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Germany passes legislation allowing production and consumption of cannabis

Posted on February 27th, 2024 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

leafGermany’s parliament, the Bundestag, passed a law Feb. 23 legalizing the regulated production and  consumption of cannabis. The legislation was brought by the federal government, led by the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), the center-right Free Democratic Party (FDP), and the ecologist Greens party. In a roll-call vote, 407 MPs supported the law, 226 opposed it, and four abstained. The legislation faced opposition from the conservative Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and affiliated Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) as well as the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). 

HHS releases letter recommending cannabis reschedule

Posted on January 14th, 2024 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

cannabisA series of documents from US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) officials published Jan. 12 make clear the department's recommendation that cannabis be reclassified to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act, allowing cannabis to be prescribed by medical professionals. Officials wrote that the basis for the recommendation is the "currently accepted medical use" of the plant.

Biden expands pardons for federal cannabis charges

Posted on December 22nd, 2023 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

BidenPresident Joe Biden announced Dec. 21 a new pardon policy for federal cannabis offenses. Biden stated: "Criminal records for marijuana use and possession have imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities. Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. It's time that we right these wrongs."

Ohio becomes 24th state to legalize cannabis (we hope)

Posted on November 8th, 2023 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

OhioA majority of Ohio voters have approved a citizens’ initiated measure (Issue 2) legalizing the possession, home cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis for those age 21 or older. "Cannabis legalization is an issue that unites Democrats, Republicans, and Independents," NORML's deputy director Paul Armentano said. "Ohioans have seen similar legalization laws adopted in neighboring states and they know that regulating the cannabis market is preferable to the failed policy of prohibition. It is imperative that elected officials respect the voters' decision and implement this measure in a manner that is consistent with the sentiments of the majority of the electorate."

Delaware becomes 22nd state to legalize cannabis

Posted on April 25th, 2023 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

DelawareWith the failure of Democratic Gov. John Carney to either sign or veto two bills on his desk, Delaware became the latest state to legalize cannabis on April 22. Carney allowed House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 to become law without his signature.

Legendary cannabis chemist Raphael Mechoulam passes on

Posted on March 12th, 2023 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

MechoulamRaphael Mechoulam, the ground-breaking cannabis researcher who first isolated and identified THC in 1964, died in Israel at the age of 92. His passing was announced March 10 by Jerusalem's Hebrew University, where Mechoulam co-founded the Multidisciplinary Center for Cannabinoid Research in 2017.

David Crosby, folk-rock legend (and cannabis advocate), passes on at 81

Posted on January 20th, 2023 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

David CrosbyDavid Crosby, a giant of California's 1960s folk-rock scene and leading light of the Woodstock generation, died Jan. 19 at the age of 81. To the end, he was an unapologetic advocate of cannabis legalization, serving as a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Hair producer Michael Butler passes on at 95

Posted on November 10th, 2022 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

HairMichael Butler, the Tony-winning producer who financed the 1968 Broadway sensation Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, a key moment in the mainstreaming of the '60s counterculture, passed away Nov. 7 in Los Angeles at the age of 95.

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