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Police have spent millions of dollars to nearly triple the number of roadside drug tests conducted in the past four years, as the number of positive results as a proportion of tests completed has fallen and drug-related road deaths have stabilised.
Over the past several weeks, a series of misleading news reports have suggested that both MDMA and psilocybin could soon be made ‘legal.’ This reporting aims to dramatize news of an application made by Mind Medicine Australia (MMA) seeking to make Schedule 8 entries for MDMA and psilocybin, which currently only have entries as Schedule 9 drugs.
The missing question from New Zealand’s cannabis debate: what about personal freedom and individual rights?
The issue of personal liberties has traditionally been at the forefront of cannabis reform activism. At the heart of all public health laws is the conflict between the powers of the state and the individual’s liberty, privacy and autonomy.
Principals’ Federation president Perry Rush has drawn a storm of protest from some of his own members after endorsing the legalisation of cannabis in next month’s referendum.
Australia’s battered medical cannabis industry is set for even more pain as a looming price war will force some companies out of business, a new industry report predicts.
CBD food market identified as major Canadian economic recovery opportunity – new report on food and beverages
BC to allow “small-scale producers” to deliver cannabis directly to licensed retailers as well as farm-gate sales beginning in 2022
“I think it’s fantastic they have made this decision,” says Dunn. “It sounds like they are really incentivizing small scale, micro cultivators to join the market and get their products out and make a name for themselves”
Copperstate Farms now has the largest indoor cannabis facility in the United States with 40 acres under glass. It is also the top employer in Snowflake, Arizona. The company is the largest producer of bulk distillate in the state, supplying a third of the Arizona market, and currently has more than 50 medical marijuana strains in development and 50 in production.
In the US, between legal medical programs, and recreational adult-use programs, more than half of America’s 50 states now allow some kind of cannabis use, with seemingly a new one joining in every day. Which states haven’t made the plunge yet, but are on the way? Read on.
The wildfires appear to have directly affected a tiny percentage of the state’s 2,300 licensees but it’s too soon to know whether that destruction and other indirect impacts might have a broader effect on this year’s crop.
Studies estimate that between 12% to 14% of adult Americans enjoy cannabis. That’s a massive group of consumers—and they spend billions of dollars every year on marijuana. Unfortunately, according to a new report, more than 71% of that spending goes to the illicit market, due to various forms of cannabis prohibition enforced in 39 states.
This November, South Dakotans will try to do something no state has done before—legalize both medical and adult-use cannabis at once. What are the chances? How are the bills written? Why bother with both? Our legalization guide has answers.
A new analysis by the campaign seeking to pass a marijuana legalization ballot measure in South Dakota shows that nearly one out of 10 of all arrests in the state are for cannabis, and that enforcement is carried out in a racially disproportionate manner.
The Alliance for Sensible Markets has released a plan under which the group will urge governors across the country to enter interstate compacts in order to facilitate the movement of cannabis between states where pot has been legalized.
Illinois tweaked how business owners seeking recreational marijuana licenses can apply following complaints that the process favored politically connected and rich applicants over minorities and veterans who were supposed to benefit.
Last year was a shocker for hemp theft in the USA and it’s not clear if this year has any better given increasing awareness and education around the fact that hemp and marijuana are not the same thing. Hemp’s levels of THC, the intoxicating cannabinoid, are so low it has zero recreational value. The number of media reports this year does seem to be lower even though hemp cultivation is becoming more prevalent; so perhaps the message is getting through – but the season isn’t over yet.
The program will highlight cannabis products produced by B.C. Indigenous producers in BC Cannabis Stores, helping consumers easily identify those products and make purchasing decisions.
Manitoba’s provincial cannabis store regulator is considering a new type of cannabis business license that would allow on-site consumption of ingestible and topical marijuana products, but would bar smoking or vaping.
Obtaining a prescription is not easy. Patients must have a serious illness, often at an advanced stage, experience severe pain, or have symptoms that stimulate fear.
While doctors are now allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis in certain circumstances, many patients still face an uphill struggle in obtaining this medicine, which can effectively treat or alleviate the symptoms of some medical conditions. One of the many hurdles to overcome is the slow and bureaucratic process of importing medicinal cannabis, which runs paradoxically to the UK’s position as the world’s largest exporter.
In what it describes as “a landmark decision,” on September 1st, the government of Pakistan announced its intention to legalize hemp, effective immediately.
The investigation into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput has revealed evidence of usage of marijuana by him and his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, who has been arrested for the same. Cannabis or marijuana is a native Indian plant that finds place in Indian culture.
