Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania Reports Most Residents Support Legalizing Marijuana

Back in February, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman kicked off a statewide listening tour to engage the public and gather input on the issue of legalizing cannabis for adult use. Lt. Gov. Fetterman vowed to visit all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. And on Monday, he presented the feedback he gathered from his stops in the 50 counties he’s been able to visit so far. Speaking before the joint House and Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Fetterman reported that most residents support legalizing marijuana.

Statewide Listening Tour Reveals 60-70 Percent of Pennsylvanians Support Legal Weed

Plenty of national and statewide polls have been conducted to gauge public support, or lack thereof, for marijuana polic reform. Virtually all of those polls place broad support for cannabis legalization in the majority. They just differ on the size of that majority, measuring it either in the 60-percent range (for adult-use legalization) or the 80-percent range for some form of legalization. A better indicator might be the amount of people who support criminalizing cannabis, a number that continues to dwindle rapidly.

But Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman didn’t want to rely on poll data. Instead, he wanted to hear directly from Pennsylvania residents themselves. So in

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Considering Cannabis Home Delivery Laws

Regulators in Massachusetts have reached an agreement that would allow the home delivery of cannabis products in the state. If approved, the plan would also give communities affected by the War on Drugs an expedited path to representation in the state’s newly legal cannabis industry.

The state Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 on Friday to adopt a group of policies to implement the home delivery program. A final vote on the detailed regulations of the plan is expected from the commission next month, according to media reports.

If approved, the program would allow the home delivery of cannabis products throughout the state, except in the many municipalities that have banned retail pot sales. Purchases would be made from licensed retail dispensaries and delivered by independent businesses licensed by the state. Delivery companies would be allowed to serve multiple dispensaries and would be required to return any undelivered product to its source at the end of each day.

Diversity in Cannabis

In an effort to comply with a statutory requirement that Massachusetts create a diverse cannabis industry, for at least two years home delivery licenses would only be available to entrepreneurs participating the commission economic empowerment and social equity programs.


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Police Haven’t Seen an Uptick in Those Driving High on Marijuana Post-Legalization

According to Canadian law enforcement agencies, there has been no noticeable increase in arrests for driving under the influence of marijuana since the nation legalized the plant for everyone 18 and older.

A survey by the Canadian Press of the country’s police forces  has  found that most have seen no rise in DUI cannabis arrests, reports High Times.

“[M]ost police departments are still really focusing on the drugs that we know that are killing people, the opiates and methamphetamines that are causing major concerns across the country,” says Chief Constable Mike Serr, who is co-chairperson of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police’s drug advisory committee.

Many departments which took part in the survey said they had actually recommended less charges for driving while under the influence of marijuana, although Alberta police did report 58 such charges since federal legalization, in comparison to 32 charges levied during the same six months last year.

Many agencies are reporting the prioritization of driver education around proper storage of cannabis while driving, emphasizing that it should be kept safely in the trunk as one would with alcohol containers.

“The news comes at the same time as the Canadian government’s announcement that it

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Wisconsin City Officials Trying to Stop Church From Distributing Cannabis

Cannabis isn’t legal in the state of Wisconsin just yet, but one Madison-based Rastafarian church has utilized a religion-based loophole that allows them to serve the plant to members who make a small donation. But despite the seemingly fool-proof statute, it appears local officials aren’t going to let this one slide without a fight.

The city has given two men from the Lion of Judah House of Rastafari church an ultimatum—stop providing its members with marijuana or face potential legal repercussions.

Wisconsin City Officials Trying to Stop Church From Distributing Cannabis, Despite Legal Loophole

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the church’s operators, founder Jesse R. Schworck and Dylan Paul Bangert, have been both smoking and distributing cannabis to their followers, citing the parish’s Rastafarian roots—a religion that allows the use of cannabis for ritualistic use—as grounds for their otherwise illicit use. Per the  church’s official website, the church remains “Wisconsin’s first & only lawful Rastafari cannabis sanctuary.”

According to local officials, however, that description could be fleeting.

The State Journal reported that police have come to the establishment several times, confiscating jars of cannabis and corresponding paraphernalia in the process. Police also delivered the building’s landlord, Charajeet Kaur, a

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Weed Drinks Are Set to Dominate the Cannabis Market in Canada

From cannabis beer to margarita-flavoured THC tonics, weed companies are betting big on beverages.

As I sit here writing a story about the future of edibles, I’m battling an edible-induced hangover.

