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Senator Introduces ‘DOOBIE Act’ To Remove Marijuana Use Barriers For Federal Jobs

A Senator has proposed legislation that would restrict federal agencies from considering past marijuana use when making employment and security clearance decisions. Democratic Sen. Gary Peters from Michigan introduced on July 11 the Dismantling Outdated Obstacles and Barriers to Individual Employment Act, also known as the DOOBIE Act. This legislation aims to prevent past marijuana use from negatively affecting an individual’s eligibility for federal employment. Under current legislation, mariju...

FTC And FDA Issue Warning Letters Over Delta-8 THC In Child-Friendly Packaging

Federal Trade Commission and Food Drug Administration have issued cease-and-desist letters to six companies for selling delta-8 THC products in packaging that closely mimics popular national brands appealing to both children and adults. For the second time, the FDA and FTC have warned companies as part of their ongoing joint effort against the sale of illegal copycat food products containing delta-8 THC, a cannabis compound not found in significant amounts in the hemp plant and typically manufac...

Illinois Marijuana Sales Hit $1 Billion So Far This Year

Illinois has reached a significant milestone in marijuana sales, hitting the $1 billion mark so far this year. This achievement was made almost two weeks earlier in 2024 than it was in 2023. Governor JB Pritzker announced on Wednesday that Illinois hit $1 billion in marijuana retail sales on July 1, 2024. This figure includes over $850 million in adult-use marijuana sales and nearly $150 million in medical marijuana sales. This milestone was reached nearly two weeks earlier than in 2023, when th...

Will Labour Change Cannabis Policy In The UK?

The Labour Party has secured a majority in the UK’s 2024 general election. With Keir Starmer as the leader, Labour will form the government after 14 years of Conservative rule. However, like the Conservative governments that preceded him, Starmer is not expected to change the UK’s drug policy or decriminalize cannabis. Starmer has repeatedly stated he won’t change the UK’s drug policy, mentioning he has “no intention” of altering drug laws if his party wins the next election. Just one week befor...

Kentucky To Open Applications For Medical Marijuana Businesses

Medical marijuana in Kentucky is taking a significant step forward, with Gov. Andy Beshear announcing the opening of applications for the state’s medical marijuana businesses. Beshear announced Thursday that the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program will begin accepting license applications for medical marijuana businesses starting Monday, July 1, six months ahead of the original schedule. Businesses interested in growing, processing, or selling medical marijuana in Kentucky can begin applying for

Brazil’s Top Court Decriminalizes Cannabis For Personal Use

Brazil’s Supreme Court has voted to decriminalize possession of cannabis for personal use. While this ruling does not legalize cannabis for personal use, it may aim to reduce the penalties for possession. The decision was delivered on Tuesday, with eight of the eleven top court judges voting in favor of keeping possession of small amounts of cannabis as an “illicit act” that does not warrant criminal prosecution. The judges are set to discuss today the amount of cannabis that distinguishes a

Bipartisan Pennsylvania Lawmakers Push Again To Legalize Marijuana

Pennsylvania lawmakers are making another attempt to pass a bill that would legalize adult-use marijuana, following the stalling of a similar Senate bill introduced nearly a year ago. The state legalized medical marijuana in 2016, but it has not yet approved adult-use legalization. Bipartisan efforts are pushing for this change, emphasizing economic benefits and alignment with neighboring states. However, despite substantial legislative support and ongoing debates, unresolved concerns involve

Maryland Governor To Pardon 175,000 Marijuana Convictions

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore is expected to issue a mass pardon of 175,000 marijuana convictions this week. These pardons mark one of the largest state-level pardons in the country and coincide with Wednesday’s Juneteenth holiday, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. About 100,000 individuals with low-level marijuana possession charges will receive pardons, according to The Washington Post, which initially reported the news. Moore described his pardons as “the most far-reaching a

New York Governor Appoints New Acting Chief At Cannabis Agency

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced new appointments for the state’s cannabis regulatory agency following the resignation of former Executive Director Chris Alexander. These leadership changes are part of Hochul’s effort to change the direction of the legalization of cannabis sales in the state, which has faced multiple issues since its implementation. Felicia A. B. Reid has been named Executive Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director at the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), the

Cannabis Tops Alcohol In Daily Use For First Time Ever, Study Finds

Americans are now choosing cannabis over alcohol for daily consumption, marking the first time in history that such a shift has taken place, according to a new study. Published this week in the journal Addiction by the Society for the Study of Addiction, the data, authored by Jonathan P. Caulkins, a Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University, reveal a progressive trend of cannabis overtaking alcohol in Americans' daily consumption, a sh

South Africa Legalizes Cannabis For Personal Use

South Africa takes a groundbreaking step forward in cannabis reform, legalizing the cultivation and possession of the plant for personal use. With President Cyril Ramaphosa's final approval, South Africa becomes the first African country to legalize cannabis for personal use. President Ramaphosa signed the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act on May 28, removing cannabis from the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act. This move enables amendments to the Medicines and Related Substances Act, the Plant B

What Is THCA, And Why Doesn’t The DEA Consider It Legal Hemp?

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has sent a letter to explain why THCA doesn’t meet the definition of legal hemp. The letter is a response sent on May 13 from the DEA’s Chief Drug & Chemical Evaluation Section, Diversion Control Division, Terrence Boos, to Shane Pennington, cannabis lawyer and partner at law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, who requested the control status of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) with a letter dated April 25. The l

House Committee Approves Farm Bill Amendment To Ban Delta-8 THC

An amendment to the new Farm Bill may put an end to the gray market for intoxicating hemp-derived products, such as delta-8 THC, by closing the loophole opened by the 2018 Farm Bill. The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture voted on Thursday to approve an amendment proposed by Republican Rep. Mary Miller for Illinois that would ban intoxicating hemp-derived and synthesized cannabinoid products, which has been added to the 2024 Farm Bill draft. As a result, the amendment would federally ban all

DEA Publishes Proposed Rules To Reschedule Marijuana

Progress toward the federal rescheduling of marijuana took a step forward yesterday. The Drug Enforcement Administration published proposed rules, open to comment, in the U.S. Federal Register to reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act. This represents a further concrete move in changing U.S. marijuana policy and easing industry regulations: the most significant change in national marijuana legislation since 1970. The proposal initiates a 62-day pu

Japan is on the Verge to Change its Policy on Cannabis

Image source: Paid for on license via Adobe Firefly & Duncan Lewis via Japan is known to have one of the strictest policies on cannabis, but something has been moving forward in recent months. The country’s parliament passed a bill in December to legalize medical products containing cannabinoids, amending the Cannabis Control Law. However, at the same time, it established new criminal penalties for the use of cannabis, putting an end to the legal loopholes that have surrounded c

Most Thais Support Rescheduling Cannabis As A Drug, Survey Finds

A survey finds that most Thais support the new government’s decision to reverse cannabis policy and relist it as a controlled substance by the end of this year. The findings of a survey released by Thailand’s National Institute of Development Administration on Sunday show that about 76% of Thais support the government’s plan to reschedule cannabis as a controlled substance after its decriminalization in 2022. The survey, conducted by phone between May 14 and 15, included 1,310 citizens aged 15

Is fentanyl-laced cannabis a myth

Image source: Paid for on license via Adobe Several news reports and social media posts in the United States have claimed the presence of fentanyl-laced cannabis in the illegal market in recent years. News reports have documented cases of people overdosing where fentanyl-laced cannabis was implicated. However, in most instances, follow-up investigations found no connection between the overdose and contaminated cannabis. But despite numerous debunking articles, such reports have perpetuated a

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
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