Virginia MJ Industry Hits Snag as Subcommittee Tables Two Bills to Launch Retail Market
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by Keegan Williams
2h ago
Virginia became the first state in the South and 17th state overall to legalize recreational cannabis in 2021, ushering in a new era for the state and, potentially, some of its neighbors. While adults can legally possess, share up to one ounce of cannabis and cultivate up to four cannabis plants in their primary residence, the state is taking its time establishing its regulated cannabis market. Now, two different proposals meant to jumpstart the retail industry and establish regulations in the state were rejected by a Virginia House panel, WRIC reports. The House General Laws subcommittee vote ..read more
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Oklahoma Could Generate Nearly $500M if Recreational Pot is Legalized
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by Keegan Williams
2h ago
While intense campaigns on either side of the issue are attempting to swing the March 7 vote, a new report released by the Yes on 820 campaign shows the myriad economic benefits Oklahoma could look forward to, should adult-use cannabis legalization be enacted. The report, titled, “An Economic Impact and Tax Analysis of Oklahoma State Question 820,” outlines an analysis performed by Vicente Sederberg LLP and the Oklahoma Cannabis Industry Association, finding that the state is projected to gain $821 million in combined medical and recreational taxes, should State Question 820 pas ..read more
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Missouri Weed Sales Launch Earlier Than Expected
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by Thomas Edward
2h ago
In a surprising twist, legal cannabis sales went live in Missouri on Friday, with state regulators issuing retail licenses days earlier than expected.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that industry expectations “had been that the licenses required to sell non-medical cannabis would not be issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services until Monday … the department threw a curve Thursday afternoon, announcing that it would issue licenses on Friday to the dispensaries that qualified for them.” And receipt of a license means that a dispensary can begin sel ..read more
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More Than 80% of Texans Back Medical Cannabis, Poll Says
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by Thomas Edward
2h ago
More than 80% of Texans are in favor of medical cannabis, while a smaller majority backs recreational pot, according to a new survey. The poll, which comes via the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, found that 82% of Texans support legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. Sixty-seven percent of Texans support legislation that would make the recreational use of marijuana for any purpose legal for those age 21 and older, according to the poll. “Attitudes about the use of marijuana have been evolving over the past few decades, and we found especially strong supp ..read more
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Australia Approves MDMA, Psilocybin for Therapeutic Use
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by Thomas Edward
2h ago
Regulators in Australia this week announced that qualified psychiatrists will be able to prescribe “medicines containing the psychedelic substances psilocybin and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) … for the treatment of certain mental health conditions” later this year. Under newly permitted uses, those substances “will be listed as Schedule 8 (Controlled Drugs) medicines in the Poisons Standard,” but they will “remain in Schedule 9 (Prohibited Substances) which largely restricts their supply to clinical trials” for all other uses. The Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Au ..read more
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Dozens Arrested in Weed Distribution Ring with Orders via FedEx, UPS
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by Benjamin M. Adams
2h ago
Authorities shut down an illegal distribution operation providing prompt delivery of weed and edibles sent coast to coast via trackable orders from FedEx and UPS. Cannabis and edibles were delivered right to customers’ doorsteps, or in some cases sold through a slot in a door.  The two-dozen defendants arrested in the operation face serious charges, in some cases life imprisonment.  According to a Jan. 31 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York, 24 people were arrested in connection with a smuggling operation using FedEx and UPS to mail ..read more
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UC Davis Launches Institute for Psychedelics and Neurotherapeutics
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by Thomas Edward
3d ago
The University of California, Davis announced this week that it is launching a new institute that aims to “advance basic knowledge about the mechanisms of psychedelics and translate it into safe and effective treatments for diseases such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, among others.” Called “the Institute for Psychedelics and Neurotherapeutics,” it will “bring together scientists across a range of disciplines and partner with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure that key discoveries lead to new medicines for ..read more
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Yale Announces New Cannabis Research Center
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by Thomas Edward
3d ago
One of the country’s most prestigious academic institutions will be home to a new research center dedicated to studying cannabis.  The Yale School of Medicine announced the creation this week of “a research center to study the acute and chronic effects of cannabis and cannabinoids on neurodevelopment and mental health.” Called the “Yale Center for the Science of Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” the center “will be led by Deepak Cyril D’Souza, MD, Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry and a leading expert on the pharmacology of cannabinoids.” The announcement comes only weeks after C ..read more
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British Police Find 6,000 Cannabis Plants in Abandoned Tire Factory
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by Thomas Edward
3d ago
British police this week reportedly uncovered thousands of cannabis plants in an abandoned tire factory in what is being called one of the largest weed busts in the area.  The British newspaper The Independent reported that law enforcement in the otherwise sleepy Lincolnshire village “busted one of their largest ever cannabis factories after discovering 6,000 plants inside an old tyre factory – believed to be worth around £6.5 million.” “This is one of the largest cannabis grows we have located in Lincolnshire to date and follows the excellent development of intelligence ..read more
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Meek Mill Receives Pardon as Part of Former Pennsylvania Governor’s Final Round
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by Keegan Williams
3d ago
Pardons of previous cannabis convictions can be life changing, and celebrities are no exception. On January 14, rapper Meek Mill took to Instagram to celebrate the pardon he received from the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons in relation to the 2008 charges of weapon and drug possession against him, that led to a handful of highly publicized probation ordeals and a 2017 prison sentence. “Thankyall,” he captioned the post, proudly displaying the office notice, followed by a smiling, teary-eyed emoji. “I’m only gone do more for my community on god!” The document reads, “And whereas, the Board of Par ..read more
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