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NYC Cannabis Parade draws bigshot pols —but legalization stalled in Albany

Posted on May 7th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

Jumaane WilliamsNew York City's annual Cannabis Parade, launched long ago by Yippie counterculture freaks, this year headlined one of the Big Apple's highest officials, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams—a sure sign of that the leaglization cause has hit the mainstream. However, politicking in the statehouse in Albany has stalled passage of a long hoped-for legalization bill.

New Zealand faces cannabis contradiction in countdown to referendum

Posted on May 3rd, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

OceaniaAs New Zealand waits on a promised cannabis legalization referendum, a domestic industry is starting to blossom, with big capital inflows reported. But police cannabis seizures are actually up—and the government even shows sings of wavering on following through with its commitment to hold a binding referendum.

Study finds no link between cannabis legalization and traffic fatalities

Posted on April 30th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

trafficA new study finds that cannabis legalization is not linked to an increase in traffic deaths. This may come as little surprise to those with experience in cannabis' actual effects, but challenges an entrenched assumption of prohibitionist propaganda.

Will high-profile cannabis bust boost Burma legalization effort?

Posted on April 29th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

South East AsiaA US citizen was among a trio arrested in Burma for running a 20-acre cannabis plantation. The three could face life in prison, or even the death penalty. But the controversy could give new political energy to Burma's emergent legalization movement.

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.

Guam governor signs cannabis legalization law

Posted on April 5th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

OceaniaThe governor of the US territory of Guam signed into a law a cannabis legalization measure that would establish an adult-use industry on the island. But there is still opposition from local conservatives, and the same dilemmas that have held back establishment of a medical marijuana program in the territory may prove obstacles to implementation.

Massachusetts wrestles with managing growth of cannabis economy

Posted on April 4th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

MassachusettsAs Massachusetts unfolds its legal cannabis market, the Boston area got its first retail outlet with the opening of a Brookline dispensary. Planners are concerned with orderly growth, while advocates demand that the Bay State's new cannabis order emphasize local control.

Idaho prohibitionists bottleneck democracy

Posted on April 1st, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .

IdahoIdaho is considering legislation that would raise the number of signatures needed to get an initiative on the ballot—in an apparent bid to undercut a medical marijuana legalization effort. Local activists with the Idaho Cannabis Coalition are saying the law would be "tyranny."

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