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China boasts 'cannabis boom' —but still metes out death penalty for marijuana

Posted on May 8th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , .

ChinaChina's ambition to get in on the "cannabis boom," providing hemp for the global CBD market, is now making international headlines. But marijuana is more harshly proscribed in China than just about any other country in the world, and the People's Republic continues to execute thousands every year for drug crimes.

Israel's political establishment embraces cannabis —even amid lurch to the right

Posted on April 25th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , .

Middle EastTwo Israeli ex-prime ministers are now involved in the cannabis industry, and legalization became a key issue in this month's elections. But in a case of strange bedfellows, legalization was aggressively taken up as a campaign plank by the far right.

Buffalo looks to cannabis for post-industrial renaissance

Posted on April 11th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

New YorkNew York state's second city of Buffalo has long been a national symbol of rust-belt economic and infrastructural decay. Now urban planners have approved a massive cannabis facility backed by California capital for the city's long-inactive waterfront. Buffalo's boosters say the project could turn the Great Lakes region into a leading global hub of cannabis output.

Native American role in California cannabis economy contested

Posted on April 1st, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaCalifornia's Native American nations were completely overlooked in the text of Proposition 64, and its enabling legislation. Now one tribe in San Diego County has staked its economic future to legal cannabis—and is standing up for its rights.

Corporate cannabinoid: CBD arrives at Walgreens

Posted on March 28th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CBDThe news that CBD products will be arriving at Walgreens and CVS drugstore chains can be seen as further progress for the normalization of cannabis. But it is also a further indication of corporate control of the new cannabis economy.

Prohibition Partners analyze African cannabis market

Posted on March 25th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .

AfricaThe African continent, we are often told, has great resources and economic potential, but is held back by lack of development and infrastructure. It is certainly a sign of the times that we are now hearing this line not only from the oil and mineral cartels but the cannabis industry.

'Day One Equity' drives New York legalization effort

Posted on March 5th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , .

New YorkWith rival cannabis legalization bills now pending in Albany, New York state activists are demanding "Day One Equity"—legislation consciously crafted to correct the injustices of the War on Drugs. Advocates and politicians came together to give voice to this demand at a recent forum on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Cannabis and California's water wars: will small growers be the losers?

CaliforniaSacramento is preparing to unleash the National Guard on small illegal growers in the Emerald Triangle just as it is pushing the "Twin Tunnels" project to facilitate water diversions to Central Valley ag-biz—which is increasingly growing cannabis. Small growers face punitive measures for irresponsible practices while big growers stand to gain from official water diversions that may be ultimately far more irresponsible.

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