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Giuliani associate busts uncover cannabis industry sleaze

Posted on October 16th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , .

GiulianiThe arrest of a Rudolph Giuliani associate on suspicion of influence-peddling related to the cannabis industry has opened a window into the sleazy underside of the business. Sacramento's mayor has called for an investigation, and the FBI is said to be conducting its own probe. Legalization was supposed to take cannabis out of the hands of criminal networks, but the new model often looks like crony capitalism.

The global state of cannabis legality

Planet WatchThere has been significant progress toward cannabis legalization in the United States and globally over the past years, but pockets persist of the most repressive and reactionary prohibition. What are the prospects for expanding cannabis freedom in the coming year?

Dilemmas of 'smokable hemp' —legal, oxymoron, or both?

Posted on September 27th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

cannabisSo-called "smokable hemp" is suddenly available in shops from coast to coast, legal under terms of last year's Farm Bill. But law enforcement is consternated, conservative politicians are apoplectic, and legislation is being prepared to ban the stuff at the state level. Is this permissible under federal law?

Miami-Dade prosecutor is latest to halt minor cannabis prosecutions

Posted on August 15th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

FloridaThe prosecutor for Miami-Dade County is the latest of several around the country to halt minor cannabis cases. The move was prompted by a dilemma vexing law enforcement nationwide: the inability to distinguish between THC and legal CBD in confiscated samples.

Illicit market thrives in post-'legalization' states —but why?

cannabis Some states that have legalized cannabis are seeing a surge in the illicit market—and attendant police raids and repression. The dystopia that legalization was supposed to leave behind has proved disconcertingly persistent. But is the problem, as conservatives claim, legalization itself—or that is hasn't gone far enough?

Hash oil gets a holiday —but is it legal?

dab rigThe arrival of 7-10 as a special day to celebrate extracts and concentrates marks the growing embrace of "dabbing" by the cannabis community. But the laws governing such products and especially their production vary from state to state. And the real risks continue to garner grim headlines that cast the cannabis industry in a very poor light.

Last-ditch bid for New York cannabis legalization in 2019

Posted on May 29th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

New YorkWith the end of the legislative session in Albany closing in, odds for legalizing cannabis in New York state this year are fast diminishing. Now a new bill has been introduced, to reconcile rival versions pushed by the Assembly and Gov. Cuomo. It has won support from advocates—but, with the clock ticking, Cuomo equivocates on whether he will support it.

Corporate cannabinoid: CBD arrives at Walgreens

Posted on March 28th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CBDThe news that CBD products will be arriving at Walgreens and CVS drugstore chains can be seen as further progress for the normalization of cannabis. But it is also a further indication of corporate control of the new cannabis economy.

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