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WednesdayFeb 19, 2020 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Alabama Senate Bill Seeks to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Southeast and Midwest states in the U.S. are historically conservative, and they are opposed to the legalization of marijuana in any form, but in recent years, several states such as Florida and Louisiana have been adopting marijuana reform for legalizing medical marijuana. And Alabama is among the 17 states where medical marijuana is still illegal. But new legislation which was introduced last Tuesday in the state Senate by Senator Tim Melson is seeking to authorize medical marijuana. The legislation SB 165, which would establish the Compassion Act, would allow the state of Alabama to legalize certain forms of medical cannabis,…

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WednesdayFeb 19, 2020 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Research Shows Marijuana Edibles THC Labels Need to Be Improved

A new study has found that the majority of young adults do not comprehend the levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the advertised marijuana edibles. However, researchers have suggested a new manner of communicating the concentration of THC as well as other information on the product labels. The new study tested the efficacy of THC labeling on marijuana edibles. Between 2015 and 2016, research shows that in the United States, about ten percent of the adult population and approximately twenty-four percent of the youths had consumed marijuana within the past year. And since then, marijuana consumption has been on the rise.…

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TuesdayFeb 18, 2020 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Proposed Law Seeks to Protect Privacy of Maine Marijuana Companies

The lawmakers in the state of Maine are considering approving a proposal that provides a cloak of secrecy about the imminent adult-use marijuana sector. The legislation L.D. 2091, which was written by the legislators within the state of Maine, would exclude trade secrets, security, and operating protocols provided to the state by marijuana businesses from public records law. The state of Maine claims that the proposal would enclose in protections for cannabis business proprietary information, such as recipes for marijuana edibles. The spokesperson for the Office of Marijuana Policy in Maine, which drafted the legislation L.D.2091, David Heidrich said that…

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WednesdayFeb 12, 2020 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Colorado State University to Offer Degree in Marijuana

Colorado State University is launching a degree in marijuana after receiving state approval for the program on Friday. Starting this fall, Colorado will be offering Cannabis, Biology, and Chemistry to undergraduate students wishing to study the science of the crop to ensure success in the industry, local media reported. The marijuana program is similar to a double major in biology and chemistry and features a lab permitted to cultivate industrial hemp to allow students to use cannabidiol derived from the plant during their study. The program launch coincides with a time when the marijuana industry is booming, and more states…

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TuesdayFeb 11, 2020 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Poll Shows Most Kentuckians Support Legalizing Pot

Support for marijuana legalization has changed dramatically over the last few years, with more and more states legalizing either medical or recreational marijuana. However, some states are more conservative than others; for instance, in Kentucky, cannabis is not legal either for medical or adult-use purposes. However, a recent survey by Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) in 2019 showed that in the last decade, support for marijuana legalization has been rising within the state. And it was the first time more than half of the residents of Kentucky who were surveyed said that they were in favor of marijuana for any…

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TuesdayFeb 11, 2020 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Study Finds Business Innovation and Profits Go Up After Marijuana Legalization

New research shows that in the U.S., many states have been experimenting with different forms of marijuana legalization. The study found that businesses are thriving in states where marijuana is legal. Researchers at the University of Iowa embarked on a study of the impact of legalization on the economy, and they analyzed 9,810 corporations between 1991 and 2017. The researchers found that after the legalization of medical marijuana, the states experienced a multitude of positive impacts. The authors of the research said that firms whose headquarters are in a state where marijuana is legal were found to receive higher market…

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MondayFeb 10, 2020 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Netflix Bows to Singapore Government Pressure to Block Marijuana Shows

The majority of us got to see the humanization of marijuana users through film and television, but Singapore is working to make sure that its citizens would not be able to access films with marijuana content. According to a new report issued by Netflix, the company has removed all movies that have marijuana contents as a move to comply with several demands made by the government of Singapore. This included three-pieces of marijuana-themed shows known as Cooking on High, The Legend of 420, and Disjointed. They also removed Martin Scorsese’s films that had overt drug use and partying themes such…

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MondayFeb 10, 2020 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Colorado Unveils Plan to Ease Banking Access for Marijuana Industry

On Monday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis unveiled a plan through which he seeks to increase the number of financial institutions conducting business with the legal marijuana industry. Rep. Ed Perlmutter joined Polis at the press conference for announcing the new legislation “Roadmap to Marijuana Banking and Financial Services.” The Assembly-led legislation was sponsored by Perlmutter, and the legislation’s aim is to protect financial institutions from being punished for transacting with the legal marijuana businesses within Colorado. Polis said that federal prohibitions on marijuana have forced banks to rejects opening accounts for marijuana businesses, blocking them from accessing financial services. The…

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FridayFeb 07, 2020 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Feds Worried International Cannabis Rescheduling Could Force Their Hand

An upcoming vote seeking to loosen international restrictions on cannabis has the U.S. federal government worried as it could reinforce marijuana legalization efforts. Media outlets obtained a government document that was released last year by the United Nations’ (UN) World Health Organization (WHO). The report was discussing a series of marijuana policy recommendations in the U.S. The policies discussed include the removal of marijuana from Schedule 1 of controlled substances under an international treaty as well as rescheduling some cannabinoids. Last year, the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs was expected to vote on WHO’s reclassification recommendations and decide if they…

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FridayFeb 07, 2020 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Illinois Pot Companies Sell Marijuana Worth Almost $40M in January

The adult-use marijuana industry in the state of Illinois started on a high note. On Monday, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced that in the month of January, marijuana sales came to a total of $39.2 million. Recreational marijuana sales became legal on the Jan. 1, 2020, and within January, marijuana customers bought approximately one million cannabis products. The majority of the marijuana products were purchased by residents of Illinois and this amounted to $30.6 million, while $8.6 million was purchased by out-of-state consumers. The sales figures above do not account for medical marijuana sales; it is only…

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