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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

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

Washington State To Eliminate 37% Tax On Medical Marijuana

The State of Washington is set to eliminate excise taxes on medical marijuana products, offering tax relief to medical marijuana patients. With one of the highest tax rates imposed on medical marijuana products, the Washington Senate recently passed a bill granting an exemption from the 37% excise tax for medical marijuana patients and designated providers. Initially introduced in 2023, HB 1453 aimed to align the current medical exemptions from general sales and use taxes with the 37% excise t

Amsterdam Excluded From The Netherlands’ Legal Cannabis Experiment

Amsterdam has been left out of the list of Dutch cities selected for the controlled sale experiment of legal cannabis. The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Parliament, rejected on March 5 the bill that aimed to include Amsterdam in the country’s cannabis cultivation and distribution pilot project. In this experiment, the Dutch government is authorizing the legal cultivation and distribution of cannabis for adult use, marking the first time such a step has been taken. Despite cannabis being ill

74% Of Americans Live In A Legal Marijuana State, Research Finds

Although marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, most Americans live in a state where marijuana is legal for medical or recreational purposes. In its latest analysis on the status of marijuana in the United States, the American think-tank Pew Research Center has found that 74% of Americans live in a state where marijuana is legal for either recreational or medical use, while 54% of Americans live in a state where the recreational use of marijuana is legal. After Colorado and Washingto

Cannabis May Help Treat Melanoma Skin Cancer, New Study Suggests

A recent in-vitro study reveals that a cannabis extract can potentially decelerate the growth of melanoma cells and increase the rate at which these cells die. Researchers from Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) examined the process of programmed cell death induced by a particular cannabis extract known as cannabinoid PHEC-66, which is a concentrated form developed by MGC Pharmaceuticals in Australia. Published in the Cells journal and partia

Decrease In Cannabis Treatment Tied To Policy Changes, Study Suggests

A new study has found that the legalization of cannabis is not linked with an increase in treatments for cannabis use disorder. Instead, there has been a decrease since 2004 following the implementation of medical cannabis laws and the establishment of cannabis dispensaries. In a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and other institutions examined the changes in cannabis use disorder (CUD) treatment asso

Germany Becomes The Third EU Country To Legalize Cannabis For Personal Use

With a historic vote, Germany has reached a milestone in drug policy by legalizing recreational cannabis for personal use, though without allowing retail sales. Today, Germany's federal parliament, the Bundestag, passed legislation legalizing recreational cannabis for personal use in the country. The bill received support from 407 MPs, while 226 voted against it, with four abstaining. The Bundesrat, Germany's legislative body representing the sixteen Länder at the federal level, will examine t

Czech Republic To Ban HHC Products Amid Child Hospitalizations

The Czech Republic has temporarily banned HHC products amid the hospitalization of dozens of children. The Czech Minister of Agriculture, Marek Výborný, has recently announced that the government has initiated the process of banning HHC products by adding them to the list of prohibited addictive substances. However, local news websites report that the precise start date of the ban remains unclear, pending notification by the European Commission. With this move, the Czech Republic would become

Can Triploid Genetics Be The Game Changer For The Cannabis Industry?

The cultivation of triploid genetics could be the game changer for the cannabis industry, as it promises to deliver higher THC levels, larger yields, faster growth, and seedless flowers. The application of triploids is not a new concept in agriculture. Consuming seedless fruit generally enhances the eating experience for most people. Consider bananas, for instance. Bananas lack seeds because the parent banana tree is triploid, even though pollination normally occurs. Typically, species with a

Florida Lawmakers Approve THC Cap Bill Ahead Of Marijuana Ballot

Florida GOP Senate lawmakers have approved legislation to cap the THC level on adult-use marijuana even though it is still illegal in the state. The move has been made as a preemptive measure to regulate a future ballot initiative ahead of the vote in November, when Floridians will be asked whether they want to legalize adult-use marijuana in the state. The proposal to cap THC, as outlined in SPB 7050, received approval from the state Senate Health Policy Committee on February 6. The measure
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