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FridayJan 05, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Top Congressional, Federal Cannabis Policy Developments in 2023

The year 2023 witnessed a range of notable federal developments on the cannabis landscape. Among these were significant milestones such as the Biden administration’s proposal to reschedule cannabis, an expansion of pardons for federal cannabis possession offenses and setbacks in the congressional journey toward marijuana banking reform. As Congress takes a recess for the holiday season, stakeholders and advocates are reflecting on the highs and lows of the past year, intending to advance their efforts in 2024. A pivotal moment in 2023 was the U.S. Department of Health & Human Sciences recommending the reclassification of cannabis from Schedule I to…

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FridayJan 05, 2024 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Canadian Research Shows High Schoolers Admit Accessing Cannabis Is Harder Post-Legalization

A Canadian study involving high schoolers has found that cannabis legalization made it harder for minors to access the controversial plant. According to the newly published study, the portion of students who said they had easy access to marijuana has fallen recently. This period of reduced minor access to cannabis also coincides with the Canadian government legalizing marijuana consumption for eligible adults and authorizing cannabis retail outlets across Canada. The study contradicts cannabis legalization opponents who claimed that removing criminal penalties for possessing and consuming cannabis would make it significantly easier for youth and young children to access cannabis. Researchers…

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ThursdayJan 04, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — California AG Says Interstate Marijuana Trade Would Attract Federal Enforcement

A recent letter from the California attorney general to state cannabis regulators has pretty much killed any hope of developing the interstate cannabis trade. Attorney General Rob Bonta sent a letter to the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) stating that businesses between licensed cannabis businesses in California and out-of-state entities could lead to “significant legal risk to the State of California,” as per the nation’s federal Controlled Substances Act. Although the controversial plant is legal in dozens of states for either recreational or medical consumption, federal law still classifies the substance as a Schedule I drug with no medical…

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ThursdayJan 04, 2024 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Biden Issues Proclamation Pardoning All with Minor Cannabis Convictions

President Joe Biden recently issued a proclamation extending full and unconditional pardons to individuals previously convicted in the United States for the use or possession of cannabis. Simultaneously, he exercised executive authority to commute the sentences of 11 individuals serving excessively long terms for nonviolent drug offenses. These offenses included possession with the intent to distribute small quantities of methamphetamine (meth) and cocaine. In a released statement, President Biden emphasized the imperative of ensuring equal justice under the law. He underscored the consensus among elected officials from both political spectrums, faith leaders, civil rights advocates and law enforcement figures. The…

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WednesdayJan 03, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — NORML Analysis Reveals 32,000 Studies on Cannabis Have Been Published in Past 10 Years

Over the past decade, researchers have contributed to the scientific discourse on cannabis through the publication of more than 32,000 papers, with 4,000 emerging in 2023 alone, according to NORML’s analysis. The comprehensive exploration challenges critics who state that marijuana lacks the necessary scrutiny to justify legalization. NORML’s data relies on keyword searches within the National Library of Medicine—PubMed.gov. This year marks the third consecutive occasion where the volume of marijuana-related papers surpassed 4,000, underscoring a sustained interest in understanding both the benefits and risks amid the ongoing legalization. Paul Armentano, NORML deputy director, highlighted the exponential growth in scientists’…

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WednesdayJan 03, 2024 4:20 am

420 with CNW — New York Publishes Sample Job Descriptions to Help Employees, Companies in Legal Cannabis Industry

The state of New York’s labor department recently published sample job descriptions for various positions in the marijuana industry. Their intention is to allow prospective employees to evaluate their qualifications to work in different roles in the growing industry while also helping firms streamline hiring processes. In a statement, a representative of the department said that marijuana’s legalization had created significant opportunities, and the department of labor was committed to supporting businesses as well as those seeking employment in the state as the industry continued to expand. The department began posting the sample descriptions earlier this month. They include example…

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TuesdayJan 02, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Ukraine Lawmakers Pass Bill Legalizing Medical Cannabis, Send to President’s Desk

Legislators in Ukraine recently gave their final approval for a measure that will legalize the use of medical cannabis nationally. The measure has been forwarded to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s desk, who is in favor of reform, to be signed into law. The law shall come into effect six months after the president signs it. The measure will legalize medical marijuana use for patients diagnosed with serious illnesses and PTSD linked to the country’s ongoing war with Russia. Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, with experts noting this was an escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian war, which began in 2014. In order…

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TuesdayJan 02, 2024 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Study Shows State-Level Cannabis Legalization Boosts Recruitment for College Basketball

A recent study conducted by researchers at Kennesaw State University and Georgia College and State University has established a link between cannabis legalization and its impact on recruitment outcomes for college sports teams. Delving into the dynamics of recreational marijuana policies and their influence on talent acquisition, the researchers examined recruiting data spanning from 2003 to 2019. Their findings, presented in the “Sports Economics Journal,” propose that cannabis legalization plays a major yet intricate role in shaping the landscape of college sports recruitment, particularly in football and basketball, warranting attention from NCAA leagues. The research revealed a positive correlation between…

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