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Why Marijuana Legalization Funds The Police

Bribing the cops is illegal, but not in politics. Without paying off the cops, California might not have legalized recreational cannabis.

But now, four years later, with the legal industry struggling and police unable to protect legal merchants from either the illicit market or organized thieves, there’s serious doubt whether devoting tax revenue from marijuana sales to police budgets was smart politics. And in light of calls to defund or cut police spending throughout the country, California’s experience is a warning for legalization efforts in other states. Should police get a cut before education, healthcare, or disadvantaged communities shut out of the legal market? And does law enforcement have any business making money off of legalization at all?

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Eager to sell regulating and taxing cannabis to uneasy suburban and conservative voters, the authors of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, offered the state’s powerful law-enforcement lobbies a gift.

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South Dakota voters to decide future of medical and recreational marijuana in the state

To legalize, or not to legalize? That is the question South Dakotans will answer when it comes to marijuana in the state. In November, voters will decide on Constitutional Amendment A and Initiated Measure 26.

Amendment A would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana as well as require laws ensuring access to medical marijuana. IM 26 would establish a medical marijuana program for qualifying patients. On Wednesday, South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws held a Zoom news conference to make its case to legalize it. However, local law enforcement has questions about the implications of approving the amendment and initiated measure.

South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws want voters to say yes to cannabis in the state.

“The outright prohibition on cannabis does not work,” Brendan Johnson, former U.S Attorney and member of Better Marijuana Laws, said.

Supporters include Johnson and Chuck Parkinson , who worked for President Reagan’s administration on the frontlines of the famed War on Drugs.

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Ohio medical marijuana: Panel recommends one new qualifying medical condition

Proposals to treat autism and anxiety with medical marijuana were rejected Wednesday by a state medical board committee.

The panel recommended the full board approve one new condition: cachexia, or wasting syndrome.

Anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and cachexia had been considered to join the list of 21 qualifying medical conditions included in Ohio’s 2016 medical marijuana law.

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CBD Spectrums: Choosing Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum, Or Isolate

It’s a common misconception that all CBD products contain the same hemp-derived ingredients, but in fact there are three major types of CBD products called spectrums. They are full spectrum, broad spectrum or CBD isolate, named based on the hemp-based compounds in the product.

It’s understandable if your head is already spinning. The CBD industry is filled with 1000s of different products . To make things even more confusing, these products are marketed in a variety of different ways — often without consistency from brand to brand.

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CBD Spectrums: Choosing Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum, Or Isolate

It’s a common misconception that all CBD products contain the same hemp-derived ingredients, but in fact there are three major types of CBD products called spectrums. They are full spectrum, broad spectrum or CBD isolate, named based on the hemp-based compounds in the product.

It’s understandable if your head is already spinning. The CBD industry is filled with 1000s of different products . To make things even more confusing, these products are marketed in a variety of different ways — often without consistency from brand to brand.

As a consumer this can make it a challenge to identify the specific hemp-derived content in a product. This is a big deal, as these specifics play a BIG role in the effectiveness and accessibility of CBD. Luckily, a little education goes a long way.

By digging in and identifying the spectrum of a CBD product you’ll be able to make educated shopping decisions. This will help you find the most effective products for your needs while avoiding any potential substances that you don’t want in your products.

Keep reading and we will walk you through the three primary spectrums of CBD products, the advantages and disadvantages of each, how to identify them, and how to pick the right one for your needs. 

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Market research firm predicts global cannabis sales to reach $20.4 billion this year

Global cannabis sales are expected to surge 38% to $20.4 billion this year despite the coronavirus-induced recession, according to new research from Arcview Group. 

The market research company released the 8th edition of its The State of Legal Cannabis Markets report this week, which also predicted sales will climb to a whopping $46.8 billion in 2025. 

Other highlights from the report include insights and statistics on both new and established legal cannabis markets in the U.S.

