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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.

Cannabis-linked 'kidnapping' case reflects Emerald Triangle ethnic tensions

Posted on May 9th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaThe arrest of three, including two Bulgarian immigrants, in what is being billed as a "kidnapping" plot against a Humboldt County cannabis grower has shocked the Emerald Triangle. With the accused allegedly seeking to scapegoat "Mexicans" in the caper, the case crystalizes the xenophobic stigma attaching to Northern California's cannabis economy—even now.

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.

Chicago federal hearing probes racial bias in ATF drug raids

Posted on December 16th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

ChicagoUnprecedented hearings before a panel of nine federal judges at the Dirksen US Courthouse in Chicago opened Dec. 14, charged with determining whether there was a pattern of racial bias in sting operations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) dating back to the 1990s. The hearings were called to resolve a dozen separate cases involving more than 40 defendants. An overflow courtroom was set up to handle the crowd, Chicago Tribune reports.

$30 billion global cannabis market foreseen

Posted on November 22nd, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

Shadow WatchYou know the times they are a-changing when Forbes magazine runs a headline predicting that the international market for cannabis will hit $31.4 billion within the next four years. This projection is based on  a new report from the Brightfield Group, a cannabis market research firm based in Chicago. Currently, the global market is estimated to be worth $7.7 billion, but a compound annual growth rate of 60% is foreseen as countries around the world liberalize their marijuana laws.

US army war veteran faces deportation to Mexico for non-violent drug offense

Posted on March 8th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

border wallAn immigration hearing was held in Chicago March 6 for an Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, sustained a brain injury in combat, suffers from post-traumatic stress—and may now be deported to Mexico over a non-violent drug offense. Pfc. Miguel Perez Jr, 38, came to the US from Mexico when he was just eight years old. Perez, whose parents are both US citizens, told the immigration judge he loves the United States and considers himself a devoted patriot. After the 2.5-hour hearing, the judge said a decision will be issued in a few weeks.

Feds blast Chicago cops, reach deal over Baltimore abuses

Posted on January 14th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

Chicago The US Justice Department on Jan. 13 issued a report charging the Chicago Police Department with a pattern of civil rights abuses. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the federal probe, covering the period from 2012 to 2016, found that the Chicago police force "engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force that violates the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution." The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure.

Mexican judge approves Chapo extradition

Posted on May 11th, 2016 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

ChapoA federal judge in Mexico ruled May 9 that drug lord Joaquín "Chapo" Guzmán may be extradited to the US—where he faces numerous federal charges of drug trafficking, kidnapping, money laundering and murder in Chicago, Miami and New York. Mexico's Exterior Secretariat has 30 days to decide whethe to approve the extradition, but Guzmán's lawyers say there are multiple appeals pending against extradition, and that to extradite him before these are exhausted would be a violation of his human rights. Mexico's Third District for Penal Processes, which approved the extradition, says that all legal requirements have been met. The identity of the judge in the case remains secret under special rules in place for prosecution of cartel bosses. (JuristBBC News)

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