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Cannabis or marijuana? New book explores semantic question

Posted on May 14th, 2024 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .
PaleschuckLegalization in states across the country has led to a reassessment of the word "marijuana." Is it a dated term with racist roots? Many advocates seem to think so. I'm not one of them. Now, Cannabis vs Marijuana: Language, Landscape and Context, a new book by David Paleschuck, dives into the debate. It's a polemic with just one point of view on the cannabis vs. marijuana subject. In the intro, he writes:

John Sinclair, counterculture icon, passes on at 82

Posted on April 2nd, 2024 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , .

John SinclairJohn Sinclair—poet, activist and leading figure in America's radical youth movement of the 1960s—died in a Detroit hospital April 2 at the age of 82. He was famous as manager and central personality behind the Motor City proto-punk band MC5, and a founder of the White Panther Party—a militant anti-racist group seen as a white working-class counterpart to the Black Panthers. His conviction and draconian sentence for a small-scale cannabis charge in 1969 made him a national and even global icon, immortalized in an eponymous John Lennon song. The legal battle and campaign to free him ultimately resulted in the overturn of the absurdly harsh marijuana law in his native Michigan.

Germany passes legislation allowing production and consumption of cannabis

Posted on February 27th, 2024 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

leafGermany’s parliament, the Bundestag, passed a bill Feb. 23 legalizing the regulated production and  consumption of cannabis. The legislation was brought by the federal government, led by the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), the center-right Free Democratic Party (FDP), and the ecologist Greens party. In a roll-call vote, 407 MPs supported the law, 226 opposed it, and four abstained. The legislation faced opposition from the conservative Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and affiliated Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) as well as the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). 

Biden expands pardons for federal cannabis charges

Posted on December 22nd, 2023 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

BidenPresident Joe Biden announced Dec. 21 a new pardon policy for federal cannabis offenses. Biden stated: "Criminal records for marijuana use and possession have imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities. Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. It's time that we right these wrongs."

Ohio becomes 24th state to legalize cannabis (we hope)

Posted on November 8th, 2023 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

OhioA majority of Ohio voters have approved a citizens’ initiated measure (Issue 2) legalizing the possession, home cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis for those age 21 or older. "Cannabis legalization is an issue that unites Democrats, Republicans, and Independents," NORML's deputy director Paul Armentano said. "Ohioans have seen similar legalization laws adopted in neighboring states and they know that regulating the cannabis market is preferable to the failed policy of prohibition. It is imperative that elected officials respect the voters' decision and implement this measure in a manner that is consistent with the sentiments of the majority of the electorate."

Crackdown on cannabis 'gray market' in NYC

Posted on August 29th, 2023 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , .

NYCThe long-promised crackdown on unlicensed cannabis sales is finally arriving in New York City. The permanent cannabis carnival in Washington Square has been cleared by the police, and unlicensed stores are being raided. Yet, in a bitter irony, obstacles to the licensed retail sector, including legal challenges, continue to mount.

Native nations get the jump on Minnesota adult-use cannabis

Posted on August 1st, 2023 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , .

MinnesotaCannabis is now legal in Minnesota, and the first adult-use sales have been on two of the state’s Native American reservations. The Red Lake and White Earth nations are using their sovereign status to get the jump on the North Star State's retail sector.

Montana beats back anti-cannabis backlash

Posted on July 20th, 2023 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

MontanaMontana this spring defeated the latest effort by anti-freedom forces to roll back legalization in Big Sky Country. And state policy has been tweaked to protect small operators, positioning this inland mountain realm to ride out the dilemmas impacting the cannabis industry on the West Coast.

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