Virginia Senate Passes Anti-Stop, Sniff, and Search Bill

Virginia made history last week when the state Senate approved a bill that would stop police officers from pulling over and searching vehicles simply because they smell of cannabis. The bill is meant to help stop racial profiling against people of color. 

This is a big deal because Black folks are more than three times as likely to be arrested for cannabis, according to the ACLU and the data that has been gathered on cannabis use. In general, stop-and-search because of a cannabis smell is likely to involve stereotyping and impact minority groups negatively. 

“This is a small but important step to decriminalizing Black and brown bodies of being targeted by this longtime policing tool, which was really created by politicizing the war on drugs,” said Chelsea Higgs Wise, executive director of the nonprofit Marijuana Justice, regarding the possibility of passing this new bill. “The odor of marijuana is something that our undocumented community is anxious about because it’s life or death and separation from their families.” 

Cannabis Crime in Virginia

While cannabis decriminalization took effect in Virginia this past July, possession of more than an ounce can still result in a serious penalty, and having up to an ounce

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House of Representatives Plans September Vote On Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is planning a September vote on a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and allow the states to create their own cannabis policies. If passed, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act (H.R. 3884) would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.

In a statement, House Majority Whip Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina wrote that during the week of September 21, “the House will take up Chairman Nadler’s MORE Act to help restore justice to millions by decriminalizing marijuana and expunging records of nonviolent federal cannabis convictions.”

The MORE Act

The MORE Act was introduced in the House in July 2019 by Rep. Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York who serves as the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The Senate’s version of the bill was introduced at the same time by Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democrat from California who is her party’s nominee for Vice President in this November’s election. The bill has 87 co-sponsors in the House, including Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, the co-Chairman of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

“Less than two years ago, we put out our blueprint outlining a path to cannabis

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Governor of Nebraska Publicly Condemns Medical Cannabis During Press Conference

Should Nebraska voters approve a measure legalizing medical marijuana this year, be prepared for workers in the Cornhusker State to clock in before they’ve come down.

That was the warning issued Monday by the state’s Republican governor, Pete Ricketts. At a press conference, Ricketts dismissed the legitimacy of cannabis as a medical treatment, and warned that legalizing it—something more than 30 other states have already done—could have dire consequences for Nebraska. 

“There is no such thing as medical marijuana,” Ricketts, currently serving his second term as governor, said at the press conference. “This is not something that should be prescribed by a doctor. It’s not something we distribute through a pharmacy, right? These are dispensaries that will be in your communities, and we have seen the effect in other states when they do this, people show up to work stoned, and that puts him at greater risk for accidents on the job.”

Plenty in the medical community—not to mention scores of patients suffering from cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other conditions—would strongly disagree with Ricketts’ assessment. 

“We know that this has a huge impact on children, their

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How to Hide Being High When You’re Totally Fried

We’ve all been there – desperate to look grounded when you’re completely fried.  Everyone tries to hide being high at some point. Something that sounds easy on the surface, but can actually be pretty daunting when the time comes.

Quite often, attempts to hide being high backfire spectacularly. This is because the more you try to emphasize the fact that you’re totally sober, the more obvious it becomes that you aren’t. How difficult it is to hide being high is influenced by various factors, including how high you are and how desperate you are to appear otherwise.

On the plus side, there are effective ways and means to hide being high, irrespective of how high you are. Advance planning will help, but there’s plenty you can do at the last minute if time really isn’t on your side.

So, next time you need to lie about what you’ve been up to for the past few hours, here’s how to hide being high when you’re completely fried:

1.  Wear sunglasses

Admittedly, there are only certain times and places you can get away with this.  If you attempt to hide being high by wearing sunglasses where it’s not appropriate to do

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The Winners of the Cannabis Cup Colorado: People’s Choice 2020

In case you missed our Cannabis Cup Digital Awards show this weekend, here are all the winners of the Cannabis Cup Colorado: People’s Choice 2020!

