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Canada Urges Teenagers: Legal Cannabis Not for You Posted by on November 12, 2018 at 06:04:12 PT By Catherine Porter Source: New York Times Thornbury, Ontario -- Parents and grandparents jammed the small hall of Thornbury, a sleepy ski town north of Toronto, to glean tips on how to talk to their teenagers about the potential harms of marijuana.

Held less than a week before Canada was set to legalize cannabis, the public health session had a message for parents: Marijuana would be legal for adults, but it was not safe for young people. And parents needed to instill in their children the idea that pot could be dangerous. Read More... Illinois Just Elected a Weed-Friendly Governor Posted by on November 08, 2018 at 20:22:30 PT By Ally Marotti, Chicago Tribune Source: Chicago Tribune Illinois -- In the landscape of the North American marijuana industry, Illinois companies are on fire. In the past six months, they have gone public in Canada, raised hundreds of millions of dollars to fund expansions and consolidated through a number of deals — one topping $680 million.

Illinois’ medical marijuana companies are moving at a fast and furious pace. They are largely past the days when growth was stagnant and there was a stigma around weed. About 60 percent of Americans think recreational marijuana should be legalized, and Illinois just elected a governor, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, who has said he is one of them. Read More... The Growing Consensus for Legal Marijuana Posted by on November 08, 2018 at 05:40:26 PT By Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune Source: Chicago Tribune USA -- The United States remains starkly divided between red and blue, with Republicans and Democrats each registering some gains and some setbacks in the elections. But on one important issue, a national consensus is emerging that transcends party and ideology. America is becoming Weed Nation.

On Tuesday, Michigan became the 10th state, along with the District of Columbia, to decide to legalize marijuana for purely recreational use. A quarter of Americans will live in states that let them get stoned without fear of the constable. Read More... Marijuana Did Well on the Ballot Tuesday Posted by on November 07, 2018 at 05:55:31 PT By Abby Vesoulis Source: Time USA -- Tuesday was a new high for marijuana legalization advocates.

Michigan voted to approve a ballot measure, making it the first state in the Midwest to approve recreational usage for adults, joining nine other states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, Missouri approved medicinal marijuana measures and Utah looked likely, becoming the 32nd and 33rd respective states to do so. North Dakota’s ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana failed, however. Read More... Michigan Becomes 10th State to Allow Marijuana Posted by on November 07, 2018 at 05:43:42 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- Marijuana advocates scored a number of substantial ballot victories in the middle of the country on Election Day, chief among them the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan, which becomes the 10th state in the nation to approve recreational use of the drug.

“Michigan will be the first state in the Midwest to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated for adult use,” Marijuana Policy Project deputy director Matthew Schweich, who directed the legalization campaign, said in a statement. “Adults will no longer be punished for consuming a substance less harmful than alcohol, and rather than having to resort to the illegal market, they will be able to access it safely and legally from licensed businesses.” Read More... Where Marijuana Is On The Ballot Tuesday Posted by on November 05, 2018 at 14:35:41 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- It has been a big year for marijuana policy in North America. Mexico’s supreme court overturned pot prohibition last week, while Canada’s recreational marijuana market officially opened its doors in October.

Stateside, recreational marijuana use became legal in Vermont on July 1, Oklahoma voters approved one of the country’s most progressive medical marijuana bills in June, the New York Department of Health officially recommended legalization to the governor and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands legalized recreational use. Read More... Marijuana Legalization 2018 Midterms Posted by on November 05, 2018 at 09:27:02 PT By Alexandra Hutzler Source: Newsweek USA -- A voters countrywide head to the polls on Tuesday for the heated midterm elections, a handful of states will also be deciding whether to pass marijuana legislation that would legalize the drug for medicinal or recreational use.

Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah may soon join 30 other states in the U.S. to adopt some form of legalized weed through ballot reform measures. Polls suggest that all four ballot initiatives are likely to pass, which would mean that one in four Americans will have access to legal weed. Read More... Snowboarder May Cash In On Pot Roots Posted by on November 03, 2018 at 06:00:27 PT By Dan Bilefsky Source: New York Times Kelowna, British Columbia -- Ross Rebagliati, a pioneering Olympic snowboarder, keeps his gold medal hidden inside a beat-up cabinet in his modest home, next to an ashtray holding his car keys and a plastic bag of weed. “I keep it there because it has brought me nothing but misfortune,” said Mr. Rebagliati, with more than a hint of wistfulness. It was noon and he was enjoying a freshly rolled joint, his fourth of the day, from his comfortable living room.