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NORML Says Marijuana Prohibition More Damaging Than The Plant Itself

The National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws says the consequences of marijuana enforcement have damaging and sometimes fatal consequences.

Last week, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) delivered a powerful message about how communities of color are disproportionately affected by the enforcement of the War on Drugs. In response to “recent violent deaths of Africans Americans,” NIDA director Nora D. Volkow highlighted that systemic discrimination directly thwarts the federal institution’s effort to address addiction as a disease rather than a moral failing.

“[Our] mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability,” Volkow wrote. “Science has told us repeatedly that systematic, widespread discrimination of Black/African-American people is diametrically opposed to these aims, and what’s more, it is unacceptable and wrong.”

The National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws (NORML) applauded the statement, adding cannabis advocates know the truth of her statements all too well. But the group called upon NIDA and Volkow to take a step further and label marijuana prohibition as more detrimental than the plant itself.

“We believe that taking this public position would be consistent with NIDA’s mission to promote and enhance public health. NORML recognizes that, from a public health perspective, cannabis is not altogether harmless,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri and Deputy Director Paul Armentano wrote in a joint open letter. “It can be mood-altering; some consumers can become dependent upon it, and some can experience adverse effects.

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Cannabis CEO Pens Open Letter To Trump Urging Release of Non-Violent Pot Prisoners

The CEO of BudTrader.com, Brad McLaughlin, wrote an open letter this week to Donald Trump, AG William Barr, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, and various other governmental authorities and entities. Originally published in Santa Monica Daily Press (republished here with express and enthusiastic permission), the letter is a call to action for criminal justice reform and racial justice. Here’s the letter in its entirety:

Dear President Trump,

CC: AG William Barr CC: Gov. Gavin Newsom CC: AG Xavier Becerra

CC: Senator Kamala Harris CC: Senator Cory Booker CC: Rep. Matt Gaetz

CC: Federal Bureau of Prisons CC: Department of Justice

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U.S. Cannabis Operators Eyeing Canada for Bankruptcy Protection

The recent filing for Canadian bankruptcy by cannabis company Green Growth Brands is perhaps another sign that U.S-based multistate operators are looking north for potential solutions amid increasing distress in the industry.

While such protection remains out of reach in the U.S. because of marijuana’s federal illegality, Canadian law is an option to explore even as it remains unclear exactly what avenues are available.

Green Growth’s move appears to be based on the reality of its parent company being an Ontario-based entity even as the company’s assets are largely licensed in the U.S.

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U.S. state of Kentucky sees number of hemp licenses dip slightly

The number of hemp licenses granted in the U.S. state of Kentucky has dropped to 960 going into this year’s planting season, down from 978 last year, state agriculture officials announced.

And while the state said those licenses could translate to 32,000 acres under hemp in 2020, according to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), 157 stakeholders applied for licenses only to store hemp left over from last year’s harvest, as the current oversupply of biomass destined for CBD production – in the USA and worldwide – takes its toll on Kentucky stakeholders. More than 90% of Kentucky hemp farmers grew for CBD in 2019.

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CBD Toxicity Study Guiding FDA Regulation to Kick Off this July

A study protocol, being developed by clinical research company ValidCare, will commence this July and determine any potential liver toxicity and the safety of CBD. The study—with generous support from several top CBD brands—is being interpreted as a critical stepping stone as it will help to guide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on CBD regulation.

ValidCare will investigate whether or not CBD demonstrates any hepatotoxicity or effects on the liver. The Colorado-based company typically conducts and outsources clinical research for the healthcare and hemp industries. The company’s research was designed with heavy input from a branch of the FDA, and the study will answer specific questions from the organization. 

From July through September, 1,000 people will be observed, and their liver health will be monitored.

Hemp Industry Daily reports that because CBD is currently not being considered an investigational new drug (IND), the team will still have to rely mostly on observational data.