I can’t really blame anyone but myself. I smoked some weed at home and then to satisfy my accompanying munchies, I ate a medicated brownie because I had no other snacks in the house. At midnight. It was tasty so I ate the whole thing, which I’m told contained about 90 milligrams of THC—nine times Canada’s likely legal serving size. I fell asleep immediately and it’s now well into the next day but I still feel like 90 percent of my brain is sedated.

I bring this up because the potential for “greening out” is one of the main discussions currently taking place around edibles—the next frontier of cannabis legalization in Canada and already big business in legal US markets. The Canadian government has promised to regulate the sale of edibles by October 17 and companies both large and small are gearing up for that. (Though, as was the case with brick and mortar pot shops in Ontario, actual sales may not take place until after that.)

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Hamilton’s Second Licensed Cannabis Store Opens for Business

Hamilton’s second licensed cannabis store is open for business.

The Hello Cannabis Store, located on Cootes Drive in Dundas, officially opened its doors to customers on Friday morning.

Santino Coppolino, who was one of two Hamiltonians selected in the province’s cannabis retail lottery, said he’s excited to work with Hello Cannabis, which has run a medicinal cannabis clinic in Dundas for years.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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Louisiana House Advances Measure to Legalize Hemp

Legislation to legalize hemp has been advanced by Louisiana’s House of Representatives, reports the Associated Press.

The measure, which was filed by Representative Clay Schexnayder (R), would legalize growing and processing of industrial hemp in Louisiana, in line with what’s allowed under the 2018 federal Farm Bill for the relative of the marijuana plant. On Thursday it was passed by the House Agriculture Committee.

As noted by the AP, “hemp is a member of the cannabis plant family but contains only traces of the THC chemical compound that causes a high for marijuana users. Hemp is used for textiles, fuels, rope and chemical absorbents, among other products.”

Congressional research shows that hemp is used to make at least 25,000 various products.

Representative Schexnayder said hemp production would help Louisiana’s struggling farmers and create new jobs. He described the measure as an economic development tool.

“The idea is to grow and take advantage of a crop we haven’t been growing since 1938,” said Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, who helped craft the legislation and would have regulatory authority over the program.

Growing hemp for individual use would be prohibited under the bill.

Representative Dustin Miller (D) questioned the level of regulatory

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Ontario Becomes 1st Province to Demand Pharmacists Complete a Cannabis Education Course

Course details risks, dosage forms and common side effects of the drug.

Ontario pharmacists have a little less than a year to get up to speed on weed if they want to practice in the province.

The Ontario College of Pharmacists has made cannabis education mandatory in the wake of legalization and in anticipation of legal edibles set to arrive this fall.

The regulatory body has told its members they have until March 27, 2020 to complete an accredited course that could help them address what has been a hazy landscape when it comes to patient information.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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New Cobourg Medicinal Marijuana Facility Aims to Hire 1,500 People by 2021

A company specializing in recreational and medical cannabis aims to hire 1,500 people for its plant in Cobourg, Ont., in two years.

On Friday, FSD Pharma celebrated its awarding of its sales licence by Health Canada last week. The plant is based on William Street at the former Kraft Foods plant.

The company says the site could become one of the world’s largest marijuana-producing facilities after it spent several years retrofitting the near 4-million-square-foot plant that sits on 70 acres of land, 40 of which is still available for future development.

“We are thrilled about the local support for our company as we achieve this great milestone,” stated Zeeshan Saeed, company president and co-founder.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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Two Companies Become First in Latin America to Export Medical Marijuana to Europe

Two companies – one from Uruguay and one from Colombia – will soon become the first in Latin America to legally export medical marijuana products to Europe under deals announced Wednesday.

Fotmer Life Sciences of Uruguay and Clever Leaves of Colombia will export cannabis extract and dried marijuana flowers to Germany, reports the Associated Press. According to the firm, Germany is the largest market for the medicine in Europe, with an estimated 700,000 people using medicinal products derived from marijuana.

Uruguay in December 2013 became the first country in the world to legalize a national cannabis market from growing to purchase for personal use, and the government later legalized the export of medical marijuana products to countries where it is legal, a move that has brought a wave of investment. Colombia, which has decriminalized pot use, legalized medical marijuana products. The announcements of the deals did not provide a dollar figure or start date.

“This puts Uruguay on the world map” of pharmaceutical cannabis, said Fotmer CEO Jordan Lewis, an American who moved to Uruguay to participate in the cannabis industry after its legalization.

In a press statement from Germany, Clever Leaves CEO Andrés Fajardo said the export deal

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