His gold front tooth, adorned with half a cannabis leaf, glinted as he smiled, momentarily giving him the air of a comic book villain. But Mr. Rebagliati, a soft-spoken former Canadian Olympian, appears far too gentle — and too stoned — to do harm in the world. Read More... Marijuana Midterms: What to Watch on Election Day Posted by on November 02, 2018 at 14:35:56 PT By Annamarya Scaccia Source: Rolling Stone USA -- This year’s midterm elections are, by far, one of the most crucial in American history. Millions of voters will take to the polls on Tuesday, November 6th, and ultimately determine the fate of the country moving forward.

In addition to voting people into office, people across the country will also decide on hundreds of significant ballot initiatives, including statewide measures to legalize marijuana in some form. From California to Utah, comprehensive cannabis reform has taken center stage in a key number of states. And the results of next week’s elections could bring about a sea change in how we treat pot in America. Read More... Mexico’s Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Marijuana Posted by on November 01, 2018 at 16:51:15 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Mexico -- The Supreme Court of Mexico issued two rulings on Wednesday that effectively overturn the country’s ban on the recreational use of marijuana. The rulings follow similar decisions in three previous cases, going back to 2015. Under Mexican law, five such decisions set a binding precedent nationally.

“This 5th judgement means that, while the cannabis prohibition law nominally remains in place for now (and arrests remain possible), all judges nationally are now bound by the Supreme Court judgement as a defense in the (now much less likely) scenario of prosecutions being brought,” according to Transform, a think tank that was part of the effort to overturn the ban. “The legalisation of cannabis for adult personal use, possession, private cultivation and sharing is therefore currently de facto (in practical effect), rather than de jure (formalised in law/legislation).” Read More... State Of Marijuana Legalization In North America Posted by on October 29, 2018 at 16:49:19 PT By Mike Adams, Contributor Source: Forbes North America -- When Canada began discussing the possibility of ending marijuana prohibition nationwide, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the move would be less about the economic benefits of legalization and more about bringing down organized crime. "Criminal organizations make billions of dollars a year in profits on the sale of marijuana,” Trudeau told the Canadian Press earlier this year. “We need to move forward on a system that controls and regulates while In protecting our kids and our communities.” Read More... Vancouver Struggles to Tame the Black Market Posted by on October 29, 2018 at 06:19:12 PT By Dan Bilefsky Source: New York Times Vancouver -- In the pot-friendly city of Vancouver, illegal marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks outlets, and among the most popular is Weeds, Glass and Gifts. There, in a relaxed space reminiscent of the coffee chain, jovial “budtenders” sell coconut chocolate bars infused with marijuana and customers smoke powerful pot concentrates at a sleek dab bar.

When Canada legalized recreational marijuana, on Oct. 17, one of the central aims was to shut down the thousands of illegal dispensaries and black market growers dotting the country. But taming an illegal trade estimated at 5.3 billion Canadian dollars is proving to be daunting. Read More... Another Big Election Year For Marijuana Posted by on October 28, 2018 at 15:09:06 PT By David Carpenter, Contributor Source: Forbes USA -- The lucrative legal cannabis industry is again front and center this voting year as Americans head to the polls for midterm elections November 6. Ballots across the U.S. will include numerous cannabis-related measures — many at the county and municipal level — regarding laws for commercial cultivation in certain zones and how to spend abundant new cannabis taxes. In Colorado alone, legal cannabis revenues for 2018 crested a record $1 billion by August. The state is forecasting to gross over $1.5 billion by end of year, meaning more than $250 million into government coffers. Read More... CBD Is Everywhere Posted by on October 27, 2018 at 07:24:50 PT By Alex Williams Source: New York Times USA -- It’s hard to say the precise moment when CBD, the voguish cannabis derivative, went from being a fidget spinner alternative for stoners to a mainstream panacea.

