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Cannabis legalization bill advances in Hawaii

Posted on February 12th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .
cannabisA bill that would legalize "recreational" cannabis is moving forward in Hawaii's state legislature. It would build on the dispensary system established by the state's medical marijuana program to bring about a regulated adult-use market.

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.

Oregon cannabis producers push for exports to relieve glut

Posted on February 6th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

OregonWith Oregon's cannabis surplus so big that authorities estimate 70% of the state's output goes unsold, "craft" producers are calling for a novel solution—allowing export to other states that have legalized.

The cannabis market is flooded in the Beaver State, and that's a real problem for an industry that has seen explosive growth since Oregonians voted to legalize in 2014. But some say this provides an opportunity.

World Health Organization calls for re-scheduling cannabis —but don't light up a celebratory joint yet

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

cannabisThe World Health Organization has released its long-anticipated recommendation on cannabis scheduling. But rather than removing it from Schedule I of the Single Convention, it only removes it from Schedule IV, where it is also listed. CBD, however, has indeed been de-scheduled entirely.

Colorado researchers plumb terpene link to air pollution

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

Denver smogTerpenes make your herb smell good, but researchers are postulating that those organic particles that titillate your nostrils may also bind with particulate matter from hydrocarbon emissions to worsen smog. A Colorado study is now putting this to the test—but with no help from the EPA, due to cannabis’ outlaw status under federal law.

Medical marijuana legalized in US Virgin Islands

Posted on January 26th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

CaribbeanFollowing a campaign by local advocates, the US Virgin Islands passed a medical marijuana law that allows home cultivation for qualifying patients. Basking in victory, the territory's activists still anticipate protection of sacramental use by Rastafarians—and general legalization.

Tulsi Gabbard, cannabis and the single-issue dilemma

Posted on January 24th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , .

TulsiAmong the current crowded field of Democratic hopefuls for the 2020 presidential race, at least a handful have progressive positions on cannabis. Among these, the most outspoken on the question has probably been Hawaii's Tulsi Gabbard—who, unfortunately, has deeply problematic stances on some other very critical issues.

Cannabis impacts on adolescent brain: skeptical views overlooked (surprise)

Posted on January 17th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , .

Reefer MadnessIn what is starting to smell like an anti-cannabis media campaign, headlines erupt this week on the possible deleterious effects of cannabis on the developing brains of young teens. Again, the accounts are one-sided—and the political assumptions behind them flawed.

Recent days have seen successive stories in the media on the supposed mental health hazards of cannabis—seeming to signal a backlash to recent gains in normalizing the plant and overcoming the stigma.

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