Mexican Senate Votes To Legalize Cannabis…But Activists Criticize The Measure

The Mexican Senate approved a landmark cannabis legalization bill last week, bringing the country one step closer to creating the largest legal cannabis market in the world. The measure now heads to Mexico’s lower legislative chamber, as activists assert that the bill is flawed.

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that laws prohibiting recreational cannabis are unconstitutional and ordered legislative reform. The nation’s lawmakers are now working to codify that decision before the current legislative session ends in December. Under the bill approved by senators last week, adults would be permitted to possess up to 28 grams of cannabis and cultivate a limited number of cannabis plants for personal use.

Activists Say Bill Is Flawed

However, some activists, including Julio Salazar, a senior lawyer and legalization advocate with the nonprofit group Mexico United Against Crime, have said that the bill is flawed, favoring large corporations over small businesses and family farms. The measure also does little to strip the cannabis trade from the cartels in Mexico, where more than 100,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in recent years.

“I’m not sure if the initiative being pushed by Congress actually makes things better,” Salazar said before the Senate vote.

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Adult-Use Cannabis Home Delivery

Marijuana home delivery is coming to Massachusetts after receiving the green light from state regulators on Monday.

The state’s Cannabis Control Commission approved new regulations that will open the door for pot being delivered directly to your door in the commonwealth. The commission created two types of licenses for delivery, according to local television station WCVB: one for “marijuana couriers” who “will be allowed charge a fee to make deliveries from a retailer or dispensary to the customer,” and another for “marijuana delivery operators,” who will be “permitted to buy wholesale products and make deliveries from their own warehouse.”

According to WCVB, the commission passed the new regulations by a vote of 3-1 “in a virtual meeting to approve revised rules for the industry.”

Under the regulations as written, a delivery agreement is defined as “a contract between a licensed Marijuana Establishment and a Delivery License holder or Marijuana Establishment with a Delivery Endorsement to deliver Marijuana or Marijuana Products from the Marijuana Establishment directly to Consumers and as permitted, Marijuana Couriers to Patients and Caregivers, under the provisions of a Delivery License.”

Cannabis Delivery in Massachusetts

Home delivery has been a feature of the state’s medical cannabis program for

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Cannabis Gave Her Child A Future: Now She Helps Other Families

Zaki, 17, likes to point out houses that he’d like to have when he turns 18 next year. That was something unimaginable seven years ago, his mother, Heather Jackson recalled, when he used to have around 200 seizures a day. Nowadays, with CBD, “when he does have seizures, they’re brief” and don’t hurt him.

By the time he was nine, Zaki had tried 17 different pharmaceutical treatments, all of which failed to control his seizures caused by a rare form of epilepsy called Doose Syndrome (Myoclonic Atonic Epilepsy). It was only after undergoing treatment with CBD oil, provided by whole-plant hemp company Charlotte’s Web, that his seizures dropped off dramatically. Zaki, who no longer has Doose Syndrome and has received a new diagnosis of the rare genetic condition Poirier-Bienvenu Neurodevelopmental Syndrome (also known as CSNk2b), was able to start living what his mother described as basically a normal life.

“He’ll talk your ear off, which is incredible,” Jackson said, adding that she and Zaki’s father “have so much hope for the future. He will still need support into adulthood but with support he can do all these things.”

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Cannabis As Harm Reduction? Study Shows Patients Who Use It Drink Less Alcohol

Would you smoke cannabis if it meant you might consume less alcohol, tobacco, or prescription drugs? A recent study examining a group of patients adds more convincing evidence to the idea that marijuana is an “exit” drug rather than a gateway drug.

Published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, the study compared survey results of 973 patients who answered questions about how they used alcohol before and after receiving medical cannabis authorizations from their doctors. Among them, 44 percent reported drinking less frequently on a monthly basis, 34 percent consumed fewer standard drinks per week, and eight percent said they drank no alcohol at all in the 30 days prior to completing the survey.

The study’s data is derived from the Canadian Cannabis Patient Survey 2019, a survey of patients registered with licensed producer Tilray, and led by the company’s VP of patient research and access and University of Victoria researcher Philippe Lucas.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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NJWeedman Sues New Jersey — For Legalizing Cannabis

CANNABIS CULTURE – NJWeedman (Aka Ed Forchion) has filed a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey for legalizing regulated cannabis on the grounds that new laws demand a colonialized system of selective prosecution.

“What’s going on right now is the Columbusization of the marijuana industry. In urban communities, we have not had shortages of marijuana in decades. You get these corporations coming in here saying they founded the cannabis industry, and they are setting up in these urban communities. Right on top of us! They are planning on setting up these Walmarts of weed right in our communities.” 

Forchion is passionate when he speaks about the future he wants to see for New Jersey neighborhoods, ravaged by the drug war.

He doesn’t mind the “Walmarts of weed” setting up shop. 

Instead, Forchion wants the average citizen to be able to open a bodega in their neighborhood as well—and he argues that the new laws will make it impossible for this to happen.

At present, there are not yet any official new laws regarding marijuana in New Jersey. Neither the Senate nor the Assembly has managed to muster enough votes to pass legislation. Governor Phil Murphy ran his 2017

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Scheduled For Release: Richard DeLisi’s Fight For Freedom

CANNABIS CULTURE – For the first time since 1988, Richard DeLisi, the longest serving nonviolent prisoner in the United States, may be able to spend Christmas with his family.