Maybe it was in January, when Mandy Moore, hours before the Golden Globes, told Coveteur that she was experimenting with CBD oil to relieve the pain from wearing high heels. “It could be a really exciting evening,” she said. “I could be floating this year.” Read More... Marijuana Legalization Has Gone Mainstream Posted by on October 27, 2018 at 05:53:13 PT By Liam Stack Source: New York Times USA -- The legalization of marijuana is a more mainstream issue now than it has ever been. That trend is both reflected and powered by the advocacy of people like Rick Steves, the mild-mannered travel writer and host of “Rick Steves’ Europe,” who campaigned for legalization in his home state of Washington in 2012 and now travels the country doing the same thing.

A 2017 Gallup poll found a majority of Americans — 64 percent — now support legalization of the drug in some form, including 51 percent of Republicans. While it remains illegal at the federal level, nine states plus the District of Columbia allow recreational use of the drug, and 30 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam have comprehensive medical marijuana laws. Read More... Weed the People Explores MMJ for Kids With Cancer Posted by on October 26, 2018 at 05:44:59 PT By Jamie Ducharme Source: Time USA -- Marijuana, both medicinal and recreational, is growing more mainstream. Medical marijuana is now legalized in a majority of states, and 62% of Americans support legalizing it outright — but in the political realm, the plant has long been controversial.

Now, a new documentary called Weed the People, which opens in some theaters in October, explores the potential of medical marijuana for childhood cancers and the regulatory hurdles facing people who want to use cannabis. The film, which was executive produced by former talk-show host Ricki Lake, follows five families using cannabis oils to treat pediatric cancers. Some of the children used cannabis alongside treatments like chemotherapy, while others turned to the drug after conventional treatments had failed. Read More... Canadians Line Up for Marijuana Posted by on October 17, 2018 at 15:03:16 PT By Selena Ross Source: Washington Post Montreal -- Just because they arrived at 3:30 in the morning, don’t assume Montreal’s first legal buyers of marijuana are stoners. Call them history enthusiasts, they said.

“I might not smoke it. I might keep it as a souvenir,” said Tonino Ruggiero, who was second in line at one of Quebec’s new, government-run pot stores on Wednesday, Canada’s long-awaited day of cannabis legalization. “It’s a moment d’histoire,” said Ruggiero, 64. “This is better than the Olympics. Not as good as the Rolling Stones, but close.” Read More... Canada Makes Marijuana Legal, Experiment Begins Posted by on October 17, 2018 at 05:49:05 PT By Dan Bilefsky Source: New York Times Montreal -- Canada on Wednesday became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana use, beginning a national experiment that will alter the country’s social, cultural and economic fabric, and present the nation with its biggest public policy challenge in decades.

Newfoundlanders became the first Canadians to be able to smoke pot legally, when retailers there opened in the country’s easternmost province at midnight. Read More... What Canada Can Learn from California on Marijuana Posted by on October 15, 2018 at 12:26:35 PT By Thomas Fuller Source: New York Times Dear Canada:

You’re in for a wild ride.

It’s been 10 months since recreational marijuana became legal in California, and my email inbox here in San Francisco fills up every week with companies offering new products. Read More... Marijuana is Emerging Among California’s Vineyards Posted by on October 15, 2018 at 05:41:03 PT By Scott Wilson Source: Washington Post Santa Ynez Valley, Calif. -- It is the fall harvest here in this fertile stretch of oaks and hills that produces some of the country’s best wine. This season, though, workers also are plucking the sticky, fragrant flowers of a new crop.

Marijuana is emerging among the vineyards, not as a rival to the valley’s grapes but as a high-value commodity that could help reinvigorate a fading agricultural tradition along the state’s Central Coast. Brushed by ocean breeze, cannabis has taken root, offering promise and prompting the age-old question of whether there can be too much of a good thing. Read More... Trump Seeks Public Comments On Marijuana Posted by on October 12, 2018 at 20:14:17 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- The federal government wants your input on whether marijuana should be reclassified under global drug treaties to which the U.S. is a party.

Specifically, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for public comments about the "abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use" of cannabis and several other substances now under international review. Read More... Talk To Your Kids About Marijuana Posted by on October 12, 2018 at 06:27:24 PT By Andy Rosen, Globe Staff Source: Boston Globe Massachusetts -- The legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts is part of a cultural shift that has some parents’ heads spinning. When the first retail stores open, and law-abiding adults can buy pot for recreational use, what’s the best way to keep teenagers from abusing it?

