New Hampshire Senate Delays Action on Marijuana Legalization Bill

Throughout much of this year, New Hampshire lawmakers have been considering a bill to legalize recreational weed. But now, after some initial successes, the bill has now stalled out. Yesterday, the New Hampshire Senate referred the bill back to the Judiciary Committee and voted to delay any further consideration of a recreational bill until December or early 2020.

Recreational Bill Stalls in the Senate

After receiving a House-approved recreational bill earlier this year, the New Hampshire Senate did not debate the piece of legislation yesterday. Instead, Senate lawmakers sent the bill back to the Judiciary Committee for further consideration.

As a result, legalization in 2019 is all but off the table for the Granite State. As per the Associated Press, there is technically a chance that lawmakers could return to the issue in December of this year.

But New Hampshire Public Radio clarified that the Senate’s vote more realistically means that nothing will happen on the recreational front until 2020.

“Although we may disagree on whether the prohibition of marijuana has been a success, or whether we should remain an island within New England, we all agree that this decision cannot be made lightly and without further consideration,” Senator Martha

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Illinois House May Vote on Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Today

As the sun set on Illinois Thursday, the state’s House Judiciary-Criminal Committee began discussing House Bill 1438, a bill to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. The discussion lasted three hours before finally coming to a vote at 11:20 p.m., passing with a 13-6 margin. The after-hours deliberation was necessary to get the bill to the House floor Friday, the final day of the spring legislative session, and Illinois best chance at legalizing recreational marijuana by 2020.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who promised on the campaign trail to make Illinois the 11th state to legalize cannabis use and sales, is ready to sign HB 1438. But in order to win support in the Legislature, lawmakers had to water-down certain key provisions related to equity and criminal justice. And that means the fate of the bill before a full Illinois House vote is all but certain, as lawmakers confront concerns that this version doesn’t go far enough for those most impacted by Illinois’ brutal drug war.

Illinois House Lawmakers Are About to Vote to End Marijuana Prohibition

The Illinois Senate has already voted to approve HB 1438, and passage through the House is the final step before it reaches Gov. Pritzker’s desk.

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Zimbabwe Government Approves Country’s First Cannabis Farm

Company secures 10-hectare piece of land at prison for high security.

Zimbabwe‘s government has approved plans for the country’s first cannabis farm and production plant.

The project will reportedly begin at the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services’ Buffalo Range prison in Chiredzi, CAJ News reports.

Ivory Medical, a Harare-based company, has secured a 10-hectare piece of land at the prison because of the high security it will offer the project.

– Read the entire article at Independent News.

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Less Packaging, More Recycling, Means Greener Weed for New Brunswick

When cannabis was first legalized in Canada, customers immediately criticized the excessive plastic packaging that came with it.

Some products generated as much as 70 grams of plastic and cardboard for one gram of marijuana.

But that is starting to change.

Some products, offered in pill containers, have shed the outer cardboard boxes and shrink-wrapped plastic seal.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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The Mother Plant of the Goddess – Cannabis

CANNABIS CULTURE – Like us, cannabis occurs in both male and female forms a differentiation which marks higher forms of both botanical and animal species .  “Propagation of the female species… is the total concern of the grower interested in the narcotic power of the plant.  It is thus a kind of happy coincidence that the subjective effects of cannabis and the care and attention needed to produce a good resin strain both conspire and accentuate values that are oriented toward honoring and preserving the feminine.”(McKenna 1992).  With such a view in mind it is not so surprising to find that diverse devotees have often come to note something feminine about marijuana, or Mary Jane, and this goes back to ancient times.  Almost two millennia ago Chinese Taoist sages remarked upon this distinction, defining that it was the yin, (feminine opposite to the male yang) that contained the plants magical and euphoric properties.

