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Czech Lower House Approves Draft Law Regulating HHC

The lower house of the Czech Republic’s Parliament has approved a draft law that would regulate synthetic cannabinoids and new psychoactive substances such as HHC. The Chamber of Deputies voted on May 3 in favor of a draft law concerning psychomodulating substances, securing 81 votes out of the required 78. The draft law would regulate substances like kratom and HHC, a synthetic cannabinoid with similar effects to THC but milder, alongside other newly identified substances. The regulations of

Ohio Marijuana Sales Expected To Start In Mid-June

Ohio lawmakers have approved regulations on the sale of adult-use marijuana after a months-long deadlock, with anticipation that sales will start in mid-June. The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, a legislative body tasked with ensuring state agencies adhere to their statutory authority, approved without objection on Monday rules that would pave the way for a dual licensing program allowing existing medical marijuana dispensaries to sell adult-use products. Jim Canepa, superintendent of t

Swiss Initiative Aims To Embed Cannabis Legalization Into Constitution

A group of unknown citizens has launched a popular initiative to include a new article on cannabis legalization in Switzerland’s federal constitution. The official gazette of the federal government of Switzerland published today the text of a popular initiative titled “Cannabis legalization: opportunities for the economy, health, and equality.” which aims to add an article to the constitution that would make cannabis legal. This initiative represents a unique opportunity for Swiss cannabis use

Cannabis Company MedMen Goes Bankrupt With $411 Million In Liabilities

Multistate cannabis company MedMen leaves the industry by filing bankruptcy proceedings in Canada with about $411 million in liabilities. MedMen announced on April 26 that it filed for bankruptcy under Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on April 24. The business advisory firm B. Riley Farber Inc. was appointed as the company’s bankruptcy trustee. The company also announced that its American subsidiary based in California entered receivership in the Los Angeles Superior Court on April 23 fo

Cannabis Rolling Papers May Pose Health Risks From Heavy Metals, Study Finds

The lack of regulation on cannabis rolling papers may expose users to health risks due to the presence of unsafe quantities of heavy metals, according to a new study. Researchers from Lake Superior State University in Michigan recently published a study in the journal ACS Omega in order to measure the heavy metal content in commercially available cannabis rolling papers. They analyzed the elemental composition of 53 commercially available rolling papers and assessed the potential risks of expo

CBD May Be A Promising Treatment For Crack Use Disorder, Study Suggests

A new study found that CBD could be a promising option for treating crack use disorder, showing fewer adverse effects compared to standard pharmaceutical approaches. Published by the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction in early April and first reported by Marijuana Moment, the study conducted by a group of researchers in Brazil examined whether CBD is a feasible, safe, well-tolerated, and effective option compared to standard pharmacological treatment for reducing crack use in

Will the EU strike a new anti-migration deal with Lebanon?

A rising number of Syrian migrants leaving Lebanon for Cyprus in recent months has prompted Nicosia to demand that the European Union (EU) intervene to halt the influx. Senior EU officials have suggested that Brussels could strike a deal with Beirut similar to recent anti-migration pacts signed with Egypt and Tunisia, which have been criticised by human rights groups. The Cypriot government has recorded more than 2,000 Syrian refugees arriving from Lebanon by sea in the first three months of 2

JuicyFields’ Nearly $700 Million Cannabis Scam Case Leads To 9 Arrests

The investigation into one of the biggest scam cases in the cannabis industry, estimated to be nearly $700 million, has led to 9 arrests. A joint investigation conducted by several European law enforcement authorities resulted in the arrest of suspects involved in the ‘JuicyFields’ investment fraud case. This investigation was supported by Europol, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation. Europol reported that on April 11, over 400 law enforcement officers in 11 countries exe

Cannabis May Be Banned At Germany’s Oktoberfest Despite Legalization

The German federal state of Bavaria is considering the possibility of restricting cannabis use at the famous Oktoberfest following the legalization of cannabis for personal use. Bavaria government aims to restrict public spaces for consuming cannabis at events like Oktoberfest by establishing cannabis-free zones, as first reported by DPA (German Press Agency). Oktoberfest in Munich is the world’s largest beer festival, featuring traditional Bavarian music, food, and the consumption of about 6

New Poll Suggests Whom Cannabis Consumers Will Vote For In 2024 U.S. Elections

Cannabis consumers would vote for the U.S. presidential candidate who endorses pro-cannabis policies, regardless of their party, according to a new poll. As the 2024 U.S. Presidential election approaches, analyzing voters’ issue priorities is crucial for understanding trends. Among the issues at stake in the 2024 U.S. presidential election, cannabis may be one to take into account, especially considering that its current legal status is under review and legalization at the state level by nearl

