Biden Issues Blanket Pardons For Simple Marijuana Possessions, Calls For Legal Reforms

President Joe Biden will pardon all prior federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana, he announced on Thursday.

The president is also calling on governors to pardon state marijuana offenses. He will also ask the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the attorney general to review how the drug is scheduled under current federal law.

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“Criminal records for marijuana possession have also imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities,” Biden said in a statement. “And while white and Black and brown people use marijuana at similar rates, Black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Czech It Out: Cannabis Legalization Trend Continues in Europe

Czechia, officially known as the Czech Republic, may soon the join the growing list of European countries with legal adult-use cannabis. Czech National Anti-Drug Coordinator Jindřich Vobořil is drafting the requisite legislation, which could be in place by 2024.

As to what the new law might look like:

The new measures should establish the level of narcotic substances that legal marijuana products can contain. Marijuana growers would need a license and the law would clearly specify who they could deliver their product to. Some shop owners could also receive a license, Mr. Vobořil said. The amount of marijuana that people could purchase would be limited and buyers could be required to register with the state, he said.

The possession and cultivation of cannabis, under certain thresholds, was decriminalized in the Czech Republic in 2010. Medical use was legalized in 2013, but only for the treatment of certain ailments, and with THC and CBD levels capped at 19% and 7.5%, respectively. Home cultivation for personal use is allowed, though THC levels are capped at 1%.

Much of the impetus for Czech adult-use cannabis legalization is coming from the Pirate Party, a member of the Czech Republic’s governing coalition. Back in 2020,

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Pawn Stars Producer Partners With Denver Cannabis Business for Reality TV Show

Denver could get the Hollywood treatment soon, as a father-son duo in the marijuana industry partner with cable TV producers to film a prospective reality series.

Richard Batenburg Jr. and Rick Batenburg III have been working together in the cannabis trade since 2015, operating a marijuana investment fund. After their fund purchased the Clear, a popular marijuana extraction and vaporizer brand, in 2017, the pair expanded into marijuana consulting, CBD products and more strategic investing, and thought that their family business dynamic was interesting enough to showcase on the small screen.

– Read the entire article at Westword.

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Good News For Colombia: Legislators Approve Cannabis Legalization Bill, What’s Next?

Colombia lawmakers have approved a bill to legalize and regulate cannabis nationwide, advancing it through a committee with nearly unanimous support. President Gustavo Petro, who recently became Colombia’s first leftist president along with Francia Márquez, the first Black female vice president in the nation’s history, is also pushing for global drug policy reform.

Cannabis Legislation: What’s It All About?
The legislation from Liberal Rep. Carlos Ardila and other lawmakers cleared the Chamber of Representatives First Committee in a 31-2 vote, reported local outlets.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Morocco Issues First Permits For Cannabis Production

A Moroccan state agency has issued the first 10 permits for the use of cannabis in industry and medicine and for export, it said, the result of a law passed last year.

Farmers who organise into cooperatives in the northern mountain areas of Al Houceima, Taounat and Chefchaouen will be gradually allowed to grow cannabis to meet the needs of the legal market, the agency said.

Cannabis is already widely cultivated in Morocco illegally and the new law, passed by the parliament last year, does not permit its use for recreation.

– Read the entire article at Reuters.

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Medical Marijuana in Japan

Yes, medical marijuana could finally be coming to Japan.

Last week, a panel made up of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare pushed for an update to the country’s laws and rules to permit the importation of medical marijuana products. Japan is very conservative when it comes to marijuana: there is a strict ban on its importation, production, and possession, and violating existing laws carries some of the harshest punishments on the globe. Even Paul McCartney was not immune. Marijuana is also hugely stigmatized there. However, if this recommendation is actually taken up by the government, legitimate medical marijuana products may be imported into Japan under its existing laws for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. We could see medical marijuana in Japan in the near future, which would be huge for Asian cannabis policy and the world.