At a HUBweek panel on Thursday, a pair of Massachusetts General Hospital experts offered concerned parents a familiar model. Talk to your kids about marijuana in the same way you’d talk to them about sex: Teach them how to make safe decisions. Read More... Pot Proponents Seek Foothold in Midwest Posted by CN Staff on October 10, 2018 at 05:20:59 PT By David Eggert, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Lansing, Mich. -- Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states.

Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide now if the drug should be legal for any adult 21 and older. They would become the 10th and 11th states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana since 2012, lightning speed in political terms. Read More... Medical Marijuana Use Up 83% in State Posted by on October 05, 2018 at 15:42:57 PT By Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune Source: Chicago Tribune Illinois -- After campaigning to convince other veterans that marijuana can help treat post-traumatic stress disorder, Colin Bond is finally seeing that people are heeding his advice.

PTSD has become the most common condition treated by patients who use medical marijuana in Illinois, according to a new state report that also shows overall use of medical pot has risen 83 percent this year in Illinois with more than 46,000 users. Read More... Canada is About To Legalize Marijuana Posted by on October 04, 2018 at 06:51:46 PT By Kurtis Lee Source: Los Angeles Times Canada -- Politicians herald it as transformative. Residents offer resounding support in the polls. Investors see billions of dollars on the horizon.

When Canada legalizes marijuana on Oct. 17, it will join Uruguay as the only countries to allow recreational cannabis nationwide. The South American country became the first in 2013. Read More... New Rulings on Medical Marijuana Use Posted by CN Staff on October 02, 2018 at 10:16:43 PT By Dave Collins, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Hartford, Conn. -- Health care worker Katelin Noffsinger told a potential employer that she took medical marijuana to deal with the effects of a car accident, but when a drug test came back positive, the nursing home rescinded her job offer anyway.

A federal judge last month ruled that the nursing home, which had cited federal laws against pot use, violated an anti-discrimination provision of the Connecticut's medical marijuana law. Read More... Court To Vacate Hundreds of Marijuana Convictions Posted by on September 25, 2018 at 15:24:19 PT By Daniel Beekman, Seattle Times Staff Reporter Source: Seattle Times Washington -- Seattle Municipal Court judges have agreed to vacate convictions and dismiss charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession prosecuted before pot was legalized in Washington state.

City Attorney Pete Holmes filed a motion in April asking the court to take the historic step for all convictions and charges between 1996 and 2010 “to right the injustices of a drug war that has primarily targeted people of color.” Read More... Museum Opens to Celebrate All Things Cannabis Posted by on September 20, 2018 at 15:44:09 PT By Regina Garcia Cano, AP Source: Time Las Vegas -- A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets. Las Vegas’ newest attraction — and Instagram backdrop — is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.

Nobody will be allowed to light up at Cannabition when it opens Thursday because of a Nevada ban on public consumption of marijuana, but visitors can learn about the drug as they snap photos. It’s a made-for-social-media museum where every exhibit has lights meant to ensure people take selfies worthy of the no-filter hashtag. Read More... Canadian MJ Company To Export Cannabis To U.S. Posted by on September 19, 2018 at 05:45:18 PT By Jason Lemon Source: Newsweek USA -- A Canadian marijuana company has been granted permission by the U.S. federal government to export medicinal cannabis to California for scientific research.

The company, Tilray Inc., and Dr. Fatta Nahab, an associate professor of neurosciences at the University of California San Diego’s medical school, who is behind the research, believe it is the first time that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has given the green light to a Canadian producer to export a cannabis study drug south of the border, The Toronto Star reported. Getting approval was a months-long process that also required the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to agree. Read More... Massachusetts' First Recreational Pot Sales Posted by on September 17, 2018 at 06:46:49 PT By Rebecca Lurye Source: Hartford Courant Massachusetts -- More than two months after recreational marijuana sales became legal in Massachusetts, the first wave of retailers is still working to open to the public. But the first sales could happen soon.

Eleven potential marijuana shops are awaiting site inspections, the last step before they can seek final approval of their business license applications from the Cannabis Control Commission, Massachusetts’ marijuana authority. Read More...

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