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Lawmakers explore easing rules on small cannabis businesses

On Wednesday, House lawmakers explored efforts to ease rules and boost small business owners in the legal cannabis industry. During the hearing before the House Committee, workers from the cannabis industry discussed the financial and legal obstacles they face while running their small businesses.

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/449419-lawmakers-explore-easing-rules-on-small-cannabis-businesses

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Dispensaries that launched cannabis in West Hollywood can continue to sell recreational pot… for now

On Monday, the LA City Council decided to allow the city’s original 4 dispensaries to maintain temporary licenses to sell recreational marijuana. The dispensaries were set up in 2003, but in 2016, the council decided that the stores should compete with nearly 100 other dispensaries for just 8 licenses. None of the original stores secured top 8 spots, so now their owners fight to maintain the right to sell cannabis until the 8 other stores open shop.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-west-hollywood-original-dispensaries-vote-20190618-story.html

Benjamin Caplan, MDDispensaries that launched cannabis in West Hollywood can continue to sell recreational pot… for now
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New York’s Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bill is Dead

Despite a poll showing that the majority of New Yorkers support legalization, lawmakers could not agree on a handful of key components of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), thus deciding not to pass the bill.

https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/new-yorks-adult-use-cannabis-legalization-bill-is-dead

Benjamin Caplan, MDNew York’s Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bill is Dead
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News: Medical dispensaries vs Recreational

As more states begin to legalize cannabis recreationally, the number of medical patients drops rapidly. Higher costs, fewer shops, and the removal of some products for ones with a wider appeal can make it difficult for patients to get the medication they have been relying on. http://bit.ly/31slU3Y

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Nevada: first US state to ban pre-employment drug testing for cannabis

Nevada made history today as the first US state to ban pre-employment drug testing for marijuana. The law will take effect on January 1st, 2020. Learn more here: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/us/nevada-marijuana-job-screening-trnd/index.html

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Video: The Netherland’s History with Medical Marijuana

A video adaptation of “Key elements of legal environments for medical use of cannabis” that details The Netherland’s history with medical marijuana.

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This paper is also stored here:    http://bit.ly/2Y4yszz     inside the CED Foundation Archive

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A theory for a presidential candidate to de-schedule cannabis

One 2020 candidate recognizes the judicial, medical, and economic effects of cannabis prohibition and has laid out a plan to end it. Gillibrand (D-NY) plans to not only de-schedule cannabis but expunge criminal records and boost medical research while harnessing economic opportunities http://bit.ly/31iuNwM

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Producing the ‘problem’ of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in English prisons

The use of synthetic cannabinoids in English prisons is currently considered a “law, order and control” problem, with associated regulation and penalties. There is a clear and problematic disconnect between prison administrators and users. Resources for education, training and work opportunities are missing.

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Zimbabwe Prison Cannabis

The Zimbabwean government agreed to license growers who could produce marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes. Under this new agreement, a prison in Zimbabwe has applied to grow cannabis to fund its operations, and if approved, this would be the first Zimbabwean prison to do so. #Zimbabwe #prison #medicinal #cannabis http://bit.ly/2WlVBxs

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A lawsuit filed against the Justice Department re: de-scheduling

A lawsuit was filed against the Justice Department alleging that keeping cannabis on the CSA posed serious health risks. Originally dismissed, an appeal was filed and it was decided to leave the case open to apply pressure to the DEA to de-schedule cannabis. Action could be taken soon http://bit.ly/30Yrue3

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