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President Biden has pardoned more than 6,500 people who were convicted for Federal marijuana possession including those in the District of Columbia. He said the current system of convicting people for simple possession or use of cannabis “makes no sense” anymore since so many states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana. Biden says the penalties for being convicted can last a lifetime and affect a person’s employment, education and social benefits.
Biden called on the states to follow suit and pardon those convicted of simple cannabis possession. He also has asked to reconsider the scheduling of cannabis alongside other… Continue reading
The Government of Thailand has announced that it will give away one million cannabis plants after marijuana legalization takes effect on June 9, 2022. Medical cannabis was approved in Thailand in 2018.
To take advantage of the emerging cannabis industry in Asia, Thailand will allow citizens to grow plants in their own homes. In fact, they have created a new app, called Plook Ganja, where they expect residents to register their grows with the authorities, allowing cannabiz companies to purchase marijuana directly from growers, while keeping track of the whole business.
Way back in the daze of the… Continue reading
Thank you Justin Trudeau for introducing legislation to legalize cannabis last year. It was a brave move for any country’s leader, especially one with such close ties to the United States.
This is the third country in the world to legalize cannabis for personal use, Uruguay has legalized cannabis for personal, and medical use, and legalized cultivation also. Spain has restricted legal cannabis use, and has limited the use of medical cannabis, and allows growing for personal use but only out of site of anyone from a street or public place.
Canadian Senator Tony Dean said to reporters yesterday “We’ve… Continue reading
A new study found that US border states that legalized marijuana witnessed a huge drop in violent crime. The study: Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime. found that:
…among the border states the effect of the change in law was largest in California, where there was a reduction of 15% in violent crime, and weakest in Arizona, where there was a fall of 7%. The crimes most strongly affected were robbery, which fell by 19%, and murder, which dropped by 10%. Homicides specifically related to the drug trade fell… Continue reading
Thousands of Californians and visitors waited in line this morning to purchase their first legal recreational marijuana in the state.
Thanks to Proposition 64, as of January 1st, 2018, California’s cannabis legalization is now a fact!
One of the largest purveyors of cannabis in California, Harborside in Oakland opened at 6am and was soon packed to capacity. Operating as a medical marijuana dispensary for many years, Harborside, along with many other medical dispensaries, have chosen to sell recreational marijuana as well now. The only difference besides needing a medical recommendation for medical cannabis (yes, prop 215 is still in effect), is the price. Medical cannabis is not taxed as high as recreational, which adds 15% to the retail cost as well as taxes at the wholesale level. Continue reading