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Poland Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Yesterday, President Duda signed Poland’s medical cannabis bill into law, making Poland the latest European Union member country to permit the use of medical marijuana. Cannabis reform in Poland has moved fast and steady in the last couple of months. Near the end of June, a bill to allow medical marijuana in the European nation was overwhelmingly voted forward by Poland’s Lower House of Parliament. The proposed legislation had incredible support with 440 in favour and 2 against. In the first week of July, the nation’s Health Care Committee gave their recommendation for legalization to move forward. This approval...

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Massachusetts High Court Rules On Work and Weed; Gov. Prepares to Sign Legalization Into Law

Massachusetts’ medical marijuana patients receive legal cover from state Supreme Court ruling as Gov. Charlie Baker prepares to sign legalization into law. Yep, it was a busy week for marijuana enthusiasts in the “Bay State.” On Monday, a Massachusetts High Court ruled workers couldn’t be fired for using medical marijuana. Then, on Thursday, policymakers in the state legislature sent a revamped version of the voter-passed marijuana legislation to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk for signing. Anticipated to approve the modified measure, Gov. Baker’s signature will elevate the ballot question’s projected marijuana tax rate, provide joint oversight of both the recreational...

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The Cannabis Shortage Plaguing German Pharmacies

At present, Germany is experiencing massive delays in the delivery of medical cannabis. The supply at most pharmacies is limited to three or four of the 16 available medical strains. More than 10 of Germany’s medically-approved strains originate from the Canadian medical cannabis program, but currently, only smaller stocks of Pedanios’ 18/1 are available — the other five Pedanios Strains are sold out. None of the five strains produced by Tweed are available in German pharmacies. Due to the lengthy import and export process, Canadian cannabis could return to the German market in September, at the earliest. Shortages from...

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Grass, Glass, and Gear: Las Vegas Champs Trade Show 2017

The Champs trade show held this week in Las Vegas was an absolute blast, at least for most. A premier counter-culture event held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the long-running trade show provides head shops, dispensaries, and other 420-retailers their seasonal supply of bongs, oil rigs, assorted paraphernalia, and alternative lifestyle attire. While there’s no weed at the show, recreational marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas are alive and well. With recreational marijuana now legal in Nevada, this week’s event hosted more than 420 vendors under the convention center’s massive roof. Featuring artisan glassblowers demonstrating their craft, this year’s...

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How to Make Your Own Cannabis Capsules

Cannabis capsules are an easy, discreet, and super effective way to medicate. Taking a pill blends more seamlessly into most people’s daily routine than smoking, vaporizing, or eating an edible. Making cannabis capsules at home is a simple way to ensure you’re ingesting clean medicine that’s created to suit your individual needs. A daily low-dose of cannabinoids can help ease a wide variety of ailments, and when you’re treating a chronic disorder it’s important to consistently flood your body with healing cannabinoids. There are two routes to take when making your own capsules — infused oil or decarboxylated dry...

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Marijuana is NORML: 45% of Americans Have Tried Cannabis

by NORML July 21, 2017 According to recently released polling data from Gallup, nearly half of all Americans have tried marijuana at one point in their lives, an all time high since they began asking the question in 1969 when only 4% of Americans admitted to having tried the substance. Additionally, 12% of survey respondents said they currently consume marijuana. Gallup concludes: “With 29 U.S. states allowing medical marijuana use, and eight allowing recreational use, legal cannabis is taking hold in American society. There may be obstacles to marijuana becoming fully “accepted” in the United States. Attorney General Sessions appears to be cracking down on marijuana use, and driving under the influence of pot continues to be a concern for many. Despite legal hurdles, however, a record-high percentage of Americans say they have tried marijuana.Smoking pot is still not as prevalent as cigarette smoking in the U.S., at 17%, but current marijuana usage is about as high as it has been. If more states legalize the drug, regular usage — or at least experimenting with marijuana — could rise. Legality may confer a certain societal acceptance of the drug. Sessions’ hopes to prosecute state-level marijuana crimes may prove to be a hindrance, but it is unlikely this multibillion-dollar industry will be stopped anytime soon.” Read the full survey results...

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Know Your Medicine: CBDA

Cannabidiolic acid or CBDA is one of the non-intoxicating phytocannabinoids found in the raw unheated cannabis plant. CBGA, cannabigerolic acid, is the parent compound to both THCA and CBDA. As the cannabis flower matures, CBGA is converted to CBDA by the enzyme CBDA synthase, first discovered in 1996 by researchers in Japan. CBGA is also the parent compound to THCA, via the enzyme THCA synthase. Unfortunately, there is very little research on CBDA despite recent studies showing potent anti-inflammatory effects and anticancer potential. CBDA is a potent anti-inflammatory, working by selectively inhibiting an enzyme in our bodies called COX-2....

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South America: Legal Pot Goes On Sale in Uruguay

Uruguay rolls out recreational marijuana sales! In 2013, the tiny South American country put the world on notice. They were done fighting the losing battle against recreational marijuana consumption and decided to try a novel approach – legalizing it. On Wednesday, the long-awaited national experiment was fired up and the sale of recreational marijuana began in earnest for residents of Uruguay. Legalized by the tiny South American country more than four years ago, the initial implementation has been agonizingly slow. Since announcing their historic marijuana reform policy, several other countries have jumped on the reform bandwagon. Adults over the...