Residents Of Denmark’s Christiania Enclave Shut Down ‘Pusher Street’

‘Push Street’ was famous for freely selling cannabis. But now, the residents of Denmark’s Christiania hippie enclave have decided to take back control of it. Residents of Christiania started over the weekend to remove the cobblestones at what is known as ‘Pusher Street,’ the illicit cannabis trade hub of Christiania, with the aim of ridding the neighborhood of criminal gangs associated with the illegal cannabis trade, which has caused several fatal shootings. Christiania is unique in Europe. T

CBD Company Charlotte’s Web Faces Lawsuit Alleging Invasion Of Privacy Violation

CBD company Charlotte’s Web is facing a lawsuit alleging that it failed to warn visitors to its website about the tracking of conversations on its chat feature, potentially violating California law. As first reported by Hemp Today, plaintiff Lillian Jurdi filed a class action complaint in February against Colorado-based Charlotte’s Web in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, which was subsequently transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

How Do Cannabis Employee-Owned Companies Avoid Tax Burden?

U.S. cannabis companies face heavier taxation compared to other industries due to the substance's illegality at the federal level. This is because cannabis companies can't deduct most regular business expenses under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 280E, which prohibits tax deductions or credits for expenses related to businesses trafficking in Schedule I or II of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), where cannabis is listed in Schedule I. However, in recent years, cannabis companies have b

Will famine in Gaza force an end to Israel's war?

The looming famine long warned about in Gaza as a result of Israel's war increasingly appears to be materialising. A report from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) released last week warned of imminent famine in North Gaza, with severe food crises expected to spread throughout the strip by mid-March to May. About 210,000 people in northern Gaza face catastrophic conditions, categorised as IPC Phase 5, the most severe level. Overall, this phase could affect up to 1.1 milli

Limonene Terpene Reduces THC-Induced Anxiety, Study Finds

A new study has found that the limonene terpene in cannabis reduces anxiety induced by THC. Cannabis, like other plants, contains terpenes, which are a class of organic compounds found in various plants. Among cannabis terpenes, limonene, also present in citrus fruits, is one of the most abundant, although concentrations may vary widely across strains. Over the years, cannabis researchers have theorized that compounds within cannabis, such as terpenes, might affect the immediate effects of THC

Germany’s Federal Council Approves Recreational Cannabis Bill For Personal Use

Germany’s Federal Council has approved the bill legalizing recreational cannabis for personal use despite facing criticism and attempts to block or delay the legislative process. With this approval, the path to the legalization of recreational cannabis for personal use in Germany is clear. Germany’s Federal Council passed a law today, March 22, that was previously passed by the Bundestag, which will allow the possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal consumption starting from April 1

Netflix Announces Cannabis Show Set In Amsterdam

Netflix has announced a new cannabis show based on a crime drama set in Amsterdam, bringing out the cannabis scene of the Dutch capital. Netflix European executive Larry Tanz announced on March 19 the new Dutch original Amsterdam Empire starring Famke Janssen amid the international TV series festival Series Mania. The seven-part series delves into the Amsterdam cannabis scene, following Jack van Doorn, the notorious founder of the coffee shop empire Jackal, navigating a career fraught with bat

Nearly 72% Of Canada’s Cannabis Users Buy From Legal Market, Survey Finds

More Canadians are buying cannabis from the legal market, according to a national survey. Government agency Statistics Canada published on March 18 a national survey on cannabis consumption in the country. Based on data collected from a self-reported survey of 2,251 young adults aged 18 to 24 years and 5,185 adults aged 25 years and older, the findings indicate that over two-thirds of cannabis consumers are purchasing from the legal market. Among people who used cannabis within 12 months, sli

Delta-8 THC Is Getting Popular Among Teens At School, Survey Finds

The use of Delta-8 THC is becoming significant among high school students, according to a new national survey. The findings published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveal that 11.4% of high school students used delta-8 THC in the past year. Delta-8 THC is an isomer of Delta-9 THC, which is the primary psychoactive compound found in marijuana. Both delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC interact with cannabinoid receptors in the body through the endocannabinoid system

CBD May Help Alleviate Menstrual-Related Symptoms, Study Finds

CBD may be an effective solution to help ease menstrual-related symptoms, according to a recently published study. Although some people try using cannabis to alleviate menstrual-related symptoms and believe it can be beneficial, there hasn’t been any study investigating the impact of CBD on these symptoms, especially focused on psychological symptoms such as irritability, to the knowledge of the researchers in this study. For this reason, researchers from the University of Arkansas, Auburn Uni
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