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Real-world utopian quests

Posted on December 26th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , .

True StoriesIn his new memoir True Stories: Tales from the Generation of a New World Culture, Garrick Beck spans a personal journey through radical bohemia in the 1950s, hippie utopianism in the 1960s, back-to-the-land communalism in the 1970s, to applying those ethics today through community work and urban land-reclamation back in the New York City of his youth.

He was born into artistic activism as the offspring of Julian Beck and Judith Malina, the leading figures of the Living Theatre.

End foreseen to Oregon medical marijuana program

Posted on November 9th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

OregonWith general legalization in Oregon, the number of people enrolled in the state medical marijuana program is plummeting, and there is talk of actually ending it. Authorities have already dramatically slashed the limit for daily sales, supposedly in a crackdown on diversion to the black market—which continues to thrive, even amid the notorious over-supply.

Canadian cannabis companies move in on US

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

CanadaA major player in Canada's legal cannabis sector is seeking to acquire a troubled US-based company—the latest example of the trend toward consolidation in the industry now crossing international borders.

Courts rule for workers denied employment for medical marijuana use

medical marijuanaAfter years of upholding employee firings for use of cannabis even under state medical marijuana programs, the courts are finally starting to turn around on the question.

One of the ways state medical marijuana programs have failed to fully extend protection to medicinal users is in failure to defend against employment discrimination. This is now beginning to change, thanks to a few recent court decisions in favor of patients and employees.

Michigan outrage raises questions on medical marijuana card renewal

Posted on August 6th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

medical marijuanaThe case of an elderly grandmother who was jailed for cannabis possession because her Michigan state medical marijuana card had expired exemplifies the dilemmas faced by patients who fall between cracks in the bureaucracy. Keeping paperwork in order can be a challenge for those already burdened with disabling health conditions.

Arc of history bends toward 'cannabis equity' in Empire State

Posted on May 16th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

Cannabis marchSuddenly, New York state's political establishment is looking seriously at cannabis legalization, driven by growing concerns over long-entrenched racial discrimination in enforcement of the marijuana laws. But there is a growing realization that legalization alone will not be enough to correct this legacy unless it is implemented in way explicitly designed to do so.

Drug 'defelonization' approved in Oregon

Posted on August 21st, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

OregonA bill signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Aug. 15 makes the Beaver State the latest to reduce the penalty for personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor. The state which famously was the first to decriminalize cannabis in 1973 is again leading the way to a more rational and humane drug policy.

Oregon: controversy over legal cannabis revenues

Posted on May 10th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

OregonOregon voted to legalize cannabis way back in November 2014, but promises of state coffers filled with canna-dollars are apparently being held up by an arcane bureaucratic logjam. Newsweek just noted a May 5 report from Oregon's KWG News finding that the state has brought in close to $75 million in cannabis tax revenue since the start of 2016—yet not a penny has gone to actually closing Salem's yawning $1.6 billion budget deficit.

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