The Winners of the Cannabis Cup Colorado: People's Choice 2020

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First Place: Mandarin Sunset by Indico
Second Place: MAC by High Level Health
Third Place: Skunkberry by One Farms

The Winners of the Cannabis Cup Colorado: People's Choice 2020

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First Place: Jabberwokie by Pagosa Therapeutics
Second Place: Papa Smurph by High Level Health
Third Place: Jungle Cheese by One Farms

The Winners of the Cannabis Cup Colorado: People's Choice 2020

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(Meaningless?) Federal Vote on Marijuana Legalization is on the Horizon

I’ve been practicing corporate, transactional, and regulatory law in the marijuana industry for going on 10 years now. I’ve never understood exactly why folks get excited about, or even remotely interested, when various lifetime politicians in Congress push bills on the federal legalization/rescheduling of marijuana. Why? Because these bills notoriously go nowhere (for a number of what seem to be purely political reasons) and will continue to go nowhere, in my opinion, where marijuana (while extremely popular with most Americans and obviously with certain entire states) is still too politically hot to trust out-of-touch members of Congress to do anything meaningful about it, and especially now given that the nation’s priorities seem to revolve around dealing with COVID-19 (and rightly so).

The House’s planned floor vote in early September around the most recent federal marijuana legalization measure (the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (“MORE Act” (see the House version here, which was introduced last year)) is no different. While I’m glad to see members of Congress continue to try to chip away at the continued (failed) War on Drugs regarding cannabis, I’m honestly tired of seeing the fanfare attendant with these legalization bills. At the same time, my

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Cannabis CBD Oil Transformed The Lives Of Two Cambs Mums – Now They Sell It

They have jokingly been branded ‘drug dealers’ by their teenagers.

Two mums who made friends at the school gates have been jokingly branded “legal drug dealers” by their teenage children, after they joined forces to launch a cannabis oil business worth around £125,000 from their kitchen table.

When cannabidiol (CBD) oil made Samantha Day, 49, feel like the “dark cloud” marring her life had lifted, following breast cancer in 2017, she recommended it to her pal, Lorraine Clarke, 51, who had been struggling with her mental health.

– Read the entire article at Cambridge News.

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Three Cannabis Stores in the Works For Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls could be home to three new cannabis stores.

ShinyBud Cannabis Co. has applied to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to open a store at 8 Beckwith St. N. – the latest company to apply to open a cannabis retail store in town.

ShinyBud’s application is currently undergoing public notice. Residents have until Sept. 4 to file an objection to the application.

– Read the entire article at Inside Ottawa Valley.

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Is Transporting Hemp Really Worth the Risk?

When the 2018 Farm Bill was inked, one of the biggest perceived wins was a provision prohibiting states from interfering with interstate transport or shipment of hemp. It turns out that this protection was for a long time meaningless. Many hemp transporters today face just as much risk when transporting hemp as they did before the 2018 Farm Bill was signed—and in some cases, even more risk.

In this post, I’ll walk through exactly how we got into the current mess we are in and why transporting hemp can be such a massive risk—even though hemp is technically federally legal (or at least no longer a controlled substance).

The biggest problem with the 2018 Farm Bill’s blanket prohibition on interference with interstate transport is that for a long time, it didn’t actually exist. As we wrote back in early 2019, the prohibition on interference ONLY applied to hemp cultivated under the 2018 Farm Bill. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) didn’t create hemp regulations until late 2019 and only approved its first hemp plans at the very end of 2019, so the protections on interstate transport arguably didn’t kick in until the first harvests by cultivators operating under those

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Months After His Death, Pete Frates’ Legacy Lives on in Family’s Push for ALS Patients to Try Medical Cannabis

“It almost seemed like we had this magic potion that other people couldn’t get to,” said Pete’s wife, Julie.

By the time Pete Frates tried medical marijuana, he and his family felt like they had run out of options for treating his anxiety.

The Boston College graduate, who had been diagnosed with ALS years earlier, was already seeing top psychiatrists and therapists at Massachusetts General Hospital. He had tried every anxiety drug made available to him. All his family wanted was something — anything — that would ease the anxiety Frates felt as his diagnosis left him trapped inside his own body.

“Pete was always super on edge before we started to use marijuana, like anything could be a trigger for him,” said his wife, Julie. “You know, if his hands weren’t moved correctly, or something wasn’t done the right way, and he’s not able to communicate with us exactly what it is he needs. All of those things were just constantly a battle for us.”

– Read the entire article at Boston Globe.

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