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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Cases Seeking Workers’ Comp for Medical Cannabis

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The US Supreme Court's justices have declined to take a position on whether or not workers' compensation insurance policies should cover the costs of employees' medical cannabis-related expenses.  Following differing opinions from multiple state supreme courts, litigants requested the Court's involvement. In a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief, Empire State NORML and two other organizations—the ...

June 24th, 2022|
  • The Canadian Vaping Association: Canada’s vaping excise tax

Canada’s Vaping Excise Tax Will Have Unintended Consequences

BEAMSVILLE - The Canadian Vaping Association has expressed its concerns to regulators about the proposed vaping excise tax rate. The association believes the proposed rate is too high and will lead to an increase in smoking and a significant contraband market. If the rate remains as proposed a flourishing black market is inevitable. This is ...

June 18th, 2022|

Off-Duty Cops in New Jersey Can Get Stoned, Says State’s Attorney General

TRENTON-New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin stated last week that under the state's new cannabis legislation, off-duty cops will be able to buy and consume cannabis. In a statement emailed to New Jersey police departments on Wednesday, Platkin's outlined the policy, which comes roughly a week before recreational cannabis sales begin in the state. According ...

April 18th, 2022|

DEA Acknowledged Cannabis Seeds, Tissue Cultures, and Genetic Material Do Not Fall Under the Controlled Substances Act

LOS ANGLES–The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has agreed that cannabis seeds are considered hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill if they don't exceed the 0.3 percent THC standard. This came from a response to a question from attorney Shane Pennington, the DEA recently conducted a study of federal law and regulations, which he released on ...

April 11th, 2022|

After Officials Relaxed Laws 6 Canadian Terminal Cancer Patients Received Psilocybin

TORONTO - Under new guidelines governing access to psilocybin, the hallucinogenic component found in "magic" mushrooms, six terminally ill cancer patients in Canada got the country's first legally produced psilocybin.  Over the weekend, the patients were given the medicine as well as counseling.  In January, Health Canada changed its rules to allow doctors to request ...

April 8th, 2022|

House Lawmakers Approve Legislation to End Federal Cannabis Prohibition

LOS ANGELES - A majority of the US House of Representatives approved the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, or H.R. 3617, in a floor vote on Friday. The MORE Act removes cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act, thereby allowing states to legalize cannabis markets free from federal interference. The Act also provides ...

April 4th, 2022|

U.S. House of Representatives Aims To Pass Bill Legalizing Cannabis This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The House is expected to pass legislation legalizing cannabis this week, marking the latest example of rapidly shifting attitudes about drug prohibitions, which marks a near reversal from Presidents Nixon and Reagan's failed ''war on drugs,'' which destroyed countless lives and devastated minority communities unnecessarily. The bill, authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler ...

March 29th, 2022|

New York to Issue First Retail Licenses To People Who Had Cannabis Convictions

NEW YORK–New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated on Thursday that the first licenses to open the newly authorized cannabis retail stores coming to the state later this year will be reserved for those with prior cannabis-related crimes. The proposal, which was adopted by the state's Cannabis Control Board earlier in the day, aims to provide ...

March 11th, 2022|

U.S. House of Representatives Advances Cannabis Banking Bill; Final Passage Uncertain

WASHINGTON, D.C.–On Friday, the United States House of Representatives approved a popular cannabis banking reform amendment proposed by the U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) that would provide protections to financial institutions assisting legal cannabis-based businesses as part of a larger package. Perlmutter's bipartisan Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act was approved by the US ...

February 4th, 2022|

Mississippi Becomes 37th State to Legalize Medical Cananbis

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi has legalized medical cannabis for those suffering from terminal illnesses like cancer, AIDS, and sickle cell disease. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, signed the bill on Wednesday, and it went into effect immediately. However, the first canabis dispensaries may not operate for months. "There is no doubt that there are individuals ...

February 3rd, 2022|

Medical Cannabis Bill Passes, Heads to Mississippi Governor

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi lawmakers are sending a bill to the governor that would establish a medical cannabis program for persons suffering from debilitating illnesses. Mississippi would join the majority of states that allow people to use cannabis for medical purposes if it becomes law, as expected. The final form of the bill, Senate Bill ...