ValidCare’s study would have begun last March, but COVID-19, and presumably ongoing protests, pushed the schedule behind several months. 

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76 Percent Of Consumers Support Expungement Of Felony Records For Cannabis Offenses

A recent survey found that 76 percent of people who consume cannabis believe that the records of people with past convictions of marijuana-related crimes should be expunged.

The largest survey of its kind conducted by Oasis Intelligence looked at 20,000 cannabis consumers from all 50 states, as well as Washington D.C.

The amount of people who support cannabis criminal justice reform is on the rise. The percentage is up over 13 percent from last year. A 2019 survey done by Quinnipiac University, first reported by Marijuana Moment, found 63 percent of cannabis users felt those in jail for low-level drug crimes should be released.

74 percent of people in the Oasis survey said they "support re-investing resources & capital from Cannabis sales into communities in need." In addition, 68 percent said they support Social Equity programs that "make cannabis business ownership more accessible for those most impacted by drug enforcement policy."

The survey was conducted from the timeframe of September to December in 2019. It aimed to show a diverse, representative sample of the United States, including approximately an equal number of women and men, and it spanned ages 18 to 65. Oasis Intelligence says this survey is part of their mission to uncover a wide range of preferences and attitudes around cannabis, including social and legal issues. 

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Is The NBA Pro-Marijuana Now?

Not only did the head of the NBA’s player union join the board of Cresco Labs, the league suspended testing for marijuana use.

The National Basketball Association will return July 31 under a “bubble” system in Orlando. Only 22 teams will compete in an abbreviated regular season hosted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on the Disney World grounds before playoffs commence. Should players feel stressed about the competition or coronavirus, there is good news — they can consume marijuana without repercussion.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the NBA will not conduct recreational drug tests while players live in the Disney bubble. Tests for performance-enhancing drugs, however, will resume.

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Cleanse Yourself from Weed with a THC Detox

Worried about testing positive for pot? Here’s a collection of home remedies for flushing out THC pronto.

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Weed is a plant packed with promise. For some, it’s a medicine. For others, cannabis is regarded as a sacred herb of immense spiritual importance. Unfortunately, despite its many compelling attributes, marijuana is also a plant that remains ripe for misinformation.

As we continue to do battle against those who would have us drink bleach or consider face masks “unsafe,” it’s also important to remember that bad information isn’t limited solely to the realm of politics. While we’ve come many miles from the scaremongering tactics of “Reefer Madness” and the like, many cannabis consumers will still be faced with the prospect of passing drug tests tied to job opportunities. 

Though efforts like Code for America’s “Clear My Record” initiative have led to the expungement of tens of thousands of past criminal records, the issue of how to square legal cannabis with employers screening for THC remains a work in progress.

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Hemp Went Up Then It Went Down: What’s Next?

When hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) finally hit the stock market – after decades of nationwide prohibition – many investors saw an opportunity. However, in 2019, much of the optimism behind hemp’s stock jump came tumbling down – namely due to an overabundance in products and lack of demand for this quantity.

So, where can we expect the hemp stocks into the future?

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Why NJ Marijuana Advocates Should Be ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Ahead Of Election

The Garden State will be facing a budget shortfall through the end of the next fiscal year as a result of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Can marijuana legalization help?

Registered voters in New Jersey are expected to vote in favor of adult-use marijuana legalization in November — but uncertainty surrounds the pending legislation.

“Cannabis advocates looking forward to creating an adult use regulated and taxed cannabis marketplace have reason to be cautiously optimistic as we approach the consideration of the issue in the form of a public question on the ballot for the voters in November,” says Charles Gormally, co-chair of the Brach Eichler LLC cannabis practice group.

Early polling has shown consistent support for the question. Nevertheless, Gormally said he expects to see a large influx of pro- and anti-pot advocacy on the question in the months leading to the election itself.