DeLisi could be out as early as December 4th of this year, thanks to the efforts Last Prisoner Project (LPP) and pro bono attorneys Juster, Elizabeth Buchanan, and Minardi who took up the case in June of this year.

In the fall of 1989, DeLisi, now 71, was arrested in Florida along with his brother, Ted, and charged with Trafficking in Cannabis, Conspiracy to Traffic in Cannabis, and Violation of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO).

Despite the recommended incarceration time of 12 to 17 years, DeLisi was sentenced by Polk County Judge Dennis Maloney to three consecutive life sentences that amounted to 90 years in prison.

“Mr. DeLisi’s case was definitely an outlier in the time that it was and the sentence that he received at that time,” said Michael Minardi, a Florida attorney who worked pro bono on the DeLisi case. “It definitely seemed like they were trying to make an example of him.”

Richard DeLIsi and Daughter

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DŪḠ-EWAḤDAT the Beverage of Unity

CANNABIS CULTURE –  Islamic accounts refer to a potent hash oil preparation known as dūḡ-e waḥdat, which may be similar to the Zoroastrian mang/bhanga infusions which I discussed in an earlier article.

Hash oil was prepared in the Islamic world by boiling cannabis and skimming the drops of oil from the surface of the water. “Hashish oil is generally consumed by thoroughly mixing a drop of it with a litre of dūḡ (a drink made from yogurt), and drinking the resulting mixture. This mixture, which is extremely potent and dangerous, is called dūḡ-e waḥdat (the dūḡ of annihilation)” (Gnoli 1979). As Encyclopedia Iranica describes:

DŪḠ-EWAḤDAT “beverage of unity,” concoction made from adding hashish extract (jowhar-e ḥaīš) to diluted yogurt (Šahrī, VI, pp. 412, 423). The resulting tonic is drunk by certain mystics as a hallucinogen during their rites. ʿAlī-Akbar Dehḵodā, in his compendium of Persian proverbs and dicta (1339 Š./1960, I, p. 255), quoted a verse from Kamāl-al-Dīn Ḵojandī (d. 803/1399) in which the use of the narcotic by a Sufi sheikh is mentioned. Apparently some less scrupulous Sufis used the drink to attract followers

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Oregon Cannabis Leasing: Will Oregon Cannabis Businesses Affected by the Wildfires Get Help?

Between COVID-19 and the wildfires it has been quite a year for Oregon cannabis. One the one hand, sales were up significantly through mid-summer, on the other hand, many growers, especially in southern Oregon and Lane County were significantly adversely affected by the wildfires that consumed much of the State.  As we wrote about in September here, one in five licensed businesses were in evacuation protocols. Marijuana businesses affected by the fires were ineligible for federal disaster relief and dispensaries in Portland were targets of break-ins at least 47 times over the summer. Perhaps one bright spot, if you can call it that, has been the eviction moratorium.

Regular readers may recall that on April 1, Governor Brown signed Executive Order 20-13, which imposed a temporary moratorium on evictions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Order 20-13 was set to expire on July 1, 2020, and so the Oregon Legislature took up House Bill 4213 (“HB 4213”) in order to extend the moratorium on residential and commercial evictions for nonpayment of rent. Governor Brown signed HB 4213 into law at the end of June. The Governor issued another order, Executive Order 20-56 in late September, extending the moratorium

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The Process of Cannabis Testing

With medical cannabis having become more or less mainstream in the United States, the requirement for formal testing and analysis is greater than ever. The industry is growing exponentially all the time, with new growers and product manufacturers setting their sights on healthy profits.

In order to legally sell cannabis to consumers in the US, their products need to be extensively tested for quality and safety. Analysis is also necessary to ensure appropriate levels of CBD and THC in their products.

Prior to being released on the market, all cannabis products (including cannabis flowers) need to be appropriately tested in a variety of ways. Only then are they given the green light to be sold to medical and recreational cannabis users alike.

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the factors taken into account when formal cannabis tests are conducted.

Testing for potency
Labs conduct tests to analyze cannabinoid profiles, which indicate the strain’s potency. The overall strength and effect of the product is determined by the cannabinoids it naturally produces. Most states require growers to deliver reports on the dry weight percentage of CBD (cannabidiol) and ∆9-THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). 

Some states require more detailed reports, and that’s why it’s important

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Mexico Will Legalize The World’s Largest Legal Cannabis Market

The United States will soon be sandwiched between two nations with federally legalized marijuana. Just days before the Thanksgiving holiday, Mexico moved forward with legislation legalizing the cannabis plant for a variety of uses.

This comes on the heels of Canada’s historic legalization several years ago, which has created a viable international marketplace, channeling funds through the Canadian markets and effectively mobilizing the global cannabis industry.

When Canada legalized, the U.S. missed an opportunity to ensure that NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange would have a role in controlling the financial markets and dollars funneling into cannabis. This was expected since Jeff Sessions was in control of the Department of Justice (DOJ). We didn’t necessarily have a pro-cannabis Administration under Trump and certainly not under the leadership of Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, no friend to marijuana. Despite this, what are the implications for America doing business with partners directly to the north and south?

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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