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on June 14, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Quebec has passed its long-awaited cannabis law. Here’s what’s in it

Province lays out rules in anticipation of federal legalization Benjamin Shingler · CBC News After months of debate and revisions, Quebec has adopted a law laying out the guidelines for the sale and distribution of cannabis in the province. Premier Philippe Couillard’s Liberals, who hold a majority in the National Assembly, all voted for Bill 157. Québec Solidaire, which holds three seats, also voted in favour. The opposition Parti Québécois and Coalition Avenir Québec voted against (more on that later). Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois says the province will be ready when the federal legislation will be in place later this year. But she also took pains...

Province lays out rules in anticipation of federal legalization Benjamin Shingler · CBC News After months of debate and revisions, Quebec has adopted a law laying out the guidelines for the sale and distribution of cannabis in the province....

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on June 14, 2018 in Cannabis News United States Featured

U.S. Senate links Department of Justice funding with medical marijuana protections

Submitted by Marijuana News For the first time ever, the U.S. Senate will link funding of the Department of Justice with a provision that protects states with legalized medical marijuana, writes Joseph Misulonas.  The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies approved a bill funding the Department of Justice for 2019 with a provision that none of the funding can be used to go after medical marijuana businesses in states where it is legal. Right now, the DOJ is prevented from doing so thanks to the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment that was originally passed in 2014 and continues to receive renewal with every...

Submitted by Marijuana News For the first time ever, the U.S. Senate will link funding of the Department of Justice with a provision that protects states with legalized medical marijuana, writes Joseph Misulonas.  The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,...

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on June 14, 2018 in Cannabis News United States Featured

Tech companies Google and PayPal not playing nice with cannabis industry

Submitted by Marijuana News With marijuana now legal in over 60 percent of the United States, and with the latest estimates showing the cannabis industry could be worth a whopping $57 billion by 2027, it seems unlikely that major tech companies, like search engine giant Google and online payment platform PayPal, would still have a problem doing business with cannabis-related operations. But businesses that market ancillary pot products, such as vaporizers and e-cigs, say they have been completely shutout of the world of e-commerce. At one time, Tyler Browne, owner of the To The Cloud Vapor Store says his website, which...

Submitted by Marijuana News With marijuana now legal in over 60 percent of the United States, and with the latest estimates showing the cannabis industry could be worth a whopping $57 billion by 2027, it seems unlikely that major...

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on June 14, 2018 in Featured World News

UN Drug committee finds cannabis an effective, ‘relatively safe drug’

Submitted by Marijuana News The World Health Organization met in Geneva, Switzerland, last week to review the agency’s first-ever review of the health and safety of cannabis. It’s an early step as the global health agency, an office of the United Nations, prepares to issue a recommendation to the UN on the “need for and level of international control” over the plant, which is broadly prohibited under international drug treaties. The top-level takeaway: Cannabis, the report found, is a “relatively safe drug” that millions of people are already using to help manage a wide range of medical conditions. As...

Submitted by Marijuana News The World Health Organization met in Geneva, Switzerland, last week to review the agency’s first-ever review of the health and safety of cannabis. It’s an early step as the global health agency, an office of...

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on June 14, 2018 in Cannabis News Europe Featured

How to break into Europe’s untapped cannabis markets, according to the experts

Submitted by Marijuana News With a rapidly changing and geographically inconsistent legal landscape for cannabis in Europe, defining an optimal market entry strategy can be a serious challenge for licensed producers in North America and other countries hoping to wheel and deal in Europe. Still, the market is there and ready for conscientious producers to make their mark, writes Brandon Hicks.  Speaking at the World Cannabis Congress, UK-based advocates Blair Gibbs, an Advisor for think-tank Volteface, and George McBride, a partner at consultancy group Hanway Associates, discussed these trade barriers as well as the potential social and economic benefits of doing business with European...

Submitted by Marijuana News With a rapidly changing and geographically inconsistent legal landscape for cannabis in Europe, defining an optimal market entry strategy can be a serious challenge for licensed producers in North America and other countries hoping to...