“Since the early 1970s, we have created a significant number of stake holders in the failed cannabis prohibition regime that continues to dominate federal and state law enforcement interest groups,” he says. “In addition, advocacy groups touting the false narrative of cannabis as a ‘dangerous gateway drug’ are well financed and powerful forces that oppose cannabis law modernization.”

Following Failure By Legislators, New Jersey Voters Will Decide Marijuana Legalization in 2020

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Why Does California Still Have a Black Market for Cannabis?

California was the first state to pass legislation for medical marijuana, and it was among the first to generate a legal adult-use weed industry. After just two years of operation, the recreational dispensaries have generated over $1 billion in tax revenue, which has gone to fund childcare and anti-drug programs for the state’s youth, environmental initiatives like park maintenance and wildland restoration and public safety grants for local police and fire departments. It is amazing to see so many good things come from the simple act of legalizing marijuana.

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Why Does California Still Have a Black Market for Cannabis?

California was the first state to pass legislation for medical marijuana, and it was among the first to generate a legal adult-use weed industry. After just two years of operation, the recreational dispensaries have generated over $1 billion in tax revenue, which has gone to fund childcare and anti-drug programs for the state’s youth, environmental initiatives like park maintenance and wildland restoration and public safety grants for local police and fire departments. It is amazing to see so many good things come from the simple act of legalizing marijuana.

Unfortunately, California’s tax revenues could be much higher and the benefits of legal weed greater — if only it could get a handle on its thriving cannabis black market. Currently, California’s black market for weed is more profitable than its legal one. Read on to learn more about why people are opting for illegal purchases over legal ones and what the state can do to change it.

Taxes Are Prohibitively High

Almost across the board, states with legal adult-use cannabis tax the stuff at an alarming rate. The high taxes on recreational weed serve a few purposes. First, high taxes tend to financially limit how much product a single user can accrue, which seems like an effective way to keep marijuana use in check. More importantly, however, tax revenue is one of the most compelling reasons to legalize marijuana, and it is one that pro-weed advocates tend to harp on. Thus, when cannabis does gain adult-use regulations within a state, lawmakers aren’t afraid to jack the taxes up sky-high.

California piles layer after layer of taxes upon recreational marijuana:

·       State taxation. At the state level, California charges cultivators $9.25 per ounce of flower, $2.75 per ounce of leaves and $1.29 of fresh plant material.


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Ontarians spent $20M on Cannabis 2.0 items in first three months of sales: OCS

Ontarians shelled out almost $20 million in the first three months that edibles and other products in Canada's second wave of legalization were available for sale — and experts believe that number will only grow.

Cannabis vapes, topicals, concentrates and edibles such as gummies and chocolates hit store shelves in January with beverages following in March, but roughly $19.3 million worth of those products were sold in Ontario in the 12 months ending at March 2020.

The province's distributor, the Ontario Cannabis Store, said vapes were the most popular products in the second wave of legalization, known as Cannabis 2.0. About $14.8 million worth of vapes were sold in the first three months they were available.

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Ontarians spent $20M on Cannabis 2.0 items in first three months of sales: OCS

Ontarians shelled out almost $20 million in the first three months that edibles and other products in Canada's second wave of legalization were available for sale — and experts believe that number will only grow.

Cannabis vapes, topicals, concentrates and edibles such as gummies and chocolates hit store shelves in January with beverages following in March, but roughly $19.3 million worth of those products were sold in Ontario in the 12 months ending at March 2020.

The province's distributor, the Ontario Cannabis Store, said vapes were the most popular products in the second wave of legalization, known as Cannabis 2.0. About $14.8 million worth of vapes were sold in the first three months they were available.

Sales of edibles totalled $3.8 million, beverages reached $410,000, topicals hit $40,000 and concentrates amounted to $300,000 in the same period.

The data was revealed in a new report the OCS published this week to offer a glimpse at the country's first full year of legal cannabis operations, which saw 35 tonnes or $385 million worth of cannabis sold during that time.

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