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Can states—or the people— 'nullify' federal cannabis prohibition?

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

constitutionThe doctrine of nullification has a long and harshly contested legacy in the history of the United States—it has been invoked in defense of both just causes and frankly evil ones. But some argue that it is time to revisit the idea—to put an end to federal cannabis prohibition.

USA Patriot Act threatens Uruguay cannabis legalization

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

UruguayA year after legal cannabis first went on sale in Uruguay, it is still only available at a small handful of pharmacies. One particularly ironic obstacle has emerged: Uruguay's banks face US sanctions under the Patriot Act if they do any business with the country's legal cannabis industry. So a measure passed by the US Congress to crack down on criminal and terrorist networks that use drug profits is actually helping to keep cannabis under the control of criminal networks.

Canada's contentious course to cannabis legalization

Posted on June 13th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

Canada Canada is about to make history, with passage of its cannabis legalization bill imminent. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  is the man of the hour, shepherding the first Western industrialized country along a course that was nearly unthinkable a generation ago. But it was activist efforts that really brought Canada to this point—and advocates are still fighting to keep a place for small growers and vendors in the new system.

New Zealand moves toward medical marijuana —and legalization

Posted on June 9th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , .

OceaniaThe government of New Zealand has announced that it plans to hold a referendum on cannabis legalization, possibly as early as next year. A medical marijuana bill is already pending in the country's parliament. But it has taken generations of activist effort by Kiwis to bring Aotearoa (by the country's indigenous Maori name) to this point. Cannabis Now speaks with some of the leaders who made it happen.

Canada's First Nations divided on approach to legal cannabis

Posted on June 5th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

CanadaAmid the controversies over how Canada's federal government and provinces will divide regulatory oversight as well as the tax revenues from legal cannabis, a largely overlooked question is the role of the country's First Nations. With passage of the Canadian Cannabis Act now imminent, indigenous groups agree they want more involvement in the process. But First Nations are divided between those hoping for a windfall from legal sales and those actually calling for passage of the Cannabis Act to be put off because native peoples were not properly consulted.

Provincial policy patchwork for Canadian cannabis

Posted on June 4th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

CanadaWith Canada on a final one-month countdown to legal cannabis, the country's provinces are adopting widely varying regulation regimes, creating a "crazy quilt" policy patchwork. While Ontario and Quebec are opting for provincial government monopolies on retail sales, Alberta and Saskatchewan have embraced a private model, sparking a flood of canna-capital into these western provinces.

Humboldt mega-busts continue despite legalization

Posted on May 28th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaIn Humboldt County, famed as the heartland of Northern California's cannabis-producing Emerald Triangle, big police raids of cultivation sites—with thousands of plants eradicated—are continuing despite the Golden State's new legalization program. Many growers are choosing to remain underground, in spite of the risks to their property and freedom. And a big part of the reason why seems to lie in a confusing and contested county regulation regime.

New York state Democratic Party embraces cannabis legalization

Posted on May 25th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

New YorkThings are moving fast in the Empire State, with cannabis legalization proposals striding toward mainstream acceptance—spurred by a growing sense of injustice over the racial disparities in enforcement. In what could be a watershed moment, the state Democratic Party just adopted a resolution to embrace legalization. The party elite seem to be feeling the pressure from below in a gubernatorial election year.

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