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Colorado courts tighten legal leash on drug dogs —with contested implications for cannabis

Posted on May 24th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , .

scalesColorado's Supreme Court ruled that thanks to the constitutional changes instated by the 2012 cannabis legalization vote, police require probable cause before using drug-sniffing dogs. A dissenting opinion holds that the decision oversteps federal authority, and undermines the jurisprudential basis for Colorado legalization. Are these fears realistic?

Joe Crowley vindicates AOC's critique of cannabis legalization

Posted on May 21st, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , .

AOC Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won praise from activists when she decried a white-dominated legal cannabis industry. As if to prove her point, the man she ousted in her 2018 Congressional run, Joe Crowley, is now joining an investment firm linked to the cannabis industry.

Northern Swan, a New York investment house specializing in the cannabis industry, just announced the appointment to two prominent political figures to its advisory board.

38 attorneys general call for passage of SAFE Banking Act

Posted on May 20th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

Shadow WatchA group of attorneys general from 38 states and territories penned an open letter urging Capitol Hill to pass a pending bill to allow cannabis businesses access to the federal banking system.

Idaho prohibitionists bottleneck democracy

Posted on April 1st, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .

IdahoIdaho is considering legislation that would raise the number of signatures needed to get an initiative on the ballot—in an apparent bid to undercut a medical marijuana legalization effort. Local activists with the Idaho Cannabis Coalition are saying the law would be "tyranny."

Will Anchorage be the next Amsterdam? Alaska to allow on-site consumption

Posted on March 19th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

AlaskaWith approval of new regs, Alaska is set to become to the first state to officially oversee cannabis use at licensed retail outlets. Municipalities in Colorado and California have pursued this "Amsterdam model" by working around the state law. But The Last Frontier is once again breaking new ground in personal freedom for cannabis tokers.

Oregon cannabis producers push for exports to relieve glut

Posted on February 6th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

OregonWith Oregon's cannabis surplus so big that authorities estimate 70% of the state's output goes unsold, "craft" producers are calling for a novel solution—allowing export to other states that have legalized.

The cannabis market is flooded in the Beaver State, and that's a real problem for an industry that has seen explosive growth since Oregonians voted to legalize in 2014. But some say this provides an opportunity.

Colorado researchers plumb terpene link to air pollution

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

Denver smogTerpenes make your herb smell good, but researchers are postulating that those organic particles that titillate your nostrils may also bind with particulate matter from hydrocarbon emissions to worsen smog. A Colorado study is now putting this to the test—but with no help from the EPA, due to cannabis’ outlaw status under federal law.

Does cannabis make you crazy? You have to be nuts to believe that, some say

Posted on January 8th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

Reefer MadnessThe claim that cannabis causes "mental illness" rears its dubious head like clockwork every few years, and this latest round has occasioned a virtual media frenzy—a seeming backlash to the recent advances in normalization of the herb and its aficionados. Scratching the claims, however, reveals more hype than rigor.

The headlines are all too familiar ones, but this time they got very prominent play.

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