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on June 11, 2018 in Cannabis News Europe Featured

Billy Caldwell’s life-saving cannabis oil seized from mum at airport

OFFICIALS have seized potentially life-saving medication from the mother of a 12-year-old Billy Caldwell at Heathrow Airport. Brave Billy, who is from Castlederg and suffers from epilepsy, requires medicinal cannabis oil to help prevent seizures. His mother Charlotte Caldwell credits the treatment with saving his life. Home Office officials have previously warned her GP to stop prescribing the drug to the youngster. On Monday, Charlotte and Billy completed the trip back from Canada where he was assessed by doctors and provided with a prescription of medicinal cannabis. Medication was confiscated when the mother and child arrived at Heathrow, as...

OFFICIALS have seized potentially life-saving medication from the mother of a 12-year-old Billy Caldwell at Heathrow Airport. Brave Billy, who is from Castlederg and suffers from epilepsy, requires medicinal cannabis oil to help prevent seizures. His mother Charlotte Caldwell...

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on June 11, 2018 in Cannabis News Europe Featured

The Hemp Revival: Why Marijuana’s Cousin Could Soon Be Big Business

By Alex Halperin, The Guardian The useful crop has seen renewed interest alongside legalized weed – and there are signs that US officials are warming to it. Long associated with the hoariest hippie stereotypes, hemp is now chic. The crop – which is a cannabis plant very similar to marijuana, but lacking its best-known property: getting you high – is a versatile raw material, and like its more notorious relative, it could once again become very lucrative. The spread of marijuana legalization has sparked renewed interest not because of hemp wallet fanatics – but due largely to demand for...

By Alex Halperin, The Guardian The useful crop has seen renewed interest alongside legalized weed – and there are signs that US officials are warming to it. Long associated with the hoariest hippie stereotypes, hemp is now chic. The...

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on June 11, 2018 in Cannabis News United States Featured

Trump said he’s likely to sign a bill protecting states with legalized marijuana, directly opposing Jeff Sessions

President Donald Trump said Friday that he will likely support a bipartisan bill in the Senate that would give states autonomy over their marijuana policy, putting himself directly at odds with his own attorney general. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has long held a hardline stance on marijuana. In January, he rescinded the Cole Memo, a set of Obama-era guidelines that instructed federal law enforcement not to target marijuana operations in states where the drug is legal. Co-sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Entrusting States, or STATES Act, would protect...

President Donald Trump said Friday that he will likely support a bipartisan bill in the Senate that would give states autonomy over their marijuana policy, putting himself directly at odds with his own attorney general. Attorney General Jeff Sessions...

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on June 11, 2018 in Cannabis News South America Featured

Uruguay’s experience with its marijuana law

Submitted by Marijuana News Uruguay has always faced some tall hurdles to become the first country in the world to fully legalize recreational cannabis. The landmark 2013 reform was aimed at taking revenue streams from the sale of the soft drug out of the hands of organized crime while also improving public health by bringing users out of the shadows. Yet even in the tiny South American nation of just 3.5 million people, polls showed that residents were skeptical of the measure. Meanwhile, the democratic socialist government of President José Mujica also faced harsh scrutiny – and even downright hostility – from...

Submitted by Marijuana News Uruguay has always faced some tall hurdles to become the first country in the world to fully legalize recreational cannabis. The landmark 2013 reform was aimed at taking revenue streams from the sale of the soft...

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on June 11, 2018 in Cannabis News United States Featured

Can Louisiana’s fledgling medical marijuana industry keep up with expanded demand?

Submitted by Marijuana News A recent expansion of treatable conditions in Louisiana’s fledgling medical marijuana program could grow the industry by millions of dollars and move the state’s once-narrow program closer to a full-blown medical marijuana industry seen in other states. But those close to the industry also worry that some of the rules on the program will place bottlenecks on production, and wonder whether the state’s two growers — only one of which is close to getting product on the shelves — will be able to meet the heightened demand. The strain of demand depends in part on...

Submitted by Marijuana News A recent expansion of treatable conditions in Louisiana’s fledgling medical marijuana program could grow the industry by millions of dollars and move the state’s once-narrow program closer to a full-blown medical marijuana industry seen in...

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