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FridaySep 23, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Oklahoma Supreme Court Shoots Down Two Challenges to Cannabis Legalization Measure

Last week, the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a pair of legal challenges against a cannabis legalization proposal. The court afforded the petitioners a small window to request for a rehearing as it prepares to make a final ruling in the coming week on whether the proposal can be brought before voters this year. The deadline to send in challenges against the proposed amendment to the constitution closed earlier in the week. Four challenges were filed, including two concerning the language of the ballot title, and two that dealt with signature certification, which were shot down by the court. One of…

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ThursdaySep 22, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Survey Finds Most Republicans Support Incremental Marijuana Policy Reforms

Most progressive measures in the United States have been pushed by Democratic lawmakers and supported by left-leaning voters. Democrats were almost entirely responsible for the wave of cannabis reform that has swept across the country, with most left-leaning states now allowing some kind of legal marijuana market. However, a recent survey has revealed that attitudes toward cannabis prohibition and legalization are also changing on the other side of the political divide. The survey found that voters who identify as Republican support various cannabis reform measures, including legalizing the controversial plant, expunging certain cannabis-related offenses from people’s records and allowing states…

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ThursdaySep 22, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — US Court of Appeals Rules Marijuana’s Federal Scheduling Is Irrational, Not Unconstitutional

A recent ruling handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit states that the decision by the federal government to classify marijuana under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is not unconstitutional but is plausibly irrational. The Controlled Substances Act was approved by the 91st United States Congress and signed into law by former President Richard Nixon. It became effective May 1, 1971. Schedule I substances under this act are, by definition, substances that currently have no accepted medical use in treatment and have a high potential for abuse. Drugs classified under this schedule include…

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WednesdaySep 21, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Florida Judge Slams State for Slow Medical Marijuana Licensing Process

Florida legalized medical cannabis in 2014 and began allowing qualified patients to access non-smoked, low-THC cannabis in January 2015. Another measure passed in 2017 created a more comprehensive regulatory framework for Florida’s medical cannabis industry. It also required that the state Department of Health issue new medical cannabis licenses as the number of qualified patients increased. However, despite the fact that Florida now has more than 700,000 medical marijuana patients and should have granted another 22 medical marijuana licenses, regulators are yet to do so. Earlier this month, an appeals judge chastised state health officials for the slow medical marijuana…

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WednesdaySep 21, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Why Marijuana Is Growing in Popularity While Cigarettes Lose Out

Despite being prohibited in most areas for the past couple of decades, cannabis has been the most-used drug in the world for quite a while. As of July 2022, an estimated 200 million people used cannabis across the globe. Legalization efforts have significantly increased access to the controversial plant, allowing millions to legally purchase and consume cannabis with no legal repercussions. Dozens of American states, as well as territories around the world, now have legal cannabis markets. As a result, more people than ever are using cannabis, and one industry that has dominated the recreational drug space has begun to…

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TuesdaySep 20, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Law Enforcement Raids Uncover Human Trafficking Victims in Illegal Cannabis Farms

Recently, law enforcement personnel revealed that they had observed an increase in illicit market entities exploiting suspected victims of human trafficking to grow as well as trim cannabis sold illegally within and outside California. This comes as the cannabis legalization movement spreads across the country. Advocates and authorities stated that helping the victims was complicated, because most didn’t open up and say they were trafficked; they were also unwilling to collaborate with the law enforcement agencies to apprehend the dealers and smugglers. Earlier in May, law enforcement officers arrested suspected victims during a raid in an illegal grow operation in…

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TuesdaySep 20, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Adult-Use Cannabis Sales in Illinois Surpass $3B Since Recreational Market Launched

Adult-use cannabis sales in the state of Illinois have already surpassed the $1 billion threshold this year. The state’s marijuana sales for the month of August totaled $129,441,315, which brought its total sales for 2022 to $1,015,700,115. Data from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation also shows that the space has officially exceeded its $3 billion mark for adult-use marijuana purchases since dispensaries first launched in 2020. In 2021, adult-use cannabis purchases took until October to surpass the $1 billion mark. The state’s market has significantly grown these last few years, especially considering that in 2020, consumers purchased…

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MondaySep 19, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — New Jersey Marijuana Commission Wants Cannabis Treated Like Alcohol

Cannabis may be one of the fastest-growing industries in the country, but the legal landscape surrounding the drug is far from perfect. Although dozens of states have launched legal cannabis industries, the federal government still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance. Furthermore, different state cannabis policies are not consistent with each other, resulting in a patchwork of cannabis policies across the country. For years, industry stakeholders, cannabis reform activists and lawmakers have urged regulators to create standardized cannabis policies for recreational marijuana that protect employees’ rights to both purchase and consume marijuana. Rather than choosing complete prohibition, these…

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MondaySep 19, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Germany Is Importing More Medical Cannabis from Sources Closer to Home

During the first half of 2022, Germany imported a high amount of cannabis for scientific use and medical sales. Last year, the country cumulatively imported more than 20,500 kg of marijuana for scientific and medical purposes. This figure is significantly higher than its 2020 figure of 13,345 kg. In 2019, the country imported a little more than 8,000 kilograms of cannabis. Data from the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices shows that through the first half of the year, imports of dried flower and extracts increased by more than 6% to reach 10,486 kilograms. This is in comparison to…

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FridaySep 16, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Innovative Packaging Could Give Cannabis Brands a Competitive Edge

Cannabis is one of the fastest-growing industries in America. Just two decades after California first legalized medical and recreational cannabis, the industry has created hundreds of thousands of jobs and generates billions of dollars in sales revenue every year. Experts believe the cannabis space will become even more profitable as more states launch legal cannabis markets, predicting it will be worth a whopping $197.74 billion in 2028. Naturally, such mouth-watering profits have attracted numerous companies to the cannabis sector, with new organizations entering the space every year. Companies that want to stand out among the crowd and consistently attract customers…

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