January 26th, 2022|

California Grants Access to Medical Cannabis in Hospitals for Terminally-Ill Patients

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed legislation by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) expanding end-of-life treatment options for Californians by requiring that hospitals and certain types of healthcare facilities in the state allow terminally-ill patients to use medical cannabis for treatment and/or pain relief. “It is inconceivable to me that, in a state where ...

January 18th, 2022|

Ketamine and 2 Pounds of Psilocybin Seized by Police in Fortuna; One Arrested

LOS ANGELES- (Editor) This is a press release from the Fortuna Police Department.  On Wednesday, December 8th 2021, at about 3 PM, a narcotic search warrant was served in the 2600 block of Kenmar Road, in Fortuna California.   (Alleged suspect, Mr. Komishe Anderson Kan) Detectives from the Fortuna Police Department were assisted by members ...

December 10th, 2021|

South Carolina Congresswoman Nancy Mace Unveils GOP Bill to Legalize Cannabis at Federal Level

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace introduced sweeping legislation Monday to decriminalize cannabis federally, offering Republicans a conservative approach to the legalization debate in America that proposes taxing cannabis and regulating the substance more like alcohol.   (Rep Nancy Mace, (R) right foreground and main photo) But back in Mace’s home state of South Carolina, Republicans ...

November 16th, 2021|

Husband of Trulieve CEO Sentenced to Three Years In Prison for Corruption

MIAMI– TCNNF (OTC) TRUL (CSE) Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers's husband John Burnette, was convicted of bribery and handed a three year prison sentence and fined $1.25 million last week on public corruption charges according to reporting from Ganjapreneur. Prosecutors had asked for eight years due to the seriousness of the charges, according to the reporting ...

November 15th, 2021|

Malaysia To Allow Import And Use Of Cannabis For Medicinal Purposes

KUALA LUMPUR– Malaysia will allow the import and use of cannabis for medicinal purposes if the products comply with government regulations, Bloomberg reports, citing Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. Medical cannabis for medical treatments will require a prescription and by a registered medical practitioner or licensed pharmacist, Khairy said in a written response to parliamentary questions ...

November 11th, 2021|

US November Elections: The Tide Is Turning In The War On Drugs

NEW YORK–November’s recent state elections in the USA this week showed the tide is turning in the War on Drugs. While the war is far from won, many battles have been fought. Some won, some lost, but progress has been made. While November 2nd elections were not good news for the Democrats, (who lost badly in ...

November 5th, 2021|

Switzerland To Legalize Recreational And Medical Cannabis Usage

ZURICH– The Swiss government proposed this week to allow prescriptions for cannabis to treat people suffering from cancer or other serious conditions. Cultivation, trade and consumption of cannabis will no longer be banned in Switzerland following the conclusions of a Swiss government health panel. The panel evaluation cannabis said the laws should be changed, Swiss ...

October 20th, 2021|

Seattle Decriminalizes Most Psychedelic Drugs

SEATTLE–Seattle’s City Council approved a resolution Monday to decriminalize psychedelic substances, including the cultivation and sharing of psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, ibogaine and non-peyote-derived mescaline. These traditional medicines had been banned during the failed ''War On Drugs'' which outlawed psychedelics. Council member Andrew J. Lewis  announced Resolution 32021, declaring that the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of ...

October 5th, 2021|

Los Angeles District Attorney Dismisses 60,000 Cannabis Convictions

LOS ANGELES —  The Los Angeles District Attorney's office announced Monday that it will move to dismiss nearly 60,000 cannabis-related convictions about five years after California voters approved recreational cannabis. Officials identified about 58,000-60,000 non-violent-cannabis cases that are eligible for dismissal, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said. The cases go back to the ...

September 29th, 2021|

Cannabis SAFE Banking Measure Included in US Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The U.S. House of Representatives passed, by voice vote, an amendment Tuesday adding the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senate started work on a stand-alone version of the SAFE Banking Act in May. The measure passed the House in April after lawmakers reintroduced it ...

September 24th, 2021|

Wild Hempettes Successfully Defends Rights of Adult Texans to Enjoy Texas Smokable Hemp Products

DALLAS -- Wild Hempettes LLC, the Dallas based manufacturer of Wild Hemp Hempettes branded smokes, is pleased to announce that its efforts as lead plaintiff in Crown Distributing LLC, et al. v. Texas Department of State Health Services, et al. lawsuit have prevailed. Companies across the state of Texas can continue to provide adult consumers the access to quality smokable hemp products in the State. ...

September 1st, 2021|
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