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With all this talk about the new global medicinal cannabis market, it’s easy to overlook its versatile sister industry – the industrial hemp market. Hemp markets may be slow to open for some countries, but one Croatian company is showing just how useful hemp is, and just how many things it can do.
Senator Ledama Olekina has called for the law to be amended to legalise cannabis use for medical purposes. The senator shared a video on Tuesday in which he is in the middle of a farm, full of bhang while on tour in Lithuania. Lithuania has legalised the drug and Kenya should also amend its laws so that the drug can be used to reduce pain in cancer patients.
South Africa’s Parliament is accepting public input on a marijuana reform bill
In Macedonia, cannabis is not legal for recreational use at all, and there are no decriminalization or personal use laws to boot. However, in 2016, Macedonia did approve a bill for medical cannabis within the country.
The number of authorized medical cannabis patients in Israel has more than doubled in the past two years – topping 70,000 – despite persistent supply and regulatory challenges, according to new data from the Israeli Medical Cannabis Agency (IMCA).
Great Britain has rejected the European Commission’s preliminary stance that hemp flower-derived CBD should be regulated as a narcotic.
South America is becoming a new hotspot for changing cannabis laws, and international cannabis trading. One of the biggest providers of cannabis in South America is Paraguay, with much of its product being moved to Brazil. But it’s all black-market. Can the new rules change this?
SCIENCE & TECH
This in-depth booklet covers different types of cannabis products, routes of administration, dealing with the munchies and much more.
A total ban on large-scale cannabis cultivation is the only way to tackle the environmental crisis. The harmful methods being used en masse are destroying our land.
It’s flower time! This week Johanna covers flowering essentials like plant anatomy and what you should (or shouldn’t) do to encourage your beautiful buds to grow into their best selves.
I want to focus mainly on how cannabis can affect your hormones, primarily through the pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands, and the reproductive system.
Seeking to take advantage of the growing trend of wearing face masks, Australian Primary Hemp (ASX: APH) has announced the launch of a hemp-based face mask personal protective equipment (PPE) product.
Before people used THC or CBD for healing, they used CBN. This cannabinoid helps assist with sleep and develops from aged THC.
“The Scientist” is a documentary that traces the story of Nobel prize nominee Dr. Raphael Mechoulam from his early days as a child of the Holocaust in Bulgaria, through his immigration to Israel, and his career as the chief investigator into the chemistry and biology of the world’s most misunderstood plant. Dr. Mechoulam ascertained that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
POLITICS & LAW
Democrats are in favour of cannabis reform, but split on decriminalization or legalization.
The Drug Policy Alliance published a transition memo on drug policy issues for the next president.
Current drug policy is failing, it’s time we treat addiction as a health issue instead of a criminal justice one
While we continue to isolate and stigmatise drug use the problem will only get worse. We need to reform the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act and introduce safe drug consumption rooms.
In 2020, state courts still seem to be a good bet for cannabis businesses in cannabis-legal states. But federal courts are sliding backward. A trio of cases in Washington, Oregon and Nevada show why.
Freddy is just the latest to fall into the gap between state and federal policy on marijuana usage. It’s a gap that’s especially relevant in Arizona, where over a third of the state is federal land, and one that can escalate a simple recreation issue like a missing hiking permit into something more serious.
CULTURE & HISTORY
People, including famous historical figures, have been using marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands of years. In this video we take a look at 8 of our favorite famous historical figures who used marijuana in the past.
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY
The data also showed that interest in cannabis-infused products like edibles and gummies, aimed at attracting customers deterred from inhaling pot, has stagnated over the first half of the year.
While most brick-and-mortar retailers have been instituting contactless transactions to meet changing customer expectations and prevent the spread of the virus, cannabis dispensaries in the U.S. are still largely operating with cash only. They cannot accept major credit cards because marijuana is illegal under federal law. And now they’re facing a nationwide coin shortage.
CBD Oil to hemp, producers to importers, retailers to non-profits, and more. If they work with the cannabis plant and conduct business in Australia, you’ll find them here.
Thursday, 1 October 2020 7:00 pm AEST: Join an esteemed panel of industry leaders as they discuss key commercial insights about the Australian and New Zealand cannabis markets.
Thursday, 8 October 2020 7:30 pm AEST: Join Dr. Jamie Rickcord as he discusses his insights into using cannabis as a treatment for mental health during COVID-19.
Drug Policy Public Discussion Forum [Sydney]
- The Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party’s Submission to the Victorian Inquiry into Cannabis