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Podcast: the dialectics of cannabis liberation

leafIn Episode 24 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg notes the historic strides toward liberation of the cannabis plant in 2018, from the fabled four corners of the Earth. Yet under capitalism, every advance also opens new contradictions.

Growing acceptance of medical marijuana for veterans —but some still in 'exile'

Posted on November 11th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

VA medical marijuana accessAs evidence mounts for the efficacy of cannabis in treating PTSD, medical marijuana is fast being normalized in the veterans' community. But many have been "exiled" from their home states that have no medical marijuana programs—and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs is only beginning to demonstrate any tolerance on the question.

Canadian cannabis companies move in on US

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

CanadaA major player in Canada's legal cannabis sector is seeking to acquire a troubled US-based company—the latest example of the trend toward consolidation in the industry now crossing international borders.

Courts rule for workers denied employment for medical marijuana use

medical marijuanaAfter years of upholding employee firings for use of cannabis even under state medical marijuana programs, the courts are finally starting to turn around on the question.

One of the ways state medical marijuana programs have failed to fully extend protection to medicinal users is in failure to defend against employment discrimination. This is now beginning to change, thanks to a few recent court decisions in favor of patients and employees.

California passes cannabis equity law

Posted on October 2nd, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaAmong several cannabis-related bills signed into law by California's Gov. Jerry Brown was one creating an "equity" program for the state's legalized industry. aimed at justice and inclusion for those communities hardest hit by marijuana prohibition. Another measure will erase past convictions for possession of cannabis in quantities that are now legal.

China's factory zones serve global cannabis industry —but don't try getting high there

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .

ChinaThe global cannabis industry is increasingly dependent on factories in China's industrial zones—and fears being impacted by Trump's trade war with Beijing. Chinese pharmaceutical firms meanwhile explore potential applications of cannabis. Yet possession of herbaceous cannabis can land you before a firing squad in China. Human rights groups express alarm about the furious pace of executions in the People's Republic—outstripping the rest of the world combined. And drug offenses—including pot possession—top the country's capital crimes.

Tax relief for 'compassionate care' pending in Sacramento

Posted on September 12th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaAmong several cannabis-related bills that cleared California's state house before the last legislative session came to close is one that would lift the tax burden on medical marijuana providers. The bill is intended to again open space for "compassionate care," which was ironically squeezed out under California's adult-use regulation regime. 

Glyphosate case casts light on pesticide dilemma in cannabis industry

Posted on September 7th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaA verdict against glyphosate producer Monsanto in a case brought by a cancer sufferer has brought world attention to the dangers of pesticides and herbicides. This is a question with implications already felt in the cannabis industry—both legal and illegal.

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