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The Activist on the Inside — MP Paul Flynn on U.K. Pot Reform

One of the most inspiring aspects of watching a country emerge from the bowels of prohibition is witnessing the advocates of cannabis rush to its defense. These outspoken reformers come in many shapes and sizes, including people from the “illicit” cannabis industry, patients who need marijuana, and even parents who are desperately trying to secure important medicine for their children. Possibly the most fascinating activists are the representatives of government who encourage people to challenge the status quo, despite the consequences. An 82-year-old Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom, Paul Flynn, is one of these outspoken individuals. Earlier...

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45% of Americans Say They Have Tried Marijuana

A poll conducted by the research-based consulting company Gallup finds that 45% of Americans say they have tried marijuana on at least one occasion. When Gallup presented the same question to Americans in 1969, only 4% of those surveyed said they had tried pot. Gallup’s study on “American’s consumption habits” is based on telephone interviews conducted on July 5-9 with a random sample of 1,021 adults. However, the results from the marijuana-related questions are based on responses from approximately 500 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. 12% of Americans...

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Colorado: Tax Revenue From The Legal Cannabis Industry Surpasses Half-Billion Dollars

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 20, 2017 Revenues from Colorado’s legal cannabis industry have surpassed over a half-billion dollars since retail sales began on January 1, 2014. According to an analysis by VS Strategies, cannabis-related taxes and fees have yielded $506,143,635 in new state revenue over the past three and one-half years. (Local tax revenue was excluded from the analysis.) Much of the revenue raised has gone to fund school construction projects, school-drop out and substance abuse prevention programs, and grant funding. The half-billion dollar total far exceeds initial projections. Tax revenue from legal cannabis sales in Oregon and Washington have also exceeded regulators’ initial expectations. In Nevada, where retail sales to adult became legal on July 1, retailers reported over 40,000 transactions in just the first...

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‘Live Free’ and Smoke: New Hampshire Decriminalizes Marijuana

New Hampshire joins other New England states and decriminalizes marijuana. On Tuesday, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation that will dramatically reduce penalties for individuals caught in possession of small amounts of marijuana or cannabis concentrates (a.k.a. hashish). Soon to be a civil violation as opposed to a misdemeanor offense, the change to New Hampshire’s marijuana law is scheduled to take effect in approximately 60 days. Aimed at reducing penalties for personally possessing small amounts of pot to a mere ticket, allowing offenders to “pay fines by mail,” New Hampshire’s policy makers trust the new law will dramatically...

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Dosidos Marijuana Strain Review

Strain Overview The Scoop: If you bought stock in Dosidos a year ago, you struck gold. Thanks to the popularity of the Jungle Boyz and the strain’s massive bag appeal, Dosidos has become the darling of the boutique cannabis scene. But the Jungle Boyz are no longer the only farmers highlighting Dosidos — this Indica comes from Denver’s The Herbal Cure. The Result: A strain that typically tests into the mid-high 20% THC range, Dosidos is the heir apparent to the Forum Cut. One of if not the most photogenic strains out there, these nugs looks like they were...

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Uruguay: Retail Cannabis Sales Begin Today

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 19, 2017 Select pharmacies in Uruguay are now dispensing marijuana to adults, under regulations that went into effect today. Sixteen pharmacies are presently licensed to engage in cannabis sales, and some 5,000 adults so far have registered with the state to purchase marijuana products — which are capped at a price of $1.30 per gram. Sales to foreign tourists are not permitted under the law. Federal officials initially approved legislation in 2013 lifting the state’s criminal prohibition of the plant. Under the policy change, citizens may cultivate up to six plants per household, and engage in collective cultivation as part of membership clubs. Rules and regulations governing the distribution of marijuana for medical purposes are overseen by the Ministry of Public...

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WATCH: Marijuana in the Halls of Congress

by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director July 19, 2017 Yesterday, NORML moderated a Facebook Congressional Conversation on marijuana law reform with Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Tom Garrett, Beto O’Rourke, and Justin Amash. We discussed a wide range of issues including the needless burden of the federal driver’s license suspension mandate, access to medical marijuana, racial injustice, and pending bipartisan legislation to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. WATCH NOW: Share on Facebook  |  Share on Twitter The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color. Only when lawmakers speak honestly about the effects of prohibition and the senseless burdens it imposes on our communities will we be able to win substantial reform. “At a time when 29 states and the District of Columbia have made the decision to regulate the sale and use of marijuana, we should rethink how the federal government approaches this drug. Our current approach to marijuana prevents legitimate medical use, fills our prisons with nonviolent offenders and continues to fuel drug violence,” said Representative Beto O’Rourke in a statement promoting the event. In our continued effort to educate the lawmakers and the public, events like this will be able to open the eyes of those who have willfully ignored the issue....

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Massachusetts Marijuana: High Taxes and the Blackmarket

Elevated taxes announced for legal marijuana in Massachusetts. On Monday, Massachusetts’ lawmakers rolled out their proposed tax plan for the sale of legal marijuana in the Codfish State. Significantly less than the 56 percent tax plan first threatened by policy makers in June, the total tax rate under the new proposal could still hit 20 percent. Question 4 was initially drafted, proposed, and passed last November based on a framework of a 12 percent tax rate – and won with 53.6% of the vote. Now rewritten twice, the clandestine deal struck behind closed doors will break down something like...

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