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Vancouver 'harm reduction' raid foreboding sign in countdown to Canadian legalization

Posted on September 21st, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

CanadaA Vancouver police raid on a "harm reduction center" that was selling cannabis products raises uneasy questions about the availability of cannabis in British Columbia when Canadian legalization officially hits in next month. With only one retail outfit likely to be licensed province-wide and authorities pledging a crackdown on the old dispensaries, the ironic reality may be cannabis will initially be harder to get in BC once it is "legal."

Lesotho: legal cultivation comes to Africa's cannabis kingdom

Posted on September 20th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

AfricaLesotho is a land-locked mountain kingdom in Africa that few in the outside world have heard of, but it punches above its weight where cannabis production is concerned. "Dagga" has long been a pillar of its economy. Now it is attracting international investment to grow cannabis for the global medical market. With cannabis just decriminalized in South Africa—which borders Lesotho on all sides, and is closely integrated with the kingdom—this is a promising sign for the entire region.

Manhattan DA Cy Vance speaks on cannabis legalization

Posted on September 19th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , .

New York CityWeeks after instating a new policy of not prosecuting for low-level marijuana violations, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr addressed a meeting of New York cannabis industry investors and entrepreneurs, where he discussed his vision for fairer policing in the city—and his study calling for legalization to be explored at the state level.

China's factory zones serve global cannabis industry —but don't try getting high there

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .

ChinaThe global cannabis industry is increasingly dependent on factories in China's industrial zones—and fears being impacted by Trump's trade war with Beijing. Chinese pharmaceutical firms meanwhile explore potential applications of cannabis. Yet possession of herbaceous cannabis can land you before a firing squad in China. Human rights groups express alarm about the furious pace of executions in the People's Republic—outstripping the rest of the world combined. And drug offenses—including pot possession—top the country's capital crimes.

Canadian tokers prepare to meet the new boss?

Posted on September 14th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CanadaPolice in Canada are actually anticipating more cannabis-related arrests after legalization, due to expected increases in driving while high and other such offenses. Meanwhile, Trudeau's promised expungement of prior cannabis-related criminal records does not appear to be imminent. And US immigration authorities say they will treat Canadians involved in the legal industry as "traffickers."

Tax relief for 'compassionate care' pending in Sacramento

Posted on September 12th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaAmong several cannabis-related bills that cleared California's state house before the last legislative session came to close is one that would lift the tax burden on medical marijuana providers. The bill is intended to again open space for "compassionate care," which was ironically squeezed out under California's adult-use regulation regime. 

Riot police break up protest smoke-in in Bogotá

Posted on September 11th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

ColombiaWith Colombia's new conservative president threatening to roll back the country's ground-breaking decriminalization policy, a group of young activists in Bogotá held a public cannabis smoke-in to demand their right to the "personal dose." But, in what seems like a foreboding sign, it was quickly broken up by the feared National Police riot squad.

 
Since the right-wing Iván Duque was sworn in as Colombia's president last month, many have expressed fears that he will reverse the country's recent progress toward a more tolerant drug policy and de-escalation of its long crisis of nightmarish narco-violence. 

Glyphosate case casts light on pesticide dilemma in cannabis industry

Posted on September 7th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaA verdict against glyphosate producer Monsanto in a case brought by a cancer sufferer has brought world attention to the dangers of pesticides and herbicides. This is a question with implications already felt in the cannabis industry—both legal and illegal.

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