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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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ThursdayMar 28, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — New York to Evaluate Struggling Cannabis Industry as Hiccups Allow Illicit Market to Flourish

Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, has issued an order to reassess the state’s adult-use cannabis licensing program due to various setbacks. Those hurdles, including lawsuits and administrative challenges, have not only stood in the way of the legal marijuana market but have also led to the proliferation of illicit sellers. The assessment aims to identify ways to expedite license processing and facilitate quicker business openings. Additionally, the assessment will conduct a comprehensive review of the state’s Office of Cannabis Management’s (OCM) organizational structure and procedures. Hochul, a member of the Democratic Party, has openly complained about the launch…

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WednesdayMar 27, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Colorado Bill Seeking to Silence Social Media Posts on Marijuana Raises Concern

A conservative think tank in Colorado has voiced worries about a proposed measure that could have an impact on internet discussions of cannabis and associated products, including hemp. The bill, SB24-158, covers various aspects of internet regulations, including content policies and age verification. A noteworthy clause in it targets social media companies, mandating that they immediately take down any content that sells, promotes or endorses narcotics that are considered illegal. The definition of “illicit substance” in the bill is expansive, encompassing not just illegal drugs but also substances regulated in the state. It broadly refers to controlled substances categorized under…

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TuesdayMar 26, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Las Vegas Consumption Lounges Usher in New Era for Cannabis Industry

The much-anticipated introduction of cannabis consumption lounges in Las Vegas has finally materialized, with almost 20 establishments reportedly nearing completion, according to regulators. Thrive Cannabis Marketplace opened its first licensed lounge next to its store, just off the renowned Las Vegas Strip, while Smoke and Mirrors Cannabis Lounge opened for business later, having passed the last site inspection by Nevada’s Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB). For Reset, a marijuana hospitality company with offices in Las Vegas that offered advice to Thrive, the trip took around seven years, according to managing partner Chris LaPorte. The schedule was further extended by bureaucratic procedures,…

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MondayMar 25, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — VP’s Comments on Marijuana Suggest Campaign Shift on Legalization

Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking at the White House to a group of individuals who received pardons related to marijuana offenses, expressed her support for the legalization of cannabis, marking a potential change in the administration’s stance as the November elections approach. An attendee at the meeting disclosed Harris’s statement, which came after her public call for the DEA to expedite the rescheduling of marijuana. Harris, who had previously advocated for cannabis legalization as a senator and during her 2020 presidential campaign, has not publicly championed the cause since joining President Joe Biden’s ticket. Throughout the campaign and her tenure…

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FridayMar 22, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Massachusetts Governor Announces Plan to Pardon Low-Level Cannabis Convicts

Governor Maura Healey of Massachusetts has revealed plans to pardon all individuals with simple cannabis possession charges in the state. It is expected that the move will impact a significant number of people. During a recent press conference, Healey stressed the importance of the announcement, noting that it is among the largest marijuana pardons that a U.S. governor has ever declared. She stated, “We’re doing this simply because justice demands it.” Although exact numbers on how many people are impacted by the pardon are unknown, Healey hypothesized that the number may potentially reach hundreds of thousands throughout the state of…

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TuesdayMar 19, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — New Study Suggests Cannabis Handouts Could Curb Drug Overdose Fatalities

A new study published in the “Journal of Harm Reduction” proposes that distributing free marijuana through harm-reduction groups could significantly decrease drug overdose fatalities and enhance the well-being of users. The study, focusing on a cannabis donation initiative in rural Michigan, marks the pioneering documentation of the harm-reduction approach in the United States, suggesting its potential sustainability contingent upon state regulations. While acknowledging existing obstacles in marijuana distribution and regulation policies, study authors emphasize the perceived advantages recognized by harm-reduction practitioners. Those advantages include reduced premature mortality, enhanced life quality, pain alleviation, better recovery prospects and heightened safety for both…

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