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New Mexico, Virginia latest to legalize cannabis

Posted on April 15th, 2021 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

leafNew Mexico's Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the state's cannabis legalization bill on April 12, allowing those age 21 and over to start cultivating up to six plants at home and possess up to 2 ounces (56 grams) outside their homes starting at the end of June. Retail sales are to begin in a year. On April 7, Virginia's Gov. Ralph Northam reached a deal with the General Assembly, signing amendments that speed up the state's legalization to July 1. The law makes home cultivation of up to four plants and possession of up to an ounce legal for those 21 and older. Sales are expected to begin in 2024. The Virginia law has strong social equity provisions, while those in the New Mexico bill were mostly put off to future legislation. (National Law Review, AP, NPRVirginia Mercury, Marijuana Moment, Marijuana Moment)

Hemp & Native American Sovereignty

SiouxThe original peoples of what is now the United States were left in legal limbo in the wake of the 2018 Farm Bill, which made hemp cultivation again lawful. Federally recognized Native American tribes could not cultivate under state regulation, because the states have limited jurisdiction on their reservations. But the US Agriculture Department dragged its heels in issuing federal regs that could apply on these lands. Caught between two sovereigns, many farmers in Indian country are asserting their right to cultivate hemp under the un-extinguished sovereignty of their own Native nations.

Voters in six states pass cannabis-related ballot measures

leafVoters in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon and South Dakota passed statewide ballot measures favoring medical marijuana, adult-use cannabis legalization or hemp cultivation in the Nov. 3 elections.

New Mexico legalization bid racing the clock

Posted on February 6th, 2020 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

New MexicoThe race is on as to which state will be the 12th in the union to legalize cannabis. In New Mexico, measures are pending in both houses of the Legislature, and have the support of the governor. However, the Land of Enchantment isn’t just racing against other states, but its own short legislative session.

Nevada bans employment discrimination over cannabis use

Posted on June 13th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

NevadaTwo years after legalizing, Nevada has become the first state to bar employers from discriminating against job applicants on the basis of a positive test for cannabis. Will other states follow the lead of the libertarian-spirited Silver State?

New Mexico decriminalizes cannabis, liberalizes medical program

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

New MexicoNew Mexico's governor signed into law a cannabis decriminalization measure, as well as another bill that opens social space for medical marijuana users. Advocates anticipate a growing market and industry in the state. A full legalization measure, however, died in the state senate.

Another court win for workers' rights to medical marijuana

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

medical marijuanaIn a sign of progress, the courts are increasingly siding with employees fired for use of cannabis under state medical marijuana programs. The latest such victory comes from Arizona, where precedent has been set. Other states, however, are still awaiting legal clarity on the question.

A former Arizona Walmart employee and card-holding medical marijuana patient who was fired after testing positive for cannabis has won a wrongful termination suit in federal court.

Arizona asks: is hashish medical marijuana?

Posted on January 27th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .
hashishIn Arizona, the statehouse and supreme court are in a race to clarify whether hashish is to be included in the Grand Canyon State's medical marijuana program. The question also has implications for the status of extracts and edibles.

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