Iowa Senator Announces Plans to Introduce Cannabis Legalization Bill

State Sen. Joe Bolkcom of Iowa announced on Monday that he plans to introduce a bill that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis for adults. Under his proposal, marijuana would be regulated like alcohol by the state government.

“It is time for Iowa to end marijuana prohibition,” Bolkcom said at a news conference on Monday morning. Continue reading “Iowa Senator Announces Plans to Introduce Cannabis Legalization Bill”

High-Level Coalition Launches Campaign Supporting Legalization in Minnesota

As a congressman, Tim Walz pushed the Department of Veterans Affairs to study medical cannabis for military veterans. And now, as the newly elected Governor of Minnesota, Walz wants to make it the next U.S. state to legalize marijuana. In fact, Walz’s tax-revenue-generating, economic-opportunity-creating, racial-disparity-reducing stance on legalization led Forbes to predict that Minnesota would indeed be the next legal-weed state. Continue reading “High-Level Coalition Launches Campaign Supporting Legalization in Minnesota”

Police Officers in Ottawa Will Be Permitted to Consume Cannabis Off-Duty

Police officers in Ottawa, Ontario will be allowed to consume cannabis while off-duty once recreational marijuana is legalized later this month, according to a report from the CBC. The Ottawa Police Services Board adopted a new fit-for-service policy to govern cannabis-use by officers at its meeting on Monday.

Deputy Chief Steve Bell said that the policy is similar to the guidelines already in place for the use of other substances that may affect work performance. Continue reading “Police Officers in Ottawa Will Be Permitted to Consume Cannabis Off-Duty”

Canopy Growth’s Global Opportunity Could Reach $200B, Benchmark Says In Bullish Initiation

Shares of cannabis and hemp company Canopy Growth Corp. (NYSE: CGC) have doubled since the stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange back in May. Continue reading “Canopy Growth’s Global Opportunity Could Reach $200B, Benchmark Says In Bullish Initiation”

Marijuana ‘Tasting Rooms’ Bill Dies With Colorado Gov.’s Veto

Colorado’s governor on Monday vetoed a bill to allow marijuana retailers to set up “tasting rooms,” dashing hopes that the state would be the first to adopt a system letting consumers use marijuana in public spaces.

 

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Canada Is All Set To Legalize Marijuana By The End of The Summer

In an interview with Canadian news program The West Block, parliamentary secretary for the minister of public safety Mark Holland reported that Canadians will be able to buy weed by the end of September.

The liberal party currently controls the executive branch of the Canadian government, led by Justin Trudeau. Opposition to cannabis legalization largely comes from the more conservative Senate. Continue reading “Canada Is All Set To Legalize Marijuana By The End of The Summer”

Quebec Battles Federal Law and Facts En Route to Legalization

As Quebec moves—seemingly unwillingly—toward legalization, the details of its legal cannabis framework are still unresolved, which means provincial debate rages on.

Contrary to the federal law allowing up to four plants, Quebec will allow no homegrown cannabis at all.

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Will New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Include Home Grow?

Will New Jersey marijuana legalization include home grow? As of now, the new governor of the state seems to only be insistent that adults be able to consume cannabis—not grow it.

“Marijuana legalization” doesn’t guarantee fully legal marijuana. Other states allow adults to grow small amounts of cannabis at home. Will New Jersey marijuana legalization allow home grow? Continue reading “Will New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Include Home Grow?”

California Legalization Brings Host of Environmental Rules

At a state briefing on environmental rules that await growers entering California’s soon-to-be-legal marijuana trade, organic farmers Ulysses Anthony, Tracy Sullivan and Adam Mernit listened intently, eager to make their humble cannabis plot a model of sustainable agriculture in a notoriously destructive industry dominated by the black market.

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Experts Predict the Next 5 States to Legalize Weed

In the United States, cannabis legalization is spreading like wildfire (sorry, California), and now experts predict the next five states to legalize weed. There is currently a grand total of eight states, plus Washington D.C., that have successfully passed recreational cannabis. So now, the question on everyone’s mind is: who’s going to be next?

Trying to predict political and legal outcomes is a national pastime.

In recent years, cannabis acceptance has been making strides. And as a result, the legalization of recreational weed has been spreading. So far, there are eight states (out of 50) which now allow adults to purchase marijuana without a medical card. The states that have passed recreational weed are Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Recreational cannabis is also legal in Washington, DC. Continue reading “Experts Predict the Next 5 States to Legalize Weed”