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Massachusetts wrestles with managing growth of cannabis economy

Posted on April 4th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

MassachusettsAs Massachusetts unfolds its legal cannabis market, the Boston area got its first retail outlet with the opening of a Brookline dispensary. Planners are concerned with orderly growth, while advocates demand that the Bay State's new cannabis order emphasize local control.

Idaho prohibitionists bottleneck democracy

Posted on April 1st, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .

IdahoIdaho is considering legislation that would raise the number of signatures needed to get an initiative on the ballot—in an apparent bid to undercut a medical marijuana legalization effort. Local activists with the Idaho Cannabis Coalition are saying the law would be "tyranny."

Native American role in California cannabis economy contested

Posted on April 1st, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaCalifornia's Native American nations were completely overlooked in the text of Proposition 64, and its enabling legislation. Now one tribe in San Diego County has staked its economic future to legal cannabis—and is standing up for its rights.

Battle for the soul of Maryland's cannabis economy

Posted on March 30th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

leafMaryland is expanding its medical marijuana program and adopting policies that attempt to redress the social ills associated with prohibition and the war on drugs—but is meeting resistance both from the police and from elements of the local cannabis industry.

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.

Hemp vs Marijuana: Whither the 0.3% Limit?

Posted on March 28th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

THC There is a growing consensus among hemp advocates that the 0.3% limit for THC content is arbitrary and is holding back the industry. And the man widely credited with arriving at this limit himself agrees.

The Contested Border
"It seems like it is pretty much pulled out of air. We ought to be looking to science to determine an appropriate threshold, determine the level at which cannabis is psychoactive and make that the standard."

This typical view is offered by attorney Patrick Goggin of Hoban Law Group, the international firm specializing in cannabis. Goggin is one of the industry's legal heavy-hitters, and has particular experience in the question of the contested border between hemp and marijuana.

Oregon ballot initiative seeks 'legalization justice'

Posted on March 24th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

OregonActivists in Oregon say that cannabis legalization in the Beaver State has failed to live up to its promise, and are preparing to place a remedy before the voters in the form of a new ballot initiative. They also view their proposed Legalization Justice Act as a model to be exported nationally. 

Legislative remedy to drug-test discrimination on Capitol Hill

Posted on March 20th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

THCLegislation introduced in the House of Representatives would protect the jobs of federal employees who use cannabis in states where their use is currently legal. The measure is being hailed by advocates as a critical blow for workers' rights in the age cannabis normalization.

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