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New York Senate passes gray market cannabis bill
Politics
The New York Senate has approved legislation that gives officials new authority to address the state’s unregulated cannabis market. The New York Senate voted this week to approve a bill to crack down on the state’s cannabis gray market, giving regulators the authority to seize illicit weed and increasing fines for unlicensed operators. State Senato
Austria imports record amount of medical weed while constitutional challenges loom
Politics
The country is clearly expanding its medical consumption—but more changes could be on the way. Austria is in an interesting position when it comes to the legalization of cannabis right now. The third country in the DACH alliance in Europe (which also consists of Germany and Switzerland) currently has no legislative path to recreational cannabis ref
German conservative politician expresses his support for cannabis legalization
Politics
The break in the ranks makes Munich CSU city counsellor (and medical doctor) Hans Theiss one of the first center right politicians in the German government to express support for recreational reform. Hans Theiss has just made German history. He just came out publicly in favor of recreational cannabis reform. This does not make him unusual right now
Louisiana Senate approves bill allowing public employees to use medical pot
Politics
A bill that would ban discrimination against state employees who use medical cannabis was approved by the Louisiana Senate on Wednesday, sending the legislation to the governor’s desk for his approval. The Louisiana state Senate voted 26-8 on Wednesday to approve a bill that would protect public employees who use medical cannabis from job discrimin
Laura Ingraham still talking up nonexistent link between cannabis and mass shootings
Politics
And she’s still wrong For the second night in a row, Laura Ingraham was obsessed with her own personal theory behind the epidemic of mass shootings in America: That somehow, cannabis use is to blame. During Wednesday night’s episode of “The Ingraham Angle,” she had this to say before introducing a guest to talk about it: “Considering the horrific c
North Carolina lawmakers advance bill to make hemp permanently legal
Politics
  Hemp and CBD’s temporary legalization status in North Carolina is coming to an end, prompting the General Assembly to act. A bill in North Carolina would ensure that hemp and CBD remain legal in the state beyond this month. Members of the state Senate approved the legislation on Tuesday, which would permanently remove hemp from North Carolina’s l
British Columbia plans 3-Year decriminalization test
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Canadian officials announced on Wednesday that a plan to decriminalize small amounts of drugs in British Columbia has been approved for a three-year test period. British Columbia will decriminalize personal possession of small amounts of drugs for three years in an attempt to address the province’s crisis of overdose deaths. The Canadian federal go
California sheriff asks Elon Musk for help with county’s illegal weed problems
Politics
Perhaps Elon Musk can do anything. That seems to be the thinking of a California sheriff who recently issued a tweet to urge the billionaire to help squash the region’s ongoing continuing illegal cannabis problems. Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue’s message to Musk was short and simple. “Please help us!” LaRue urged. In an accompanying video (warning: contai
Connecticut Governor signs legislation cracking down on cannabis ‘Gifting’
Politics
The new law allows communities in Connecticut to punish individuals with a fee of up to $1,000 for the practice. Another state with legal weed is cracking down on unregulated cannabis retailers. This time, it is lawmakers in Connecticut who are taking on the practice of “gifting,” through which illicit weed shops sell a product (say, a T-shirt) tha
Politicians & cannabis: Controversial GOP Rep. Boebert calls Sen. Coram 'Illegal Drug Dealer' for selling 'Hot Hemp'
Politics
Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert (R), known as a controversial political figure, slammed state Sen. Don Coram (R) for supposedly having “ulterior motives” when he backed a bill to lower penalties for fentanyl. (Benzinga) During a Republican primary debate, Boebert accused her opponent of being an “illegal drug dealer,” referring to claims that his hemp
DEA reports ongoing decline in federal pot arrests
Politics
The feds say there was an 11% decline in cannabis arrests from 2010-2020. Federal law enforcement continues to make fewer and fewer arrests for weed, according to data released by the Department of Justice, a trend that dovetails with the new cannabis laws that have bloomed in the last decade. From 2010 until 2020, there was an 11% decline in canna
Spain looks at legalising medicinal cannabis, and a billion-dollar industry to grow it
Politics
‘Patients should be in the hands of the state and the doctors, not the drug traffickers,’ said Carola Pérez, the president of the Spanish Observatory of Medicinal Cannabis Spain is set to become the latest European country to decriminalise the use of cannabis for medicinal use, with some eyeing a route for Europe’s biggest illegal cannabis growing
Heidi Klum pushing for cannabis legalization in Germany
Politics
Klum reportedly met with Burkhard Blienert, Germany’s federal commissioner on narcotic drugs, in a secret meeting. Supermodel and businesswoman Heidi Klum reportedly met with a senior drug official in Germany recently to voice her support for cannabis legalization. Per The Times, Klum met with Burkhard Blienert, federal commissioner for narcotic dr
Japan considers legalizing medical marijuana, criminalizing recreational use
Politics
Japan’s health ministry plans to revise current law in a way that would forbid certain substances of cannabis instead of parts of the plant, making it easier to allow certain medical marijuana products. Could Japan be the next country in Asia to embrace medical marijuana? It’s looking that way. (Benzinga) The country’s health ministry held a meetin
Argentina enters cannabis, hemp market in hope to recover economy
Politics
Argentina is opening up to the medical cannabis market and hemp industry in a move to help recover a battered economy. On May 5, the Argentine Congress passed a bill to establish a legal framework for the sale and export of medical cannabis and industrial hemp. The move, backed by president Alberto Fernández, aims to ensure the safety, quality, con
What’s up with cannabis legalization in Belgium?
Politics
The country is slow to consider enacting any kind of cannabis reform, with a law on the books that is 101 years old this year to regulate the plant. As Belgian cannabis advocates pointed out in spades this year on 4/20, the country is hopelessly behind the times when it comes to reform. This is true not only compared to other countries across Europ

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