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New Mexico decriminalizes cannabis, liberalizes medical program

Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

New MexicoNew Mexico's governor signed into law a cannabis decriminalization measure, as well as another bill that opens social space for medical marijuana users. Advocates anticipate a growing market and industry in the state. A full legalization measure, however, died in the state senate.

Hawaii legalization measure fails; medical program liberalizes

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

Hawaii A measure to legalize cannabis in the Aloha State died in the legislature. But Hawaii's long-delayed medical marijuana program is finally taking off—and has now been opened to non-residents.

'Day One Equity' drives New York legalization effort

Posted on March 5th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , .

New YorkWith rival cannabis legalization bills now pending in Albany, New York state activists are demanding "Day One Equity"—legislation consciously crafted to correct the injustices of the War on Drugs. Advocates and politicians came together to give voice to this demand at a recent forum on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Medical marijuana legalized in US Virgin Islands

Posted on January 26th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

CaribbeanFollowing a campaign by local advocates, the US Virgin Islands passed a medical marijuana law that allows home cultivation for qualifying patients. Basking in victory, the territory's activists still anticipate protection of sacramental use by Rastafarians—and general legalization.

Cannabis legalization bills introduced in Portugal

Posted on January 23rd, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

EuropeTwo bills to legalize "recreational" cannabis have been introduced in Portugal—a country that already has a thriving medical marijuana industry, and a "depenalization" policy for personal possession that has been hailed as a success by reform advocates across the world.

Colombia returns to hardline policies —even as legal cannabis booms

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

ColombiaColombia is facing a strange contradiction—foreign capital is pouring in for the legalized cannabis sector, yet the new right-wing President Iván Duque is returning to the hardline "drug war" policies that the country has moved away from in recent years. This means not only a resumption of glyphosate spraying to wipe out illegal crops in the countryside, but an overturn of the former decriminalization policy. Street arrests for cannabis use and possession have soared since Duque issued his recrim decree.

Mexico's Supreme Court delivers critical fifth ruling on right to cannabis

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

MexicoFor the fifth time, a ruling of Mexico's Supreme Court has upheld the individual right to recreational cannabis. Under the Mexican constitution, this is the critical number that makes the decision binding case law throughout the country. Mexico's Congress now has 90 days to bring the penal code into conformity with the ruling—that is, to effectively legalize cannabis for personal use.

Cannabis at issue in several states for midterm elections

leafVoters in several states will cast ballots on cannabis-related measures in the Nov. 6 midterm election. Michigan and North Dakota are facing general legalization measures, while Utah and Missouri voters will get to weigh in on medical marijuana.

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