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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.

Alcohol industry trade body comes out for legal cannabis

Posted on July 24th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

wineThe main alcohol industry trade association has just signaled its support for cannabis legalization—despite a seeming history of intriguing against it. With a shift in public consciousness and potential for synergy in cannabis-infused wine, beer and cocktails, the booze biz may be adopting an attitude of "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

Still no room for 'compassionate care' in California cannabis regs

CaliforniaCompassionate care—providing medical marijuana to the ill—was what first opened legal space for cannabis in California a generation ago. But the state's Adult Use of Marijuana Act only regulates commercial businesses—leaving caregivers in legal limbo.

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.

Legalization drive for hashish producer Lebanon

Posted on July 13th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

hashishA new cannabis legalization initiative is being pushed for Lebanon, long a legendary hashish producer. This time the idea has won influential international backers. And the cannabis-grower militias have actually mobilized to beat back ISIS incursions into the hashish heartland of Bekaa Valley from neighboring Syria. Is the time finally ripe for the day-lighting of Lebanon's powerful hashish industry?

Legal cannabis path out of Mexico's narco crisis?

Posted on July 11th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

MexicoThe election of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador—known by his initials AMLO—as Mexico's next president is being hailed as historic, marking the first time a candidate of the left has had his victory honored. He is pledging a new, demilitarized approach to ending the endemic narco-violence. And his newly named interior minister is a vocal supporter of cannabis legalization. Will a day-lightened cannabis sector provide a way out of Mexico's long crisis?

Think-tank urges legal cannabis for United Kingdom

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

cannabisIn another sign of turning tides, a prestigious British think-tank once beloved of Margaret Thatcher has called on the government to legalize cannabis. The breakthrough report finds that a legal cannabis industry could raise £1 billion per year in tax revenues for the United Kingdom, while undercutting the black market.

Medical cannabis now completely illegal in just one state: Idaho

medical marijuanaWith Oklahoma’s passage of a medical marijuana law, advocacy organizations say there is now only one state in the entire union without some sort of legal provision for medicinal use of either herbal cannabis or cannabinoid extracts: Idaho. And with a governor's race this year, there may be hope even there. One by one, even the most culturally conservative states are succumbing to the demands of patients and the findings of science to pass laws to allow use of (at least) extracts containing cannabinoids, or (at most) actual herbaceous marijuana, for either medical or "recreational" purposes.

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