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Canada Eases Hemp Restrictions

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

Although it’s going slowly, Canada is in the process of legalizing cannabis; newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it a campaign promise, with lawmakers fast at work drafting legislation (that will be available for public comment later this month). With this in mind, Health Canada has announced that it has drastically eased the process in which someone in the country can grow hemp, cannabis’ non-psychoactive cousin.

As part of the move Health Canada has issued an exemption to the nation’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for those involved in the cultivation of industrial hemp; this includes removing the minimum acreage requirement for hemp cultivation, allowing anyone with even a small field to grow the crop.

 

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Americans for Safe Access Legally Challenge DEA Misinformation about Pot

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

If teenagers can sue the federal government over its insufficient action on climate change, why can’t a non-profit petition the U.S. Justice Department to require the DEA to stop issuing false and misleading information about weed?

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), represented pro bono by the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, cites 25 alleged DEA violations against the Information Quality Act (IQA).

The law, AKA the Data Quality Act, requires federal agencies to draft guidelines that ensure the “quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of information” they distribute and to provide a mechanism to correct any misinformation.

In other words, stop using fake news to justify the existence of an already discredited agency.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/americans-for-safe-access-legally-challenge-dea-misinformation-about-pot/


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Kansas City Decriminalization Measure Gathers Enough Signatures

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

It looks like Kansas City, Missouri could be voting to decriminalize marijuana possession during the city’s next election cycle in April. This comes after enough signatures were gathered on a petition initiative seeking to do just that, according to a report from the Kansas City Star.

The proposal aims to change the current law and treat 35 grams or less of marijuana as a city ordinance violation with a fine of $25. This would be similar to the decriminalization laws in both St. Louis and Columbia said NORML KC spokeswoman Jamie Kacz in the report.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/kansas-city-decriminalization-measure-gathers-signatures/


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Recount Follies in Maine

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana legalization may soon have its very own version of the hanging chad—and, if things go poorly during the recount currently underway in Maine, its very own “Gore vs. Bush in Florida, circa 2000” situation to go along with it.

Maine appeared to have been one of the four states where voters approved adult-use marijuana legalization on Election Day. The victory for Question 1, which would legalize up to 2 and a half ounces of cannabis for adults 21 and over and set up a system of regulated and taxed retail sales, was easily the slimmest in the country—4,703 votes, or less than one percent of all votes cast, so slim that opponents could request a recount under state law.

That recount kicked off Monday, as election workers started to sort through the more than 750,000 ballots cast in the state. Counting all those votes could take more than a month and cost more than $500,000, according to the Portland Press-Herald. Already, some issues are arising.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/recount-follies-in-maine/


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Illinois Bank Throws Out Medical Marijuana Patient with MS

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

An Illinois bank is in the spotlight after tossing out a customer—just because he’s a medical marijuana patient.

According to a report from CBS affiliate KMOV in St, Louis, Darren Steven Miller was refused service at the Bank of Edwardsville in Granite City, Illinois, just across the Mississippi from St. Louis. The reason: He uses medicinal cannabis to treat his stage three multiple sclerosis and terminal lung cancer.

“When I walked in the bank, [the manager] pulled me aside and said because of my cannabis use that I could not have a signature card with their bank,” Miller told the station.

Since Illinois passed the “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act” in 2013, there have been around 12,000 patients certified to use marijuana for medical purposes. And while federal law does create some murky waters when it comes to the cannabis industry doing business with financial institutions, there are no restrictions that could possibly make it risky for a bank to work with a medical marijuana patient.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/illinois-bank-throws-out-medical-marijuana-patient-with-ms/


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New York Expands Medical Marijuana Program (Finally)

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

New York Health officials have agreed to expand the state’s medical-marijuana program by adding “chronic pain” to the state’s list of qualified conditions.

On Thursday, the state Department of Health announced that physicians would soon have the freedom to recommend cannabis medicine to those patients living with this common condition. It is a move that stands to give tens of thousands more patients across the state the ability to use medical marijuana as opposed to prescription opioids.

“After conducting a thorough review of the scientific literature, it became clear that there may be certain benefits in the use of medical marijuana by patients suffering from chronic pain,” NY Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said in a statement. “Medical marijuana is already helping thousands of patients across New York State, and adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition will help more patients and further strengthen the program.”

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/new-york-expands-medical-marijuana-program-finally/


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