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Elastic deadlines for California's regulated cannabis industry

Posted on May 3rd, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

CaliforniaFive months into legal cannabis in the Golden State, the temporary licenses issued by authorities to get things off the ground are running out. But the full annual licenses are still being held up by several factors—including the failure of local authorities to approve cannabis operations, and implementation of a "track-and-trace" system to monitor marijuana from seed to sale. 

Seattle seeks to vacate cannabis convictions

Posted on May 1st, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

SeattleThe city of Seattle has filed a motion to vacate hundreds of marijuana convictions going back more than 20 years. As these convictions disproportionately affected people of color, this is being hailed as an important step toward "cannabis equity"—implementing legalization in a way that addresses the social injustices associated with prohibition.

Jeff Sessions acknowledges 'some benefits from medical marijuana'

Posted on April 27th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

medical marijuanaAttorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration's most notorious anti-cannabis hardliner, surprised advocates when he said in Congressional testimony that he believes there may be "some benefits from medical marijuana." But when pressed on whether his Justice Department would continue the Obama-era policy of not enforcing the federal marijuana laws against medical users in states where it is legal, he failed to give a straight answer.

Where will United States' biggest cannabis grow really be?

Posted on April 26th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

Shadow WatchNew Mexico is the latest state to announce that it will play host to the biggest legal cannabis grow operation in the United States. But other claims to that title over the past years have still not panned out, and a facility in Arizona now occupies the number one slot. And as various states vie for the honor, Canada is far in the lead of its southern neighbor.

Utah: race between medical marijuana initiative and restrictive house bill

Posted on April 24th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

UtahReports indicate that promoters of a popular initiative for a medical marijuana law in Utah have won enough signatures to get their proposal before the state's voters in November. A far more restrictive law allowing use of CBD preparations is meanwhile before the state house. The ballot initiative would make the legislative measure basically irrelevant—but faces stiff opposition.

Patients impatient as medical marijuana program stalled in Guam

Posted on April 17th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , .

medical marijuanaGoing on two years after the US territory of Guam approved a medical marijuana measure by voter initiative, the program remains stalled over the supposed lack of any laboratory on the island to carry out quality control. Patients and their advocates charge that the island's government is bottle-necking the program by failing to sufficiently fund it. At heated public hearings on the issue last week in the island's legislature, advocates accused authorities of violating the will of the voters.

China crime link seen in fed crackdown on California grow ops

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaThe seizure by federal agents of some 100 homes around Northern California supposedly used in grow operations financed by criminal networks based in China points to ongoing dilemmas in the state's contraband cannabis economy—which persists even in the wake of legalization.

Fighting spirit at Ann Arbor Hash Bash

Posted on April 11th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

MichiganAnn Arbor's Hash Bash marked its 46th annual celebration of cannabis culture, with public smoking, no arrests—and an activist call to arms to get a legalization measure passed in Michigan this November.

The Hash Bash was a landmark counterculture event when it was launched on the University of Michigan's Diag on April 1, 1972. This year, organizers were openly hoping it would be the last one before cannabis is legalized in the Wolverine State—and urging a push to make it so.

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