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Congress members demand FDA clarification on CBD

Posted on February 20th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

CBDFollowing the crackdown on CBD-infused foods and beverages by authorities in New York City and elsewhere, Capitol Hill lawmakers are formally calling upon the FDA to provide immediate clarity on the question. Meanwhile, New York, at least is starting to lift the pressure.

El Chapo guilty: prohibition-fueled narco-wars rage on

Posted on February 13th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , .

ChapoNotorious narco-lord "Chapo" Guzmán was convicted by a federal jury in New York and faces life in prison. But violence in Mexico has only escalated since his capture. Few media accounts have noted how Chapo and his Sinaloa Cartel rose as militarized narcotics enforcement escalated in Mexico—a trajectory mirrored by the cartels' move from dealing in cannabis to deadly white powders.

New York City CBD crackdown has restaurateurs worried

Posted on February 8th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

New York CityCBD-infused foods and beverages are the target of a crackdown in New York City, as well as Maine and Ohio. A budding business of cannabinoid-enhanced concoctions and libations is feeling a sudden pinch. But some media coverage is failing to make clear that what is at issue here is the FDA's failure to keep pace with federal law—not any inherent risks of cannabidiol.

Real-world utopian quests

Posted on December 26th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , .

True StoriesIn his new memoir True Stories: Tales from the Generation of a New World Culture, Garrick Beck spans a personal journey through radical bohemia in the 1950s, hippie utopianism in the 1960s, back-to-the-land communalism in the 1970s, to applying those ethics today through community work and urban land-reclamation back in the New York City of his youth.

He was born into artistic activism as the offspring of Julian Beck and Judith Malina, the leading figures of the Living Theatre.

Electoral turnaround boosts odds for legal cannabis in New York state

Posted on November 8th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

New York cannabisThe push to legalize cannabis in the Empire State got a significant boost on Election Day as Democrats took control of the state Senate—long controlled by Republicans. A re-elected Gov. Cuomo played to a progressive base on the campaign trail, and will no longer be able to blame GOP intransigence for lack of progress. Will New York become the 11th state to legalize in 2019?

Manhattan DA Cy Vance speaks on cannabis legalization

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

New York CityWeeks after instating a new policy of not prosecuting for low-level marijuana violations, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr addressed a meeting of New York cannabis industry investors and entrepreneurs, where he discussed his vision for fairer policing in the city—and his study calling for legalization to be explored at the state level.

NYC cannabis smoking arrests to stop —but will racial disparity?

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

New York CityMayor Bill de Blasio's new policy, discouraging New York City cops from making arrests for public cannabis smoking, is expected to further reduce pot busts in Gotham. But critics say that loopholes or "carve-outs" in the policy mean that the racial disparity in marijuana arrests could continue—or even get worse.

Cannabis! Theatrical Concert unveils music in New York performance

Posted on August 31st, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , .

Cannabis theatrical concertWhat will ultimately be a multimedia extravaganza on the history, culture and politics of the cannabis plant is currently under production in New York City. The music for Cannabis! A Theatrical Concert was just unveiled for New York audiences in a special performance at a nightspot on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

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