Passed in 1948, Japan’s Cannabis Control Act bans the import, export, production, sale, possession, and research of marijuana. Japan also ratified the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Japan is friendlier to industrial hemp, but not by much. Similar to how the U.S. was before the 2018 Farm Bill, the cultivation of hemp in Japan is strictly controlled by the government. Different than us

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Kentucky Advisory Panel Reports Strong Support For Legalizing Medical Cannabis

A panel established by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear to advise him on improving access to medical marijuana has received overwhelming support for the legalization of medicinal cannabis from residents of the state. On Friday, Beshear said that the Team Kentucky Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee found that many Kentuckians who suffer from chronic medical conditions are not being helped by traditional painkillers and fear the possibility of addiction posed by opioids. Kentucky is one of 10 states that permit patients to use low-THC cannabis oil, but more potent marijuana products are still prohibited by law.

“Polling suggests 90% of Kentucky adults support legalizing medical cannabis. Our team traveled the state to talk directly to Kentuckians, and they found our people do indeed overwhelmingly support it,” Beshear said in a statement from the governor’s office on Friday.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Even Thailand Has Decriminalised Cannabis – It’s High Time Britain Caught Up

Police commissioners calling for marijuana to be made a class A drug are out of step with a world that is ending the war on weed.

A group of police commissioners at the Conservative party conference will argue that the UK government should reclassify cannabis from a class B to a class A drug, which would place it on the same legal level as heroin or cocaine, and greatly increase the penalties for anyone caught using or selling marijuana. It’s an outrageous suggestion, and totally out of step with the rest of the world, where the war on weed seems to be coming to an end.

In the US, state-by-state, pot prohibition is falling; several of our neighbours in Europe have made plans to legalise it; South Africa’s supreme court ruled the dagga ban unconstitutional; and Canada and Uruguay were the first in decades to recognise cannabis as a legitimate commodity. Even the famously strict government of Thailand decided to lighten up and lift its ban on cannabis in June, releasing thousands of non-violent drug offenders and handing out a million seedlings to boost the nation’s nascent marijuana industry.

– Read the entire article at The Guardian.

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Pro-Cannabis Amazon Contradicted By Algorithm

Amazon’s prohibited product algorithm is creating issues in the ancillary cannabis business space. In doing so it directly contradicts the company’s pro-cannabis public image. On September 26, Seattle Times reporter Lauren Roseblatt wrote an interesting article describing Amazon’s abrupt removal of an herb grinder company’s (“Golden Gate Grinders”) products from its platform last year. The company had been selling its products on Amazon for nine years before the e-commerce behemoth flagged the grinders as drug paraphernalia and removed them “overnight”. This result is clearly out of line with Amazon’s pro-cannabis public statements, which begs the question: what is going on?

What is “drug paraphernalia”?

Despite over 60% of Americans favoring federal legalization of cannabis, the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”), still classifies cannabis as a schedule I substance. This means that as far as the federal government is concerned the possession, use, and distribution of cannabis or any cannabis paraphernalia is a federal offense. Drug paraphernalia is defined in 21 U.S. Code § 863  as a product “which is primarily intended or designed for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, concealing, producing, processing, preparing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance”. As legal definitions go, this is

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Live Rosin: Is It Better Than Resin Or Just Another Overhyped Cannabis Concentrate?

In this article, we discuss live rosin, a solventless-cannabis concentrate that’s growing in popularity so you can learn about what it is, live rosin’s benefits, why it costs so damn much, and more.

Lately, I’ve heard more and more cannabis enthusiasts have been talking about ‘live rosin,’ many of whom are labeling it as the cannabis product that will change the industry forever.

But will it?

With so many different edibles, resins, rosins, and more being brought to market every day, it’s essential to understand the difference between them if you ever want to find what product is best for you. This article will discuss what live rosin is, some of the most significant benefits you can find in smoking it, and a short discussion about why live resin is as expensive as it is.

– Read the entire article at Magnetic Mag.

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