support marijuana legalization.

Mon
07
Dec

Mounties find more than 27 kilograms of cannabis after traffic stop

A routine traffic stop in rural Manitoba has led to a hefty cannabis haul for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, reports Global News.

Manitoba RCMP pulled over a vehicle earlier this week in the rural municipality of Rosser and found more than 27 kilograms of the green stuff.

Police allege that the pot originated in western Canada, was destined for sale in Manitoba’s Interlake region and has links to organized crime.

Fri
04
Dec

House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

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WASHINGTON — The Democratic−controlled House on Friday approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, reversing what supporters called a failed policy of criminalization of pot use and taking steps to address racial disparities in enforcement of federal drug laws.

Opponents, mostly Republicans, called the bill a hollow political gesture and mocked Democrats for bringing it up at a time when thousands of Americans are dying from the coronavirus pandemic.

Fri
04
Dec

Mounties find more than 27 kilograms of cannabis after traffic stop

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RCMP allege the pot originated in western Canada, was destined for sale in Manitoba’s Interlake region and has links to organized crime.

A routine traffic stop in rural Manitoba has led to a hefty cannabis haul for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, reports Global News.

Manitoba RCMP pulled over a vehicle earlier this week in the rural municipality of Rosser and found more than 27 kilograms of the green stuff.

Police allege that the pot originated in western Canada, was destined for sale in Manitoba’s Interlake region and has links to organized crime.

A 33-year-old man from the Gimli municipality was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. RCMP say the investigation is ongoing.

Fri
04
Dec

‘Huge demand’: OPP raids show illegally grown cannabis thriving

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Cannabis has been legal in Canada for two years, but several police raids on illegal grow-ops show the illicit market continues to thrive.

The OPP said it seized more than 122,000 illegally grown plants, valued at about $143 million on the street, following 52 raids across the province since July 1.

“There is still a huge demand for illegal cannabis here in Ontario and in Canada,” Det.-Inspt. Jim Walker told Simcoe.com. “A great deal of the illegal cannabis we are seeing is being exported into the United States and it’s coming back in the form of U.S. currency, but also in harder drugs like cocaine, meth, fentanyl and in some cases firearms.”

Fri
04
Dec

NBA to continue policy of not testing players for marijuana

 

 

We all see which way this issue is trending, right?

While marijuana is still on its banned substance list, the NBA and players union agree to terms that would not text players in the Orlando restart bubble for pot. That is going to carry over to this season, reports Ben Dowsett.

Marijuana legalization is becoming more common nationwide. Recreational use is fully legal in 15 states plus the District of Columbia, and many other states have various levels of decriminalization or medical use allowances. With younger generations leaning much more heavily toward legalization, this trend is likely to continue across the nation.

Wed
02
Dec

Should the Plant That Can Grow Anywhere Be Grown Everywhere?

Cannabis is a wildly resilient and adaptable plant. It’s been grown and harvested for more than 4,000 years, migrating along ancient trade routes from southeast Asia through Africa and the Middle East, crossing oceans to reach the Americas and points in between. Today, we are just beginning to apply scientific methods to better understand the nature of the cannabis plant itself. The complex interplay of environment, farming techniques, and genetics allow us to coax and nurture various attributes out of each variety gently. 

But moving forward starts with looking back and understanding what grows well, where it grows well, and why. Doing so represents not just the future of cannabis farming but also the future and viability of our planet to sustain us.

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