Incoming House Rules Chairman Pledges To Allow Floor Votes On Marijuana-Related Amendments

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Representative. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) says that he will permit federal lawmakers to debate and vote on marijuana-related amendments when he assumes control of the House Rules Committee in 2019. “Unlike my predecessor, I’m not going to block amendments for marijuana,” he said. “Citizens are passing ballot initiatives, legislatures are passing laws, and we need Read the full article…

New Jerseyans Support Marijuana Legalization, Expungement, Taxation

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Large majorities believe legalization will help state’s economy, areas in state with high marijuana arrest rates NEW JERSEY: New Jersey legislators haven’t decided whether to legalize cannabis for personal use, but the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll shows more state residents favor than oppose – by a hefty margin of 58 percent to 37 percent – completely Read the full article…

MPP Op-Ed: Our Neighbor to The North

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On Wednesday, marijuana sales will begin nationwide in Canada, making it the second country in the world — following Uruguay — with a federally legal adult-use marijuana industry.  Each Canadian province has developed its own system for how marijuana will be sold to adults. This will include government stores, private retailers, online government sales with Read the full article…

US Territory Legalizes Adult Marijuana Use

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CNMI: The governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,  a US territory of approximately 54,000 people, has signed legislation into law legalizing the use and retail sale of cannabis. House and Senate lawmakers had previously approved the measure in August by a vote of 24 to 1. Under the new law, those over the age of 21 will be permitted to possess Read the full article…

South Africa: Highest Court Upholds Right To Consume Marijuana In Private

South African politicians first outlawed marijuana in 1908. Annually, some 13 percent of all arrests in the nation are marijuana-related.

SOUTH AFRICA: The nation’s highest court has upheld a 2017 decision finding that the use of marijuana by adults in private is constitutionally protected behavior. Judges unanimously ruled that privacy protections encompass an adult’s right to possess and grow cannabis in a private space. It is not “a criminal offense for an adult to use or be in possession of cannabis in Read the full article…

FSD Pharma Expands Into Jamaican Market

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CANADA: FSD Pharma has announce that it intends to launch a strategic partnership into the Jamaican cannabis market as part of its plan to expand internationally. FSD has signed a Letter of Intent effective September 10, 2018 with JJAMACANN Inc. to form a joint venture operating as FSD Jamaica. FSD Jamaica expects to partner locally with Read the full article…

Delaware Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law

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DELAWARE: Democrat Gov. John Carney has signed legislation into law vacating past, low-level marijuana convictions. Senate Bill 197, which took immediate effect, “provides mandatory expungement eligibility to individuals who were convicted of the possession [of one ounce or less], use or consumption of marijuana prior to Delaware’s decriminalization of these offenses.” State lawmakers in 2015 enacted legislation reducing the possession Read the full article…

Clean Slate Act To Seal Records Introduced To Congress

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced the Clean Slate Act, HR 6669, along with 22 original cosponsors, to seal the records for marijuana charges one year after the sentence is completed. The Clean Slate Act is important legislation that would ease the burden felt by those unjustly suffering the Read the full article…

Nova Scotia Liquor Taps Tilray For Adult-Use Cannabis Products

Cannabis will soon be sold in select NSLC stores.

CANADA:  Tilray Canada announced that it has been selected by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation to receive an initial purchase order for adult-use cannabis. The purchase order would allow Tilray, one of fourteen cannabis producers selected by NSLC, to supply the province of Nova Scotia with a diverse array of cannabis products in anticipation of the launch of Read the full article…

NORML PAC Endorses Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Blumenauer And Young

NORML PAC Endorses Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Blumenauer and Young

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Political Action Committee (NORML-PAC) has announced their endorsements of Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Don Young (R-AK) in their reelection campaigns. Blumenauer and Young serve as lead co-chairs of the Cannabis Caucus in the House of Representatives. “Representative Earl Blumenauer has been supporting Read the full article…