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Lebanon's parliament moves to legalize medical marijuana

Posted on August 3rd, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , .

Middle EastA parliamentary initiative has been launched to legalize medical marijuana cultivation in fabled hashish producer Lebanon, amid growing proposals for a general legalization of cannabis. But many growers in the Bekaa Valley are watching warily, fearing they will be left behind as foreign capital flows in for a legal industry.

Florida's medical marijuana chief steps down amid controversy

Posted on August 1st, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

FloridaAfter three years of mounting discontent from patients and providers alike, Florida's medical marijuana chief Christian Bax is stepping down. He leaves office as state health authorities prepare for a tsunami of applications for a few highly coveted marijuana licenses.

Pressure builds for legalization in New Jersey and New York

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

leafNew York and New Jersey are notorious rivals. Especially New York City denizens see themselves as metropolitan sophisticates and view their neighbors across the Hudson River as rubes. But the two states are now racing to see which will legalize cannabis first. There are formidable obstacles in both states, but New Jersey is clearly ahead.

Arc of history bends toward 'cannabis equity' in Empire State

Posted on May 16th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

Cannabis marchSuddenly, New York state's political establishment is looking seriously at cannabis legalization, driven by growing concerns over long-entrenched racial discrimination in enforcement of the marijuana laws. But there is a growing realization that legalization alone will not be enough to correct this legacy unless it is implemented in way explicitly designed to do so.

Racial justice themes highlighted at NYC Cannabis Parade

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

Cannabis marchNew York City's Cannabis Parade, flagship entry in the Global Marijuana March movement and a counterculture event dating back to the early 1970s, this year actually drew mainstream politicians and candidates. Nearly all struck themes of racial justice, emphasizing that a push for legalization in the Empire State must also address the social iniquities of cannabis prohibition and the "war on drugs."

Seattle seeks to vacate cannabis convictions

Posted on May 1st, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

SeattleThe city of Seattle has filed a motion to vacate hundreds of marijuana convictions going back more than 20 years. As these convictions disproportionately affected people of color, this is being hailed as an important step toward "cannabis equity"—implementing legalization in a way that addresses the social injustices associated with prohibition.

Cannabis legalization becomes issue in New York governor's race

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

New YorkWith a bombshell homespun video statement, New York's gadfly celebrity gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon has—for the moment, at least—placed the cannabis legalization question front and center in the race. Incumbent Andrew Cuomo, feeling the pressure from Nixon's challenge, is already starting to waver from his once intransigent stance against legalization.

Activists pass out joints to press officials on DC cannabis sales

Posted on March 29th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

cannabisDistrict of Columbia activists actually passed out joints to city lawmakers in their effort to press them on a law to permit cannabis sales in the nation's capital. They've also tried to win this through ballot initiative, building on 2014's Initiative 71 that legalized possession of herb in DC. But councilmembers say their hands are tied by a Congressional stricture on any further lifting of the legal pressure on cannabis.

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