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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

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

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
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