Interestingly cannabis has been identified with a number of ancient Goddesses. In her groundbreaking historical studies of cannabis, the Polish anthropologist Sula Benet, known now for her identification of the ancient Hebrew term ‘Kaneh bosm’ with the plant cannabis,   wrote:

 Taking into account the matriarchal element

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140 People Scheduled to Testify on First Day of FDA Hearings on CBD

When the word dropped that the federal government was interested in knowing our conclusions on CBD, it seems to have spurred a wave of action. 140 people are signed up to testify at tomorrow’s public hearing in Silver Spring, Maryland, where agency representatives will consider testimony on the use and utilization of the drug.

Topics that may be covered include potency levels, potential drug interactions, and delivery method for CBD products. The agency selected speakers among respondents to its open call for comment. Attendees of the upcoming meeting will hear the opinions of individuals from the business community as well as medical professional, academics, agriculturists, and consumer advocates.

Perhaps, given the expansion of the CBD industry as of late, it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of people who want to weigh in on the future of products made with the cannabinoid in the United States. Confusion has reigned ever since CBD was effectively legalized by the U.S. Farm Bill, which okayed production of the hemp from which the cannabinoid is derived.

Even so, many states continue to arrest people for CBD sales and possession. Several high profile cases of arrest have gotten media coverage recently,

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If Cannabis Is Having Any Dire Health Effects, Canadian Hospitals Haven’t Seen Them

More than half a year in, Canada’s relaxed cannabis laws appear to be earning a clean bill of health from major medical organizations.

While many hard numbers on health shifts are not yet available, some of the country’s largest mental health and emergency centres say the new laws have dumped no discernible increase in cannabis-related cases on their doorsteps.

“It’s certainly something that we’re very concerned about and want to be watching for,” says Robert Mann, a senior scientist and impairment expert at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. “But I’ve heard nothing — no indication that there’s all of a sudden a large increase.”

– Read the entire article at The Star.

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If Cannabis Is Having Any Dire Health Effects, Canadian Hospitals Haven’t Seen Them

More than half a year in, Canada’s relaxed cannabis laws appear to be earning a clean bill of health from major medical organizations.

While many hard numbers on health shifts are not yet available, some of the country’s largest mental health and emergency centres say the new laws have dumped no discernible increase in cannabis-related cases on their doorsteps.

“It’s certainly something that we’re very concerned about and want to be watching for,” says Robert Mann, a senior scientist and impairment expert at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. “But I’ve heard nothing — no indication that there’s all of a sudden a large increase.”

– Read the entire article at The Star.

[UPDATED] New Jersey Senate Expected to Vote on Medical Cannabis Expansion Today

Updated (May 30th, 2019):

The New Jersey Senate voted in favor of the bill, with a tally of 33-4. The measure now heads to Governor Murphy’s desk.

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2019 has been an up and down year for cannabis law in New Jersey. With lawmakers considering new legislation on both the recreational and medical fronts, cannabis has received a fair amount of attention.

Now, the state Senate is expected to vote today on a new medical marijuana bill. If the bill eventually passes into law, it would significantly expand the size and scope of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program.

New Jersey’s Proposed Medical Marijuana Expansion

The new bill features several provisions that would all add to a rapid expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program.

For starters, the new bill would scale up the number of medical marijuana providers in the state. Currently, there are six growers/dispensaries licensed in New Jersey. Additionally, the New Jersey Department of Health reportedly approved six more providers. So far, however, licenses have not yet been granted.

If the state’s medical marijuana expansion bill passes, it would bump up the number of licenses. Specifically, the bill seeks to set a cap of 23 licensed growers in

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Illinois Senate Passes Recreational Marijuana Bill

State House will now vote on bill that would allow state residents 21 and older to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis.

The Illinois Senate approved a bill legalizing marijuana on Wednesday — a major step toward becoming the 11th U.S. state allowing recreational pot use. The measure, which passed in a 38-to-17 vote, now needs House approval by the Friday deadline before heading to the desk of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who helped announce the bill with other lawmakers in early May.

Starting January 1st, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act would allow Illinois residents 21 or older to legally purchase and possess any combination of up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, five grams of cannabis concentrate or 500 milligrams of THC in a cannabis-infused product.

– Read the entire article at Rolling Stone.

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