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FridayApr 12, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — New Study Shows Teen Cannabis Use in Washington State Has Dropped After Legalization

Recently published data from a survey conducted in Washington State among teenagers and adolescents indicates a decline in both past-one-month and lifetime use of cannabis in the past few years, with notable decreases that have persisted through 2023. The findings suggest that the perceived accessibility of marijuana among minors has typically decreased since the state legalized recreational use in 2012, which contradicts concerns voiced by those opposed to legalization. In 2023, about 8.4% of 10th graders in Washington reported using cannabis within the past month, a slight increase from 7.2% in 2021, according to the study. However, both figures were…

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ThursdayApr 11, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Colombian Marijuana Exports Exceed $10M as Authorities Double Shelf-Life Limit

In the past year, Colombia’s export of medical marijuana has continued its upward trajectory, although it hasn’t reached the anticipated heights yet. According to data from ProColombia, a governmental body promoting alternative Colombian trade, medical marijuana exports from the country reached a value of $10.8 million in 2023. This marks an 11.3% increase compared to the previous year’s $9.7 million and a notable 96% rise from 2021. Observers within the industry interpret these latest figures as indicators of the Colombian marijuana market’s ongoing development. Avicanna CEO Aras Azadian highlights the growing recognition of the economic, practical and environmental advantages of…

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WednesdayApr 10, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Florida’s Highest Court Greenlights Adult-Use Marijuana Ballot Measure

Florida’s Supreme Court rendered a ruling on April 1, 2024, permitting an initiative aiming to legalize recreational cannabis to be included on the state’s November ballot. Two justices dissented from the measure, while five justices were in support of it. The proposed measure would allow anybody who is 21 years of age or older to own, purchase or use cannabis products and accessories for their own personal use, including smoking, ingesting or using in other ways. It also authorizes medical-marijuana treatment facilities and other licensed businesses to carry out operations such as purchasing, growing, processing, producing, selling and distributing accessories…

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TuesdayApr 09, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — California Officials Dispatch $12M in Grants to Fix Drug-War Harms

California authorities have allocated $12 million in grants to various cities in the state, funded by taxes from cannabis sales. These funds are provided to support equity initiatives for individuals disproportionately affected by previous antidrug campaigns. This latest disbursement is part of the ongoing Marijuana Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions, administered by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). The primary objective is to promote economic justice by addressing the historical impacts of marijuana prohibition and the antidrug war. The program seeks to eliminate hurdles for individuals and communities seeking to participate in the regulated marijuana industry.…

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MondayApr 08, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Pew Poll Finds Only 11% of Americans Want to Retain Ban on Marijuana

A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals that an overwhelming majority of Americans, nine out of ten, support the legalization of cannabis for either medical or recreational purposes. Further, most respondents believe that legalizing cannabis enhances local economic growth and promotes fairness within the justice system. Released on March 26, 2024, the report indicates that 88% of Americans endorse some form of legalization, with 57% advocating for both medical and recreational use accessibility. Only a small fraction, 11%, opposes marijuana legalization entirely. The survey identified consistent patterns among various demographics. Democrats showed higher support for complete legalization…

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FridayApr 05, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — US Marijuana Sales Expected to Be in Excess of $31B in 2024

The United States anticipates surpassing $31 billion in regulated cannabis sales this year, according to recent projections from Whitney Economics, a hemp and cannabis consulting company based in Portland, Oregon. The estimate suggests that recreational and medical cannabis legal sales will reach approximately $31.4 billion this year, marking a $2.6 billion rise from the previous year, equating to a 9.14% yearly growth rate. The forecast highlights challenges faced by the industry, including alterations in consumer spending ability, elevated interest rates and postponed enactment of regulations in new state markets post-COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these hurdles, the overall growth of the marijuana…

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ThursdayApr 04, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Partial Legalization of Cannabis in Germany to Take Effect in April

The German parliament has given the green light to partially legalize marijuana for recreational personal use, ushering in some of Europe’s most lenient cannabis regulations. The substance was made legal for recreational use in Malta and Luxembourg in 2023 and 2021, respectively. The Netherlands, on the other hand, which is renowned for having lax marijuana laws, has started toughening up on sales to visitors and nonresidents. The German approval came following a landmark vote in the Upper House, or Bundesrat, where legislators endorsed the measure. Once the new regulations take effect on April 1, 2024, individuals will be allowed to…

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WednesdayApr 03, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — California Bill Seeks to Curtail Cannabis Employment Protections for Safety-Sensitive Jobs

A recent bill in California that was originally intended to amend the state’s current rules protecting workers from discrimination based on their use of legal cannabis has undergone substantial changes to rescind the protections for several workers, including those in animal control, law enforcement and coroners’ offices. The initial measures passed in 2022 and 2023 limited the use of punitive measures against workers for marijuana use while they were off duty and prohibited companies from asking applicants about their prior cannabis usage. However, SB 1264, under Senator Shannon Grove’s sponsorship, seeks to carve out exceptions for certain job roles. These…

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TuesdayApr 02, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Schumer Sends Out Petition Urging Public to Express Support for Cannabis Banking Legislation

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, is rallying public support for a bill focused on facilitating banking services for cannabis-related businesses through an online petition. In a recent communication concerning this endeavor, he reaffirmed his stance in favor of a comprehensive federal legalization of marijuana. In the wake of continuing congressional discussions on budgetary appropriations, the SAFER Banking Act has come back into focus. Schumer, in an email communication, highlighted the challenges faced by state-licensed marijuana businesses in accessing banking facilities nationwide. Schumer paints a picture of the predicament faced by these businesses, unable to access basic financial services such…

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MondayApr 01, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Another Federally Backed Study Finds Recreational Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Increase Youth Use

A recent study supported by federal funds has found no clear link between the legalization of cannabis for adult use and an increase in its consumption among middle schoolers. To investigate the impact of legal sales on youth usage, researchers conducted a comparative analysis of middle-school usage rates in New Mexico and Nevada, utilizing data from state-conducted surveys in 2017 and 2019. Notably, during this period, Nevada permitted adult-use cannabis sales while New Mexico restricted its use to medical purposes only. Across both states, the study uncovered rises in the percentages of middle schoolers who had experimented with marijuana and…

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