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Think-tank urges legal cannabis for United Kingdom

Posted on July 3rd, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , .

cannabisIn another sign of turning tides, a prestigious British think-tank once beloved of Margaret Thatcher has called on the government to legalize cannabis. The breakthrough report finds that a legal cannabis industry could raise £1 billion per year in tax revenues for the United Kingdom, while undercutting the black market.

Canada's contentious course to cannabis legalization

Posted on June 13th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

Canada Canada is about to make history, with passage of its cannabis legalization bill imminent. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  is the man of the hour, shepherding the first Western industrialized country along a course that was nearly unthinkable a generation ago. But it was activist efforts that really brought Canada to this point—and advocates are still fighting to keep a place for small growers and vendors in the new system.

Canada's First Nations divided on approach to legal cannabis

Posted on June 5th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

CanadaAmid the controversies over how Canada's federal government and provinces will divide regulatory oversight as well as the tax revenues from legal cannabis, a largely overlooked question is the role of the country's First Nations. With passage of the Canadian Cannabis Act now imminent, indigenous groups agree they want more involvement in the process. But First Nations are divided between those hoping for a windfall from legal sales and those actually calling for passage of the Cannabis Act to be put off because native peoples were not properly consulted.

Provincial policy patchwork for Canadian cannabis

Posted on June 4th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

CanadaWith Canada on a final one-month countdown to legal cannabis, the country's provinces are adopting widely varying regulation regimes, creating a "crazy quilt" policy patchwork. While Ontario and Quebec are opting for provincial government monopolies on retail sales, Alberta and Saskatchewan have embraced a private model, sparking a flood of canna-capital into these western provinces.

Corporate patent scramble for CBD applications

Posted on May 31st, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

cannabisSomething of a corporate scramble is underway to secure patents for the various curative properties of CBD, and associated products and procedures. Pharmaceutical firms see a windfall, but some activists raise concerns about the creeping privatization of a cannabinoid that should belong to the genetic and intellectual commons of the human race. How realistic are fears about the imminent arrival of "corporate cannabis"?

Cannabis enterprises enter stock exchange through reverse mergers

Posted on May 30th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

Shadow WatchWith US stock exchanges still almost entirely closed to cannabis businesses, the stateside industry is increasingly seeking access to the Canadian exchanges in order to secure investment. Taking over publicly traded Canadian firms through reverse mergers has emerged as the critical tactic in this endeavor.

Ecological tolls of growing cannabis —both legal and illegal

cannabisA big multi-agency "reclamation" effort on national forest lands in the Emerald Triangle points again to the serious environmental impacts of outlaw cannabis cultivation. Will this be the last gasp of this sort of thing now that California has legalized? Or will outlaw operations continue, with growers reluctant to enter the legal sector? This debate often overlooks the obvious reality that legal crops also take an ecological toll. Seawater intrusion due to years of breakneck well-drilling now threatens some of California's best farmland. With state ag-biz planning to massively convert from broccoli and cauliflower to cannabis, this is also an issue for the legal industry in the years ahead.

Gov. Brown proposes task force to investigate black-market cannabis

Posted on May 15th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaCalifornia's Gov. Jerry Brown has unveiled a special investigative force to go after unregistered cannabis growers. This is certainly bad news for the many growers who have failed to register because they consider the taxes and regulations burdensome. In the face of disappointing tax revenues from legal cannabis, is the state using the stick of enforcement rather than the carrot of lower taxes and more favorable regulations to bring more growers in from the shadows?

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