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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?

Will Italy’s new government embrace cannabis legalization?

Posted on September 18th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

ItalyWith the fall of Italy’s far-right government, advocates are hoping the path may be cleared now for the country to become Europe's first to formally legalize cannabis. Meanwhile, thanks to a loophole in the law, low-THC varieties are sold openly in shops across the country. And Italy’s internal THC limit is actually slightly higher than the ultra-cautious European Union standard.

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.

Cornell University gets USDA-backed industrial hemp seedbank

Posted on August 5th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

cannabisThe US Department of Agriculture is opening an Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository, in conjunction with upstate New York's Cornell University. The facility is envisioned as a major hub for genetic analysis and research, helping to spur the hemp industry's growth regionally and nationally.

Tulsi Gabbard: friend of cannabis —and fascism?

Posted on August 3rd, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

Tulsi and BasharDemocratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has won support from many activists for her embrace of cannabis legalization (as well as her anti-war rhetoric). Gabbard has been more fearless in her disregard of the cannabis stigma than any of the others in the Democratic field.

Texas governor fumes as cannabis cases dismissed under new hemp law

Posted on July 31st, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

TexasHundreds of cannabis possession charges have been dismissed in Texas in recent weeks because police don't have labs that can differentiate between marijuana and newly legal hemp. The governor, attorney general and politicians are up in arms about it. Other states are updating their test kits to distinguish between CBD and THC in confiscated samples.

South Dakota tribe sues USDA over right to grow hemp

Posted on July 3rd, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

South DakotaA Native American tribe in South Dakota is taking the US Department of Agriculture to court to demand its right to cultivate low-THC cannabis—and to force the agency to live up to its regulatory responsibilities under the 2018 Farm Bill.

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